McCarthy Says “It’s Not My Role” to Remove George Santos Despite Rampant Lies

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is doubling down on his backing of Republican Rep. George Santos (New York), even as other Republican officials call for Santos’s resignation and legal and political problems pile up for the freshman representative and seemingly inveterate liar. McCarthy, who has stood by Santos for weeks, even as Santos has admitted to fabricating huge swaths of his… Source Source / Read More: McCarthy Says “It’s Not My Role” to Remove George Santos Despite Rampant Lies

Pope Francis Says Laws Punishing Gay People Are “Unjust”

In an interview published by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Pope Francis condemned countries and regional authorities that criminalize homosexuality, saying that, while the Catholic Church may still consider homosexuality a sin, governments should not involve themselves in the matter. Pope Francis, who has expressed more tolerant viewpoints on homosexuality than any pope in history… Source Source / Read More: Pope Francis Says Laws Punishing Gay People Are “Unjust”

Cori Bush Calls for Investigation Into Police Killing of Activist Tortuguita

Progressive lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into the death of climate justice activist Manuel Terán, who also went by the name Tortuguita, who was killed by police last week as law enforcement officers were carrying out a violent raid of a protest camp in a wooded area in Atlanta, Georgia. Activists say that the police raid of the camp was only law enforcement’s most recent… Source Source / Read More: Cori Bush Calls for Investigation Into Police Killing of Activist Tortuguita

Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

A majority of New York state residents say that Republican Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress just a few weeks after he was sworn in, due to his many lies on the campaign trail in 2022. Santos has lied about so many issues that some media outlets, including HuffPost, have created running tallies of all the statements he made while campaigning for the House that were later revealed to… Source Source / Read More: Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

Ruben Gallego Announces Senate Run Against Kyrsten Sinema in 2024

United States Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, announced on Monday morning that he will be running for U.S. Senator in hopes of ousting incumbent independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in the 2024 general election. Sinema, who was formerly a Democrat but changed her party affiliation in December, has not yet announced whether she will be seeking reelection. In his campaign video announcement… Source Source / Read More: Ruben Gallego Announces Senate Run Against Kyrsten Sinema in 2024

Strike Suspended After UIC Faculty Union Reaches Tentative Deal

Faculty members at the University of Illinois Chicago suspended their strike on Sunday after reaching a tentative deal with school administrators that includes minimum salary increases for both tenure-track and non-tenure-track staff. “This contract contains important gains on the issues most important to our members,” Aaron Krall, president of the UIC United Faculty (UICUF) union… Source Source / Read More: Strike Suspended After UIC Faculty Union Reaches Tentative Deal

Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

As the baby boom generation enters its golden years and average lifespans increase, the U.S. is becoming home to more older adults. In 2019, there were over 74.6 million Americans over the age of 60, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS). The agency projects that there will be 80.8 million seniors in the U.S. by 2040, a demographic trend that has… Source Source / Read More: Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Republicans in the Iowa House introduced legislation this month that would impose a slew of fresh restrictions on the kinds of food people can purchase using SNAP benefits, sparking outrage among local groups who say the measure would exacerbate hunger in the GOP-dominated state. The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), an interfaith group that operates the largest food pantry network in… Source Source / Read More: Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

Abortion rights activists are holding mass rallies across the country on Sunday to mark what would be the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Courtruling that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion until right-wing justices struck it down last year. In Louisiana, one of at least 13 states that banned most abortions since the ruling, Nancy Davis will be a leader at the march in the… Source Source / Read More: Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

Texas GOP Seeks to Override Local Prosecutors Who Oppose “Voter Fraud” Agenda

Under new legislation proposed in Texas, the state’s Republican attorney general could send prosecutors from neighboring counties to investigate suspected cases of voter fraud in the state’s large Democratic counties. The bill is one of at least nine filed in Texas since the November midterm elections that would increase criminal penalties for voting-related infractions or extend law enforcement’s… Source Source / Read More: Texas GOP Seeks to Override Local Prosecutors Who Oppose “Voter Fraud” Agenda

3 Active-Duty Marines Arrested, Charged for Roles in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

Three active-duty U.S. Marines have been arrested for their involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building. The three men — Cpl. Micah Coomer and Sgts. Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen — were ardent loyalists to then-President Donald Trump. Surveillance footage of the attack shows the three men together, adorned in MAGA (“Make America Great Again… Source Source / Read More: 3 Active-Duty Marines Arrested, Charged for Roles in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

GOP Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare Is Disliked Among Republican Voters

New polling finds that the GOP’s plan to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare through debt ceiling legislation is vastly unpopular — even among a majority of the Republican voter base. According to a new survey by Data for Progress, 63 percent of all voters think that House Republicans should allow the debt limit to be raised to avoid economic disaster, without executing their cynical plan… Source Source / Read More: GOP Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare Is Disliked Among Republican Voters