Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection

The killing of a three-year-old girl shows the urgent need to better protect people with albinism following a series of attacks over recent weeks. Amnesty International calls on the authorities to improve the protection of persons with albinism across the country after the killing of this week of Tadala Chirwa. Before midnight on 30 November, […] The post Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection appeared first on Amnesty International.

Senate Blocks Sick Leave Plan, Imposes Rail Contract in Plainly Anti-Union Move

In a blatantly anti-union move, the Senate overwhelmingly voted on Thursday to override the will of thousands of union railroad workers and impose a labor contract that several unions have voted down in recent months. The resolution, which passed the House on Wednesday, passed 80 to 15 in the Senate, far surpassing the 60 votes needed to move forward. An amendment deemed crucial by union members… Source Source / Read More: Senate Blocks Sick Leave Plan, Imposes Rail Contract in Plainly Anti-Union Move

Georgia’s Republican Lieutenant Governor Says He Didn’t Vote for Herschel Walker

Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan (R) told CNN on Wednesday that he didn’t cast a ballot for GOP candidate Herschel Walker in the state’s Senate runoff election. “I showed up to vote this morning,” Duncan said. “I was one of those folks who got in line and spent about an hour waiting, and it was the most disappointing ballot I’ve ever stared at in my entire life since I started voting.” As a Republican… Source Source / Read More: Georgia’s Republican Lieutenant Governor Says He Didn’t Vote for Herschel Walker

Lawmakers Set to Propose Record $847B for Defense, $45B Over Biden’s Request

The United States’s already colossal and record-breaking defense budget is about to get even bigger, with congressional negotiators slated to propose a staggering $847 billion for defense for 2023, new reporting finds — a $45 billion increase over President Joe Biden’s already massive defense budget request. Four people familiar with negotiations told Politico that House and Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come to a “compromise” on the budget, which could balloon as high as $858 billion when programs outside of the congressional armed services committees are included. $847 billion is equal to the Senate Armed Services…

San Francisco City Board Approves Use of Police Robots to Kill Suspects

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted by a margin of 8-3 on Tuesday to grant the city’s police department the legal authority to use remotely controlled robots to attack and kill suspects in certain circumstances. The measure was widely condemned by civil liberty and police oversight organizations. City officials and members of the board who voted against the authorization said that the move would further militarize a police force that already enacts violence against poor and marginalized communities. “Most law enforcement weapons are used against people of color. I’m really just stunned that we’re here talking about this,” San…

High-Ranking Senate Republican Reveals GOP Plan to Slash Social Security

The GOP is preparing to use next year’s debt limit talks to potentially hold the economy hostage in order to slash crucial anti-poverty programs like Social Security, according to a new interview with the Senate’s second ranking Republican. Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) said that slashing such programs would be a “solution” to the national debt — an issue that Republicans only bring up in… Source Source / Read More: High-Ranking Senate Republican Reveals GOP Plan to Slash Social Security

“Every Worker Deserves Paid Sick Leave”: Progressives Rally Behind Rail Workers

As the House prepares to vote Wednesday morning to force the adoption of a rail contract and avert a rail strike, a growing number of progressives in Congress are calling for the inclusion of a key sick leave demand for which unions and workers have pleaded for months. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) appears to be leading the charge for the provision in Congress, telling reporters it is “outrageous” that the agreement, negotiated with the White House in September, lacks union members’ paid sick leave request. He is planning to demand a Senate vote on a provision to provide workers with…

Herschel Walker Hasn’t Answered Reporters’ Questions Since Start of October

Herschel Walker, former NFL star turned Republican nominee for Georgia senator, has not spoken to reporters on the campaign trail in nearly two months, according to reporting from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While he has granted interview requests to news agencies that frequently platform right-wing talking points, Walker has refused to speak with media at public events in his campaign to win the runoff election contest against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia) — a move that is unusual, as “earned media” is considered a vital part of any political campaign. According to the Atlanta-based newspaper, Walker has not answered any questions from…

Warren, Sanders Lost Over 100k Twitter Followers Each After Elon Musk Takeover

In the weeks following right-wing billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter in late October, Republican members of Congress gained hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform, while Democrats experienced a purge of followers, a new report finds. According to an analysis of ProPublica data by The Washington Post, the biggest shifts in follower counts for Republicans have almost all been gains, with the biggest winner being white nationalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), followed by far right Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), both gaining over 300,000 followers each. Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Kentucky) both gained roughly 200,000…

Trump Says He’s Been “Open” and “Transparent” Regarding Docs Kept at Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday, bizarrely claiming that he’s been “open” and “transparent” when it comes to the inquiry involving his removal of government documents — hundreds of them marked classified — to his Mar-a-Lago property upon his exit from office. Trump went on to compare the investigation into his removal of government documents to the investigation into the deletion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. In a Truth Social post directed at Garland, Trump asked the attorney general when he would investigate and “invade” Clinton’s home over the emails.…

Police Units Formed by Republicans to Find Widespread Voter Fraud Come Up Short

Special fascist election police units formed in three Republican-led states to perpetuate Donald Trump’s voter fraud lies have so far been unable to uncover evidence of widespread voter fraud in their investigations of the 2022 midterm elections, further cementing that, as election officials have said, such fraud doesn’t exist. Though these units have been probing isolated incidents — something that local election officials already do otherwise — they have turned up “no indication of systemic problems,” as The Associated Press reports. This undermines the supposed goals of the groups, formed in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, to uncover voter fraud, as…

Democrats Will Push Electoral College Reform in Final Weeks of House Control

In the final weeks of Congress’s last session before Republicans take control of the House, Democratic lawmakers are planning to push a number of bills forward — including legislation that aims to prevent attempted usurpations of future presidential elections in wake of Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the 2020 presidential election after he lost to President Joe Biden. According to Politico, Democrats seem eager to pass an update to the Electoral Count Act, which would modify ambiguities in current election law that Trump attempted to exploit to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome. In order to pass such legislation, however,…

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