Dark Money Is Behind “Women’s Groups” Attacking Biden’s Supreme Court Pick

Today President Biden announced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Stephen Breyer’s announced retirement. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman to serve as a justice on the nation’s highest court. Judge Jackson would join a court dominated by partisan justices handpicked by right-wing dark money networks that have worked for years to swing the Supreme Court and other courts in their favor in an effort to remake Americans’ legal rights to suit a right-wing agenda. The most recently appointed justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and…

Manchin Reportedly Backing Corporate-Friendly Michelle Childs for Supreme Court

As President Joe Biden considers several top Supreme Court picks, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) is reportedly telling colleagues in private that he prefers a GOP-backed candidate, who unions and pro-labor advocates have sounded the alarm about for her history of advocating for corporations against workers, Punchbowl News has reported. According to Punchbowl, multiple anonymous sources have said that Manchin wants J. Michelle Childs in the Supreme Court because she has bipartisan support, despite the fact that Supreme Court nominees only need 51 votes to pass. The lawmaker also cites her public school education as a plus. Childs does indeed…

2 Lawyers From Manhattan DA’s Office Abruptly Resign From Trump Case

Two attorneys within the Manhattan District Attorney’s office who were prominent figures in the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s Trump Organization properties have resigned from their posts. The investigation is examining if Trump and his company unlawfully mischaracterized the value of his assets — whether he illegally inflated and exaggerated his properties’ net worth in order to obtain large loans from several banks over the years. Attorneys Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz submitted their resignation papers on Wednesday. They have not publicly revealed why they chose to leave the investigation, but many have speculated that they have done…

Labor Board Formally Rejects Starbucks’s Tactic to Delay Union Elections

On Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected an argument that Starbucks has been employing in its union-busting campaign, setting a precedent against the use of the tactic in the future. The company has repeatedly argued that union elections should happen on a regional basis, rather than store-by-store. Voting this way would dilute the union elections for the company, making it so that employees at other stores that aren’t in the midst of unionizing would also cast a vote; this would make it harder for Starbucks Workers United to reach workers that are casting a ballot. The company argues…

Ivanka Trump in Talks to Cooperate With January 6 Committee

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former President Donald Trump (who also served as one of his principal advisers in the White House), is reportedly in negotiations to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. It is unclear how far along the discussions are, or whether they will result in her full cooperation. According to reporting from The New York Times, it’s also possible that Ivanka Trump’s negotiations are a stalling tactic, and that she actually has no intention of cooperating. But according to sources with knowledge of her thinking on the…

“Year of the Worker”: 2021 Saw Over 3 Million Strike Days With 140K Participants

Workers waged hundreds of work stoppages in 2021, marking millions of total “strike days” over the course of the year that saw a resurgence of the U.S. labor movement but a decline in overall union membership. According to a new report by researchers at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, 140,000 workers went on strike or otherwise participated in a work stoppage last year in 265 strikes and lockouts. Together, the workers logged over 3.2 million strike days. Pay was the most common reason for workers to go on strike, the data shows. Nearly 60,000 workers…

Indigenous Nations Allege New Maps in North Dakota Violate Voting Rights Act

Two Indigenous nations in North Dakota are suing the state, alleging that Republican lawmakers redrew district maps in ways that dilute their voices and violate the Voting Rights Act. New maps were redrawn and approved by the state legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, in November. GOP Gov. Doug Burgum signed the maps into law shortly afterward. In their lawsuit, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the Spirit Lake Tribe say that the state was supposed to redraw maps, after the decennial Census, to allow Indigenous voters to select candidates of their choice to the state House of Representatives.…

Promised Debt Relief, Some Black Farmers Instead Get Collection Notices

This article was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C. After amassing more than $100,000 in debt over more than two decades of farming, a Georgia-based farmer named Denver got welcome news last year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers like him would be eligible for a new debt relief program. USDA would pay off certain loans and give him a little extra for tax liabilities. Denver did not receive a payment. But almost a year later, he received another letter: A notice that USDA intends to take legal…

Biden and Putin Agree “in Principle” to Ukraine Summit Amid Rising Tensions

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed “in principle” to hold a summit on Ukraine as global fears of a war involving the two nuclear-armed powers remain high. In a statement, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron — who spoke separately with Putin and Biden on Sunday — said that both leaders accepted the idea of the summit, though the precise details have yet to be agreed upon. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the U.S.-based peace group CodePink, applauded Macron for brokering the diplomatic effort. “If he can get Putin and Biden to meet, if…

3 Incarcerated Women Die of COVID After Requesting Compassionate Release

Rory Adams did not know that Christmas in a small rural hospital in West Virginia would be the last time he saw his wife alive. She’d entered prison in early January 2021 to serve a 42-month sentence for failure to collect payroll taxes. She was supposed to return to North Carolina, their two adult children, and their quilting business this summer. But when he saw her, she was heavily sedated. A ventilator was helping her breathe as she struggled with COVID-19. Rebecca “Maria” Adams, 59, died 18 days after Christmas in the same hospital bed. The pandemic has proved especially…

Campaign Seeks to Abolish the Subminimum Wage in 25 States by 2026

As the economy recovers from a global pandemic, many business owners are pointing to labor shortages caused by the “Great Resignation” as a source of frustration. The term refers to the more than 33 million U.S. workers who have quit their jobs since the spring of 2021, largely due to low wages and burnout. The restaurant and service industry is experiencing one of the largest shockwaves to its workforce, adding just 108,000 jobs in January 2022, and remains 900,000 jobs short of where it was prior to the pandemic, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But restaurant workers and…

Anti-Trans Gov: “I Don’t Know” Why LGBTQ+ People Are Anxious, Depressed

Two weeks after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a law banning transgender students from joining sports teams that match their gender identity, the Republican came under fire Thursday for her apparent ignorance of difficulties faced by many LGBTQ+ people. During a press briefing, reporter Kyle Ireland asked Noem: “There’s a statistic circling around right now that 90% of South Dakota’s LGBTQ community is diagnosed with either anxiety or depression. Why do you think that is?” The governor responded: “I don’t know. That makes me sad and we should figure it out.” The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) shared…