Companies That Pledged to Stop Giving to Election Objectors Have Given Them $10M

After thousands of right-wing militants descended on the Capitol on January 6 two years ago in support of former President Donald Trump, hundreds of corporations made pledges to pause or stop donations to lawmakers who voted just hours after the attack to overturn the results of the 2020 election. But those corporations restarted such donations shortly after, and PACs affiliated with over 70… Source Source / Read More: Companies That Pledged to Stop Giving to Election Objectors Have Given Them $10M

Donald Trump Gets 1 Vote for Speaker As McCarthy Loses for 7th and 8th Time

As the House undergoes an increasingly absurd series of votes in which Republicans are failing, time and again, to nominate a new speaker of the House, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) on Thursday cast what seemed to be two unserious — or at least knowingly derisive — votes for Donald Trump. Gaetz cast the only vote for Trump during the House’s seventh and eighth speaker votes… Source Source / Read More: Donald Trump Gets 1 Vote for Speaker As McCarthy Loses for 7th and 8th Time

Tanzania: President Hassan lifts the blanket ban on political assemblies

Responding to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s announcement that she is lifting the punitive political rallies blanket ban imposed on opposition political parties, Amnesty International Regional Researcher for Tanzania and Uganda, Roland Ebole said: “Though the ban should never have been made in the first place, we applaud the Tanzanian government’s decision to lift the blanket […] The post Tanzania: President Hassan lifts the blanket ban on political assemblies appeared first on Amnesty International.

Biden WH Reminds GOP Leaders: You Don’t Have Oversight Powers Until Next Week

President Joe Biden’s White House Counsel has penned a letter to key Republican legislators, telling them they will have to reissue requests for documents they’ve made in the past month relating to investigations they plan to open when the party controls the House. When it became clear that Republicans would win control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)… Source Source / Read More: Biden WH Reminds GOP Leaders: You Don’t Have Oversight Powers Until Next Week

GOP Representative-Elect Santos Admits He Lied About College, Work History

Republican U.S. Representative-elect George Santos has admitted that he told numerous lies about his résumé on the campaign trail amid calls for him to resign after reporters uncovered the lies in an explosive investigation last week. On Monday, Santos, elected to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district in November, told the New York Post that he “embellished” his professional background… Source Source / Read More: GOP Representative-Elect Santos Admits He Lied About College, Work History

Senate Passes Measure Expanding Rights for Pregnant People in the Workplace

The Senate voted to include a measure to expand basic workplace protections for pregnant people in its omnibus funding bill on Thursday, marking a win for labor advocates during a time of precarity for reproductive rights in the U.S. Senators agreed to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in a 73 to 24 vote on Thursday as the chamber considered a series of amendments to the omnibus funding bill. Source Source / Read More: Senate Passes Measure Expanding Rights for Pregnant People in the Workplace

GOP Accused of Trying to Tank Government Funding by Pushing to Extend Title 42

Update: Senate negotiators are reportedly working on a “side-by-side amendment” that would effectively allow Democrats to cancel out the GOP’s Title 42 amendment. Earlier: Senate Republicans are threatening to derail hurried efforts to prevent a government shutdown by trying to force a vote on an amendment that would extend a widely condemned Trump-era policy known as Title 42… Source Source / Read More: GOP Accused of Trying to Tank Government Funding by Pushing to Extend Title 42

McConnell Celebrates Government Funding Package That Excludes Child Tax Credit

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell celebrated what he called a win for the GOP as lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a sprawling government funding package that includes $858 billion in military spending and leaves out a Child Tax Credit expansion that Democrats and progressive advocates demanded. “This is a strong outcome for Republicans, and much more importantly, it’s the outcome that our nation’… Source Source / Read More: McConnell Celebrates Government Funding Package That Excludes Child Tax Credit

Right-Wing Groups Have Funneled $90M in Dark Money to “Moore v. Harper” Backers

Organizations supporting a fringe right-wing theory in a case currently before the Supreme Court that could mean the end of democracy as it’s known in the U.S. have received tens of millions of dollars from conservative dark money groups, a new report has found. According to research by Accountable.US, over the past six years, right-wing dark money groups have given nearly $90 million to five… Source Source / Read More: Right-Wing Groups Have Funneled $90M in Dark Money to “Moore v. Harper” Backers

Warnock’s Narrow Victory Underscores Ongoing Threat of Voter Suppression

Senator Raphael Warnock makes history defeating Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s closely watched Senate runoff, becoming the first Black senator to be elected to a six-year term in Georgia. His victory in Tuesday’s special election will give Democrats control of 51 seats in the Senate. It also marks a major defeat for former President Donald Trump, who had handpicked Walker… Source Source / Read More: Warnock’s Narrow Victory Underscores Ongoing Threat of Voter Suppression

GOP Lawmaker Says Programs Like Social Security Are “Garbage” That Must Be Cut

As Republicans prepare to wage a war on crucial anti-poverty programs when they take control of the House, using the debt limit and major risks to the economy as a weapon, some members of the GOP are threatening to vote against raising the debt limit no matter what. According to CNN, several Republicans are saying that they will still vote against a bill raising the debt limit even if Republicans… Source Source / Read More: GOP Lawmaker Says Programs Like Social Security Are “Garbage” That Must Be Cut

FL GOP Plans to Alter State Law to Help DeSantis, Should He Run for President

Republican lawmakers in Florida appear poised to change state law in order to benefit Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) should he decide to run for president in 2024. A law passed by the state Republican legislature in 2018 requires any elected official seeking a different political office to resign from their current one after announcing their candidacy. This kind of statute, sometimes referred to as a… Source Source / Read More: FL GOP Plans to Alter State Law to Help DeSantis, Should He Run for President