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Linda Cartwright
Washington, DC
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It’s 10 years ago yesterday that I first wrote in this blog about the threat of deadly infections, as bacteria became resistant to existing antibiotics and the drug industry didn’t find it profitable to research new ones. And a big old downer appeared on The New York Times website on Christmas day last year saying companies that were developing new versions of drugs were going out of business, for a variety of reasons. So let’s celebrate a new antibiotic that’s been developed by MIT researchers. In lab tests, the drug has killed many of the world’s most problematic disease-causing bacteria,... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Citizen Cartwright
More food seeds from around the world being protected in upgraded Arctic vault Trump administration crackdown takes effect on immigrants who use public benefits Trump administration 'gag rule' on abortion referral can be enforced, appeals court rules NYTimes: McConnell, hoping to energize social conservatives, forces votes on abortion Schumer, 2 other senior Senate Democrats call for sanctions on Russia over 2020 election interference Sanders' Democratic rivals unload on him in likely preview of Tuesday night’s debate Politico: Among Senate Democrats who’ve worked with Sanders, many think he could beat Trump NASA’s Mars lander InSight discovers quakes and a surprising magnetic... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Citizen Cartwright
The Vermont senator’s decisive win in the Nevada caucuses Saturday is forcing the Democratic Party to reckon with the strong possibility that a democratic socialist who views himself as fighting equally against the Democratic and Republican establishments will be the nominee, says USA Today. "I've got news for the Republican establishment. I've got news for the Democratic establishment," Sanders tweeted on Friday. "They can't stop us." Some Democrats fear that a Sanders nomination could cost them both the White House and Congress. Rival campaigns and other moderate Democrats warn that Sanders’ nomination is all but inevitable unless other candidates start... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
One in 3 Venezuelans faces hunger, U.N. study finds New, specialized Army training team heads to Africa Trump’s 2-day visit to India: The policy behind the pageantry Supreme Court removes last remaining obstacle to Trump administration's immigrant ‘wealth test’ Axios: Trump's 'hit list' of disloyal government officials to oust Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help his campaign Bloomberg says he'll release 3 women from non-disclosure agreements if they request it Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil investigations into its fraudulent sales practices In his annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett calls... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
The classified briefing to the House Intelligence Committee last week was led by Shelby Pierson, the Director of National Intelligence’s principal adviser on threats to elections, who "has a reputation for speaking bluntly,” according to The New York Times. The Feb. 13 briefing included what appears to be new information, says the Times — that Russia intends to interfere with the 2020 Democratic primaries as well as the general election. The Russians have been preparing for the 2020 election undeterred by American efforts to thwart them but aware that they need a new playbook of as-yet-undetectable methods, U.S. officials say.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Algeria on cusp of change as protest movement enters second year U.S., allies blame Russia for 2019 cyberattack on Republic of Georgia Toxic cleanups at 30-year low under Trump Trump adviser Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison Infighting, online hoaxes mar Democrats’ presidential campaign Democrats’ pledges to reject help from super PACs, dark money give way to reality of 2020 race Struggling Victoria’s Secret is sold, as women seek comfort, more options for different body types Vox: How to reduce your food’s carbon footprint — and it’s not ‘eat local’ Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
After eight debates when Democratic candidates "largely tiptoed around disagreements except for desultory disputes about healthcare policies," everyone came with sharp elbows on Wednesday night, says The Associated Press. For many of the candidates, it was a strategy shift based on urgency and necessity, says a separate analysis by Julie Pace, AP’s Washington bureau chief. Although just two states have voted so far, time is running out for some contenders to prove they still have a viable path to the nomination as the contest hurtles toward larger, more diverse states. "No debate in this campaign began with more at stake... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
U.S. is 39th in U.N. ranking of 180 countries for children's health, wellbeing Trump names ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell acting director of national intelligence Barr questions whether Facebook, Google, others still need the immunity from suits over material their users post WPost: White House has assembled team of advisers to guide clemency process as Trump considers more pardons Lawyer: Assange to claim Trump administration offered pardon if he said Russia wasn't involved in DNC email leak Methane emissions from burning fossil fuels have been 'vastly underestimated,' study says NYTimes: How to protect yourself from ‘gaping security holes’ in Amazon’s... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
The president renewed his public attacks on law enforcement Tuesday, denouncing the prosecutors, judge and jury forewoman in the case of his longtime friend Roger Stone and defending his convicted former adviser Michael Flynn against the Justice Department. Attorney General William Barr expressed dissatisfaction to associates, feeding news reports that he was considering resignation if the president continued to publicly weigh in on individual prosecutions of his own associates, says The New York Times. But it was unclear whether that would persuade Trump to back off or would just "get his back up," says the Times. Barr’s spokeswoman said late... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
WPost: Nearly a decade into its civil war, Syria experiencing perhaps its single biggest humanitarian crisis U.N. balks as Yemen rebels try to control flow of aid Columbia Journalism Review: 'Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters' Ashraf Ghani named Afghan presidential election winner after 5 months, but his opponent also claims victory WPost: What you need to know as Democratic presidential candidates, joined by Bloomberg, debate Wednesday night Judge rejects Huawei challenge to federal law restricting its business BBC News: ‘Why Amazon knows so much about you’ ProPublica: TurboTax still tricking customers with tax prep ads... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
For Walter Shaub, who headed the Office of Government Ethics before quitting in 2017 over objections to President Trump’s failure to divest from his businesses and other concerns, a Trump tweet last Thursday and the public’s relatively muted reaction to it marks a dangerous marker on the road to authoritarianism, says Vox. So Shaub, now a senior adviser for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an independent good-government watchdog group, is using his own large Twitter platform to remind people that this sort of thing shouldn't become normal, says Vox. Trump’s tweet Thursday appears to link his administration's policies... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Leaked data show China’s Uighurs detained due to religion Compromised encryption machines gave CIA a window into major 1970s human rights abuses in South America WPost: Notes taken during mandatory therapy sessions with immigrant children can be used against them in court Judges' association calls emergency meeting, 2,000 former DOJ officials call for Barr resignation over Stone sentencing Ban on sales of assault weapons dies in Virginia Senate committee Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to combat climate change NYTimes op-ed: Who’s profiting from people’s outrageous medical bills Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Happy Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day weekend! I’ll see you next on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
Today, how about we expand our goodwill beyond our near and dear to those we find decidedly un-dear: family members we resent, coworkers who drive us crazy, people whose political views are the opposite of ours? In recent years, I’ve realized that if I understand someone’s life story, everything they do makes sense. I find myself loving the fellow human who’s been through a lot — and having more patience with their behavior. I know someone who says to herself when she has to interact with someone she finds difficult, “Bless them; change me.” An item in The Christian Science... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
Pentagon transferring $3.8 billion from weapons program to border wall Senate votes to rein in Trump's power to attack Iran, paving way for veto showdown House Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against D.C. station broadcasting Russian disinformation Trump Fed nominee Judy Shelton faces bipartisan skepticism at Senate hearing Federal watchdog to probe how private Medicare information gets to marketers Was Barr’s comment that Trump tweets make it ‘impossible’ to do his job coordinated with White House? Loyalists' return: Hope Hicks comes back to White House, Trump ‘body man’ Johnny McEntee gets promotion Ways required withdrawals from IRAs are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, and JSTOR Daily has put together a collection of historical articles, one of them on Pullman porters. In the 1920s, the biggest private employer of African-Americans was the Pullman Palace Car Company. Pullman cars, leased out to railroads but owned and managed by the main company, provided a luxury travel experience. For black men, working as a porter was one of the few available jobs that paid a bit better than field labor — and offered an opportunity to travel. But the work was hard. Porters had to carry... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
Warren Buffett's son helping Colombia kick cocaine curse Trump Fed pick Judy Shelton to face Senate scrutiny over her Fed independence, gold standard, other views Census Bureau at risk of not being ready for count, says Government Accountability Office report FiveThirtyEight’s final poll on impeachment: 'Scrap' of bipartisan consensus that senators weren’t impartial jurors Democratic presidential candidates seek path through diverse states after Iowa, New Hampshire Former Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick ends his long-shot presidential bid Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price resigns after caucus chaos When your doctor also is a lobbyist: Inside the war over surprise medical... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
It’s largely the media’s reaction that dictates the bounce in early states, said Nate Silver in an article Tuesday afternoon titled "28 scenarios for what things could look like after New Hampshire.” So let’s take a look at the take of longtime election analysts Julie Pace, Washington Bureau chief of The Associated Press, and Dan Balz of The Washington Post. Bernie Sanders won in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with Pete Buttigieg coming in second and Amy Klobuchar winning an unexpected third. In 2016, Sanders carried New Hampshire by 22 points, while on Tuesday, he won by less than 2 points,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
WPost: CIA, German intelligence secretly owned encryption company, read secrets of allies, adversaries With start of census count a month away, Congress wants to know if Census Bureau is ready House Oversight Committee approves legislation to make D.C. the 51st state Utah lawmakers halt push to rebuke Mitt Romney over his impeachment vote All 4 prosecutors quit as Justice Department seeks shorter sentence for Roger Stone FTC broadens review of tech giants, homing in on their acquisitions of smaller firms FAA agrees it must increase safety oversight for Southwest Airlines KHN: One defensive strategy against surprise medical bills is setting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
After 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa’s apartheid regime, Mandela, then 71, "instantly galvanized the country, and the world, to dismantle the brutal system of racial oppression,” says The Associated Press. Just over four years later, Mandela was elected president in the country’s first all-race elections, leading South Africa out of decades of violently imposed discrimination. Under his leadership, South Africa drafted and passed a constitution widely praised for upholding the rights of all, becoming one of the first to explicitly endorse gay rights. When Mandela died in 2013, I wrote a blog item wondering how Mandela could be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
Syrians scramble for refuge in last opposition frontier in Idlib province German Chancellor Merkel’s preferred replacement steps down as party leader after struggle to assert her authority One-time fringe party Sinn Fein becomes Ireland's second largest parliamentary party Justice Department charges 4 members of Chinese military with Equifax hack Justice Department files new lawsuits in renewed push to pressure sanctuary cities Justice Department anti-human trafficking grants face whistleblower complaint AP: What to watch for in New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday Bloomberg wins as a write-in candidate in first-to-vote New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville Notch NYTimes: Young person’s guide to investing Two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
As we know, many people are limiting their news consumption these days because they find it just too distressing. Entirely understandable. I haven't enjoyed reading the articles this morning by The Associated Press and The New York Times about QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that President Trump has promoted. (In case you’re wondering, I find any conspiracy theory, from any political camp — but especially any encouraged by people at the highest levels of government — to be unhelpful in the extreme.) But I do want to focus on the positive that’s alive even amid the negative. Example: Last night’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
Trump $4.8 trillion budget proposal being released Monday revisits rejected cuts Justice Department ends antitrust probe of 4 automakers over California emissions deal GOP senators tried to stop Trump from firing impeachment witness Sondland, hours after firing of Vindman brothers In another Trump win, federal appeals court tosses Democrats' lawsuit over his businesses Front-runners Buttigieg, Sanders beat back attacks in Friday night’s debate Ransomware attacks grow, crippling cities, businesses KHN: Patients being stuck with bills after insurers don’t pay as promised Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
My thanks to the reader who recently sent me a good-news article (readers, please keep this up!). Let’s take a look at it on this relatively quiet news day. “Is there a way to acknowledge America’s progress?” is the title of the article, in New York Magazine. We’re in the midst of "tremendous gains for gays, women, and racial minorities,” yet we "steadfastly refuse to accept the fact of progress, in a cycle of eternal frustration at what injustices will always remain,” writes Andrew Sullivan. One of Sullivan’s many examples of progress: "In 1970, there were no women in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright
Bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report criticizes Obama administration handing of Russia election meddling House Republicans move Jordan to Judiciary Committee, Meadows to Oversight Treasury Department hands over to 2 GOP Senate chairmen documents on Hunter Biden, Burisma Trump opens former Utah national monument land to energy exploration Amid irregularities, AP says it’s unable to declare a winner in Iowa Democratic caucuses Democrats prepare for New Hampshire debate Friday night as Buttigieg, Sanders emerge from Iowa essentially tied for lead Virginia becomes first state in South to enact comprehensive anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people Corteva to stop making chlorpyrifos pesticide linked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Citizen Cartwright