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Linda Cartwright
Washington, DC
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The rare bipartisan 67-32 vote to start formal Senate consideration shows the high interest among senators in the infrastructure package, but it’s unclear whether enough Republicans eventually will join Democrats to support final passage, says The Associated Press. Senate rules require 60 votes in the evenly split 50-50 chamber to proceed to consideration and ultimately pass the bill. The bipartisan deal "signals to the world that our democracy can function, deliver, and do big things,” President Biden said. "As we did with the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway, we will once again transform America and propel us into the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
Crackdown after protests in Cuba sending a chilling message House passes 2 spending bills: Foreign aid, on 217-212 vote, and Legislative Branch, 215-207 Senate confirms union lawyers Gwynne Wilcox, David Prouty to serve on National Labor Relations Board Justice Department warns states to tread carefully in auditing elections Pentagon dragged its feet on toxic chemical exposure prevention and cleanup, inspector general report says Biden nominates Jainey Bavishi, climate adaptation expert, to a top job at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration AP: Is Biden overlooking Bureau of Prisons as a reform target? NYTimes: Journalists' response to false claims from people in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
In a reversal of its decision two months ago, the agency said on Tuesday that people vaccinated against the coronavirus should resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces in parts of the United States where the virus is surging. And CDC officials called for universal masking for teachers, staff, students and visitors in schools, regardless of vaccination status and community transmission of the virus. The agency said even vaccinated Americans in areas without surges might consider wearing a mask in public indoors if they or someone in their household has an impaired immune system or is at risk for severe... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Vox: The political crisis in Tunisia, explained by former State Department and Pentagon official Sarah Yerkes Tanzania government goes from vaccine denier to vaccine embracer Biden names nominees to ambassador positions at EU, Vienna office of U.N., Spain, Central African Republic Biden announces new proposed rule to strengthen 'Buy American’ requirements Officers detail racism they faced at Jan. 6 Capitol riot, at first House select committee hearing Justice Department declines to defend Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks against Jan. 6 incitement lawsuit Texas Republican Jake Ellzey wins U.S. House seat over Trump-backed rival Leaker of drone secrets Daniel Hale sentenced... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
The select committee hearing on Tuesday takes testimony from four police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6. You know the story of how we got from there to here — from the shared fears of lawmakers on that day to the devolution to polarization now (if not, here is a summary from The Associated Press). Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the panel, discusses its goals in this Washington Post opinion article. Here is video evidence shown in court cases against accused rioters, from ProPublica. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. You can watch it live here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
North, South Korea agree to restore communication channels, improve relationship Samoa’s 1st female prime minister takes office after constitutional crisis VA to require its frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated against coronavirus, a first for a federal agency California, New York City order government workers to get coronavirus vaccine or face regular tests Nearly 60 major medical associations call for mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers Nine new sites join Unesco World Heritage List, including Chinese port city, Saudi rock inscriptions, European spa towns Former Wyoming GOP Sen. Mike Enzi dies after bicycle accident, at age 77 Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
"The national outlook is worsening quickly, with a fourfold increase in new cases per day over the last month,” says the latest New York Times update, on Saturday. "The highly infectious Delta variant has caused huge spikes in cases in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida," says the Times. "Louisiana, which was averaging fewer than 400 cases a day at the start of July, is now reporting more than 2,400 cases a day, the most since January. The county that includes Jacksonville, Fla., is averaging more than 900 cases a day.” At the same time, cases, hospitalizations and deaths are well... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Tunisian President Kais Saied dismisses government, freezes parliament in move critics call a coup Russia marks its Navy’s 325th anniversary; Iranian ship joins in NYTimes: Spain pledged citizenship to Sephardic Jews, but now they’re feeling betrayed U.S. to announce troop drawdown from Iraq but little is likely to change Pelosi appoints Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger to be 2nd GOP lawmaker on Jan. 6 committee WPost: ‘Chaos’ in Oklahoma a year after Supreme Court ruling on tribes' judicial authority Rookie bankers sour on Wall Street’s pitch of big pay, long hours After 2 decades, scientists finish deciphering the human genome Fauci... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
At 6:55 a.m. Eastern time, as I click to publish this, the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games begin. Yes, this first pandemic Olympics in a century is a year late, mostly without spectators and opposed by much of its host nation, as The Associated Press says. But it’s also "a multinational showcase of the finest athletes,” as AP also says. So let’s celebrate them. Here’s how to watch, including the schedule for each sport, from Wired. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Biden administration sanctions Cuban regime after crackdown on protesters U.S. still carrying out airstrikes against Taliban in Afghanistan House votes 407-16 to allow 8,000 more visas for translators, others who worked with U.S. in Afghanistan FBI ignored tips on Brett Kavanaugh, Democratic senators say Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that women have constitutional right to abortion Mars InSight mission unveils surprising secrets of red planet’s interior Amazon ends use of arbitration in customer disputes Coronavirus vaccinations rising in some states with soaring infections Why the summer cold season is worse than usual ‘Superbug’ fungus... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., scheduled Wednesday's procedural vote to nudge along negotiations that have dragged on for weeks, says The Associated Press. But Republicans mounted a filibuster, saying the bipartisan group still has a few unresolved issues and needs to review the final details. “We have made significant progress and are close to a final agreement,” the bipartisan group of senators — 10 Republicans and 11 Democrats — said in a joint statement after the vote. Many Democrats have concerns that Republicans will drag out the process only to withhold support from a final bill, says The New York... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
U.K. unveils new demands to redraw post-Brexit trade arrangements it agreed to with EU on Northern Ireland Drones are zapping clouds with electricity to create rain in United Arab Emirates China rejects WHO’s terms for further coronavirus origins study House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals’ PFAS in drinking water, on 241-183 vote Democrats slam McConnell, who says GOP won’t back debt limit boost McCarthy pulls Republicans from select committee on Jan. 6 Capitol riot after Pelosi rejects 2 picks Garland issues directive restricting Justice Department contact with White House, as firewall against political interference Vox: Crime isn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
The highly infectious Delta variant now accounts for an estimated 83 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States — a “dramatic increase” from early July, when it crossed the 50 percent threshold to become the dominant variant here, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a Senate hearing Tuesday. With new cases increasing across the country, Walensky said last week, “this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” A growing number of top Republicans are urging GOP supporters to get vaccinated as the delta coronavirus variant surges across the United States,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Ariel Henry sworn in as Haiti's new prime minister, had been in a political tussle with interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph U.S. and EU security officials wary of surveillance tech firm NSO's links to Israeli intelligence Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden, against al-Qaeda-affiliated group House passes package of 5 bipartisan bills to bolster U.S. cybersecurity in wake of recent major attacks, on 319-105 vote House Ethics Committee upholds $500 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers Senate unanimously passes bill to strengthen, provide new money for Crime Victims Fund Justice Department seeks 50-year delay to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
The president said on Monday that his infrastructure and families agenda must be passed to sustain the economic momentum of his first six months in office, as he tried to set the tone for congressional negotiations this week on the two bills. But a Wednesday deadline set by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on the bipartisan infrastructure bill is in doubt as Republicans signal they'll block a procedural vote for now as details continue to be worked out. Senators are negotiating how to pay for the new spending in the $1 trillion package of highway, water system and other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Reuters analysis: Caught between China and U.S., Asian countries stockpile missiles Floods make clear Europe's 'gigantic task' in averting future climate damage Leftist teacher Pedro Castillo, a political novice, is Peru's president-elect Pegasus global investigation: iPhone security no match for NSO spyware WSJ: Pentagon to house Afghan interpreters and their families at military bases in U.S., Qatar McCarthy proposes 5 Republicans to serve on new select committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot New chief of Capitol Police, J. Thomas Manger, has run large departments in Maryland, Virginia AP investigation: Few Arizona voter fraud cases, further discrediting Trump’s claims of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
"No one disputes that the world is unfair,” says The Associated Press. "But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic.” Africa now is in the deadliest stage of its pandemic, and there is little prospect of relief in sight, says The New York Times. The Delta variant is sweeping across the continent, and Namibia and Tunisia are reporting more deaths per capita than any other country. Why the vaccine inequity? The Covax global purchase plan to provide vaccines for poorer countries was so flawed and underfunded... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Global probe: Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide AP analysis: Afghan war showed limits of U.S. military power Biden administration transfers its first detainee out of Guantánamo; 39 prisoners remain Biden administration to appeal federal ruling against DACA Little-known security unit in Commerce Department used racial profiling to investigate agency employees, report says KHN’s Elisabeth Rosenthal: Necessary or not, booster shots probably are coming because of outdated FDA standard Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Help for pregnant mothers and young people who recently left the foster care system will be prioritized. The $35 million, taxpayer-funded program will be implemented by local governments and organizations that apply for funding. Local officials will determine the size of the monthly payments, which generally range from $500 to $1,000 in existing programs around the country. For decades, most government assistance programs have had strict rules about the way the money could be spent, usually limiting benefits to things like food or housing. But a guaranteed income program gives money to people without rules on how to spend it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
China in experimental first phase of carbon trading market Parts of Amazon rainforest go from absorbing carbon dioxide to emitting it World’s first 3D-printed steel footbridge unveiled by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in Amsterdam Biden to restore protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest Surgeon general issues advisory to help individuals, educators, media, others combat coronavirus misinformation Seven states have passed laws, 34 eyeing bills to stop public schools from requiring coronavirus vaccination or proof of it AP explainer: How and why American West is baking, burning drying in interrelated extreme weather Microsoft says it blocked tools developed by Israeli... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Mass., and Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I., on Wednesday called for the Senate Finance Committee to investigate tax-avoidance strategies used by wealthy Americans, in the wake of reporting from ProPublica finding that a number of prominent U.S. billionaires have paid little to no federal income taxes in some years. While I summarized ProPublica’s reporting when it came out last month, a June 12 New York Times article on how private equity executives avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes also merits attention. “Private equity’s ability to vanquish the IRS, Treasury and Congress goes a long way toward explaining... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
EU unveils a dozen draft climate change proposals for becoming carbon neutral by 2050 Senate passes bill to ban imports from China's Xinjiang region over Uyghur forced labor Consumer Product Safety Commission sues Amazon to force recall of hazardous products NYTimes: Moves to make it easier for consumers to repair their electronic devices Report: Housing isn’t affordable anywhere in U.S. for workers earning minimum wage Study: Cognitively active lifestyle in old age may delay onset of Alzheimer's by as much as 5 years Drug overdose deaths hit a record 93,000 in 2020, up nearly 30 percent from previous year Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
The president said the fight against restrictive voting laws is the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War” in a speech Tuesday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Biden has called protecting ballot access the central cause of his presidency, but allies have criticized him for not doing more. At the same time, political headwinds and Senate math have limited his ability to act, notes The Associated Press. Biden said passage of congressional proposals to override new state voting restrictions and to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that were curbed in recent years by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Russia’s most aggressive ransomware group REvil went offline Tuesday. Who shut it down? Biden nominates former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake to be ambassador to Turkey Senate Democrats reach agreement on $3.5 trillion budget Lawmakers grappling with nagging infrastructure detail: How to pay for it Texas Senate passes GOP voting bill; House Democrats say they’ll stay out of state until session is over Appeals court rules dealers can sell handguns to 18-year-olds Gene editing breakthrough stops coronavirus from replicating in cells, researchers say Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
World Health Organization Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday the world’s vaccine disparity is driven by “greed,” as he called on drugmakers to prioritize supplying their coronavirus vaccines to poor countries instead of lobbying rich countries to use even more doses. The announcement from Pfizer last Thursday that it plans to seek authorization for a booster shot in the United States has prompted new worries among the general public about the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines against the highly contagious Delta variant. But Pfizer’s talk of booster shots has been dismissed as premature by some of the world’s leading vaccine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright