Paul Hodgkins sentenced for Capitol rioting

A Tampa, Florida, man who participated in the January 6 attempted coup d’état at the U.S. Capitol riot will spend eight months in prison after he was sentenced for a felony charge stemming from the incident. Prosecutors had sought an 18-month sentence for 38-year-old Paul Allard Hodgkins. Hodgkins, a supporter of former President Donald Trump,Continue reading “Paul Hodgkins sentenced for Capitol rioting”

Congress seeks to improve America’s justice system and make it more fair to everyone

Lisa McCormick, New Jersey’s leading progressive activist, said lawmakers in Washington will propose a new law on Monday to reinvigorate efforts to ensure equal access to justice, repairing the damage done when Trump Republicans shuttered the agency charged with helping the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective ofContinue reading “Congress seeks to improve America’s justice system and make it more fair to everyone”

Israeli spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally

Human rights activists, political dissidents and others around the world expressed outrage at revelations regarding the use of Pegasus Project spyware abuse following Israeli company’s software in widespread hacking. The Pegasus Project is a ground-breaking collaboration by more than 80 journalists from 17 media organizations in 10 countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based media non-profit,Continue reading “Israeli spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally”

Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent

Federal health officials sounded an alarm Friday about a surge in U.S. coronavirus infections fueled by the twin threats posed by the highly transmissible delta variant and a stagnation in efforts to vaccinate as many Americans as possible. During a White House briefing, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saidContinue reading “Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent”

Congressman Jamaal Bowman unveils Green New Deal for Public Schools Act

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), a lifelong educator and former middle school principal, on Thursday unveiled the Green New Deal for Public Schools Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday alongside 32 cosponsors. The ambitious new legislation — which aims to invest $1.43 trillion over 10 years in public schools and infrastructure to combatContinue reading “Congressman Jamaal Bowman unveils Green New Deal for Public Schools Act”

Trump terrorists plotted bomb attack on California Democratic Party headquarters

Two California men have been indicted on charges they conspired to attack the Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. According to the unsealed indictment, Ian Benjamin Rogers, 45, of Napa and Jarrod Copeland, 37, of Vallejo started plotting to attack Democratic targets after the 2020 presidential election and alsoContinue reading “Trump terrorists plotted bomb attack on California Democratic Party headquarters”

Trump praising terrorist killed during coup

Donald Trump thinks he should have lowered the White House flag to half-staff after terrorist Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed during the attempted coup d’état at US Capitol on January 6, according to The Daily Beast. Trump did order the flag at the White House and other federal buildings lowered, in honor of CapitolContinue reading “Trump praising terrorist killed during coup”

Biden says democracy threatened by Republican ‘election subversion’

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that protecting voting rights from what he called Republican “election subversion” poses a historic “test” for the United States in the wake of the 2020 election. “It’s up to all of us to protect that right. It’s a test of our time,” he said in a speech in Philadelphia, birthplaceContinue reading “Biden says democracy threatened by Republican ‘election subversion’”

Top generals feared Trump coup attempt after election loss, according to new book

Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig, the Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters who authored the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Very Stable Genius, reveal a dysfunctional and bumbling presidency’s inner workings in unprecedented, stunning detail in a book about to be published by Penguin Press. Focused on then-president Donald Trump and the key players around him—the doctors,Continue reading “Top generals feared Trump coup attempt after election loss, according to new book”

Fake Covid-19 cards result in arrest

A California-licensed homeopathic doctor was arrested today for her alleged scheme to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets and to falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards by making it appear that customers had received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Moderna vaccine. Juli A. Mazi, 41, of Napa, is charged with one count of wire fraud andContinue reading “Fake Covid-19 cards result in arrest”

Looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

More Afghans are likely to flee their homes due to escalating violence, the U.N. refugee agency warned on Tuesday, as the Taliban take control of more territory in response to the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces. “Afghanistan is on the brink of another humanitarian crisis. This can be avoided. This should be avoided,” said BabarContinue reading “Looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan”

Newark tax preparer sent to prison

A Pennsylvania man who worked as a tax preparer in Newark was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for helping his clients file falsified tax returns that generated larger refunds. Sylvain Dienhoue, 53, of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an indictment charging him withContinue reading “Newark tax preparer sent to prison”

Four people shot at Woodbridge hotel

A shooting during a bachelorette party at a hotel in the Iselin section of Woodbridge is under investigation. Four people were injured by gunshots early Monday at the hotel, but authorities have not disclosed a motive for the shooting. Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said Woodbridge Police responded to reports of a shooting that occurredContinue reading “Four people shot at Woodbridge hotel”

UN special rapporteur to Myanmar warns of ‘mass deaths’ from starvation, disease

The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar —the country once known as Burma —has warned of “mass deaths” from starvation and disease in the wake of fighting between rebel groups and junta forces in the east of the coup-stricken country. Myanmar has been in chaos and its economy paralyzed since the February putschContinue reading “UN special rapporteur to Myanmar warns of ‘mass deaths’ from starvation, disease”

On first international trip, Biden declares: ‘United States is back’

As President Joe Biden embarks on his first international trip this week, his brand of personal diplomacy will be tested and he spoke forcefully about restoring American alliances in Europe, describing them as a cornerstone of global security. Biden told US troops at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England—home to an American refueling wing—that he wasContinue reading “On first international trip, Biden declares: ‘United States is back’”

Devine may charge Senator Joseph P. Cryan with violating the Ku Klux Klan Act

Democratic strategist James J. Devine is considering a lawsuit that would allege that Senator Joseph Cryan and his political operation violated the Ku Klux Klan Act. That 1871 law prohibits interference with any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving support or advocacy in favor of any qualified candidate. Intended to protect CongressContinue reading “Devine may charge Senator Joseph P. Cryan with violating the Ku Klux Klan Act”