Gun makers sold $1 billion AR15 rifles to civilians

American gun manufacturers collected more than $1 billion in revenue from selling military-style assault weapons to civilians, according to Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Maloney released her findings from the committee’s investigation into five major gun manufacturers’ sales and marketing of AR-15-style assault rifles, the weapons of choiceContinue reading “Gun makers sold $1 billion AR15 rifles to civilians”

Russian rhetoric reveals muddled American messaging on marijuana

U.S. law might not be as severe as the Russian code on which American basketball player Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison, but her case demonstrates both political hypocrisy and a continued need for federal marijuana reform. Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison after she pled guilty to charges filedContinue reading “Russian rhetoric reveals muddled American messaging on marijuana”

Wray says Chinese espionage is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority

Confronting the counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the authoritarian government of China and the Chinese Communist Party are the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority. “The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. WrayContinue reading “Wray says Chinese espionage is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority”

My parents won’t let me get vaccinated. N.J. should let me do it anyway

by Yanira Pyroll, New Jersey Monitor As a 17 year old resident of New Jersey who is unable to get vaccinated without my parents’ consent, I feel as though I don’t have complete ownership of my body. While we remain in a pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 34,000 New JerseyContinue reading “My parents won’t let me get vaccinated. N.J. should let me do it anyway”

Hopewell Starbucks workers go on strike

Baristas at the Hopewell Starbucks location #7853 sent management notice (by way of this letter) that they would be on strike in response to the company’s illegal Unfair Labor Practices from August 6, 2022 at 4:28am, until 4:30am August 8th, 2022. From 6am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, baristas and community supporters picketed inContinue reading “Hopewell Starbucks workers go on strike”

Another significant Antarctica ice shelf has collapsed, raising sea-level higher

Earlier this year, Antarctica had one of the most significant ice shelf collapses since Larsen B in 2002 when the Conger ice shelf in East Antarctica fell apart abruptly in late March, dropping a slab of ice the size of Hong Kong into the ocean and accelerating the decay of the frozen continent. The collapseContinue reading “Another significant Antarctica ice shelf has collapsed, raising sea-level higher”

Dictator DeSantis punished pro-choice prosecutor for political purposes

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order suspending Andrew Warren, the twice-elected Democratic state attorney for Hillsborough County, for failing to prosecute crimes the Repblican believes he should enforce. guilt “State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce basedContinue reading “Dictator DeSantis punished pro-choice prosecutor for political purposes”

Democrats reach agreement sending Inflation Reduction Act to Biden

Democrats dropped part of their proposed minimum tax on huge corporations and made other changes in their giant economic bill to appease erratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Democrats overcame united GOP opposition to advance the long-stalled health, climate and tax bill, with hopes of approving it as soon as this weekend. Sinema is the targetContinue reading “Democrats reach agreement sending Inflation Reduction Act to Biden”

Manchin’s political money influenced his oil & gas deal in climate legislation

By Srijita Datta and Jorja Siemons | OpenSecrets Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) campaign is funded by contributions from the PAC and affiliates of an oil and gas company tied to his son-in-law, an OpenSecrets analysis found. The senator, a key Senate swing vote, announced on July 27 that he struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) toContinue reading “Manchin’s political money influenced his oil & gas deal in climate legislation”

China sanctions House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her insulting visit to Taiwan

China has imposed sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her family, n retaliation for her visit to Taiwan, which China strongly condemned. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the sanctions on Friday, calling Pelosi’s “visit to China’s Taiwan region” an “egregious provocation” and a “gross interference” into the country’s internal affairs. Wang warnedContinue reading “China sanctions House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her insulting visit to Taiwan”

Vice President Dick Cheney says President Donald Trump is a “coward”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney calls former President Donald Trump a “coward” and a “threat to our Republic” in a new ad for his daughter, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who is facing a primary challenger backed by the former president. The ad featuring the former GOP vice president’s lacerating take on Trump was releasedContinue reading “Vice President Dick Cheney says President Donald Trump is a “coward””

Millionaire Phil Murphy gets hate in the Granite State

Less than a year after Garden State residents nearly rejected the Wall Street millionaire who bought his 2017 election, Granite State voters told pollsters that they don’t want him to become president. New Hampshire residents responding to a poll about potential 2024 Democratic presidential candidates say New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is largely unpopular orContinue reading “Millionaire Phil Murphy gets hate in the Granite State”

Trenton police officers almost killed Jajuan Henderson without good reason

An unarmed Black man was shot four times by plain-clothed Trenton police officers while getting a drink of iced tea from a Saturn Ion parked outside of his girlfriend’s home Authorities at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office released the body camera footage of the assault on Jajuan Henderson, who was shot by police officers who surrounded theContinue reading “Trenton police officers almost killed Jajuan Henderson without good reason”

Mexico was one of the United States’ best friends until recent years

The Biden administration is going to finish Trump’s 30-foot border wall at Friendship Park in San Diego.  On August 18, 1971, First Lady Patricia Nixon inaugurated Friendship Park, which stretches from the Pacific Ocean across a half-acre mesa that straddles the border between the United States and Mexico. Friendship Park is binational, its circumference embracesContinue reading “Mexico was one of the United States’ best friends until recent years”

Kansas voters overwhelmingly reject forced birth referendum on ballot

Nearly half of Kansas’ registered voters turned out in the nation’s first electoral test of US abortion rights after the US Supreme Court overturned the federal protection of privacy rights and a woman’s right to choose. This year’s primary ballot included a question about whether to stop the state’s constitution from protecting abortion rights, whichContinue reading “Kansas voters overwhelmingly reject forced birth referendum on ballot”

Analysis shows Medicare for All system would save money and save lives

Single-payer—often referred to as Medicare for All—is a policy solution that is receiving the most press attention and popular support since it was first proposed in 1990. The United States is the only high-income nation without universal, government-funded or -mandated health insurance employing a unified payment system. The US multi-payer system leaves residents uninsured orContinue reading “Analysis shows Medicare for All system would save money and save lives”

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

by Jennifer Shutt, New Jersey Monitor WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation that would provide health care and benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances while deployed overseas, after many Republicans switched their votes and decided to once again back the legislation. The shift came after days of protestContinue reading “U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits”

American Public Health Association’s Student Champions for Climate Justice

The American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity selected five student groups as Student Champions for Climate Justice award winners who will create academic community experiences that show how climate change affects health equity.  The winners will receive $500 to support their proposed experiences taking place during September as part of APHA’s 150th AnniversaryContinue reading “American Public Health Association’s Student Champions for Climate Justice”

Here’s what’s in the Senate’s $369 billion bill for climate and energy

It’s been a dangerously hot, rainy, fiery summer in the United States. But there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon: Congress is on the verge of finally taking action to address some of the greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling the climate crisis.  This week, after months of negotiations and false starts, Senate DemocratsContinue reading “Here’s what’s in the Senate’s $369 billion bill for climate and energy”

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

by Jennifer Shutt, New Jersey Monitor A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion.  Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. KyrstenContinue reading “Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights”