Pentagon failed to keep its promise to protect US troops from sexual assault

A Pentagon survey released on September 1, 2022, found that reported sexual assault cases in the military increased by 13 percent in 2021. Sexual assaults of active-duty U.S. military personnel are at their highest levels in the 15 years that Defense Department officials have been surveying uniformed servicemembers about these offenses. The Pentagon has promisedContinue reading “Pentagon failed to keep its promise to protect US troops from sexual assault”

US slams brakes on Trumpflation & greed as Biden’s policies gain traction

After a sudden increase in costs resulting from reckless spending policies during the Trump administration, unbridled corporate greed, and the largest European military conflict since World War II, the all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of economy-wide inflation, did not change from June 2022 to July 2022 although it was still up 8.5 percentContinue reading “US slams brakes on Trumpflation & greed as Biden’s policies gain traction”

Comptroller of the Currency warns top leaders to safeguard trust in banking

Comptroller of the Currency Michael J. Hsu told regulatory agency heads, bank CEOs, academics and other financial industry leaders about the importance of safeguarding trust in banking during remarks at the Clearing House and Bank Policy Institute’s (TCH + BPI) Annual Conference in New York. Hsu discussed threats to trust in banking at The Pierre,Continue reading “Comptroller of the Currency warns top leaders to safeguard trust in banking”

United Nations says world food prices dropped for a fifth consecutive month

World food prices have fallen for a fifth consecutive month but are still nearly eight percent higher than a year ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported. Its latest Food Price Index shows that the prices of five commodities – cereals, vegetable oil, dairy, meat and sugar – were lower in August than in July. Continue reading “United Nations says world food prices dropped for a fifth consecutive month”

Building the “Big Lie”: Inside Trump’s Stolen Election Myth

by Doug Bock Clark, Alexandra Berzon and Kirsten Berg | ProPublica By the time Leamsy Salazar sat down in front of a video recorder in a lawyer’s office in Dallas, he had grown accustomed to divulging state secrets. After swearing to tell nothing but the truth so help him God, he recounted that he wasContinue reading “Building the “Big Lie”: Inside Trump’s Stolen Election Myth”

President Joe Biden says his ‘battle for the soul of the nation’ will continue

Joe Biden warned that American democracy was in grave peril by Republican forces loyal to Donald Trump who “fan the flames” of political violence in pursuit of power at any cost. In a primetime address from Philadelphia, the city where American democracy was born, Biden said the United States was in a continued battle forContinue reading “President Joe Biden says his ‘battle for the soul of the nation’ will continue”

Biden champions the organized labor movement as workers form new unions

President Joe Biden will participate in Labor Day events championing unionized workers as the movement seeks to enlist members in new industries organizing to secure higher wages and better working conditions. Biden, who will be making his third stop in Pennsylvania in a week, will first travel to Milwaukee on Monday for the Milwaukee AreaContinue reading “Biden champions the organized labor movement as workers form new unions”

Retired NYPD officer gets 10 years for beating DC cop in failed coup d’etat

A retired New York Police Department officer was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison for attacking the U.S. Capitol and using a metal flagpole to assault one of the police officers trying to hold off a rioting mob of Donald Trump-loving terrorists. Thomas Webster’s prison sentence is the longest so far among roughlyContinue reading “Retired NYPD officer gets 10 years for beating DC cop in failed coup d’etat”

Donald Trump kept top secret documents recovered by the FBI

Twenty-seven documents marked either classified or top secret were recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to a detailed inventory of what the FBI removed during a search there last month. The government’s months-long effort to recover stolen documents from Trump’s Florida residence after he left the White House has raisedContinue reading “Donald Trump kept top secret documents recovered by the FBI”

EPA to add Forever Chemicals to Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to designate the two most notorious PFAS — PFOA and PFOS — as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund law.   This designation will create federal standards to spur clean-up of areas most contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, though some states have already implemented theirContinue reading “EPA to add Forever Chemicals to Superfund”

Mikhail Gorbachev has died

Mikhail Gorbachev, who as the last leader of the Soviet Union waged a losing battle to salvage a crumbling empire but produced extraordinary reforms that led to the end of the Cold War, has died, Russian media reported Tuesday. News organizations quoted a statement from the Central Clinical Hospital as saying he died after aContinue reading “Mikhail Gorbachev has died”

The coronavirus outbreak fractured national unity within most countries

Across the globe, most people think their country has done a good job dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, with majorities saying this in every country surveyed except Japan. However, as a recent Pew Research Center survey conducted in 19 countries also highlights, most believe the pandemic has created greater divisions in their societies and exposedContinue reading “The coronavirus outbreak fractured national unity within most countries”

As extremists rise, Republicans turn against the League of Women Voters

by Megan O’Matz | ProPublica For decades, the League of Women Voters played a vital but largely practical role in American politics: tending to the information needs of voters by hosting debates and conducting candidate surveys. While it wouldn’t endorse specific politicians, it quietly supported progressive causes. The group was known for clipboards, not confrontation;Continue reading “As extremists rise, Republicans turn against the League of Women Voters”

US security agencies accuse communist China of computer system exploitation

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) accused the People’s Republic of China’s government of conducting malicious cyber activity to exploit vulnerabilities in American computers and other networked devices. The agencies released a cybersecurity advisory, “People’s Republic of China State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Exploit Network ProvidersContinue reading “US security agencies accuse communist China of computer system exploitation”

Joe Biden’s Pentagon spending is worse & more wasteful than Trump’s

President Joe Biden’s historically high Pentagon spending plan is a dramatic turnaround for Democrats, who were expected to restrain military spending after budgets soared during the Trump years. After Congress approved a massive $783 billion Pentagon spending bill for Fiscal Year 2022, Biden requested a whopping $813 billion for 2023. Although Biden asked for aContinue reading “Joe Biden’s Pentagon spending is worse & more wasteful than Trump’s”

Many Americans endured gun violence & almost all want stonger gun laws

About a fifth of Americans say either themselves, a family member, or a close friend has had an experience with gun violence in the past five years, and even more believe it is likely they will be a victim of gun violence in the next five years, according to a new UChicago Harris/AP-NORC Poll. ThereContinue reading “Many Americans endured gun violence & almost all want stonger gun laws”

Trenton police officer charges with helping street gang plan retaliation

A Trenton police officer allegedly falsified his job application to conceal his connections to a street gang and conspired to help an inmate plan a retaliatory assault and is now facing criminal charges that can result in a 10-year prison sentence. Rudy Lopez, 36, of Hamilton has been charged with official misconduct, conspiracy and tamperingContinue reading “Trenton police officer charges with helping street gang plan retaliation”

$36 billion the US spent in Afghanistan went to “undisclosed” recipients

Over the 20-year period of America’s invasion and intervention in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense paid various companies about $108 billion in contracts for work performed in the country, according to the latest research from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. “This paper, which is the first to compileContinue reading “$36 billion the US spent in Afghanistan went to “undisclosed” recipients”

Top Trump Alabama supporter charged with sex crime

Former President Donald Trump’s Alabama campaign co-chairman was arrested Tuesday on a sex abuse charge, police said. Perry Hooper, Jr., a 67-year-old former state legislator, was charged with first-degree sex abuse related in connection to an incident that occurred in downtown Montgomery Aug. 16. Hooper spent 17 years as a state legislator and was co-chairContinue reading “Top Trump Alabama supporter charged with sex crime”

Mega-employer Walmart ensures workers the ability to choose abortion

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, is immediately expanding travel and abortion coverage for its US employees, according to Executive Vice President Donna Morris, who made the announcement in an internal memo circulated to employees Friday. The company’s health insurance plans will now cover abortion under certain circumstances: when there is a health risk toContinue reading “Mega-employer Walmart ensures workers the ability to choose abortion”