Court finds North Carolina Republicans guilty of racial discrimination

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina intended the state’s voter ID law to make it harder for Black residents to vote, according to a panel of state judges that handed down a ruling on Friday. There’s no evidence that legislators who supported the law were motivated by racism, the judges wrote but it’s still discriminatory toContinue reading “Court finds North Carolina Republicans guilty of racial discrimination”

Murphy and Ciattarelli debate tonight

Gov. Phil Murphy and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli will clash in the first of two gubernatorial debates at 7 p.m. this evening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The debate will be moderated by Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV, Jim Gardner of WPVI-TV, Adriana Vargas-Sino of Univision, and NJ Advance Media reporter AmandaContinue reading “Murphy and Ciattarelli debate tonight”

Burglar dies trapped in restaurant exhaust fan

A would-be burglar died after he got trapped in an exhaust fan on the roof of the building, where he apparently tried to break into a restaurant. The body was found shortly before 10 a.m. Monday at the Two Brothers From Italy restaurant, located in a Galloway Township strip mall. It’s not clear how orContinue reading “Burglar dies trapped in restaurant exhaust fan”

Second conspirator admits to $1 million bank fraud

A Brooklyn, New York, man yesterday admitted his role in a scheme to defraud banks of more than $1 million using stolen and counterfeited checks and stolen identities. Frank Ambrosio, 36, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud andContinue reading “Second conspirator admits to $1 million bank fraud”

Warren’s wealth tax would have raised $9 billion dollars from 5 Americans

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently released a new staff report, “The Big Escape: How the Ultra-Wealthy Avoid Paying Taxes and How to Fix It.”  Massive corporations and America’s wealthiest households are using extraordinary loopholes and increasingly complex schemes to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. The new report examines the effects of twoContinue reading “Warren’s wealth tax would have raised $9 billion dollars from 5 Americans”

January 6 committee subpoenas top Trump aides

by Joshua Kaplan and Joaquin Sapien | ProPublica The U.S. House of Representatives select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 issued subpoenas on Thursday to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and three other allies of former President Donald Trump. These are the first subpoenas announced by the committee and represent itsContinue reading “January 6 committee subpoenas top Trump aides”

GOP gunning for Vichy Democrat in New Jersey

Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen is one of many contenders who will seek the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District, which is currently represented by conservative Blue Dog Democrat Mikie Sherrill. In conjunction with his announcement, Selen describes himself as an immigrant from Turkey who came to this country to build a better lifeContinue reading “GOP gunning for Vichy Democrat in New Jersey”

Pentagon nuclear policy official ousted

Leonor Tomero, has been forced to resign as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, leaving the post she has held since Jan. 20 because the Defense Department eliminated her job. The removal of President’ Joe Biden’s top political appointee in charge of nuclear policy from the Pentagon has fannedContinue reading “Pentagon nuclear policy official ousted”

Conservative corporate Democrat Gottheimer draws progressive critics

New Jersey residents held a rally outside Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s office in Glen Rock, to demanding that the conservative corporate Democrat support for President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan, a ten-year spending blueprint that would help catch up with infrastructure investments that have been neglected for the last 40 years. Among thoseContinue reading “Conservative corporate Democrat Gottheimer draws progressive critics”

Americans view coronavirus as major threat

More than a year and a half into the coronavirus outbreak, large shares of Americans continue to see the coronavirus as a major threat to public health and the U.S. economy. And despite widespread vaccination efforts, 54% of U.S. adults say the worst of the outbreak is still to come. The toll of restrictions onContinue reading “Americans view coronavirus as major threat”

National Safety Council supports Biden strategy

The National Safety Council is hopeful in response to the Biden Administration’s six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat the pandemic – specifically, the Council supports the plan’s approach to workplace vaccine requirements to 1s!@!increase uptake among the unvaccinated.  NSC has advocated for the use of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure worker safety and wellbeing. Given thatContinue reading “National Safety Council supports Biden strategy”

Scientists close to putting the “sun in a box”

Fusion doesn’t produce any carbon emissions (like the burning of fossil fuels) or long-lasting radioactive waste (like nuclear fission), and unlike solar and wind power, it isn’t dependent on the weather. Nuclear fusion can only happen under extreme heat and pressure — Nobel-winning physicist Pierre-Gilles de Gennes once said recreating it on Earth would requireContinue reading “Scientists close to putting the “sun in a box””

Study says assault weapon ban worked, but Congress cowers from NRA gun lobby

Since 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed the crime bill that included a 10-year ban on the sale of assault weapons, Congress has not passed any major laws restricting access to weapons, even though studies confirm the success of the provision expired in 2004 that had prohibited the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, pistols, andContinue reading “Study says assault weapon ban worked, but Congress cowers from NRA gun lobby”

Lobbyists raked in COVID-19 contracts

By Just six percent of the companies that received COVID-related contracts lobbied the federal government in 2020, but they received more than half of the money that was awarded to combat the pandemic, $19.4 billion, according to a report released by Public Citizen and the Center for Responsive Politics. “The striking share of COVID dollars that wentContinue reading “Lobbyists raked in COVID-19 contracts”

Indiana man accosted an 18-year-old woman during flight

An Indiana man pleaded guilty today to engaging in sexual contact with a sleeping woman on a flight from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Denver, Colorado. According to court documents, Ian Wagner, 39, of New Haven, was a passenger on board a domestic flight from Indianapolis to Denver on Oct. 6, 2017. Wagner was seated next toContinue reading “Indiana man accosted an 18-year-old woman during flight”

Former USPS worker admitted to stealing credit cards from the mail

A former Union County woman today admitted stealing credit cards sent through the mail while employed as a clerk at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Myriam Jimenez-Valentin, 33, now of Barbourville, Virginia, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging her with one count ofContinue reading “Former USPS worker admitted to stealing credit cards from the mail”

Woodbridge man sold sperm whale carving

A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man admitted the interstate sale of carvings made of sperm whale ivory, Acting U.S Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Richard Gontarek, 55, of Woodbridge, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court to an information, charging him with two counts of violating theContinue reading “Woodbridge man sold sperm whale carving”

Guilty plea in ‘election for sale’ scheme

A California business executive pleaded guilty today in the District of Columbia for conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and thereafter. According to the indictment and other court documents, Stevan Hill, 70, of Santa Monica, conspired with Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, and others, between MarchContinue reading “Guilty plea in ‘election for sale’ scheme”

Cop indicted for Taser assault

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that an officer of the Chesilhurst Police Department has been indicted for firing a Taser at the operator of a moving all-terrain vehicle (ATV) while arresting him. The civilian, a 23-year-old man, crashed the ATV and suffered significant injuries. The Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) yesterdayContinue reading “Cop indicted for Taser assault”

Diplomat quits Biden administration for turning away Haitian refugees

The U.S. special envoy for Haiti resigned his post over what he called an “inhumane” decision to send back thousands of Haitian migrants. A career U.S. diplomat to Haiti has resigned over the Biden administration’s “inhumane” decision to deport thousands of Haitians attempting to enter the U.S. back to the island nation. Ambassador Daniel Foote,Continue reading “Diplomat quits Biden administration for turning away Haitian refugees”