ACLU urges Biden to allow separated families to return to US, be given legal status

Other advocates have similarly pressed for protections for separated families. Last month, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Joaquin Castro urged the incoming administration to allow families to return to the U.S. Along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, he last year also introduced legislation that would put families on a path to legal status. “[T]here’s a question then, once they’re reunited, where…

Walmart, McDonald’s, Amazon, Dollar Tree, FedEx, rely on having workers on SNAP and Medicaid

In the nine states that responded about SNAP benefits — Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington — Walmart was found to have employed about 14,500 workers receiving the benefit, followed by McDonald’s with 8,780, according to Sanders’s team. In six states that reported Medicaid enrollees, Walmart again topped the list,…

Beyond the big box: Feel-better alternatives for creative holiday gift shopping

The Alliance for American Manufacturing is once again out with its Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, with something made in every state. You can get home decor signs made in Delaware; Baby Yoda-themed insulated tumblers made in Florida; recycled wool mittens, scarves, and hats made in Maine; espadrilles made in Puerto Rico by a company that…

House Democrats call GSA head Emily Murphy to explain why she’s blockading the Biden transition

The law instructs the GSA administrator to ascertain the “apparent successful candidate” to start the formal presidential transition. Until Murphy takes that action, President-elect Joe Biden’s team doesn’t have access to the federal funds set aside for the transition or to key briefings and meetings with existing officials to coordinate a smooth process in January.…

White House ‘special assistant’ Andrew Giuliani tests positive for COVID-19 after dad’s presser

Giuliani has two children from his second marriage—Caroline and Andrew—and a step daughter from his third marriage. Keep up! Caroline has been very public in her emotional and political estrangement from her ambitiously monstrous father, while Andrew seems to be cut from the same cloth that Donald Trump was cut from. Sort of big, plays…

Michigan militia plot: ‘Plan A’ involved takeover of Capitol, followed by televised executions

Members of the Wolverine Watchmen, as the plotters called themselves, conducted paramilitary training sessions to prepare for the dual attacks. Many of them had participated in a number of anti-Whitmer protests, calling her a “tyrant” for her COVID-19 pandemic public health measures such as business and school closures. These were protests at which violent rhetoric threatening…

Joe Biden expected to roll back abortion restrictions early on in his administration

Early on, Biden is likely to take on the global gag rule that bars the federal government from funding foreign NGOS that provide abortions or even discusses them with patients. That rule, originally known as the Mexico City Policy, was first imposed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, rescinded by President Bill Clinton, reimposed by President George W. Bush, rescinded by…

Alabama’s unqualified Republican senator can’t name the three branches of government

Asked whether or not Tuberville thought that Republicans and Democrats could work more harmoniously this coming 2021, Senator-elect Tuberville explained that government, voting, elections, and stuff is totally gonna happen, and things. TUBERVILLE: Yeah and that’s how our government was set up. You know, our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all…

Trump snubs Senate Republicans in Georgia after they sold their souls to him

In fact, Trump is doing nothing but sucking energy, attention, and money away from their reelections. He hasn’t agreed to make any trips to the state yet. He’s tweeted only narrowly about the Georgia recount but not its runoffs. Trump’s campaign has also been soliciting donations to supposedly contest the election (but actually settle debts),…