Confirmed: Barr’s Justice Department explored prosecuting Portland officials over protest handling

The clashes have occurred in a limited radius spanning several blocks around a federal courthouse in Portland, and most of the protesting has been peaceful, as it has been nationwide. But Trump has sought to scare white suburbanites into voting for him by playing up isolated instances of violence and casting them as the norm rather…

‘If I’ve got to stand here all day, I’m gonna vote today’— ‘unprecedented’ lines for early voting

Elsewhere in Virginia, the lines were just as long. Take a look at Richmond. x There may be 6+ weeks until Election Day 2020, but early voting in Virginia actually starts today — and there are dozens of voters in line to vote in person even before the building here in Richmond, VA opens pic.twitter.com/LchWhknggp…

Keep calm and carry on dying: Trump’s lies about COVID-19 did immeasurable damage

That statement from Trump should have made it obvious that he wasn’t really attempting to do anything about the crisis that was sweeping across the nation. Apparently it was obvious. As Kerry Eleveld pointed out in June, until that day Trump had held a net positive rating with college-educated white women. He went negative after that appearance,…

Senate Republicans privately more worried that Trump talked to Woodward than about his deadly lies

Same with Arizona’s Martha McSally and Colorado’s Cory Gardner. Not reading or paying any attention to any news at all has become quite fashionable among Republicans. If you haven’t read it or listened to the tapes with your very own ears, it didn’t happen. At least that’s Texan John Cornyn’s take. He said he didn’t…

Smoke and flames engulf West Coast as blazes force evacuation of 12% of Oregon’s population

Thomas Fuller and Christopher Flavelle at The New York Times report: If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians. The intensely hot wildfires are not only chasing thousands of people from their homes but causing dangerous chemicals to leach into drinking water. Excessive heat warnings…

Trump’s QAnon ‘star’ posts violent threat to Democratic lawmakers on Facebook

Domestic terrorist Marjorie Taylor Greene. Donald Trump’s “future Republican star,” QAnon adherent Marjorie Taylor Greene, who got a special invitation, posted a direct threat to sitting members of Congress on Facebook Thursday. She posted a photo of herself holding a rifle next to a composite picture of Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar…

Trump administration takes aim at the free press and congressional authority in one move

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote a letter of his own, while the group letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Chris Van Hollen, Jon Tester, Richard Blumenthal, Doug Jones, Tammy Duckworth, Sherrod Brown, Maggie Hassan, and Kyrsten Sinema, as well as Republican Sens. John Boozman, Jerry Moran, Shelly Moore Capito, and Susan…

Q&A: Education organizer Zakiyah Ansari discusses advocacy, hope, and the current movement

As time passes, and especially now when demonstrations and uprisings are taking place in the middle of a global pandemic, the way people advocate evolves and adapts. Career organizers are accustomed to needing to shift and recalibrate amid legislative setbacks when advocating for important issues. Zakiyah Ansari, the advocacy director for the Alliance for Quality…