Oath Keepers ‘lifetime member’ agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in Jan. 6 insurrection case

Schaffer’s guilty plea to two charges—obstructing an official proceeding and illegally entering the Capitol grounds—makes him the first participant in the insurrection to agree to provide evidence against his fellow rioters. Schaffer, who originally faced six felony charges, will enter the government’s witness protection program as part of the deal. According to an earlier filing, which…

Republicans can’t agree with themselves on how tiny an infrastructure package to demand

Campaign Action An estimated $41.8 billion is needed to repair structurally deficient bridges alone—never mind getting ahead of the bridges that will become structurally deficient in the coming years. Or talking about roads, rail, broadband, schools, veterans’ hospitals, ports, airports, replacing lead pipes for drinking water, caring for our elders while boosting some of the fastest-growing…

McConnell flat-out tells Republicans to use Manchin and Sinema to obstruct Biden, Democrats

Campaign Action While that was happening, McConnell was telling Republicans to make nice to Manchin and Sinema to co-opt them to his agenda by boosting their already healthy egos. In an interview with Politico, McConnell demonstrated the tactic. “What they’ve been very forthright about is protecting the institution against pressures from their own party. I…

Trump officials bragged about blocking scientists from accurately reporting on COVID-19

In particular, the emails between former Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Affairs Chief Michael Caputo and former Science Adviser Paul Alexander show these officials working to force the CDC to make changes in reports on how COVID-19 spread. Then they celebrated their victory with a “yippee.” Alexander also managed to make changes in the “sacrosanct” Morbidity and Mortality…

‘Our dignity has been lifted by passing this fund’: New York hunger strikers break fast after win

While the fight was about relief, Ramirez told amNY the fight went beyond that: “It is more than $2.1 billion dollars. It is actually a recognition of undocumented workers,” she said in the report. “This is the future. This is the future that we’re leaving behind for our kids, and a reminder for those who doubted us.…

Key provisions of Democrats’ voting rights bill garner strong majority support with room to grow

The one exception to public embrace for many of Democrats’ voting reforms was strong support for laws requiring voters to show photo IDs, which Democrats hope to ease, not tighten. Some 72% of respondents supported photo ID laws, including 91% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats in favor. Just 14% opposed such a provision. The Democratic bill currently…

Biden seeks to start undoing generations of inequity in infrastructure investment

Campaign Action Biden’s plan would quadruple federal support for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to boost minority-owned manufacturing and small and medium-sized businesses. It carves out 40% of the funds for climate investments for underserved communities. It also invests in the Black, brown, and AAPI workers—predominantly women—who do some of the most essential and thankless…