'Daunte Wright’s life mattered': Activists, coaches and former presidents alike speak up for justice -
about 1 hour ago
It’s difficult to feel nothing when seemingly each week brings new video of a Black person shot, killed, brutalized, or all of the above at the hands of white police officers. In this week’s case, veteran Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright after he was pulled over because his air freshener blocked a portion of his rearview window on Sunday. Potter reportedly was reaching for her Taser when she accidentally grabbed her gun instead, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said. Wright’s death occurred in B... (continue)
‘Maybe it’s a dietary thing,’ director says of white children being fed before Black children -
about 3 hours ago
Racism is a pandemic that has been present in the U.S. far before COVID-19. Black people have been victims of not only police brutality and state-sanctioned violence for generations, but other forms of racism including incidents that target children. A day care in Georgia has been called out for racism after videos shared online depicted white children being prioritized for lunch.
An online livestream video depicted Black children at Roswell day care waiting to be fed as white children had already received their meals. The incident was reported by a family who saw the footage while checking on their 2-year-old child at the Kids ‘R' Kids Roswell location,
Officer who killed Daunte Wright couldn't tell a Taser from a gun despite 26 years of experience -
about 4 hours ago
The police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright has been identified as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department who recently served as the head of its police union. In body camera video, Potter can be heard shouting, “I’ll tase you,” and “Taser Taser Taser,” before instead shooting Wright with her gun. She is currently on administrative leave.
The medical examiner concluded that Wright “died of a gunshot wound of the chest and manner of death is... (continue)
Manchin helps Republicans foster another lie—corporate tax cuts create jobs -
about 5 hours ago
Senate Republicans, with an assist from Democrat Joe Manchin, are doing their level best to insist that it would destroy the economy to repeal the 2017 Trump tax scam, and that spending now on keeping all of the systems for the whole goddamned nation from crumbling in to the ground in the next decade is dangerously radical and expensive. On both fronts, they're full of crap. And people who are much better at doing that economics stuff than me say so.
Manchin, the self-appointed king of the Senate, has been proclaiming lots of stuff about how the Senate should work lately, much of it ill-informed and all of ... (continue)
Morning Digest: Outside spending intensifies ahead of all-Democratic House race in Louisiana -
about 6 hours ago
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.
● LA-02: With less than two weeks to go before the all-Democratic April 24 runoff, EMILY's List has launched what Politico reports is a $341,000 TV buy in support of state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. This appears to be the first negative TV commercial of the campaign directed against Peterson's foe, fellow state Sen. Troy Carter, thou... (continue)
Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday -
about 7 hours ago
All Y’alls Happy Now, John?
We open with today’s edition of Twenty Two Necessary Seconds With Jen Psaki...No More, No Less, Exactly Twenty Two:
Jen Psaki owns John Cornyn pic.twitter.com/5dkdkfMIxo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 12, 2021
This has been today’s edition of Twenty Two Necessary Seconds With Jen Psaki...No More, No Less, Exactly Twenty Two.
Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Note: Just a qu... (continue)
Vaccine refusal is going to cost this country billions, and we'll all end up paying for it -
about 17 hours ago
We’re regularly treated to conservatives whining about “entitlements” to those they consider undeserving, be they people of a different shade of skin, immigrants, or any other subgroup the right trots out to whip its followers into a race-based frenzy. The typical argument always focuses on how “those people” are spending someone else’s hard-earned tax dollars.
Well here’s something for your local COVID-19 denying, anti-vaccine wingnut to chew on. As explained by Edward Isaac-Dovere, a staff writer at the Atlantic, the costs borne by American taxpayers to pay for the medical costs of those who get sick from COVID-19 because they refused to be vaccinat... (continue)
Apple Studios takes on the Peach State, exits Georgia production citing voter suppression law -
about 17 hours ago
Stacey Abrams indicated the best way to help Georgia was to stay and fight. For some companies that are not already in Georgia, however, the question is not about staying and fighting, it’s about whether or not to bring new business to the Peach State.
On April 12, 2021, Will Smith, Antoine Fuqua, and Apple Studios decided that starting production on their new Apple TV series, “Emancipation,” in Georgia simply wasn’t worth it, especially in consideration of current events.
Biden administration, allies contemplate next actions as Russia masses troops on Ukraine border -
about 18 hours ago
If you are unsure about what is happening along the Ukraine-Russia border, congratulations: You have something in common with countless foreign policy experts watching what's happening along the Ukraine-Russia border. Russian tanks and troops are massing on the border in numbers not seen since the 2014 Russian seizure and occupation of Crimea, but the true intent of the buildup is not clear. Analysts have multiple theories, and they range from the usual Russian government showboating to a potential new invasion of Ukraine to things in between.
What's clear is that Russian military forces are indeed being moved to the border as low-level fighting between Ukrain... (continue)
Biden budget seeks aid for unaccompanied kids, backlog of asylum applications, no new cash for wall -
about 19 hours ago
President Joe Biden on Friday released an initial budget request to Congress that will seek funds to address his administration’s new priorities within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These funds range from a backlog of asylum applications to caring for unaccompanied children to higher educational barriers facing undocumented young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as funds to investigate white supremacist beliefs within federal immigration agencies.
The request “is basically a preview of the full budget request coming in May,”
The GOP isn't just alienating corporate America, big law firms are joining the fight -
about 20 hours ago
Not only are American corporations readily ignoring Sen. Mitch McConnell's threats to shut their traps about voter suppression laws, now big law firms are getting active in the fight too.
Some 60 major law firms are uniting around an effort “to challenge voter suppression legislation and to support national legislation to protect voting rights and increase voter participation,” Brad Karp, chairman of the heavyweight law firm Paul Weiss, told The New York ... (continue)
Pitiful ‘White Lives Matter’ rallies reveal diminished, but still dangerous, state of radical right -
about 21 hours ago
"Well that was pitiful," wrote a would-be participant in a racist “White Lives Matter” protest in Norfolk, Virginia, in a nearly-empty Telegram channel devoted to the event. Among her fellow far-right ideologues, it was a common sentiment.
The events, planned at over a dozen locales around the country this past weekend, were intended as a kind of rallying point for white nationalist and far-right groups of varying stripes, but instead turned out to be almost a complete bust, with only tiny handfuls of marchers showing up in most locations. The largest turnout was
Rep. Matt Gaetz is out of friends, drugs, and pimps. Might be time to cut your losses, pal -
about 23 hours ago
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has long been a terrible, terrible person, which for the past 10 years has been a near-requirement for Republican officeholders in general. He made a name for himself as a rabid partisan of no particular values other than devoted sucking-up; his main contribution to his nation has been a vocal defending of Donald Trump each and every time Trump was caught in some new crookedness. That's it. He's known for that, for launching retaliatory strikes against Trump's enemies, for near-obsessive attempts to ingratiate himself with Dear Golfing Leader, and oh, would you look at that, living a not-so-secret life as a House Republican ultraperv now under investigation for drug-fueled sex trafficking. What are the odds: A man who fetishizes Donald ... (continue)