President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. Trump’s positive test comes just hours...
After Grace’s Story, Michigan Will Study Its Juvenile Justice System — ProPublica
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed a task force to examine the state’s juvenile justice system and recommend reforms after a Black teen was jailed for not doing her online coursework.
Biden Justice Department Seeks to Defend Trump in Suit Over Rape Denial - The New York Times
Donald Trump is facing a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Mr. Trump of raping her.
Republican senators torpedo Jan. 6 commission - Roll Call
Despite pleas from the family of a fallen police officer, Republicans blocked establishing a commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
South Korea’s elderly alt-right unite on YouTube - Rest of World
Alt-right communities based on misinformation and religious fundamentalism have become a subtle but looming force in national politics.
Uber agrees historic deal allowing drivers to join GMB union | Gig economy | The Guardian
First agreement between a gig economy service and a union will not include Eats delivery riders
Thousands of YouTube comments on Sky News Australia video celebrate BLM activist being shot in head | Sky News Australia | The Guardian
<strong>Exclusive:</strong> The racist and violent comments appear below a video news report about Sasha Johnson who was shot in the head in London
The Wuhan Lab Leak Question: A Disused Chinese Mine Takes Center Stage - WSJ
That Covid escaped from a lab isn’t the predominant hypothesis for the pandemic’s origins, yet prominent scientists are calling for a deeper probe and clearer answers from Beijing.
Biden asks US intel officials to investigate COVID-19 origin
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday asked U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the unlikely possibility that the origins of the virus trace to Chinese lab.
Senate confirms Kristen Clarke to lead DOJ's Civil Rights Division - Axios
The civil rights attorney was confirmed on the anniversary of George Floyd's killing.
Top U.S. health official calls for follow-up investigation into pandemic’s origins - The Washington Post
The theory that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, has gained traction amid criticism of an international probe and reports that several workers there were ill in November 2019 — weeks before the virus was officially identified.
George Floyd family urges Biden to pass police reform bill as it stalls in Senate | George Floyd | The Guardian
Floyd’s brother describes Biden as a ‘genuine guy’ but urged him to pass a law ‘to protect people of color’ at White House meeting
Timeline: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible - The Washington Post
The possibility that the coronavirus emerged from a lab was quickly dismissed by scientists in early 2020. This timeline shows which events and scientific publications had an impact on changing minds.
House passes bill to create Jan. 6 commission amid strong GOP opposition
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the chorus of Republican leadership formally urging members to vote against the measure.
Chairman Thompson Announces Bipartisan Agreement with Ranking Member Katko to Create Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced that he has reached an agreement with Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) to introduce legislation to form a bipartisan, independent Commission to investigate the January 6 domestic terrorism attack on the United States Capitol and recommend changes to further protect the Capitol, the citadel of our democracy. The legislation, entitled the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233), will be introduced by Reps. Thompson and Katko today and is expected to be considered in the House as soon as next week.
FDA OKs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For 12-15 Age Group : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
Pfizer said in late March that clinical trials found "100% efficacy and robust antibody responses" to the coronavirus in 12- to 15-year-olds.
4 lessons I learned about getting into Y Combinator (after 13 applications) | TechCrunch
Going through Y Combinator's rigorous vetting gives founders a sense-check of what they’re missing, and who they're missing. Take it from someone who applied to the program 13 times before getting in.
Researchers Say They’ve Uncovered a Massive Facebook Bot Farm from the 2020 Election – Mother Jones
The 14,000-account "political manipulation" network sent posts on Trump, Biden, and COVID.
GOP’s Voting Curbs Show Long Reach of 2013 Supreme Court Ruling - Bloomberg
Republicans across the U.S. can thank the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts as they enact the country’s most significant voting restrictions in generations.
Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold – Mother Jones
"Those who have spent more time educating themselves tend to think they know better than other people.”
American economic confidence has returned to pre-pandemic levels | The Economist
Optimists have pulled even with pessimists | Graphic detail
Liz Cheney secretly organized key move to block Trump from using military to overturn election: report - Raw Story - Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was the organizer of an open letter by all living former Defense Secretaries against the military intervening in election disputes.
Facebook Let Trump Lie America Into an Insurrection. Will It Stop Other Leaders From Doing Worse? – Mother Jones
The company's advisers weigh rolling back political figures' freedom to sway debate with disinformation and hate.
24 Useful Web Design Websites That Will Make Your Work Better | by Simon Hoffman | Medium
Bring your focus from code to beauty with online web design websites. This is what makes you a professional in your work.
The Pandemic Changed Our Microbiome, But That’s Okay - The Atlantic
Months of exuberant hand-sanitizing and social isolation during the pandemic have changed our exposure to microbes, in ways good and bad.
Falun Gong-aligned media push fake news about Democrats and Chinese communists | US news | The Guardian
The Epoch Times, believed to be linked to the Chinese religious movement, is part of an anti-CCP influence operation tapping into the US right, according to a media watchdog
GOP leadership bankrolls election objectors who lost PAC support • OpenSecrets
Members of GOP Leadership are bankrolling lawmakers who challenged the 2020 election results, helping offset the loss of corporate PAC money.
President Biden delivers first address to a joint session of Congress — 4/28/2021 - YouTube
President Joe Biden deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. The White House on Wednesday outlined the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, the second piece of the president’s more than $4 trillion economic recovery program. It calls to expand paid leave and free pre-K, make child care and higher education more affordable, and extend tax credits for families passed as part of the coronavirus relief bill this year.
Biden’s $4 Trillion Economic Plan, in One Chart - The New York Times
Money directed at families is added to an earlier proposal on infrastructure.
3 Men Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Killing : NPR
Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and William Bryan, all face charges of attempted kidnapping and hate crimes in the death of Arbery, a Black man gunned down while on a run last year.
Ed Gonzalez, Harris County, Texas, Sheriff, Nominated To Head ICE : NPR
The White House announced Tuesday that President Biden is nominating as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, Texas, a vocal critic of elements of former President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement policies.
He Defended Chauvin and Wouldn’t Call Floyd’s Death a Homicide. Now His Record Is Under Investigation. – Mother Jones
Maryland's former chief medical examiner also put forth the bogus carbon monoxide poisoning theory.
In Oklahoma, Florida, and other states, Republicans are passing laws that make it easier to run over protesters - Vox
GOP lawmakers are responding to Black Lives Matter protests with anti-protest bills.
U.S. to provide vaccine components, medical supplies as India battles COVID-19 spike | Reuters
The United States will immediately send raw materials for COVID-19 vaccines, medical equipment and protective gear to help India respond to a massive surge in coronavirus infections, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday.
Research Says Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Perpetuates Gender Bias
NEW RESEARCH FROM a team at the University of Southern California provides further evidence that Facebook’s advertising system is discriminatory, showing that the algorithm used to target ads reproduced real-world gender disparities when showing job listings, even among equally qualified candidates.
Under-the-radar court case helps piece together cop dragging at Capitol riot - CNNPolitics
The Justice Department has built out one of its most gripping and complex investigations to date from the January 6 insurrection in a court case which has gotten far less attention than others about at least five rioters who dragged and beat police with flag poles and a crutch on the US Capitol steps.
How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers — ProPublica
Politicians get the veneer of grassroots support, while shadowy consultants get rich.
U.S. Issues More Than 115 'Do Not Travel' Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
The U.S. State Department has vastly expanded its Do Not Travel list, issuing new Level 4 advisories for more than 115 countries and territories this week. The agency cites "ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state. Voting along party lines with minority Republicans in opposition, the House approved the bill 216-208. That's likely the easy part, though. The proposal faces a far tougher fight in the Senate, where simple Democratic control of the chamber won’t be enough. The legislation proposes creating a 51st state with one representative and two senators, while a tiny sliver of land including the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall would remain as a federal district. Instead of the District of Columbia, the new state would be known as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth — named after famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in Washington from 1877 until his death in 1895.
Darnella Frazier: A teen with 'a cell phone and sheer guts' is credited for Derek Chauvin's murder conviction - CNN
If not for Darnella Frazier's quick thinking, Derek Chauvin might still be a Minneapolis police officer. Instead, Chauvin is behind bars, convicted of murder after kneeling on George Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes.
Biden’s top scientist met twice with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s now complicating his confirmation.
President Joe Biden’s nomination of Eric Lander to be his top science adviser has been delayed in part because of a Democratic senator’s concerns about meetings Lander and his colleagues had with Jeffrey Epstein