Facebook facilitates prosecution of Nebraska teenager for medication abortion

Self-induced abortion A 17-year-old girl and her mother were charged with multiple felonies for aborting a stillborn fetus and burying it without alerting authorities. According to court records, Celeste Burgess and her mother, Jessica Burgess, bought mifepristone and misoprostol to end Celeste’s pregnancy after the state’s legal abortion period of 20 weeks post-fertilization. Celeste and her mother […]

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Grand jury investigating Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Indicted officer Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed a police officer indicted for using excessive force to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the state agency that regulates standards for law enforcement officers. Justin Berry was one of 19 Austin Police Department officers indicted earlier this year on aggravated assault charges for using violence against racial justice protesters in 2020. […]

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FBI confirms it allowed Trump White House to lead ‘investigation’ into Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh investigation During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, FBI Director Chris Wray confirmed that the agency passed all tips in the investigation into then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Trump White House without any independent investigation. (clip) Note “BI” stands for “background investigation” Whitehouse: Director Wray, as you know we are now […]

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Homeland Security & Defense Dept. also deleted all text messages from Jan. 6

More deleted Jan. 6 messages Just two weeks after learning that the Secret Service deleted communications from the time period around the insurrection, reports have emerged that both the Department of Homeland Security and Defense Department likewise erased messages from January 6th. DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari learned in February that text messages for Trump’s acting homeland security secretary […]

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Unregulated methane leaks in Texas wreak havoc on the climate

Reconciliation package Congressional Democrats reached a deal with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on a clean energy package that will reduce U.S. carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030. The budget reconciliation bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, contains several climate, health care, and tax measures. Despite its name, experts say it is unlikely to actually curb inflation. […]

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Red states sue to deny LGBTQ kids free school lunch

School lunch 22 Republican-led states sued the USDA over guidance issued earlier this year directing schools not to discriminate against LGBTQ+ students when offering free or reduced-cost meals. The challenge, led by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, claims that the federal government is attempting to force states and schools to follow anti-discrimination requirements that “misconstrue the law.” […]

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GOP Rep justifies violence against federal agents enforcing gun control laws

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing yesterday with the executives of major firearm manufacturers Daniel Defense and Sturm, Ruger & Company. Democratic members of the panel sought to document the “responsibility that the firearm industry bears in contributing to the gun violence epidemic in the United States” and determine “the steps Congress can take to hold […]

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