A group of former Justice Department officials, including former Attorney General Eric Holder Eric Himpton Holder Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Senate panel dukes it out over voting rights Progressive groups announce M voting rights effort MORE and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates Sally Caroline Yates Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Biden directs DOJ to phase out use of private prisons The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC MORE , wrote to senators on Monday in support of President Biden Joe Biden IRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE 's nominee to lead the department's Civil Rights Division. The … [Read more...] about Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ
Better luck next time for a losing Republican presidential candidate? Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/Getty Images There is a lot of angst in Republican Establishment circles over the 45th president’s reported rant at a Republican donor conference near his Florida home over the weekend. Trump is apparently still furious at Brian Kemp for impeding his election coup, and Mike Pence for failing to steal a second term for him anyway, and at Mitch McConnell for refusing to back his electoral vote challenge and then criticizing him for inciting a riot. To Republicans who aren’t deep in the fever swamps of MAGA-land, this is just Trump continuing his narcissistic and destructive post-election behavior. Just as he blew up those crucial Georgia Senate runoffs in January because he couldn’t let go of his own lies about the presidential election, he’s blowing up the party at a time when the GOP needs to stay unified in the fight against Biden . And to those of us without a betting … [Read more...] about Will Republicans Try Another Election Coup in 2024?
Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci sounded off on the “immediate pause” in the rollout of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine. This comes as six Americans have reportedly developed blood clots after receiving the shot. As some may have vaccine hesitancy as a result of the reported issues, Fauci said the halt could be “quite temporary” and stressed the FDA and CDC just want to gather more information on the vaccines. He added the effort to exercise caution is “a confirmation of how seriously we take safety.” “[T]he FDA and the CDC made a decision based on an accumulating number of cases,” Fauci advised. “Small though they may be, they wanted to make sure they had all the information, and the prudent thing was to say let’s just stop. Very well may be quite temporary, but they just want to take a look and see if they can gather more information or even see if there are more cases that have gone unnoticed.” … [Read more...] about Fauci on Pausing J&J Vaccine: ‘A Confirmation of How Seriously We Take Safety’
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday, as did the city’s police chief — moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest. The resignations from Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon came two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. Potter, a 26-year veteran, had been on administrative leave following Sunday’s shooting, which happened as the Minneapolis area was already on edge over the trial of an officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said at a news conference that the city had been moving toward firing Potter when she resigned. Elliott said he hoped her resignation would “bring some calm to the community,” but that he would keep working toward “full accountability under the law.” “We have to make sure that justice is … [Read more...] about White Minnesota cop who fatally shot Black motorist resigns
By MOHAMED IBRAHIM BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city’s police chief said Monday, as police clashed with protesters for the second night in a row. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as “an accidental discharge.” It happened as police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant. The shooting sparked protests and unrest in a metropolitan area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death. “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” the officer is heard shouting on her body cam footage released at a news conference. She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police outside his car and gets back behind the wheel. After firing a single shot … [Read more...] about Daunte Wright shooting: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun, police say