Barr refused to allow a "pattern-and-practice" investigation into systemic racial discrimination by the Minneapolis Police Department after the killing of George Floyd. In May — during the height of the coronavirus epidemic — the Justice Department filed a brief supporting Alabama's absurd requirement that all absentee ballots be certified by a witness, a move that undermines access for senior citizens and people of color. And in late August, the division sent a letter to four Democratic governors threatening to investigate their policies on Covid-19 patients in nursing homes — a letter that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer jointly called a "nakedly partisan deflection." This is an attorney general who has weaponized the civil rights division to promote Trump's political prerogatives. … [Read more...] about What Trump has done to the Justice Department’s civil rights division is a disgrace
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Negotiations with North Korea have been stalled for months, but if and when they resume, the United States and South Korea should ensure the talks incorporate concerns about North Korean human rights abuses, the United Nations’ human rights office in Seoul said Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Don’t Ignore North Korea Human Rights, UN Says
The first protest took place on April 30 when primarily white protesters, many carrying assault weapons, crowded into the Michigan Capitol to demonstrate against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's closure of the state's businesses to combat Covid-19. These protesters screamed into the faces of police officers and loudly chanted to be let onto the floor of the state Legislature. Some carried vile signs equating Whitmer with Hitler and threatening her with placards like one that read, "Tyrants get the rope." … [Read more...] about Trump’s tolerance for protesters goes only as far as his base
A hybrid between a city and the world’s least fun theme park, Glenn Beck’s Independence Park will not only be a place to live but also a “retreat from the world where entrepreneurs, artists, and creators could come to put their ideas to work,” because they’re unable to do that presently. Independence Park would include a marketplace, a ranch, a “church modeled after The Alamo” for some reason, and, most important, a media center “where Glenn’s production company would film television, movies, documentaries, and more.” If buying Glenn Beck’s books and DVDs and CDs and magazine and subscribing to his TV channel and attending his Christmas specials has only increased your desire to throw as much of your money as possible at Glenn Beck, Independence Park is where you belong. … [Read more...] about Which Quixotic Conservative Utopia Is Right for You?
Now, Little is eager to pay forward the help he received, and his brewery’s participation in Black is Beautiful is part of that. Even when he can’t connect with people directly, Little and Scott host a weekly Instagram live chat around beer styles, like a recent one on gruit, an old style of beer that utilizes botanicals in place of hops. “If I get an opportunity to talk to somebody of color and they want to learn about beer, we’re going to sit down and talk,” says Little. … [Read more...] about Limited imperial stouts are selling out across the Bay Area in craft beer’s Black is Beautiful movement