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Thursday, October 07, 2021

Even by the standards of President Donald J. Trump, it was an extraordinary Oval Office showdown. On the agenda was Mr. Trump's desire to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to carry out his demands for more aggressive investigations into his unfounded claims of election fraud. read more

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The Canadian company Enbridge has reimbursed US police $2.4m for arresting and surveilling hundreds of demonstrators who oppose construction of its Line 3 pipeline, according to documents the Guardian obtained through a public records request. read more

Thursday, September 30, 2021

An arson investigation was underway after a man wearing an American flag bandanna threw a Molotov cocktail into the headquarters of the county Democratic Party in Austin. read more

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Of all the journalism that emerged from Donald Trump's time in office, some of the most damning was a series of articles from The New York Times detailing how the president had inherited millions from his father largely through suspect tax schemes, ripped off tenants while lining his pockets, and, for a number of years, paid less in taxes than people living below the poverty line. When the stories, which relied on tax documents obtained by Trump's niece, Mary Trump, were published in 2018 and 2020, the president was characteristically apoplectic. His lawyers vehemently denied the allegations, insisting that "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate," and claiming that "there was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone." If there was, however, Trump had "virtually no involvement whatsoever with these matters," as the "affairs were handled by other Trump family members who were not experts themselves."

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Despondent after yesterday's recall election, millions of California Republicans are fleeing the state for Florida and Texas in search of dumber governors.


This shouldn't surprise anyone.

This Rolling Stone Article goes way more in depth on the issue, but this is my favorite part:

The officers next approach the parking lot where Stallings is standing, and immediately open fire with less-lethal rounds. "When they encounter Mr. Stallings," Rice says, "they did not give any sort of warning or announcement that they were going to use force."

Stallings was hit by one of the officer's 40mm rounds. The Army vet, who is black, believed he was under attack by white supremacists, whom Mayor Frey had warned could be in town stirring up trouble that night. He fired back at the unmarked van three times with his legally registered and carried pistol. The rounds did not hit any of the officers, but the police can be seen cowering in the van as they shout out, "Shots fired!"

The van then halts and cops storm out, identifying themselves to Stallings for the first time. Stallings lay on the ground to surrender to the cops, who can be seen beating him. But he managed to get arrested without suffering life-threatening violence.

Stallings was later charged with eight counts, including attempted second degree murder and first degree assault. Despite the mitigating video evidence in the case, the charging attorney still wanted to throw the book at Stallings, asking him to plead guilty to counts carrying 13 years in prison, according to Rice.

Rather than accept this plea deal, Stallings pursued his right to a jury trial. This was a significant risk " as one assault charge alone carried a 10 year mandatory minimum sentence. In the end, the jury favored Stallings' claim of self defense. The deliberations lasted just "three hours, including a lunch break," Rice says. Stallings was found not-guilty on September 1st. He is now weighing a civil case.

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