Author: David Williams

Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting. A Conviction will Prevent them from Voting Again.

The case against the 12 voters in Alamance County — a patchwork of small towns about an hour west of the state’s booming Research Triangle — is unusual for the sheer number of people charged at once. And because nine of the defendants are black, the case has touched a nerve in a state with a history of suppressing African-American votes.

Local civil-rights groups and black leaders have urged the district attorney to drop the prosecution, saying that black voters were being disproportionately punished for an unwitting mistake. African-Americans in North Carolina are more likely to be disqualified from voting because of felony convictions; their rate of incarceration is more than four times that of white residents, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit organization.

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A Century of Global Warming, in Just 35 Seconds

It’s also clear that global warming is accelerating. In the past three decades (which starts around the 14-second mark in the video), the bars start pushing further and further from the center. Cooler-than-normal years start to become more rare and by the 1990s, they’ve almost disappeared completely.

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President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days

National influence campaigns designed to disrupt elections and undermine the people’s confidence in representative democracy are increasing in number and sophistication. Attacks on the foundations of our democracy are, by definition, acts of war and are now coming at us from both within and without. Lies are the weapon of choice, social media the platform for delivery, truth the intended target. Integrity and the union are collateral damage.

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Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich- New York Times

The tax cut being considered by the President is intended to reduce capital gains taxes for those who sell capital assets (property or investments). Income inequality, already at record levels, will increase yet again since they are considering only tax cuts for the wealthy. For those of us who work for a paycheck and do not have (much less sell) capital assets there is no benefit.

US tax revenue will be reduced by $100 billion dollars, adding to the budget deficit, which was increased to $1.5 trillion by the 2017 tax cuts. You and your children will pay for this gift to the wealthy. These additional tax cuts can only be balanced by cuts in Federal spending on the favorite Republican whipping boys: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Proponents argue that this tax cut will generate a sell-off and drive the stock market up, so wage earners and the middle class will benefit. The same argument was used in selling the 2017 Republican tax cut for businesses from 35% to 20%. A boon for corporations, that windfall resulted increased profitability which was used for stock buy-backs, not wage increases.  In 2017 average wages increased about 1.75%.

This tax cut is deliberately targeted and timed to please the donor class as we go into the midterm elections.

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Meadows’ attempt to impeach Rosenstein is over, but a contempt citation may still be in the works

How serious was Republican Congressman Mark Meadows about impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? As serious as anyone who is purely putting together a stunt he can use in a fundraising ad on Breitbart. So serious, in fact, that the whole round of chest-thumping and clothes-rending appears to be over.

As reported in The Hill, Meadows is “tabling his efforts” after a brief chat with Republican leadership. It’s a meeting that likely involved a lot of eye-rolling and questions about what other PR stunts Meadows has planned.

Truly a classless act.

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