WASHINGTON – Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering reignited calls from progressives for overhauling the high court, putting new pressure on Democratic presidential hopefuls during their first nationwide debates. The 5-4 ruling could clear the way for partisan state legislatures to redraw more districts after the 2020 census. Democratic White House candidates were united in their outrage over the decision, but some liberal activists pressed them to go further, calling for changes to the court’s structure that they say would help eliminate partisan decisions. “This is part of a pattern where the democratic process itself is being monkeyed with,” said Brian Fallon, a former aide to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign who now leads Demand Justice, a progressive group created to counter long-running conservative advocacy on the judiciary. “So just putting your faith in winning the next election is not a sufficient … [Read more...] about New ruling puts high court overhaul back on 2020 Dems’ radar
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For the past several months, members of the Fort Mojave Indian tribe in Ward Valley, California, have been defending their historic land by settling into a desert encampment next to their reservation, where the State of California and a private waste storage company wants to build a low level nuclear waste dump. In Houston, Texas, black residents of the Kennedy Heights community recently discovered that Gulf Oil, now owned by Chevron, polluted the ground on which they are living before selling it to a developer in the 1960s, and they are now suing Chevron for damages in a federal court. Outside New Orleans, Louisiana, citizens of a mostly black and poor town are fighting a major chemical company to prevent it from erecting a toxic emitting plant in their district. And in urban areas from West Oakland, California, to the South Bronx of New York City, community groups are pressuring their political representatives to shut down hazardous waste incinerators that, they claim, have clustered … [Read more...] about Americans fight for ecological justice
Jayme Deerwester USA TODAY Published 4:49 PM EDT Jun 3, 2019 Two recent incidents involving U.S. tourists are putting the Dominican Republic in the headlines – and if social media is any indication, they're causing other Americans to reconsider plans to visit the Caribbean nation. On Friday, news broke that Maryland couple Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were found unresponsive in their room by staff at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the resort Playa Nueva Romana after they didn't check out at the expected time. On Sunday, the Dominican National Institute of Forensic Sciences announced that it had completed autopsies on Holmes and Day, telling CNN that Holmes, 63, and Day, 49, died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a buildup of fluid in the lungs. The Dominican Republic National Police also told CNN that officers found blood-pressure medication in the couple's room. "Both died of natural causes at … [Read more...] about Dominican Republic: New safety concerns for Americans?
The audience at a Fox News Town Hall meeting in Pennsylvania with Bernie Sanders erupted in cheers and applause when the host asked the crowd if it supported Medicare for all, a signature Sanders campaign issue. The raucous response was despite the fact that the White House condemned the bill, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling it "a socialist takeover of healthcare." Sanders' strong showing is being interpreted as evidence that he could win in states where Trump prevailed in 2016. An indictment against Julian Assange in the Eastern District of Virginia was unsealed on Thursday, and the criminal complaint was released today, adding detail to the case against the Wikileaks co-founder. But even with the new detail, the government's case is weak and limited and still accuses Assange only of a minor charge of conspiracy to access a government computer … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders Makes “Big Impression” at Fox News Town Hall
The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died. “Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic,” the lawsuit, filed earlier this week in federal court in the southern district of New York, states. The same eight members of the family had recently been added to a small number of lawsuits that are underway against a string of opioid-makers, including the Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company the Sacklers wholly-own, Purdue Pharma, but they have not been sued as individuals on anything like this scale before. “This nation is facing an unprecedented opioid addiction epidemic that was initiated and perpetuated by the Sackler Defendants for their own financial gain, to the detriment of each of the Plaintiffs and their residents. The … [Read more...] about 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker