Archiv: United States Constitution


16.10.2021 - 03:16 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Only Congress Can End Washington’s Endless Wars

(07.10.2021)

The war on terror is a constitutional aberration. The U.S. legislature must reclaim its war powers from an overempowered executive branch.

14.10.2021 - 01:12 [ Youngkin for Governor ]

Glenn Releases Statement on Northam-McAuliffe Mask Mandate for Kids

August 12, 2021

FALLS CHURCH, VA- Today, political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin issued the following statement on the Virginia Department of Health’s statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools:

„With today’s student mask mandate announcement, Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe and Richmond liberals have made clear that they will stop at nothing to impose their will and take away parents‘ ability to decide what’s best for our kids. Make no mistake about it, this mask mandate is the first step towards returning to a full shutdown of our economy.

„We must respect parents’ right to decide what is best for their own children. If parents, teachers, and children want to wear a mask, they absolutely should do that, but there should not be a statewide school mask mandate.“

In addition to his opposition to statewide school mask mandates, Youngkin has repeatedly expressed his objection to vaccine passports and vaccine mandates

14.10.2021 - 01:05 [ Jackie DeFusco, Virginia Capitol Bureau Reporter ]

@GlennYoungkin says, if elected, he would ask the AG to challenge President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandates and “defend Virginians.” Asked if there is any scenario where he would support a requirement, he says it’s a matter of personal choice. #VAGov

(08.10.2021)

14.10.2021 - 00:29 [ NBC Washington ]

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Spar on Vaccine Mandates, Education

When an educator asked if that meant requiring vaccines for school children, McAuliffe did not hesitate.

“If the CDC says these vaccinations are safe for our children than I want everybody to be vaccinated,”he said.

14.10.2021 - 00:01 [ CBS News ]

CBS News poll: Vaccine and economy fights driving tight Virginia governor’s race

On issues, this race is shaping up to be about approaches to coronavirus versus the economy. McAuliffe has the advantage on COVID-related issues, like mask and vaccine mandates. Most voters statewide support vaccine mandates for Virginia businesses, putting them at odds with Youngkin’s position.

13.10.2021 - 08:16 [ Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas ]

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates By Any Entity, Adds Issue To Special Session Agenda

October 11, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.

13.10.2021 - 08:13 [ ValleyCentral.com ]

‘Must always be voluntary’: Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandates

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

13.10.2021 - 08:10 [ the Hill ]

Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates

Abbott’s move is an escalation in the Republican battle against vaccine mandates, something that many public health experts view as a key tool in the fight against the pandemic, given that voluntary efforts like incentives have hit their limits. The politicization of vaccine mandates could also undermine vaccination efforts even for other diseases, some experts warn.

13.10.2021 - 07:53 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Vaccine Mandate Madness

Biden’s needless order is hurting workers and feeding polarization.

12.10.2021 - 11:32 [ Fox News ]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans ‚any entity‘ from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate

„The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,“ Abbott said in a press release Monday.

Abbott’s executive order prohibits „any entity“ in the state from compelling an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine „who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.“

12.10.2021 - 11:30 [ ORF.at ]

Gouverneur von Texas erklärt Impfpflicht für ungültig

Abbotts Regierung erklärte nun, dass „keine Einrichtung in Texas“ eine CoV-Impfung von Angestellten oder Kunden verlangen dürfe, wenn diese eine Impfung aus „persönlichen Gewissensgründen, aufgrund einer religiösen Überzeugung oder aus medizinischen Gründen“ ablehnen.

29.09.2021 - 10:54 [ Black conservative View / Youtube ]

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac explains his COVID HESITANCY based on natural immunity and CDC data

During NBA Press conference today, Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac says he isn’t getting the covid vaccine because he has natural immunity and data shows he isn’t at risk at all from covid. Well said, very educated!!

29.09.2021 - 10:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

An NBA Star and New York’s Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse is Devoid of Science

The view that the unvaccinated are all stupid, primitive and ignorant is getting more difficult to sustain, especially as liberal policy contradicts its own core premises.

28.09.2021 - 19:41 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Why fully vaccinated educators must leave the AFT and UFT

The UFT teachers union in NYC and its national umbrella AFT have already decided the following:

– Vaccination every 6 months is now a “way of life” for their members
– Anyone who is ‘unvaccianted’ doesn’t deserve employment in America
– Biometric systems in schools should be implemented
– Universal masking in schools should be permanent
– Unions are not obligated to protect individual civil liberties
– Unions don’t serve their members, they serve the DNC and the Biosecurity State

To all of my fully vaccinated brothers and sisters in education I implore you to look at this list and ask yourself if this is the country, the community and the school system you want to be a part of. IF it is not, then you must LEAVE THE UFT & AFT RIGHT NOW!

28.09.2021 - 19:14 [ Leisa / Twitter ]

Support These Establishments, And Boycott the Cowards Who Comply

28.09.2021 - 19:02 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Multi-Cultural Plaintiffs Sue de Blasio over Vaccine Mandate

Black, Brown, Hispanic, White, Asian, female, male and immigrant plaintiffs are suing Mayor de Blasio in federal court over his forced vaccination mandate for NYC DOE employees in the case KANE vs DE BLASIO. The 10 plaintiffs include Michael Kane, William Castro, Margaret Chu, Heather Clark, Stephanie Di Capua, Robert Gladding, Nwakaego Nwaifejokwu, Ingrid Romero, Trinidad Smith, and Amaryllis Ruiz-Toro.

This is the third lawsuit filed against de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for NYC educators with a major focus on the city’s fraudulent exemption process.

28.09.2021 - 18:57 [ Left Against Lockdown NY / Twitter ]

TODAY is the day we save our #schools from the illegal #CovidVaccine mandate! #HumanRights

28.09.2021 - 18:44 [ Leisa / Twitter ]

New York Protest Against Tyrannical Vaccine Passports and Mandatory Vaccinations.

28.09.2021 - 18:39 [ Teachers4OpenSchools / Twitter ]

New York teachers are still taking to the front lines to challenge @NYCSchools @NYCMayor @DOEChancellor on their discriminatory and unscientific policy of mandatory vaccination.

17.09.2021 - 19:13 [ theHill.com ]

Clarence Thomas warns against ‚destroying our institutions,‘ defends the Supreme Court

“They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” he continued. “That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”

When asked at Thursday’s event if his Catholic faith has been at conflict with some of the legal questions that have come before the court, he responded, “that’s not the role of a judge.”

“You do your job and you go cry alone,” he added, according to The Associated Press.

17.09.2021 - 19:07 [ Politfact.com ]

Will Joe Biden’s vaccination requirements hold up in court?

The big policy that Biden has so far declined to impose is a national vaccination mandate. There’s a reason: Legal experts said that doing so would have been pretty clearly unconstitutional.

This is a „bright line,“ said Lawrence O. Gostin, faculty director of Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. „States can mandate vaccines for the general population. The federal government cannot.

11.09.2021 - 15:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

9/11-Verschwörungslegenden: Sprengung? Aliens? Geheimdienste?

Und trotzdem hält sich bis heute vor allem in der US-amerikanischen Bevölkerung hartnäckig das Gerücht, die damalige Regierung sei irgendwie in die Anschläge verwickelt.

Was viel mit der Mentalität seiner Landsleute zu tun habe, so Graff: „Die USA sind wie kaum ein anderes Land traditionell anfällig für religiöse Eiferer. Bis zu den Gründungsvätern der Vereinigten Staaten sind diese fanatischen Züge zurückzuverfolgen, die häufig zu Verschwörungstheorien geführt haben. Das können wir in allen Bereichen der Politik beobachten über Generationen hinweg.“

11.09.2021 - 13:55 [ Zero Hedge ]

Biden Adviser Says President „Will Run Over“ GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate

„The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help,“ Richmond told CNN in response to a question about governors resisting the mandate. „And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them,“ he added.

„And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.“

11.09.2021 - 13:40 [ Newsweek ]

The Vaccine Mandate Assault on the Common Good

Progressives, whose various echo chambers have led them to believe COVID is a modern-day apocalypse despite a 98 to 99 percent (at least) survival rate, predictably march in lockstep against bans on vaccine mandates. (It is perhaps the only time progressives defend private enterprise against public regulation, broadly speaking.) But those on the Right have divided over the question of what role, if any, the state should play in regulating private-sector vaccine mandate promulgation and enforcement.

11.09.2021 - 13:34 [ Ekaterina Quehl / Reitschuster.de ]

Abschied von Berlin: Ich fühle mich von meiner zweiten Heimat verraten

Dass Besuch von Freibad und Kino keine Freude und Entspannung mehr bringen kann, scheint mir heute das geringste Übel Berlins. Diese Stadt verwandelt sich in ein Ort des Hasses, der Hetze und der Spaltung. Wasserwerfer gegen friedliche Demonstranten, Polizeigewalt, Quälerei der Kinder durch Maskenpflicht in Schulen, Teilung der Gesellschaft in Ungeimpfte und Geimpfte, ein ängstliches und aggressives Miteinander und ein unendlicher Gehorsam der Mehrheit – Berlin ist nicht mehr die Stadt, von der man denken könnte, sie habe die friedliche Revolution von 1989 zustande gebracht. Vielmehr – Berlin ist gerade dabei, sich selbst zu verraten und all das, wofür die Menschen dort auf die Straßen gingen.

10.09.2021 - 20:30 [ Governor Mark Gordon / Twitter ]

I have asked the Attorney General to stand prepared to take all actions to oppose this administration’s unconstitutional overreach of executive power. It has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.

10.09.2021 - 20:28 [ cybernistas.com ]

‘We Will Fight Biden to the Gates of Hell to Protect Liberty’ – GOP Governors Prepare to Sue Biden Admin Over Unconstitutional Vax Mandate

GOP Governors are already telling their attorneys general to prepare for battle against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vax mandate.

Joe Biden on Thursday declared war on the unvaccinated and threatened GOP governors when he announced a new federal vaccine mandate.

10.09.2021 - 20:04 [ Dr. Kelli Ward / Twitter ]

Biden declares war on freedom.

10.09.2021 - 19:48 [ uncomanor.com ]

“Dictator Biden”: Social Media ERUPTS Amid Vaccine Mandate

“What would happen if all 2.1 million federal employers refused to play ball with Dictator Biden and did not get the vaccine?” challenged conservative talk show host Candace Owens. “Can our government afford to lose 2.1 million workers in one day? Can our government afford a union strike?”

10.09.2021 - 19:39 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden identifies his enemy: America’s unvaccinated

e big picture: The majority of U.S. sentiment may be with him. But Biden’s still taking a major political risk, and he and his team know it. He’s testing business leaders‘ resolve, putting Democrats‘ standing in swing states and districts on the line ahead of 2022’s midterm elections and tempting a tsunami of litigation over new requirements that could touch 100 million Americans.

10.09.2021 - 13:54 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I’m having a hard time believing that the ACLU — just out of the blue — decided to reverse its long-time civil libertarian position *against* vaccine mandates by announcing, just days before Biden imposed them, that they now favor them. Coincidences that extreme are . . . rare.

10.09.2021 - 13:25 [ Bloomberg ]

Biden’s Smart Covid Plan Depends on Enforcement

The late-summer Covid-19 surge shows that simply urging Americans to get their shots wasn’t enough. A more ambitious strategy is necessary — and that includes mandates.

10.09.2021 - 10:34 [ Fox News ]

Republicans explode with fury over Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Absolutely unconstitutional‘

Republican members of Congress and state governors were appalled by news Thursday that President Joe Biden will force employers with more than 100 workers to require coronavirus vaccinations or test employees weekly, vowing to block the new policy and terming it unconstitutional.

The mandate, which is expected to affect as many as 100 million Americans in an array of jobs, including health care, directly impacts the private sector.

10.09.2021 - 10:15 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Plan der Biden-Regierung: Impfpflicht für US-Staatsbedienstete

Zudem sollen künftig alle Mitarbeiter in Krankenhäusern und Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens, die Zahlungen der staatlichen Krankenversicherungen annehmen, gegen Corona geimpft sein müssen. Die Regelung werde für rund 17 Millionen Mitarbeiter gelten, hieß es.

10.09.2021 - 10:05 [ CNN ]

Biden announces new vaccine mandates that could cover 100 million Americans

President Joe Biden on Thursday imposed stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff in a sweeping attempt to contain the latest surge of Covid-19.
The new requirements could apply to as many as 100 million Americans — close to two-thirds of the American workforce — and amount to Biden’s strongest push yet to require vaccines for much of the country.

09.09.2021 - 15:45 [ RairFoundation.com ]

Exposed: CDC Rushed to Change Definition of ‚Vaccination‘ On Same Day Israel Study Touts Natural Immunity over Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) quietly changed their definition of “Vaccination” on September 1st, exchanging the word “immunity” for “protection,” now that it appears that breakthrough cases can no longer be explained away as an anomaly.

The definition change occurred on the same day – September 1st – that a massive study was released demonstrating that those who had been vaccinated were “13 times more likely to be infected with the Delta variant (what has been called a “breakthrough” infection) than those with natural immunity,” as summarized at the American Conservative.

08.09.2021 - 17:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The ACLU, Prior to COVID, Denounced Mandates and Coercive Measures to Fight Pandemics

If you were surprised to see the ACLU heralding the civil liberties imperatives of „vaccine mandates” and „vaccine requirements” — whereby the government coerces adults to inject medicine into their own bodies that they do not want — the New York Times op-ed which the group promoted, written by two of its senior lawyers, was even more extreme. The article begins with this rhetorical question: “Do vaccine mandates violate civil liberties?” Noting that „some who have refused vaccination claim as much,” the ACLU lawyers say: “we disagree.” The op-ed then examines various civil liberties objections to mandates and state coercion — little things like, you know, bodily autonomy and freedom to choose — and the ACLU officials then invoke one authoritarian cliche after the next (“these rights are not absolute“) to sweep aside such civil liberties concerns:

19.08.2021 - 18:50 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

18.08.2021 - 13:56 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

08.08.2021 - 19:33 [ .953mnc.com ]

Senator Todd Young urging Congress to repeal Authorizations for Use of Military Force

An example is President Trump’s citing of the 2002 AUMF, as a “secondary authority” according to Young, in order to carry out an attack in Iraq that resulted in the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani in January of 2020.

Young believes these military attacks, though warranted, show that the 2002 AUMF is being abused in order to carry out acts of war without the consent of Congress.

05.08.2021 - 07:18 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

05.08.2021 - 06:30 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

05.08.2021 - 06:24 [ wric.com ]

Virginia Sen. Kaine’s proposal to repeal decades-old war authorization advances to the Senate floor

In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) advanced a proposal to repeal two Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) issued in 1991 and 2002.

The legislation, which has already been passed by the House, will now go to a full vote on the Senate floor.

05.08.2021 - 06:06 [ ABC News ]

Senate panel votes to scrap both Iraq war authorizations

Three Republicans — Todd Young of Indiana, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and Rand Paul of Kentucky — voted with all the panel’s Democrats for repeal, with some Republicans who opposed the move Wednesday arguing that though they support scrapping both AUMFs, the time is not right amid rising tensions with neighboring Iran.

05.08.2021 - 06:01 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US lawmakers approach crunch vote to restrain presidents from launching never-ending wars

(04.07.2021)

A near two-decade old act authorising US military intervention across the Middle East and beyond will appear before the Senate for a critical vote today, which could have a huge bearing on America’s capacity to launch wars in the future.

05.08.2021 - 05:56 [ New York Times ]

Biden Officials Open to Tightening Law Authorizing War on Terrorist Groups

Published Aug. 3, 2021 Updated Aug. 4, 2021, 8:46 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is open to several potential ways to tighten a much-stretched 2001 law that serves as the domestic legal basis for the open-ended “forever war” against terrorists around the world, a senior State Department official told Congress on Tuesday.

04.08.2021 - 13:29 [ The People’s Party / Twitter ]

Nina’s unfortunate loss is further proof that working with the Democrats is a dead end road for folks seeking to challenge the status quo. Democrats will spend millions of dollars (at a time like this!) and pull out all the stops to undermine candidates fighting for the people.

04.08.2021 - 07:47 [ Fox News ]

Hannity slams New York City’s vaccine passport protocol

„Nevermind medical privacy, your medical privacy, nevermind your doctor-patient confidentiality. Anyone who’s vaccinated and is allowed to attend indoor activities will soon have to share their personal, medical documents with employees at every restaurant, every bar, every sporting event, every concert and other random strangers all across New York City.“

Along with vaccine requirements, NHI Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN that parents should wear masks with their children in their own homes, sparking outrage.

04.08.2021 - 06:58 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Chicago won’t require vaccine passports like New York for now, but ‘we’ll be watching to see how this plays out,’ health commissioner says

Dr. Allison Arwady called New York’s move “appropriate” and praised Chicago businesses who independently implemented such a practice. But New York City was a lot less resistant at the idea of a vaccine passport than Chicago has been, she said.

04.08.2021 - 06:39 [ Tagesschau.de ]

New York verlangt Impfnachweise

In der US-Metropole New York dürfen bald nur noch geimpfte Menschen Fitnessstudios und die Innenräume von Restaurants betreten. Bürgermeister Bill de Blasio erklärte, die neue Regelung werde über mehrere Wochen im August und September eingeführt.

Damit ist New York die erste Großstadt in den USA, die solche Beschränkungen verhängt.

01.08.2021 - 10:15 [ JustSecurity.org ]

Questions for Senators to Ask the Biden Administration at AUMF Hearing

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is scheduled to hold a public hearing entitled, “Authorizations of Use of Force: Administration Perspectives.” The SFRC is the committee responsible for drafting and ostensibly also repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Tuesday’s hearing comes the day before a markup by the SFRC of legislation to repeal the outdated 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.

01.08.2021 - 10:12 [ Brian Finucane / Twitter ]

The SFRC holds a hearing on 8/3 on „Authorizations of Use of Force.“ After 20 years of post-9/11 war, there’s a lot to talk about. In a new piece in @just_security , I lay out questions that Senators should ask the administration witnesses.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is scheduled to hold a public hearing entitled, “Authorizations of Use of Force: Administration Perspectives.” The SFRC is the committee responsible for drafting and ostensibly also repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Tuesday’s hearing comes the day before a markup by the SFRC of legislation to repeal the outdated 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.

01.08.2021 - 09:46 [ Politico.com ]

‘A very dangerous precedent’: Democrats take aim at Biden’s Somalia airstrikes

(27.07.2021)

“I think President [Joe] Biden should submit a new authorization for the use of military force and should recognize that the 2001 AUMF should be terminated,” Cardin added.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has been working with the White House on a replacement for the 2001 AUMF that better aligns with the current terror threats, called on the Biden administration to brief Congress “expeditiously” on its “counterterrorism goals and the current threats.”

01.08.2021 - 09:19 [ jordan / Twitter ]

Moderate Dems are calling for a reevaluation of the 2001 AUMF after the Biden admin invoked it this month to justify multiple bombings in Somalia

(29.07.2021)

31.07.2021 - 20:16 [ US Senator Ted Cruz ]

Sen. Cruz Fights to Block the American Government from Establishing COVID Vaccine Passports

(28.07.2021)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today participated in a committee markup on three bills, one of which seeks to create a fund for global health initiatives. Sen. Cruz introduced two amendments to prevent the federal government from creating a vaccine passport system and vaccine database to track Americans based on their vaccination status. Read excerpts of his remarks below.

30.07.2021 - 08:11 [ Fox News ]

Dozens of House Republicans, staffers march maskless to Senate floor to protest mask mandate

Dozens of House Republicans and their staffers marched maskless out of the House to the Senate floor in protest of the new mask mandate for the lower chamber.

The lawmakers and their staffers traveled across the Capitol on Thursday to protest the fact that Capitol Police have instructed officers to arrest staffers and visitors who don’t wear masks and refuse to leave the House.

30.07.2021 - 08:07 [ Fox News ]

Conservative reaction pours in after Dem mayors, governors impose new mask mandates: ‚Kiss my mask‘

Democratic leaders around the country are facing criticism and blowback after they rushed to reimpose unpopular mask mandates following updated coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said this week that even vaccinated individuals in areas deemed as high-risk should return to wearing masks indoors – prompting the new wave in face-covering requirements.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“

22.07.2021 - 06:37 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Senators Introduce Legislation to Curb Endless US Wars, Lethal Arms Sales

(20.07.2021)

The measure would also sunset 180 days after enactment all existing AUMFs, including the 2001 AUMF passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks and upon which every consecutive administration has leaned to justify military actions in regions around the world.

Instead of the current default approval of arms sales barring a passage of a resolution of disapproval by veto-proof majorities of the House and Senate, the proposal directs Congress to proactively approve certain sales topping $14 million including those of air to ground munitions.

22.07.2021 - 06:25 [ Politico.com ]

GOP senators fight to preserve Biden’s war powers amid tensions with Iran

(13.07.2021)

It’s a strange dynamic for members of Congress, who have long seen presidents of both parties expand and sometimes abuse their war powers even after campaigning on ending conflicts in the Middle East. Nearly 20 years after the horrors of Sept. 11, GOP lawmakers are now in the awkward position of fighting to maintain a Democratic president’s authority to conduct military operations without congressional approval.

15.07.2021 - 07:41 [ CNN ]

‚They’re not going to f**king succeed‘: Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election, according to new book

The authors explain Milley’s growing concerns that personnel moves that put Trump acolytes in positions of power at the Pentagon after the November 2020 election, including the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the resignation of Attorney General William Barr, were the sign of something sinister to come.

Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup, and the Joint Chiefs chairman felt he had to be „on guard“ for what might come.

„They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,“ Milley told his deputies, according to the authors. „You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.“

08.07.2021 - 08:01 [ Veterans for Peace ]

TAKE ACTION: REPEAL THE AUMF

In 2001 and 2002, the U.S. Congress passed the AUMF: the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. For nearly two decades, the AUMFs have effectively become a blank check for any president, at any time, to wage endless global war without oversight or meaningful national public debate. U.S. counterterrorism operations from post-9/11 wars as a whole have expanded to at least 80 countries around the world, costing an estimated $5.9 trillion. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, injured, surveilled, and displaced, with Black, brown, and Muslim communities disproportionately impacted.

08.07.2021 - 07:53 [ Politico.com ]

Why Congress is finally starting to claw back its war powers from the president

The 1991 measure was approved in the run-up to the first Gulf War, and the 1957 one was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to prevent the spread of Soviet communism in the Middle East, but it was never formally invoked. Neither serves a practical purpose today; and most lawmakers view the 2002 AUMF the same way, since the Iraq War has been over for a decade now.

29.06.2021 - 11:44 [ AFSC / Twitter ]

Yesterday @POTUS launched airstrikes in #Iraq & #Syria. We are devastated that the U.S. continues to use militarized approaches that will further destabilize the region. The Senate must vote to repeal the 2002 #AUMF. Call your reps via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

26.06.2021 - 12:50 [ justsecurity.org ]

Five Senators Threaten to Derail Repeal of 2002 AUMF: Why Their Timing and Claims Are So Wrong

Following the House’s passage – on a broadly bipartisan basis – of legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 AUMF), five members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (a minority of the minority) are seeking to delay its companion bill’s movement out of committee and onto the Senate floor.

24.06.2021 - 02:56 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court declines to expand police power to enter home without warrant

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to grant police more authority to enter the home of a fleeing suspect following a minor offense.

The unanimous ruling adopts a legal test that involves weighing the circumstances of a warrantless search to determine its lawfulness under the Fourth Amendment.

22.06.2021 - 14:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate panel delays war authorization repeal after GOP push

The delay comes after five GOP senators asked for a public hearing with the secretaries of Defense and State as well as a classified briefing with those departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence before the panel votes on repealing 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF).

22.06.2021 - 14:55 [ 953mnc.com ]

Reaction after U.S. House votes to terminate 2002 Authorization For Use Of Military Force

(21.06.2021)

Now, Sen. Todd Young of Indiana is one of 11 GOP senators on Capitol Hill who support ending the 2002 AUMF.

“We let our warfighters in the future know that the American people are with them every time there is a military engagement,” Young told MSNBC. “As opposed to leaving, as one of my colleagues characterized as, a zombie authorization on the book that may be used to engage in a war that was never authorized or intended by Congress.”

18.06.2021 - 18:56 [ USA Today ]

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom from slavery. But it didn’t mean freedom for all.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery, and centers on the arrival of Union troops to Texas on June 19, 1865 with news of emancipation – although the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued 2 ½ years earlier. But Juneteenth did not mean immediate freedom for everyone. Enslaved people in Native American territories had to wait another year for freedom. And despite the legal end of slavery, white Southerners swiftly enacted racist laws, called “Black Codes,” that restricted Black people’s freedom for decades to come.

18.06.2021 - 18:54 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Gedenken an Ende der Sklaverei: USA erklären „Juneteenth“ zum Feiertag

Die USA werden künftig mit einem landesweiten Feiertag an das Ende der Sklaverei erinnern. Der Gedenktag „Juneteenth“, der 19. Juni, der das Ende der Sklaverei markiert, wurde zum elften landesweiten Feiertag erklärt. US-Präsident Joe Biden setzte eine entsprechende Gesetzesvorlage nach der Verabschiedung durch beide Kammern des Kongresses in Kraft.

17.06.2021 - 18:11 [ Rep. Barbara Lee / Twitter ]

BREAKING: My bill to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF passed the House. After nearly 20 years of fighting for this, we’re finally one step closer to ending forever wars.

17.06.2021 - 18:01 [ NPR.org ]

In Historic, Bipartisan Move, House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution

„It’s been such a long time coming,“ Lee said ahead of Thursday’s vote. „It’s Congress‘ responsibility to authorize the use of force, and that authorization cannot be blank checks that stay as authorizations for any administration to use the way they see fit.“

Lee’s legislation has drawn growing bipartisan support. Her repeal of the 2002 authority, which was issued Oct. 16 of that year, has more than 130 cosponsors now.

12.06.2021 - 07:14 [ neowin.net ]

FBI subpoenas IP addresses and phone numbers of readers of a USA Today article [Update]

(05.06.2021)

It had asked USA Today not to disclose the request and provide all the requested information by May 29, 2021. The bureau did not confirm who or what it was trying to track or how electronic records of readers of the story might help the criminal investigation. The request was made in April but has been made public only recently after USA Today filed a case in court requesting the judge to quash the subpoena as it was deemed unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment.

08.06.2021 - 15:41 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

THE GOAL OF A PEOPLE’S PARTY

The goal of a people’s party is to represent the interests of the wide majority of us and create a system to sustainably maximize well-being for ALL.

We believe we deserve a system that honors everyone for the content of their character, not the color of their skin, the land where they happened to be born, or the numbers in their bank account. One that brings powerful law-breakers to justice. One that makes sure the planet and its magnificent beings are cared for before any corporation exec’s profit margins. One where the power of our nation’s wealth serves all of us, not just failed banks or masters of war.

21.05.2021 - 14:36 [ Washington Post ]

Eight minutes with the president: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the lone Palestinian American in Congress, gains relevance in Israel debate

Equally notable was the decision by President Biden later that day to praise Tlaib during an appearance in her hometown of Detroit.

“I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden said Tuesday. “And God, thank you for being a fighter.”

05.05.2021 - 10:03 [ ORF.at ]

Biden will „Unabhängigkeit vom Virus“ im Juli

Biden hatte den Amerikanern zu Beginn seiner Amtszeit versprochen, dass die große Impfkampagne bis 4. Juli, dem Unabhängigkeitstag, eine gewisse Rückkehr zur Normalität ermöglichen werde. Sollte die Impfung von rund 70 Prozent der Erwachsenen bis dahin gelingen, werde man der Normalität deutlich näher kommen, sagte Biden.

25.04.2021 - 17:48 [ LA Times ]

Letters to the Editor: Why has America faced 20 years of endless war? A spineless Congress

(April 1, 2021)

We don’t need the AUMF to protect us. Just get rid of it.

08.04.2021 - 18:53 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 53 percent of voters support having ‚vaccine passports‘

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to support a vaccine passport, while independent voters were evenly split on the issue.

Roughly 70 percent of Democratic voters said the government should create such a system, while 60 percents of Republican voters said the opposite.

22.03.2021 - 07:01 [ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast / Youtube ]

Crowds pack Ocean Drive in Miami Beach after curfew

Police try to enforce a curfew in Miami Beach after crowds linger, leading to a stampede.

22.03.2021 - 06:56 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Hundreds of people defy Miami Beach curfew orders

The city has now extended the restrictions for at least 3 weeks.

22.03.2021 - 06:52 [ Global News / Youtube ]

COVID-19: Miami Beach in Florida declares state of emergency over crowds

Miami Beach police are taking drastic measures to impose a new curfew as spring breakers overwhelmed the city …

22.03.2021 - 06:29 [ Tagesschau,de ]

US-„Spring-Break“-Feiern: Mehr als 1000 Festnahmen in Miami Beach

Wegen eines starken Andrangs von feiernden Besuchern inmitten der Corona-Pandemie haben die Behörden in Miami Beach im US-Bundesstaat Florida Ausgangssperren verhängt. Daraufhin kam es zu Straßenschlachten und mehr als 1000 Festnahmen.

03.03.2021 - 10:16 [ kjct8.com ]

Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at least a generation.

03.03.2021 - 10:02 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

Several members of the court’s conservative majority said the restrictions were sensible, commonplace and at least partly endorsed by a bipartisan consensus reflected in a 2005 report signed by former President Jimmy Carter and James A. Baker III, who served as secretary of state under President George Bush.

The Biden administration, too, told the justices in an unusual letter two weeks ago that the Arizona measures appeared to be lawful.

03.03.2021 - 09:59 [ Fox News ]

Jason Snead: Supreme Court voting rights case could change rules across the country. Here’s how

Perhaps no case better illustrates the political left’s current animosity to even the most commonsense election protection measures, or its willingness to use unsupported race-based allegations to attack them in court and in public.

Arizona has a voting system that any reasonable observer would think makes it extraordinarily easy to vote. The state offers online voter registration and allows anyone to vote by early ballot for any reason.

03.03.2021 - 09:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Streit über das Wahlsystem in den USA

Für liberale und linke Wahlaktivisten ist das der größte Wurf seit dem Voting Rights Act von 1965. Aus dem anderen politischen Lager heißt es: Mit dieser Reform wollen die Demokraten einen Wahlsieg der republikanischen Partei für immer verhindern.

28.02.2021 - 10:11 [ US Congress ]

H.R.255 – Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/11/2021)

Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

This bill repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force signed into law September 18, 2001.

28.02.2021 - 09:57 [ Geoff LaMear / Twitter ]

Barbara Lee has two bills in place to get rid of the 2001 AUMF and the 2002 AUMF. HR 255 and 256 if I recall correctly. Takes a 1 min call to your representative and as few as 8 constituents can be the factor in a rep’s vote.

28.02.2021 - 09:41 [ Bloomberg ]

The White House Shouldn’t Get a Blank Check to Wage War

(12.02.2021)

For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in deciding when and where the country goes to war.

27.02.2021 - 11:18 [ Antiwar.com ]

Some Members of Congress Criticize Biden’s Syria Bombing

In the wake of President Biden’s bombing of eastern Syria, some members of Congress are speaking out and questioning the legality of the move,including Bidens Fellow Democrats

27.02.2021 - 10:44 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

27.02.2021 - 10:29 [ theHill.com ]

Repealing the AUMF is Biden’s opportunity to end the ‚forever wars‘

(11.02.2021)

The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is older than many of the Americans now sent to Afghanistan. Its corollary, the 2002 AUMF against Iraq, has also lived well beyond the Bush era. And despite four years of lambasting the “forever wars,” President Trump failed to bring an end to the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. President Biden has a chance to correct that by scrapping and narrowing these military authorizations.

27.02.2021 - 10:25 [ CNN ]

Democrats question Biden’s legal justification for Syria strike

But some Democrats said that Congress has not passed an authorization for the use of military force specifically in Syria, and previous resolutions passed in 2001 and 2002 were designed for attacking those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and to go into war with Iraq. Congress has not declared war since 1942.

„This makes President Biden the seventh consecutive US president to order strikes in the Middle East,“ said California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna.

27.02.2021 - 08:03 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria‘: Progressives Fume at Biden

„We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike.“

27.02.2021 - 07:58 [ NPR.org ]

Senate Can’t Vote On $15 Minimum Wage, Parliamentarian Rules

The decision is a disappointment for progressives but relieves immediate pressure on Democratic Party leaders who are attempting to rally support for the overall bill despite concerns from at least two Democrats who say $15 is too high.

04.02.2021 - 22:39 [ Achse des Guten ]

Journalisten mobilisieren gegen Meinungsfreiheit

. Heute wird die Unterstützung der amerikanischen Mainstream-Normen für Meinungsfreiheit aus früheren, weniger von Trump verwirrten Zeiten zunehmend als eine Art finstere Exzentrik dargestellt, zum Beispiel als Slate in den Tagen nach dem Angriff auf das Kapitol erklärte, „wir befinden uns in einem Moment, an dem die eine Hälfte des Landes darum kämpft, frei von lähmenden, lebensbeendenden Akten zufälligen Terrors zu sein, während die andere Hälfte desselben Landes erschreckenderweise mit ihrem Recht beschäftigt ist, einfach nur Scheiße zu reden.“

02.02.2021 - 08:02 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Elon Musk says Neuralink implanted a chip in a monkey’s brain, and now he ‚can play video games using his mind‘

Neuralink has been testing neural interfaces on animals for years. In a video released last year, Neuralink demonstrated its work on a pig named Gertrude.

02.02.2021 - 08:00 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Elon Musk says there’s a chance his AI-brain-chip company will be putting implants in humans within a year

(May 7, 2020)

Elon Musk says the brain implant his company Neuralink is working on could potentially be ready to be put inside a patient within a year.
Musk made similar claims in 2019, saying that he hoped to have an implant in a patient by the end of 2020.

01.02.2021 - 21:30 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Elon Musk says he has ‘totally happy’ monkey with brain chip so it can play video games using its mind

Elon Musk has revealed that his Neuralink startup has implanted a wireless chip into a monkey’s brain in order to allow it to play video games.

The technology billionaire, who also heads SpaceX and Tesla, said the monkey “looks totally happy” and that Neuralink’s facilities meet US regulatory requirements.

27.01.2021 - 00:32 [ theHill.com ]

Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional

The Senate sent a strong signal Tuesday that there are not nearly enough votes to convict President Trump in an impeachment trial when only five GOP senators rejected an effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to declare the looming trial unconstitutional.

20.01.2021 - 22:12 [ CNBC Television / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE: The presidential inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — 1/20/21

Joe Biden is set to become the nation’s 46th president today.

18.01.2021 - 15:20 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

Be a nonconformist.

18.01.2021 - 15:06 [ The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center / Twitter ]

A thread of #MLK speeches and sermons in which he speaks truth to power, shares about his philosophy of nonviolence, and expounds on issues of injustice and what our righteous, rigorous response should be. Relevant. Revelatory. Revolutionary. #MLKDay

18.01.2021 - 14:33 [ NPR.org ]

Despite Warnings, Many State Capitols See Only Small Protests And Quiet Streets

In Denver, the Colorado Capitol’s lower windows were covered in anticipation of possible unrest — but hardly anyone showed up on Sunday. „I’m really surprised. I figured there’d be more than this,“ a supporter of President Trump told Colorado Public Radio.

In Lansing, where protesters swarmed Michigan’s Capitol building last May and a plot against the governor was uncovered in recent months, Sunday’s protest was deemed „eclectic, but small and dull“ by Michigan Radio. Events remained quiet, despite some demonstrators bringing their guns to the protest.

13.01.2021 - 08:30 [ theHill.com ]

Pence rejects calls to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump

„I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution,“ Pence wrote in a letter to Pelosi released Tuesday night.

„Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation,“ he added.

13.01.2021 - 08:26 [ ORF.at ]

US-Vizepräsident lehnt Absetzung Trumps per Verfassungszusatz ab

Auf Grundlage des 25. Zusatzartikels der Verfassung könnte Pence den Präsidenten mit einer Mehrheit wichtiger Kabinettsmitglieder für unfähig erklären, sein Amt auszuüben.

11.01.2021 - 19:16 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Merkel sieht Twitter-Sperre kritisch

Die Betreiber sozialer Netzwerke trügen zwar Verantwortung dafür, dass die politische Kommunikation nicht mit Hass und Anstiftung zu Gewalt vergiftet werde, sagte Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert. Die Meinungsfreiheit als Grundrecht von elementarer Bedeutung könne aber nur durch den Gesetzgeber, nicht nach der Maßgabe von Unternehmen eingeschränkt werden.

09.01.2021 - 21:10 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

If you’re a liberal, there’s no need to reply by saying how happy you are that this is happening, or how justified you think it is. I’m already well-aware that huge numbers of liberals favor censorship of their adversaries and venerate the power of tech monopolies.

09.01.2021 - 19:09 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

That the ACLU can’t issue a clear, definitive statement about Silicon Valley oligarchical monopolies radically expanding their control over political speech – see if you can figure out what this even means — speaks volumes not only about ACLU but how repressive this moment is:

09.01.2021 - 18:45 [ Tucker Carlson / Fox News ]

Tucker Carlson: From Twitter to CNN, the left is coming for your speech

The assault on speech accelerates, and we at „Tucker Carlson Tonight“ are not immune. Friday morning, CNN announced that it is working to force the Fox News Channel off the air and run this company out of business. A number of prominent Democrats, including officeholders, support that effort. CNN staffers have already contacted the six major cable carriers in this country, the companies that carry our signal into your home, and pressured them to drop Fox News.

09.01.2021 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tucker Carlson reveals that CNN is trying to force Fox News OFF the air by pressuring cable carriers to drop it because they say the network ‚is irresponsible and dangerous for failing to call MAGA mob an insurrection‘

– Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson revealed during his Friday night show that CNN had allegedly made attempts to take the network of the air
– An enraged Carlson taunted CNN by stating that Fox would be around for a ‚long, long time‘ with ‚enemies like this‘
– He targeted CNN host Brianna Keilar after she tweeted that Carlson is ‚a liar‘ and said he should have called out the ‚insurrection‘ from Trump supporters
– Carlson also responded to an article from CNN’s Oliver Darcy in which he questioned why cable carriers continue to distribute Fox
– Darcy branded Fox’s reporting ‚irresponsible and dangerous‘
– ‚A TV network demanding that media conglomerates ban its competitors,‘ Carlson ranted in his clapback
– In the segment, Carlson also launched into an extended skit casting CNN’s president Jeff Zucker as Mini-Me and correspondent Brian Stelter as Dr. Evil

08.01.2021 - 07:24 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Secret, due-process-free no-fly lists were one of the worst post-9/11 civil liberties abuses — I reported on them often. Stunning to see calls from Congress for people to be put on them revived in this climate. I hope people realize what’s happening:

08.01.2021 - 07:09 [ Newsweek ]

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Calls for Capitol Rioters to Be Put on No-Fly List

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FBI to ban those involved in Wednesday’s insurrection that breached the U.S. Capitol building from flying on airplanes.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) issued a statement Thursday urging the agencies to add the „violent perpetrators involved in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol“ to the no-fly list.

07.01.2021 - 09:13 [ Sebastian Gorka DrG / Twitter ]

Who killed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit in Congress today? I want to know. America must be told.

07.01.2021 - 08:54 [ Patriots.exe / Twitter ]

Breaking: Patriots.exe is first to release the footage of Video of Ashli Babbitt being murdered including shooter #CapitolHill

07.01.2021 - 08:16 [ ktiv.com ]

DC Police: 4 died as protestors occupied Capitol; 1 woman shot by police, 3 in medical emergencies

Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead on Wednesday included a woman who was shot by the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as three others who died in „medical emergencies.

06.01.2021 - 23:28 [ NBC Washington ]

DC Under Curfew Starting Wednesday Night Amid Capitol Hill Chaos

The curfew will be in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

06.01.2021 - 22:33 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

(video)

06.01.2021 - 22:31 [ Alex Salvi / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Pres. Trump releases a video responding to the unrest on Capitol Hill: „You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.“

06.01.2021 - 22:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Imagine if a foreign power recognized this guy as president and you’ll know how Venezuelans feel

06.01.2021 - 22:18 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Feels a lot like Maidan Square out here with all the right wing muscle. One missing ingredient: chipper Democrats cheering on “pro democracy protesters.”

06.01.2021 - 22:07 [ Tayler Hansen / Twitter ]

A young woman was just shot in the neck right besides me in the Capitol Building

06.01.2021 - 22:05 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

#StopTheSteaI protesters say a young woman was shot in the neck while inside the US Capitol. This appears to be her. They are amped up right now.

06.01.2021 - 22:02 [ Daniel Dale / Twitter ]

CNN’s @PamelaBrownCNN reports a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on Capitol grounds. She says we don’t yet know what happened.

06.01.2021 - 21:37 [ Washington Examiner / Twitter ]

A protester is sitting in the chair of the presiding officer of the Senate.

06.01.2021 - 21:32 [ Zak Hudak / Twitter ]

Inside House chamber right now

06.01.2021 - 21:24 [ Washington Post ]

Pelosi has requested deployment of National Guard troops to Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has requested National Guard troops be deployed to clear and secure the Capitol, a senior Democratic aide said Wednesday.

06.01.2021 - 21:22 [ wusa9.com ]

2 buildings nearby U.S. Capitol evacuated, Congress on lockdown

Outside, protesters could be heard chanting „USA, USA!“ and „This is our house“ as they quickly began forcefully removing metal barriers.

06.01.2021 - 21:17 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

LIVE ANALYSIS | Protesters storm past police as Congress meets to confirm Electoral College votes

Protesters pressed past police and broke into the U.S. Capitol as Congress met in a joint session on Jan. 6 to count each state’s electoral votes and confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the winner. As many as three dozen congressional Republicans were expected to launch a final challenge to the results of the 2020 presidential election.

06.01.2021 - 21:10 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Live coverage: Protesters swarm Capitol, abruptly halting electoral vote count

Chaos erupted inside the U.S. Capitol as of pro-Trump demonstrators charged the building and eventually made their way past multiple layers of barriers and inside.

Both the House and Senate recessed in response to the breach, and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Senate, was whisked away. Lawmakers and staff were ordered to seek shelter and remain away from doors and windows.

06.01.2021 - 20:58 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Watch McConnell side against Trump in Senate speech

Speaking in the US Senate following an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned about Congress overruling the voters saying it would „damage our Republic forever.“

06.01.2021 - 20:52 [ theHill.com ]

LIVE COVERAGE: GOP objects to Arizona; McConnell rebukes efforts to overturn Electoral College

Congress convenes Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a joint session to record the Electoral College votes from November’s presidential election.

Follow along with our live coverage.

06.01.2021 - 20:47 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE | House certifies and debates Electoral College votes

This is a live, uninterrupted feed of the House floor, where a joint session of Congress is meeting on Jan. 6 to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

For live coverage and analysis of the full process, watch here:
https://bit.ly/3hNBorP

04.01.2021 - 11:28 [ ORF.at ]

Ex-Pentagon-Chefs warnen vor Einsatz des Militärs im Wahlstreit

Alle zehn lebenden Ex-Verteidigungsminister der USA haben vor einem Einsatz des Militärs im Streit um die von Präsident Donald Trump angezweifelten Wahlergebnisse gewarnt. Entsprechende „Bemühungen“ würden das Land auf „gefährliches, rechtswidriges und verfassungswidriges Gebiet“ führen, heißt es in einem gestern veröffentlichten Beitrag der Ex-Minister für die „Washington Post“.

04.01.2021 - 11:21 [ CNN ]

All 10 living former defense secretaries declare election is over in forceful public letter

„Our elections have occurred. Recounts and audits have been conducted. Appropriate challenges have been addressed by the courts. Governors have certified the results. And the electoral college has voted. The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived,“ the group wrote.

24.12.2020 - 06:58 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

It’s Not Section 230 President Trump Hates, It’s the First Amendment

(09.12.2020)

Under Section 230, the only party responsible for unlawful speech online is the person who said it, not the website where they posted it, the app they used to share it, or any other third party.

24.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Mediapost.com ]

Citing Failure To Repeal Section 230, Trump Vetoes Military Spending Bill

“Your failure to terminate the very dangerous national security risk of Section 230 will make our intelligence virtually impossible to conduct without everyone knowing what we are doing at every step,” Trump stated in his message to Congress.

“Section 230 facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online, which is a serious threat to our national security and election integrity,” the president added. “It must be repealed.”

24.12.2020 - 06:44 [ Tagesschau.de ]

US-Verteidigungshaushalt: Trump legt Veto ein

Der 4517 Seiten lange Haushaltstext befasst sich nicht nur mit dem Verteidigungsbudget, sondern umfasst zahlreiche weitere Maßnahmen rund um die nationale Sicherheit und die Streitkräfte.

Trump kritisierte unter anderem, dass mit dem umfassenden Gesetzespaket Online-Plattformen nicht stärker reglementiert würden.

12.12.2020 - 15:48 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court rejects Texas’s push to overturn Biden victory

In a brief, unsigned order Friday rejecting the petition, the court made clear its view that Texas lacked the legal right to litigate over how other states conduct their elections.

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the ruling states. “All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

12.12.2020 - 15:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trumps Niederlage: Supreme Court weist Wahl-Klage aus Texas ab

Der Beschwerde waren kaum Erfolgsaussichten eingeräumt worden, da ein Bundesstaat sich nicht in den Wahlprozess in anderen Bundesstaaten einmischen darf. Außerdem legte Texas keine eindeutigen Beweise für Wahlbetrug vor und reichte keine Klage gegen die Wahlergebnisse in Staaten mit vielen Briefwahlstimmen ein, in denen Trump gewonnen hatte.

15.11.2020 - 21:45 [ Ben Norton / Information Clearing House ]

Biden appointee advocated using propaganda against Americans and ‘rethinking’ First Amendment

A committed crusader in what he openly describes as a global “information war,” Stengel has proudly proclaimed his dedication to the carefully management of the public’s access to information.

10.11.2020 - 11:43 [ Fox News ]

Live Updates: McConnell backs Trump legal fight in election results

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed the Trump campaign’s legal challenge of voting results in several battleground states on Monday in his first public comments on the floor since Election Day.

In his remarks, McConnell, R-Ky., said, “no states have yet certified their election results” and that recounts are already expected to occur in “at least one or two states.”

10.11.2020 - 11:40 [ ORF.at ]

Justizminister erlaubt Ermittlungen zu Wahlbetrug

US-Justizminister William Barr hat Medienberichten zufolge Staatsanwälten die Erlaubnis erteilt, Vorwürfe des Wahlbetrugs noch vor Bekanntgabe der Endergebnisse zu untersuchen.

10.11.2020 - 11:34 [ theHill.com ]

Barr authorizes Justice to probe any ’substantial allegations‘ of voter fraud

Attorney General William Barr has authorized the Department of Justice to investigate any „substantial allegations“ of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Barr wrote that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”

10.11.2020 - 11:17 [ Bloomberg Quicktake: Now / Youtube ]

LIVE: Trump Campaign Officials Discuss Legal Fight to Stop Vote Count in Pennsylvania

(Nov. 9) Watch live as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel discuss Pennsylvania litigation and give and the campaign’s overview of the post-Election Day landscape.

10.11.2020 - 11:11 [ taco tuesdey / Youtube ]

Trump Campaign Holds „Voter Fraud“ Press Conference with Kayleigh McEnany & Ronna McDaniel

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel hold press conference to discuss Pennsylvania litigation and give an overview of the post-Election Day landscape.

07.11.2020 - 15:15 [ Movement for a People’s Party ]

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04.11.2020 - 13:37 [ CNN ]

Why the Supreme Court let some states count mail-in ballots received after Election Day but not others

(29.10.2020)

In the final days before the presidential election, the Supreme Court has been pelted with requests from parties in battleground states seeking last minute approval to change election rules, especially regarding whether mail-in votes can arrive after Election Day and still be counted.

30.10.2020 - 07:38 [ NPR.org ]

‚No Pandemic Exception To The Constitution‘: Court Rejects Minn. Ballot Extension

„The rule of law, as established by the United States Constitution and the Minnesota Legislature, dictates these rules must be followed notwithstanding the Secretary’s instructions to the contrary,“ the assenting judges wrote in explaining their decision.

„There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution.“

29.10.2020 - 05:23 [ Washington Post ]

Trump must accept the election results if he loses. Will his opponents do the same if he wins?

Still, Trump may indeed be defeated. If that happens, he and his supporters must honor the outcome. But a question repeatedly asked of Trump should be more often asked of his foes: If Trump wins, will they accept the results?

28.10.2020 - 03:17 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Election That Could Break America

The Interregnum comprises 79 days, carefully bounded by law. Among them are “the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December,” this year December 14, when the electors meet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cast their ballots for president; “the 3d day of January,” when the newly elected Congress is seated; and “the sixth day of January,” when the House and Senate meet jointly for a formal count of the electoral vote. In most modern elections these have been pro forma milestones, irrelevant to the outcome. This year, they may not be.

“Our Constitution does not secure the peaceful transition of power, but rather presupposes it,” the legal scholar Lawrence Douglas wrote in a recent book titled simply Will He Go?

27.10.2020 - 03:23 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

President Trump hosts swearing-in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett

(video)

15.10.2020 - 05:52 [ American Values / Twitter ]

On this day in 2011, an Obama-ordered drone strike killed 16 year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, his teenage cousin, and 5 other civilians as they were eating at an outdoor cafe in Southern Yemen.

(14.10.2020)

10.10.2020 - 13:48 [ Detroit News ]

Opinion: Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers ended immediately with ruling

(today)

In response to the Court’s ruling, the governor incorrectly stated that the decision is not effective for another 21 days: Under Michigan Court Rule 7.315(C)(4), “unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an order or judgment is effective when it is issued…” Not 21 days later. Immediately. Her emergency powers are over, and either the Court or the attorney general should publicly clarify that Whitmer’s executive orders no longer have any force of law.

10.10.2020 - 13:21 [ Detroit News ]

Whitmer slams Supreme Court ruling, warns orders could continue

(02.10.2020)

She warned the court order doesn’t take effect for another 21 days and some of the measures put in place to control the virus can continue under „alternative sources of authority not at issue in today’s ruling.“

10.10.2020 - 13:19 [ DailyWire.com ]

Michigan Supreme Court Rules Whitmer’s Shutdown Order ‘In Violation’ Of State Constitution

(03.10.2020)

The court ruled that Whitmer lacked authority under each of the two laws that govern states of emergency in Michigan to extend the state of emergency passed April 30, when her first state of emergency declaration expired, according to Mlive.com. Those two laws are the 1976 Emergency Management Act (EMA) and the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA).

10.10.2020 - 13:14 [ statenews.com ]

Michigan Supreme Court rules against Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders

(02.10.2020)

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lacked the authority after April 30 to declare a state of emergency under the 1976 Emergency Management Act.

The court also ruled that the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA) was unconstitutional, and that it did not provide a basis for Gov. Whitmer to exercise emergency powers.

06.10.2020 - 19:05 [ Fox News ]

Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing to begin Oct. 12 as Senate ramps up COVID precautions

Republicans are hopeful that they can get Barrett confirmed to the high court before Election Day.

06.10.2020 - 17:32 [ New York Times ]

Trump Leaves Hospital, Minimizing Virus and Urging Americans ‘Not to Let It Dominate Your Life’

President Trump returned to the White House on Monday night, staging a defiant, made-for-television moment in which he ripped off his face mask and then urged the nation to put aside the risks of the deadly coronavirus that has swept through his own staff and sent him to the hospital for three days.

03.10.2020 - 12:44 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

Talked to Senator Lee earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery. Look forward to welcoming him back to the @senjudiciary to proceed with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barret on October 12.

03.10.2020 - 12:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trotz infizierter Senatoren: Barretts Ernennung soll planmäßig stattfinden

Trotz der Corona-Infektion zweier beteiligter Senatoren soll die Nachbesetzung des freien Postens am Obersten Gericht der USA planmäßig stattfinden. Die Kandidatin Amy Coney Barrett solle wie angekündigt vom 12. Oktober an angehört werden, so der Vorsitzende des Justizausschusses, Lindsey Graham. Die Senatoren könnten daran nach Wunsch auch per Video teilnehmen.

03.10.2020 - 12:33 [ USA Today ]

2 GOP senators test positive for COVID-19 after Trump; Democrats say it’s ‚premature‘ to move forward with Barrett confirmation hearings

Despite the concerns, Senate Republican leaders say they want to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Barrett, which are slated to begin Oct. 12. Both Lee and Tillis are members of the 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the hearings and ultimately decide whether his confirmation will move forward for a vote in the full Senate.

03.10.2020 - 12:14 [ New York Times ]

Positive Tests for Senators Raise Questions About Timing of Barrett Hearings

Two Republican senators on the pivotal Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending White House events last week announcing Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, throwing the future of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings into question.

03.10.2020 - 12:13 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Diagnosis Imperils Quick Supreme Court Confirmation Timeline

But by Friday evening, with the White House and Congress in turmoil and two Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, among those announcing they had tested positive for the virus, it was clear that the challenge had grown steeper.

Top Republicans insisted they would move ahead at an uncommonly swift pace to hold hearings on Judge Barrett’s nomination by Oct. 12, send her nomination to the full Senate by Oct. 22 and confirm her as soon as Oct. 26, eight days before Election Day — even if it meant breaking Senate norms and considering a lifetime judicial nomination by videoconference.

26.09.2020 - 17:33 [ Heise.de ]

Bei Wahlniederlage: Wird das US-Militär eingreifen?

Der New York Times zufolge sagen Beamte des Pentagon, ein solches Szenario sei absurd. Unter keinen Umständen würde ein Vorsitzender der Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy SEALs oder Marines entsenden, um Trump aus dem Weißen Haus zu holen. Wenn nötig, würde eine solche Aufgabe den U.S. Marshals oder dem Secret Service obliegen.

26.09.2020 - 17:28 [ theHill.com ]

Senate passes resolution reaffirming commitment to peaceful transition of power

The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday reaffirming its support for a peaceful transition of power, one day after President Trump refused to commit to such a transition next year if he loses in the November election.

The resolution, offered by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), passed by unanimous consent, meaning no senator objected to it.

26.09.2020 - 12:05 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Oberstes US-Gericht: Trump will offenbar Barrett nominieren

Trump und die Republikaner wollen den freien Platz im Supreme Court noch vor der Wahl am 3. November besetzen. Die nötige Mehrheit im Senat haben sie offenbar. Möglich wäre eine Abstimmung Ende Oktober.

26.09.2020 - 11:58 [ New York Times ]

Trump Selects Amy Coney Barrett to Fill Ginsburg’s Seat on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the favorite candidate of conservatives, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day in a move that would significantly alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court for years.

26.09.2020 - 11:52 [ theHill.com ]

A game theorist’s advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat

I have worked for over 30 years in competitive strategy. I teach it to future business and policy leaders, diplomats, global development leaders and social entrepreneurs. I have been a leader of the competitive strategy practices in two influential global consulting firms, where I advised CEOs, boards and policy heads. My academic training is as a game theorist, the science of figuring out your next move while anticipating the competitor’s moves to follow. Despite these credentials, I have never been invited to advise Donald Trump on competitive strategy.

24.09.2020 - 19:48 [ Tagessschau.de ]

Richterwechsel in den USA: Was in Deutschland anders läuft

Extrem polarisierende Kandidaten haben in Deutschland also keine Chance.

CDU/CSU und SPD wechseln sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dem Vorschlagsrecht ab. Inzwischen haben auch die Grünen und die FDP Richterinnen und Richter vorgeschlagen. Trotz des Vorschlagsrechts einer Partei muss für die Wahl die nötige Zweidrittelmehrheit gefunden werden.

21.09.2020 - 09:26 [ Washington Post ]

Yes, expect fireworks. But we’ll get a Supreme Court confirmation.

History favors presidents filling such slots when their party controls the Senate. That Democrats are upset Trump gets to make another appointment to the court doesn’t change history or amend the Constitution.

20.09.2020 - 11:47 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trump zu Ginsburg-Nachfolge: „Es wird eine Frau“

„Es wird eine Frau sein“, so Trump bei einem Wahlkampfauftritt im Bundesstaat North Carolina. Als mögliche Kandidatinnen nannte er die beiden Bundesrichterinnen Amy Coney Barrett und Barbara Lagoa. Sie würden beide „sehr respektiert“. Er werde seine Wahl vermutlich in der kommenden Woche bekanntgeben.

19.09.2020 - 15:15 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Tod von US-Richterin Bader Ginsburg: Kampf um die Nachfolge der „Titanin“

Gemäß der US-Verfassung bestimmt der Präsident die Richter des Obersten Gerichtshofs und der Senat muss dem Vorschlag zustimmen.

19.09.2020 - 11:58 [ theHill.com ]

Ginsburg, trailblazing leader on Supreme Court, dies at 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal leader of the Supreme Court and a trailblazing champion of women’s rights, died Friday. She was 87 years old.

The Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg died „surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.“

19.09.2020 - 11:48 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Richterin Bader Ginsburg gestorben: Trauer um Ikone des liberalen Amerikas

Sie habe sich ein bisschen als Kindergartenlehrer verstanden, sagte sie, „weil die Richter nicht glaubten, dass es Geschlechterdiskriminierung gibt.“

Sie sei eine Magnolie aus Stahl, sagt die Richterin Sonja Sotomayor einmal über ihre Kollegin in einer Talkshow: Sie sei außen zart, aber sie habe eine eiserne Rute hinter sich.

10.09.2020 - 07:57 [ Weißes Haus ]

Additions to President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court List

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the following additions to his Supreme Court List:

10.09.2020 - 07:53 [ ORF.at ]

Trump präsentierte neue Kandidaten für US Supreme Court

Trump warnte im Fall seiner Wahlniederlage im November vor einer Übernahme des Obersten Gerichts durch „radikale Linke“. „Unglücklicherweise gibt es eine wachsende linksradikale Bewegung, die das Prinzip der Gleichbehandlung vor dem Gesetz ablehnt“, sagte Trump im Weißen Haus.

30.08.2020 - 07:49 [ NBC News ]

Chairman of Joint Chiefs says no role for military in presidential election

Trump’s repeated complaints questioning the election’s validity have triggered unprecedented worries about the potential for chaos surrounding the election results. Some have speculated that the military might be called upon to get involved, either by Trump trying to use it to help his reelection prospects or as, Democratic challenger Joe Biden has suggested, to remove Trump from the White House if he refuses to accept defeat. The military has adamantly sought to tamp down that speculation and is zealously protective of its historically nonpartisan nature.

30.08.2020 - 07:30 [ ORF.at ]

US-Generalstabschef: Militär wird sich nicht in Wahl einmischen

Die für eine westliche Demokratie bemerkenswerte Stellungnahme kam nach einer Anfrage aus dem US-Kongress zustande.

30.08.2020 - 07:27 [ Washington Post ]

Amid fears that Trump might not leave office, two lawmakers press for Pentagon assurances on the election

(28.08.2020)

In a sign of the growing concern that President Trump might not leave office voluntarily or might attempt to use the military to hold onto power, two moderate Democratic lawmakers posed a series of written questions to the secretary of defense and the military’s top general about their obligations to the Constitution and the country.

Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) addressed their questions in writing to Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, setting a deadline of Thursday evening.

21.08.2020 - 16:58 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

FYI: Constitution was „Shredded“ on 9-11, U now live in a 100% surveillance state, U have no right to privacy, U have no 4th Amendment protections, & the Democrats voted for it, and Obama/Biden renewed it! & then repealed Habeas Corpus!

17.08.2020 - 19:22 [ Jonathan Turley / theHill.com ]

Virtual democracy means Congress and the courts should go online now

(21.03.2020)

Both Congress and the Supreme Court have stopped meeting out of fear of physical contact, even though the technology exists to allow officials to continue working in virtual spaces. Legal barriers could be removed to allow such a shift to a type of virtual democracy, but the main barrier seems to be conceptual and cultural.

We must not allow a constitutional system to wither like a starving man staring at an apple tree but incapable of imagining a stick.

17.08.2020 - 18:51 [ AmericanThinker.com ]

Vote by Mail: Turning the Clock Backwards

Today, using the coronavirus as an excuse, the Democrats seek to abolish how we conduct elections in the United States.

Our current system of voting came into being as a result of a great progressive reform movement in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Ardent progressive reformers, like the socialist Henry George in 1886, strove to prevent corruption in the electoral process. The progressive reformers championed a system of voting by an official ballot printed at public expense by a neutral authority. Previously political parties had printed their own ballots and ward bosses paid people to vote for their candidates, stuff ballots and vote repeatedly.

The system was intimidating and enormously corrupt. A supervisory public authority was necessary to monitor balloting, ensure fairness, and provide the necessary element of voter secrecy.

The new structure of reform called the ‚Australian ballot‘, (named from its place of origin) specifies that a citizen coming to the poll be registered to vote and identified. At the poll, he gives his name and address. He receives an official ballot; marks it in the secrecy of a booth and hands it in to be counted.

17.08.2020 - 18:38 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

The U.S. Constitution gave Congress the power to establish the USPS, and for the survival of our democracy and everyone who depends on USPS for everything from paychecks to lifesaving medicines, we must use our power to protect it. #SaveTheUSPS

16.08.2020 - 06:15 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Employees of the US government violated the Constitution and lied to Congress and the American people about it. @Snowden exposed them. This is bigger than him. If he’s punished for his service to the Constitution, there will be more violations of the Constitution, and more lies.

05.08.2020 - 17:37 [ Cato Institute ]

Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share

(22.06.2020)

A new Cato national survey finds that self‐​censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐​censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement.

25.07.2020 - 15:09 [ Tom Cotton, US Senator / Twitter ]

Freedom of religion is our first freedom. Yet SCOTUS has ruled that casinos can host hundreds of gamblers, while churches cannot welcome their full congregations. Justice Roberts once again got it wrong, shamefully closing church doors to their flocks.

25.07.2020 - 15:07 [ theHill.com ]

Conservatives blast Supreme Court ruling: Roberts has ‚abandoned his oath‘

Conservative lawmakers blasted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts after he sided with the court’s liberal justices in a 5-4 decision Friday that rejected a Nevada church’s request to block the state government from enforcing a cap on attendance at religious services.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted early Saturday morning that Roberts had „abandoned his oath.“

25.07.2020 - 12:08 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court again rejects church challenge to virus restriction

The decision was a 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing.

The court’s order was unsigned and did not provide any reasoning, common practice when the high court acts on emergency applications. The court’s conservative justices filed three dissents.

23.07.2020 - 19:22 [ New York Times ]

How Powerful Is the President?

Powers like these have been deployed sparingly: A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a proclamation declaring a national emergency, followed by an executive order days later, invoked some presidential powers, including the use of National Guard and U.S. military forces.

What little we know about these secret powers comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, but we believe they may include suspension of habeas corpus, surveillance, home intrusion, arrest without a judicial warrant, collective if not mass arrests and more; some could violate constitutional protections.

22.07.2020 - 02:13 [ Common Dreams ]

New Local Lawsuit Challenges ‚Violent and Unlawful‘ Attacks on Portland Protesters by Trump’s Secret Police Force

A pair of Oregon state lawmakers joined with a local lawyer, church, and advocacy group on Tuesday to bring yet another lawsuit against federal government agencies over President Donald Trump’s ongoing militarized crackdown on Black Lives Matter protests in Portland.

21.07.2020 - 21:12 [ New York Times ]

Trump Threatens to Send Federal Law Enforcement Forces to More Cities

The president portrayed the nation’s cities as out of control. “Look at what’s going on — all run by Democrats, all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.”

Democrats said the president was the one out of control.

21.07.2020 - 21:10 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police

Heavily armed federal officers without name tags have carried out nightly attacks on antiracist demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and snatched people off the streets into unmarked vans, sparking widespread outrage. “What we’ve seen is a continuous escalation in violence against our protesters,” says Lilith Sinclair, an Afro-Indigenous local organizer in Portland. They note the federal violence follows many years of “severe police brutality” from local police. “It’s left the people of Portland not only worried about their safety, but, even more so, justified in the fight that we’re engaged in.”

21.07.2020 - 20:57 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

“Camouflaged Goon Squads”: Outrage, Legal Challenges in Portland as Federal Agents Snatch Protesters

The U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon has called for an investigation into the conduct of federal officers deployed to protests in Portland, calling their behavior “unlawful.” Local officials are also mounting legal challenges to remove the agents from city streets. Juan Chavez, project director and attorney at the Oregon Justice Resource Center, says it’s a terrifying situation for Portland residents who face “these camouflaged goon squads” who often refuse to identify themselves or their agencies. “They just appear in the middle of the night next to people who are in and around downtown who then get corralled into these vehicles, not told where or who’s picking them up,” he says.

21.07.2020 - 20:43 [ GOP War Room / Youtube ]

UNHINGED: Dem Rep. Clyburn Compares Federal Law Enforcement To Nazi Germany Gestapo

Democrat Congresswoman Jim Clyburn compared federal law enforcement to Nazi Germany Gestapo, when he appeared on CNN on 7/20/2020.

20.07.2020 - 12:43 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats ask watchdogs to probe federal crackdown on protests

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans exercising their right to peaceful assembly,” wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).