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    National and state-level Republicans are engaged in a coordinated legal effort to disqualify thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots in key battleground states ahead of Election Day, a mass voter suppression campaign that—if successful—could swing the results of close races. In states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, right-wing organizations and Republican groups animated by former President Donald Trump's "Big Lie" have filed lawsuits seeking to toss ballots on technical grounds, potentially disenfranchising thousands of voters for failing to put a date on the outer envelope of a ballot or other small mistakes. Additionally, Republicans in Pennsylvania sued in an unsuccessful attempt to block counties from notifying voters about technical errors on their ballots. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with GOP groups in ruling that mail-in and absentee ballots without a date on the outer envelope cannot be counted. Voting rights organizations are fighting back, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said in a statement Sunday that "no voter should be disenfranchised simply because they made a minor error in filling out their ballot." "This was not a controversial...
    Earlier this week, Musk blasted the company's "lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark," calling it "bulls**t," and indicating that he will offer verification and various features on the platform for $8 per month. Musk has also indicated it will take some time before accounts previously banished from the platform be reinstated. "Twitter will not allow anyone who was de-platformed for violating Twitter rules back on platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks," he tweeted. "Twitter's content moderation council will include representatives with widely divergent views, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups who face hate-fueled violence," he wrote. \u201c@yoyoel @JGreenblattADL @YaelEisenstat @rashadrobinson @JGo4Justice @normanlschen @DerrickNAACP @TheBushCenter @SindyBenavides Twitter's content moderation council will include representatives with widely divergent views, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups who face hate-fueled violence\u201d — Yoel Roth (@Yoel Roth) 1667352293
    Republicans are weighing their options to stop Joe Biden's student debt forgiveness plan from going into effect, including a slew of lawsuits against the president. Republican state attorneys general - from states like Arizona, Missouri and Texas -have met privately to discuss a strategy that could see multiple cases filed in different courts around the country, the Washington Post reported. And conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and Job Creators Network are also weighing options.   No lawsuits have been filed yet, however, as attorneys weigh the best way to battle Biden's use of executive power to wipe out millions owed to the federal government. 'We're actively looking into legal options to halt the Biden Administration's abuse of power and assault on working-class Americans,' Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for the Senate, told Fox News Digital.  Republicans are weighing their options to stop Joe Biden's student debt forgiveness plan from going into effect, including a slew of lawsuits against the president Some state attorneys general weighing lawsuits: 'We're actively looking into legal options to halt the Biden Administration's abuse of power...
    The head of Israel’s spy agency will visit the US in the coming days to try to block a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme. The trip will be the latest in Israel’s push to persuade Western powers not to revive the landmark 2015 deal with Tehran, when US sanctions were lifted on Iran in exchange for major curbs on its nuclear activities.  Israel says a fresh deal would facilitate the funding of Iran-supported militants such as Hamas and would not prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon – a goal Iran has always denied. Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid (pictured) said the new deal between the US and Iran entailed ‘greater dangers’ than the previous one Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid said the new deal entailed ‘greater dangers’ than the previous one.  He said: ‘We are making a concerted effort to ensure the Americans and Europeans understand the dangers involved in this agreement.’  He added he is also talking to European countries. In 2018, then-US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the 2015 deal and restored crippling sanctions. ...
    Arizona advocacy groups are seeking to ban Cyber Ninjas, the group hired to run the infamous Maricopa County 2020 election audit, from procuring federal government contracts. Arguing that the Florida-based firm failed to adhere to election auditing standards or adequately comply with public record requests, the Brennan Center sent a letter to the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee on behalf of multiple advocacy groups requesting the "debarment" of Cyber Ninjas. 'LOST, NOT STOLEN': GROUP OF CONSERVATIVES REBUFF STOLEN ELECTION CLAIMS IN REPORT "If Cyber Ninjas is permitted to continue engaging in publicly-funded operations, the company will continue to undermine confidence in our federal elections," the groups argued in the letter. Cyber Ninjas had been hired by the GOP-led Arizona Senate to conduct a review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. Following a string of controversies over its audit, the Cyber Ninjas's report reaffirmed President Joe Biden's victory, finding 261 fewer votes for former President Donald Trump and 99 additional votes for Biden. However, the Arizona Senate referred the findings to the state's attorney general, outlining...
    A polar bear sow and two cubs are seen on the Beaufort Sea coast within the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Reuters A coalition of environmental groups this week sued the Biden administration in an effort to stop more than 3,500 permit applications from energy companies to drill for oil and gas on federal lands. The groups argued the administration hasn't considered the damage that climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions from drilling does to endangered species, and that permit approvals in Wyoming and New Mexico violated federal laws including the Endangered Species Act. The groups said burning fossil fuels from drilling is heating the planet and damaging imperiled species like Hawaiian songbirds, desert fish, ice seals and polar bears. The administration's approved permits, they said, will release up to 600 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is the latest attempt by environmentalists to pressure the administration to halt new drilling permits. Earlier in his term, Biden sought to commit to his campaign promise to suspend new drilling on federal lands,...
    (CNN)Three environmental law groups have sued the Biden administration in an attempt to block more than 3,500 permit applications from energy companies to drill for oil and gas on public lands.The environmental groups filed the lawsuit in the District Court of Washington, DC, against the Bureau of Land Management, saying the permit approvals in Wyoming and New Mexico violated several federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act.Climate advocates have been keen to hold President Joe Biden to his campaign promise to ban all new oil and gas drilling on public land -- a promise he has been unable to deliver on. But that promise has also recently become a political punching bag for Republicans as the price of gas has soared to over $5 per gallon amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Federal watchdog found oil and gas company likely defrauded government amid agency misstepsCiting the severity of the climate crisis, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Environmental Law Center and the WildEarth Guardians are trying to stop oil and gas companies drilling new wells on federal lands."The federal government's...
    In this article TWTR TSLA Pavlo Gonchar | Lightrocket | Getty ImagesA dozen advocacy groups are launching a new campaign Friday aimed at blocking Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $44 billion purchase of Twitter, warning he will degrade important safeguards on the platform if he's allowed to take control. The Stop the Deal campaign, shared exclusively with CNBC, includes plans to put pressure on government agencies to review the acquisition, persuade Tesla stockholders to take action against it ask advertisers to pull spending from the platform. It highlights concerns that many progressives have shared about how Musk's acquisition and plans for a more open platform could allow for more rampant hate and harassment on the platform. Participating nonprofits include Accountable Tech, Center for Countering Digital Hate, GLAAD and MediaJustice. Musk has already reportedly faced regulatory scrutiny over the deal, which he has recently said is "on hold," as he seeks more information on the number of fake accounts on the platform. Twitter executives have reportedly told employees that's not the case. In the time since the deal and that tweet,...
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Book displays targeting specific groups or topics such as Cajun heritage, Pride Month or Black History Month are prohibited indefinitely at public libraries in Louisiana’s Lafayette Parish, a newspaper reported. Library Director Danny Gillane said Tuesday that the new policy, which also affects Women’s History Month and Native American history, will be in place “for the foreseeable future,” according to The Advocate. Gillane said he made the decision to protect the library and its collection of books and films. “I’m doing this because everything’s a fight,” he said. “And if I put these books out right now, I feel like I am inviting people to challenge these books.” Library patrons in late 2021 and this year have challenged two books and a documentary film, seeking to have them removed or their access limited. The first objection was to “This Book is Gay,” which was shelved in the nonfiction teen section. Before the library board voted on whether to ban the book, Gillane moved all teen nonfiction books to the adult nonfiction section. In April, the...
    The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request from three Texas GOP legislators seeking to block subpoenas from the Justice Department and voting rights groups in connection to a challenge to state legislative maps. The high court issued a brief Tuesday that was unsigned and without comment or dissent, leaving in place a lower court order allowing for the deposition of the lawmakers. The case stems from lawsuits filed in December by the DOJ that allege the state's 2021 congressional and statehouse redistricting plans violate Section 2 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act based on the 2020 census, asking for the maps to be redrawn. The lawsuit further accuses Texas's new congressional and state legislative maps of weakening minority voting power at a time when the state has seen a significant increase in Latino and black voters in the past 10 years. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES TEXAS OVER REDISTRICTING PLAN President Joe Biden's administration and voting rights groups requested testimony from GOP Texas House Reps. John Lujan, Ryan Guillen and Brooks Landgraf. All three representatives maintain that their immunity was secured under...
    A coalition of civil rights groups is taking Florida state officials to court over the newly passed congressional map. The group filed a lawsuit Friday asking a state court in Leon County to block the map and order the drawing of a new one, arguing it violated the Fair Districts Amendment in the state Constitution and illegally gerrymanders in a way that diminishes the power of black voters. "At the beginning of this redistricting cycle, the Legislature appeared to follow the Fair Districts Amendment in good faith...Governor Ron DeSantis, however, had other ideas. He unilaterally declared the Fair Districts Amendment unconstitutional," the plaintiffs wrote in a 28-page complaint. "The DeSantis Plan does not comply with the Fair Districts Amendment. It does not even purport to." The map has yet to go into effect, but it cleared both chambers of the Florida Legislature and has been backed by DeSantis, who signed it into law Friday afternoon. Civil rights groups such as the League of Women Voters of Florida, Black Voters Matter, Florida Rising, and Equal Ground Florida, as...
    An anchor strike in 2018 that dented a portion of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline was explicitly cited as one of the reasons the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration chose to implement stricter regulations. Two oil and gas industry groups have filed a petition in hopes of eliminating a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) rule that would better hold them accountable. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and GPA Midstream want to halt the implementation of the “Pipeline Safety: Unusually Sensitive Areas for the Great Lakes, Coastal Beaches, and Certain Coastal Waters” rule that went into effect last month. The rule explicitly cites API member Enbridge’s failures with its Line 5 and Line 6B pipelines as to why stricter regulations must take effect. According to the rule, which amends current safety regulations in place, “certain coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and coastal beaches are classified as unusually sensitive areas for the purpose of compliance with the hazardous liquid integrity management regulations... A hazardous liquid pipeline that could affect these newly designated areas must be included in an operator's integrity management program.” What...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court Monday said it has received several appeals asking Justice Brett Kavanaugh to consider the Biden administration's requirement that large employers mandate their employees obtain a Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing.The appeals come as the pandemic rages globally and the omicron variant takes hold over the holiday season.Business groups, religious nonprofits and Republican-led states want to freeze a federal appeals court decision from Friday that revived the mandate while the appeals process plays out. As an alternative argument, some of the parties say they want the court to step in now and hear arguments in the case, bypassing the normal appeals process. Appeals court lets Biden administration enforce vaccine rules for large employersThe legal papers are directed to Kavanaugh because he has jurisdiction over the appeals court that made the ruling. He is likely to refer the matter to the full court. Separately, the justices are already considering an appeal to the Biden's administration vaccine mandate aimed at health care workers. The court has asked for a response in that dispute by December 30.Read MoreThe...
    (CNN)It was a battle of the Boston boy bands on Sunday.New Edition and New Kids on the Block performed onstage together for the first time ever on the American Music Awards' stage.NKOTB, made up of brothers Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight, along with Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood, kicked it off with their 1988 hit "You Got It (The Right Stuff)."The members of New Edition -- Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant -- appeared next to perform their first hit, "Candy Girl," from 1983.Both groups then alternated on a medley of their most popular songs before NKOTB joined New Edition for the former's choreograph heavy "If This Isn't Love."Read MoreNKOTB has paid homage to New Edition in the past. Maurice Starr, the producer who put New Edition on the map, brought the NKOTB together as a White counterpart to the Black boy band.Wahlberg tweeted about the two groups coming together in November after it was announced that they would be performing on the American Music Awards."Ronnie, Bobby Ricky and Mike" plus...
    A U.S. District Judge ruled on Tuesday that Baltimore city officials cannot stop a Catholic media outlet from holding a rally, pointing to freedom of speech and assembly. Judge Ellen Hollander wrote in an order that St. Michael’s Media Inc., which also goes by the name Church Militant, has “demonstrated a substantial likelihood” that it will be successful in its claim that Baltimore officials infringed on its freedom of speech and assembly when it tried to stop a rally planned for next month. The media group — which writes stories about the Catholic Church that sometimes denounce church leadership — is arguing the city tried to block the rally because of its political views. St. Michael’s Media filed a lawsuit against the city of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon Scott and City Solicitor James Shea last month after they moved to stop the Nov. 16 rally from happening. The event is set to take place at Royal Farms Arena, a pavilion owned by the city, at the same time a U.S. bishops’ meeting was scheduled to occur. An advertisement for the rally promoted speeches from former President TrumpDonald...
    BRONZEVILLE — Several Black and Brown-led Chicago community groups are receiving the financial help they need to continue helping neighbors thanks to Chicago Beyond. The impact investor gave a total of $1 million to 25 organizations through its Rapid Response Fund, designed to give “unrestricted dollars” to those often overlooked in terms of financial support. The grants targeted individuals and groups taking on issues like housing, food insecurity and violence prevention. Recipients include Bronzeville-Kenwood Mutual Aid, 360 Nation, Blocks Together, Coalition for Urban Girls, Burst Into Books and ChiFresh Kitchen/Urban Growers Collective. Groups were chosen with the help of Chicago Beyond’s People’s Assembly — a group of residents plugged into their respective communities — who provided advice and insight. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bronzeville-Kenwood Mutual Aid (@bk_mutualaid) For Bronzeville-Kenwood Mutual Aid, the $20,000 grant from Chicago Beyond couldn’t come at a better time. Need has only grown in the communities it serves since the group was founded in March 2020. The mutal aid group hosts weekly activations at the Chicago Defender building in Grand...
    Abortion groups asked the Supreme Court Monday to block a pro-life Texas law from going into effect Wednesday. The law bans abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, usually by about six weeks, and makes exceptions for medical emergencies but not in cases of rape or incest. Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northrop warned that if the law is not blocked within the next two days, “Texas politicians will have effectively overturned Roe v. Wade. Abortion groups asked the Supreme Court Monday to block a pro-life Texas law from going into effect Wednesday. “Texans, like everyone else in this country, should be able to count on safe abortion care in their own state,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said in a statement. “No one should be forced to drive hundreds of miles or be made to continue a pregnancy against their will, yet that’s what will happen unless the Supreme Court steps in.” Represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights, abortion groups asked the highest...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Wednesday issued a warning about three more robberies downtown – in which these times, multiple young suspects have made off with victims’ Divvy bikes. In each incident, the robbers approach the victims and demand the bikes while implying they are armed with a weapon. READ MORE: City Of Chicago Workers Must Have COVID-19 Vaccine By Mid October, Lightfoot Says The incidents happened at the following times and locations: • At 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, in the 0-99 block of South Michigan Avenue • Half an hour later on the same block; • At 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, in the 200 block of East Randolph Drive. The suspects are described as both males and females between the ages of 15 and 25. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Heat Advisory For Parts Of Area Anyone with information is asked to call Area Three detectives at (312) 744-8263. These latest incidents come amid a growing concern about robberies and attacks committed by large groups of young people in the downtown area over recent weeks. This past Thursday...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Random attacks involving groups of teens have been happening in the downtown area on recent days, and one of them was caught on video by a passing driver. As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported Tuesday, the woman was seen on video in the middle of the crosswalk at Jackson Boulevard and State Street – and seconds later, she was enduring the brutal attack. READ MORE: Man Charged With Striking Two Officers With His Vehicle During Englewood Traffic Stop A rideshare driver gave us the video. As the driver pulls up to the red light at Jackson and State around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the video shows the woman is being dragged. You can also hear her screaming. A man in a white shirt tries to help her. He starts to fight with the teens that are attacking her. As the woman gets up and starts to walk away, the video shows one of the teens grab what appears to be a bag that was left on the street. He calmly walks away with it. Meanwhile, the woman...
    (CNN)Landlord groups challenging the Biden administration's eviction moratorium are now turning to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to try to block the extension of the moratorium.After a district judge's decision Friday allowed the moratorium to remain in place, the landlord groups filed a request Saturday evening asking the DC Circuit Court to reverse a June order, from an earlier phase in the litigation, that has let the moratorium continue.According to the filing, the government has agreed to a quick briefing schedule, and the parties are asking for a ruling from the appellate court by Thursday. The court later Saturday evening approved the briefing schedule -- under which the government will respond to the landlords' request by Tuesday morning and the landlords will reply by Wednesday morning -- but that is no guarantee that the appellate court will decide by Thursday.In Friday's filing, the landlords pointed to how the Supreme Court handled the moratorium when it reached the justices at an earlier stage in the litigation in June. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to let it continue,...
    BRONZEVILLE — Julia Magnus has always lived around birds. Her family raised parrots when she was growing up. Nowadays, her Bronzeville yard is home to birds like Fuego, a fiery game rooster, and Ember Miji Pop Claw, a chicken with spurs. She’s become an animal rights lawyer and a volunteer at Chicago Roo Crew, a female-led group that advocates for the care of roosters in the city. It’s a life where her birds’ clucking never gets old. But now her organization and volunteers need help. Credit: Maia McDonald/Block Club ChicagoJulia Magnus, an animal rights lawyer and volunteer for Chicago Roo Crew as seen on July 1, 2021.During the pandemic, Chicago Roo Crew has been inundated with birds who were often given up by people who said the animals were more work than they’d anticipated. At one point, the group received six requests in two weeks to foster roosters and birds. They’ve had to stop taking in birds, and medical expenses are ballooning for the ones they are caring for. Now the group has started a GoFundMe to help...
    Washington (CNN)A group of abortion rights organizations and providers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block enforcement of a recently passed Texas law that would allow private citizens to sue individuals thought to have assisted in violating the state's so-called heartbeat ban. The suit -- brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Whole Woman's Health, Planned Parenthood Center for Choice and other groups -- is challenging SB 8, which was signed into law in May by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The law bars most abortions at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many people know they are pregnant.The plaintiffs in the suit take specific aim at a provision that gives individuals a monetary incentive to enforce the law, as well as a unique aspect of the measure that opens anyone who aided in accessing such an abortion to legal liability -- including "someone who accompanies her sister to an abortion clinic and pays for the abortion, or a sexual assault counselor who calls an abortion clinic...
    Abortion advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against Texas's attorney general and others in an effort to block a law allowing citizens to sue abortion providers. Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and several others filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, seeking a declaratory judgment that Texas's Senate Bill 8 is invalid and cannot be enforced by any defendant named in the lawsuit. If abortion providers offer abortions in violation of S.B. 8, "they and their staff could be forced to defend dozens if not hundreds of simultaneous S.B. 8 lawsuits scattered across the state," according to the lawsuit. OPINION: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ADMIT THEIR FAILURE AS AN OPPOSITION PARTY The plaintiffs argue the enforcement of S.B. 8, which "flagrantly violates the constitutional rights of Texans seeking abortion and upends the rule of law in service of an anti-abortion agenda," will lead to "vigilante enforcement lawsuits" if providers continue performing abortions. "Moreover, a steady stream of random strangers could seek injunctive relief preventing the abortion providers from...
    2019 protest against collaborations with ICE Essex County Correctional Center in Newark, New Jersey, announced this past April that it would be ending its contract of more than a decade with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In recent days, it hass held as many as 100 immigrants. ICE could begin to take steps to release them so they pursue their cases in their homes and communities. The government agency has every ability to do this.   But instead, ICE transferred nearly 30 of them in the middle of the night, The Guardian reports. No one seemed to know where they were sent. “Not even their immigration lawyers currently know where ICE has transferred them,” groups advocating for their release tweeted on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of New Jersey, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild announced a federal lawsuit. “The lawsuit cites violations of due process and the Immigration and Nationality Act,” a statement said, noting that ICE has a history of sending immigrants to remote regions of the nation, intentionally making it harder for them to reach relatives, advocacy...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Community groups and South Florida residents are expected to protest a proposal by Florida Power & Light to raise rates by nearly 20 percent. They’ll also use the protests to organize people to make public comments during FPL’s next’s virtual hearing with the Florida Public Service Commission which will decide whether or not to approve the hike. In Miami-Dade, the protest will place from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at the FPL building in the 4200 block of West Flagler Street. Broward groups and residents are planning to protest at the same time in the 2900 block of Griffin Road.
    (CNN)A coalition of Realtor groups asked the Supreme Court Thursday night to block the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order that prohibits landlords nationwide from evicting tenants who fail to pay rent amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The current moratorium is set to expire on June 30. A district court ruled against the CDC, holding that the moratorium was unlawful, but then put its ruling on hold pending appeal. The DC Circuit declined to lift the stay. The Realtor groups asked the justices to step in -- on an emergency basis -- arguing that "Congress never gave the CDC the staggering amount of power it now claims."They argue that the moratorium has resulted in "over $13 billion in unpaid rent per month."Read MoreThis is a breaking story and will be updated.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Memorial Day holiday weekend is often a violent one in Chicago, but several community groups partnered up to keep the peace.A party at 67th and Hermitage was put together by a group called "Think Outside the Block." The event includes games and music for everyone from young children to adults, including bouncy houses and other attractions.The party will be one of a number of similar events around the city this weekend and gives people fun neighborhood activities to be a part of rather than getting into situations that lead to violence.Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a time in Chicago when the number of crimes involving violence increases.The group, "My Block, My Hood, My City," provided grants for the parties.The Englewood event also has counselors on site to talk to kids about some of the trauma they may have witnessed in the community. They are trying to help them recognize that violence is not normal. The event goes on until 8 p.m.There are a number of other events planned for Sunday an Monday as well.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police issued a community alert Saturday about robberies involving large groups of young people in Millennium and Grant parks downtown. The robberies both happened during the evening hours this month. In each instance, the assailants surrounded the victims in the park and took their property by force. READ MORE: At Least 1 Person Killed, 3 Injured So Far In Memorial Day Weekend Violence In Chicago The first incident happened on Friday, May 21 at 7:20 p.m. in the 200 block of East Randolph Drive in Millennium Park. The second happened at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 in the 1100 block of South Michigan Avenue in Grant Park. The assailants are young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 in large groups. Police have noted repeated issues involving young people gathering downtown and often starting fights with each other. Last weekend, nine people were arrested after getting into fights in and around Millennium Park. A man was also shot in the Loop very early last Sunday morning, though it was not specified whether the incident...
    Two technology trade groups filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block a measure approved by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to crack down on large social media companies. DeSantis, a Republican, signed the anti-Big Tech bill on Monday, aiming to reduce online censorship and prevent social media companies from removing political candidates from their platforms. NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, who described the law as a "frontal assault on the First Amendment," sued on Thursday, asking a judge to block the measure from taking effect on July 1. The trade groups also called the measure a "smorgasbord of constitutional violations" that would prevent technology companies from moderating content on their platforms. DESANTIS RECEIVES STANDING OVATION FOR RESPONSE ABOUT HIS BIG TECH BILL AND WHETHER TRUMP INSPIRED IT "The act discriminates against and infringes the First Amendment rights of these targeted companies, which include plaintiffs’ members, by compelling them to host — and punishing them for taking virtually any action to remove or make less prominent —- even highly objectionable or illegal content, no matter how much that content...
    A new conservative opposition research group is using unorthodox, and controversial, tactics to throw what it describes as "a big handful of sand" in the gears of the Biden administration — tactics it claims have been used effectively by the left for years. "I see the group right now as getting up every morning and with the goal of making it as difficult as possible for the Biden administration and their allies on the Hill to implement their agenda," Tom Jones, founder of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), told Fox News in an interview. NEW FINDINGS SHOW BIDEN DOJ NOMINEE ORGANIZED CONFERENCE CHAMPIONING COP-KILLERS  "Our goal is to take a big handful of sand and throw it in the gears of the Biden administration, and that’s what we’re going to do every day," he said. Jones – who has worked in a number of research groups, as well as a legislative director for Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and for the 2016 Ted Cruz presidential campaign – said the AAF differs from other opposition groups by not being client-based, and instead is focused on causing trouble...
    Lori Matsumara joked that she missed out on the art gene that runs in her family. Her grandfather, Giichi, used watercolors to document life at the Manzanar War Relocation Center where he and his family were incarcerated during World War II. Her father, Masaru, created wooden bird pins there that she keeps at her home in Stevenson Ranch. “Whenever we would ask him to draw something, he was really good at it,” Matsumara said over the phone. “But we have no sketches that my dad ever did.” Lori Matsumura holds wood carvings made by her father, Masaru Matsumura, while he was held at Manzanar internment camp.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) So she was understandably stunned when she found out this week about an EBay auction of 20 pencil sketches that the seller claimed were from a Manzanar artist. The stark depictions of landscapes such as mountains, pine trees and Mt. Fuji seem a world away from the lonely prison camp at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada. Each was signed “Matsumara” in all-cap block letters....
    Attorney generals from a dozen states are calling for social media companies to block anti-vaxxers.   The coalition of 12 attorney generals are calling on Facebook and Twitter to "take stronger measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 vaccine disinformation being spread by "anti-vaxxers" on their social media platforms" as stated in a public letter to the CEOs. The letter cites a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate1, stating that “anti-vaxxer” accounts on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers. The letter specifically asks the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to remove anti-vaxxers who have repeatedly violated the companies’ existing policies and terms of service. The attorney generals in the coalition include the following states: Connecticut Delaware Iowa Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota North Carolina New York Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island Virginia They letter goes onto state "Digital media research groups estimate that, as of March 10, 2021, 12 anti-vaxxers’ personal accounts and their associated organizations, groups, and websites are responsible for 65 percent of public anti-vaccine content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter."...
    A federal judge earlier this week declined to block the Trump administration from issuing leasing permits for oil production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The first-ever oil lease sale took place on Wednesday, according to Alaska Public Media, which reported on the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, a Barack Obama appointee: It’s a win for the Trump administration, which has pushed to lock in drilling in the refuge in its final weeks, before President-elect Joe Biden takes office and can try to stop it. The Trump administration is offering 10-year leases to 22 tracts of land that cover about 1 million acres in the northernmost slice of the refuge, known as the coastal plain. Gleason’s decision Tuesday came in three lawsuits filed this fall by an array of groups, including environmental organizations and the Gwich’in Steering Committee.In court documents, the groups argue that the federal government failed to follow numerous laws meant to protect wildlife, land, water and people when it crafted its oil-leasing program for the refuge. They then requested preliminary injunctions. Gleason said the groups...
    A federal judge in Alaska ruled late on Tuesday that the Trump administration's planned auction of oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) could proceed as planned on Wednesday morning. The order by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason comes after environmental groups and the indigenous people of northeastern Alaska sought a preliminary injunction to block the sale in the ecologically sensitive area. The sale is scheduled for Jan. 6, but the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) started accepting bids at the end of last month. The ruling is a victory for the President Donald Trump's plan to deliver on an important pillar of his "energy dominance" agenda just two weeks before Democrat Joe Biden, who opposes drilling in ANWR, takes office. Four lawsuits have been filed since August challenging the plans to auction drilling rights in the potentially energy-rich coastal plain of ANWR along the Beaufort Sea. In her order, Gleason said the green and native groups had failed to establish that they would suffer irreparable harm as a result of the sale. If BLM approves "ground-disturbing...
    LITTLE VILLAGE — An alderman and community groups will give out gifts to children Tuesday in Little Village. Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) is partnering with community groups and businesses to give away 1,000 toys 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at 2701 S. Lawndale Ave. They’ll be available while supplies last. New Life Centers, Catholic Financial Life, We Will Foundation and the Little Village Chamber of Commerce are among the sponsors for the giveaway. A Block Club subscription is an excellent gift. Get a subscription now and you’ll get a free tote bag — and you’ll help us reach our goal of 15,000 subscribers by the beginning of 2021. We’re almost there! Subscribe or buy a subscription as a gift here. Already subscribe? Click here to support Block Club with a tax-deductible donation.
    Opponents of a 145-mile hydropower transmission corridor that would run through Maine's North Woods have lost another round in their legal fight after a federal judge tossed out a bid by environmentalists to block the project. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Walker rejected the lawsuit filed by Sierra Club Maine, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and other green groups seeking to delay construction of the project, which could get underway in January. Central Maine Power’s $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect calls for providing up to 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to the New England region. The project has cleared several regulatory hurdles, including approval by Maine's Land Use Planning Commission and state Department of Environmental Protection. In November, it was granted a permit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The utility argues that the clean energy project is good for the environment and it will reduce carbon emissions that scientists say are contributing to a warming planet. Opponents say the project would carve through scenic swathes of untouched forest in...
    By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous and conservation groups asked a federal judge Tuesday to block the Trump administration from issuing oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The groups in separate filings requested a decision by Jan. 6, the date of a scheduled lease sale. They say the issuance of leases and proposed seismic exploration should be halted pending resolution of their claims challenging the adequacy of environmental reviews on which the sale and exploration plans are based. Karlin Itchoak, Alaska state director for The Wilderness Society, in a statement said the Trump administration's “relentless pursuit of a lease sale and destruction of the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge” forced groups to seek an injunction. An email seeking comment was sent to the U.S. Interior Department press office. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which falls under the Interior Department, earlier this month announced plans to hold the lease sale Jan. 6, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office. Last month,...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous and conservation groups asked a federal judge Tuesday to block the Trump administration from issuing oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The groups in separate filings requested a decision by Jan. 6, the date of a scheduled lease sale. They say the issuance of leases and proposed seismic exploration should be halted pending resolution of their claims challenging the adequacy of environmental reviews on which the sale and exploration plans are based. Karlin Itchoak, Alaska state director for The Wilderness Society, in a statement said the Trump administration’s “relentless pursuit of a lease sale and destruction of the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge” forced groups to seek an injunction. An email seeking comment was sent to the U.S. Interior Department press office. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which falls under the Interior Department, earlier this month announced plans to hold the lease sale Jan. 6, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office. Last month, the land agency announced...
    When the coronavirus started surging across the U.S. this spring, 70-year-old meatpacking worker Enock Benjamin kept reporting to his job at a JBS plant in Souderton, Pennsylvania. The plant ignored federal health guidelines, while workers stood close together and weren't equipped with personal protective equipment, according to a lawsuit by Benjamin's family, who also alleged that sick workers were encouraged to keep showing up. Benjamin contracted COVID-19 and died on April 30. Half a year after the suit was filed, Americans are dying from COVID-19 at record rates. But according to business groups and many Republicans in Congress, it is the threat of more litigation of the kind pursued by the Benjamin family that poses the greatest threat to employers and the economic recovery. A major wrench in the ongoing talks in Washington, D.C., over another round of emergency relief for Americans is a push by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to include broad legal protections for businesses, schools, places of worship and other organizations from lawsuits over COVID-19. The issue is threatening to derail negotiations between Democratic and Republican...
    BACK OF THE YARDS — Community groups and PepsiCo are partnering to give away meals and other items to families in need Saturday in Back of the Yards. Pepsi, Increase the Peace and La Casa Norte will pass out meals and winter items to hundreds of nearby residents 10 a.m.-noon at PepsiCo Manufacturing Facility, 650 W. 51st St. The corporation and community groups will give away hundreds of care packages, each containing six meals from PepsiCo’s Food for Good Program and Quaker Chewy Bars. The groups will also give out winter hats, gloves, scarves and hand warmers for a family of four. The event is no-contact distribution and will adhere to strict coronavirus guidelines and safety regulations with social distancing. A Block Club subscription is an excellent gift. Get a subscription now and you’ll get a free tote bag — and you’ll help us reach our goal of 15,000 subscribers by the beginning of 2021. We’re almost there! Subscribe or buy a subscription as a gift here. Block Club Chicago’s coronavirus coverage is free for all readers. Block Club is an independent,...
    MILPITAS — A plan to convert a hotel to housing for more than 100 homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic can proceed, a judge has ruled. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas on Monday rejected the bid of a group of Milpitas residents to stop the sale of a hotel that Santa Clara County wants to turn into supportive housing for the homeless, according to the county’s attorney, James Williams. A request for a temporary restraining order to block the project was filed on Nov. 9 by Voices of Milpitas LLC, a residents group founded by former Milpitas mayor Jose Esteves, court and state documents show. Attorneys from the Downey Brand law firm, representing Voices of Milpitas, alleged the project would waste taxpayer money because the hotel is overpriced, endanger neighbors, skip due process and violate the California Environmental Quality Act. The project’s roughly $80 million cost would cover the purchase of the 146-room Extended Stay America hotel at 1000 Hillview Court, as well as some renovations to convert it to a 132-studio apartment complex for people who...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group of Arkansas neighborhoods and residents filed a lawsuit seeking to block the state from completing two interstate projects — including a $1 billion plan to widen an interstate corridor in the heart of downtown Little Rock — until it can prove the projects comply with an October ruling that said a half-cent sales tax can’t be used to fund highways with more than four lanes. The Arkansas Supreme Court's Oct. 29 decision reversed a lower court's ruling to dismiss a suit challenging a I-30 corridor project running through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The 30 Crossing project will expand the 6.7-mile (10.8-kilometer) I-30 corridor from six to as many as 10 lanes in some portions, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. The sales tax, approved by voters in 2012, supports the Arkansas Department of Transportation's $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program that includes the $1.3 billion 30 Crossing project and another $187.3 million project that will widen a 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) section of I-30 in Saline County to six lanes from four. Richard Mays,...
    LITTLE VILLAGE — A Southwest Side alderman and a coalition of community groups are urging city leaders to extend free flu shots through the winter and expand coronavirus testing capabilities across the city. Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) and a coalition dubbed the People’s Response want city and state officials to prioritize adding permanent testing sites in Black and Latino communities. “The testing that we need in our community hasn’t gotten to our communities,” Sigcho-Lopez said at a press conference outside the Piotrowski Park Field house in Little Village on Tuesday. “We have been promised time after time that we will expand testing capabilities. We haven’t had that.” The group also wants the city to provide more flu shots through its free program. The current offering of free flu vaccines is scheduled to run until Nov. 14. “This is unacceptable,” Lonette Sims, co-chair Black Women Organizing for Power, said of the ending of free flu vaccines. “Approximately 270,000 lack health insurance. We need this vital resource now, especially during pandemic.” Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and a coalition of community groups called on city...
    LITTLE VILLAGE — A lively dozen-car caravan traveled through Little Village Tuesday morning encouraging neighbors to get out and vote in the general election. Representatives from The Resurrection Project, Enlace, Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, and SGA Youth & Family Services drove through the majority Latino neighborhood on the Southwest Side to remind people they could register to vote on the spot at the polls Tuesday, said David Louridas, senior policy and program manager at the Resurrection Project. After wrapping up in Little Village, the group will set out caravan through Pilsen from 1-3 p.m. and Back of the Yards from 4-6 p.m. For the first time this year, Latinos are expected to be the nation’s largest racial or ethnic minority eligible to vote in a U.S. presidential election, according to Pew Research Center. Latinos are projected to make up 13.3 percent of the electorate with 32 million eligible voters, according to the study released in January.  “There are many people who can vote, and are citizens, and they are essentially voting for those who can’t. That’s part of our call, as...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play.. Riot police deployed around the venue in central Belgrade hosting the Miredita Dobar Dan festival that is organized annually by liberal youth groups from Serbia and Kosovo. One of the extremists managed to break through the cordons and reach the scene before he was taken away. Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, a former province that declared independence in 2008 following a war in 1998-99, which ended after NATO intervened to stop Belgrade’s onslaught against ethnic Albanian separatists. International efforts aimed at negotiating normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo recently have picked up pace with both the United States and the European Union stepping in to try and broker a solution to the decades-long source of instability in the volatile Balkan region. Serbian nationalist and right-wing groups view Kosovo as part of Serbia and...
    The Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reports: “Two advocacy groups are suing the Tennessee-based company that listed job postings seeking ex-soldiers to provide armed security at Minnesota polling places next month. … The Minnesota chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the League of Women Voters asked a federal judge on Tuesday to bar Atlas Aegis LLC from recruiting or sending ex-special forces members ‘to or near polling locations while polling is underway,’ arguing that the company’s actions amount to voter intimidation.” At KMOJ, Freddie Bell reports: “ One sentence in a Star Tribune article has led to the demotion of 28-year Minneapolis Police Department veteran, Deputy Chief/Chief of Staff, Art Knight. In an exclusive interview with KMOJ, Knight said Police Chief Medaria Arradondo demoted him to Lieutenant with no assignment for his statement Monday, which appeared in the Sunday October 18th edition of the Star Tribune newspaper. … The former Chief of Staff’s statement referenced the way the agency recruits, trains, and promotes ethnic minorities and women on the force. Knight told the paper, ‘if you keep employing the...
    AUSTIN, Texas – Civil rights and voter advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that dramatically reduced the number of drop-off locations for mail ballots. The lawsuit filed late Thursday could be the first of many legal challenges against Abbott’s order that assigns just one drop-off location in each of Texas' 254 counties and allows poll watchers to observe ballot deliveries. The order, which took effect Friday, shutters dozens of sites statewide, including in Texas’ largest cities and Democratic strongholds. The Republican governor said the order is needed to ensure election security — echoing calls from President Donald Trump for his supporters to keep close watch on mail-in voting, but Democrats blasted it as blatant voter suppression. The lawsuit filed in Austin names Abbott, Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs and election administrators in Harris, Fort Bend, Travis and El Paso counties. It was filed by the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens; the National League of United Latin American Citizens; the League of Women Voters of Texas; and...
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