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Drug War Critics Slam Olympics for Suspending US Track Star Over Marijuana Use

Sha’Carri Richardson looks on after winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon.


As American track star Sha’Carri Richardson on Friday apologized and accepted her suspension from the 100-meter sprint event at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo following a positive marijuana test, drug war abolitionists, progressive politicians, athletes, and other observers decried what they called the utter absurdity of a ban occurring amid a wave of U.S. cannabis legalization.

Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning, Richardson —

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Steven Smith of West Virginia – “West Virginia Can’t Wait”

Mitch McConnell: “I admire Manchin’s willingness to protect the Senate as an institution. The filibuster is not so much about a particular issue, as it is about the Senate as an institution. It was constructed in the beginning of the country to slow things down, to make sure the right thing was done for the country.”

Steven Smith appeared on MSNBC today, June 12, 2021 and enlightened the guest host, Jeremiah Johnson as to the state of politics in West Virginia.

Johnson: “Joining me now, co-Chair of WEST VIRGINIA CAN’T WAIT, Steven Smith. The polling shows Manchin is out of
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America’s First Black Billionaire Wants His Reparations Check, Now

The founder of BET is pushing a $14 trillion reparations proposal he says would provide enough to close the giant Black/white wealth gap.


Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first Black billionaire, wants a check. He wants it from the government. And he wants it to come with an apology for slavery, Jim Crow, and hundreds of years of racism.

The 75-year-old media magnate owns several homes, heads an asset management firm, and was the first Black person to own a majority stake in an NBA team. He doubts that check will ever come, but

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Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation

A senior ExxonMobil lobbyist has been captured on camera revealing how the oil giant is using its power and influence to water down US climate legislation.

Alex Thomson – Chief Correspondent


The explosive footage was obtained by Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative platform, who posed as head-hunters to obtain the information from one of ExxonMobil’s most senior Washington lobbyists.

The recordings appear to reveal the secretive behind-the-scenes activities of a lobbyist for a company that claims in public to support action on climate change, while fighting against legislative attempts to tackle it.

ExxonMobil say they “have supported climate science for decades”

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Supreme Court Drives a Stake Through the Heart of the Voting Rights Act


Divided strictly along ideological lines, the Supreme Court construed what was left of the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) to uphold two Arizona voter suppression laws that civil rights organizations had challenged for disproportionately burdening voters of color. This decision sends a dangerous signal to states that the courts are likely to uphold their voter suppression laws that make it harder for people of color to vote.

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, the Court’s six right-wingers ruled, over the dissent of the three liberals, that Arizona’s “out of precinct policy” and “ballot harvesting” provision did not violate Section 2

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Supreme Court Upholds Arizona’s Restrictive Voting Laws


The U.S. Supreme Court upheld two restrictive voting laws in Arizona regarding provisional ballots and having third parties deliver mail-in ballots Thursday, delivering a blow to voting rights advocates and and weakening the Voting Rights Act, potentially making it easier for the GOP to now impose new restrictive voting laws across the country.

KEY FACTS

The Democratic National Committee challenged two Arizona voting laws: An “out-of-precinct” policy that prohibits provisional ballots from being counted if they weren’t cast at a voter’s designated polling place, and a ban on third parties submitting ballots on someone’s behalf—referred to by Republicans as “ballot

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Rand Paul unleashes racist attack on Democrat Charles Booker


U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday set off racist dog whistle alarms by sending a fundraising email to supporters announcing his new 2022 Democratic challenger, Charles Booker, and describing him as his “racial left opponent.” Booker, the former state representative who narrowly lost the Kentucky Democratic Party’s nomination in the primary to oppose Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is Black. The email makes clear the Paul campaign is going to make this fight about race. “Dear _______,” the email begins, “yesterday I got an Act-Blue backed racial left opponent for my reelection.” Senator Paul last year infamously and “single-handedly” blocked
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The Issue of Passing Democrats S1/HR1 Anti-Voter Suppression Bills


The ONLY WAY Democrats can pass the S1/HR1 anti-voter suppression bills will be if Joe Manchin agrees to eliminate the 60 vote filibuster.

Not one Republican Senator will vote for any Democrat election bill, especially since McConnell quickly told Manchin his bill is dead right now because not one Republican will vote for his bill.

Why would Stacey Abrams agree with and support Manchin’s version of S1/HR1 WITHOUT asking Manchin:

AND HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO PASS YOUR BILL? YOU CANNOT PASS YOUR BILL UNLESS YOU VOTE TO ELIMINATE THE 60 VOTE FILIBUSTER FIRST.
DOES THIS MEAN YOU SUPPORT ELIMINATING

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‘I live on the street now’: how Americans fall into medical bankruptcy

Having health insurance is often not enough to save Americans from massive debts when serious illness strikes


It’s been over a dozen years since Susanne LeClair of West Palm Beach, Florida was first diagnosed with cancer and she’s been fighting ever since. Now she, like many other Americans facing life-threatening illness, is bankrupt despite having health insurance.

Before her first cancer-related surgery, LeClair was told by the hospital they accepted her employer-based health insurance.

“I paid my $300 copay. After the surgery, I started receiving all these invoices and came to find out the only thing covered was my bed

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It’s Great To Be Partisan, It’s Necessary For Effective Democracy


It’s great to be partisan, when partisanship more accurately reflects the will of the People.

Effective democracy reflects the majority will of the People. Effective Democracy is not measured by equal input from both parties in the promulgation of a bill; effective democracy is found when a bill reflects the majority will of the People. Our Founding Fathers literally defined the majority will of the people as a 51 vote majority body in the U.S. Senate.

When our Founding Fathers drafted our Constitution, there were no political parties and our Founding Fathers detested the very idea of political parties; INSTEAD,

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