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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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EPA Admits to Altering Science Under Trump, Pledges New Course

Source: Govexec.com

Senior leaders at the Environmental Protection Agency improperly meddled in the work of career scientists when reviewing the approval of certain pesticides in 2018, according to a new report and the agency’s own admission.

The top officials changed and omitted items from documents related to the decision to grant licenses to three dicamba pesticides, the EPA inspector general found, and created a culture in which career employees felt “constrained” and “muted” from speaking up. In addition to violating EPA’s scientific integrity policies, the tampering left the agency vulnerable to lawsuits. The IG report followed widespread allegations of political interference in the work of career scientists under the Trump administration and comes amid a governmentwide Biden administration review into instances of such meddling.

The licenses for the pesticides, aimed at protecting cotton and soybean plants, were granted without the typical peer review panels. EPA scientists told the IG such reviews would not have impacted the results, due to the unusual level of involvement by several officials at the deputy assistant administration level. Those leaders removed career employees' assessment of concerns raised by stakeholders, the IG found, and the career staffers ultimately did not sign their names to final documents due to management’s revisions.

Read more: https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/05/epa-admits-altering-science-under-trump-pledges-new-course/174295/



They changed the data and damaged the nation.

Newport man pleads guilty to smashing teen's face with bike lock because he is Black

Newport man pleads guilty to smashing teen's face with bike lock because he is Black


By Tresa Baldas
Detroit Free Press

Nine months after a Black teenager had his teeth smashed out at a beach, the man who pummeled his face with a bike chain admitted in federal court that his actions were about hate: He attacked the teen because of his race.

And before he pulled out the bike chain, court records show, he told the victim that Black people weren't welcome at the beach and that Black lives don't matter.

Lee Mouat, 43, of Newport, now faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to willfully causing bodily injury to an 18-year-old because of the teen's race. He entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy III. The incident happened last June at Sterling State Park in Monroe, where Mouat confronted a group of Black teenagers, including the victim, 18-year-old Devin Freelon Jr.

More:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/03/30/michigan-man-pleads-guilty-smashing-black-teens-face-lock/4812192001/

Senate passes bill allowing VA to vaccinate all veterans, spouses

Source: Stars and Stripes

By NIKKI WENTLING STARS AND STRIPES

WASHINGTON -- The Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday evening that would order the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer vaccinations to any veteran who wants one, regardless of whether they are enrolled in VA health care.

Under the Saves Lives Act, veterans' spouses and caregivers would also become eligible for vaccines through the VA. The department is currently vaccinating only employees and veterans enrolled in VA health care, as well as some veteran caregivers.

"Vaccines are our best shot at ending this pandemic," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "Unanimous passage of Saves Lives Act brings us one step closer to our goal of providing free vaccination services to every veteran, spouse, child and caregiver at VA."
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There are about 6 million veterans who actively use VA health care, as well as 450,000 employees. As of Wednesday, about 1.4 million veterans had been fully vaccinated by the VA, including slightly more than 1 million veterans. The legislation would add millions more people to the population that the VA is responsible for vaccinating. Dr. Richard Stone, the VA's acting undersecretary for health, said at the end of February that the VA had the ability to vaccinate between 350,000 to 600,000 people each week - about double the number it was vaccinating at the time.




Read more: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/senate-passes-bill-allowing-va-to-vaccinate-all-veterans-spouses-1.666209



Only about 60% of all veterans are eligible for VA health care- mostly those who have service connected ailments, or those who are low income. You may have read about several cases where veterans were recently denied vaccine, because only those eligible can get medical treatment from the VA.

This is needed. We need to push this through. It's H.R. 1276, the “Save Lives Act”, and is sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano.

The VA has the capability to vaccinate at twice the rate it currently is, and could vaccinate far more veterans if only it were legal for them to do so, and if adequate supplies of vaccine were made available to the VA for all veterans- not just the 60% who are eligible for regular VA care.

Dozens of Lawmakers Call on Biden to Replace Entire USPS Board

Source: Govexec.com

By Eric Katz

A group of 50 Democratic lawmakers is pressuring President Biden to remove all existing members of the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors and replace them with his own nominees.

Such a move would likely allow the board to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has faced significant criticism for his reform strategies since taking office last year. All six current board members were appointed by President Trump, though two of them—including Chairman Ron Bloom—are Democrats. Still, the lawmakers said the entire board in its current makeup has failed, citing ongoing mail delays and operational changes in the run up to last year’s election.

“Under the tenure of this [board], the Postal Service was blatantly misused by President Trump in an unsuccessful gambit to influence a presidential election, the Postal Service is currently failing to meet its own service standards with historically low rates of on-time delivery, and conflicts of interest appear to be a requirement for service,” said a letter spearheaded by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., who lead House subcommittees on government operations, trade and oversight, respectively. “It is time to remove all governors and start over with a board vested with the expertise and acumen this nation needs in its Postal Service leadership.”

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In their letter on Thursday, the lawmakers noted Bloom’s praise for DeJoy in saying he should be removed. They also cited the board for failing to speak out as DeJoy implemented operational reforms that led to delays, withheld analyses underlying his decisions, faced rebuke in an inspector general’s report and announced new changes this year. While the House members criticized DeJoy for his handling of mail ahead of the presidential election, USPS was overwhelmingly successful in delivering mailed ballots on time.



Read more: https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/03/dozens-lawmakers-call-biden-replace-entire-usps-board/172769/



This letter was sent today- asking fir the entire USPS Board to be fired and replaced. A copy of the letter can be found here:
https://connolly.house.gov/uploadedfiles/letter_to_biden_bog.pdf

Joe Biden's accomplishments

I have some right-wing friends who are asking me what I like about Joe Biden’s accomplishments.

I wish there was a web page to capture them as they happen. The $1.9 trillion Covid bill is great- but I want to quickly reference so much more.

Do you have a quick link or web page to list Biden accomplishments?

Minimum Wage - to $15

So I’d like to hear your thought on the $15 minimum wage issue.

I know lots of folks on the other side are now screaming not to do it. (Of course, those are all the ones making $15 now, saying lower people don’t deserve to make $15).

But there is a good question- How fast, and how far should the wage be raised?

I’m not an advocate of going from $7.25 to $15 overnight, all at once. I’m more like going to $10 now, then $1 each January for five years. That way the economy. An digest the increases a little better.

But I’m also aware that many may want a different structure for how we get to $15.

I’m old enough to remember yearly changes in the minimum wage, seemingly tied to cost of living. That resulted in some higher inflation too, in the 70’s. That’s got to be kept in check too. But today’s almost zero inflation is bad fir us as well. So how do we roll out a wage increase, so that it is the right balance?

I’m eager to hear your thoughts.

FBI: Wixom Man Assaulted Capitol Cops During Insurrection Attempt

Source: WHMI

A Wixom man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting police officers and others with a hockey stick during the riots at the U.S. Capitol.

29-year-old Michael Joseph Foy of Wixom is charged with five federal crimes in U.S. District Court in Detroit including assault and obstruction of law enforcement. The FBI says said he crawled through a broken window at the Capitol after police were assaulted during the riots January 6th. Several photos and videos allegedly showed Foy carrying a hockey stick and swinging it at people, including one person lying on the ground and a law enforcement official.

Foy is the second Michigan man to be charged in the Capitol violence. The FBI says a Facebook page belonging to Foy’s father, as well as a YouTube video, helped investigators identify Foy. He’s expected to appear in court again Monday for a detention hearing. The Detroit News reports that federal prosecutors are expected to produce body camera footage of the alleged assault and request Foy remain detained.

Foy is charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating or interfering with any officer of the United States; obstruction of law enforcement; aiding and abetting; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and obstructing, impeding or influencing any official proceeding of Congress.

Read more: https://www.whmi.com/news/article/wixom-michael-foy-hockey-stick-capitol-assault



Photographs at link- hitting police with a Trump flag draped hockey stick

The President has TWEETED!

Ain’t it great that we don’t have worry?

https://twitter.com/potus/status/1351960433905700864?s=21

Donald Trump commutes sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Source: Detroit Free Press

On his way out the White House door, Donald Trump commuted the sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, freeing him 20 years early for public corruption crimes he was convicted of in 2013, according to the White House.

Trump — who like Kilpatrick left office in disgrace, impeached twice during his four-year term — included Kilpatrick on his clemency list, setting him free, when no one else would give him that chance.


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Reached before midnight, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said that he hadn't heard about the commutation, but stated: "If he did give him clemency, I would have never supported that."

Schneider, who has long argued that Kilpatrick should not be released early for his crimes, added:

"My position on the disgraced former mayor has not changed. Kwame Kilpatrick has earned every day he served in federal prison for the horrible crimes he committed against the people of Detroit. Thankfully, under Michigan law, he cannot hold state or local public office for 20 years after his conviction."





Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2021/01/20/kwame-kilpatrick-pardoned-donald-trump-detroit-mayor/4217253001/



Disgusting.

Another grifter- convicted former Mayer of Detroit.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Indonesia passenger plane missing after take-off

Source: BBC World News

A passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has gone missing after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said.

Flight tracking website Flightradar24.com said the aircraft had lost more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in altitude in less than a minute.
The transport ministry said search and rescue efforts were under way.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55601909



This is a Boeing 737-500, an older model.

Some sources are saying radar tracking shows it descended from 10,000 to the surface in about one minute. Still trying to get better source and updated info.
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