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Democrats need to #VoteLikeBlackWomen, by Denise Oliver Velez
World War III started during the 2016 elections—and the United States lost the first battle, by Mark E Andersen
Progressives can’t let tactical differences cause defeat: The Beto O’Rourke example, by Egberto Willies
The dangerous veto power of right-wing rage, by Jon Perr
‘God, guns and … Russia?’ is no longer a question, by Susan Grigsby
How deep are ties between Russia and the GOP? by Sher Watts Spooner
Seven questions for Cliff Schecter, author and co-host of the UnPresidented podcast, by David Akadjian
Cracks have formed in the right-wing dam of delusion after Helsinki, by Frank Vyan Walton
‘Twice as good as them’ to get half what they have: Racism and the subpar presidency of Donald Trump, by Kelly Macias
In Mandela speech, Obama offers nuanced approach to dealing with white anxiety and resentment, by Ian Reifowitz
• Armed counter-protesters show up at Occupy ICE demonstration in Kentucky: At least 11 Occupy ICE encampments have been set up to protest the Trump regime’s immigration policy that separated families seeking to enter the U.S. Most camps have been installed outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement buildings. But a right-wing, paramilitary group, American Action Force 3%, has been organizing counter-protests. In Louisville, Kentucky, about 50 3%ers showed up last Saturday, many of them armed. “Just seeing those weapons that they have, it was intimidating,” said Jesús Ibañez, one of the activists at the 2-week-old camp. The 3% in American Action Force’s title is a reference to the “3 percenters” movement, whose members focus on resistance against what they view as violation of their constitutional rights, most especially the Second Amendment. They claim that only 3 percent of the colonists fought against Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.
• House of Representatives passes resolution denouncing carbon tax: The resolution was seen as a way to get Republican members on the record a week before a bill setting a carbon fee is slated to be introduced by Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida. The resolution was a victory for the billionaire Koch brothers, the American Energy Alliance, and 17 other right-wing groups, including the Heartland Institute, one of the climate science-denying propaganda operations that has received money in the past from the Kochs, Exxon, and other fossil fuel industry interests. Only six Republicans voted against the resolution, with seven Democrats voting for it. Marianne LaVelle at Inside Climate News noted that the vote revealed the “weak resolve for bucking GOP leadership among most of the 43 Republican members of the Climate Solutions Caucus.” The resolution would have gone down if all of them had stood with the environment instead of the Republican caucus, which is brimful with representatives who believe climate change is a phony invention of liberals and academic researchers seeking grant money.
A permitted gun owner in Florida who shot a man to death over a parking spot in front of his 5-year-old will not be charged. This law was pushed by the @nraÃ¢Â€Â™s Florida lobbyist and has since passed in some form in 22 other states. #flapol https://t.co/oOsrcISF8R
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 21, 2018
• Navajo utility plans to add two more solar projects after success of Kayenta Solar Facility: It was May 2017 that the 120,000 electricity-generating solar panels went operational at the Kayenta Solar Plant. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority that owns this first utility-scale solar plant on the sprawling Navajo Nation is now proposing two more projects that would more than quadruple the generating capacity at Kayenta. One of those projects would double the Kayenta capacity to 55 megawatts. Construction will begin next month. The other project is proposed for an area near Gray Mountain and Cameron, about 50 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. NTUA officials hope to install a 100- 150- megawatt plant that would provide power for at least 20,000 homes. That project would lay the groundwork for the development of new water, communications, and electricity infrastructure to homes on the Navajo Nation, some of which do without plumbing and electricity.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which tracks more than 1,500 “Operation Streamline” cases a month in Tucson Federal Court, are seeing three to six dismissals daily out of roughly 75 cases. The problem is mostly with indigenous Mexican and Central American languages, though African and Asian languages sometimes arise.
All attorneys in Streamline, or fast-tracked, cases speak Spanish and English, said Saul Huerta, a private immigration attorney who represents Operation Streamline defendants.
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