GOP Sen. Ron Johnson flip-flops to block Biden judicial nominee

This post was originally published on this siteWisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Tuesday he would not support a federal court nominee he had previously recommended to President Joe Biden — a move that could stop the nominee, Wisconsin state court Judge William Pocan, from being confirmed.

Police issue warning to protesters to leave Canada capital

This post was originally published on this site Canadian police on Wednesday warned demonstrators opposed to Covid rules who have clogging Ottawa streets for nearly three weeks to leave or face possible arrest, fines and seizures of their trucks. Federal authorities, meanwhile, negotiated a peaceful end to the last of several recent blockades by protesters […]

Bill that would have criminalized lying about election results dies in Washington state Senate

A bill that would have made it illegal to lie about the results of an election died in the Washington state Senate on Tuesday, The Seattle Times reported.
Senate Bill 5843 was introduced at the urging of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and would have made it a gross misdemeanor for elected officials or political candidates to lie “knowingly, recklessly, or maliciously” about election results.
State Sen. David Frockt (D), who sponsored the bill, said, “We have to respect that the bill in its current form did not have enough support to advance despite the care we took in its drafting through our consultation with leading First Amendment scholars.”
Law professor Jeff Kosseff wrote that Inslee’s bill amounted to “jailing people for political speech” and is part of an “illiberal trend” to “sacrifice core free speech protections to address the problems of the day.”
Per the Times, Inslee first proposed the bill on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The same day protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Trump supporters in Olympia, Washington, breached the gates of the governor’s mansion, forcing Inslee to flee. Loren Culp, the Republican who lost to Inslee in the 2020 gubernatorial election, “filed a legal challenge alleging fraud by then-Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a fellow Republican,” after the election, the Times reports. Her lawsuit was later withdrawn.
In Jan. 2019, Inslee tweeted about the need to “get to the bottom of whether Trump was a Russian asset,” and even after the Mueller Report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Inslee called on Congress to continue pursuing the investigation.

Fed Eyes Potential for Faster Rate Increases to Ease Inflation

This post was originally published on this siteOfficials at the central bank stepped up deliberations last month over how to shrink the Federal Reserve’s $9 trillion asset portfolio.

Supreme Court to review New York City schools vaccine mandate despite Sotomayor’s denial

This post was originally published on this siteThe Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will consider a renewed request from New York City teachers and staff to block a vaccine mandate due their religious objections, despite an earlier denial by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Staten Island Amazon workers to vote on unionization next month, workers say

This post was originally published on this siteWorkers at a Staten Island, N.Y., Amazon facility known as JFK8 will vote on unionization next month, labor organizers said Wednesday.The election will be held in person between March 25 and 30, according to the independent Amazon Labor Union (…

Senate poised to confirm Biden Pentagon nominee with Russia expertise despite Hawley effort to slow the process

This post was originally published on this siteThe Senate advanced Biden Pentagon nominee Celeste Wallander, a Russia expert, despite Hawley attempts to slow process

Utah lawmakers nix bill to allow physician-assisted death for those with terminal illness

This post was originally published on this site  Gerry Allred listens as his wife, Tammy Allred, talks about the death of their daughter, Kylie Kaplanis, while advocating in favor of HB74 in the House Health and Human Services Standing Committee at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. The bill, which […]

‘Like a military operation’: ‘Ghost’ Maryland Proud Boy leads a trucker convoy support group

This post was originally published on this site The state lead for a Telegram group organizing support for the upcoming trucker convoy to Washington DC is a member of the Maryland DC Proud Boys chapter, Raw Story has confirmed. “We’ve been tasked with collecting supplies, having people ready for the sides of the road when […]

Meta stocks fall after Google delivers a major blow to Zuckerberg’s social media empire

This post was originally published on this site According to the New York Post, “Google is kicking Meta while it’s down.” The search engine giant announced that it’s planning to restrict cross-app tracking on mobile devices that use its Android operating system, which will reduce the potency of Facebook and Instagram ads. The announcement comes […]