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Gray Decries ‘Dark Money’ — But Has Previously Benefitted From It | Politics | Seven Days
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Gray Decries ‘Dark Money’ — But Has Previously Benefitted From It | Politics | Seven Days

In a fundraising email on Wednesday, the campaign for U.S. House candidate Molly Gray went after her chief Democratic rival, Becca Balint, painting an ominous picture of the primary campaign landscape. “If our opponent has it her way, dark money will flood the airwaves and drown out the voices of Vermonters,” Gray’s campaign manager, Samatha Sheehan, wrote. “We don’t know how soon they’ll come for Molly — or how much they’ll spend — but we know now that Super PACs have been invited in by our opponent and we need to be ready.” Sheehan was responding to allegations that Balint, Vermont's Senate president, had used a controversial tactic on her website known as “redboxing.” The practice involves creating a webpage, usually using a red box as a signal, to alert super P...
Iowa Supreme Court rules abortion is not protected by state constitution
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Iowa Supreme Court rules abortion is not protected by state constitution

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or even ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.The court, now composed almost entirely of Republican appointees, concluded that a less conservative court wrongly decided that abortion is among the fundamental privacy rights guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution and federal law.Friday's ruling comes amid expectations that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to choose to have an abortion nationwide. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Iowa lawmakers could ban abortion in the state without completing the lengthy process of am...
Energy Dept grants incentivize construction of buildings that pull CO2 from air
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Energy Dept grants incentivize construction of buildings that pull CO2 from air

The idea that buildings should be constructed with an eye to slowing climate change by making them carbon neutral is being superseded by the development of even more ambitious technologies that aim to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, making them carbon negative. CO2 is the main component of greenhouse gases, which cause global warming.The Department of Energy is incentivizing work in this field, announcing this week that it is funding 18 projects that will rely on newly developed technologies that can convert buildings into carbon storage structures. The Living Materials Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder utilizes calcifying microalgae, which produce limestone, to create a carbon neutral cement, as well as cement products which can slowly pull carbon di...
Waco leaders share vision for violence interrupters | Local Govt. and Politics
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Waco leaders share vision for violence interrupters | Local Govt. and Politics

Waco police and Prosper Waco leaders provided more details this week on how they would tailor a "violence interrupters" concept, used with some measure of success in Brooklyn, for Waco."What this is not, is a call to put members of the community in harm's way," Waco Police Chief Sheryl Victorian said Wednesday.She said she does not want people to get in the middle of fights and try to break them up. ...
Breaking down the additional $1 billion in aid the U.S. is sending to Ukraine
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Breaking down the additional $1 billion in aid the U.S. is sending to Ukraine

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced an additional $1 billion in U.S. security assistance to Ukraine, making a total of $5.6 billion pledged to the country since February.President Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of the new aid package in a phone call on Wednesday, according to the White House. The aid includes additional artillery and coastal defense weapons, as well as ammunition for the artillery and advanced rocket systems. The $1 billion is sourced from two types of security aid. About $350 million of it is a drawdown of weapons from Defense Department inventory, and $650 million is sourced from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds used to procure industry contracts to make weapons.  Two vehicle-mou...
The politics of luxury: Tourmaline on her powerful new photographs Art Basel
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The politics of luxury: Tourmaline on her powerful new photographs Art Basel

In the most arresting photograph from her solo stand at Art Basel, with the New York gallery Chapter NY, the artist and activist Tourmaline—wearing bright red pumps, matching nails and a plush white bathrobe that seems to extend forever—gazes at the viewer from her seat on a verdant terrace. The image was shot at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, which was renovated and expanded by the Black architect Paul R. Williams in the late 1940s, a time when he was not permitted to stay there due to discriminatory policies.For Tourmaline, Williams’s life story encapsulates the extremes of opportunity and injustice, abundance and exclusion that have long been core themes in her work. “There is a power in allowing ourselves to focus on pleasurable things, things that bring us ease and joy and fe...
U.S. Border Patrol migrant apprehensions reached record levels in May
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U.S. Border Patrol migrant apprehensions reached record levels in May

Border Patrol agents along the southern border recorded in May an all-time monthly high in apprehensions, processing migrants who entered the U.S. unlawfully over 222,000 times as part of a historic migration event, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statistics released Wednesday show.May's tally of migrant arrests surpassed the previous monthly record U.S. Border Patrol set in March 2000, when the agency recorded just over 220,000 apprehensions, according to historical government data for the past two decades.U.S. authorities also reported processing another 17,000 unauthorized migrants at official border ports of entry, where the Biden administration has been admitting some asylum-seekers deemed to be vulnerable so they can continue their immigration proceedings inside the cou...
Murphy stumps for Cape May County Democrats | Government & Politics
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Murphy stumps for Cape May County Democrats | Government & Politics

CAPE MAY — Gov. Phil Murphy attended a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday at the Chalfonte Hotel, planting a flag deep in heavily Republican Cape May County.The event included appearances by several local Democratic candidates on the ballot in November, including Tim Alexander, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd; Julia Hankerson, the nominee for the Cape May County Board of Commissioners; and Melisha Anderson-Ruiz, who is challenging Republican incumbent Jim Norris for a seat on the Middle Township Committee.This is the first time that three Black candidates have been on the ballot at the same time in Cape May County, Hankerson told the crowd at the Chalfonte.State Democratic chairman LeRoy James also spoke at the event, which culminated with Murphy’s comments ...
Biden names Julie Chavez Rodriguez as White House senior adviser
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Biden names Julie Chavez Rodriguez as White House senior adviser

President Biden is naming Julie Chavez Rodriguez to serve as a White House senior adviser, putting her on par with some of his most senior and longest-serving aides and making her one of the rare Latinas to hold a top West Wing staffing role.Rodriguez currently serves as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the White House is set to announce Wednesday that she will retain that position and become a senior adviser and assistant to the president, serving alongside other longtime Biden aides Mike Donilon, Steve Ricchetti and Anita Dunn, who recently returned to the White House. Rodriguez will now be part of a wider clutch of aides, including chief of staff Ron Klain, deputy chief of staff Jennifer O'Malley Dillon and communications director Kate Bed...