The Politics of Parole Denial for Robert F. Kennedy’s Killer

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, one of the nine surviving children of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was at the family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, with a gaggle of his relatives and siblings last August when the California Board of Parole Hearings unexpectedly recommended the release of the man who assassinated his father, Sirhan Sirhan.

“We were devastated,” Maxwell told me yesterday. “I was shocked, deeply dismayed, emotional.”

For Maxwell and most of his siblings, the weeks that followed were both disorienting and mobilizing. Christopher Kennedy, another of the senator’s surviving sons, also used words such as “stunned,

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Boris Johnson accused of targeting BBC to save his premiership | Politics

Boris Johnson has been accused of targeting the BBC in a desperate attempt to save his own premiership, as the Labour leader insisted he had broken the law by attending lockdown parties and then lying about it.

A number of Tory MPs are said to be poised to demand Johnson’s resignation amid anger from constituents over allegations of a party culture in Westminster while coronavirus restrictions were in place.

There have been reports that up to 35 of the 54 letters needed to trigger a vote of no confidence are already in, though the actual number is a closely guarded

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Politicians in Washington state are going on a censorship jag

I guess it was inevitable, as political tribalism rises, that the impulse would also grow to simply suppress stuff that one camp or another sees as wrong or dangerous or uncomfortable.

We’re only two weeks into 2022 and politicians here and elsewhere are off on quite the censorship jag.

Weighing in locally is, among others, Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s proposed jailing, for up to one year, any local or state elected official or candidate who makes false statements about the Washington state election system or past local election results. The bill, released earlier this month, says that to qualify

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Opinion | A flailing Biden sold his ‘whole soul’ in political desperation

During his venomous speech in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden attacked his fellow Americans who oppose blowing up the Senate filibuster to pass his partisan election law by comparing them to racists and traitors, accusing them of standing with George Wallace, Bull Connor and Jefferson Davis. Not only that, he explicitly called them “enemies” of America, thundering, “I will defend the right to vote, our democracy against all enemies — foreign and, yes, domestic.”

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Trump Rally Fact-Check: Covid-19 and Election Falsehoods

WASHINGTON — During a rally in Arizona on Saturday, former President Donald J. Trump repeated his lie that the 2020 election was stolen and made other false claims about the pandemic and the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year. Here’s a fact check.

What Mr. Trump Said

“The left is now rationing lifesaving therapeutics based on race, discriminating against and denigrating, just denigrating, white people to determine who lives and who dies. If you’re white, you don’t get the vaccine, or if you’re white, you don’t get therapeutics.”

False. There is no evidence that white Americans are

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Behind Trump’s vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff

FLORENCE, Ariz. — When former President Donald Trump told his supporters to get Covid shots over the summer, he was booed at a rally in Alabama.

When he told a friendly audience in Dallas last month that he had had a booster shot, he was jeered.

And when he praised the efficacy of the vaccines in an interview with the conservative influencer Candace Owens, she pushed back.

None of it deterred Trump, who now sounds like an evangelist for vaccines that his administration helped develop but that large parts of his base deride. In some of his most forceful comments

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New documents show census officials concerned about political interference from Trump’s Commerce Department

Other records show career officials alarmed by pressure from political appointees to alter processes for tallying undocumented immigrants and citizenship data that would likely result in GOP gains in the US House of Representatives. The records are among hundreds of documents that the liberal-leaning Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s law school obtained in a lawsuit filed in September 2020.

An email among senior officials at the Census Bureau from September 2020 discusses the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau, and what the officials considered to be an “unusually high degree of engagement in technical matters, which is
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On The News – The Capitol Riot’s Ripple Effects in U.S. Politics

The Capitol Riot’s Ripple Effects in U.S. Politics

By Wall Street Journal

A year after pro-Trump rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers and Americans remain divided over what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, and who is to blame. WSJ journalists look at changes in Congress since then, and what it could mean for the 2022 midterm elections. Photos: Getty Images

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Companies Donated Millions to Those Who Voted to Overturn Biden’s Win

But many companies have restarted campaign donations, with some saying they are doing so in the spirit of nonpartisanship.

“Our employee PAC program continues to observe longstanding principles of nonpartisan political engagement in support of our business interests,” said Trent Perrotto, a spokesman for the defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which contributed $145,000 to 72 lawmakers who voted against certifying the election.

Sharon J. Castillo, a Pfizer spokeswoman, said in a statement that “following the events of Jan. 6, 2021, the company adhered to its commitment to pause political giving to the 147 members of Congress who voted against certifying the

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Republican politicians aren’t the real threat to American democracy.

Republican politicians have spent the year since Jan. 6, 2021, working to undermine democracy and the rule of law. They’ve condoned or ignored Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, purged colleagues who spoke the truth, and tried to cripple the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. But beneath this corruption lies a deeper problem: a toxic GOP electorate. Republican politicians are entertaining the lies, ousting the truth-tellers, and sabotaging the investigation because that’s what their voters want. It’s the surest way to survive a Republican primary.

In the past two weeks, media organizations have released a slew

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