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Cyberattack forces major US fuel pipeline to shut down

Cyberattack forces major US fuel pipeline to shut down

A cyberattack forced the temporary shut down of one of the US’ largest pipelines Friday, highlighting already heightened concerns over the vulnerabilities in the nation’s critical infrastructure. The operator, Colonial Pipeline, which transports more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and other fuel daily from Houston to the New York Harbor, according to its website,…MORE

Ron DeSantis is on a path to 2024. Democrats hope to head him off.

Ron DeSantis is on a path to 2024. Democrats hope to head him off.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a clear pathway to running for president in 2024, emerging from the coronavirus pandemic as the most recognizable Republican governor in the country. But Democrats, hoping to reverse years of letdown in marquee races and mismanagement inside the state party, are eager to stop the Republican governor before he even…MORE

Attorneys of alleged insurrectionists are given tours of US Capitol

Attorneys of alleged insurrectionists are given tours of US Capitol

The US Capitol is still closed to visitors, but attorneys for dozens of the defendants accused in the January 6 attack are getting the chance to walk through what remains a crime scene. The restrictions on each tour are spelled out in court filings: no guests, no cameras, no special parking permits. But the access…MORE

‘Doesn’t add a single penny’: Fact-checking Biden’s deficit claims

‘Doesn’t add a single penny’: Fact-checking Biden’s deficit claims

In the past, Republicans have typically fought the Democrats over concerns spending proposals would expand the deficit and the continually growing national debt. Having weathered those critiques during the Obama years, President Joe Biden‘s proposals to revitalize the US economy seem designed to circumvent that line of attack, as he claims they won’t increase the…MORE

Virginia Republicans gather to pick their gubernatorial nominee

Virginia Republicans gather to pick their gubernatorial nominee

As Virginia Republicans try to win their first race for governor in more than a decade, the party is preparing to select their standardbearer this weekend — a decision that will suggest where the national party is heading as it seeks to gain back power in Washington after former President Donald Trump’s defeat in November.…MORE

Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend

Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend

A large Chinese rocket that is out of control is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, bringing a final wave of concern before its debris makes impact somewhere on Earth. The Long March 5B rocket, which is around 100 feet tall and weighs 22 tons, is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere “around May 8,”…MORE

Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson’s anti-vaccine misinformation

Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson’s anti-vaccine misinformation

Under the guise of “just asking the questions,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spread anti-vaccine misinformation on a right-wing radio show Thursday, questioning why efforts were being made to vaccinate the general US population, especially young people and those who had previously been infected with Covid-19. Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus last fall,…MORE

Tentative bipartisan agreement reached on some key issues in policing overhaul

Tentative bipartisan agreement reached on some key issues in policing overhaul

A bipartisan group of lawmakers working on legislative efforts to overhaul policing appear to be nearing an agreement to set federal standards for no-knock warrants, ban chokeholds except in life-threatening situations and place limits on equipment the Defense Department can send to state and local police departments, according to a source familiar with the discussions.…MORE

The week in 14 headlines

This week, the Republican Party’s rift broke wide open as Rep. Liz Cheney’s refusal to acquiesce to former President Trump imperiled not only her spot in House leadership but also her congressional seat from Wyoming.  Monday Behind-the-scenes efforts on bipartisan infrastructure bill pick up steam as Democrats more openly weigh splitting up package Cheney calls…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…