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Chesa Boudin, the Most Hated of the Progressive Prosecutors

Chesa Boudin, the Most Hated of the Progressive ProsecutorsLate one recent afternoon, Chesa Boudin logged onto Zoom to have a conversation with me while his wife was in labor. His critics see the 41-year-old San Francisco district attorney as a symbol of the progressive legal-reform movement’s excesses. But Boudin has also attracted national attention because his personal story is so extraordinary: When he was barely a toddler, his parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, left him with a babysitter so they could rob a Brink’s armored car with fellow members of radical leftist militant groups. Participants in the robbery shot and killed two police officers and a security guard, and Boudin’s parents were both convicted of felony murder. Boudin was raised by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, leaders of the Weather Underground who, along with Boudin’s birth parents, orchestrated anti-government bombings and anti-war protests, such as the violent 1969 Days…

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McKayla Maroney’s Powerful Testimony to Congress Shows the Uphill Battle Survivors Face

McKayla Maroney’s Powerful Testimony to Congress Shows the Uphill Battle Survivors FaceSix years have passed since the FBI was first presented with evidence of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of young gymnasts during a July 2015 meeting between leaders of USA Gymnastics and the FBI’s Indianapolis field office. Six years have passed since McKayla Maroney started telling her story—to a USA Gymnastics private investigator, then to an FBI agent, and countless times since then, recounting details of Nassar’s abuse. And on Wendesday, there she was again, this time in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, flanked by other survivors of Nassar’s abuse who are still, six years later, fighting for accountability from the agencies that were supposed to protect them. In the hearing on Wednesday, elite gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman blasted the FBI for allowing Nassar to continue abusing gymnasts for more than a year…

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The Unmasked Avenger of Missouri

The Unmasked Avenger of MissouriThere’s a particular spot in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital, where you can walk a few yards and pass through three different sets of masking rules. Struggling against the heavy wooden doors of the state-supreme-court building and stepping through, you leave the zone of the city and county recommendations—mask when you can’t keep distance—and enter a space where masks are required by order of the court. From there, you can peer through a glass door into a government office, a parallel pandemic universe where no one can tell you what to put on your face—and where trying to do so is a form of government overreach and social control.This is the fiefdom of Eric Schmitt, the Missouri attorney general and Republican U.S. Senate candidate. Schmitt has routinely snagged national headlines throughout the pandemic for his habit of suing people, most recently over masks. He is…

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Minnesota Rverses Mohamed Noor Murder Conviction

Minnesota Rverses Mohamed Noor Murder ConvictionHe was ordered to be sentenced for 2nd-degree manslaughter. ….. Read More.BET – All News | News & EntertainmentThu, September 16, 202120 hours ago

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The GOP’s Trumpy Bet on California Doesn’t Pay Off

The GOP’s Trumpy Bet on California Doesn’t Pay OffIt’s not that Gavin Newsom won on Tuesday night, it’s who he beat. The recall effort against the California governor was always a long shot. It only qualified for the ballot because of a pandemic court order that gave organizers an extra four months to collect signatures. Even then, it was going to be an uphill battle for Republicans in a deep blue state that Joe Biden won by nearly 30 percent in… Source ….. Read More.Washington Monthly – General Political | Politics & GovernmentWed, September 15, 20212 days ago

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Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Review: The Eyes of Tammy FayeGene Scott was my kind of televangelist. Whenever I was in LA in the 1980s I’d flick on his late-night talkfest (just him, talking) in whatever hotel room I happened to be staying and drink in his act—the carefully tended white hair, the fuming cigars, and the parade of eccentric hats (jaunty straw Panamas, jungle-ready pith helmets, salty captain’s caps) that he wore while dunning his viewers for cash. Which was often, if not always. (Gene described the pledging of money to his ministry as “a worshipful act.”) The man was shameless, and thus mesmerizing. Scott wasn’t a run-of-the-mill Pentecostal primitive (he had a Ph.D. of some sort from Stanford University). But as Werner Herzog demonstrated in God’s Angry Man, his 1981 documentary about Gene, the pastor could thunder and howl with the best of his fiery tribe. His followers couldn’t get enough of this, and…

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