Juneteenth spurs revival of ‘abolition amendment’ by lawmakers

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring when the last enslaved Black people learned they were free, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for convicted felons — to thrive. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Georgia Rep. Nikema Williams told … Read more

Biden gave Putin a pair of custom aviator sunglasses

Peter Waszkiewicz, president and CEO of Randolph Engineering, hand only, displays a brass master eye plug, used in manufacturing, for the Concorde teardrop 57mm model of sunglasses, at the company where they are made, in Randolph, Mass., Thursday, June 17, 2021.(AP Photo/Steven Senne) GENEVA (AP) — President Joe Biden marked his first presidential summit with … Read more

Empire State Weekly Most Restrictions Rolled Back & Primaries Preview

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York has reached a historic milestone: 70% of adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The milestone means most remaining milestones have been lifted, with exceptions for schools, large indoor venues, public transportation, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and nursing homes and health care facilities. The … Read more

Congressman calls B.S. on Canada keeping border closed

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Congressman Brian Higgins had some choice words Friday after learning the border with Canada would remain closed another month. Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness says, the border between the United States and Canada will remain closed for non-essential travel through at least July 21. Canadian government … Read more

Early voting information for New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Early voting started across New York on June 12 and will continue until June 20. Primary Day is June 22. Election Protection Hotline available for early voting It’s too late for New York voters to change their party affiliations in time to vote in the primaries, but there are important dates … Read more

Empire State Weekly: End of Legislative Session and increasing vaccine confidence

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The end of the legislative session is approaching, with the final day expected to be June 10. Some significant pieces of reform passed this year include legalizing recreational marijuana for adults and repealing legal immunity for nursing homes. The legislature also passing a bill that boosts staffing levels in nursing homes. … Read more

Charges from US Capitol insurrection roil Proud Boys and Oath Keepers

Former President Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election united right-wing supporters, conspiracy theorists and militants on Jan. 6, but the aftermath of the insurrection is roiling two of the most prominent far-right extremist groups at the U.S. Capitol that day. More than three dozen members and associates across both the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers have been charged with crimes. … Read more

Gaetz, fiancée claim money for Florida yacht deal ‘went missing’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida has sailed into a new controversy, claiming money wired to close the sale on a St. Petersburg yacht his fiancée had agreed to buy “went missing.” Gaetz, Greene cheer election audit in Arizona rally According to a spokesperson for the Republican, he and his … Read more

Some Capitol rioters claim election misinformation defense

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Falsehoods about the election helped bring insurrectionists to the Capitol on Jan. 6, and now some who are facing criminal charges for their actions during the riot hope their gullibility might save them or at least engender some sympathy. GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly Jan. 6 riot at Capitol Lawyers … Read more

Groups make last-minute appeal for Biden to ‘defund’ ICE, CBP

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Migrant advocates on Thursday made a last-minute appeal for President Biden to take money earmarked for immigration enforcement and spend it on education and health care instead. “I call on the president to put forward a compassionate budget, one that affirms the dignity and humanity of our immigrant neighbors,” … Read more