Imperiled Minimum Wage Increases and LGBTQ+ Discrimination Legislation Have Renewed Calls to End the Anti-Democratic Filibuster

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The Stonewall Democratic Club, the nation’s oldest LGBTQ+ progressive political advocacy organization, passed a resolution on January 25th calling for the Democratic majority in the United States Senate to vote to abolish the filibuster. A $15 minimum wage and the Equality Act, which was passed in the House last week, face certain death in the U.S. Senate because of Republican opposition, despite the Democratic majority in that chamber. …

Josh Hawley, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

The Stonewall Democratic Club passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the removal of President Donald Trump as well as the resignations or expulsions of Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley for their collective roles in inciting the unprecedented attack on the US Capitol building. To the horror of the nation and the world, a right-wing mob stormed the Capitol to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College results. The ensuing chaos caused at least five deaths, significant injury and damage to people and property, risked national security and undermined the foundational democratic values of this country.

The following is the full text of a letter to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary

Re: ABA Rating of Brett M. Kavanaugh in his Nomination to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Dear Chairman Moxley and Members of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary:

We are writing to respectfully request the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (“Standing Committee”) reconsider its rating of Brett M. Kavanaugh as “well qualified” in light of his recent conduct and testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate (“Senate…

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family with President Trump. Photo courtesy of the White House

Democrats must finally campaign against corporate interest judges who dominate the Supreme Court

As Judge Brett Kavanaugh took the stand this week, raging and obfuscating before the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to three women reporting he had sexually assaulted them years earlier, the shocking spectacle was all the more frustrating because it didn’t have to be like this.

It wouldn’t have been necessary to watch a Circuit Court judge debase himself by shouting about his newfound partisan allegiance, interrupting and sassing female senators, and refusing to answer questions about why — if he was so adamant he was innocent…

Tributes to the victims of the Manchester attack in St. Ann’s Square (CC 2.0)

Combatting Daesh attacks in Western countries requires a more thorough examination of their recruitment techniques and the underlying alienation fueling their success

By Nico Brancolini, J.D.

On May 22, a British-born man of Libyan decent detonated a improvised explosive device at the Manchester Arena in England. The device exploded just after American pop singer Ariana Grande’s sold out concert ended, when thousands of fans were leaving the venue. In all 23 people were killed and an additional 116-plus injured, most of them young fans of the singer.

Not even two weeks later, on June 3, a second round of attacks…

The termination letter Pres. Donald Trump sent to former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday

FBI Director James Comey was the third civil servant dismissed during investigations related to Trump

By the Editors of Kheiro

U.S. Pres. Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday in the midst of an open investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, drawing comparisons to Nixon’s infamous firing of the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

Comey reportedly received news of the official termination letter, which cited a need to “restore public trust and confidence” in the FBI following its botched handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, while addressing Bureau employees in Los Angeles.


A young boy waves a French flag at The Louvre shortly after Macron’s victory was announced. Photo by Lorie Shaull.

Sunday’s election was the first time since 1958 that both the mainstream center-left and center-right parties failed to advance a candidate to the general election run-off

By Nico Brancolini

Political neophyte Emmanuel Macron ushered in a new era of French politics on Sunday, defeating the extreme nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen in an election that was followed closely across the European continent and beyond.

Pollsters had largely predicted that voters would choose Macron to be their next president. …

Then- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addresses reporters in “Press Conference” by Jay Turner Frey Seawell (2013)

Photographer Jay Turner Frey Seawell discusses his debut book “National Trust”

By the Editors of Kheiro Magazine

Jay Turner Frey Seawell is a Washington, D.C.–based photographer whose new book, National Trust, explores the connection between power, performance and superficiality in American politics. The title is a play on words evoking the role of government in preserving history and legacy at a time when trust in national institutions is at an all-time low. The images were made between 2011 and 2013, but they take on a whole new poignancy now that a reality TV star occupies the Oval Office. …

Nico Brancolini

California based attorney and writer specializing in electoral politics and the law

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