The first ever White House event bringing together the technology and
child welfare sectors. This convening highlights ways to improve our
foster care system through the use of technology and lifts up best
Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Professor, discussed the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and
Syria. Topics included the replacement for a recently killed Taliban
leader in Afghanistan, the Iraqi military’s efforts to retake Fallujah
from the ISIL*, and the future of U.S. involvement in the region. He
responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including a
telephone line reserved for active and retired military.
program concluded with a video clip of Chief of Naval Operations John
Richardson being interviewed May 26, 2016, for “Newsmakers.”
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that
has called itself the Islamic State.
As the only two Muslim members of Congress, Representatives Keith
Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) spoke about anti-Muslim rhetoric
around the world. They also talked about Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric on Muslims and immigration.
The Hill's Timothy Cama discusses House passage of a bill to
overhaul the nation’s chemical safety standards for the first time since
1976. He also reviews the environmental, health, safety, and business
implications of the legislation.
To know Cassandra Butts
was to know someone who made you want to be better. And Michelle and I
were fortunate enough to count her as a friend for most of our adult
Cassandra and I met as
law students, and we quickly discovered a shared passion for jazz – and
for public service. It was a passion she’d chase for the rest of her
life – on Capitol Hill, at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,
at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and as an advisor of mine –
but above all, as a citizen, always pushing, always doing her part to
advance the causes of opportunity, civil rights, development, and
democracy. Cassandra was someone who put her hands squarely on that arc
of the moral universe, and never stopped doing whatever she could to
bend it towards justice.
We lost her this week, at
far too young an age. But along with all her friends and family, we
find comfort in the knowledge that all the good she did for so many
lives on. She made America better. She made so many lives better,
including ours. We admired her so much. And we will miss her deeply.
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
Note: Information on the legacy and life of Cassandra Quin Butts is available here.
NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, FEMA Deputy Administrator Joe
Nimmich, Laura Furgione, with the National Weather Service, and
Satellite and Information Service Director Steven Volz brief reporters
on the 2016 hurricane season outlook.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks about the
State Department's IG audit that said former Secretary Hillary Clinton
broke department rules when she elected to use a personal email account
to conduct all official business while in office. He says he plans to
pursue what he calls "discrepancies" in the wake of the audit, saying,
"Secretary Clinton and some State Department officials have not been
Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) talked about a Government
Accountability Office report, released on the anniversary of the Brown
v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, that shows U.S. schools
are segregated by race and socioeconomic status.
This week marked the anniversary (May
24th 1990) of the assassination attempt against Judi Bari and Darryl
Cherney of Earth First!
I met Judi Bari in 1990. I interviewed her
for KPFA at her rehab hospital, shortly after the car bombing that
almost took her life. She courageously continued her work. In the
early 90's she was one of the few broadcasters to air Mumia's
commentaries, she featured him on her radio show on KMUD in Garberville
Judi Bari and Tanya Brannan founded the
Redwood Justice Fund after the car bombing so that folks like us could
fight for justice and expose political repression. I worked closely
with Judi on her case "Bari vs. USA", and planned her Bay Area memorial
when she passed away from breast cancer. We continued her lawsuit on
the behalf of her estate. Prison Radio is part of the Redwood Justice
Fund because of Judi's amazing organizing, her work with across race,
class, and cultural divides, and her willingess to expose the
FBI's CointelPro in the 90's. Viva Judi Bari!
nearly killed in a still-unsolved assassination attempt on May 24, 1990,
when a motion-triggered pipe bomb wrapped with nails exploded directly
under her driver's seat. She and Darryl Cherney were driving through
Oakland, California when the bomb exploded. They were on a speaking tour
to recruit college students for Redwood Summer, a campaign of
nonviolent mass protests against corporate liquidation logging.
Judi was seriously injured and disabled by the bombing, while Darryl eardrum burst and he was injured as well.
But instead of investigating the
bombing as attempted murder, as the evidence clearly showed, the FBI,
with the willing collaboration of the Oakland Police, tried to frame
Judi and Darryl for the bombing, further victimizing them by false arrest and accusing them of knowingly transporting the bomb that nearly killed them.
It was a deliberate, politically motivated effort to target and
"neutralize" Judi, Darryl and Earth First!, and to discourage people
from joining Redwood Summer.
When it was finally time for the District Attorney to present evidence
in court, the FBI and Oakland Police didn't actually have any, and no
charges were filed. The Oakland Police closed their "investigation," but
the FBI continued theirs, telling the media that Judi and Darryl were
their only suspects.
The FBI then used the pretext of
investigating the bombing as cover for a nationwide investigation of
Earth First!, creating dossiers on over 500 people. A year after the bombing, when it
was clear that the FBI and OPD were making no genuine effort to solve
the bombing, Judi and Darryl filed a federal civil rights suit against
the FBI and OPD. The suit claimed false arrest and unlawful
search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. It also claimed a
politically-motivated conspiracy in violation of the First Amendment
which attempted to suppress their free speech by discrediting them in
public perception as violent extremists.
The evidence was presented in a jury trial that began on April 8, 2002, and ended June 11 with a stunning vindication of Judi and Darryl, and a $4.4 million award of damages.
“This case is not just about me or
Darryl or Earth First!,” Judi said. “This case is about the rights of
all political activists to engage in dissent without having to fear the
government's secret police.”
ALBANY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has increased his
investigation of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, conducting a raid Thursday
afternoon at an office once used by a veteran lobbyist who has ties to
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, his family and his inner circle, a source close to
the investigation said.
Schneiderman last fall issued subpoenas
in a bid-rigging investigation of a contract awarded, though never
signed, between the SUNY college headed by Alain E. Kaloyeros and a
politically connected developer to build a dormitory near the campus.
a source earlier this month said Schneiderman’s interest in SUNY
Polytechnic has not been limited just to the scuttled dormitory deal.
raid, executed with a search warrant, included an office formerly used
by Todd Howe, a Washington-based lobbyist who worked for Whiteman,
Osterman & Hannah, whose clients included Fort Schuyler Management
Corp. and Fuller Road Management Corp., two SUNY Polytechnic entities
that were created to do high-tech projects across the state, including
the Buffalo Billion program.
The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs joins with the New York State
Department of Taxation and Finance to remind all New Yorkers that flags
of the United States, New York State, military service and prisoners of
war are exempt from sales tax.
United States flags are fully exempt from NYS and local sales tax
year-round no matter who buys them or where they are purchased. The same
is true for Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and
Prisoner of War (POW)/Missing in Action (MIA) flags.
"I encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of this tax exemption and
proudly display our nation's flag as we remember and honor those who’ve
made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country," said New York
State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone.
Division of Veterans’ Affairs joins with the Tax Department in
encouraging citizens to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our
veterans and their families,” said Division Director Eric Hesse. “We
also encourage veterans and their loved ones to visit our website at www.veterans.ny.gov for information about veterans’ benefits and support services.”
Military service flags are those that have been approved by the
United States Secretary of Defense. These flags include the Blue Star
and Gold Star banners put on display by family members of service
members. A gold star represents a family member who died while serving
in the Armed Forces; a blue star represents a family member who is
In addition to the flags, certain military decorations, including
ribbons, medals, and lapel pins are exempt from sales tax when sold to
an active military member or veteran. Accessories sold together with the
flag to put it on display are free from sales tax as well.
The exemption for POW/MIA and military flags was authorized by
legislation in 2012. The United States flag and New York State flag have
been exempt since the sales tax was first enacted in 1965.