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MacArthur Grants Community Solutions $100 Million to Address Homelessness

MacArthur Grants Community Solutions $100 Million to Address Homelessness
By Abby Schultz
April 7, 2021 5:39 pm ET

The MacArthur Foundation announced it was awarding Community Solutions with a US$100 million grant at a virtual event on Wednesday, selecting the nonprofit out of six finalists in its global 100&Change competition.

Community Solutions, based in New York City, will use the funds to expand its mission of ending homelessness to 75 U.S. communities in the next five years through its “Built for Zero” initiative.

This data-based approach has been successful at ending chronic and veteran homelessness in 15 communities, and reducing its prevalence in 50 others. The organization also has secured homes for 235,000 homeless individuals since 2010.

“For too long, homelessness has been viewed as intractable and pervasive, rather than a crisis worth solving,” John Palfrey, president of MacArthur, said in a press statement. “More than 568,000 people experienced homelessness on a given night in the United States, before the pandemic. Community Solutions has proven that people do not have to live this way. Its racially equitable response is primed for this moment.”

“You have moved the reality that this is a solvable problem into the mainstream,” Roseanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions said to the MacArthur staff in a zoom call recorded when they were told of the award, and played at Wednesday’s event.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Apr 15, 2021, 09:30 AM (0 replies)

Lindsey Graham Claims Biden Will Cause "Another 9/11" With Afghan Pullout

STFU, Lindsay. Your fearmongering wears thin.


Levin Report
Lindsey Graham Claims Biden Will Cause “Another 9/11” With Afghan Pullout
The South Carolina warmonger is not happy with the president’s decision to fully withdraw from the region.
By Bess Levin
April 14, 2021

On Wednesday, Joe Biden announced that after nearly 20 years, the United States will withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, saying in a speech at the White House that staying longer will not end the conflict. “It’s time for American troops to come home,” he told the world from the same room in which George W. Bush announced the war had begun. “We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal, and expecting a different result. I am now the fourth United States president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth.” Noting that the U.S. “went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago,“ Biden argued, “that cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021. Rather than return to war with the Taliban, we have to focus on the challenges that are in front of us.” He added that he’s heard the arguments that the U.S. will lose leverage over the Taliban, but said that staying hadn’t achieved peace anyway. Referencing the fact that the conflict has cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars while often lacking a clear objective, he said: “We delivered justice to bin Laden a decade ago, and we’ve stayed in Afghanistan for a decade since. Since then, our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan are becoming increasingly unclear.”

Not surprisingly, the historic decision has both supporters and detractors. On the supporter side, there are people like senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who praised Biden for ending the prolonged conflict. Also happy about the move is Douglas Lute, a retired lieutenant general who was the coordinator for Afghanistan policy at the National Security Council under both Bush and Barack Obama. On the detractor side, you’ve got some Pentagon officials who, per The New York Times, have “argued for a continued, modest presence in Afghanistan,” and Representative Liz Cheney, who called the decision a “huge propaganda victory for the Taliban, for al-Qaeda.” (Cheney’s father, of course, is a big reason the U.S. is in Afghanistan in the first place and so she would have been on the receiving end of an extremely awkward voicemail if she’d said anything else.)

Seemingly most upset about the decision, though, was warmonger Lindsey Graham, who claims Biden’s decision to withdraw the troops will cause another 9/11. No, literally, he said that. A few times. With props!

On Tuesday, in anticipation of Biden’s announcement, Graham said in a statement, “A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous. President Biden will have, in essence, cancelled an insurance policy against another 9/11.” Later that day, he went on Fox News and told Sean Hannity that Biden is “paving the way for another 9/11,” telling viewers: “To all of you who are listening, you remember where you were at on September 11, 2001. Our military told President Biden that if you withdraw all of our forces, al-Qaeda and ISIS will come roaring back, Afghanistan will disintegrate into civil war. And we can avoid all of that by having 3,000-5,000 American forces making sure that ISIS and al-Qaeda never come back to hurt us. He rejected that advice.”

Apparently not satisfied that he’d made his point, the South Carolina senator then held a press conference on Wednesday in which he (1) warned both women in Afghanistan and the U.S. that the terrorists were coming for them:

And (2) pointed to a blown-up photo of the burning Twin Towers, and another of the Pentagon after it was hit by Flight 77, and said, “What makes you think this won’t happen again?”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Apr 15, 2021, 09:08 AM (15 replies)

Barack Obama Praises Joe Biden's Decision To Get Out Of Afghanistan


Posted on Wed, Apr 14th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Barack Obama Praises Joe Biden’s Decision To Get Out Of Afghanistan

Former President Obama praised President Biden for making the right decision and removing US troops from Afghanistan after twenty years.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, President Obama said:

President Biden has made the right decision in completing the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Today, we should pause to pay tribute to the extraordinary sacrifices of the Americans who have served in our longest war, as well as their families. We also honor the allies who served alongside us and the Afghan people who have suffered so much in pursuit of a better future for their country. It has been a long and arduous struggle in Afghanistan, rooted in our response to the deadliest terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland in our history. American troops, diplomats, and development workers can take pride in their efforts to deliver justice for 9/11, destroy al Qaeda’s safe-haven, train Afghan Security Forces, and support the people of Afghanistan.

Since we began to draw down U.S. forces in 2011, the United States made clear to the Afghan government that we would be gradually transitioning responsibility for security while creating time and space for efforts to improve governance and pursue diplomacy. Nearly a decade later, it is time to turn the page to the next chapter of our relationship with Afghanistan. There will be very difficult challenges and further hardship ahead in Afghanistan, and the U.S. must remain engaged diplomatically and through our development efforts to support the Afghan people, particularly those who have taken extraordinary risks on behalf of human rights. But after nearly two decades of putting our troops in harm’s way, it is time to recognize that we have accomplished all that we can militarily, and that it’s time to bring our remaining troops home. I support President Biden’s bold leadership in building our nation at home and restoring our standing around the world.

The Lindsey Grahams and Tom Cottons of the political world hate this decision, but the reality is that outside of the pro-war faction of the Republican Party, the American people are tired, and want the troops to come home.

The term endless war is overused, but in the case of Afghanistan, the United States would have been waiting forever for the perfect time to leave. President Obama was right. There are challenges ahead in Afghanistan, but it time to bring America’s troops home and turn the page because that is the only way to tackle the future.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Apr 15, 2021, 07:53 AM (4 replies)

Eric Boehlert: How the media botched the J&J vaccine "pause" story


How the media botched the J&J vaccine "pause" story
Headlines matter
Eric Boehlert
10 hr ago


Unfortunately for Tuesday's J&J breaking news, crucial context was missing from most of the headlines. Instead of stressing that less than one in a million J&J shots had produced the troubling blood clot reaction, the press focused on "concerns" surrounding the "halt," and how the move "threatens to slow U.S. pandemic progress”:


On Tuesday, the J&J announcement was treated as the biggest Covid news in weeks. The halt came at a time when there had been endless encouraging news about the vaccine rollout during Joe Biden's presidency.

Is it possible the bad-news angle appealed to the press? A recent study found that the U.S. press prefers to lean into bad Covid news:

The [pandemic] coverage by U.S. publications with a national audience has been much more negative than coverage by any other source that the researchers analyzed, including scientific journals, major international publications and regional U.S. media. “The most well-read U.S. media are outliers in terms of their negativity."

The important J&J pause story was one that cried out for full context in all aspects of the coverage, including the all-important headlines. Instead, the press bungled the assignment.

UPDATED: “Axios’ Neal Rothschild notes that of the 20 most-engaged stories on social media about the Johnson & Johnson pause, just two headlines included the context that the blood clots were rare occurrences, according to data from NewsWhip.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Apr 14, 2021, 05:55 PM (1 replies)

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Are Already Working on Their Next Grift

Levin Report
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Are Already Working on Their Next Grift
The duo is advising a new group with “the mission of perpetuating former president Trump’s populist policies.”
By Bess Levin
April 13, 2021

Since departing Washington for Miami back in January, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have maintained relatively low profiles. Oh, sure, Kushner penned an op-ed in which he offered Joe Biden some unsolicited foreign policy advice, and Trump has made herself readily available for the paparazzi to catch her jogging with Kushner, eating ice cream with her kids, and pointing at things with her assistant. But otherwise, it’s been unusually quiet on the Javanka front. And that’s probably by design as the couple attempts to rehab their image and shake off the taint of the last four years in general and the January 6 insurrection specifically, not to mention the unfortunate press that comes after forcing one’s Secret Service detail to go to extreme lengths to “find a bathroom.”

Of course, as a couple of people who see themselves returning to the White House in a presidential capacity—they’ve already determined Trump will be the first woman POTUS—the duo are no doubt planning their next moves behind the scenes, and on Tuesday, one of the projects they’ve been working on was revealed.

Per Axios:

A constellation of [Donald] Trump administration stars today will launch the America First Policy Institute, a 35-person nonprofit group with a first-year budget of $20 million and the mission of perpetuating former president Trump’s populist policies…. Two top Trump alumni tell me AFPI is by far the largest pro-Trump outside group, besides Trump’s own Florida–based machine. In the coming months, the group plans to take a large office space near the U.S. Capitol as a symbol that it’ll fight to be a muscular, well-heeled center of the future of conservatism…. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are informal advisers.

The president and CEO is Brooke Rollins, a Texan who was head of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council. Rollins, who met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago last week to update him on plans for the group, told me the group wants to be “dreamers and…risk-takers.” The board chair is Linda McMahon, who was a member of Trump’s Cabinet as the administrator of the Small Business Administration, after winning fame as a pro-wrestling entrepreneur. The vice chair is Larry Kudlow, Trump’s economic adviser, a longtime CNBC personality who's now a Fox Business host. AFPI—now based in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia—has been in the planning stages since December. The group will also have offices in Fort Worth, where Rollins remains based, Miami, and New York. Rollins plans to move the group to Washington to be closer to the action.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Apr 14, 2021, 04:57 PM (8 replies)

Fox Reporter Complains Blacks Won't Accept 'Justified' Shooting Of Daunte Wright


4/13/21 11:51am
Fox Reporter Complains Blacks Won’t Accept ‘Justified’ Shooting Of Daunte Wright
Fox’s Mike Tobin scolded Black Lives Matter supporters for thinking race had anything to do with the death of Daunte Wright.
By NewsHound Ellen

Fox News' Mike Tobin scolded Black Lives Matter supporters for thinking race had anything to do with the death of Daunte Wright.

After Police Chief Tim Gannon released bodycam footage that seems to support the claim that a “very senior” officer shot and killed Wright by mistake, Tobin suggested that Black Lives Matter protesters should have said, “Never mind!” and accepted the mix-up as just one of those things that could happen to anyone.

TOBIN: Things are not necessarily any less angry because you still have a young Black man who has been killed at the hands of police. And when you have something like an accidental discharge people aren't going to say that it's justified and they are still going to default to the belief that Black lives matter, and they think that Black people are treated somehow otherwise.

I wonder how many white people Tobin knows who have been pulled over for an expired registration and wound up shot and killed because a veteran police officer mistook her gun for a taser? And was not fired?

For comparison, the arrest of Matt Gaetz’s white jailbird buddy, Joel Greenberg, was delayed “for hours” while law enforcers negotiated with him - after he threatened to “utilize firearms” and claimed to have improvised explosive devices. At one point, he reportedly “threw a bag of medication” out of the house onto the driveway. Greenberg was not tasered, much less shot and killed. Think Wright would have been given the same privileges?

Besides the expired registration, Wright had air freshener hanging illegally from his rearview mirror and an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit. Greenberg, on the other hand, is facing 33 federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, stalking, and bribery.

Wright’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Only a reporter from the Tucker Carlson network would go out of his way to portray Blacks as uppity aggressors in this tragedy.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:46 PM (8 replies)

Meet the Woman Who Could Send Donald Trump to Prison

I honestly hoped we'd be done with talking about mf45, but alas...I sincerely hope the senior Weisselberg has been singing like a bird.

Levin Report
Meet the Woman Who Could Send Donald Trump to Prison
Jennifer Weisselberg has shared information with criminal investigators that could take Trump down.
By Bess Levin
April 12, 2021

As the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal investigation into potential bank, tax, and insurance fraud by Donald Trump ramps up, there are a number of key figures whose names likely sends shivers down the ex-president’s spine (or would if his handlers had actually explained the seriousness of the situation to him, rather than keeping him in a hermetically sealed bubble wherein he’s only told the election was stolen from him and some day soon he’ll be crowned President for Life). Obviously, one of those people is Cyrus Vance Jr., the veteran D.A. running the investigation who obtained Trump’s tax returns in February. Another is Mark Pomerantz, the prosecutor brought onto the case who helped put John Gotti behind bars. Additionally, there’s Morgan Magionos, who helped bring down former Trump aide Paul Manafort. Yet perhaps the most worrisome figure is an individual who hits closer to home, whom Trump has known for years—Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg.


Despite earning $200,000 a year for “as long as he could remember,” Weisselberg said in the deposition, according to the Post, that he and Jennifer lived rent-free in Trump-owned apartments, adding that he did not know how taxes on the property were handled. (In addition, his father paid most of his living expenses, including $7,900 in monthly rent for a non-Trump-owned apartment where the couple later lived, $49,000 a year for each of his kids to attend private school, $25,000 each for overnight camp, $2,200 for his daughter’s Hebrew school, and $546 a month for a leased Range Rover.) Speaking of Barry Weisselberg’s financial situation, the documents Vance’s office got a hold of last week have raised a number of questions, according to Air Mail:

According to these documents, Barry’s 2019 pre-tax income was $223,471 and, as per his supplement to Form 1040, his total “withholding from wages”—i.e., taxes—were $59,245, thereby netting him $164,226 post-tax. He also reports annual expenses of $466,500. And yet, even after deducting the $130,272 that he indicates his parents, Allen and Hilary, pay for his children’s private-school tuition and camp, from these annual expenses, Barry is still left with a shortfall of $172,002.

Given that he reports that his bank and investment accounts—excluding his 401(k)—total just $14,123, they do not even come close to making up the difference, leaving this area fertile ground for the investigators and forensic accountants currently combing through the Weisselberg finances. (The Manhattan D.A. has also subpoenaed Allen’s bank records.)

As for Barry Weisselberg’s job managing the Wollman Rink, his ex-wife has suggested he was a gofer for Trump‘s crimes:

According to…Jennifer, Barry’s real job was to be Trump’s eyes on the cash, and as such, she says, once a week he would collect the money, not just from the rink but from all three Trump-run park properties, and walk it to his father’s office in Trump Tower. “What does Allen do with it?” Jennifer asks. “I don’t think all the cash was reported. It was for Trump. That’s why he wanted [Barry] there so bad.”


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:35 PM (9 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Two new reasons Fox shouldn't have White House press credentials

Two new reasons Fox shouldn't have White House press credentials
Tucker racism, covering up Gaetz
Eric Boehlert
2 hr ago

Blogger Heather Digby Parton tweeted a perpetual truth last week: "I didn't think Fox could go any lower. I was wrong."

Rupert Murdoch's propaganda network dove towards new depths recently when its most-watched host, Tucker Carlson, openly promoted white supremacy conspiracies, and the entire Fox News staff tried to cover up the raging Matt Gaetz sex scandal. In the process, Fox News again confirmed it has no business being allowed in the White House press briefing room, where legitimate news outlets are given the opportunity to pose questions.

Fox News isn't a newsgathering organization, therefore it does not need White House access. Giving them prestigious 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. press passes just delays the much-needed Beltway discussion that’s needed about the crooked network and its place in our political culture.

It's clear the Biden White House doesn't want to pick a fight with Fox News right now, which would inflame the entire Republican Party and the billion-dollar right-wing media industry. Not when Democrats are dealing with a country still reeling from a deadly health crisis and millions of out work. And having Fox News in the briefing room does help brandish the image that the Biden team is willing to engage with the other side, as White House press secretary Jen Psaki often does, patiently unplugging Fox News correspondents' attempted gotcha questions.

That's the politics of the situation — the optics. But the reality is that Fox News continues to be a deliberate cancer on this country, and any attempts to help legitimize it — by pretending it deserves to be alongside CNN in the White House briefing room — is not only wrong, it's dangerous.

In fact, it's deadly. We know that from the pandemic and watching Fox churn out lies about the Covid-19 virus for more than a year — raising doubts about wearing masks, about the seriousness of the pandemic, and suggesting viewers not get the vaccine. There's little question the network killed thousands by airing dangerous lies about a public health crisis, and pushing blatant disinformation about how the pandemic is a "Deep State" creation.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:16 AM (21 replies)

If We Act Like We Already Beat the Coronavirus, That's How It Wins


If We Act Like We Already Beat the Coronavirus, That’s How It Wins
With recent surges in Britain, India, and Brazil, what makes us think we can eat, pray, and play in the wild?
Margaret Carlson

Published Apr. 11, 2021 5:04AM ET

We have a new epidemic of mixed messages on our hands. On the one side are those experts who remain very worried about another surge before the vaccine delivers us to the promised land and on the other those who see the vial as half-full and rising with each jab.


In a contest with a virus we still don’t understand but which understands us enough to mutate, it’s foolish to relent. We’ll turn the corner only if vaccines proceed faster than the seven-day national average of cases. The first week in April, cases were 18 percent higher than in March.

Who if not experts can get us to hold two things in our minds at once: that victory is on the way but in the meantime eat your vegetables, huddle in sweatpants, and keep watching Netflix.

Slip in new warnings with information showing five cases of a novel “double mutant” in California and rising cases among the young, especially when playing sports. Unless you’re cosseted in hotels like college teams during March Madness, a basketball game, with shouting and heavy breathing, can be as infectious as choir practice near Seattle last March was. Singing hymns almost a foot apart left 52 singers infected and two dead. Before that, there were only two cases in the county.

With recent surges in Britain, India, Brazil, and elsewhere, what makes us think we can eat, pray, and play in the wild? Why risk dying to see an action movie that can be streamed on HBO? The vaccine will eventually win the race Fauci is running but until then, living as if it’s still 2020 is a matter of life and death.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 09:28 PM (2 replies)

Cops Caught on Video Holding a Black Army Lieutenant at Gunpoint, Then Pepper-Spraying Him

Cops Caught on Video Holding a Black Army Lieutenant at Gunpoint, Then Pepper-Spraying Him
When Lt. Caron Nazario said he was afraid to get out of the vehicle, one officer responded, “Yeah, you should be."

by Emma Ockerman
April 9, 2021, 12:37pm

Caron Nazario was driving his newly-purchased Chevy Tahoe home when two police officers pulled him over in Windsor, Virginia, whipped out their guns, and started barking orders.

With their weapons raised, the officers demanded that Nazario, a Black and Latino man, get out of the SUV. Nazario looked in the mirror and saw he was being held at gunpoint, then placed his cellphone on his dashboard to film the December 5 encounter. He repeatedly asked to know what was going on. At one point, he even admitted to being afraid to leave the vehicle.

“Yeah, you should be,” one of the officers responded.

Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was coming home from work and in full uniform at the time.

“I’m serving this country, and this is how I’m treated?” Nazario told the officers, according to his cellphone video.
By the end of the incident, the cops would threaten Nazario, pepper-spray him in the face, and knee-strike him in the legs, according to body camera footage, Nazario’s cellphone video, and legal filings. Later, when Nazario was in tears and on the ground of a gas station parking lot as officers put him in handcuffs, he repeated, “This is fucked up, this is fucked up.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Apr 10, 2021, 09:36 AM (2 replies)
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