Culture & Society

DeSantis, needled by Trump, hints that he’s skipped out on taking his COVID booster

BY: - January 21, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis came as close as he has to date Friday to acknowledging he has not taken a COVID booster shot — this after former President Donald Trump denounced “gutless” politicians who fail to disclose their vaccine status. DeSantis and his aides previously had maintained that the question was a private one. And, certainly, […]

Expansion in Gulf of Mexico drilling splits U.S. House panel along party lines

BY: - January 20, 2022

As the Biden administration’s move to scrap new oil and gas leases remains in unsettled legal territory, Democrats and Republicans on a U.S. House panel sharply disagreed about the merits of new energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, including Chairman Alan Lowenthal of […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including […]

First Lady DeSantis completes final chemo treatment after her breast cancer diagnosis, gov says

BY: - January 20, 2022

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis received her last treatment of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. It’s been almost five months since her diagnosis was made public by the governor’s office in early October. The governor updated Floridians and the press on her treatment milestone at the end of a Thursday press […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 19, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 19, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

Almost all FL abortions in 2020 were at 12 weeks or under; Hearing set Wednesday on 15-week ban

BY: and - January 18, 2022

The first legislative hearing on a proposed 15-week abortion ban in Florida is set for Wednesday, with new numbers showing that the vast majority of abortions in FL in 2020 were performed at 12 weeks or under. The data came from a 17-page legislative analysis released Tuesday and is related to a scheduled hearing Wednesday […]

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: and - January 18, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You definitely wouldn’t […]

COMMENTARY

In the volatile summer of 1966, young reporter Lucy Morgan met M. L. King Jr. in Grenada, Miss.

BY: - January 18, 2022

Watching the nation’s political figures react to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this week reminds me of the day I met King and the many messages of that day. It happened in the summer of 1966, when I was just a year into a career as a reporter.  I happened to be visiting relatives in […]

Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech

BY: - January 17, 2022

Here is the text of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I have a dream” speech, which changed the conversation of our nation and inspired generations. He delivered it in 1963 in Washington, D.C.: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in […]

COMMENTARY

About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights

BY: - January 16, 2022

If you get into an argument with a Republican about the GOP’s lamentable support for voting rights and its fractured relationship with Black Americans, it won’t be long before your rhetorical sparring partner bellows “Robert Byrd” at you and declares the argument over. The logic here, if it even can be called that, is that […]

FL’s First Lady announces school assemblies, toolkits, to warn kids about fentanyl, other drugs

BY: - January 15, 2022

Nancy Ackerman, a mother in Seminole County, joined First Lady Casey DeSantis at a roundtable discussion this week and relayed the story of her 19-year-old daughter overdosing on fentanyl and dying. “I don’t even call it a drug. I just call it a poison,” Ackerman said. “Too many people I know have lost their children […]