Saturday, December 31, 2022

QUO VADIS, COUSIN SAM?

this page updated 2 January, A.U.C. 2774  [A.D. 2021]

Coulee Dam Service was operated by my
parents from the mid 1940s to 1953.
Grand Coulee Dam is in the background.
Route 132, Candiac, Quebec, Canada
     The initial focus of this blog is the area of Washington encompassing the Big Bend Country, the Northern counties of Eastern Washington, the Spokane area, with particular emphasis on the Grand Coulee Dam; and the people who have lived in the area; and particularly the ascendants and descendants of Thomas Brownfield Seaton (1843 - 1920), Louis Joliet (1645-1700), Thomas-Jacques Taschereau (1680-1749), Maria Jane Beamish (1819-1889), Eleonore de Grandmaison (1620-1692), Andreas Peterson Longacre (1657-1718), and Col. George Eskridge (1660-1735), and many other direct ancestors; and James Alexander (1749-1835) and Samuel C. Rinker (1844-1912), who are related, and many others to whom I am connected, and who explored and settled a continent and helped to build two great nations (at the expense of the people who were here before). My extended family tree includes the Lee family of Virginia and all of the first 44 Presidents.  It also includes the British Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth is an 18th cousin once removed. As this work progresses other parts of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and much of Western Europe will come into focus.



      "People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." - Edmund Burke in Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1793.


      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana in Reason in Common Sense, 1905.

      "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - Attributed to George Santayana (1863-1952)





      This post is set to remain at the top of the blog as a home page, with a general table of contents and other information.  (Quo Vadis means "where are you going.")



COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS & BLOG POLICY






BLOG TABLE OF CONTENTS


IN THE NEWS
Indexes for the years 1850 to 2039 have been constructed. Content will be added as I get to it.

      About this section

      shortcut to current half:  JANUARY — JUNE, 2021

      shortcut to previous half:  JULY — DECEMBER, 2020


THEM DAM WRITERS ONLINE
An online magazine by a group of people whose roots are in the Grand Coulee Dam area. "Our mission is to preserve and share history vividly through written word and art."


THIS DATE IN HISTORY
including fixed holy days, commemorations, birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, and other special occasions, as well as significant local, regional, national, and world events


Daily Quotations
From "Thought for today" postings on Facebook

Connections Index  [new section under construction]
How I'm Related or Connected to Famous People

PICTURE GALLERIES



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MANUSCRIPTS

FROM PIONEERS TO POWER
Having received permission, I have begun posting the book, FROM PIONEERS TO POWER, about the building of the Grand Coulee dam and the people who pioneered the area, including many members of my family.  TABLE OF CONTENTS

A HISTORY OF COULEE CITY, WASHINGTON
By Leslie Edwin Lillquist, WSU Dpt. of History, 1969
Permission received in a conversation a few months before his death.

ROSS FAMILY RECORD
This is the book that really got me into blogging.  This unpublished manuscript, prepared by Henry Ross Wiggs in 1971, tells of the descendants of J. William Ross (d. 1824), his son Drummond Ross (1816-1856), Drummond's wife Maria Jane Beamish (1824-1889), and her second husband, Achille-Antoine Fleury Taschereau (1836-1886).  Maria and Fleury were my great grandparents.  Index


BOOKS

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BIG BEND COUNTRY
embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin counties, state of Washington
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904. 2011 C. S. Blog edition
archive details:      Part 1 (pp. i - 520)      Part 2 (pp. 521 - 1024)

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF STEVENS, FERRY, OKANOGAN AND CHELAN COUNTIES,
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904.
archive details

CONQUEST of the COEUR D'ALENES, SPOKANES & PALOUSES
The Expeditions of Colonels E. J. Steptoe and George Wright against the "Northern Indians" in 1858.  By Benjamin Franklin Manring; Inland Printing Company, Spokane, Wash. 1912.
archive details
Col. Edward Jenner Steptoe was my 3rd cousin 5x removed.

NEZ PERCE JOSEPH
HIS ANCESTORS, HIS LANDS, HIS CONFEDERATES, HIS ENEMIES, HIS MURDERS, HIS WAR, HIS PURSUIT AND CAPTURE;
by Howard, O. O. [Oliver Otis], BRIG. GEN. U. S. A.
BOSTON, LEE AND SHEPARD PUBLISHERS 1881
archive details

FROM SEA TO SEA (chapters 22-37)
In Vol. 16 of THE WRITINGS IN PROSE AND VERSE OF
RUDYARD KIPLING ©1899
NEW YORK.  CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.  1906.
An account of Kipling's visit to America in 1889

HISTORY OF THE CITY OF SPOKANE AND SPOKANE COUNTRY, WASHINGTON
From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, By N. W. DURHAM
The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II      VOLUME III

SPOKANE AND THE SPOKANE COUNTRY, PICTORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
De Luxe Supplement.  The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

Illustrated history of Spokane County
Rev. Johathan Edwards, W. H. Lever, Publisher, 1900
archive details

Early Okanogan History
by William Compton Brown
archive details

History of Old Walla Wall County
embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1918
archive details:     VOLUME I      VOLUME II

History of the Yakima Valley, Washington
comprising Yakima, Kittitas, and Benton Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1919
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties
with an outline of the early history of the state of Washington
Interstate publishing co., Chicago, pub 1904
archive details      full text

An illustrated history of north Idaho
embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1903
archive details      full text

An illustrated history of the State of Idaho
THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, Chicago, 1899
archive details      full text

HISTORY OF IDAHO
A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People and its Principal Interests
by Hiram T. French, THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, Chicago and New York, 1914
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II      VOLUME III

Gems of thought and history of Shoshone County
Kellogg Evening News Press, 1940
archive details

The History of Cass and Bates counties, Missouri
containing a history of these counties, their cities, towns, etc. : biographical sketches of their citizens, general and local statistics, history of Missouri, map of Cass and Bates counties, etc
 National Historical Company (Saint Joseph, Mo.) 1883
archive details      full text

Floods Of May June 1948 In Columbia River Basin
Prepared under the direction of C. G. PAULSEN, Chief Hydraulic Engineer
A presentation of data on floods, gathered from selected gaging stations and other sources
With a section on Magnitude and Frequency of Floods By S. E. RANTZ and H. C. RIGGS
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WASHINGTON : 1949
archive details      full text


OTHER

COULEE CITY INDEX

BIG BEND TOWNS INDEX

BIG BEND CEMETERIES

ANCESTRY INDEX

OBITUARY INDEX
(family tree members):

FAMILY TREE RESEARCH INDEX

FAMILY SCRAPBOOK INDEX
Grand Coulee Dam, Coulee City, Military Service, Spokane

JUDITH BURDACK ARTICLES

THE LEES OF VIRGINIA

SCRAPBOOK MISCELANEOUS INDEX

INDIANS (NATIVE AMERICANS) INDEX

RAILROADS INDEX
Many of the settlers in the Big Bend area, including many members of my family tree, came from their previous homes in the Railroad Migration after the completion of those lines in the late 1880's and early 1890's.  These railroads were and continue to be essential to the region.

WASHINGTON FAMILY INDEX

COMING EVENTS
[not currently being  maintained]

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COUSIN SAM'S LIBRARY
On July 12, 2011, I opened this blog as a reference library for much of the source material related to research for my other blogs, as well as other material, such as collections of quotations, web links, Archive links, and such, so that I can keep the  focus of this blog on family and place.

COUSIN SAM'S FAITH
On July 13, 2011, I opened this blog on religion, politics, and opinion, which are matters of faith, with faith being understood as not merely believing, but what we believe and why.  These subjects are not well suited for inclusion in my other blogs, which are concerned with who, what, when, and where. This blog is about the fifth "w", why.

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CONTRIBUTIONS


     It takes a lot of time to research and transcribe the kind of information going into this blog. Donations using the PayPal Donate button at the top right are most welcome.  Donations in the form of checks made out to Samuel Taschereau will also be accepted at the snail mail address.

     If you have articles, stories, letters, or documentation that you think may be of interest to this blog, you may send it to me either by e-mail or snail mail.

e-mail: rfsamt@gmail.com

snail mail:  S. F. Taschereau
                 4822 N Nelson, Apt 5
                 Spokane, WA 99217

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Ancestry Research Web Sites & Links:     http://cousinsam.blogspot.com/2011/06/web-sites-links-ancestry-research.html  Including Open Library selections

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages. http://www.archive.org/index.php

state history publications:
http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications.aspx

The Hubert C. Blonk photograph collection
https://dc.ewu.edu/blonk/index.9.html?fbclid=IwAR2JWV7jozbZPEw8CgY0nQE3IYE6WcWSBydEXeXp0C71Xceq-s_CmoffmOw

University of Idaho Historic Photograph Collection List


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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

THIS DATE IN HISTORY INDEX


JANUARY


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APRIL


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This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History

On This Day - NYTimes.com

This Day in History: October 24 — Infoplease.com
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www.on-this-day.com/

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History – Facts Of The ...
www.historynet.com/today-in-history

Gaston gazette


Friday, May 7, 2021

In the news, Friday, April 30, 2021


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APR 29      INDEX      MAY 01
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from Defense News

A summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the works for this summer in a third country to get the tense relationship “on a more stable, predictable path,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday. Sullivan said at the Aspen Security Forum that he held a call with his Russian counterpart Friday morning and that the two sides were actively looking for a venue. He added that Biden is looking forward to personally engaging Putin. The comments come days after Russia’s defense minister ordered troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills amid tensions with Ukraine, but said they should leave their weapons behind in western Russia for another exercise later this year. Sullivan reiterated U.S. backing for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

This week, the Idaho legislature passed a bill preventing critical race theory from being taught in the state’s public schools and universities. But while this may seem like a move in the right direction, we need to be careful. When we give governments the power to dictate classroom content, there’s no guarantee they’ll use it the way we want them to. No matter how good our intentions are, government involvement in education is bound to create political struggles and choose winners and losers.

The nation is gripped with a public health crisis, but apparently, the bureaucrats over at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) think what we really ought to be focusing on right now is banning menthol-flavored cigarettes. Their justification? “Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products,” Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said. “With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are far more likely to use these tobacco products.” There are a few major problems with this ban and the paternalistic thinking that underlies it. 1. Adults Should Be Able to Make Consumption Choices for Themselves; 2. Banning Popular Products Will Create Dangerous Black Markets; 3. More Bans Mean More Law Enforcement Crackdowns and Over-Policing of Black Neighborhoods.

As much as Biden seems to draw on FDR’s legacy, his knowledge of his positions seems to have one glaring omission. FDR was opposed to public sector unions. Public sector unions are having a moment in the spotlight, and not in a good way. Their actions over the past year have incurred ire from all political directions. Many Americans have become aware of the role police unions play in protecting bad apples, blocking popular criminal justice reforms, and preventing transparency as extrajudicial killings and the resulting protests have demanded attention on our justice system. And across the nation, millions of families have been harmed by teachers’ unions who in many states played a significant role in keeping schools locked down—often for overtly political reasons. 

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from HumanProgress.org
Education Website

Our twenty-seventh Center of Progress is Hong Kong during its rapid free-market transformation in the 1960s. After a lengthy struggle with poverty, war and disease, the city managed to rise to prosperity through classical liberal policies.

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from Psephizo  (blog)

How should the Church respond to race?
Last week the Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce published its report ‘From Lament to Action’ proposing a suite of changes to begin bringing about a change of culture in the life of the Church of England. A draft version of the report came to the Archbishops’ Council, so we knew the main proposals it would include. It is well produced, and offers a sense of urgent call to action, but not all have welcomed its approach, including minority ethnic members of the Church of England. The sense of urgency was reinforced by a Panorama programme last Monday, featuring members of the group who produced the report.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Thursday, April 29, 2021


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APR 28      INDEX      APR 30
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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

Millions of Americans tuned in for President Biden’s State of the Union Address last night. When the president spoke about our nation’s experiences with the COVID crisis and offered optimism for the future, there was a lot about his speech that we can all appreciate. But when Biden turned to policy specifics, particularly economics, he quickly stumbled into misleading territory and, at times, flat-out wrong assertions. 1. Crediting Big Government Policies With Economic Recovery that Was Always Going to Happen; 2. Touting the Merits of ‘Buy American’ Government Policies; 3. False Promises About Not Taxing the Middle Class; 4. Strawman Attacks on ‘Trickle-Down Economics’.

The Atlantic’s prediction on what would happen if Georgia lifted pandemic restrictions was a hot mess. But it can teach us a lot.

It’s official: food inflation has arrived. Food prices soared 3.9 percent in 2020, the Department of Agriculture recently reported.

The company's Chief Financial Officer just explained why a $15 minimum wage would ultimately hit customers in the wallet.

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from Newsweek
LEFT-CENTER BIAS,  HIGH,  American weekly news magazine

Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously quipped that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Someone should let President Biden in on this bit of wisdom. The president's new $1.8 trillion "American Families Plan," which he touted in Wednesday night's address to a joint session of Congress, includes a proposal to make two years of community college "free" for all Americans. Of course, this really means that taxpayers will pay for your associate's degree, to the tune of $109 billion. As Friedman noted, there's no way to get anything without something in exchange, so we have to weigh any benefits from Biden's proposal against the costs. And the cost-benefit analysis for "free" community college fails. Miserably.

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from Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press)

Recent studies of Spinoza’s political theory in a contemporary perspective often place it in one of two categories, depicting him either as a defender of individual free speech and liberal democracy or as a champion of radical democracy and collective popular power. For some, he is something like a liberal supporter of the equal individual rights of all citizens to express whatever is on their mind, an early defender of “free speech.” For others, he is more like a left-wing populist championing the power of the multitude against a state taken hostage by special interests. Either way, Spinoza is seen to give theoretical support to popular resistance to excessive state power. Either way, he potentially or actually provides fodder for populist positions, no matter whether the culpable elite is construed as an entrenched state apparatus surreptitiously seeking to curb individual freedoms (a so-called “deep state”) or as representatives of global corporate interests embedded within the structures of government (as in Negri and Hardt’s conception of “Empire.”)

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from PolitiFact

Some differences of perspective and nuances noted by PolitiFact, but Sen. Scott was factually pretty solid. As opposed to PolitiFact's remarks on President Biden's speech which had a number of "This is exaggerated" and "Lacks context" evaluations.

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from Reason Magazine
Magazine in Los Angeles, California

As the Food and Drug Administration looks to start the process of banning the sale and manufacture of menthol cigarettes, the Biden administration is pursuing one of the most significant federal prohibitions in decades. Banning alcohol, drugs, and gambling were all disastrous policies that demonstrated prohibition is not the answer. And the current case for banning menthol cigarettes fails on both public health and broader societal grounds. Here are 10 of the reasons the proposed ban on menthol cigarettes is misguided. 1. The majority of youth smokers don’t use menthol cigarettes. 2. Black youth have lower rates of cigarette smoking than other groups. 3. Black adults smoke at a similar rate to white adults but the preferred products of white smokers aren’t targeted by the ban. 4. States with higher menthol consumption have lower youth smoking rates. 5. Menthol prohibition will create illicit markets and more police interactions, especially in minority communities. 6. Menthol bans have a poor record of actually reducing smoking. 7. Menthol cigarettes are no more dangerous than non-menthol cigarettes. 8. Menthol cigarettes are not more addictive than non-menthol cigarettes. 9. Menthol bans are unnecessary thanks to safer nicotine alternatives like e-cigarettes. 10. Adults should be free to choose which cigarettes they smoke.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

On April 21 in Columbus, Ohio, police Officer Nicholas Reardon stepped out of his car and asked “What’s going on here?” A fight spilled across the lawn in front of him, one teenage girl shoving another to the ground at his feet, then pushing another unarmed teenage girl up against a car in the driveway while raising a knife. He faced the most awful decision of any officer’s career. Less than nine seconds after arriving, he had to choose how to exercise his duty to protect and defend. He protected the girl cowering against the car, held there by Ma’Khia Bryant wielding a knife in attack position and announcing “I’m gonna stab the f____ out of you, b_____.” Both girls were Black. Officer Reardon is white. Hesitate to act, and he’s a racist for being slow to protect a Black girl. Use lethal force to stop lethal force and LeBron James tweets out his picture labeled “You’re next. #Accountability.” Police officers are trained in de-escalation. But you know who else has a responsibility to de-escalate? Every single one of us, including LeBron James, Valerie Jarrett and all those who immediately jumped on social media to provocatively accuse a police officer of racism.

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In the news, Wednesday, April 28, 2021


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APR 27      INDEX      APR 29
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from The Conversation US
Media/News Company founded in Australia; US base in Boston

Reparations to Black Americans for centuries of slavery and oppression have been discussed for a long time. But ever since journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “The Case for Reparations” in The Atlantic in 2014, the conversation has taken on a new urgency. Just this month a House committee voted to create a commission to consider reparations. However, debates over compensating a group of people for past injuries or abuses date back to at least the early centuries of the common era. As a professor of theology who teaches about Jewish and Christian antiquity, I have studied how the logic of reparations has roots in the Hebrew Bible and in early Christian biblical interpretation.

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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

Concerns about population growth are nothing new. And a recent article in British Vogue is based on the same flawed assumptions.
Arecent British Vogue article shocked many with the title, “Is Having A Baby In 2021 Pure Environmental Vandalism?” In this piece, writer Nell Frizzell ponders whether having children is irresponsible due to the effects additional people have on the climate. ... Concerns about population growth are nothing new. In 1968, ecologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich echoed 18th-century economist Thomas Malthus when they predicted mass starvation and widespread upheavals due to overpopulation. ... The problem? These predictions never came true. In spite of all the worry, access to food and resources increased as population rose. People have to spend less time working today for these resources, than at any other time in history.

It’s always funny when some of the most prominent, self-described socialists in America leverage their advocacy for socialism into becoming multi-millionaires. The latest example of this comical yet revealing pattern comes courtesy of the Seattle City Council. The body is composed of left-wing politicians, many of whom openly embrace the socialist label. We’ve previously covered their efforts to punitively tax businesses, decriminalize property theft, and more. But as it turns out, City Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Tammy Morales are collectively worth $3.5 million!

Trevor Lawrence just lit another fire under cryptocurrencies. The former Clemson University standout quarterback, who is expected to be nabbed with the first overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night during the NFL draft in Cleveland, announced on Monday he was diving into the cryptocurrencies craze. “[Lawrence’s] signing bonus will come in cryptocurrency, which will be deposited into his Blockfolio account in a variety of crypto coins such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Doge,” Sports Illustrated reported. Just how much cash are we talking about? According to USA Today, Lawrence’s signing bonus is expected to be in the ballpark of $22.5 million. The announcement was part of a multi-year endorsement agreement Lawrence reached with the cryptocurrency investment app Blockfolio. It’s not hard to figure out why Lawrence is opting for the crypto route. In May 2019, Panthers offensive tackle and bitcoin trailblazer Russell Okung famously issued a blunt request to be paid in bitcoin, a decentralized currency not subject to regulation by banks or the federal government.  Okung’s decision made him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, the result of bitcoin’s meteoric rise. (When Okung made his demand, bitcoin was trading at around $8,000. Today, the price is about $55,000.)

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from National Review  RIGHT BIAS

The op-ed genre received some attention in the self-referential world of journalism this week as the New York Times announced that it would retire the moniker in favor of the more explicit “guest essay.” But a far more consequential piece of op-ed news — news that should matter to people outside of insular journalistic circles — managed to escape mainstream attention. USA Today, the quintessential middle-market American newspaper, allowed Stacey Abrams to substantially alter an op-ed criticizing Georgia’s new voting law, which was published prior to MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. Abrams didn’t fix a few grammatical changes or spelling mistakes; she altered the message of the op-ed to protect herself from the charge that she encouraged MLB to pull out of Atlanta in an act of protest against the new voting law. In the original March 31 op-ed, Abrams wrote that she “can’t argue with” people who choose to boycott businesses in her state. In the politically expedient second version, written after the Cobb County tourism board estimated that the move would cost area businesses $100 million in revenue, Abrams wrote that “Boycotts invariably cost jobs.”

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from The Seattle Times
LEFT-CENTER,  HIGH,  Newspaper in Seattle, WA

The bipartisan case for putting limits on governor’s emergency powers
By Drew MacEwen and Mike Chapman: The 2021 legislative session concluded on Sunday. There were several bipartisan successes that will greatly benefit Washingtonians and communities across our state, and there were a few outcomes in which our opinions diverge. One issue that we agree was a missed opportunity by the Legislature was emergency-powers reform. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on our state, tragically ending lives and devastating livelihoods. As state representatives, we have heard unimaginable stories of heartbreak from our constituents. The pandemic also has expanded the role of state government in our lives in ways we never imagined. On Feb. 29, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency. Nearly 14 months later, we are still under this order with no end in sight. ... Compared to most other states, our Legislature plays a relatively limited role during emergencies. In fact, Washington state has become an outlier. Our executive branch needs the ability to respond quickly to pandemics, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other emergencies. However, there must be limits. Washingtonians were not meant to be governed by emergency orders or the decisions of one person for months on end.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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from DW News (Deutsche Welle)
Broadcasting & Media Production Company in Bonn, Germany

Health regulator Anvisa cited lack of consistent and reliable data for rejecting the import of the vaccine. Sputnik V producers slammed the decision as "political."

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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

The case involves New York gunowners Brandon Koch and Robert Nash, who were denied a license to carry because they did not “demonstrate a special need for self-defense.”

In today’s hyper-partisan political environment, our elected officials can hardly agree on anything. The one consistent exception? Lawmakers always seem able to come together to find new ways to spend and tax away our money. The latest example comes courtesy of the House’s bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus.” The group of 58 lawmakers from both parties released a plan to pay for infrastructure spending in part by raising the gas tax. New taxes are always bad news, but this one is particularly alarming. Gas taxes and other levies on transportation disproportionately hurt poor and working-class Americans, who, after a year of lockdown-induced recession, can hardly afford another gut punch from our political class.

Could bipartisan police reform actually be on the horizon? That’s the goal of Republican Senator Tim Scott, who will introduce a plan partially rolling back the civil liability shield police officers currently enjoy, known as “qualified immunity”. “Sen. Tim Scott (R–S.C.) has reportedly proposed a compromise to rein in qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that makes it difficult for victims to sue government officials when their constitutional rights have been violated,” Reason’s Billy Binion reports. “Scott, who has served as the Republican leader on police reform talks, is suggesting that the doctrine be pulled back for law enforcement and that liability shift from individual cops to the departments that employ them.”

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from National Review  RIGHT BIAS

The media are cherry-picking officer-involved shootings to establish a narrative that runs counter to the facts.

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from Reuters
International news agency headquartered in London, UK

Russian oil exporters may suspend supplies to Belarus’s Naftan refinery after the United States tightened sanctions on Belarus over alleged human rights violations and abuses, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Washington last week revoked authorisations for certain U.S. transactions with nine sanctioned Belarusian state-owned enterprises, including Naftan and its owner Belneftekhim. While not directly affected by the move, Russian companies are concerned they could be penalised if they continue dealing with the Belarusian businesses.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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