United States

San Francisco Bay Area school districts push to reopen schools

By Angelo Perera, 27 February 2021

On February 7, the United Educators of San Francisco union reached an agreement to allow “limited instruction.”

Biden in Houston: Indifference and contempt for victims of Texas catastrophe

By Trévon Austin, 27 February 2021

Visiting Texas eleven days after the onset of a man-made disaster that killed dozens and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, Biden barely took notice of the mass suffering while offering a political amnesty to the Republican state government.

Hearings on Texas disaster expose irrationality of private energy production

By Chase Lawrence, 27 February 2021

The infrastructure problems, which led to the near total collapse of the state’s power grid earlier this month, developed well before deregulation and have been known for decades.

Biden drops minimum wage hike from COVID-19 relief bill

By Jacob Crosse, 27 February 2021

Biden seized on a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian as the pretext to abandon an increase in the federal minimum wage.

“Since school has been remote, no teachers have died.”

Montgomery, Alabama uses CDC guidelines to unsafely reopen schools

By Emma Arceneaux, 27 February 2021

The district’s announcement, and the CDC guidelines they cite, blatantly ignore one of the most important factors in determining the safety of a building: ventilation and air quality.

Restrictions placed on student gatherings after massive COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Virginia

By Dan Goranson, 27 February 2021

Cases have skyrocketed in the two weeks following the reopening of the sprawling University of Virginia campus for in-person learning on February 1.

Cashing in on racialist politics: Black Lives Matter foundation raised $90 million in 2020

By Trévon Austin, 27 February 2021

Black Lives Matter organizations have been promoted and financially backed by sections of the ruling class as part of the effort to promote racial division and undermine class unity.

Michigan boy, 10, loses both hands, both legs to COVID-related MIS-C syndrome

By Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2021

Ten-year-old quadruple amputee Dae’Shun Jamison from Shelby, Michigan is just one of more than 2,000 children in the US to develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children after catching COVID-19.

Delays to Big Three auto companies’ vaccination program highlight profit motive driving pandemic response

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 February 2021

The question raised is why has the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines been left up to private corporations who are driven primarily by profit considerations?

Michigan governor pushes for school reopenings as Ann Arbor school board reverses decision to remain virtual

By Sheila Brehm and James McDonald, 27 February 2021

In a press conference Wednesday, Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced that 85 percent of Michigan school districts are currently open for in-person learning and that she is “pleased that 97 percent of the school districts will be reopened by March 1st.”

A wonderful year for the elite: Top 25 hedge fund managers earned record $32 billion in 2020 as millions plunged into misery

By Kevin Reed, 27 February 2021

During a year in which tens of millions of people lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands died from the coronavirus pandemic in the US, super-wealthy investors collectively increased their earnings by 50 percent over 2019.

With US missile strike on Syria, Biden escalates US aggression in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2021

The act of aggression against Syria and the global escalation of US militarism constitute the foundation of bipartisan unity between Biden and the Republican Party.

Major school districts press to reopen throughout Washington D.C. metro area

By Harvey Simpkins, 27 February 2021

The return to schools follows separate announcements by the governors of Virginia and Maryland calling on all schools to reopen in March.

Bail denied for retired New York City cop charged with assault in January 6 attempted coup

By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2021

Thomas Webster, a former US Marine and 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, now retired, has been charged with violently assaulting a D.C. police officer during the storming of the Capitol.

US universities have cut 650,000 jobs, a 13 percent workforce reduction, since the onset of the pandemic

By Alex Findijis, 26 February 2021

Thousands of adjunct faculty members have seen their courses canceled and their paychecks eliminated as programs are consolidated and courses move online.

US Capitol police chief says far-right militias planning to bomb Capitol

By Jacob Crosse, 26 February 2021

At a House subcommittee hearing into the attack on Congress, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman gave opaque and contradictory testimony.

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof demands immediate reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 26 February 2021

The purpose of Kristof’s article is to pollute popular consciousness and pressure local Democrats tasked with enforcing the homicidal policy of reopening schools.

“Workers fought so hard to get these rights”

Stellantis Sterling Heights Assembly workers call for fight to defend the eight-hour day

By Shannon Jones, 26 February 2021

The drive by management and the UAW to impose a 12-hour, seven-day rotation for skilled trades is facing near unanimous opposition.

San Diego school districts move to resume in-person classes

By Kevin Martinez, 26 February 2021

Despite opposition from parents and the community, the San Diego Unified School District is planning to reopen schools by April.

Biden choice for CIA director gets bipartisan support

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2021

William J. Burns is a veteran of decades of skullduggery for American imperialism, in the course of a three-decade career at the State Department.

Elderly bear the brunt of Texas power outage catastrophe

By Tony Jackson, 26 February 2021

A disproportionate amount of preventable human suffering fell on the oldest, most isolated, and most dependent members of society.

San Francisco school board pauses reactionary school renaming campaign to focus on forcing schools open

By Renae Cassimeda, 26 February 2021

Despite widespread transmission of COVID-19 and news of more infectious and deadly variants of the virus within San Francisco, the school district alongside the educator and school worker unions are pushing ahead with reopening plans.

Amanda Gorman at the Biden inauguration: “O sing, sweet lucre,” or, The poet wore Prada

By James Clayton and David Walsh, 26 February 2021

Gorman rose from almost total obscurity to the cover of Time magazine in the space of a single month.

Facebook censors WSWS article exposing Wuhan lab conspiracy theory

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 25 February 2021

Facebook has labeled the WSWS Perspective column, "Washington Post’s 'Wuhan Lab' conspiracy theory stands exposed,” as “misinformation” and blocked users from sharing it.

The dominant variant of the coronavirus in California has acquired dangerous mutations

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 February 2021

A new variant of the coronavirus was discovered in California, dubbed CAL.20C. The mutation, L452R, appears to make the virus more contagious.

New York Times racialist vandals descend on Rome and Greece

By Sandy English, 25 February 2021

A feature essay in the New York Times Magazine claims that the study of ancient Greece and Rome is the font of “whiteness” in contemporary culture, and that colleges should “get rid of classics.”

Golf star Tiger Woods seriously injured in an automobile accident

By Alan Gilman, 25 February 2021

The 45-year-old has narrowly escaped with his life, to the relief of his millions of fans.

Grand jury declines to charge Rochester, New York officers who killed Daniel Prude

By Trévon Austin, 25 February 2021

Prude died last March after police handcuffed him, put a hood over his head and pushed him into the cold pavement.

For a full investigation of those responsible for the disaster in Texas!

Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 February 2021

We demand that every individual, politician and corporation responsible for the social disaster in Texas be criminally prosecuted and that all workers be made whole.

Stellantis cuts jobs at Illinois auto plant one month after merger

By Marcus Day, 25 February 2021

The layoff of 150 workers at Belvidere Assembly is an opening shot in what will inevitably be an attempt by the automaker to increase its profitability through mass job cuts, factory closures and other brutal cost-cutting measures.

Calls mount for investigation of Governor Cuomo in New York nursing homes scandal

By Josh Varlin, 25 February 2021

The real scandal is not the Cuomo’s alleged “bullying,” but the massive death toll in nursing homes.

West Virginia Senate outlaws public employee strikes as state demands schools reopen

By Nick Barrickman, 25 February 2021

On the third anniversary of the historic 2018 West Virginia teachers’ strike, the state senate passed a punitive bill codifying anti-strike measures into state law.

COVID-19 cases in New York colleges rise as state changes guidelines to keep schools open

By Alex Findijs, 25 February 2021

Facing an impending wave of temporary schools closures due to growing COVID-19 outbreaks, the New York government and the SUNY system have altered university guidelines to keep schools open despite rising case numbers.

Republicans use hearing on domestic terrorism to defend Trump and promote far-right forces

By Jacob Crosse, 25 February 2021

At a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Republicans sought to equate the January 6 coup attempt with protests against police violence.

Judas and the Black Messiah: The 1969 state murder of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton

By Helen Halyard and Fred Mazelis, 25 February 2021

The December 4, 1969, assassination was one of the most brazen crimes ever carried out by the US ruling class.

The $15 minimum wage scam

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 February 2021

Despite the dire conditions facing workers, President Joe Biden has already given numerous indications that the meager minimum wage increase proposal will likely be stripped from the bill.

Perseverance rover returns videos from its descent to the Martian surface

By Bryan Dyne, 24 February 2021

The rover also returned the first audio recorded on Mars.

Powell delivers reassurances to Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 24 February 2021

Outlining monetary policy—the central concern of Wall Street—the Fed chair emphasised that the present ultra-loose regime would continue even if inflation began to rise and there was a tightening in the labour market.

Chicago elementary teachers begin returning to classrooms under near-total media blackout

By Alexander Fangmann, 24 February 2021

While local reporters and the Chicago Teachers Union maintain a wall of silence over the dangers facing educators and students, schools have become the number one potential exposure locations in the state, according to contact tracing.

Michigan teachers, students face double threat from school reopenings: contaminated water and COVID-19

By Sheila Brehm and James MacDonald, 24 February 2021

With the Democratic Whitmer administration pushing for a March 1 reopening date for public schools, teachers and students face not only the danger of the coronavirus, but lead and legionella bacteria from unflushed water systems.

Massachusetts nurses vote to strike for safe staffing ratios

By Ben Oliver, 24 February 2021

Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, without a contract since November 2019, on February 10 gave their overwhelming approval for strike action for safer working conditions and patient outcomes.

Los Angeles Unified School District moves to reopen schools for in-person instruction

By Peter Ross, 24 February 2021

Officials in Los Angeles announced on Monday that some in-person instruction will resume next week, with a full reopening planned for next month. The announcement comes amid reports that a more contagious variant of COVID-19 has become the dominant strain in California.

Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools

By Douglas Lyons, 24 February 2021

The PFT, while posing as “concerned” about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.

Canada’s parliament condemns China for “genocide” on eve of Trudeau-Biden summit

By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2021

Endorsed by an all-party coalition, the provocative motion is part of a propaganda offensive aimed at providing a bogus human rights justification for Canadian imperialism’s ever more prominent role in Washington’s military-strategic offensive against Beijing.

Washington Post’s “Wuhan Lab” conspiracy theory stands exposed

By Andre Damon, 24 February 2021

The Washington Post’s claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.

Winter storm leaves behind billions of dollars’ worth of damage across Texas

By Trévon Austin, 24 February 2021

The total value of losses is still being tallied, but the severity and geographic scope of the storm has meant that the total cost could exceed the $19 billion in damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Corporate media and both big business parties press to reopen schools in California

By Melody Isley, 24 February 2021

Despite the capitalist propaganda, parents have expressed overwhelming support for online learning, which they know prioritizes the health of their families, school workers and educators.

New revelations of FBI and New York police conspiracy in the assassination of Malcolm X

By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2021

The deathbed confession of former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood points to an official cover-up.

Biden administration reopens Trump-era child migrant detention facility in Texas

By Kevin Reed, 24 February 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services is reactivating the Carrizo Springs Child Migration Detention Facility for detaining up to 700 teenagers in the coming days and weeks.

Native Son: Restoration of suppressed film starring, co-scripted by author Richard Wright

By Frank Anderson, 24 February 2021

The restored 1951 film version of Wright’s Native Son paints a lacerating picture of social life in America’s second city.

Senate hearing on January 6 coup: D.C. police were warned of armed attack on Congress

By Jacob Crosse, 24 February 2021

In the first public congressional hearing on the January 6 coup attempt, police chiefs and politicians sought to blame faulty or undelivered intelligence for the breach of the US Capitol.

Texas’ COVID-19 vaccination and testing disrupted by winter storm

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 February 2021

Freezing temperatures and mass power outages resulted in widespread disruption of COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Texas.

With a 12-hour, seven-day schedule at Sterling Heights Assembly, UAW repudiates long battle for eight-hour day

By Shannon Jones, 23 February 2021

With the announcement of an April 5 start day for a grueling 12-hour, seven-day schedule at the Stellantis Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP), the UAW has repudiated rights that workers fought and died for over the course of well over 100 years.

Montgomery, Alabama schools moves forward with plans to convert public schools into privately-operated charter schools

By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2021

The Montgomery Public School Board, a focal point of months of protests by teachers over COVID-19 deaths, is turning over three schools to charter operators.

Texas family files $100 million lawsuit against power companies after death of 11-year-old son

By Trévon Austin, 23 February 2021

The lawsuit accuses the energy companies of gross negligence and placing profits ahead of the welfare of the population by failing to follow long-standing recommendations to winterize the power grid and misleading residents about how long blackouts would last.

Half a million dead in the US from coronavirus pandemic: Catastrophe, crime and historical turning point

By Joseph Kishore, 23 February 2021

The catastrophic loss of life in the US is the outcome of deliberate decisions made by the ruling class and its political representatives to prioritize profit over lives.

Teachers in US resist demand to accept “reasonable risk” of dying

By Jerry White, 21 February 2021

The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.

Devastation from winter storm that wreaked havoc in Texas felt across North America

By William Quartermaine, 21 February 2021

In addition to the social crisis brought on by the storm in the United States, the populations of Mexico and Canada saw the extreme cold and snow knock out power and strain critical infrastructure.

The Texas catastrophe and the case for socialism

By Tom Carter, 21 February 2021

The Texas catastrophe lays bare the real state of class relations in the richest country in the world and makes clear why essential infrastructure can no longer be entrusted to the capitalist oligarchs.

Kroger to close at least two grocery stores in Seattle after hazard pay increase

By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 21 February 2021

Following a similar series of events in California cities, Kroger has announced the closure of two QFC grocery stores in Seattle, Washington in retaliation against the City Council imposing a $4 hourly wage increase for the remainder of the pandemic.

Reports of spread of British B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in Michigan

Demands intensify for resumption of in person learning in Michigan by March 1

Phyllis Steele, 21 February 2021

Michigan Democrats, backed by the corporate media, are ramping up pressure to reopen schools by March 1.

Death on an unprecedented scale: One year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 February 2021

It has been one year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US. The scale of death in that one year is unprecedented in US history.

California Republicans claim 1.7 million signatures on petition to recall Democratic Governor Newsom

By Dan Conway, 21 February 2021

The right-wing petition drive against California Governor Gavin Newsom, organized by the state Republican Party, is on track to reach the 1.5 million signature threshold required to force a recall election later this year.

Jackson, Mississippi’s public water system collapses after winter storm’s deep freeze

By Aaron Murch, 21 February 2021

The city’s mayor reported late last week that there is no definite timetable for whenwater service will return for thousands of city residents, who must now rely on bottled water.

Six more Oath Keepers indicted on conspiracy charges for assault on US Capitol

By Jacob Crosse, 21 February 2021

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is investigating “Stop the Steal” organizers and promoters, including Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Ali Alexander.

Opposition to relocation of toxic metal recycling plant to Chicago’s working-class South Side raises political questions

By George Gallanis, 21 February 2021

While there is widespread opposition to the relocation of the General Iron plant to Chicago’s working-class South Side, the politics of the opposition must be scrutinized.

The Mars rover and the Texas catastrophe: Scientific possibility vs capitalist reality

By Bryan Dyne, 20 February 2021

If society operated on the principle of rationality and human need, not the insatiable greed of the rich, the scientific advancements that made possible the Mars rover would be used to end the many ills that plague humanity.

Nomadland: Forced out on the road (mostly) because of economics

By David Walsh, 20 February 2021

Frances McDormand plays Fern, a 60-year-old woman at economic and personal loose ends. She lived for decades in Empire, Nevada, a company town owned lock, stock and barrel by the United States Gypsum Corporation.

Rush Limbaugh dead at 70: A media blowhard for American capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2021

An odious presence on American radio for more than three decades, Limbaugh specialized in bullying women, gays, blacks and other minorities, while glorifying American imperialism.

Michigan officials confirm 121 cases of COVID-19 variant at state prison in Ionia

By Kevin Reed, 20 February 2021

The sudden discovery of a large number of cases of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant in the Michigan prison system is a warning that the pandemic is moving into a new, more infectious and lethal stage.

Six Capitol police suspended, 29 others under investigation for role in January 6 assault

By Jacob Crosse, 20 February 2021

Press reports on those charged in the January 6 attack on Congress reveal that a substantial number are current or former police and active or former members of the military, many of whom are linked to far-right militias.

CUNY breaks faculty and staff contract, withholding promised pay raises

By Elliott Murtagh, 20 February 2021

Depression-like cuts are devastating the largest urban university system in the US.

World governments exploit pandemic depression to recruit youth into their militaries

By Eoin Oisin, 20 February 2021

Economic crises are notoriously fertile grounds for militaries to recruit applicants who would otherwise study or work.

Half of Texas without clean water as state and federal governments look the other way

By Chase Lawrence, 20 February 2021

The phrase “too little, too late” does not even begin to scratch the surface of the essentially non-existent and frankly ridiculous response of the Biden administration to a still unfolding catastrophe which has killed dozens of people.

Pentagon report reveals growth of fascistic networks within US military

By Jacob Crosse, 20 February 2021

The October 2020 report to the House and Senate Armed Service Committees provides details of the extent of far-right forces within the US military.

While Biden proclaims “America is back,” imperialist conflicts dominate Munich conference

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2021

Biden’s attempt to assert US leadership under the false banner of “democracy” received a chilly reception from Washington’s NATO allies.

Learn from the CTU’s betrayal in Chicago! Build committees nationwide to stop school reopenings!

Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021

The effort to reopen schools in Chicago was aimed at setting a precedent for reopening districts everywhere and shifting the relationship of class forces in the US as a whole.

Stop the deadly reopening of Philadelphia Schools!

Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021

Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texans receive exorbitant electricity bills after winter storm

By Trévon Austin, 19 February 2021

Texas residents on variable rate electricity plans have been hit with electricity bills for tens of thousands of dollars after the market price of electricity soared this week amid a collapse of the power system.

Another 861,000 US workers file for unemployment as corporations exploit pandemic to restructure operations

By Jerry White, 19 February 2021

A new McKinsey Global Institute report predicts that the decline in business travel and increase in working from home will lead to fewer jobs at hotels, restaurants, mass transit and retail, while corporations employ new labor-saving technologies in factories.

UAW and Stellantis set April 5 start date for 12-hour, seven-day schedule for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

By Shannon Jones, 19 February 2021

The new schedule, based on four rotating crews alternating over two weeks, represents a further major assault on the eight-hour day.

CDC report: Biggest drop in US life expectancy since World War II

By Kate Randall, 19 February 2021

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the first half of 2020, life expectancy dropped by more than one year as COVID-19 ripped through the population.

NATO summit stresses anti-China strategy as wars in Middle East, Afghanistan continue

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2021

The most urgent issue confronting NATO, a May 1 deadline for withdrawing 10,000 troops from the two-decades-old war in Afghanistan, was left undecided.

Drive to reopen schools deepens across Los Angeles as pandemic continues to rage

By Hong Jian, 19 February 2021

Despite the fact that over the past week Los Angeles County averaged 2,339 new cases and 123.1 new deaths per day, officials throughout the region are pressing to reopen schools.

Storm and blackouts endanger Texas health system

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 February 2021

Winter storm Uri has thrown Texas into a temporary dark age. Health systems are grappling with the loss of power, potable water, and burst water mains. People are crowding warming centers and emergency rooms.

Millions of Texans without water, hospitals closed as power outages continue

By Chase Lawrence, 19 February 2021

Republican Senator and coup conspirator Ted Cruz, in an act of complete indifference, flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family for a vacation while a disaster unfolded across Texas, leaving dozens dead.

Congressional Democrats present Biden immigration bill

By Kevin Reed, 19 February 2021

Congressional Democrats introduced the Biden administration’s new immigration legislation on Thursday while admitting in advance it has little chance of passing the Senate.

Philadelphia postpones public school reopenings to March 1

By Douglas Lyons, 18 February 2021

The decision to push back reopening is an indication that both the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the school district recognize they need more time to bring the opposition of teachers under control.

Corporate profit, electricity deregulation and the disaster in Texas

By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2021

Millions have been without power for days in the state that produces more electricity than any other in the United States.

Teachers in US state of Georgia herded back into unsafe classrooms

By Kranti Kumara, 18 February 2021

In spite of four teacher deaths and strident opposition, the state of Georgia is denying educators vaccinations and sending them back to unsafe schools.

Bitcoin over $50,000 as Wall Street surges

By Nick Beams, 18 February 2021

The bitcoin speculation mania is only the most egregious example of what is taking place throughout the financial system.

Amazon sues New York to claim immunity from state COVID-19 safety regulations

By Tom Carter, 18 February 2021

Amazon filed a lawsuit in federal district court Friday demanding a ruling that it is not required to comply with New York safety laws and regulations, while New York authorities filed a complaint against Amazon on Tuesday that paints a devastating picture of the callous disregard for workers’ lives by the $1.6 trillion global conglomerate throughout the pandemic.

CDC school opening guidelines ignore the critical role of ventilation and infection control in classrooms

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 February 2021

The CDC has downplayed the role of ventilation in making schools safe for reopening. Efficiently operating HVAC systems are an important part of infection control for airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.

Philadelphia Teachers Union promotes pseudo-science as it prepares deal to open schools

By Douglas Lyons, 17 February 2021

The PFT is hoping to stymie any opposition from educators and parents who have compelled the district to backpedal in reopening several times already.

Los Angeles Police Department officers and employees caught circulating Valentine’s Day image of George Floyd captioned “You take my breath away”

By Shawn Velia and John Andrews, 17 February 2021

The LAPD issued several statements via Twitter confirming that a police officer had filed a personnel complaint regarding a valentine making fun of the 2020 Minneapolis police killing.

John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president between 1995 and 2009, dies at 86

By Jerry White, 17 February 2021

Sweeney’s “insurgent” campaign in 1995 was aimed at heading off the collapse of the AFL-CIO after more than a decade during which the US labor federation betrayed strikes and colluded in the destruction of millions of jobs.

Behind GM’s shift to all-electric vehicles by 2035

Part 2

By Marcus Day, 17 February 2021

As with all significant technological advances under capitalism, the shift to EVs is not being directed at the betterment of society or the improvement of working conditions, but rather is being used to intensify the exploitation of the working class.

SUNY colleges face rapid spread of COVID-19 just weeks into semester

By Alex Findijs, 17 February 2021

Just two weeks since in-person instruction began, more than 1,200 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Such rapid transmission is a stark warning of what may come with the spread of more contagious variants of the virus.

Prosecutors announce new charges against Proud Boys in connection with January 6 assault on US Capitol

By Jacob Crosse, 17 February 2021

In the wake of the Senate impeachment trial debacle and continuing revelations of ties between the far-right groups that led the insurrection and Trump’s closest allies, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would push for the creation of a 9/11 Commission-like bipartisan body to investigate the attempted coup.

Millions remain without power in Texas, as freezing temperatures wreak havoc across the US

By Cordell Gascoigne, 17 February 2021

More than 20 deaths have been linked to Winter Storm Uri, including a woman and her three elementary-school-age grandchildren who died in a house fire around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in Sugar Land, Texas.