FBI busts former Trump official in Capitol assault 

arrests former mid-level US State Department official, who served in the Trump admin for involvement in the US Capitol riot for assaulting police officers (gop: party of Law and Order) npr.org/2021/03/05/974011446/f

the Filibuster, HR1 and authoritarianism 

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board: Dump the filibuster (neither established by law or included in the US Constitution) and pass HR1 to thwart authoritarian impulses of the sfchronicle.com/opinion/editor

Top FL dem calls for FBI investigation of vaccine distribution 

's Democratic Party Ag commissioner calls on to investigate trumpist gov for redirecting available vaccines to rich communities associated with top political donors thehill.com/homenews/state-wat

I finally received my 2 covid stimulus payments in check form through the mail (one had been misrouted to Malaysia), but 's Kasikorn Bank refused to allow me to deposit them. I will try later at Bangkok Bank, where I have my direct deposit account and see if they will accept them.

Dallas cop charged in murder for hire killings 

Dallas cop charged on 2 counts of capital murder, for arranging for hitmen to carry out the murders. He is in custody, according to police sources. dallasnews.com/news/crime/2021

Texas, patriarchy, chivalry 

, in something of a 1950s flashback, had assigned a 'chivalry assignment' for girls to dress to please boys, and to serve them, agree to requests from them, and walk behind them. The assignment was pulled after outraged reactions newsweek.com/school-chivalry-a

APA: Trans or nb gender identities are normal 

American Psychological Association () comes out with an unambiguous denunciation of conversion therapy (already outlawed in some states): "Transgender or nonbinary gender identities are normal variations in human expression of gender. Attempts to force people to conform with rigid gender identities can be harmful to their mental health and well-being.” lgbtqnation.com/2021/03/americ

Murkowski pressured to vote against covid bill 

Sen (R-AK), who has shown some occasional independence, is under pressure to hold the line against the pandemic relief bill. McConnell wants a 100% no vote by Republicans in the Senate politico.com/news/2021/03/04/g

US National drive to erase trans youth 

There are widespread legislative proposals from states across the US, against youth, 65 of them attempts to erase youth slate.com/human-interest/2021/

Fight for $15; Denmark's $22 wage 

The example of shows could well absorb the cost of a $15 minimum wage; there, workers get $22/hour and the price of a Big Mac (which is unhealthy) is about $0.35 higher newsweek.com/minimum-wage-15-d

Bipartisan bill to repeal AUMF 

US of both parties join in support of a bill to repeal the Authorization to Use Military Force (), which has allowed presidents to launch wars without congressional approval. The Constitution's reservation of the power to make war to the Congress has long been ignored. politico.com/news/2021/03/03/b

Only 30% of US unemployed receiving UI benefits 

programs reaching only about 30% of unemployed, leaving about 8 million out in the cold, according to a recent Univ of Illiniois Urbana study theguardian.com/business/2021/.

Trump spox McEnany joins Fox propagandist team 

Fox News hires disgraced former press spox Keyleigh McEnany, whom several current and former staffers call a 'mini Goebbels'. Fox has essentially pulled out of the news reporting business with a number of recent firings, who were replaced with propagandists thedailybeast.com/fox-news-ins

FBI busts White Supremacist live streamer 

busts a notorious white supremacist live streamer w/ 40k followers on Telegram, sending "shockwaves through internet extremist circles. thedailybeast.com/feds-bust-wh

US pol, Biden approval numbers 

has achieved a 61% approval level among American voters, much of which is attributable to relief of exhaustion. It will not last long thehill.com/homenews/campaign/

Union busting at McDonalds 

's has spied on workers trying to organize and union, or joining the 'fight for $15' campaign for years, according to internal documents obtained by Vice theguardian.com/commentisfree/

Minimum wage Plan B dead in Senate 

US Senate Democrats remove 'plan B' effort to force raising minimum wage from their version of budget reconciliation legislation cnbc.com/2021/03/01/stimulus-u

Ireland exporters bypass UK 

The Republic of (which is a member of the ) had pre-Brexit sent goods through the destined for Europe. Now exporters are taking the longer sea route bypassing the UK entirely. Shipments direct from Ireland to France up 102% over prior year bbc.com/news/56201463

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