A dire warning from Florida election officials

Hello and welcome to Thursday. Attention please — The Republicans and Democrats who run Florida’s elections have an urgent message to elected officials and candidates in the state: You are undermining democracy. Stand up for America — The Florida Supervisors of Elections, the association that represents the officials who actually run the state’s elections, is … [Read more…]

Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Steve Bannon

WASHINGTON—The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted 9-0 Tuesday to recommend holding Stephen Bannon, a onetime adviser to former President Donald Trump, in criminal contempt for defying a congressional subpoena. The committee’s vote is likely to kick off a legal battle that tests the extent of executive privileges … [Read more…]

Merrick Garland’s moves draw criticism after pledge to depoliticize Justice Department

It hasn’t taken long for Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to squander a reputation as a straight shooter. Mr. Garland, who took office vowing to depoliticize the Justice Department, has drawn fire this month for directing federal law enforcement to keep tabs on parents who are too outspoken in their opinions about their local schools. … [Read more…]

What are Bishops thinking? (and WWJD?)

A Catholic, I can’t explain American Bishops seeking to deny a sacrament to some people any more than I can clarify Bitcoin, the Unified Field Theory, or Cubs ownership. However, I can report on Catholics questioning Bishops’ draft to withhold Communion to politicians who won’t defy U.S. law to conform to some Bishops’ interpretation of … [Read more…]

Scottish waste firm facing bill of £99m in unpaid taxes and fines

Ayrshire waste company Barr Environmental has been presented with a £99m bill of backdated waste taxes and fines by Revenue Scotland. Barr Environmental found itself in trouble with the tax department for not paying landfill taxes on materials it reused, and for paying the incorrect and lower tax band for filter cake. Revenue Scotland calculated … [Read more…]