Martha is pressured to exploit her friendship with the president, who defies isolationists to push the Lend-Lease act. Martha and the children get a surprise Christmas present.
Martha is pressured to exploit her friendship with the president, who defies isolationists to push the Lend-Lease act. Martha and the children get a surprise Christmas present.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tried to “aggressively confront” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, shouting questions about why the New York Democrat supports “terrorists and antifa,” according to a report.
At least 11 states and Washington, D.C. are experiencing gas shortages after a ransomware attack forced Colonial Pipeline, a critical pipeline running from Texas to New York, offline on Saturday, according to crowdsourced data collected by the app GasBuddy.Why it matters: The event demonstrates how a cyber breach of critical infrastructure can cripple large swaths of the country and that no company is safe from ransomware attempts.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.By the numbers: The percentage of gas stations with fuel outages per state and D.C. as of 2:48 p.m. ET, according to GasBuddy:Georgia: 43%Alabama: 7%Tennessee: 16%South Carolina: 43%North Carolina: 65%Florida: 11%Virginia: 44%Maryland: 11%Mississippi: 5%West Virginia: 4%Kentucky: 2%District of Columbia: 10%Of note: All data reported by GasBuddy is crowdsourced from app users and therefore may not reflect the most current information.What they're saying: Patrick De Haan, a senior petroleum analyst at Gasbuddy, said in a tweet Tuesday that gasoline demand increased by 14.3% compared to the prior Tuesday, while week-to-date demand is up 10.7%.De Haan added in another tweet that the shortages may be the result of a lack of drivers to transport fuel rather than a lack of supply.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press conference Wednesday that President Biden is "using every lever of government to ensure we reduce the impact on the American people and their lives."The big picture: The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration for 17 states and D.C. to keep fuel supply lines open on Monday.The governors of Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency on Tuesday due to shortage concerns.Colonial said in a statement Monday that segments of the pipeline are being brought back online in a "stepwise fashion," with the goal of "substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week."Go deeper: The ransomware pandemicEditor's note: This story has been update with new data from GasBuddy.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
While prior administrations have followed the practice, some reporters told Politico that Biden's team was abusing it.
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland approved a new constitution for the Cherokee Nation on Wednesday, ensuring citizenship for descendants of its Freedmen, the Black people once enslaved by tribal citizens. “The Cherokee Nation's actions have brought this longstanding issue to a close and have importantly fulfilled their obligations to the Cherokee Freedmen," Haaland said in a statement. The issue of tribal citizenship for Freedmen has long been the subject of litigation for the Five Tribes, known historically as the Five Civilized Tribes: the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations.
The logs show that the White House received 400 visitors during the first 12 days of the Biden administration
A House hearing on the federal response to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has concluded after more than five hours of testimony that exposed stark partisan divisions. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform heard testimony from former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee. A mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.
SC House Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly rejected another effort to again eliminate the state’s concealed weapons permit, despite passing a bill to do just that months before.
Rep. Liz Cheney speaks after being voted out of GOP leadership.
Former White House counsel Don McGahn will answer questions in private from the House Judiciary Committee in an apparent resolution of a longstandin dispute over his testimony, according to a court document filed Wednesday evening.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation aimed at thwarting a half-dozen executive actions by President Joe Biden to combat gun violence. The new law came less than a week after a shooting at an eastern Idaho middle school injured two students and a custodian. It passed the Idaho House and Senate with veto-proof majorities and carried an emergency notice, meaning it went into effect with Little's signature.
The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it was evaluating a temporary waiver of the Jones Act to ensure sufficient gasoline supply to some U.S. states after the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. The Jones Act requires goods moved between U.S. ports to be carried by ships built domestically and staffed by U.S. crews. "The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has started the work needed to enable consideration of a temporary and targeted waiver of the Jones Act," the department said, as it and other agencies took new steps to ease reported fuel shortages.
President Joe Biden and congressional leaders met Wednesday to hammer out whether a bipartisan deal on infrastructure is possible.
The usually mild-mannered Utah senator "erupted" over Hawley's election objections on January 6, The Washington Post reported.
The Senate Rules Committee has marked up S.1, the omnibus elections bill, after wrangling over such topics as whether states should be forced to re-enfranchise murderers (sure!) and perpetrators of crimes against children (no, not them). It’s too bad the majority Democrats didn’t spend more time confronting an issue they’ve managed to evade: Should the bill get through, how many of its provisions would the courts find unconstitutional? The answer is: a whole lot. Indeed, the pretentiously named “For The People Act” fairly bristles with provisions at odds with our nation’s founding document. There are free-speech violations, about which ACLU officials have expressed alarm. There are separation-of-powers problems. There’s plenty of federalism-mangling. For those who prefer the more arcane, there are likely Electors Clause and Qualifications Clause violations. Last month I wrote a piece that tried to start a count of how many provisions were likely unconstitutional. I got up to seven without much trouble, and it’s anyone’s guess how many more are in there. But don’t take my word for it. On May 5, New York Times legal reporter Adam Liptak published a piece previewing some of the likely legal battles should Congress approve this “grab bag of largely unrelated measures” (his words). Even the bill’s lead House sponsor, Representative John Sarbanes, who ironically represents Maryland’s gaudily gerrymandered Third District, conceded that “we can imagine [the present Roberts Court] will probably start from a place of favorability to some of these challenges.” Liptak quoted supporters of the bill, and also a knowledgeable critic: John O. McGinnis of Northwestern University Law School. “It seems very willing to brush past, at least in some cases, some relatively clear constitutional provisions,” McGinnis said. One reason the bill is so sloppy: “It was first proposed as an aspirational document rather than a practical one in 2019, when Republicans controlled the Senate and it had no hope of becoming law.” Some of the constitutional points, to be sure, are less settled than others. In a decidedly strange 1970 case called Oregon v. Mitchell, on whether Congress could impose on states by statute a lowering of the voting age to 18, Justice Hugo Black, in a deciding opinion not joined entirely by any other justice, seemed to read out of existence the straightforward constitutional requirement in Article 1, Section 2, and the 17th Amendment that “the electors [for Congress] in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.” (H.R. 1/S. 1 would, in contradiction to this language, force states to enfranchise felons for purposes of electing Congress even if they do not choose to do so for purposes of electing state legislators.) A 2013 opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia makes it likely that Black’s handling of the subject would not stand as good law, but we won’t know for sure until the issue is squarely faced. Regarding S.1’s exceedingly ambitious provisions forcing every state to establish independent volunteer commissions to draw House lines, the law professor Liptak talks to seems mostly worried that the Court might revisit and overturn its 2015 decision that approved, by the narrowest of margins (5–4), the constitutionality of Arizona’s voter-approved independent redistricting commission. My perspective is different: I think the redistricting section is a likely goner before the Court even has to reach that point, because of its separate line of cases disapproving congressional coercion and commandeering of the machinery of state government by the federal government. Perhaps because space was limited, the Times account missed one of the sections of the bill I find most emblematic: It would oblige larger online platforms to keep public logs of ads on political topics. When my own state of Maryland actually tried to enact such a law, the federal courts proceeded without hesitation to strike it down. Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson’s opinion for the Fourth Circuit called it “a content‐based law that targets political speech and compels newspapers, among other platforms, to carry certain messages on their websites. In other words, Maryland’s law is a compendium of traditional First Amendment infirmities.” To put it differently — I’ve made this point before, but am never going to tire of making it — the bill’s sponsors aren’t willing to drop parts of their bill that courts have already declared unconstitutional. Members of Congress take an oath that requires them to “support and defend” the Constitution. It seems inconsistent with that obligation to vote for a bill with flagrantly unconstitutional sections — even if, as backers of the bill keep assuring the Times, it does contain quite a few other provisions that courts would be okay with. I suppose a few members will come back with the claim that they’ve thought through each of the ways the current state of constitutional law would trip up the bill as written, and after sincere reflection have decided they disagree with current precedent on every one of them. But most members wouldn’t be fooling anybody if they said something like that. In most cases, they don’t try to think through the constitutionality of what they’re doing at all. They treat it instead as a game: Their team gets to take as many shots at the adversary as it can, and the courts as goalies then block what shots they can. It’s no way to treat a Constitution.
DuPont and Daikin, manufacturers of ‘short chain’ PFAS, did not inform regulator about the FDA negative results of tests on animals The US Food and Drug Administration denied its oversight had been lax but said more studies were needed to draw conclusions about the safety of short chain PFAS. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock Chemical giants DuPont and Daikin knew the dangers of a PFAS compound widely used in food packaging since 2010, but hid them from the public and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), company studies obtained by the Guardian reveal. The chemicals, called 6:2 FTOH, are now linked to a range of serious health issues, and Americans are still being exposed to them in greaseproof pizza boxes, carryout containers, fast-food wrappers, and paperboard packaging. The companies initially told the FDA that the compounds were safer and less likely to accumulate in humans than older types of PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” and submitted internal studies to support that claim. But Daikin withheld a 2009 study that indicated toxicity to lab rats’ livers and kidneys, while DuPont in 2012 did not alert the FDA or public to new internal data that indicated that the chemical stays in animals’ bodies for much longer than initially thought. Science from industry, the FDA and independent researchers now links 6:2 FTOH to kidney disease, liver damage, cancer, neurological damage, developmental problems and autoimmune disorders, while researchers also found higher mortality rates among young animals and mothers exposed to the chemicals. Had the FDA seen the data, it is unlikely that it would have approved 6:2 FTOH, said Maricel Maffini, an independent researcher who studies PFAS in food packaging. And though Daikin may have broken the law, it and DuPont, which has previously been caught hiding studies that suggest toxicity in PFAS, are not facing any repercussions. “Those things shouldn’t happen, and if they do then there should be consequences, but oversight is lax,” Maffini said. I think people need to be able to rely on the FDA to turn science at the agency into real action, and right now that doesn’t seem to be the case Tom Neltner In 2020, the FDA reached agreements with some major PFAS manufacturers to voluntarily stop using 6:2 FTOH compounds in food packaging within five years. But documents show that the FDA first became aware of DuPont’s hidden study in 2015, and public health advocates say a 10-year timeline to reassess and remove the chemical is unacceptable. Moreover, the FDA phase-out only applies to 6:2 FTOH compounds, and does not include other similar “short chain” PFAS, raising questions about whether the agency is fully protecting the public from the class of potentially toxic chemicals. “I think people need to be able to rely on the FDA to turn science at the agency into real action, and right now that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Tom Neltner, chemicals policy director with the Environmental Defense Fund. He and Maffini obtained the companies’ studies and related documents from Daikin’s website and the FDA through Freedom of Information Act requests. The 6:2 FTOH compound is part of a newer generation of “short chain” PFAS that were designed to replace older and supposedly more harmful “long chain” PFAS. The industry claims that short chain compounds are uniformly safe and “practically non-toxic”. However, independent researchers like Erika Schreder, science director for Toxic Free Future, have found that PFAS, regardless of chain length, accumulate in the environment and humans, and are toxic. “The fact that we continue to uncover evidence that the current-use PFAS have similar toxicity to the [long chain] compounds that have been phased out makes a strong argument for regulating harmful chemicals like PFAS as a class,” Schreder said. In a statement to the Guardian, an FDA spokesperson defended the agency’s handling of 6:2 FTOH, noting that the studies “do not demonstrate an imminent health hazard” and more studies were needed to draw concrete conclusions about its safety, and that of other short chain PFAS. Daikin and Chemours, a company that in 2015 was spun off from DuPont’s PFAS division, did not respond to requests for comment. DuPont hides alarming new data Industry reports and communications among the FDA and PFAS producers between 2008 and 2020 show how a sequence of inadequate chemical safety analyses, hidden studies and lax oversight created a scenario in which Americans continue to be exposed to the dangerous compound in food packaging. The 2008 6:2 FTOH studies that DuPont submitted to the FDA monitored the impact of high exposure levels to the chemical on two generations of lab rats. The animals suffered kidney failure, liver damage, mammary gland problems, mottled teeth and other issues. However, DuPont and the FDA felt that humans’ exposure would be much lower and, with little supporting evidence, believed that the short chain PFAS would not accumulate in human bodies, Maffini said. She called such studies on PFAS “inaccurate and inappropriate” because the chemicals are toxic at “extremely low levels” and are known to accumulate in animals’ bodies. Dupont conducted a study that found 6:2 FTOH stayed in lab animals’ bodies for longer than previously thought but did not inform the FDA or publish the study. Photograph: Laurent Gilliéron/EPA Indeed, the longer-term DuPont study completed in 2012 found that 6:2 FTOH stayed in lab animals’ bodies for longer than previously thought. Still, DuPont did not alert the FDA or publish the study. Though the law does not require companies to make such information public, the results strongly suggested a health threat, and DuPont “had an ethical obligation to not just publish it, but flag it for the FDA”, Neltner said. Three years later, DuPont partially summarized its 2012 findings in a peer-reviewed 6:2 FTOH study that Maffini said used “cherry-picked” data to support its claim that the compound was safe. Though it omitted the 2012 study’s details, communications show it caught the attention of the FDA, which wrote that the study alerted the agency “to potential biopersistence of [6:2 FTOH] and raised potential safety concerns”. That triggered a safety review, but the process would drag out for about five years as Americans continued to be exposed. Even when DuPont in its 2008 study reported some health problems in lab animals at high exposure levels, it did so in a way that appears designed to confuse, Maffini noted. One passage that revealed that high doses of the chemical lead to blood in rats’ urine read that the doses “resulted in a significant reduction in the number of female rats with blood absent in the urine”. Daikin omits damning science The FDA in 2009 approved the Daikin-developed 6:2 FTOH compound for use in food packaging, partly basing the decision on the company’s studies that suggested that the chemical was non-toxic. But about 10 years later, Maffini and Neltner discovered that Daikin had withheld two studies from the FDA that suggested toxicity to lab animals’ livers and kidneys at low exposure levels – one completed before the FDA approved the chemical, and one after. They caught the omission by cross-checking studies for the chemical posted to Daikin’s website with those submitted to the FDA, and found the data on health effects was never given to the agency. Neltner noted that the law required the first study to be submitted to the FDA. Maffini said they asked Daikin about the omission and the company responded by removing the report from its website, but it can still be found using the Wayback machine site. As part of its safety review of the chemical, the FDA convened a 2018 meeting with Chemours, Daikin and others in the industry at which the agency requested studies related to 6:2 FTOH. Communications confirm that the FDA did not previously have DuPont’s 2012 study or Daikin’s 2007 study. Between 2018 and 2020, three FDA analyses that included Daikin’s and DuPont’s studies broadly concluded that 6:2 FTOH may stick in the human body for years and could be more toxic than the companies had previously suggested. The agency’s own scientists were in a rush to get it out of the marketplace so it’s really hard to understand why the FDA agreed to a five-year phase-out Maricel Maffini A 2019 communication between the FDA and the PFAS manufacturer Asahi showed urgency on the part of the agency to get the chemical removed from the market, but in July 2020 it announced that four major producers of the compound had agreed to have all food packaging with 6:2 FTOH off the shelves by 2025. In its announcement, the FDA wrote that the extended timeline “balances uncertainty about the potential for public health risks with minimizing potential market disruptions to food packaging supply chains during the Covid-19 public health emergency”. Maffini questioned whether the public’s health was being put first. “The agency’s own scientists were in a rush to get it out of the marketplace so it’s really hard to understand why the FDA agreed to a five-year phase-out,” she said. Neltner also underscored what he and Maffini view as other deficiencies in the FDA’s chemical approval process that contributed to the 6:2 FTOH problem: the agency does not demand sufficient safety data up front and there is no systematic reassessment to determine whether chemicals are safe after they are sent to the market. The FDA again defended its process, stating that the agency “updates our safety assessments as appropriate” and said industry “must provide sufficient information demonstrating that” chemicals are safe. But Neltner said the problems with 6:2 FTOH suggest otherwise. “They’re making grossly inaccurate assumptions that are not defensible,” Neltner said.
A fire department probe found that two firefighters had taken crash site photos that "served no business necessity," Vanessa Bryant’s lawyers said in a court filing.
House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position, after she slammed former President Donald Trump and her colleagues for promoting baseless claims of election fraud. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a prominent Trump ally, spoke with Chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett to discuss the vote, whether Cheney was "canceled," and whether the former president will run for office again.
Americans can begin applying for $50 off their monthly internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic. Tens of millions of people are eligible, although the Federal Communications Commission, which is administering the program, did not specify a number. For example, your household is eligible if you receive food stamps, have a child in the free or reduced-price school lunch program, use Medicaid, or lost income during the pandemic and made $99,000 for single filers, or $198,000 for joint filers, or less.
The Orange County representative's staff says the comment about Rep. Katie Porter was intended as a joke.
"It's going to have a chilling effect on social studies and civics teachers across the state," said Democratic state Rep. James Talarico.