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Actress Piper Perabo cites MLK to explain today’s big verdict in Arizona

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On Tuesday, in response to the hung jury in the Scott Warren case, actress Piper Perabo declared justice to have been achieved, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”:

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Warren, an Arizona teacher and immigrant rights activist affiliated with the group No More Deaths, was arrested in May 2018 and charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants, because he was providing food, water, and shelter to two destitute people in the desert. He faced up to 20 years in prison for his actions.

Warren’s arrest sparked outrage nationwide, as he had not personally induced anyone to illegally cross the border and his only offense was helping people who were already in the U.S. survive deadly desert conditions. It did not help that his arrest came shortly after viral footage showed border patrol agents kicking over water jugs left to help hydrate migrants.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict after 15 hours of deliberations. Federal prosecutors have not yet said whether they plan to retry the case.

“The question of whether we stand with undocumented people and protect the basic tenets of a healthy society is for each of us to answer,” said Catherine Gaffney, another volunteer of No More Deaths, in response to the verdict.

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REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”

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Here’s the real reason Trump and the GOP don’t want mail-in voting

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Trump and Republicans don’t want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes.

In presidential elections dating back to 2000, there’s been noticeable media coverage of long lines in majority-black precincts; commentators sometimes wonder out loud why people would have to wait in line 8 hours to vote in, for example, inner city Ohio in 2004 or Milwaukee in the 2020 primaries.

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California’s sudden spike in COVID-19 is a disturbing warning for the whole country

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On Memorial Day, as crowds packed Venice Beach in Los Angeles, the state of California experienced its highest one-day total for positive coronavirus cases. According to data compiled by the San Jose Mercury News, there were 2,565 new cases in California on May 25 — breaking the previous one-day record from May 5th, when 2,546 new cases were reported across the state. The number of confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak exceeds 100,000 this week in the state of California, a fact that may seems at odds with Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom's slow plant to start approving reopenings among the state's counties as they meet certain benchmarks.

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