U.N. Climate Report
The report released Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that many of the devastating effects of global warming — the human-created origins of which are “unequivocal” — are now irreversible and happening rapidly, but aggressive action could prevent things from becoming even worse.
The U.S. Covid-19 Surge
As intensive care units overflow in Texas and as hospitalization records are broken in Florida, the U.S. is in a race between vaccinating the unvaccinated and the fast-spreading and “Goldilocks virus” Delta variant. But as the death toll mounts in a surge that didn’t have to happen, some state officials and members of their anti-restriction base are engaged in a battle against public health measures, notably the issue of mask mandates in schools.
The Big Lie
Former President Trump’s final months in office were devoted to increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power, including working to enlist the Justice Department to carry out his election-overturning mission. Here are a couple of new things we learned this past week, as top officials spoke to congressional investigators about those attempts.
False claims about fraud led to the (still) ongoing “audit” in Arizona’s Maricopa County. Our lawsuit for related records continues, with the Arizona Senate still fighting against transparency and refusing to comply with two court orders to begin producing the records.
Late last week, Wisconsin Rep. Janel Brandtjen issued subpoenas to election clerks in Brown and Milwaukee counties in preparation for an Arizona-style “audit.” But the effort has faced resistance from some Wisconsin Republicans who cite two other ongoing investigations, and attorneys for the state Legislature have said the subpoenas are not valid.
Wisconsin Lawmakers’ Visits to Arizona
Gableman isn’t the only Wisconsin official to have dropped by Arizona’s sham “audit.” State Rep. Rachel Cabral-Guevara was one of several lawmakers to join a delegation in June, and we obtained a document that details the itinerary and purpose of the trip. According to the document, the trip would be paid for by Voices and Votes, the fundraising nonprofit run by One America News’ Christina Bobb.
USPS Contract with Oshkosh
In March — the day before the U.S. Postal Service announced it awarded a lucrative contract to Oshkosh Defense to replace the USPS mail truck fleet — an unknown party purchased $54 million in Oshkosh sales. We filed a FOIA request with the Securities and Exchange Commission for records related to the trade; the SEC replied that it is withholding records under an exemption covering “records compiled for law enforcement purposes,” indicating the possibility that the SEC is investigating the purchase.
Louis DeJoy and XPO Logistics
Another USPS contract from this past spring — worth $120 million — was awarded to XPO Logistics, a company Postmaster General Louis DeJoy previously helped lead and to which he is still financially tied. Previously, we obtained the resumes of top USPS staffers who joined DeJoy’s office shortly after he took over. Four of them had previously worked for DeJoy’s businesses.
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