Katie Cusack, @katiecusackk
Police training for new recruits gets longer and more challenging–and hopefully prepares a new generation of law enforcement to improve community relations.
The unexpected political power of dentists— The Washington Post
The ADA vs a Republican bill introducing a category of mid-level practitioners called “dental therapists” who can provide general cleaning and care at lower prices.
Pruitt calls Chancellor Merkel a hypocrite for eliminating nuclear power in Germany and says things about his stance as a “climate denier” that sound something like this:
“‘What does it even mean? That’s what I think about it. I deny the climate? Really? Wow, OK. That’s crazy, in my view,’ he said.”
Also, in reference to the U.S. pull from the Paris deal, Pruitt says he held concerns that while the federal administrations continue to pull Obama’s climate regulations, “outside groups could seek to hold the U.S. to its pledges in court. ‘Why would you hold yourself out to that type of legal liability?’ he said.”
“Moderate Republican senators are uneasy about a forecast that millions of people would lose medical insurance under the legislation while hard-line conservatives say it leaves too much of Obamacare intact.”
Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan
Sheldon Silver’s 2015 Corruption Conviction Is Overturned—The New York Times
“A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the 2015 corruption conviction of Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful New York State Assembly speaker who obtained nearly $4 million in illicit payments in return for taking official actions that benefited others, according to evidence presented at his trial.”
Albany faces uncertain legal bill over erroneous tax exemptions—Albany Business Review
“Sheehan signed the agreement June 29 with A. Joseph Scott III, a partner in the downtown law firm, according to a copy provided to Albany Business Review under the state Freedom of Information Law.”
Justice Department reaches first settlement with opioid manufacturer—Washington Post
“The Justice Department and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals reached a $35 million settlement Tuesday to resolve allegations that the company failed to report signs that large quantities of its highly addictive oxycodone pills were diverted to the black market in Florida, where they helped stoke the opioid epidemic.”
Albany County lawmaker files discrimination complaint against city—Times Union
“Albany County Legislator Merton Simpson says he was discriminated against by the city when he wasn’t hired for the fair housing coordinator’s job in Albany, according to complaints he filed with the local and federal governments.”
Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist
Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion begins in Bethlehem — Times Union
It’s important to keep track of these smaller, local natural gas pipelines as well as the big name-grabbing ones that we hear about in the national media, like the Dakota Access pipeline.
A new labor action, happening due south of us. Should add to the conversation about NYC’s transportation woes, but more importantly, it is an important story about worker’s rights.
ICE detainee who hanged himself had history of mental problems — The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Heartbreaking story from Atlanta. We lost Jean Jiminez-Joseph, a Panamanian immigrant, who came to this country to escape violence when he was just a child, to suicide in a privately-run ICE immigration detention center, after he was put in solitary confinement for 19 days.
New story about the ACA from Politico; about the internal power struggle the moderate and the hardline wings of the Republican party are experiencing.
Eve Peyser with an important corrective for liberal critics of the President’s daughter.