Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica.

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform package. (Photo: JB Pritzker/Twitter) News
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
'All Other States Should Follow': Advocates Applaud as Illinois Approves Elimination of Cash Bail
Policymakers across the United States are now facing increased pressure to eliminate cash bail after Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker this week signed into law sweeping criminal justice reform legislation that would make his state the first to do so. House Bill 3653, which the Democratic governor signed...
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Edit Krnanska, age 7, splashes and plays in floodwaters around the city dock in Annapolis, Maryland on July 23, 2018. (Photo: Marvin Joseph/<em>The Washington Post</em> via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Coastal Annapolis Becomes 25th US Community to File Climate Suit That Aims to #MakePollutersPay
Annapolis on Monday joined two dozen cities and states that have filed a "fast-growing wave of climate lawsuits" intended to make fossil fuel giants who spent decades lying about the impact of their products cover the costs of current and future damage. Maryland's coastal capital city is targeting...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday opposed the confirmation of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (Photos: Chip Somodevilla and Alex Wong/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Citing Concerns About Corporate Power, Bernie Sanders Votes Against Biden's Choice for USDA Chief
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday was the lone progressive to vote against Tom Vilsack reprising his role as secretary of agriculture, citing concerns that progressive advocacy groups have been raising since even before President Joe Biden officially nominated the former Obama administration appointee...
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A new report by WWF International and 15 other groups warns nearly one in three freshwater fishes are at risk of extinction (Photo: Camilo Díaz/WWF Colombia) News
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
'We Must Heed the Warning': 1 in 3 Freshwater Fishes—Vital to Food and Jobs for Millions—Face Extinction
The world's freshwater fishes are in "terrible trouble," with nearly a third facing extinction if humanity doesn't swiftly change its ways to prevent major losses that would impact not only the species at risk but also hundreds of millions of people, according to a report released Tuesday by 16...
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Millions of Texans lost their power last week when Winter Storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) News
Monday, February 22, 2021
As Millions in Texas Lack Safe Water, Sunrise Movement Rallies at State Capitol Demanding Green New Deal
While millions of Texans on Monday continued living without safe drinking water and many faced storm damage and massive electricity bills , youth leaders with the Sunrise Movement rallied at the state capitol in Austin, using the current conditions across the Lone Star State to bolster their demand...
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Then-President Donald Trump removed his mask on October 5, 2020, upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized after contracting Covid-19. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) News
Monday, February 22, 2021
'Wear Your Damn Masks, Please,' Says Rep. Pocan After NIH Director Ties Politicization to 'Tens of Thousands' of US Deaths
As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic approached the half-million mark, one of the nation's top doctors on Sunday tied the politicization of mask-wearing—for which former President Donald Trump and various other Republicans have been widely criticized—to "tens of thousands" of deaths...
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied former President Donald Trump's effort to block the release of his tax returns to a grand jury. (Photo: <a class="owner-name truncate" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/alecperkins/">Alec Perkins/Flickr/cc)</a></p> News
Monday, February 22, 2021
US Supreme Court Denies Trump's 'Shameful' Effort to Block Release of His Tax Returns
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to Donald Trump's efforts to block the enforcement of a subpoena for his accounting firm to turn over eight years of the ex-president's tax returns and other financial documents to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance...
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Activists demanding climate and racial justice marched in New York City on September 20, 2020. (Photo: Steve Sanchez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) News
Friday, February 19, 2021
'Words Are Not Enough': Biden Pushed to Take Bold Climate Action as US Returns to Paris Agreement
While Democrats and scientists across the United States applauded the Biden administration for officially rejoining the Paris climate agreement on Friday and figures from around the world said " welcome back America ," climate campaigners and experts emphasized that the nation now needs to take...
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Republican state legislators in Georgia are pursuing election reforms that critics warn will limit ballot access. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) News
Friday, February 19, 2021
After Series of Democratic Victories, Rights Advocates Blast Georgia GOP for 'Brazenly Trying to Silence Voters'
Voting rights advocates and experts are raising alarm about a surprise "voter suppression bill" introduced by Georgia's GOP legislators on Thursday in the wake of the state's residents helping return the White House and U.S. Senate to Democratic control with the November presidential election and a...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the Hotel Vermont on March 11, 2020 in Burlington. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) News
Thursday, February 18, 2021
'Congress Must End This National Embarrassment,' Says Sanders After CBO Reveals High Drug Prices for Medicare Part D
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday responded with outrage and a demand for reform after a new federal analysis revealed that Medicare Part D, which is utilized by tens of millions of Americans, pays far more for prescription medications than any other government health program. "It is time for...
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