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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) talks with reporters at the end of the third day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. 'Stop Nickel and Diming the American People': Anger Grows as Dems Move to Deny Relief Checks to 17 Million
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"While you're quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS."


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Neera Tanden, nominee for director of the Office and Management and Budget (OMB), on February 9, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ting Shen/Getty Images) Bernie Sanders Slams Ron Johnson After Republican Forces Reading of 628-Page Coronavirus Relief Bill on Senate Floor
by Brett Wilkins, staff writer
"Good thing we have time during a national emergency to do this," quipped the independent senator from Vermont.
"The next three months are pivotal," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. "I'm asking you to reach deeply to protect our nation's health, and to protect your loved ones." (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) 'We Need to Remain Vigilant': Health Experts Warn Rollback of Covid Restrictions Threatens Life-Saving Gains
by Kenny Stancil, staff writer
"We must not relinquish the ground we've gained," said Dr. Barbara Alexander, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a Covid-19 vaccination site at the Hard Rock Stadium on January 6, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. ( FBI Urged to Probe Corrupt Vaccine Favoritism by Florida's GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
"If this isn't public corruption, I don't know what is."
'Outrageous,' Says Sanders After Corporate Lobby Calls Sharing Vaccine Recipe With World's Poor 'Misguided'
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"I urge the Biden administration to support the proposal to waive vaccine-related IP rights at the WTO to rapidly expand supplies of vaccines."
 Palestinians carry injured people following an Israeli military strike on a UN school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on August 3, 2014. At least 10 people were killed in a fresh strike on a UN school in southern Gaza which was sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli military offensive, medics said. (Photo by Ali Hassan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) 'No One Is Above the Law': Rashida Tlaib Rips Biden Admin's Opposition to ICC War Crimes Probe of Israel
by Brett Wilkins, staff writer
The Michigan congresswoman said the ICC "has the authority and duty to independently and impartially investigate and deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and war crimes in Palestine."
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) speaks during a news conference with other House Democrats to discuss H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. As House Passes For the People Act Without One GOP Vote, Progressives Warn Bill Is 'Dead' If Filibuster Remains
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"Let's not be coy: Mitch McConnell will filibuster these reforms to death unless pro-democracy senators stop him."
During a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd, a demonstrator holds her hands up while kneeling in front of police officers on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images) GOP Bill That 'Does Nothing But Criminalize Peaceful Protest' Advances in Florida Legislature
by Kenny Stancil, staff writer
"We know the true nature of this bill and its origins," said the ACLU of Florida. "It is not about public safety, but about criminalizing peaceful protesters advocating for racial justice."
Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, answers questions during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on February 24, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images) GOP Senators Opposed to Becerra for HHS Have Taken Nearly $10 Million From Big Pharma: Analysis
by Kenny Stancil, staff writer
"While Xavier Becerra has spent his career taking on the pharmaceutical industry for their corrupt price gouging, Senate Republicans have spent their political careers lining their pockets with millions of dollars from Big Pharma."
Supporters of then-President Donald Trump and his "stolen election" lie attack the U..S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Analysis Finds Jan. 6 Insurrectionist Mob Was 'Hodgepodge' of Unaffiliated Right-Wing Extremists
by Brett Wilkins, staff writer
"Inspired by a range of extremist narratives, conspiracy theories, and personal motivations, individual believers made up a significant portion of the crowd at the Capitol."
U.S. meatpacking workers process a pig carcass. (Photo: Government Accountability Office) 'Utterly Damning' Docs Reveal Meatpacking Industry Fought Feeble Covid-19 Safeguards Under Trump
by Common Dreams staff
"These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors."


U.S. bombs and bullets have claimed at least hundreds of thousands of civilian lives this century. Here, a U.S. airstrike against Islamic State militants in densely-populated Mosul, Iraq on July 9, 2017 is shown. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars
by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Unbeknownst to many Americans, the U.S. military and its allies are engaged in bombing and killing people in other countries on a daily basis.
"There are other ways to address right-wing extremism," writes Eskow. "They're messy, they're slow, and there's no guarantee they'll work. It would take thousands of words to lay them out, but here's a start." (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) Ma Bell with Mind Control: Liberalism, Radicalism, and the Evolving Face of Censorship
by Richard Eskow
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken concludes his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. (Photo: Carlos Barria/AFP via Getty Images) Why Biden Is Dead Wrong on the ICC and Occupied Palestine
by Juan Cole
Since Palestine as a permanent UN observer state is a member of the ICC and invited the court into its territory, the International Criminal Court has every right to investigate violations of the Rome Statute that took place in those territories.
Sandra Steingraber is a distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. She is leaving Ithaca College following the finalization of the faculty cuts. (Photo: Courtesy of Laura Kozlowski) How Austerity Killed the Center for Climate Justice: A Farewell to Ithaca College
by Sandra Steingraber
"As a matter of conscience, how could I launch a center devoted to the idea of justice when so much injustice would be taking place all around me? It’s traumatizing."
An sculpture depicting U.S. former president Donald Trump is seen outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida, United States on February 28, 2021. (Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Same Old, Same Old from the Mouth That Roared
by Michael Winship
Trump’s CPAC speech may have been a rehash of his greatest hits but it made clear his lust for tyranny is undiminished.
Rising sea levels threaten lives and livelihoods in populous, low-lying countries like Bangladesh (Photo: Shutterstock) The Only Good "National Security" Approach to Climate Change Is to Make the Planet Itself Safer—for Everyone Who Lives on It
by Lorah Steichen
As we saw in Texas, climate change is a major security risk. But it's not the kind the military is well equipped to handle.

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