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Friday, January 22, 2021
Anti-death penalty activist Judy Coode of Pax Christi International demonstrates in front of the U.S. Justice Department's Robert F. Kennedy Building July 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 35 House Democrats Join Reps. Bush and Pressley in Calling on Biden to End Federal Executions for Good
Warning that future administrations could follow in Trump's footsteps, the lawmakers urge Biden to commute the death sentences of all federal inmates to "ensure that there would be no one left on death row to kill."
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President Joe Biden's stance on mask-wearing stands in stark contrast with that of his predecessor, Donald Trump. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 'Mask Up, America': Biden Signs Pandemic Mandates for Traveling and Federal Properties
"The experts say that by wearing a mask from now until April, we'd save more than 50,000 lives," the president asserted.
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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington,DC on May 5, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Rights Advocates Alarmed by US Spy Agency's Purchase of Warrantless Phone Location Data
"Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source."
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Pro-choice supporters gathered outside of the U.S. Supreme Court before the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on October 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) 48 Years After Landmark Ruling, Advocates Push to #ReimagineRoe and Build Abortion Justice
" Roe is the floor. We want an end to Hyde. We want people to access abortion care, when they need it, without discrimination, stigma, or harm."
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New Yorkers in need receive free produce, dry goods, and meat at a Food Bank for New York City distribution event at the Barclays Center on July 30, 2020 in New York City. Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'
The expected executive action comes as "families are struggling with food insecurity like never before."
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) leads a press conference to introduce new Senators like Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Thursday January 21, 2021. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) 'Hell, Even David Brooks Agrees' Democrats Should 'Absolutely Kill the Filibuster'
"Can't believe David Brooks and I finally agree on a thing," said one progressive organizer.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall on Capital Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'One More Check Is Not Enough': Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Back Recurring Direct Payments
"We need to provide those struggling and left behind with consistent reliable cash payments during this Covid-19 crisis."
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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon attends a policy forum with President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks
"We're going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently," said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman.
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Members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons protest in Sydney, Australia on January 22, 2021. (Photo: Michelle Haywood/ICAN) Despite Absence of Nuke-Armed States, World Celebrates Arrival of Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
"Today we reach a major milestone on the road to a more peaceful and secure world, free from the ultimate menace of nuclear war."
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The For the People Act has been reintroduced in the 117th Congress after failing to pass the Senate in 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Majority of US Voters Across Political Spectrum Back Landmark Pro-Democracy Reform Bill: Poll
One prominent campaign finance expert called the For the People Act "an incredibly important piece of comprehensive democracy reform."
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A medic holds up a vial of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine at Balrampur Hospital, on January 16, 2021 in Lucknow, India. (Photo: Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine
"This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing."
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Neal Wolin (right) and Michael Barr (center) with Paul Volcker after former President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Protection Act in a ceremony on July 21, 2010 in Washington, D.C. 'If This Is a Trial Balloon... Hopefully It Fails': Biden Warned Against Naming Corporate-Tied Michael Barr as Top Bank Cop
"It's hard to imagine a worse pick than Michael Barr to be the nation's top bank regulator. Barr is deeply invested in the Wall Street and Silicon Valley corporations he would regulate, which should disqualify him."
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Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Schumer Urged to Deny Committee Seats to Hawley, Cruz, and Other Republicans Who 'Incited Deadly Insurrection'
Republicans who attempted to overturn the 2020 election, said MoveOn, "have no place in the U.S. Senate and most certainly should not be rewarded for their deadly attacks on democracy."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stand back to back in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Basically Trying to Overturn the Senate Election': McConnell Delaying Democratic Takeover in Effort to Preserve Filibuster
"McConnell is already abusing the filibuster to block the constitution of the new majority. Nuking the filibuster is the appropriate response."
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) during a joint session of Congress to ratify the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) 'A Good First Step': Senators File Ethics Complaint Over Cruz and Hawley's Role in Capitol Insurrection
The move by a group of Democrats comes as demands are building for the two Republicans to be ousted from the Senate over the deadly attack.
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Jessica Rosenworcel has been appointed acting chair of the FCC by President Joe Biden. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Progressives Applaud Biden Pick of Rosenworcel to Lead FCC Out of Carnage Left by Ajit Pai
"She knows the FCC from the bottom up and she understands how to make good things happen there," said one former Commissioner.
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A Capitol Police officer stands with members of the National Guard behind a crowd-control fence surrounding Capitol Hill a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 7, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) 135 Civil Rights Groups Oppose New Domestic Terrorism Statutes, Say Tackle Far-Right Violence With Existing Laws
"Members of Congress should not reinforce counterterrorism policies, programs, and frameworks that are rooted in bias, discrimination, and denial or diminution of fundamental rights like due process."
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oil rig "Let's Turn This 'Temporary Halt' to Permanent Ban": Biden Praised for Pause on Drilling Leases
"The federal oil and gas program is nothing but an injustice," said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians.
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A woman retrieves a copy of The New Yorker magazine from her condominium cluster mailbox in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September 2020. (Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Lawmakers, Journalists Back New Yorker Magazine Work Stoppage to Protest 'Egregious' Wage Proposal
"This isn't about not being grateful," said a former contributor. "It's really just about paying rent."
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Attendees hold signs as they listen to speakers during a rally calling for an end to corporate money in politics and to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, at Lafayette Square near the White House, January 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) 'A Big Deal': Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
"We cannot allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to flood our elections with cash through complex webs of super PACs and dark money groups that put special interests above the will of the American people."
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President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. To Restore Trust After Years of Trump 'Corruption and Self-Dealing,' Biden Team Urged to Release Full Financial Disclosures
"Directing his nominees and appointees to disclose detailed records of consulting work for businesses and foreign governments is the first step in helping restore faith in government."
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Then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) meet on March 10, 2011 with their delegations in Moscow. (Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images) 'A Hugely Consequential First Move': Biden Offers to Extend Nuclear START Treaty With Russia
"After four years of efforts to kill arms control and chase the false security of nuclear dominance, the U.S. is coming back to its senses," said one peace activist. "Unless you're a defense contractor, this is good news for everyone."
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In Must-See Clip, Democrats Told to End Era in Which 'Only the Bad Guys Understand They're in a Fight'
"Democrats are in a fight; they just often don't act like they know it," says analyst Anand Giridharadas. "That has to change if this country is to be saved and Biden is to have a shot."
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Robin Bell, who has claimed credit for earlier projected protests at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., tweeted an image of the projection. (Photo: @bellvisuals/Twitter) 'A Good Way to Unite the Country,' Says Watchdog, 'Would Be to Convict and Prosecute Donald Trump'
"He's no longer president," said another group, "but accountability isn't over."
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LGBTQ Americans and allies rallied outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's effort to ban trans people from military service. (Photo: Ted Eytan/Flickr/cc) Advocates Hail Biden Executive Order on LGBTQ Rights as the Most Far-Reaching in US History
Human Rights Campaign applauded the directive as "a turning point in our fight for equality under the law."
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Then-President Donald Trump after signing an Executive Order for "Ensuring Access to United States Government Covid-19 Vaccines" during an Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit at the White House complex on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020.(Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) 'Affirmation of Complete Incompetence': Biden Team Says Trump Vaccine Distribution Plan Nonexistent
"There is nothing for us to rework," said one of President Biden's Covid advisers. "We are going to have to build everything from scratch."
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Members of the European Parliament rally against fracked gas in 2012. (Credit: flickr / cc / greensefa) Reality 'Starting to Sink In,' Says McKibben, After European Investment Bank Chief Admits 'Gas Is Over'
"There's nothing clean about gas—it's not a 'transition fuel' or a 'bridge fuel,' it's a dirty fossil fuel just like coal and oil," said Greenpeace EU. "It's time to stop bankrolling the #ClimateEmergency and stop public money back gas projects."
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A man holds a sign reading "You're Fired" during a worker's rally in Copley Square in Boston just after Joe Biden was declared the president-elect in Boston on November 7, 2020. 'Clean House of Every Last Trumpist': Biden Urged to Keep Firing Spree Going by Sacking Social Security Holdovers
"The only thing that is acceptable at the Social Security Administration is a new commissioner and a new deputy commissioner who believe in the system, the movement won't accept anything less."
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'Now Let's Cancel Them,' Demands AOC as Biden Extends Pause on Student Loan Payments
"Biden can cancel all $1.7 trillion of student debt by executive order," said The Debt Collective.
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaks to reporters as he arrives for the Senate Republicans' weekly lunch on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. As Romney Says Covid Relief Bill 'Not Well-Timed,' Progressives Urge Biden to Abandon GOP Outreach, Move Swiftly on Bold Package
"A Republican minority shouldn't be allowed to hold the nation's economic recovery and public health hostage."
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signs one of a slate of executive orders during the early hours of his administration on January 20, 2021. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Joy, Relief, and Healing as Biden Ends Trump's Racist Muslim Ban in Day One Executive Order
"This is a momentous occasion for the millions of Americans who were separated by the ban and those who stood up against this injustice at airports nationwide."
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After taking office, President Joe Biden requested the resignaton of Peter Robb, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. (Photo: NLRB) Under Pressure From Workers, Biden Fires 'Extreme, Anti-Union' Labor Board Lawyer
"Today is a good day," declared the SEIU, which had called on the president to immediately oust NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb.
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"If you live in New York and had produce during the pandemic, odds are that's because of these workers," said journalist Alex Press. (Photo: Teamsters/Local 202/Joint Council 16) Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders Lead Call for Solidarity With #HuntsPointStrike
"Essential workers should not have to go on strike for decent pay, and no worker should be threatened for exercising their constitutional rights."
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A child wears a protective mask and holds a sign during a protest as part of the Fridays for Future movement to call for action against climate change on October 9, 2020 in Turin, Italy. 'The Last Administration Able to Act in Time': Youth Climate Leaders Say Global Future Depends on Boldness of Biden
"Our eyes are on you," the group of campaigners said. "The time for lies is over."
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Londoners protest against U.S. and international meddling in Venezuelan affairs on January 28, 2019. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) 'Pure Sadism': Biden Blasted for Continuing Trump's Recognition of Guaidó Coup Regime and Deadly Sanctions in Venezuela
"How about a new Good Neighbor Policy on non-interference?" asked CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin.
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A Guarani indigenous man is inoculated with the Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac vaccine at the Sao Mata Verde Bonita tribe camp, in Guarani indigenous land, in the city of Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on January 20, 2021. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images) Joining COVAX 'Not Enough': Biden Told to Compel Big Pharma to Share Vaccine Recipe With the World
"If the United States leads the way to expand production, we can overcome scarcity, rationing, and preventable death, suffering, and misery."
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An Iranian citizen reads a newspaper in Tehran following U.S. President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election, which many hope will lead to a restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal and a lifting of economic sanctions. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Progressive International Calls on Biden to End Illegal US Sanctions Responsible for 'Untold Death and Devastation'
"Biden must take urgent action to restore the right of all countries to have sovereign relations with the world, untrammeled by U.S. interference through their sanctions policy."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'The People Are Demanding Action': Incoming Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders Lays Out Visionary First 100 Days for Biden
"We cannot allow Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership to sabotage legislation that would improve the lives of millions of working Americans and is wildly popular."
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A sculpture of Edward Snowden (L), Julian Assange (C), and Chelsea Manning (R) by Italian artist Davide Dormino in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images) Press Freedom and Human Rights Advocates Lament Trump's Denial of Pardons for Assange and Snowden
"Trump gave us one final reminder that he is an enemy of press freedom. Now Biden must decide if he wants to continue Trump's legacy."
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At a January 19, 2021 rally organized by Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change, and 350 NYC, environmental activists demand that the Biden administration Build Back Fossil Free in front of Charging Bull sculpture in New York City. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) After 'Incredible First Steps' on KXL and Paris, Biden Urged to 'Go Further' on Climate
"The Biden White House needs to chart a much more aggressive course for dealing with our climate emergency."
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wears a protective mask while walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Warning Against Further 'Erosion' of Civil Liberties, Tlaib Leads Charge Against New Domestic Terrorism Laws
"While many may find comfort in increased national security powers in the wake of this attack, we must emphasize that we have been here before and we have seen where that road leads."
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Marine One as they depart the White House on January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'He's Gone': Celebrations as 'Worst and Most Dangerous President in American History' Departs White House
"Goodbye and good riddance Donald Trump. See you at your trial," said Sen. Ed Markey.
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Joe Biden (L), flanked by incoming US First Lady Jill Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) "This Is Democracy's Day": Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States
Biden and Kamala Harris took the oaths of office on steps of the U.S. Capitol amid a catastrophic public health crisis and economic meltdown made worse by Trump's incompetence and malfeasance.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol and walks to his office on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Democrats Urged to Reject 'Desperate' McConnell Effort to Preserve Filibuster and Kneecap Biden's Agenda
Progressives denounced McConnell's call to uphold the legislative filibuster as a "blatant attempt to undermine the Democratic majority before it has even been seated."
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President Donald Trump waves to the media outside the White House on January 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. before his departure to Alamo, Texas. 'A Fitting End': Hours Before Leaving Office, Trump Quietly Revokes Order Restricting Lobbying by Former Federal Officials
"Great summary of Trump's many farcical 'drain the swamp' betrayals."
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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20, 2020 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. 'Even Nixon Didn't Pardon His Cronies on the Way Out': Trump Grants Clemency to Bannon on Final Day of Presidency
"Amazingly, in his final 24 hours in office, Donald Trump found one more way to fail to live up to the ethical standard of Richard Nixon."
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images) 'Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist': Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder
"Today is the last full day of the worst and most dangerous president in American history," said Sen. Bernie Sanders...
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Sen. Josh Hawley has refused to apologize for his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) After Inciting Deadly Capitol Terror Attack, Hawley Delays Confirmation of Biden Homeland Security Chief
"Josh Hawley liked what he saw on January 6th," said Rep. Mondaire Jones. "He'd like to see more."
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Maricopa County constable Lenny McCloskey speaks with a tenant after evicting her for non-payment of rent on October 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) 'Subsidizing the Spread of Covid': Report Shows Corporate Landlords Received Public Funding Yet Still Kicked Out Tenants
"Giving 'Covid relief' to those most likely to evict is like giving money to stop climate change to oil barons—it makes the problem worse."
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President Donald Trump holds a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on August 19, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 57% of US Voters Want Trump Barred From Seeking Office Ever Again: Poll
"After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again," said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) appears during a Senate Finance Committee hearing to examine the expected nomination of Janet Yellen to be Secretary of the Treasury on January 19, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 'Right on Schedule': Hours Before Biden Inauguration, GOP Backers of Tax Cuts for the Rich Resume Cynical Deficit-Mongering
"With a Democrat about to become president, Republicans are now pretending to care about deficits and debts again. Let's not pretend to believe them this time."
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Thousands of migrants, mostly from Honduras, are blocked from traveling further on a road by security forces in Vado Hondo, Guatemala on January 17, 2021. (Photo: Luis Vargas/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) As Guatemalan Forces Beat Back Migrant Caravan, Biden Urged to Reverse Trump Policies of 'Cruelty and Coercion'
"The answer is not to continue doing more of the same but to envision a new direction that respects the political and economic self-determination and dignity of our Central American neighbors."
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The Sherburne County (Sherco) Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant owned by Xcel Energy and located in Becker, Minnesota 'Major Win for the Planet': Federal Court Strikes Down Trump Coal Power Plant Rule
"This decision frees up the new Biden administration to begin working immediately on the science-based greenhouse pollution rules we desperately need to make up for lost time."
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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks during Martin Luther King Day celebration at National Action Network headquarters in New York on January 18, 2021. (Photo: Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Senate Democrats Prove 'Democracy Reform Is a Top Priority' by Putting 'For the People Act' First
"From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms," said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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President Donald Trump hugs the U.S. flag during CPAC 2019 on March 2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Ahistorical 1776 Report Issued by Trump Denounced as 'Racist Garbage' and 'Most On-Brand Thing Possible'
"Releasing the 1776 Commission report on MLK Day is the Trump administration reaffirming its commitment to racism above all else."
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'A Terrible Idea': Biden Warned Against Picking Big Tech Lawyers to Lead DOJ Antitrust Division
"Bringing in anybody from Big Tech to a leadership role in antitrust is a political, policy, and managerial disaster."
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Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen speaks during an event featuring President-elect Joe Biden's economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 'Smartest Thing We Can Do Is Act Big': Yellen Bolsters Demand for Biden to Enact Bold FDR-Style Agenda
"Instead of feel-good talk of unification," said journalist John Nichols, "FDR called out the Wall Street speculators, the bankers, and their conservative apologists."
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From Reconciliation to a 'Nuclear Strike on the Filibuster': Progressive Memo Details Steps Biden Can Take to Defeat GOP Obstruction
"Biden was elected with a mandate to break gridlock and deliver results. He should use it."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. As Senate Reconvenes, Why Isn't Chamber Immediately Moving to Convict Trump for 'Inciting Deadly Attack on Our Country'?
"If the Senate trial was a right-wing judicial confirmation, Trump would have been convicted already."
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Monday, January 18, 2021
economic justice signs Poor People's Campaign MLK Day Message to Biden: Act on Bold Agenda to Heal Nation
"In 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called out the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism. In 2021, his words are no less relevant."
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an increasingly vocal critic of the U.S. war in Vietnam, speaks on the subject at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 1968. (Photo: Joseph Klipple/Getty Images) Progressives Push Back as Trump, Pentagon, and ICE 'Hijack' MLK's Message
"Dr. King was an anti-war, anti-capitalist justice seeker who rejected poverty, racism, militarism, and the death penalty," Rep. Ayanna Pressley reminded those who would co-opt the slain human rights leader's words.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump rampage through the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) UN Experts Urge US to Respond to Capitol Attack With 'Renewed Commitment to Peaceful Pluralism,' Strengthened Democracy
"We maintain our hope that the U.S. democracy will emerge strengthened from this crisis without damage to its institutions."
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Palestinians line up along Israel's separation barrier as they await their turn to pass through an Israeli military checkpoint. (Photo: delayed gratification/Flickr/cc) 'No One Can Censor Reality': Human Rights Group Pushes Back After Israel Retaliates Against 'Apartheid' Label
"Israel cannot be considered a democracy, for it works to advance and perpetuate the supremacy of one group of people, Jews, over another, Palestinians."
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Rohit Chopra testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing in Hart Building on February 14, 2018. 'A Fearless Champion for Consumers': Warren Applauds Biden Pick of Rohit Chopra to Head CFPB
"Financial predators, watch out."
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Members of the Tshwane Special Infectious Unit on Covid-19 wearing personal protective equipment pick up a suspected coronavirus patient on January 15, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo: Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images) Warning World Is on 'Brink of a Catastrophic Moral Failure,' WHO Chief Denounces Vaccine-Hoarding by Rich Nations
"The price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries."
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Virginia National Guard soldiers are issued their M4 rifles and live ammunition on the east front of the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Fearing Possible 'Insider Attack,' Feds Vetting 25,000 National Guard Troops Ahead of Biden Inauguration
"The very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president."
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Shawnee Rae (age 8) was with a group of Native American activists from the Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe who protested the Keystone XL pipeline project in Watertown, South Dakota. Indigenous-Led Movement Credited With 'Huge Victory' as Biden Plans to Rescind Keystone XL Permit on Day One
"Our communities have been fighting KXL for over a decade, tooth and nail, in the dirt and in the courts."
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Sunday, January 17, 2021
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) takes his mask off as he arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Lindsey Graham Excoriated for Equating Trump Accountability With Divisive 'Vengeance'
"How do you lecture about 'unity' and 'healing' after seeking to end American democracy?" asked one Democratic member of Congress in response.
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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attends the full Senate Budget Committee markup of the tax reform legislation on Capital Hill November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) From Paul Ryan to Nikki Haley: GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True
"When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations," said Sanders on Saturday. "We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor."
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) stands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) as they attend the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden, during a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) 'A Jim Crow Relic That Must Be Abolished': Demand to End Filibuster Grows
"Do Senate Democrats want to keep the filibuster or do they want to pass comprehensive democracy, anti-corruption, and voting rights legislation to realize the promise of a multi-racial democracy?" said one progressive organizer. "I don't see a way they can do both."
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Saturday, January 16, 2021
"The findings, from Jan. 9 through Friday," reports the Washington Post, "highlight how falsehoods flow across social media sites—reinforcing and amplifying each other—and offer an early indication of how concerted actions against misinformation can make a difference." (Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) 'Talk About a Super Spreader': Analysis Finds Online Election Misinformation Fell by 73% After Trump Barred
After Trump's lies disappeared from Twitter and Facebook, the dissemination of falsehoods and the conversations based on them fell dramatically.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stands in the House Chamber during a reconvening of a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Members of Congress returned to the House Chamber after being evacuated when protesters stormed the Capitol and disrupted a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) 'His Conduct Was Seditious': House Democrats From Texas Demand Ted Cruz Be Expelled From Senate
"In his effort to appease Donald Trump and his supporters, Senator Cruz encouraged these terrorists to wage armed insurrection against America."
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Police officers gather to remove activists during an anti-death penalty protest in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Sotomayor Says 13 People Executed During Trump Killing Spree 'Deserved More From This Court'
"This is not justice," said the liberal Justice after the state murder of Dustin John Higgs as she excoriated the court's conservative majority for essentially rubber-stamping the administration's rushed death penalties.
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Carrying plastic restraints, a member of the pro-Trump insurrectionist mob is seen inside the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) As Democrats Confirm They Did Not Host Pre-Insurrection Capitol Tours, Which GOP Members Can Say the Same?
"I can say with 100% confidence I didn't give any Capitol tours to anyone last week," said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Friday. "Any Republicans out there who want to join us in answering this question?"
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Friday, January 15, 2021
Hospitals across the U.S., like this one in Apple Valley, California, are overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) Biden Urged to Ramp Up Vaccination Effort as CDC Warns New, More Contagious Coronavirus Variant Could Soon Become Dominant in US
"We've got to accelerate vaccine rollout STAT," stressed one physician on Biden's Covid-19 task force.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) looked on before then-Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris spoke at IBEW Local Union 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images) After Biden Unveils Covid-19 Relief Plan, Tlaib Doubles Down on Demand for $2,000 Monthly Payments
"Stop compromising the working class, and our most vulnerable neighbors," said the Michigan congresswoman.
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The NRA has long been the focus of anger and ire from gun control advocates who say the lobby group has blood on its hands for the pandemic of gun violence that has gripped the U.S. for decades. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) 'Thoughts and Prayers to the NRA': Reviled Gun Lobby Group Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
"The world will be a better place when the NRA is finally destroyed. Looks like that day is closer."
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 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y., L) speaks to the media as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) listens at a press conference on Capitol Hill on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tasos Katopidis/Getty Images) Sunrise Movement to Rally in NYC, Chicago, Calling on Senate Dems to Tackle Pandemic and Unemployment Crises
The youth-led climate action group called on Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin to use their new majority "to deliver on the needs of the people who backed their victory."
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) attends a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Omar and Ocasio-Cortez Tell Josh Hawley to 'Resign'—And Poll Shows Majority of Missouri Voters Agree
"While you may politically regret what you've revealed about yourself, you still have no place in public office," Ocasio-Cortez said of Hawley.
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Fast food workers went on strike in Durham, North Carolina and several other cities on Friday to demand higher wages and union rights. (Photo: Raise Up for $15/Twitter) US Fast Food Workers Strike, Demanding Congress #RaiseTheWage to $15 an Hour and Union Rights
"As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office," said one McDonald's worker, "we're urging the nation's leaders to pass a $15 minimum wage in the first 100 days of the new administration."
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Seniors and first responders wait in line to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at the Lakes Regional Library on December 30, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images) Promised Vaccine Stockpile Doesn't Even Exist? Governors Demand Trump 'Answer Immediately for This Deception'
States "thought they were getting more doses and they planned for more doses and opened up to 65 and up, thinking they were getting more."
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A medical worker collects a swab sample from a mother for Covid-19 tests at a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 16, 2020. Trump Accused of Trying to 'Inflict as Much Harm as Possible' With Billions in Global Health Funding Cuts During Pandemic
"These rescissions are filled with damaging and irrational cuts to programs critical in the fight against Covid-19."
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Dr. David Kessler has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to lead coronavirus vaccine efforts. (Photo: Brainstorm Health/Flickr/cc) In Face of Trump Failures, Health Experts Welcome Biden's Choice to Take Over Covid-19 Vaccine Effort
"The nation and the world need someone of Dr. Kessler's caliber to deal with the remaining, colossal challenges with coronavirus vaccines," said Public Citizen president Robert Weissman.
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Bloomington, Indiana anti-death-penalty activist Glenda Breeden holds a lamp on Jan. 12, 2021 while protesting against the then-pending execution of Lisa Montgomery, and two others, at Terre Haute Federal Prison this week. Montgomery was to be put to death on Wednesday. Amid Trump Killing Spree, Family of Martin Luther King Jr Joins Chorus Demanding: 'Abolish the Death Penalty'
Corey Johnson—who was Black, Covid-19 positive, and had an intellectual disability—was executed Thursday. Dustin Higgs, also Black and infected with the virus, is now set to be the 13th person put to death since Trump resumed federal killings.
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National Guard soldiers are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 14, 2021. (Photo: Ting Shen/Xinhua via Getty Images) With US on Edge and Trump Still in Power, State Capitals on Guard Against Far-Right 'Shock Troops'
"The Capitol siege has provided far-right extremists with significant momentum," warned one expert.
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An inflatable nuclear missile balloon stands at the ready before Global Zero's rally to eliminate nuclear weapons begins in McPherson Square on April 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Heightening Risk of Accidental Nuclear War, Russia Follows Trump's Lead and Withdraws From Open Skies Treaty
Moscow is reportedly willing to reverse its decision to pull out if the U.S. rejoins the pact credited with helping to prevent nuclear war.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he lays out his plan for coronavirus relief on January 14, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. 'Dangerous and Delusional': Biden Warned Against Compromising With Insurrectionist GOP on Covid Relief
"We have the majority, and we have a mandate. We need to bring immediate, comprehensive relief to people without compromising with the same party that just encouraged and excused an insurrection."
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A protester holds a sign while marching to Manhattan on August 21, 2020. 54% of Americans Want Trump to Face Criminal Charges for Inciting Deadly Mob Attack on US Capitol: Poll
The new survey also found that 56% of Americans want the Senate to remove Trump and bar him from holding office again in the future.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a news conference outside of the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 19, 2020. '$2,000 Means $2,000': Ocasio-Cortez Says $1,400 Payments in Biden Plan Fall Short of Promised Relief
"$2,000 does not mean $1,400."
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Thursday, January 14, 2021
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, flanked by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the public health and economic crises in Wilmington, Delaware on January 14, 2021. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Biden's $1.9 Trillion Relief Plan: $400 Unemployment Boost, $1,400 Checks, and Billions in Additional Aid
"Congress should immediately move to pass President-elect Biden's plan," said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. "And we can't stop there."
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A Honduran child taken from his father after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border together in June 2018. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 'Damning' New IG Report, Says ACLU, Shows Just How Far Trump Team 'Was Willing to Go to Destroy' Immigrant Families
"Just when you think the Trump administration can't sink any lower, it does."
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activists urge end to Wall Street bankrolling climate crisis Trump Rule Aimed at Forcing Banks to Fund Gun Makers and Big Oil Called 'Parting Gift' to Corporate Cronies
"We call on the Biden administration to pursue all available courses of action to ensure that this rule never takes effect."
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Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally against marijuana arrests in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Because 'Time for Urgent, Bold Change Is Now,' 200+ Groups Tell Biden to End Failed War on Drugs
"We are urging the administration to abandon criminalization as a means to address substance use, and instead ensure universal access to equitable evidence-based solutions rooted in racial and economic justice and compassion."
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Environmental activist Winona LaDuke (C) and water protectors stand in front of the construction site for the Line 3 oil pipeline near Palisade, Minnesota, on January 9, 2021. (Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images) Arrests in Minnesota After Water Protectors Chain Themselves Inside Pipe Section to Halt Line 3 Construction
"Enbridge's last-ditch effort to build fossil fuel infrastructure is killing people and the planet."
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New data from the U.S. Crisis Monitor and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) show that police used violence against leftist demonstrators three times as often as against rightwing protesters. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) New Analysis Shows US Police 3 Times More Likely to Use Violence Against Leftist Protesters Than Far-Right
The report's findings came as a surprise to virtually no one.
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gray wolf Conservationists File Lawsuits to Stop 'Death Sentence to Wolves' Ordered by Trump
"This delisting decision is what happens when bad science drives bad policy."
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'No Reason for This—Other Than Greed,' Says Sanders as GAO Shows Medicare Pays Twice as Much as VA for Same Drugs
"We can no longer allow the pharmaceutical industry to rip-off the more than 40 million people who receive prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D and fleece U.S. taxpayers."
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"We have shown we are willing to risk our liberty and freedom and put our bodies on the line to blockade and stop construction of these dirty oil and gas projects, to ensure we have a clean future for our children," said Kanahus Manuel of the Tiny House Warriors. (Photo: Tiny House Warriors/Facebook) Over 75 Indigenous Women Urge Biden to Stop Climate-Wrecking Pipelines and Respect Treaty Rights
"Joe Biden, we are asking you to stand on the right side of history and humanity by putting an immediate end to the deadly pipelines destroying our Earth, our communities, and all life."
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Prosecutors in Kenosha, Wisconsin are seeking modification of alleged killer Kyle Rittenhouse's bond after he was seen drinking in a bar with apparent supporters of the Proud Boys on January 5, 2021. (Photo: Kenosha County DA) Bond Modification Sought After Alleged Kenosha Killer Kyle Rittenhouse Drinks Beer, Flashes White Power Signs With So-Called 'Proud Boys'
"The defendant's continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm."
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A malnourished child receives medical treatment at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen on December 13, 2020. (Photo: Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua via Getty Images) 'Famine Not Seen in 40 Years': UN Warns Pompeo Decision in Yemen Could Lead to Hundreds of Thousands—If Not Millions—Dead
"It literally is going to be a death sentence," said the World Food Programme chief about the U.S. Secretary of State's decision to label the Houthis a terrorist organization.
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