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Thursday, December 3, 2020
Just Days Before Exit, Trump Plans 'Going Out of Business' Sale With Arctic Drilling Leases
"The Interior Department's Arctic Refuge leasing process has been flawed from the outset, ignoring science and Indigenous voices throughout."
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Demonstrators march against wealth inequality in New York City on July 17, 2020. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Favor Raising Taxes on Incomes Over $400K
A majority of respondents—regardless of political affiliation—also back tuition-free college for students whose families earn less than $125,000 annually.
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A supporter of President Donald Trump insults counter-protesters during a rally in Washington, D.C., on November 14, 2020. As Pandemic Soars to Deadly New Heights, 'Conservative Ideology Itself' Blamed for Disastrous US Response
"The conservative belief that government is more often the problem than the solution," argue two progressive analysts, "made it practically inevitable that Republicans would render their own government ineffective."
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Former Google employee Laurence Berland, who was fired by the company in 2019 for labor organizing, says he feels vindicated by the NLRB's complaint, which comes "at a time when we're seeing the power of a handful of tech billionaires consolidate control over our lives and our society." (Photo: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Google Illegally Surveilled, Interrogated, and Fired Workers Who Tried to Organize, NLRB Says
"For a company with the slogan 'don't be evil,' the findings are pretty damning."
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Amazon workers and community allies demonstrate during a protest organized by New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York in front of the Jeff Bezos' Manhattan residence in New York on December 2, 2020. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images) In Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Over 400 Lawmakers From Around the World Join #MakeAmazonPay Campaign
"We stand ready to act in our respective legislatures to support the movement that is growing around the world to Make Amazon Pay."
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Volunteers from pro-immigration group Families Belong Together build and fill a chainlink cage with about 600 teddy bears 'representing the children still separated as a result of U.S. immigration policies' on the National Mall November 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Demands for Probe, Possible Criminal Charges as Trump Accused of Withholding Data Needed to Reunite Families
"Unconscionable. Who made the call to not release this information sooner?"
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Momina, a 26 year-old homeless woman, carries her child on her lap while she swings on a makeshift cradle on the pavement during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 pandemic in Kolkata, India on May 7, 2020. (Photo: Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images) With Pandemic a 'Tipping Point,' UN Warns 1 Billion More People Headed for Extreme Poverty by 2030
Unless strong and meaningful action is taken now, including major social investments and a Green New Deal-style program, the Covid-19 crisis will make an already dire economic situation much worse.
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In addition to a drive-thru line, there was a walk up line for food distribution at South Gate High School in Southgate on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Sanders Slams McConnell for Pushing '3-Martini Lunch' Deduction and Zero Relief for 26 Million Hungry Americans
"The Republicans l-o-v-e corporate socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the rest. Ain't gonna happen."
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Activists march through the city of Detroit on November 7, 2020 to denounce President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud. Ignoring Warnings His Election Lies Could Get People Killed, Trump Posts 46-Minute Rant Full of 'Unhinged' Falsehoods
"Georgia elections director yesterday: Trump's rhetoric is going to get people killed. Trump today: here's 46 minutes of unhinged conspiracy theories."
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the allocation of CARES Act funds during a December 2, 2020 House Financial Services Committee hearing. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images) WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Grills Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Unused CARES Act Funding
Mnuchin has signaled he will return about $175 billion in unallocated funds, even as the coronavirus pandemic and unemployment crisis rage.
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Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, walks out of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a status hearing July 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Recently Pardoned Flynn Shares Call for Trump to Declare Martial Law and Make Military Oversee New Election
"Wow! Sounds a bit like a coup," responded one critic.
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Advocates Applaud 'Historic' Moment as MORE Act Advances to First-Ever Marijuana Legalization Vote on House Floor
"For the first time in American history, the public will see the 'People's House' vote to end the senseless, cruel, and racist policy of marijuana criminalization and prohibition."
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The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 'Dead-End for Climate': Coalition Denounces Senate Bill to Fund Nuclear Industry Bailout
"Instead of propping up the nuclear energy industry, Congress should be driving the transition to truly renewable energy.”
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Pall-bearers carry the casket of assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Iranian Defense Ministry/Andalou Agency/Getty Images) Despite Trump Efforts to Foment War With Iran, Experts Say Biden Has Chance to Restore Needed Diplomacy
"The window to get back into the nuclear deal, and stave off growing threats of war, will be short."
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Members and supporters of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) participate in a protest in the Hart Senate Office Building Atrium on February 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. After $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for Rich, Trump Backs GOP Pay Freeze for Federal Workers as Pandemic Rages
Unions representing federal workers have denounced the proposed pay freeze as "insulting" and a "cruel slap in the face."
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As Nonprofit Sector Suffers, Coalition Calls on Congress to Force Wealthy Foundations to Ramp Up Charitable Giving
"Increased funding could be immediately absorbed by food banks, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and organizations addressing issues like poverty alleviation, economic development, safe and secure voting, and social justice."
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A row of impoverished homes sits in the literal shadow of Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Brett Wilkins) New Data Show Income of Top 0.1% Soared 345% While That of Bottom 90% Stagnated Over Past 40 Years
"It's all a matter of political choices," progressive economist Thomas Piketty said in a recent interview. "You can have economic justice together with economic prosperity."
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A woman checks her cell phone as she waits in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C on November 29, 2017 for a hearing on Carpenter v. United States. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) ACLU Sues to Find Out How and Why Federal Agencies Are Accessing Americans' Cell Phone Location Data
"We're suing to bring some much-needed transparency to these disturbing practices," explained one ACLU staff attorney.
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In the wake of continuous downpours in the Jiangxi Province of China, a flooded house crumbled into Pyong Lake on July 13, 2020. (Photo: Liu Zhankun/China News Service via Getty Images) UN Chief Pleads for Stronger Climate Policies to End 'Suicidal' Addiction to Fossil Fuels
"It's time to imagine, and plan for, a better future."
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'An Acknowledgment of the Next Generation': New Zealand Declares Climate Emergency
"It is up to us to make sure we demonstrate a plan for action, and a reason for hope," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
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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. Hitting Back at Manchin, AOC Rejects Notion That Only 'Begging Corporate CEOs for Money' Counts as 'Serious' Politics
"I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing, and grassroots fundraising to 'she just tweets.'"
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attends an event in the State Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2020. 'Bye-Bye, Betsy DeVos. You Won't Be Missed,' Says Sanders as Billionaire Education Secretary Attacks Push for Tuition-Free College
"What do you call a billionaire who registered a $40 million, 164-foot yacht in the Cayman Islands to avoid $2.4 million in U.S. taxes, while undermining public schools? The worst Education Secretary in the history of America."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Critics Smell 'Economic Sabotage' as McConnell Unveils Covid Plan With $0 for Unemployment Boost, Direct Payments
"McConnell is making it pretty clear that if Dems don't win the Georgia Senate races, he will cripple the American economy, hoping it will let the GOP win the midterm."
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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
A nurse adjusts intravenous drug dosages being given to a Covid-19 patient on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) floor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on April 21, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Expert Panel Advises CDC That US Healthcare Workers and Nursing Home Residents Should Get Covid-19 Vaccine First
The country has documented nearly 13.7 million confirmed cases and over 270,000 deaths from the disease, more than any other nation.
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Mays Abu Ghosh, who spent 15 months in Israeli prison, was released on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Ultra Palestine/YouTube screen grab) Israel Releases Mays Abu Ghosh, Palestinian Student Jailed for Membership in Leftist Campus Group
Abu Ghosh—imprisoned for 15 months after joining a banned college organization that opposes Israel's illegal occupation—described torture by her jailers.
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After Months of Obstructing Covid Relief, GOP Has Left 'Children Begging Santa for Their Basic Needs'
"We can either have billionaires, or we can make sure all children are fed, with warm beds to sleep in. Pick one. We cannot have both."
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Attorney General Bill Barr leaves the U.S. Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his office on November 9, 2020. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) 'I Guess He's the Next One to Be Fired': Even William Barr Says No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
The Trump-appointee's comments came as the president's reelection campaign filed yet another lawsuit challenging the election outcome.
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A Niwot High School student urges local officials to ban fracking at a site near the campus in Niwot, Colorado. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) 'Protect Us': Colorado High School Students Post Video Pleading With Local Authorities to Ban Fracking
"We shouldn't be afraid for our health when we step outside our own houses," says one of the students in the video.
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Without Climate Action, Number of Low-Income Homes Affected by Flooding Projected to Triple By 2050, Study Shows
"We don't train our attention on these neighborhoods but many of them are already suffering significantly from these problems."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Warren Presses Biden to Enact 'Effective Economic Stimulus' With Single Pen Stroke: Cancel Student Debt
"All on his own," Warren said during a hearing with Fed chairman Jerome Powell, the incoming president "will have the ability to administratively cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt."
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Tlaib Says Lack of Popular Stimulus Checks in Bipartisan Relief Plan Shows 'Disconnect' Between Senate and People
"There may not be bipartisan support for an additional check" among Republican and Democratic lawmakers, said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, "but there is support outside of Congress."
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  A musk-ox relaxing alongside the Canning River in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As Lame-Duck Trump Pushes for Arctic Pillage, Bank of America Latest Bank to Rule Out Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge
"Now that every major American bank has stated unequivocally that they will not finance this destructive activity, it should be clearer than ever that any oil company considering participating in Trump's ill-advised lease sale should stay away."
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Illegal Amazon logging on Pirititi tribal land in Roraima state, Brazil on May 8, 2018. (Photo: Felipe Werneck/fickr/cc) 'Shameful and Outrageous': New Satellite Data Reveals Brazilian Amazon Deforestation at 12-Year High
"Instead of acting to prevent the increase in deforestation, the Bolsonaro government has been denying the reality of the situation, dismantling environmental agencies, and attacking NGOs."
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A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Tests Reveal Toxic 'Forever Chemicals' in Aerial Pesticide Showered Over Millions of Acres in US
"These findings shock the conscience."
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Friends of the Earth vs. Shell: 'Historic Moment' as Climate Movement Takes on Big Oil at The Hague
"This is actually 'the People versus Shell,' a company that has got away with greenwashing for too long."
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fighter jets Warning of International Law Violations, Rights Groups Demand Halt to Trump Weapons Sale to UAE
"In Yemen, airstrikes by the Saudi- and Emirati-led Coalition are responsible for the majority of civilian casualties," 29 groups write in a new letter.
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Dr. Scott Atlas points to his watch as he walks at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2020. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) 268,000 People Died and Scott Atlas Shrugged: Trump's "Most Dangerous" Covid Adviser Quits
Atlas brought no expertise in infectious diseases but plenty of misinformation to the position.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. With Rent Due and Evictions Looming, Warren Rips McConnell for 'Disgraceful' Obstruction
"McConnell and the Senate GOP still haven't reinstated the $600 unemployment checks, extended unemployment programs, passed rental assistance, or anything else in months to help struggling families during this crisis."
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Farm laborers from Fresh Harvest working with an H-2A visa line up to get lunch on April 27, 2020 in Greenfield, California. 'Utterly Arbitrary and Unlawful': Farmworker Groups Sue to Block Trump Wage Freeze
An attorney for Farmworker Justice warned that, if allowed to take effect, the wage freeze would cause "grave harm to some of the most vulnerable workers in the nation."
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People take part in a protest against the Republican tax bill in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 2017. House Democrats Demand Increase in IRS Funding to Go After 'Wealthy Tax Cheats'—Like Donald Trump
"Millionaire tax dodgers like Donald Trump get away with paying little to no federal income tax in part because IRS funding has dropped over 20% since 2010."
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President Donald Trump makes a phone call as he golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 26, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. 'All About the Grift': Trump Reportedly Raises Over $150 Million for Non-Existent 'Election Defense Fund'
"Small donors who give to Trump thinking they are financing an 'official election defense fund' are in fact helping pay down the Trump campaign's debt or funding his post-presidential political operation."
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Monday, November 30, 2020
The communist government of Vietnam has been cracking down on social media companies and users. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Amnesty International Reveals Extent of Facebook, YouTube Complicity in Vietnamese State Repression
"For millions of Vietnamese netizens, Facebook was the great hope for helping to build a free and open society—and it still has the power to be," said Amnesty's lead regional campaigner.
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A man walks on rubble of a building destroyed in airstrikes carried out by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition hours after the U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths departed Sana'a on June 06, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) 'A Moral and Legal Obligation': 80+ Groups Urge Biden to End US Complicity in Saudi-Led Assault on Yemen
"American involvement in this brutal catastrophe is shameful and must come to an end."
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No war with Iran placard Calls for Diplomacy—Not War—as Scientist's Assassination, Trump Impede Biden's Path to Iran Engagement
"We cannot let anyone drag us into a new war."
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Trump Failures Highlighted in GAO's Devastating Report on Pandemic, Calling for 'Urgent Action' to Preserve Public Health
"More than 10 months into this pandemic, the Trump administration still refuses to learn from its repeated failures, leading to more disease, more deaths, and more economic devastation across this country."
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Ajit Pai will be stepping down as chairman of the FCC in 2021. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) 'Good Riddance': Progressives Welcome Ajit Pai's Departure From FCC as Great News
The current chair, said one critic, "will go down in history as one of the most corrupt government officials of the century."
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A smartphone is operated in front of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon logos in Hédé-Bazouges, France, on September 28, 2017. (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images) 33 Groups Urge Biden to Hold Big Tech Accountable and Keep Industry Allies Out of His Administration
"We believe that eliminating the decades-old revolving door between Silicon Valley and your administration will only help your cause."
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Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez escorts a family out of their apartment after serving an eviction order for non-payment of rent on September 30, 2020 in Phoenix. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) 'Housing Is Healthcare': Evictions Have Exacerbated Covid-19 Pandemic, Research Shows
"This is a time where it's not an overstatement to say that for many people, eviction can lead to death."
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The winners of the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize were announced Monday. (Photos: Goldman Environmental Foundation) Six Environmental Heroes Awarded Goldman Prize for 'Taking a Stand, Risking Their Lives and Livelihoods, and Inspiring Us'
This year's recipients of the annual honor hail from the Bahamas, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Mexico, and Myanmar.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, are seen in the Capitol after a meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. 'Looking at You, Senate Majority Leader': 87 Million Could Lose Paid Leave Without Urgent Action From Congress
"It's very America for us to finally require paid sick leave and family leave during the pandemic only to let it lapse before the pandemic is over."
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Israeli troops conduct a night raid while searching for abducted youngsters in the Jalazon refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on June 14, 2014. (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images) 'A Kind of Terrorism': Israeli Human Rights Groups Offer Harrowing Look at IDF Night Raids on Palestinian Homes
"You feel your privacy is being invaded," said one Palestinian victim. "The aim is to control and humiliate."
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'Another World Is Possible': Ocasio-Cortez Uses Video Gaming Platform to Raise $200,000 for Fight Against Hunger, Evictions
The congresswoman was joined by Canadian progressive leader Jagmeet Singh, who spoke about bold, far-reaching policies in Canada.
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Aerial photograph taken on August 7,2020 of a deforested area in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. (Photo: Florian Plaucheur/AFP via Getty Images) To End Impunity for 'Deliberate Destruction' of Planet, International Lawyers Drafting Plan to Criminalize Ecocide
The effort aims to hold governments and corporations accountable for the "mass, systematic, or widespread destruction" of the world's ecosystems.
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Students protesting during a demonstration on a climate strike day demanding environmental policies on September 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. 'Highly Significant' Victory as European Human Rights Court Green-Lights Youth Climate Lawsuit
"It gives me lots of hope to know that the judges in the European Court of Human Rights recognize the urgency of our case," said 12-year-old plaintiff André Oliveira.
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Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Rejecting Michèle Flournoy, Progressives Demand Biden Pick Pentagon Chief 'Untethered' From Military-Industrial Complex
"We urge President-elect Joe Biden and U.S. senators to choose a secretary of defense who is unencumbered by a history of advocating for bellicose military policies and is free of financial ties to the weapons industry."
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Anti-war activists protest in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2020. 'Reckless, Provocative, and Illegal': Sanders Warns Assassination of Iranian Scientist Designed to Kill Diplomacy
"We must not allow that to happen. Diplomacy, not murder, is the best path forward."
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Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, moderates a discussion on February 12, 2018. Citing Past Calls for Social Security Cuts, Progressives Not Pleased With Biden Pick of Neera Tanden for OMB
"Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden."
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Sunday, November 29, 2020
A man walks past a campaign banner reading in French "Contaminated drinking water, poisoned child, Multinational held responsible" displayed in the streets of Geneva, on November 29, 2020 Swiss Fall Short in Sunday's Vote to Hold Multinational Corporations Accountable
Despite winning a majority of votes, Swiss election rules—much like the US Electoral College—kills the initiative.
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Saturday, November 28, 2020
Possible Biden Secretary of Defense nominee Michele Flournoy and Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken The Revolving Door: Biden's National Security Nominees Cashed In on Government Service—and Now They're Back
Top Biden advisers Tony Blinken, Michele Flournoy, and Lloyd Austin face new scrutiny.
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Friday, November 27, 2020
People line up to receive free food in Clermont, Florida on November, 21, 2020. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/Light Rocket/Getty Images) 'Hunger Like They've Never Seen It Before': US Food Banks Struggle as 1 in 6 Families With Children Don't Have Enough to Eat
"We're now seeing families who had an emergency fund but it's gone and they're at the end of their rope," said one Texas food bank director.
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Philadelphians held a rally at Independence Mall to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election on November 7, 2020. (Photo: Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'A Win for Voters': Rights Advocates Celebrate After Appeals Court Rejects Trump's Attempt to Block Certification of PA Election Results
"The Trump campaign should end its pathetic and futile attempts to subvert democracy and ignore the will of the people."
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A  medic loads a sick nursing home resident with Covid-19 symptoms into an ambulance on August 5, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) 'Bleak Milestone': More Than 100,000 Nursing Home Residents and Staff Killed by Pandemic
Forty percent of all Covid-19 deaths in the United States have occurred in long-term care facilities.
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Keith Williams photographed this Bohemian waxwing in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on December 27, 2012. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Under Cover of Thanksgiving, Trump Administration Pushes to Relax Rules Protecting Birds
The proposal—which the administration admits would likely lead to more avian deaths—would let energy and other companies off the hook for "incidentally" killing birds.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in Washington, D.C. on June 30, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/AFP via Getty Images) As US Hospitalizations Hit New Record, Fauci Warns Pandemic Not Expected to Ease for Holidays
As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States.
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The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientists on Friday prompted immediate questions on what role the U.S. may have played in the killing. An 'Implicit Approval If There Ever Was One': Trump Retweets Post Calling Assassination of Iranian Scientist a 'Major' Blow
"If the U.S. was involved with this assassination, it will be further evidence on top of the already heaping pile that Trump, Pompeo, and the other war hawks will do everything in their power to prevent the Biden administration from succeeding at diplomacy with Iran."
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A view of the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's chief nuclear scientist, was killed on November 27,2020. 'Intended to... Set the Stage for War'? Questions and Warnings Follow Assassination of Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist
"This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," said Iran's top diplomat.
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Activists of Sammilito Garments Sramik Federation (Combined Garments Workers Federation) march for fair wages and union rights for all Amazon supply chain workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh on November 27, 2020. (Photo: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Progressive Coalition Stages Worldwide Black Friday Protests to 'Make Amazon Pay'
The corporation is trying to pacify workers with holiday bonuses of $150 to $300, even though "Jeff Bezos could pay a $105,000 bonus to every Amazon worker and still be as rich as he was at the start of the pandemic."
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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a primary negotiator for the Republican side, speaks at the U.S. Capitol on February 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 'Cruel Slap in the Face': Senate GOP Quietly Pushing Pay Freeze for Federal Workers Amid Deadly Pandemic
"We call on lawmakers to reject this insulting maneuver," said the president of the largest union of federal employees.
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President Donald Trump participates in a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the U.S. military at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 26, 2020. 'Good But It's Not Up to Him Anyway': Trump Says He Will Leave White House If Electoral College Votes for Biden
"Constitutional law professor says it doesn't matter what Trump says if the Electoral College votes for Biden."
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Thursday, November 26, 2020
Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras and his daughter after he was released by Israeli authorities on November 26, 2020. (Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images) 'We Have Won Over the Occupation': Israel Frees Maher Al-Akhras After 103-Day Hunger Strike
The Palestinian father of six was released after refusing all food and drink to protest Israel's administrative detention policy.
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A migrant child sits jailed in a cage after being arrested by U.S. immigration authorities. (Photo: Christ Chavez/Getty Images) DOJ to Appeal Judge's Injunction Against 'Cruel, Unprecedented Policy' of Deporting Migrant Children
The Trump administration—which has denied the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and seized infants from their parents—claims it is acting in the interest of public health and children.
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Food Bank for New York City hosts a food distribution pop-up in partnership with Alianza De Futbol during Hunger Action Month at New York Hall of Science on September 27, 2020 in Queens. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City) Amid Public Health and Employment Crises, New Survey Shows Poor Americans Agree on Policy Solutions
People living in poverty across the country support a "bold policy agenda for government to make work pay and ensure that everyone has high-quality, affordable healthcare, housing, and food."
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Members and supporters of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) participate in a "Stand Up, Stand In" protest in the Hart Senate Office Building Atrium as part of the 2020 Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference on February 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. AFGE members protested to raise awareness on how the Trump administration is hurting federal employees through various policies. Leading House Dems Demand 'Full Accounting' on Trump Order Allowing Purge of Federal Workforce
"The creation of this schedule would be a dramatic change in the composition of the civil service and expose it to undue political influence and intimidation," the lawmakers wrote.
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'Deliberately Distorting' Reasoning for Limiting Large Religious Gatherings, SCOTUS Rules Against New York State's Restrictions
"Free religious exercise is one of our most treasured and jealously guarded constitutional rights," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. "But those principles are not at stake today."
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
'One More Stain on Trump's Rapidly Diminishing Legacy': President Pardons Former Adviser Michael Flynn
"One liar pardons another. What a disgrace."
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Antony Binken (R) speaks after being nominated by President-elect Joe Biden for secretary of state. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Disdain and Disbelief After Biden Claims 'Significant' Progressive Presence in Administration
Leftist politicians, pundits, and people also reacted with indignation after a Daily Beast article claimed progressives are satisfied with Biden's selections so far.
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Calling for End of 'Shadow Pandemic,' Rallies Across Globe to Mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
"Men's violence against women is also a pandemic—one that pre-dates the virus and will outlive it."
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Protestors gather in Dillingham, Alaska, for a rally against the Pebble Mine. Opposition to the mine has united sports and commercial fishermen and native Alaskans against the project at the headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay, home to some of the last great salmon runs in the world. (Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Victory for Tribes, Waterways, and Planet as Pebble Mine Denied Permit
"Sometimes a project is so bad, so indefensible, that the politics fall to the wayside and we get the right decision."
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Protestors walk past an image of a Native American woman during a march to "Count Every Vote, Protect Every Person" after the U.S. presidential Election in Seattle, Washington on November 4, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images) Biden Urged to 'Honor Indigenous Sovereignty and Immediately Halt' Fossil Fuel Pipelines
"Our leap toward a just recovery must start with honoring treaties with sovereign Indigenous nations and returning land back to Native peoples," says a 350.org campaigner.
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Guatemalan deportees arrive in Guatemala City on a Department of Homeland Security plane on March 12, 2020. (Photo: Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty Images) 'Unconscionable': ICE Deported 33 Unaccompanied Guatemalan Children After Judge Ordered Halt to Practice
"It is not out of the power of the district court, if someone could raise the matter, to order ICE to return the children that it removed on that flight," said one legal expert.
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Ahead of Thanksgiving, millions of families are in need of food assistance due to Covid-19 related layoffs and the expiration of federal unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and 649 other billionaires in the U.S. have amassed a combined $1 trillion in gains since the pandemic began in March 2020. (Photos: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Stock Market Soars and Billionaire Wealth Swells by $1 Trillion as Food Lines Stretch 'As Far As the Eye Can See'
"During the pandemic that has taken everything from millions, U.S. billionaires have now collectively gained over $1 trillion."
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President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr arrive together for a presentation in the East Room of the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 'Truly Grotesque': On Way Out the Door, Trump Prioritizes Bringing Back Executions by Firing Squad and Electrocution
"Over 2,000 Americans died yesterday and 266,000 are dead and the gangsters in this regime are focused on bringing back the electric chair and making it easier to spew poison in the air. The Republican Party is unfit to govern."
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Protesters march in a demonstration against the Line 3 pipeline extension in Duluth, Minnesota on September 27, 2019. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/cc) With Brutal Memories of Standing Rock, Stop Line 3 Campaigners Wary of Rule Barring 'Counterinsurgency Tactics'
"I've been followed for hundreds of miles along the line by different trucks," said one Indigenous organizer. "I don't know if that's counterinsurgency, but it's certainly surveillance."
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks with the media as he departs the Queen Theater after introducing key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) New Poll Shows 68% of Americans Want Senators to Block Any Corporate Biden Nominees
Progressives are calling on the president-elect to reject a "Corporate Cabinet" and instead pick "people dedicated to working in service of the general welfare."
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100+ Public Health and Justice Leaders Call on Biden to Reject 'Global Vaccine Apartheid,' Ensure Doses 'Free and Available to All'
"The U.S. government has the capacity and the authority under existing law to treat Covid-19 vaccines as global public goods."
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This graduate of Pasadena City College is one of nearly 46 million borrowers in the U.S. weighed down by $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images) 60% of US Voters Support Biden Canceling $50,000 of Student Loan Debt Per Person: Poll
Economist Mike Konczal describes student loan debt as "an albatross around the neck of an entire generation."
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Ernest Moniz With the Planet at Stake, Climate Coalition Pressures Biden to Reject 'Corporate Shill' Ernest Moniz as Energy Chief
"Ernest Moniz's 'all of the above' energy policies might be good for his friends in the coal, oil and gas industries, but they're a death sentence for us and our planet."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a campaign rally in Springfield, Virginia on Feb. 29, 2020. To Prevent 'Another Right-Wing Authoritarian' Even Worse Than Trump, Sanders Says Democrats Must Pursue Bold Working Class Agenda
The Vermont senator said Democrats in Congress and the incoming Biden administration "must have the courage to take on the powerful special interests who have been at war with the working class of this country for decades."
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Bruce Reed 'Major Test' for Soul of Biden Presidency: AOC, Ilhan Omar Back Effort to Keep Deficit Hawk Bruce Reed Out of White House
"If the Biden administration is serious about protecting Medicare and Social Security, they must not appoint one of the biggest champions of cuts to lead their budget agency."
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'Flat-Out Sabotage' Already Underway as Mnuchin Tries to Put $455 Billion in Covid Funds Out of Biden Team's Reach
"Burning it down on the way out the door. There is no reasonable justification for this."
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supports Amazon workers' unionization efforts. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 'I Stand With the Amazon Warehouse Workers': Bernie Sanders Throws Support Behind Bold Union Drive in Alabama
"If Amazon workers in Alabama–a strong anti-union state–vote to form a union, it will be a shot heard around the world."
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Following Outcry, US Government Halts Deportations of Women Who Allege Medical Abuse in ICE Detention—At Least for Now
"ICE and others at Irwin thought they could silence these women... But the women have organized and had the audacity to speak out."
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Telfair Elementary School first grade teacher Ms. Gutierrez works with her students on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Defenders of US Public Schools Call on Biden to Ditch Trump's Disastrous Education Policies—and Obama's Too
"50.8 million children who attend real public schools need a secretary of education who will be their advocate, not an advocate for privatization."
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'Well That Was Weird as Sh*t': As More States Certify His Defeat, Trump Holds 60-Second Briefing to Brag About Stock Market
As the president refused to concede defeat, Pennsylvania and Nevada certified President-elect Joe Biden's victories and dealt a major blow to the Trump campaign's legal ploy.
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a person holds just picked beans With Just 1% of Farms Controlling 70% of Global Farmland, Study Reveals 'Shocking' Level of Land Inequality
"A transformative agenda... is urgent and is in the interests of all humanity."
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As Retail Giants Enjoy Soaring Profits, Workers Demand Hazard Pay Amid Soaring Pandemic
"America's essential workers are facing a holiday season of unparalleled danger."
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A French police officer evicts a migrant from a tent in Place de la République in Paris on November 23, 2020.  (Photo: Jerome Gilles/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'Brutal and Shocking': Outrage After Paris Police Violently Evict Hundreds of Migrants From Tent Encampment
"To think that we will solve a social problem with police batons is totally delusional," said the mayor's advisor on housing and refugee protection.
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Numerous immigrant rights organizations applauded President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images for PEOPLE En Espanol) Demanding Reversal of Trump Cruelty, Immigrant Rights Groups Welcome Biden Pick of Mayorkas for DHS Secretary
The former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was a key architect of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and also expanded fee waivers for naturalization and immigration applications.
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Randy Quaid Donald 'I Concede NOTHING!' Trump Retweets Utterly Unhinged Randy Quaid
In one tweet thanking the actor, the president says he's "working hard to clean up the stench of the 2020 Election Hoax!"
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Flight attendants, airline pilots, and other aviation workers hold a protest organized by the Association of Flight Attendants urging the U.S. Congress to pass a Covid-19 relief package and extend the Paycheck Support Program to save aviation jobs during a rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on September 9, 2020. 'Go Big, and Stay Big': Economists Call for $3 Trillion Covid Relief Package to Stop Nation's Descent Into Ruin
"The Senate's failure to provide crucial relief and recovery aid has left families without a lifeline and will severely damage prospects for recovery."
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