All News Articles for 2020-12-03

Thursday, December 3, 2020
White House liaison Heidi Stirrup was reportedly barred from the U.S. Department of Justice building in recent weeks. (Photo: Administration for Children and Families) Trump's "Eyes and Ears" at DOJ Reportedly Banned From Building After Trying to Get Inside Information on Election Fraud
The news report broke as the White House announced the appointment of the official, Heidi Stirrup, to the board of visitors to the United States Air Force Academy.
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Protesters demand an end to mass surveillance by government agencies. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Director of National Intelligence Admits Government Used Section 215 to Track Browsing History
After initially denying the practice, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe admitted the government engaged in activity "that could be characterized" as tracking website visits.
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Demonstrators stand outside a court in London demanding the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Feb. 26, 2020. 'You Alone Can Save His Life': Edward Snowden Urges Trump to Pardon Julian Assange
"Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange," the NSA whistleblower tweeted.
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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of Covid-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images) 200+ Health Experts Urge Biden to Reduce 'Dangerously Overcrowded' Prisons During Pandemic
"We need to decarcerate to keep people in these places and in the surrounding communities safe."
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'Last Decade to Save the Planet': Group Puts Forth 50 Bold Climate Actions for Biden
"President-elect Biden said his administration wouldn't just tinker around the edges, but instead would lock in progress no future president can roll back. Our recommendations are a roadmap for doing exactly that."
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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo speaks at a news conference giving a coronavirus update at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence on May 12, 2020. (Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Facing Opposition From Progressives, Gina Raimondo Withdraws From Consideration as Biden's HHS Chief
"We're in the middle of the worst public health crisis in modern history—it is absolutely amazing that a person with this particular record is even in CONTENTION for the nation's top healthcare job," said one journalist.
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President-elect Joe Biden listens to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020. Campaigners Put Forth 'Cabinet Climate Test' for President-Elect Biden
"We demand an executive branch ready to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and face the climate crisis at scale."
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Members of the Communist Party of India protest as part of a nationwide strike on November 26, 2020. (Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times/Getty Images) Indian Farmers Continue Historic Protests After 250 Million People Rise Up Against Modi's Neoliberal Policies
"The government side [was] not ready to listen to any of our demands and they have left us with no choice but to protest on the streets," said one farmer-organizer.
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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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