All News Articles for 2020-12-23

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
A Houthi rebel looks out at damage caused by a Saudi-led airstrike in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 3, 2015. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images) Experts on Military-Industrial Complex Blast Trump Plan to Sell Nearly $500 Million in Bombs to Criminal Saudi Regime
"The United States simply should not be selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, especially given their role in exacerbating the suffering in Yemen."
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A humpback whale uses its tail to launch itself out of the water and then lands back on the surface with a splash in Frederick Sound at Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. (Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) Coalition Sues Trump Administration Over 'Outrageous Assault' on Tongass National Forest Protections
"Trump's reckless plan to clearcut old-growth trees in the Tongass will irreversibly damage our climate, kill wildlife, and devastate Southeast Alaska communities."
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'Our Kids Deserve Better': Despite Pandemic, Trump EPA Refuses to Strengthen Smog Standards
"In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans are more keenly aware than ever of the need to take care of our health."
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Survivors of the 2007 Nisour Square massacre survey its aftermath on September 16, 2007. (Photo: Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images) Senior UN Human Rights Official 'Deeply Concerned' by Trump's Pardons for Mercenaries Who Massacred 17 Iraqi Civilians
"Pardoning them contributes to impunity and has the effect of emboldening others to commit such crimes in the future."
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A waitress serves guests as people dine outdoors in Pasadena, California on December 2, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) In 'Emblematic Parting Blow,' Trump Moves to Take $700 Million Per Year Out of Tipped Workers' Pockets
"This rule change will make tipped workers even more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse," said Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage. "What workers need now, more than ever is a full, fair minimum wage."
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Miguel Cardona speaks after President-Elect Joe Biden announced his nomination for Education Secretary at the Queen theatre on December 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Teachers' Unions See Biden Choice of Cardona for Education Secretary as Promising Path for Change
"Unlike Betsy DeVos, Secretary-designate Cardona will ensure that the federal government's role in education is to ensure access and opportunity for every student."
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A volunteer removes plastic bottles and other trash polluting Ruaka River in Nairobi, Kenya. An increasing production of single-use plastics for beverage and other uses has become a nightmare in solid waste management in the country. (Photo: James Wakibia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) EU Ramps Up Fight Against Pollution With Ban on Plastic Waste Exports to Poorer Countries
"This is an important milestone in fighting plastic pollution, transitioning shifting to a circular economy, and achieving the aims of the European Green Deal."
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Climate Groups Call on Biden to Nominate Andy Levin as Labor Secretary
"He has a long record of fighting for working people, and understands the climate imperative but knows the transition won't happen without proper buy-in and support."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) heads to his office from the floor of the Senate on December 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Move, Mitch, Get Out the Way': McConnell and McCarthy Under Fire for Obstructing $2,000 Relief Checks
"If you don't see that in your bank account, you have Mitch McConnell to thank."
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The climate cost of organic meat production is as dear as that of conventionally produced animal products, a study published in December 2020 revealed. (Photo: Farm Sanctuary/Flickr/cc) Climate Cost of Organic Meat Is Just as High as That of Conventionally Grown Animals: Study
"The prices are lying," said one of the study's researchers. "Climate costs are rising and we are all paying these costs."
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People vote at St. Frances de Chantal Church on November 3, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) 'Long Awaited and Long Overdue Victory for Democracy' as New York Approves Automatic Voter Registration
"At a time in our country when voting rights are under assault, New York is living up to our potential as a progressive leader."
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'Yes, Exactly,' Say Progressives After Pence Warns Democrats Will 'Make Rich Poorer and Poor More Comfortable'
"You have to be all sorts of twisted to think 'making poor people more comfortable' is a bad thing."
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Philip Esformes attends the 15th annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on August 7, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Harold & Carole Pump Foundation) Medicare Fraudster Who Exploited the Elderly in $1.3 Billion Scheme Embodies 'Grotesque' Corruption of Trump Clemency Orders
"The corrupt, the criminal, murderers of children—that's who Donald lets off the hook. We can never forget and never forgive the unspeakable cruelty."
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Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks with supporters before voting early at the Metropolitan Library on December 22, 2020 in Atlanta. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) '$600 Is a Joke': Georgia Democrats Ossoff and Warnock Embrace Push for $2,000 Stimulus Checks as Runoff Nears
"We need additional, substantial direct Covid relief and the only way we'll get it is by winning these two Senate races in Georgia."
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Former Blackwater security guard Nick Slatten and his lawyer Thomas Connolly leave an arraignment hearing at U.S. district court on January 6, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Leaving Out Assange, Who Exposed US War Crimes, Trump Pardons Blackwater Guards Jailed for Massacring Iraqi Civilians
"While U.S. Army contractors convicted of massacring civilians in Iraq are pardoned, the man who exposed such crimes against humanity, Julian Assange, rots in Britain's Guantanamo."
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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) attend a House Oversight and Reform Committee business meeting in Rayburn Building on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. 'This Is a No-Brainer': House Democrats Announce Effort to Pass $2,000 Payments as Trump Demands Bigger Checks
"We can pass $2,000 checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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