All News Articles for 2021-02-22

Monday, February 22, 2021
Millions of Texans lost their power last week when Winter Storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) As Millions in Texas Lack Safe Water, Sunrise Movement Rallies at State Capitol Demanding Green New Deal
"Texas is the perfect example of what happens when our politicians cater to fossil fuel executives instead of the young people who have been... warning of an impending climate emergency like this."
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Derick Lane (L) and his son Desmond of Richmond, Virginia protest against capital punishment outside the Greensville Correctional Center November 10, 2009 near Jarratt, Virginia. Virginia—the Nation's "Death Penalty Capital"—Poised to Become First State in South to Ban Capital Punishment
"Thankfully, the repeal of the death penalty by its leading practitioner gives hope that work for justice is not in vain."
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Then-President Donald Trump removed his mask on October 5, 2020, upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized after contracting Covid-19. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) 'Wear Your Damn Masks, Please,' Says Rep. Pocan After NIH Director Ties Politicization to 'Tens of Thousands' of US Deaths
Covid-19 has killed nearly half a million people in the United States.
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G7 head of states are seen on-screen during a virtual summit on February 19, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Hoslet/AFP via Getty Images) Analysis Shows US Could Help Vaccinate the World for $25 Billion, But Biden Pledged Just $2 Billion at G7 Meeting
"The world's going to have to get vaccinated either way," said Peter Maybarduk of Public Citizen. "T he longer we delay, the more the pandemic is going to cost everyone."
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Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on February 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Progressives Not Mourning as Neera Tanden's Bid to Head OMB on Verge of Collapse
One advocacy group urged Biden to instead "nominate someone who will put the public interest ahead of corporate interests."
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied former President Donald Trump's effort to block the release of his tax returns to a grand jury. (Photo: <a class="owner-name truncate" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/alecperkins/">Alec Perkins/Flickr/cc)</a></p> US Supreme Court Denies Trump's 'Shameful' Effort to Block Release of His Tax Returns
"This decisive defeat once again shows that no one—including Donald Trump—is above the law."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) thanked donors and volunteers for their "collective action when people need it most" on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo: Twitter screengrab from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) NY Democrat 'Better at Being a Texas Senator Than Ted Cruz': AOC Spends Weekend Raising Millions, Delivering Aid
"Charity can't replace policy," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged, "but solidarity is how we'll face climate change and build a better world."
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Republicans 'Fear' Green New Deal, Argues Naomi Klein, Because It's a Viable Alternative to Free-Market Failure
"Texans are living through the collapse of a 40-year experiment in free-market fundamentalism, one that has also stood in the way of effective climate action. Fortunately, there's a way out."
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People wait in line for Fiesta Mart to open after the store lost electricity in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2021. Demands Grow for Texas to 'Forgive All Utility Bills' as Price Gouging by Energy Companies Sparks Outrage
"The people of Texas should not have to pay these outrageous bills. Exorbitant costs should not be passed on to consumers who are not responsible for poor planning by state officials."
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