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Monday, March 22, 2021
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Trump Admits Filibuster Reform Would Be 'Catastrophic' for GOP
The former president's admission came as Democrats face further pressure to eliminate the archaic Senate rule.
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The Longview Power Plant, a coal-fired plant, stands on August 21, 2018 in Maidsville, West Virginia. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 'Wake-Up Call': Analysis Shows Corporate Climate Pledges Failing Planet... And Investors
The report makes clear "that far more specific, concrete, and ambitious action plans are needed in order to make the promise of a net-zero future a reality."
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Protesters attend the hearing where Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testified before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing on April 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Coalition Forms to Challenge 'Predatory' Surveillance Advertising by Big Tech
"Big Tech's toxic business model is undermining democracy."
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MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: People gather while exiting the area as an 8pm curfew goes into effect on March 21, 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. College students have arrived in the South Florida area for the annual spring break ritual, prompting city officials to impose an 8pm to 6am curfew as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Miami Beach police have reported hundreds of arrests and stepped up deployment to control the growing spring break crowds. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) CDC Head Sounds Alarm as New Covid Cases Surge in States Across US
Depending on how the nation acts now in response to the ongoing pandemic, "another avoidable surge" in cases could be around the corner, said CDC chief Rochelle Walensky.
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Former Ohio state senator and Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign co-chair Nina Turner is running for Congress. (Photo: Nikolas Liepens/Flickr/cc) 'I Need Her Alongside Me in Congress': Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Nina Turner
New York Democrat says Turner "has spent her entire career advocating for the working people of Northeast Ohio."
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Members of the Jordanian battalion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) carry children through flood waters in Port au Prince, Haiti after a rescue from an orphanage destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. (Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino) Scientists Say Humanity Now at 'Dawn of What Must Be a Transformative Decade'
"Whether humanity has the collective wisdom to navigate the Anthropocene to sustain a livable biosphere for people and civilizations, as well as for the rest of life with which we share the planet, is the most formidable challenge facing humanity."
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<p>A carbon explorer searches for data on global warming. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/berkeleylab/2826539120">Berkeley Lab</a>/Flickr/cc)</p> Experts Urge World Leaders to 'Put Marine Ecosystems at the Heart of Climate Policy'
"A healthy ocean, teeming with life, is a vital tool in the bid to tackle global heating."
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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club's chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L) and the Executive Vice President of Emirates company Thierry Antinori present a PSG jersey, reading "Parisians and Champions", during a press conference on May 17, 2012 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images) Climate Polluters Pour Billions Into Hundreds of 'Sportswashing' Sponsorships: Report
"Sport needs to up its game and adopt policies that reject high-carbon sponsors. Clubs, competitions, and institutions need to take their climate commitments seriously."
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D.C. statehood activists walk by the U.S. Supreme Court to show support ahead of the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on March 22, 2021. Democracy for DC 'On the Horizon'? Poll Shows Support for Statehood at All-Time High
"For more than 200 years, my hundreds of thousands of neighbors in this city and I have been mere spectators to our democracy."
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An Indian man walks over the parched bed of a reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai on May 17, 2017. (Photo: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images) 'Safe Water Is a Right, Not a Privilege': On World Water Day, UN Decries Unequal Access
"The devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic remind us of the importance of having access to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, and highlight that far too many people are still without them."
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A cat is seen on a table during a Zoom video call on May 27, 2020. Zoom Paid $0 in Federal Income Taxes on 4,000% Profit Increase During Pandemic: Report
"If you paid $14.99 a month for a Zoom Pro membership, you paid more to Zoom than it paid in federal income taxes even as it made $660 million in profits last year."
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'This Is Tax Evasion': Richest 1% of US Households Don't Report 21% of Their Income, Analysis Finds
"We estimate that 36% of federal income taxes unpaid are owed by the top 1%."
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a news conference with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Progressives Demand Permanent Repeal of 'Self-Defeating' Paygo Law as Automatic Medicare Cuts Loom
"It's long past time for Congress to end statutory Paygo permanently. The austerity politics of the last several decades have been an unmitigated failure."
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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Tens of thousands of people gather in front of the Israeli Parliament during a pre-election demonstration to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in West Jerusalem on March 20, 2021. Demonstrators demanded Netanyahu resign over his indictments on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of public trust. Large Pro-Democracy, Anti-Netanyahu Pre-Election Protest in Jerusalem
Over 50,000 demand Benjamin Netanyahu resign for his indictments for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
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After a six-year halt, Colombia plans to restart the toxic aerial spraying of glyphosate on coca crops as early as next month—drawing "most welcome" support from U.S. President Joe Biden and sharp criticism from 150 regional experts. Biden Pushes Colombia to Restart Glyphosate Spraying Program
Experts: “The recently announced decision sends an unfortunate message to the Colombian people that your administration is not committed to abandoning the ineffective and damaging war on drugs internationally."
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Friday, March 19, 2021
Christina Pagan, 7, does her school work at the Mulberry Street location of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 19, 2021. The Reading School District went to all-virtual education as a precaution, so the club provided space for students to do their remote learning. (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) Teachers Unions Want More Details on New CDC Guidance of Desks Only 3 Feet Apart
"Kids need to be in school... but we are concerned this change has been driven by a lack of physical space rather than the hard science."
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Sen. Chris Murphy said he "fought back tears" while meeting with unaccompanied migrant children detained in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Texas on March 19, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Sen. Chris Murphy 'Fought Back Tears' Visiting Detained Migrant Children in Texas
"Remember, each 'unaccompanied minor' is a human being with a story," the Connecticut Democrat tweeted after his tour of the El Paso detention center.
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Smoke rises from explosions during the first few minutes of a massive air attack on March 21, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. The third year anniversary since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein will be marked on April 9, 2006 amidst continued unrest in Iraq, where over 30, 000 civilians have been reported to be killed since the start of the war. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie /Getty Images) On 18th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion, Activists Renew Calls for US Reparations
"Americans owe a debt to the people of Iraq that can never be repaid in full. However, it is incumbent and imperative that we try."
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Child advocates are alarmed by the possibility of an Instagram for children under age 13. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) 'Deeply Concerning': Critics Decry Facebook Plan to Build Instagram for Kids 12 and Under
"Social media companies have a responsibility to protect children and young people online, but building a separate version of their platforms is not the answer."
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Construction workers upgrade the Green Line light rail system run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston on August 6, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Democrats Unveil 'Build Green' Infrastructure and Jobs Act
Sen. Ed Markey called the bill "our opportunity to invest in a clean energy revolution across our country, transform our transportation sector to be climate-smart, and create millions of good-paying union jobs at the same time."
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki looks on during the daily press briefing at the White House on March 18, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Watchdog Urges Congress to Probe Whether Biden 'Bartered' Vaccines for Mexico Migration Crackdown
"The Biden administration should not be in the business of trading Mexican lives for those of other Central and South Americans, for whom migration to the U.S. is often life-saving."
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The Loretto Hospital is seen in Chicago, on December 15, 2020. ( Advocates Say Chicagoans Should Not Be Punished for Hospital Execs Who Gave Vaccines to Elites
"The city should investigate the actions at the Loretto Hospital, but the community shouldn't be cut off during the pandemic."
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Police officers gather to remove activists during an anti death penalty protest in front of the US Supreme Court January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) 'A Moral Imperative': Business Leaders Demand Death Penalty Abolition Worldwide
"The tide is turning, and now it is the responsibility of business leaders to speak up and stand together on the right side of history."
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Young environment activists hold placards with climate change-related messages directed toward the Ugandan government and other world leaders at Kampala International University as part of the Fridays for Future global climate strike under the motto "No More Empty Promises" on March 19, 2021. (Photo: Badru Katumba/AFP via Getty Images) 'Not in 2030 or 2050...Now!': Climate Strikers Worldwide Demand Urgent Action
Returning to the streets a year into the coronavirus pandemic, youth campaigners are calling for "no more empty promises."
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Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Poll: Large Majority See Prosecution of Insurrection Rioters as 'Very Important'
Pew's survey shows both Democrats and Republicans see prosecutions as at least somewhat important.
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A coalition of health justice advocates gathered outside Pfizer's headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021 to call on the Biden administration to push pharmaceutical companies to commit to equitable global vaccine distribution and help end the pandemic everywhere by supporting the waiver of the World Trade Organization's monopoly protections for Big Pharma. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Big Pharma Quietly Planning Price Hike for Covid Vaccines in 'Near Future': Report
"As this shifts from pandemic to endemic, we think there's an opportunity here for us," said Pfizer's Chief Financial Officer Frank D'Amelio.
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, flanked by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2021. 'We Can Cancel All $1.8 Trillion,' Say Activists as Cardona Announces Full Debt Relief for Scammed Students
"Organizing works. We can't stop now," said The Debt Collective.
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy departs a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on February 24, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 50+ House Democrats Urge Biden to Fire Postal Board for Complicity in DeJoy's Sabotage
"The board has remained silent in the face of catastrophic and unacceptable failures at a moment when the American people are relying on the Postal Service the most."
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) conducts a news conference as the Senate debates a coronavirus relief package on March 5, 2021. 'Make Him Do It': Lindsey Graham Says He Would Talk Until He 'Fell Over' to Stop Voting Rights Bill
"Change the filibuster rules so we can watch Lindsey Graham fall over."
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Thursday, March 18, 2021
 United We Dream, CASA, and other organizations celebrate passage of the American Dream and Promise Act (HR 6) in the House during their watch part and rally on the National Mall in Washington on Thursday, March 18, 202. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Advocates Applaud House Passage of Bills Paving Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, Farmworkers
"This is a significant moment for immigrants and their loved ones. For far too long, our communities have lived in fear of deportation from the country that is their home."
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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) held a press conference to introduce the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021 on March 18, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Dems Introduce Bill to Let Puerto Ricans 'Determine Their Own Political Future'
"The Self-Determination Act provides a clear path to decolonization through self-determination that could put an end to Puerto Rico's colonial status and ensure that its people have a voice in their future."
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Michael Regan, then-nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2021. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/AFP via Getty Images) After Four Dark Years Under Trump, Words 'Climate' and 'Science' Are Back on EPA Website
"You deserve access to science and data," new EPA Administrator Michael Regan says.
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Director of the National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 18, 2021. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker / POOL / AFP) 'I Totally Disagree With You': Fauci Refutes Rand Paul That Mask-Wearing Is 'Just Theater'
"Here we go again," the top public health official told the Kentucky libertarian.
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Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, answers questions during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on February 24, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Despite Pandemic, Confirmation of Xavier Becerra for HHS Secretary Squeaks by With Just One GOP Vote
"It's no secret why Senate Republicans took aim at Becerra's confirmation: from deep inside the pockets of Big Pharma and with wealthy donors to please, they felt threatened by Becerra's track record and promise to work for the American people."
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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) leaves the Senate Republicans lunch in the Russell Senate Office building on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) GOP Senator Blocks Democratic Effort to Shield Covid Relief Payments From Debt Collectors
"We know predatory debt collectors are already lining up to try to take a cut of those checks."
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference about the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol on March 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 172 Republicans Rebuked for Voting Against Protecting Women From Violence
"One in three women experience sexual or intimate partner violence during their lifetime," said Rep. Lauren Underwood. "I voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act today with that sad truth on my mind."
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Over 300 advocacy groups argue that the CLEAN Future Act's Clean Electricity Standard "should rigorously define clean energy to include proven solutions like wind, solar, storage, and efficiency—and exclude all fossil fuels and other false solutions." (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/daveclarkecb/14655534612">David Clarke</a>/cc/flickr)</p> House Dems Urged to Cut 'Fossil Fuels and False Solutions' From CLEAN Future Act
Over 300 groups called the bill a "prime example of the type of half-measure we must avoid."
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A woman enters La Colaborativa vaccine clinic in Chelsea, Massachusetts on February 16, 2021. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Poverty a Key Driver in Vaccine Inequities, CDC Report Shows
"Additional efforts are needed to achieve equity in vaccination coverage for those who have been most affected by Covid-19."
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) leaves a Capitol security task force briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday, March 8, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) 'Poverty Is Killing Us': Progressive Caucus Uses White House Meeting to Push Biden on $15 Wage
"The fight for at least $15 is a matter of life and death in St. Louis," said Rep. Cori Bush.
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Demonstrators wearing face masks and holding signs take part in a rally "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California, on March 13, 2021. (Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP via Getty Images) Asian Americans, Allies Rally Against Racist Violence and White Supremacy After Atlanta Murders
"We're out here because people who look like me are being killed. Our Black, brown, and Indigenous siblings are also being killed. This collective power is what we need."
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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president, speaks during a press conference on March 10, 2021 in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. (Photo: Cris Faga/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Brazil's Lula Urges Biden to Call Emergency G20 Summit to Promote Global Vaccine Equity
The former Brazilian president suggested that the U.S. vaccine surplus "could be donated to Brazil, or other countries even poorer than Brazil that cannot afford to buy the vaccine."
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Demonstrator holding a sign at a protest in Manhattan. 430+ Groups From 6 Continents Demand Biden End All US Subsidies for Global Fossil Fuel Projects
"We have to stop subsidizing fossil fuel companies at the expense of our climate."
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Demonstrators stand outside of the Georgia Capitol building to oppose the H.B. 531 on March 3, 2021 in Atlanta. 'Hijacking of Democracy in Plain Sight': Georgia GOP Transforms 2-Page Bill Into 93-Page Assault on Voting Rights
"Surprising advocates, legislators, and voters with a nearly 100-page bill is undemocratic and unacceptable."
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Environmental justice campaigners across the country have spoken out against the proposed Formosa Plastics Complex in Louisiana. (Photo: Louisiana Bucket Brigade/Twitter) Lawmakers Urge Biden to Block Massive Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley
"This disastrous project is an affront to environmental justice and contrary to your goals to reduce pollution in frontline communities."
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Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. (Photo: CSO) Outrage After Georgia Cop Suggests Atlanta Mass Shooter Acted Because He Had a 'Bad Day'
"If you're Black, you can be executed by police for having a water pistol and they'll say you were 'no angel.' If you're white, you can murder a bunch of Asian women and they'll say you were having a 'bad day.'"
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A new report from International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies details climate disaster-related displacement over the past six months. (Photo: Philippine Red Cross) Climate Crisis Displaced Over 10 Million People in Past Six Months: Red Cross
"We need greater action and urgent investment to reduce internal displacement caused by the rising risk of disasters."
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 Butterflies seen at Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove on November 30, 2015. MONARCH Act Introduced to Ensure 'Beloved Pollinator' Is Around for Future Generations
"In only a few decades, a migration of millions has been reduced to less than two thousand butterflies."
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Invisiclip was invented by high school seniors Evan Alfandre and Will McCormack. (Photo: Fight for the Future) Teens, Fight for the Future Sell 'Invisiclip' to Counter 'Menace of Facial Recognition'
"The more that we learned about the dangers of facial recognition software, the more we desired to find a solution to the problem."
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Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) delivers his first speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Warnock Says Filibuster Must Not Hinder Fight Against 'Jim Crow in New Clothes'
"This issue is bigger than the filibuster," says Georgia Democrat in first-ever Senate floor speech.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), speaks during a news conference to announce the introduction of S. 1, the For the People Act, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) After Introduction of For the People Act, Senate Dems Told to 'End the Filibuster and Pass' It
"Too much is at stake to delay a vote on this critical legislation or to allow archaic Senate rules to kill the bill."
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Campaigners calling for public control of water are hosting a Virtual Rally to Reclaim Nestlé's Troubled Waters at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday. (Image: The Story of Stuff Project/Twitter) Backing Push for Public Ownership, Tlaib Will Join Virtual Rally to Reclaim Nestlé's Troubled Waters
"Communities across the continent are now calling for Nestlé's existing contracts to end, and for local stewardship over the groundwater."
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"Our work is cut out for us," says PNHP president and Medicare for All backer Dr. Adam Gaffney. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) 'Everyone In, Nobody Out': Jayapal, Dingell Introduce Medicare for All Act With 112 Co-Sponsors
"A system that prioritizes profits over patients and ties coverage to employment was no match for a global pandemic and will never meet the needs of our people."
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at a hearing regarding wages at large corporations on February 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) WATCH: Sanders-Led Budget Committee Holds Hearing on 'Income and Wealth Inequality Crisis'
"We will never eliminate poverty as long as so much of our nation's resources are flowing to the top."
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Demonstrators wear chains while holding a sit-in inside the Capitol building in opposition of House Bill 531 on March 8, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Activists Demand Georgia-Based Corporations Like Coca-Cola End Complicity in GOP Assault on Voting
"It is a dangerous thing for the business community to be silent."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Sanders Bill Would Hike Taxes on Big Corporations That Pay CEOs Over 50 Times More Than Median Worker
"Walmart, which pays its CEO nearly 1,000 times more than its average worker, would pay up to $855 million more in taxes."
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'Unspeakable Tragedy': Anti-Asian Hate Crime Feared as Gunman Kills 8 in Georgia
"My heart is broken tonight after the tragic violence in Atlanta that took eight lives. Once again we see that hate is deadly," said Sen. Raphael Warnock.
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President Joe Biden delivers a primetime address to the nation from the East Room of the White House March 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Democracy Is Having a Hard Time Functioning': Biden Endorses Return to Talking Filibuster
"That's what it was supposed to be."
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) listen in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 12, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Warning Biden's Syria Strikes Set 'Dangerous' Precedent, Groups Push Congress to Respond
A joint letter urges lawmakers to "defend the Constitution and Congress's exclusive authority, under Article I, to declare war and authorize the offensive use of military force."
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Powerlines extend toward the horizon as the sun sets in the west. (Photo Matt Wiebe/Flickr/cc) 'Life and Death' Crisis as Utilities Cut Power to Over 765,000 Across 10 States During Pandemic
"The Biden administration needs to impose a nationwide shutoffs moratorium immediately," said report author Greer Ryan.
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Numerous progressive groups expressed support for a March 16, 2021 letter from 50 House Democrats calling on President Joe Biden to seek a reduction of the $740 billion Pentagon budget. (Image: Win Without War) 50 House Democrats Demand Biden Slash Pentagon Budget to Invest in Public Health, Common Good
"The U.S.' budget priorities are dangerously out of whack," said Win Without War. "It's time to put them back in order."
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Demonstrators stand outside of the Georgia Capitol building to oppose HB 531, a recently passed bill that seeks to add voting restrictions to the state's upcoming elections including restricting ballot drop boxes, requiring an ID requirement for absentee voting, and limiting weekend early voting days, on March 3, 2021 in Atlanta. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) Analysis Details How Bill in Congress Could Stop GOP Voter Suppression Nationwide
By passing the For the People Act, as the House recently did, the Senate can "n ullify new voter restrictions currently advanced by Republicans at the state level."
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A new Politico investigation sheds light on the Federal Trade Commission's probe of Google under former President Barack Obama. (Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'Total Scandal': Memos Expose Failure of Obama-Era FTC to Stop Google's Monopoly Power
Law professor Zephyr Teachout called the series a "devastating takedown" of the Federal Trade Commission and its economists under the former president.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol after the Senate Republican Policy luncheon in Washington on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Critics Say 'Scorched Earth' Threat Over Filibuster Shows McConnell 'Getting Scared'
"McConnell is clearly getting desperate as momentum grows to eliminate the filibuster as a weapon he can use to maintain power from the minority."
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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train passing the Railroad Junctions of Los Angeles Union Station. All the public transportations include the Amtrak train have a tough time during COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: iStock/Getty Images) Hundreds of Local Officials Demand 'Transformative' Infrastructure Plan for US
"If the winter storm taught us anything, it is that we need our infrastructure to be more resilient and sustainable," said Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler.
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An unarmed Trident II missile is fired during an exercise off the California coast. (Photo: Ronald Gutridge/U.S. Navy/Flickr/cc) UK Nuclear Arsenal Plan Slammed as 'Irresponsible, Dangerous' Violation of International Law
"As the world wrestles with the pandemic and climate chaos, it beggars belief that our government is opting to increase Britain's nuclear arsenal."
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A gas drilling rig sits in an area of southeastern Utah managed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Photo: Richer Images/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images) 'Unfortunate, If Not Unexpected': Biden Criticized for Resuming Public Land Drilling Permits
"We call on President Biden to keep his promise: a full and complete ban on fracking and fossil fuel extraction on public lands. Full stop."
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 This photo from September 1, 2017, shows Spain on its way to its worst drought in 20 years. 'Climate Change Is Here': Europe's Recent Droughts 'Unprecedented' in Millennia, Study Finds
"Our results show that what we have experienced over the past five summers is extraordinary for central Europe, in terms of how dry it has been consecutively."
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Registered Nurses conduct a demonstration in Lafayette Park to read aloud names of health care providers who have contracted COVID-19 and died as a result of treating infected patients on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Medicare for All Would Have Prevented Hundreds of Thousands of Covid Deaths: New Report
"We need to be prepared for the next pandemic, and we can't be under the current for-profit system."
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A large power line lies across a Chevron gas station following the passage of Hurricane Laura through Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 27, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) Green Groups File 'First-of-Its-Kind' FTC Complaint Against Chevron for Climate Lies
"The world's second biggest polluter shouldn't advertise that they're good for the environment."
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Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 01, 2019 in New York City. Progressives to Biden: No Ambassadorship for 'Ladder-Climbing Hack' Rahm Emanuel
"Appointing Rahm Emanuel to anything is a broken promise. We don't 'build back better' by rewarding coverups for murder."
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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on November 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 'Weapon of Mass Obstruction': Durbin Blasts Filibuster on Senate Floor
"It's time to change the Senate rules and stop holding this Senate hostage."
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky speaks during a news conference at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware on December 8, 2020. Review of Trump Era CDC Guidance Confirms Political Manipulation of Agency's Covid Response
"The Trump administration put politics over people's lives."
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Monday, March 15, 2021
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) speaks at a press conference at the Longworth Office Building on September 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network) 'Historic and Hopeful Moment': Senate Confirms Haaland as Interior Secretary
One campaigner called her confirmation "a tremendous win for Indigenous communities, the waters, parks, and lands across our country, and the climate."
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Spanish commuters prepare to board a metro train in Madrid on May 4, 2020. (Photo: Eduardo Parra/Europa Press via Getty Images) Spain to Experiment With 4-Day Workweek, 'an Idea Whose Time Has Come'
One leading advocate says Spain "will be the first country to undertake a trial of this magnitude."
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A new analysis found 21.6% of homes in redlined areas of Sacramento  face high risk of flooding compared with 11.8% of homes in greenlined neighborhoods of the California city. (Image: Redfin) Study Finds Redlined Areas Face Greater Flood Risk From Climate Crisis
"Decades of segregation and economic inequality shoehorned many people of color—especially Black Americans—into living in neighborhoods that are more vulnerable to climate change."
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"We will be at the rivers that are being threatened by Line 3 over the next few days gathering to pray and send a message to Enbridge that water is life," said Jane Fonda on Monday, March 15, 2021. (Photo: Twitter screengrab via Jane Fonda) Jane Fonda Arrives in Minnesota to Back Line 3 Opponents
"We're here to try to stop it," the famed activist and actress said of Enbridge's crude oil pipeline.
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A vial of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Saxony during the coronavirus pandemic on March 15, 2021 in Dippoldiswalde, Germany. More EU Nations Suspend Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine Over Blood-Clotting Concerns
While the WHO maintains the vaccine is safe, Germany's health minister said Monday the halt "is a purely precautionary measure."
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks during a press conference outside the DFL Headquarters on August 5, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Omar Leads Letter Urging Biden to End ICE Contracts With Local Jails
The lawmakers' letter decried detention abuses including "medical neglect, long-term use of solitary confinement, sexual assault, and lack of access to legal counsel."
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A sign outside of a Influx Care Facility (ICF) for unaccompanied children explains what the facility is on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Carrizo Springs, Texas. (Photo: Sergio Flores/<em>The Washington Post</em> via Getty Images) FEMA Ordered to Help as Border Patrol Holds 3,000 Migrant Children Over Legal Limit
A lawyer who interviewed children at a facility in Texas said that "one of them shared that he could only see the sun when he showered, because you can see the sun through the window."
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A pro-democracy protester is wounded during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup in the Hlaingthaya township of Yangon, Myanmar on March 14, 2021. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images) Martial Law Extended in Myanmar After Junta Kills More Than 50 Protesters
"Junta leaders don't belong in power, they belong behind bars," said United Nations special rapporteur Tom Andrews.
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Protesters rally against sexual violence and gender discrimination on March 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Matt Hrkac/Flickr/cc) 'Tidal Wave of Rage': 100,000+ Australian Women March Against Sexual Violence
"Evil thrives in silence," said survivor and Australian of the Year Grace Tame. "But... it gives me hope because the start of the solution is also quite simple—making noise!"
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F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoes flight test over Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Lockheed Martin/flickr/cc) As Saudis Suck Up Weapons, US Accounts for Over 1/3 of All Global Arms Sales
New analysis shows U.S.-based war profiteers have supplied increased demand by Qatar, Egypt, the Saudi Kingdom, and others in the Middle East over the last five years.
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Marti Blake stands next to her home, left, and in view of the smokestack of the Cheswick coal-fired power plant on October 27, 2017 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Blake complains about the amount of pollution from sulphur-dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and coal particles originating from the NRG-owned 565-MW power plant that has affected her health as well as those in the surrounding area. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) US Probe Underway Over Euphemistic 'Clean Coal' That Actually Increased Pollution
The outcome of the congressional investigation could influence whether lawmakers vote to renew a multibillion-dollar subsidy, which expires at the end of 2021.
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Sunday, March 14, 2021
NY Vaccine Czar Reportedly Questioned County Officials on Loyalty to Cuomo
"Using vaccine distribution as a tool to control local officials is despicable and a clear abuse of public trust."
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Congress Urged to Take 'Immediate Action' to Stop Debt Collectors From Snatching Relief Checks
A legislative fix is needed, said one observer, to prevent "a flood of new judgments from debt collectors to siphon stimulus funds out."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, arrives at a hearing on Capitol Hill on February 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Bernie Sanders: US Public Cares Far More About Bold Relief Than Bipartisanship
"When the American people get those $1,400 checks, they're not going to be sitting around saying, 'Oh, my goodness, this is not good, we didn't have any Republican support.'"
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A woman waiting during a Covid-19 vaccination drive on March 13, 2021 in 2021 in New Delhi, India. 'Disturbing': Rich Nations Vaccinating Person Per Second While Blocking Effort to Share Recipe With Poor Countries
"There is no reason we have to prioritize the profits of pharmaceutical companies over the dignity of people in other countries," said U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna.
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Saturday, March 13, 2021
Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, and others stand with their fists up during a memorial protest in Jefferson Square Park on March 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. 'Say Her Name': Rallies and Marches Mark One-Year Anniversary of Breonna Taylor's Killing
"This is not a celebration. This is the anniversary of something that should not have happened."
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Activists rallied on Saturday, March 13, 2021 to urge President Joe Biden to use his executive authority to halt utility shutoffs nationwide. Activists Rally to Demand Biden Issue Nationwide Ban on 'Inhumane' Utility Shutoffs
"We need a national moratorium on utility shutoffs so everyone has access to water, electricity, and broadband."
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Jeanine Añez speaks at the Government's Palace on August 13, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. Far-Right Bolivia Coup Leader Jeanine Añez Arrested on Terrorism, Sedition Charges
"The authors and accomplices of the dictatorship that looted the economy and attacked life and democracy in Bolivia" must "be investigated and punished," said Evo Morales, the former president.
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Seema Verma, then-administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks to the press on November 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Advocates Sound Alarm Over Quiet Trump Era Move That Could Further Privatize Medicare
"The Biden administration should immediately kill this toxic legacy of the former president."
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A demonstrator holds a "Medicare for All" sign on January 1, 2021 in Pasadena, California. Jayapal, Dingell to Unveil Medicare for All Act Exactly One Year After 1st Covid Cases Confirmed in Every State
"This past year makes it incredibly clear why we must pass Medicare for All."
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President Joe Biden meets with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in the Oval Office of the White House on January 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'The Kind of Speed and Efficiency We Should Always Expect': $1,400 Checks Already Hitting Bank Accounts
"This is wild. I've honestly never seen something at this scale and speed in the time I've covered politics."
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Friday, March 12, 2021
Aerial view shows smoke billowing from a patch of forest being cleared with fire in the surroundings of Boca do Acre, a city in Amazonas State, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil, on August 24, 2019. (Photo: Lula Sampaio/AFP/Getty Images) 'We're Destroying Our Life-Support Systems': Study Suggests the Amazon Now Contributes to Warming
"CO2 is not a lone actor. When you consider the whole cast of other characters, the outlook in the Amazon is that the impacts of human activities will be worse than we realize."
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One of the five Palestinian children arrested by Israeli troops near the illegal Jewish settlement of Havat Maon. (Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah/B'Tselem/Twitter) McCollum Calls Israeli Troops' Arrest of Palestinian Children 'Extremely Disturbing'
"Using Israeli soldiers to capture little boys who were reportedly gathering wild vegetables in occupied Palestinian land is wrong," said the Minnesota Democrat.
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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) House Progressives Implore Biden State Dept. to Center Palestinian Rights
"The conversation is shifting, public sentiment is changing, and it's time the Biden administration listened to the people and spoke up for Palestinian rights."
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World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee attends the Campus Party Italia 2019 as keynote speaker at on July 25, 2019 in Milan. (Photo: Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images) Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Argues Internet Access Must Be a 'Basic Right'
"We must work to make sure all young people can connect to a web that gives them the power to shape their world."
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In a March 23, 2020 appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) suggested that reopening the economy was more important than adhering to public health guidelines, even though prematurely lifting coronavirus-related precautions meant exacerbating the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: screenshot via Fox News) Covid-19 Death Rates Higher in States With GOP Governors: Study
"These findings underscore the need for state policy actions that are guided by public health considerations rather than by partisan politics."
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a press conference about the minimum wage on March 11, 2021. $15 Minimum Wage Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty, Says... Wall Street Giant Morgan Stanley
"The social benefits to lifting real wages of lower-income earners and millions out of poverty are substantial."
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) attend a news conference to discuss proposed legislation entitled Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act outside the U.S. Capitol on March 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. The bill aims to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Omar Leads Bill to Cancel Rent and Mortgage Payments During Pandemic
"This isn't a radical idea. It's what is needed to prevent an even bigger crisis."
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