All News Articles

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is seen on the House steps of the Capitol during votes on Friday, December 4, 2020. Ro Khanna Applauds 19 House Democrats Who Joined Him in Voting No on 'Bloated' $740 Billion Military Budget
"They are changing the culture of endless war and calling for more investment instead in the American people."
Read more
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) heads to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol building on December 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'This Is No Bluff': Sanders Vows to Filibuster Military Budget to Force Senate Vote on $2,000 Checks
"It would be unconscionable, especially after the House did the right thing, for the Senate to simply leave Washington without voting on this."
Read more
Monday, December 28, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'Now It's the Senate's Turn': All Eyes on McConnell After House Approves $2,000 Coronavirus Relief Checks
Progressives in both chambers of Congress are pressuring the GOP majority leader to urgently hold a vote on the Covid-19 legislation.
Read more
New York Lawmakers Poised to Pass Nation's Strongest Eviction Ban as Millions Face Housing Insecurity
"It is not just unconscionable to evict people during a pandemic winter, it is deadly."
Read more
Before climbing a tripod in front of a tar sands pipe yard, Emma Harrison said, "I'm part of the Line 3 resistance movement because this pipeline embodies everything I believe is wrong with the world." (Photo: Honor the Earth/Twitter) 'A Tangible Way to Fight for the World I Want to Live In': Water Protector Arrested After Blockading Line 3 Pipe Yard
"Profits for a few are being privileged over the well-being of all communities near and far, present and future."
Read more
Formerly an open pit copper mine, the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana is now part of the largest Superfund site in the United States. (Photo: Janie Osborne/Getty Images) Biden Already Facing Pressure to Tackle Backlog of 'Unfunded' Toxic Waste Sites Threatened by Climate Crisis
More broadly, campaigners are calling on the incoming president to deliver on the environmental justice promises he made as a candidate.
Read more
Sarah Gattiker stores the 24,200th species of seed in the vault at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, which now holds 10% of the world's wild plant species, on October 15, 2009 in Sussex, England. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) 'If You Own the Seeds You Own the Food System': Campaigners Demand Public Ownership to Counter Big Ag Privatization
"Empty shelves during the pandemic made clear, allowing huge corporations to 'own' seeds is a very bad idea!"
Read more
Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was sentenced on Monday to nearly six years in prison under the kingdom's counterterrorism laws. (Photo: Lina al-Hathloul/Twitter) Conviction of Loujain al-Hathloul in Saudi Arabia Condemned as 'Blatant Attack on the Most Basic Human Rights'
"We stand with the al-Hathloul family and their friends who have not given up, and continue to call on the Saudi government to free Loujain," said Ariel Gold of CodePink.
Read more
Over a Year Away From Primaries, NY State Democratic Leader Warns AOC Against Challenging Schumer
" Instead of dividing our party, the Establishment should embrace progressive ideas that over 85% of Democrats already support!"
Read more
Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) wave to the crowd at a campaign event on December 21, 2020 in Milton, Georgia. Perdue and Loeffler Silent on $2,000 Checks While Praising Trump for 'Leadership' on Covid Relief
"Loeffler and Perdue still won't support direct $2,000 checks to Georgia working families."
Read more
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) talks to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after leaving the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol on December 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. With Relief Bill Signed, Sanders Says Trump Must Get 'McConnell and His Republican Friends' to Stop Blocking $2,000 Checks
"The House must pass this legislation tomorrow and the Senate must quickly follow suit. Let's get this done—NOW!"
Read more
Volunteers load boxes of food assistance into cars at a food distribution event sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Faith Neighborhood Center, and WESH 2 at Hope International Church on December 9, 2020 in Groveland, Florida. 'A Terrible and Costly Stunt': Trump Delay in Signing Relief Bill Could Cost Millions a Full Week of Unemployment Aid
"Caused needless anguish and financial distress for tens of millions of jobless living on the brink."
Read more
Sunday, December 27, 2020
A line at the Food Bank for New York City on December 19, 2020. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) After Deadly Delay, Trump Folds and Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill
But only after the president "let 1,309 more people die from Covid-19 and 179,104 more people contract it," lamented Rep. Mark Pocan.
Read more
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on December 22, 2020. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/Getty Images) 'Surge on a Surge': Fauci Leads Health Officials Warning of Post-Holiday Coronavirus Spike
"Our darkest days in the battle against Covid-19 are ahead of us, not behind us," the nation's top infectious disease expert predicted.
Read more
Metro D.C. Socialists protesters demand $2,000 monthly Covid-19 relief checks during a December 25, 2020 demonstration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images) 'Unbelievably Cruel': Sanders Slams Trump's Intransigence as Millions Lose Unemployment Lifeline
"People are losing their extended unemployment benefits," said the senator from Vermont. "They're going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending."
Read more
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Karissa Hill (left), the daughter of slain unarmed Black man Andre' Hill, appears with civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump at a December 26, 2020 news conference in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: WAVY screen grab) Relatives, Activists, and Attorneys Demand Justice for Andre' Hill, Unarmed Black Man Killed by Columbus Police
"Until we get justice for Andre' Hill, there won't be no peace in Columbus, there won't be no peace in Ohio, there won't be no peace in America," vowed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump at a Saturday vigil.
Read more
The Psagot Winery—which is located in the illegally occupied West Bank, in the exclusively Jewish settlement of Psagot—has named a wine after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) Palestinians, Advocates Blast New U.S. Rule Requiring 'Made in Israel' Label on Settlement Goods
"Such a decision attempts to legitimize settlement-manufactured goods as well as the theft of Palestinian land and products," said Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Read more
Friday, December 25, 2020
Tens of millions of people at risk of eviction in one week "can't wait for Trump and McConnell to get on the same page," said former HUD secretary Julián Castro, adding that the CDC "must extend the moratorium immediately." (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) 'Holidays Can't Be Jolly If Your Family Is Not Safely Housed': Progressives Urge CDC to Extend Eviction Moratorium
"Allowing tens of millions of people to be evicted in the dead of winter in the middle of a resurgence of Covid-19 cases and deaths is unconscionable."
Read more
A protest against Morocco's illegal occupation of Western Sahara on December 20, 2020 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo: Javi Julio/SOPA Images/Light Rocket via Getty Images) 'A Blatant Violation': Sahrawis Dismiss Pompeo's Announcement of US Consulate in Moroccan-Occupied Western Sahara
The move comes two weeks after the U.S. became the first country to recognize Morocco's claim of sovereignty in the illegally occupied territory.
Read more
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), surrounded fellow House Republicans, speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol December 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Sanders Rips GOP for Happily Endorsing Trump's Assault on Democracy But Refusing to Back His Call for $2,000 Checks
"Pathetic," said the Vermont senator.
Read more
President Donald Trump climbs into golf cart number 45 as he golfs at Trump National Golf Club on December 13, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. 'Shameful': Trump Golfs, Tweets Election Lies as 14 Million Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits Just After Christmas
"The ability of millions of Americans to pay rent and buy groceries hangs in the balance, and Donald Trump spent the day golfing."
Read more
Thursday, December 24, 2020
'Merry... Christmas': Watch Rep. Debbie Dingell Drop House Gavel in Disgust Over GOP's Covid-19 Cruelty
"I feel like she wanted to insert a choice expletive in the middle of that."
Read more
Laurel Grindy and Paul Nixon, both volunteers with Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans, a group that offers humanitarian aid to migrants in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands shared by the U.S. and Mexico, speak to a Border Patrol agent who was manning surveillance equipment near Nogales on July 14, 2019. (Photo: Daniel Woolfolk for AFP/via Getty Images) 'Complete Disregard for Human Life': US Agents Threaten Christmas Eve Raid Against Humanitarians Giving Aid to Refugees Near Border
One volunteer noted the cruel irony of such actions "on the eve of a holiday meant to celebrate hospitality towards travelers from distant lands."
Read more
A Palestinian man using Facebook. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) Digital Watchdog Says Facebook Behind 'Intentional Decrease' in Traffic to Pro-Palestinian Pages
Sada Social Center says visits to some pages have plummeted by as much as 80%.
Read more
Amazon Workers in Alabama Clear Hurdle in Fight for Historic Union Vote
The powerful company is now reportedly pushing for an in-person vote on unionizing, despite federal guidelines urging mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Read more
President-elect Joe Biden announces Miguel Cardona as his nominee for Education Secretary at the Queen theatre on December 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. 'Unacceptable' and 'Immoral,' Say Progressives After Biden Admits He Will Be 'Unlikely' to Cancel Student Debt
While the president-elect continues to question his ability to terminate up to $50,000 in loan debt, experts say "the authority is clear."
Read more
Civil Rights Groups Denounce Georgia Officials For Closing Early Voting Sites Ahead of Senate Runoffs
"Restoring all early voting sites isn't a concession—it's restoring a baseline for voting access."
Read more
Dr. Susan Moore said she experienced medical racism in an Indiana hospital before being prematurely discharged. (Photo: Facebook/GoFundMe) 'Trying to Kill Me': Black Doctor Who Died of Covid-19 Posted Harrowing Video Alleging Medical Racism
"This is how Black people get killed, when you send them home and they don't know how to fight for themselves," said Dr. Susan Moore in a video she posted on Facebook.
Read more
An Iranian citizen reads a newspaper in Tehran following U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election, which many hope will lead to a restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal and a lifting of economic sanctions. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) As Trump Threatens War With Iran, 150 House Democrats Endorse Biden Vow to Rejoin Nuclear Deal
"Biden has a narrow window of opportunity at the start of his presidency to undo Trump's mess."
Read more
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on December 18, 2020. 'Unconscionable' on Christmas Eve: GOP Blocks $2,000 Direct Payments for Struggling Americans
"The House GOP is spending this holiday season trying to block $2,000 survival payments for families struggling to keep food on the table."
Read more
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a briefing on November 10, 2020 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. 'Unhinged, Lame-Duck President Wants to Start a War': Warnings as Trump Blames Iran for Rocket Attack
A spokesperson for Iran's Foreign Ministry called the U.S. president's accusation "baseless" and "fabricated."
Read more
Roger Stone walks through the crowd by his hotel as Trump supporters and Proud Boys held a rally in Washington, D.C., United States on December 11, 2020. 'Our Carceral System Laid Bare': Trump Pardons Cronies Stone and Manafort as DOJ Proceeds With Lame-Duck Execution Spree
"Trump is pardoning his political allies while he's executing people on death row at an unprecedented rate. His deeds are unconscionable."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
'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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
'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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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."
Read more
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.
Read more
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Wearing a face mask to reduce the chance of transmission of the coronavirus, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote May 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Warren Leads Call for DOJ to Probe 'Frenzied and Unprecedented' Spree of Federal Executions Under Trump
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, despite public health concerns, the Trump administration ended a 17-year hiatus on federal executions.
Read more
A boy kicks a ball in a camp for asylum-seekers along the U.S. border at Matamoros, Mexico. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) ACLU Reminds Biden of 'Moral and Legal Imperative' to Reverse Trump's Unlawful Asylum Policy
The civil liberties group stressed the new administration must "restore the right to asylum and end the government's ongoing violations of law."
Read more
Failed Trump Coup Gives Way to 'Brazen Attempt' by GOP to Undermine Voting Rights
"This appears to be laying the groundwork for what may be a more massive and coordinated voter suppression effort in the new year."
Read more
New York state on Tuesday enacted a moratorium on the use of biometric technology in schools. (Photo: Getty Images) New York's Suspension of Facial Recognition Surveillance in Schools 'Should Serve as a National Model,' Says Advocate
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a first-of-its-kind moratorium on biometric surveillance tools, passed by state legislators in July.
Read more
Nils Melzer, the top United Nations anti-torture official, is urging President Donald Trump to pardon Julian Assange. (Photo: Prachatai/Flickr Creative Commons) Top UN Anti-Torture Official Urges Trump to Send Message of 'Justice, Truth, and Humanity' by Pardoning Julian Assange
"WikiLeaks fights secrecy and corruption throughout the world and, therefore, acts in the public interest both of the American people and of humanity as a whole."
Read more
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is seen in the Senate subway in the Capitol on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) 'No More Caving' to Austerity Warns Sanders After Biden Lauds Paltry Covid-19 Relief Deal as 'Model' Legislation
"If we allow Republicans to set the parameters of the debate going forward, like they did in this current Covid relief bill, the next two to four years are going to be a disaster."
Read more
Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Nekzad was shot dead while on his way to mosque in Ghazni, Afghanistan on December 21, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Number of Journalists Murdered in Retaliation for Their Work More Than Doubled in 2020: Report
"The fact that murder is on the rise and the number of journalists imprisoned around the world hit a record is a clear demonstration that press freedom is under unprecedented assault."
Read more
Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with a bicameral and bipartisan group of legislators with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed on June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Biden Taps Bruce Reed, Deficit Hawk and Longtime Enemy of Social Security, for Deputy Chief of Staff
"You cannot have Bruce Reed in your administration and pretend Social Security is safe."
Read more
<p>A woman sits with her son Jaydan at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p> Class-Action Suit Sought Over 'Disturbing Pattern of Inhumane Medical Abuse' of ICE Detainees Including Forced Hysterectomies
"In many instances the medically unindicated gynecological procedures," the filing states, "amounted to sexual assault."
Read more
From "Day One" to We Will "Need Time," Team Biden Walks Back Vow to End Trump Attack on Asylum Seekers
"It appears that the inclusion of a policy in a campaign platform, or a promise by a candidate trying to win votes, doesn't actually mean that's what will be done once the person is in power."
Read more
In an effort to seal off the revolving door between special interests and government, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) recommended that President-elect Biden enact "a total ban on lobbyists employed by corporations from serving in the administration, especially at executive agencies they lobbied." (Photos: Kena Betancur/Getty Images (L) and Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images) After Four Years of 'Outright Grift' Under Trump, Trio of Democratic Senators Urges Biden to 'Padlock the Revolving Door'
To improve outcomes for people in the United States, the lawmakers wrote, the next administration must "stop special interests from profiting off of the public service of government officials."
Read more
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during the fourth day of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Graham chairs, on October 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Bill O'Leary-Pool/Getty Images) Cruz and Graham Working to Block Biden From Rejoining Paris Climate and Iran Nuclear Deals
The president-elect has vowed to return to both international agreements, which were finalized during the Obama administration.
Read more
demonstrators hold signs demanding "a livable future" From Stopping Endless Wars to Providing Real Covid-19 Relief, People's Agenda Details Crucial 'Way Forward'
"This people-first legislative roadmap for the first six months of 2021 is an urgent, brave, and just agenda."
Read more
"Mail performance has plummeted: Only 75.3 percent of first-class mail, such as letters and bills, arrived within the standard one- to three-day delivery window the week of December 5, according to the most recent agency data available," the Washington Post reported. 'DeJoy Is the Real Life Grinch': Postmaster General's Pre-Election Sabotage Fuels Christmas Delivery Delays
"No parcels are moving at all. As bad as you think it is, it's worse."
Read more
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to his office after leaving the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol on December 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Pathetic': Congress Passes Covid Relief Bill With Billions in Gifts for the Wealthy, $600 Checks for the Working Class
"You're getting a one-time $600 check to survive a pandemic, but hey, at least lobbyists can get their three-martini lunches delivered."
Read more
Monday, December 21, 2020
This statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stood in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years before its removal on December 21, 2020. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images) In 'Important Step Forward,' Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee Removed From U.S. Capitol
"Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia, that's why we voted unanimously to remove this statue," said state Sen. Louise Lucas.
Read more
"When a big bill like this comes together, your job as a lawmaker is to try to get as many of your legislative and funding priorities into the text as possible," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) 'This Is Atrocious': Congress Crams Language to Criminalize Online Streaming, Meme-Sharing Into 5,500-Page Omnibus Bill
"These types of decisions should never be made in closed-door negotiations between politicians and industry or rushed through as part of some must-pass spending package."
Read more
Justice Democrats, Sunrise Movement Applaud Latest Economic Council Picks by Biden as 'Major Win'
"President-elect Biden is entering the White House amid one of the greatest economic crises in our history, and it is critical that he has a team of advisors who are prepared to invest in workers, raise wages, and take on the 1%."
Read more
President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin participate in a video conference with representatives of large banks and credit card companies about more financial assistance for small businesses in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. House Oversight Chair Says 'Grave Concerns' Trump Team Trashing White House Records
In a letter to the U.S. government archivist, Rep. Carolyn Maloney says her committee "has no visibility into what is happening" in terms of record-keeping for administration documents.
Read more
Mike Morell, under consideration for CIA director, is also under fire for defending torture. (Photo: Witness Against Torture/Flickr/cc) Human Rights Advocates to Biden: No Torture Defenders Allowed
"Their appointment would undermine the rule of law and U.S. credibility around the world. It would be a callous rebuke to... all those who care about human rights and the protection of basic dignity."
Read more
With New Covid-19 Strain 70% More Transmissible, Nations Rush to Contain Spread From UK
"Scientists should watch and worry, yes, but the rest of us need not panic."
Read more
U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar (R) speaks at a January 28, 2020 news conference on the emerging Covid-19 crisis as CDC Director Robert Redfield stands by. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) House Democrats Subpoena HHS and CDC Chiefs Over Alleged Political Interference in Covid-19 Response
"The subpoenas were necessary because... efforts to interfere with scientific work at CDC were far more extensive and dangerous than previously known," asserted Rep. James Clyburn.
Read more
People wait in line to receive donations from the food pantry at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on December 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) 'Slap in the Face for People Suffering Across the Country': Critics Slam Watered-Down Covid Relief Deal
"Congress must pass this bill to address the immediate need, but let's be clear: this should be considered a down payment at best."
Read more
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) arrives on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. '$600 Is Not Enough,' Say Progressives as Congressional Leaders Reach Covid Relief Deal
"How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? We didn't send help for eight months."
Read more
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is seen during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on August 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. As Congressional Leaders Strike Relief Deal, AOC Slams Democrats for Trying to 'Lock Their Left Flank in the Basement'
Ocasio-Cortez said that while Republicans "leverage their right flank to gain policy concessions and generate enthusiasm," Democrats shut progressives out.
Read more
Michael Flynn listens to President Trump during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Trump Reportedly Floated Michael Flynn's "Martial Law" Suggestion During White House Meeting
"A week ago 126 of my Republican colleagues violated the Constitution by supporting Trump's attempt to steal the election. How many support Trump's discussion of military dictatorship?" asked Rep. Bill Pascrell.
Read more
Protesters rally demanding economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic at Time Square on August 5, 2020 in New York City. Day After GOP Senator Blocked Direct Payments Twice, Poll Shows 88% of Likely Voters Support More $1,200 Checks
"Maybe—just maybe—it's time Congress listened to the American people," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Read more
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Anger Mounts as Democrats Accuse GOP of Imperiling Covid Relief With Effort to 'Sabotage a Biden Presidency'
"After weeks of refusing to acknowledge Biden's victory, some Republicans have now decided that sabotaging his presidency is more important than helping our economy recover."
Read more
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on December 18, 2020. 'This Is His Top Priority': McConnell Advances Another Trump Judge as Covid Relief Bill Remains Unfinished
"As a government shutdown looms, and as the pandemic rages on across America, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to push through Trump's judges until the very end."
Read more
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) attends a rally on December 04, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. With Perdue and Loeffler Under Fire for Shady Transactions, Warren Intros Bill to Ban Lawmakers From Trading Stock
"With U.S. senators brazenly trading stocks to profit off a raging pandemic, the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act is more urgent than ever."
Read more
Local residents who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic wait in line at a Thanksgiving meal take home kit food distribution organized by the L.A. Mission, November 20, 2020, outside Compton Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. Fewer Jobs, Rising Poverty: Scathing Report Finds Trump Economic Legacy 'One of the Worst Among All US Presidents'
"American businesses and workers are struggling to survive because President Trump refused to listen to advice from public health experts and economists about the best way to handle the coronavirus."
Read more
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on December 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'A Catastrophe for Millions of Workers': McConnell Trying to Block Extension of Paid Sick and Family Leave
The paid leave benefits have helped prevent thousands of coronavirus cases each day, but Republicans want them to expire.
Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks during an interview with MSNBC in the Russell Rotunda in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. After Billionaires Gained $1 Trillion in Wealth, Says Sanders, It Is Not 'Radical' to Demand More $1,200 Stimulus Checks
"The American people cannot wait any longer. They need economic relief now."
Read more
Because 'It Is the American Healthcare System,' Experts Anticipate Surprise Medical Bills for Covid-19 Vaccines
" The vaccine must be free and available for everyone," said Medicare for All advocate Rep. Pramila Jayapal. "But we also need to fix a broken, for-profit healthcare system that allows loopholes and surprise bills to happen."
Read more
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at his transition headquarters on December 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images) To Help 'Reshape How America Engages a Changed World,' Biden Given Slate of Progressive Foreign Policy Picks
"There are, in fact, an impressive number of people who could legitimately fill those jobs and question the dominant perspective on foreign policy and national security."
Read more
The fiancée of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, speaks during an exclusive interview on May 18, 2019. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) In Appeal to Biden, Khashoggi's Fiancée Calls for Release of CIA Report on Brutal Saudi Murder
Ahead of the November election, the president-elect said that "Jamal Khashoggi and his loved ones deserve accountability."
Read more
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on December 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Republican Senator Who Voted for Trump's $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for the Rich Blocks $1,200 Stimulus Checks
"Millions are falling into poverty, and Ron Johnson—who loves tax cuts for the rich—is blocking help."
Read more
NDS troops escort alleged Taliban fighters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on January 23, 2019. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images) Investigative Reporting Details Massacres, Reign of Terror by US-Backed Death Squads in Afghanistan
The Americans, said the head of one provincial government, "step on all the rules of war, human rights, all the things they said they'd bring to Afghanistan," and are "conducting themselves as terrorists."
Read more
'A Moral Necessity': House Dems Introduce Resolution Pushing Biden to Cancel Up to $50,000 of Student Loan Debt
"Starting on January 20, it's up to us to rebuild the bridge to the middle class for millions of Americans. Let's start by cancelling the debt."
Read more
Demonstrators rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2019 to protest a proposal to add a citizenship question in the 2020 census. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Supreme Court Punts on Trump Attempt to 'Use the Census as a Political Weapon to Disempower Communities of Color'
"If this policy is ever actually implemented, we'll be right back in court challenging it," vowed the ACLU attorney who argued the case.
Read more
Participants behind a banner reading "COVID BEHIND BARS = DEATH" attend a rally at Rikers Island in New York. As Pandemic Rages On, Analysis Finds 1 in 5 People in US Prisons Infected With Covid-19
The new data follow the ACLU's warning that America's "unique obsession with incarceration has become our Achilles heel when it comes to combating the spread of Covid-19."
Read more
Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be administered to frontline healthcare workers in Reno, Nevada on December 17, 2020. (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images) 'Baffling': Trump Admin Reportedly Slashing Vaccine Allocations to States While Millions of Doses Sit on Shelves
"We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses," Pfizer said.
Read more
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) waits to enter a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on August 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In Secret-Ballot Vote, House Democrats Overwhelmingly Deny AOC a Powerful Committee Seat
"It is very clear the party leadership is working to shut out progressives and has no intention of working with the left to 'build back better.'"
Read more
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is seen in the basement of the Capitol before a Senate vote on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Last-Minute GOP Push to End Emergency Lending Programs Condemned as Effort to 'Sabotage the Economy,' Undermine Biden
"Republicans are threatening to blow up an agreement to provide basic relief to Americans now if they can't cripple the ability of Biden administration and the Fed to offer more help next year."
Read more
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are seen after a news conference to discuss the House passed Heroes Act and coronavirus relief legislation in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Democrats Urged to Fight for Bigger Relief Checks as Lame-Duck Trump Privately Backs Payments as Big as $2,000
"Pro-tip for Democrats: Don't ever let Donald effing Trump be pushing for bigger direct relief checks than you are," said one progressive activist.
Read more
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Prisoners seen here hooded and shackled at the U.S. Navy prison in the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Flickr Creative Commons) Guantánamo Defense Attorney Implores Biden to Stop Cycle of Impunity by Holding Trump Accountable for His Crimes
"The only way to demonstrate that America believes in the rule of law, and to achieve eventual unity, is to hold people accountable," argues Alka Pradhan. "Otherwise, a 'more perfect union' will forever be out of reach."
Read more
The American tech giant Google LLC is facing three antitrust lawsuits. (Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'We Are at a Monumental Turning Point': Sued by 38 Attorneys General, Google Hit With Third Antitrust Case
"Google's anti-competitive actions have protected its general search monopolies and excluded rivals, depriving consumers of the benefits of competitive choices, forestalling innovation, and undermining new entry or expansion."
Read more
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) 'A Perfect Choice': Progressives Applaud Biden Pick of Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary
"We can make real progress on stopping climate change and ensure sovereignty and dignity for all native people and justice for all."
Read more
President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly tapped Michael Regan, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, to be EPA Administrator. Michael Regan, the NC Official Reportedly Tapped to Be Biden's EPA Head, Urged to 'Genuinely Address Environmental Injustice'
"Regan and the rest of the Biden-Harris administration need to pair their lofty rhetoric on environmental justice with consistent action."
Read more
People's Action Calls On Biden to Transform Labor Dept Into Agency That Protects Workers—Not Corporations
"While we at People's Action believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is an example of the type of person ready to transform the landscape for working people in solidarity with the movement, we're ready to welcome any labor secretary ready to do the same."
Read more
Empty streets are a sign of the times throughout Gaza, which is living under a government-imposed coronavirus curfew. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) Palestinians Left to Wait—and Die—as Israel Prepares to Vaccinate Against Covid-19
"Israel has the legal, moral, and humanitarian responsibility to vaccinate the Palestinian population, which lives in distress under its control," wrote the editors of one leading Tel-Aviv paper.
Read more
Climate campaigners gathered outside the global headquarters of Lloyd's of London on September 1, 2020. (Photo: Insure Our Future Global/Twitter) Under Pressure From Climate Activists, World's Largest Insurance Market to Ditch Coal, Tar Sands, and Arctic Projects
"An Insure Our Future welcomed the step but also said that "Lloyd's 2030 deadline is not justified by climate science and the urgent need for action."
Read more

Pages