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Friday, March 12, 2021
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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Family members of slain Myanmar democracy protester Chit Min Thu mourn at the 25-year-old's funeral on March 11, 2021 in Yangon. (Photo: Getty Images) UN Expert Warns Myanmar Coup Regime Likely Perpetrating 'Crimes Against Humanity'
"The people of Myanmar need not only words of support but supportive action. They need the help of the international community, now."
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Howard University Hospital staff members received Covid-19 vaccination doses on December 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Nobel Economists: Suspend Vaccine Patents to Halt Pandemic
A new paper from the scholars also calls for restructuring of poor nations' debt and rejection of austerity policies.
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Protesters demand New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation following a series of sexual harassment accusations against the Democrat and an attempted cover-up of Covid-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes on March 2, 2021 in New York City. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Ocasio-Cortez, Bowman Say Cuomo 'Can No Longer Effectively Lead'
A majority of New York lawmakers and over half of the state's Democratic congressional delegation are demanding the governor's resignation.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) walks through the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 5, 2021. (Photo: Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Sanders Invites Amazon Worker to Testify About Inequality Alongside Jeff Bezos
"Bezos has become a symbol of the unfettered capitalism that we are living under right now," said the Vermont senator.
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Yemenis holding banners gather to stage a protest by demanding the end of the war, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces to stop the airstrikes, and the blockade on July 5, 2020. Biden Urged to Force End to US-Backed Saudi Blockade After Chilling Report on Starving Yemeni Children
"President Biden should demand: 'MBS, lift the blockade'... This is a moment for moral clarity and bold leadership."
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Minority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Total Hypocrisy!' Sanders Rips GOP for Pushing Estate Tax Repeal While Rejecting Covid Relief as Too Costly
"While Senate Republicans told us we cannot afford to provide $1,400 direct payments to the working class, they had no problem introducing a bill this week to repeal the estate tax."
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on February 24, 2021. 'Fire This Guy': DeJoy Gives Himself an 'A,' Asks Congress for Money to Further Slow Mail
"Frankly, your leadership of the Postal Service has been an utter disgrace," Rep. Rosa DeLauro told DeJoy during a hearing Thursday.
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Thursday, March 11, 2021
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), chairman of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, speaks during a hearing on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Powell yesterday said the U.S. economy has a long way to go before fully recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and will need further support. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) Democrats Introduce Bill to 'Help Bridge the Digital Divide Once and for All'
"In 2021, we should be able to bring high-speed internet to every family in America—regardless of their zip code," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
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Mack Beggs wrestled against Mya Engert during the quarter finals of the Texas Wrestling State Tournament on February 24, 2017 at Berry Center in Cypress. Beggs was assigned female at birth, so he was only allowed to compete in the league for girls. (Photo: Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 'Unjust and Discriminatory': Mississippi Bans Trans Students From Sports Teams Matching Their Identity
LGBTQ+ rights advocates are warning about the law's impact on trans children and sounding the alarm about similar bills in other states.
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Activists rally outside Pfizer headquarters in New York City on March 11, 2021. #PeoplesVaccine Day of Action Calls for Big Pharma to 'Drop the Patents'
"The pandemic has made clear that we are connected to people around the world, and our futures are tied to theirs," said Ben Levenson of People's Action Justice is Global campaign.
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Bloomington, Indiana anti-death-penalty activist Glenda Breeden holds a lamp on Jan. 12, 2021 while protesting against the then-pending execution of Lisa Montgomery, and two others, at Terre Haute Federal Prison this week. Montgomery was to be put to death on Wednesday. President Donald Trump's administration has sped up the execution of prisoners on death row during the last months of his presidency. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) UN Experts Urge Biden to Abolish 'Inherently Flawed' Death Penalty
"There is no time to lose with thousands of individuals on state death rows across the country and several executions scheduled at state level in 2021."
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People of various faiths around the world on Thursday joined a day of action for climate justice. (Photo: Philbert Aganyo/Twitter) People of Faith Worldwide Rise Up for 'Strong, Principled Climate Action'
"No religious tradition sanctions the destruction of nature," said one Catholic leader. "Yet this is exactly what governments, financial institutions, and major corporations are doing."
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People gather during the Count Every Vote Rally at Independence Hall on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for MoveOn) 'They Run on Shrinking the Vote': Tens of Millions Threatened by GOP Attack on Voting
Democrats can eliminate the filibuster to pass legislation to stop voter suppression, said journalist Ari Berman, "or they can allow [the] GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade."
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President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan on March 11, 2021 in the Oval Office of the White House. President Biden Signs Sweeping $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Package Into Law
"This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation—working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country—a fighting chance."
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 People gather around a man after he was presumably hit by a car on the 110 north freeway during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Activists Say Oklahoma Bill Declares 'Open Season' on Protesters
"This is an abhorrent use of legislative power that reeks of racial animus and must be stopped," said Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
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Warning Against 'Democratic Version of Ajit Pai,' Groups Call for FCC Pick Without Telecom Ties
"Americans desperately need a return to an FCC that is an empowered advocate for the public, not the telecom industry."
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People hold signs calling for President Joe Biden to support a Green New Deal and end his support of pipelines and the fossil fuel industry in St. Paul on January 29, 2021. (Photo: Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Researchers Say 'True Climate Leadership' by US Would Be 60% Emissions Reduction by 2030
"Having the U.S. taking such strong action would reverberate across the world, and result in other countries also stepping up to adopt the kind of targets they need to make global net-zero a reality."
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to people at a vaccination site on March 8, 2021, in New York. (Photo: Seth Wenig / Pool /AFP via Getty Images) 'Cuomo Needs to Resign': Calls Grow for Governor's Ouster After Sixth Accuser Claims Being 'Groped'
"One resignation will not change the deeply systemic issues we have in our society," said N.Y. State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, a Democrat. "But, it is a start."
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Protestors march across the Brooklyn Bridge holding a sign to "tax the rich" on March 5, 2021 in New York City. $1.3 Trillion 'Pandemic Profits' of US Billionaires Could Pay for Two-Thirds of Biden Covid Relief Plan
"These obscene gains of wealth during a pandemic prove that our economy is clearly designed for billionaires to profit, while millions suffer."
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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) speaks during a House debate session to ratify the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Jayapal Demands Investigation Into 3 House Republicans for 'Involvement in the Deadly Attack on the Capitol'
"I didn't know if I would make it out alive on January 6th. GOP members who aided insurrectionists or stoked the flames that day must be held fully accountable."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Capitol Hill on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'We Need a People's Vaccine, Not a Profit Vaccine': Sanders Urges Biden to Support Push to Suspend Pharma Patents
"Ending this pandemic requires collaboration, solidarity, and empathy. It requires a very different mindset—a mindset that puts people over profits at every turn."
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., celebrate signing the American Rescue Plan Act at a bill enrollment ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol after the House passed the $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief package on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Pensioners, Labor Groups Applaud Key $86 Billion Provision in Covid-19 Relief Package
"Millions of Americans can feel confident today knowing that the retirement benefits they have earned and paid for will be there when they need them."
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Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri, arrested while doing her job at a protest last year, was acquitted of two misdemeanor charges. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register) Journalist Andrea Sahouri, Arrested at Black Lives Matter Protest in Iowa, Found Not Guilty of 'Bogus Charges'
"If reporters are arrested and hauled away from protests, that denies people the right to know what's going on in their community."
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Critics of facial recognition technology note that it is less effective in identifying women and minorities. (Photo: Violeta Stoimenova/Getty Images) Activists and Rights Groups Sue Clearview AI, Warning 'We Won't Be Safe' Until Facial Recognition Firm Is Gone
"There can be no meaningful privacy in a society with Clearview AI," said lead attorney Sejal Zota.
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Reproductive justice activists rally for safe abortion access Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Get Rid of Helms Amendment—'A Racist, Colonial Relic'
One analysis estimates the repeal would result in 19 million fewer unsafe abortions each year.
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Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal counsel at Our Children's Trust, stands with some of the youth plaintiffs from the landmark lawsuit <em>Juliana v. United States</em>. (Photo: courtesy of Robin Loznak) Youth Climate Activists Seek Court Ruling That US Fossil Fuel-Based System Is Unconstitutional
A win in the case would "hold current and future lawmakers accountable for protecting the rights of youth," said attorney Julia Olson.
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Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) is seen during a House Armed Services Committee hearing in the Rayburn Building on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. 'Golden Voted Against Helping the People of Maine': Meet the One Democrat Who Voted No on Covid Relief Bill
"Imagine voting against a bill that cuts child poverty in half, increases healthcare subsidies, provides direct relief to 90% of Mainers, and supports our schools and town budgets."
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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: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) Resurrected Politically, Lula Goes After Bolsonaro's 'Moronic' Handling of Covid-19 Pandemic
"This country is disorganized and falling apart because it has no government," said the former Brazilian president.
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A girl wearing a protective mask amid the Covid-19 pandemic sells shoes at an open-air market in Syria on February 24, 2021. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Doses Hoarded by US, UK, and EU Could Vaccinate Adults in 20 Countries Facing Worst Humanitarian Crises
"Vaccinating people living in conflict is not just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do."
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Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. Police De-Militarization Bill Reintroduced to Bar 'Gifts of Grenade Launchers and High-Caliber Rifles'
"Before another town is transformed into a war zone... we must rein in this program and revisit our view of the safety of American cities and towns."
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President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2021. Not One Single GOP Vote as House Democrats Send 'Historic' $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill to Biden's Desk
"This relief bill is the difference between dignity and despair for millions of America's working families," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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A Muslim woman participates in an English as a second language class at the Rohingya Cultural Center in Chicago on February 10, 2020. (Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images) Rights Groups Say Biden's Denial of Visas to Victims of Muslim Ban Has 'Cemented Trump's Legacy of Harm'
"To those families whose dreams were crushed by the Muslim Ban over the past four years, the Biden administration has sent a clear message: sorry, start over and pay us again."
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New Report to Expose War Industry Lobby Behind $264 Billion US Nuclear Missile 'Boondoggle'
Progressive lawmakers are urging Biden to halt the missile program, arguing it would "divert limited resources from higher priority needs."
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Andrew Saul arrives for his confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration before the Senate Finance Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Growing Chorus Implores Biden to Fire Trump Holdovers Who Support 'Dismantling and Cutting' Social Security
"Our Social Security system is in danger every day Andrew Saul remains in charge at the Social Security Administration."
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asks questions during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on December 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Don't Patronize Me': Katie Porter Tears Into Oil Exec for Claiming His Industry Doesn't Get Special Tax Breaks
"The wonderful Rep. Katie Porter provides a signal moment in congressional history. And it's a sign of the weakening position of the oil industry—no deference to these liars any longer."
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People hold placards during a protest in support of Amazon workers in Union Square, New York on February 20, 2021. House Passage of Historic Union Rights Bill Intensifies Pressure on Dem Senators to 'Stop Hiding Behind' Filibuster
"Once again, the key obstacle in the way of passing this legislation is the Jim Crow filibuster."
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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Deb Haaland, nominee to be Interior Secretary, attends President Joe Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Schumer Vows to Push Through 'Republican Obstruction' and Confirm Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary
The Senate majority leader said he "just filed cloture to move ahead" with the New Mexico congresswoman's nomination.
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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), then a presidential primary candidate, delivered a campaign speech at the Iowa State Fair on August 10, 2019. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 'Stop Talking About Dr. Seuss,' Tim Ryan Implores GOP, 'And Start Working With Us on Behalf of the American Workers'
His comments came ahead of a House vote on the PRO Act, which aims to protect the rights of workers to unionize and collectively bargain for better pay, benefits, and working conditions.
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Medical lab scientists Glenda Daza (L) and Emily Degli-Angeli (R) work on samples collected in the Novavax phase 3 Covid-19 clinical vaccine trial at the University of Washington's Retrovirology Lab at Harborview Medical Center on February 12, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images) 70% of US Supports Removing Vaccine Patents, Sharing Recipes Globally to 'Bring This Pandemic to an End'
"In the battle against Covid-19, we must always remember that Covid anywhere is Covid everywhere. We can't end the pandemic or rebuild the economy without a vaccine that is free, fair, and available to all."
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Hundreds of women in Mexico City take part in a demonstration on March 8, 2021 to commemorate International Women's Day, demanding an end to gender-based violence. (Photo: Carlos Tischler / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) WHO Finds Violence Against Women 'Remains Devastatingly Pervasive,' Affecting 1 in 3 Worldwide
"Violence against women is endemic in every country and culture, causing harm to millions of women and their families, and has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic."
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Climate campaigners in Madison, Wisconsin demonstrate in support of fossil fuel divestment on April 4, 2014. (Photo: depthandtime/flickr/cc) 'A Big, Big Deal': Climate Activists Applaud Rutgers University's Fossil Fuel Divestment Plan
"This powerful decision," said Naomi Klein, "sends an unequivocal market message that the era of fossil fuels is finally coming to an end and that our collective future rests with clean, renewable energy."
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Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during a press conference at the Carter Center on August 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. 'I Am Disheartened, Saddened, and Angry': Jimmy Carter Condemns Georgia GOP's Voter Suppression Push
The former president slammed the Republican-controlled Legislature of his home state for trying to "turn back the clock" on voting rights.
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"I knelt down… begging them not to shoot and torture the children, but to shoot me and kill me instead," Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng said of her attempt to dissuade police officers in Myitkyina, Myanmar from shooting people at a pro-democracy demonstration on March 8, 2021. (Photo: Twitter screengrab via Reuters) 'Kill Me Instead': Despite Nun's Pleas, Military Junta Shoots Pro-Democracy Protesters in Myanmar
"We heard loud gunshots, and saw that a young kid's head had exploded, and there was a river of blood on the street," said Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng. "We need to value life. It made me feel so sad."
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pauses while speaking as Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) react during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) 'An Enormous Win': Progressives Hail Official End of DCCC Consultant Blacklist
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the ban had "created a lot of dissuasion against candidates even considering grassroots organizing firms."
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Workers in Durham, North Carolina go on strike to demand a $15 minimum wage on February 16, 2020. 'A No-Brainer—And Long Overdue': Report Finds Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Would Boost Pay of 32 Million
Three-quarters of the workers who would benefit are represented by senators who opposed including the pay hike in the next relief package.
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Baby borneo orangutan seen playing in conservation, West Java, Indonesia on July 2, 2019. Calling Covid-19 a Crisis of Humanity's Own Making, Coalition Says Healing 'Broken Relationship With Nature' Key to Stopping Next Pandemic
Unless preventative action is taken, there is "a high risk that we will make the same mistake again."
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Antitrust expert Lina Khan at her home in Larchmont, New York on July 7, 2017. Applause as Biden Picks 'Antitrust Trailblazer' Lina Khan for FTC Spot
"She is a thought leader and the embodiment of the modern antitrust movement. Big move."
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People stand in line outside of the Georgia State Capitol to pay respects to the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on July 29, 2020 in Atlanta. 'Jim Crow in a Suit and Tie': Georgia Senate Approves Massive Assault on Voting Rights
"One of the worst voter suppression bills in the country" just advanced in Georgia's Republican-controlled legislature.
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy adjusts his mask as he testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing February 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 'It Definitely Stinks': Lawmaker Demands SEC Probe of Huge Stock Buy Just Before DeJoy Announced USPS Vehicle Contract
"If that is not suspicious, I don't know what is. Somebody clearly knew something."
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Progressive Takeover of Nevada Democratic Party Sparks 'Mass Exodus' of Staff, Consultants
"What they just didn't expect is that we got better and better at organizing and out-organizing them at every turn," said Judith Whitmer, newly elected chair of the Nevada Democratic Party.
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Monday, March 8, 2021
A sign hangs outside of a Wells Fargo bank branch on October 7, 2020 in Niles, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) As Wells Fargo Sets New Financed Emissions Goal, Climate Campaigners Warn 'Net Zero Is Not Enough'
"What matters most now are concrete actions in 2021 to stop funding fossil fuel expansion and setting a timeline for phasing out fossil fuel financing overall."
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Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures during an event titled: "Dialogue about inequality with global unions and general public" at the Geneva Press Club on March 6, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images) Ruling Restores Right of Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva to Challenge Bolsonaro in 2022
"The election starts today," said one prominent political reporter. "It's virtually impossible Lula won't be a candidate.
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Hospital-Owning Frist Family 'Made a Killing' During Pandemic, With Wealth Soaring by $8.1 Billion
"HCA and the Frists join the ranks of pandemic profiteers that have seen their fortunes soar during a time of national tragedy."
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A majority of New Yorkers support using the funds raised through a financial transactions tax to invest in green energy and infrastructure jobs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Push for Robinhood Tax Grows as Poll Shows Majority in NY Support Levy on Wall Street Trades
"There's really no good argument for not doing this except that Wall Street is very nervous about this escalating into the first successful progressive tax reform in 50 years."
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"A time for us to recommit ourselves to the cause of equity and equality for women the world over, and to shine a light on the systemic obstacles that fuel gender disparities and undermine women’s potential." (Photo: Getty/ Stock Photo/LordHenriVoton) Biden Signs Two Executive Orders to Advance Gender Equality on International Women's Day
"Let us recommit to the principle that our nation, and the world, is at its best when the possibilities for all of our women and girls are limitless."
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A young protester holds a sign reading "Protect Water" during a Line 3 pipeline protest in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota on January 29, 2021. 'A Climate Time Bomb': 370+ Groups Urge Biden to Immediately Halt Line 3 Pipeline
"It's up to President Biden to continue with the country's renewable energy agenda and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. After his action to halt Keystone XL, stopping Line 3 is essential."
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A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) 'Frightening' New Data Shows Humanity Has Degraded or Destroyed Two-Thirds of World's Rainforest
"We need to stop destroying forests and other nature, for the sake of our health, biodiversity, and climate."
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Video footage showing Rochester, New York police violently arresting a woman who was with her 3-year-old child at the time. (Photo: Rochester Police Department) 'It Should Have Stopped': Rochester, NY Police Again Under Fire After Officers Pepper-Spray, Tackle Mother Holding Toddler
"The trauma inflicted on this little girl and her mother will be a permanent scar and will ripple out into the community for years to come."
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A woman participates in a protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's Anti-Terror bill on June 12, 2020 in Quezon City, Philippines. Activists marked Independence Day by staging protests against the draconian anti-terrorism legislation. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) 'Bloody Sunday': Left Activists, Labor Leaders Executed in Philippines After Duterte Says 'Finish Off' the Communists
"The government's increasingly brutal counter-insurgency campaign... no longer makes any distinction between armed rebels and non-combatant activists, labor leaders, and rights defenders."
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President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable with Americans who will benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic relief check on March 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Unlike $1.9 Trillion GOP Tax Scam, Democrats' $1.9 Trillion Relief Plan 'Puts Money in Hands of Working People'
Sen. Bernie Sanders called the American Rescue Plan "the most significant piece of legislation to benefit working families in the modern history of this country."
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) walks on the senate side of the Capitol Building on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Hard to Overstate How Big This Is': Joe Manchin Signals He Is Open to Filibuster Reform
Manchin floated a return to the talking filibuster, which would represent a major change to the current "no-show filibuster" that allows obstruction via email.
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Sunday, March 7, 2021
A voter arrives to drop off he ballot during early voting in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 29, 2020. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) As Biden Unveils Order to Boost Voting Access, Dems Urged to Beat Back GOP Voter Suppression
"Government, at all levels, should tear down barriers to the ballot, not build them as we are seeing in far too many places," said Wade Henderson of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
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Rep. Pramila Jayapa (D-Wash.) is seen on the House steps of the Capitol during a vote on the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act, on Friday, February 26, 2021. 'We Must Deliver on This Issue': Jayapal Vows to Fight for $15 Minimum Wage
The Congressional Progressive Caucus chair said that despite the Senate failing to include the wage boost in the relief bill, the fight for $15 must go on.
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Saturday, March 6, 2021
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) passes through a hallway at the U.S. Capitol March 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Sanders Praises Passage of Covid Relief Bill to Address 'The Myriad Crises That We Face'
Following a lengthy overnight session, the U.S. Senate passed the rescue bill 50-49 with no Republican support.
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<p>Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) departs after the day's proceedings in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on February 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Covid Relief Bill Nears Vote After Manchin Works to Further Limit Aid
"To be clear, Senator Manchin is choosing to vote against his constituents, but clearly support his donors," said Democratic Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois.
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Friday, March 5, 2021
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), worth more than $10 million, was one of eight Democrats to vote against including a federal minimum wage increase in the Senate's coronavirus relief package. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/AFP via Getty Images) 'Shameful': Millionaire Senators Vote Against Popular Minimum Wage Raise That Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty
"It is despicable and unacceptable that there is not unanimous support among Democrats in Congress for a $15 minimum wage," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman.
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Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn) (L) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) have called for an end to the filibuster. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) 'It Has to Go': The Demand to End Filibuster Intensifies in US Senate
"The filibuster didn't come from the Constitution, or from our founders," argued Sen. Tina Smith, one of a growing number of Democrats now coming out against the arcane procdure.
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Playwright Bill C. Davis, in 2015, attends the Paris premiere of his play "Avow." (Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images) Award-Winning Playwright, Longtime Common Dreams Contributor Bill C. Davis Dies at 69
Award-winning playwright, artist, political activist, and veteran Common Dreams contributor Bill C. Davis has died at the age of 69 due to complications from COVID-19. According to the Washington Post , Davis' death on February 26 at a care facility in Connecticut was confirmed by his sister,...
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rescue operation 'Saving Lives Is Never a Crime': Aid Groups Reject Charges Over Mediterranean Refugee Rescue Missions
"This is a political declaration of intent to criminalize solidarity, and it has a deadly consequence: people die, when they could be saved," said the crew of the vessel Iuventa.
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Roger Garbey and Andres Hernandez install a solar panel system on the roof of a home on January 23, 2018 in Palmetto Bay, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) 'Good Jobs for All': Sunrise Movement Launches Campaign to Fight Climate Crisis With Work Guarantee
"With so much work to do building a better society that works for all of us, there's no reason anyone in the richest country in the history of the world should be unemployed, underemployed, or working a job that isn't in the public interest."
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A member of the U.S. Marine Corps deployed during the Iraq War. (Photo: Cpl. Brian M. Henner/USMC/flickr/cc) 'We Need to Make Sure It's Done Right': Peace Advocates Welcome Biden Move to Limit War Powers
The president and Congress, said one leading anti-war campaigner, "must work together to actually end the decades long fighting, killing, dying, and spending that is on automatic pilot."
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Jerry Moran, a Republican from Kansas and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, from right, Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and ranking member Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, talk before a confirmation hearing on January 27, 2021. Here Are the 8 Democrats Who Just Joined GOP to Vote Down Sanders' $15 Minimum Wage Amendment
"Every single Dem who voted against a $15 minimum wage should be primaried."
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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a combined news conference following a two-day international conference on Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine research and a meeting to decide whether Ebola in DR Congo still constitutes health emergency of international concern on January 12, 2020 in Geneva. 'We Need to Be on a War Footing': Head of WHO Calls for Vaccine Patent Waivers to Halt Pandemic
"Dr. Tedros is right," said Oxfam International. "It's time to end vaccine monopolies."
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"In the name of counterterrorism, U.S. presidents have for two decades authorized unlawful, secretive, and unaccountable killing abroad," the ACLU's Hina Shamsi said on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) ACLU to Biden: Do Not 'Review' Drone Killing Program—End It Once and for All
"Tinkering with the bureaucracy of this extrajudicial killing program will only entrench American abuses," said the group's national security expert.
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Service industry workers listen to remarks and hold up signs during a rally on January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C. House Progressives Urged to 'Wield Their Power' to Fight Senate Sabotage of Covid-19 Relief Bill
"Democrats as a whole will pay the electoral price if they fail. The costs will not be simply borne by a few moderates who buck the Democrats' popular agenda items."
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at a press conference on school reopening during Covid-19 at U.S. Capitol on March 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'They Should Be Ashamed': With Jobless Benefits to Expire in 9 Days, Republicans Pull Out All Stops to Obstruct Relief Bill
"When Sen. Johnson voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, he didn't force staff to read the bill. But now that working people need help, he's forcing a delay."
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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Neera Tanden, nominee for director of the Office and Management and Budget (OMB), on February 9, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ting Shen/Getty Images) Bernie Sanders Slams Ron Johnson After Republican Forces Reading of 628-Page Coronavirus Relief Bill on Senate Floor
"Good thing we have time during a national emergency to do this," quipped the independent senator from Vermont.
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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. (Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images) GOP Senators Opposed to Becerra for HHS Have Taken Nearly $10 Million From Big Pharma: Analysis
"While Xavier Becerra has spent his career taking on the pharmaceutical industry for their corrupt price gouging, Senate Republicans have spent their political careers lining their pockets with millions of dollars from Big Pharma."
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a Covid-19 vaccination site at the Hard Rock Stadium on January 6, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. ( FBI Urged to Probe Corrupt Vaccine Favoritism by Florida's GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis
"If this isn't public corruption, I don't know what is."
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"The next three months are pivotal," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. "I'm asking you to reach deeply to protect our nation's health, and to protect your loved ones." (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) 'We Need to Remain Vigilant': Health Experts Warn Rollback of Covid Restrictions Threatens Life-Saving Gains
"We must not relinquish the ground we've gained," said Dr. Barbara Alexander, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
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Supporters of then-President Donald Trump and his "stolen election" lie attack the U..S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Analysis Finds Jan. 6 Insurrectionist Mob Was 'Hodgepodge' of Unaffiliated Right-Wing Extremists
"Inspired by a range of extremist narratives, conspiracy theories, and personal motivations, individual believers made up a significant portion of the crowd at the Capitol."
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) talks with reporters at the end of the third day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. 'Stop Nickel and Diming the American People': Anger Grows as Senate Democrats Move to Deny Relief Checks to 17 Million
"While you're quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS."
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 Palestinians carry injured people following an Israeli military strike on a UN school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on August 3, 2014. At least 10 people were killed in a fresh strike on a UN school in southern Gaza which was sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli military offensive, medics said. (Photo by Ali Hassan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) 'No One Is Above the Law': Rashida Tlaib Rips Biden Admin's Opposition to ICC War Crimes Probe of Israel
The Michigan congresswoman said the ICC "has the authority and duty to independently and impartially investigate and deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and war crimes in Palestine."
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During a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd, a demonstrator holds her hands up while kneeling in front of police officers on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images) GOP Bill That 'Does Nothing But Criminalize Peaceful Protest' Advances in Florida Legislature
"We know the true nature of this bill and its origins," said the ACLU of Florida. "It is not about public safety, but about criminalizing peaceful protesters advocating for racial justice."
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'Outrageous,' Says Sanders After Corporate Lobby Calls Sharing Vaccine Recipe With World's Poor 'Misguided'
"I urge the Biden administration to support the proposal to waive vaccine-related IP rights at the WTO to rapidly expand supplies of vaccines."
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Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) speaks during a news conference with other House Democrats to discuss H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. As House Passes For the People Act Without One GOP Vote, Progressives Warn Bill Is 'Dead' If Senate Filibuster Remains
"Let's not be coy: Mitch McConnell will filibuster these reforms to death unless pro-democracy senators stop him."
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Opponents of an abortion ban in Arkansas protested at the statehouse Wednesday in outfits inspired by The Handmaid's Tale. (Photo: Arkansas Abortion Support Network/Facebook) In Bid to Force SCOTUS Review, Arkansas Lawmakers Pass 'Plainly Unconstitutional' Near-Total Ban on Abortion
Amid public health and financial crises, said the ACLU of Arkansas, "it is especially reprehensible that so many lawmakers remain hellbent on a harmful crusade to intrude on people's personal autonomy."
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U.S. meatpacking workers process a pig carcass. (Photo: Government Accountability Office) 'Utterly Damning 'Docs Reveal Meatpacking Industry Fought Feeble Covid-19 Safeguards Under Trump
"These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors."
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"Last week's airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Wednesday. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/30749030226/in/photolist-NRbPpy-4cPgfr-MWyHdh-dn52Jo-NrQtvC-NRd5c7-f6WC8U-3rVon-8BmeWr-oHWmcn-NRcBCL-dm3wuw-ny3ZWs-ny3LWN-5R6v39-NrK85N-4cPghK-dcx89x-6xyMuC-dcx7Sn-nQtHrG-NUreR2-9jSqAJ-NLwZHp-6g8sFo-dqjgME-dm3wyY-pPbAjc-p6mPg8-dcx8TB-oWX5rg-MWyQDE-NJ2kxs-MWC5t7-NRbrXq-NRbEXU-MWBEiU-LH After Airstrikes in Syria, Senators Introduce Resolution to Repeal Some Presidential War Powers
The measure takes aim at 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the Gulf and Iraq wars but not the 2001 AUMF that passed after the 9/11 attacks.
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gray wolf Wolf Slaughter in Wisconsin Spurs Call for Biden to Reinstate Federal Protection for Iconic Species
"Wisconsin's actions offer a tragic glimpse of a future without federal wolf protections."
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A Rolling Rebellion protest in Seattle on February 25, 2015. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc) Indivisible Launches For The People Project to 'Unrig Our Democracy and Make it Work for All'
"We're holding nothing back as we work to make D.C. the 51st state, protect the rights of voters, and root out corruption in our government."
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United States and Cuban flags fly side-by-side near Cuba's Capitol Building in Havana on March 20, 2016, ahead of then-President Barack Obama's visit to the island nation. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 80 House Democrats Urge Biden to Repeal Trump's 'Cruel' Sanctions on Cuba, Reverse US Hostility
"With the stroke of a pen, you can assist struggling Cuban families and promote a more constructive approach," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the president.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a news conference outside of the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 19, 2020. AOC Warns Biden That Giving Relief Checks to Fewer People Than Trump Would Be Nonsensical 'Own-Goal'
"If anything we should be more generous, not more stingy," the New York lawmaker said to her fellow Democrats.
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A fireball explodes in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment on July 20, 2018. Israeli aircraft and tanks hit targets throughout the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Bashar Taleb/AFP via Getty Images) Human Rights Advocates Applaud Confirmed ICC War Crimes Probe in Palestinian Territories as Step Toward Justice
"The #cycleofimpunity—and reoccurrence—must be #broken," tweeted one human rights attorney.
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President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Madness': In Cave to Right-Wing Dems, Biden Agrees to Further Limit Eligibility for Direct Payments
"Some people who got checks when Trump was president won't get them now that Biden is president. There is no upside to this, only the massive downside of handing Congress to the Republicans next year."
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In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, wind turbines stand adjacent to a coal-fired power plant on November 18, 2020. (Photo: Oliver Berg/picture alliance via Getty Images) Cancel All Coal Projects to Have 'Fighting Chance' Against Climate Crisis, Says UN Chief
"Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal."
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall on Capital Hill on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'A Test of Our Humanity': Ilhan Omar Unveils Bill to Sanction Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Murder
"Every minute Mohammed bin Salman escapes punishment is a moment where U.S. interests, human rights, and the lives of Saudi dissenters are at risk."
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Volunteers and healthcare workers prepare Covid-19 vaccine doses at a vaccination hub location in League City, Texas on February 5, 2021. 'Endangers the Entire Country and Beyond': Grave Warnings as Texas Gov. Abbott Lifts Covid Restrictions
"Make no mistake: opening Texas prematurely will only lead to faster Covid spread, more sickness and overcrowding in our hospitals, and unnecessary deaths."
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