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Friday, December 18, 2020
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.
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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."
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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.
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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.'"
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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."
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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.
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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.
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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."
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Not Just 'Build Back Better': Climate Groups Call on Biden to 'Build Back Fossil Free'
"Biden can take the bold action we need on Day One, including immediately ending new fossil fuel permits and project approvals and declaring a climate emergency to ignite our clean and democratic energy revolution."
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'Republican Party Doesn't Give a Damn About You': McConnell Admits Direct Checks Only Included to Help GOP Win in Georgia
"Given that this conversion only came after 'Kelly and David got hammered,' no one should be fooled—or let him get away with it."
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff (L), a signatory to the Business Roundtable's 2019 statement on corporate purpose and a proponent of so-called "stakeholder capitalism," continued to prioritize the interests of shareholders in 2020—laying off 1,000 workers despite a 28% increase in revenue compared to last year—even after vowing not to do so during the pandemic's early stages. (Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) 'Sick': Most Profitable US Companies Fired Workers, Enriched Shareholders During Pandemic
"This is a global crisis but the big companies are not treating it as one—they haven't skipped a beat."
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) removes her mask to speak during a press conference on August 5, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. 'We Are Not Embarrassed Enough': Ilhan Omar Slams Congress for Failing the Public on Covid Relief
"It's really quite shameful that we find ourselves negotiating a deal with such a small amount of money."
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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) speaks during a news conference following the weekly meeting with the Senate Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol on December 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Gratuitously Cruel': Outrage as GOP Tries to Prevent People on Unemployment From Also Receiving Stimulus Check
"Funny enough, they never take issue with doubling down on corporate bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy."
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Climate campaigners rally outside BlackRock headquarters in New York City on August 11, 2020. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Survey Shows Americans—Regardless of Partisan Affiliation—Don't Want Biden to Appoint a Corporate Cabinet
"People across party lines want an administration that is run by people who care about the public interest—not by corporate executives, lobbyists, and consultants."
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Climate activists gathered outside the CNN studios in New York, where a Town Hall on Climate Policy was held on September 4, 2019. Groups Provide Biden With Draft Climate Emergency Order to Help Put Out 'Fire Fanned by Trump'
The president-elect "must take bold action the moment he steps into the Oval Office, without punting to a dysfunctional Congress."
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, locusts move through the Arabian Peninsula in Dhamar, Yemen on June 7, 2020. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) UN Warns New Wave of Locust Swarms Threatens Food Security of Millions in East Africa
"We must not waiver. Locusts keep growing day and night and risks are exacerbating food insecurity for vulnerable families across the affected region."
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Protesters in a Black Lives Matter march in Washington, D.C. on June 3, 2020. (Photo: Tasos Katopidis/Getty Images) Civil Rights Groups Urge Biden to Nominate Attorney General Dedicated to 'Bedrock Principle of Equal Justice'
"We need an attorney general... committed to ending discrimination; addressing white supremacy and hate violence; and advancing racial, gender, disability, ethnic, religious, immigrant, and LGBTQ justice."
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In 'Landmark' Moment, London Coroner Lists Air Pollution as a Cause of Young Girl's Death
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the coroner's report must mark "a turning point so that other families do not have to suffer the same heartbreak."
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton awaits the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill September 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Progressives Denounce Trump SEC's "Gift to the Oil Industry" as Anti-Corruption Rule Gets Neutered
Section 1504 of Dodd-Frank requires fossil fuel companies to disclose payments to foreign governments, but outgoing SEC chairman Jay Clayton just weakened the anti-corruption rule.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been unafraid to criticize members of her own party when she feels they have failed to serve working-class Americans. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Ocasio-Cortez Warns Biden That War and Wall Street Appointees Are a 'Huge Reason We Got Trump'
The congresswoman attributed the rise of Trump partly to "extreme disdain for this moneyed political establishment that rules Washington."
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A police officer stands by as a campaigner against a third runway at Heathrow Airport holds a placard in front of paint thrown by another protester at the Supreme Court in London on December 16, 2020 after the verdict on a legal challenge to the proposed runway. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images) Campaigners Outraged After Top UK Court Overturns Ban on 'Climate-Wrecking' Third Runway at Heathrow
"It's time to take our demand straight to the government—it can still change its plans for Heathrow expansion," says Friends of the Earth.
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As Trump Continues Killing Spree, Pressley Leads Call for Biden to Immediately Abolish Death Penalty
"Your historic election with record turnout represents a national mandate to make meaningful progress in reforming our unjust and inhumane criminal legal system," wrote the lawmakers to Biden.
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A yacht belonging to British billionaire Joe Lewis, pictured in Butler's Wharf on July 3, 2018 in London. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Study of 50 Years of Tax Cuts For Rich Confirms 'Trickle Down' Theory Is an Absolute Sham
"Major tax cuts for the rich since the 1980s have increased income inequality, with all the problems that brings, without any offsetting gains in economic performance."
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Amid Mounting Progressive Pressure, Congressional Leaders Reportedly Planning to Include Direct Payments in Relief Package
"I will not vote for a Covid package that doesn't include survival payments and unemployment relief for the American people. It's a red line," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing before House Education and Labor Committee December 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. School Privatization Zealot Betsy DeVos Reportedly Urging Career Education Staff to Obstruct Biden Agenda
One House Democrat said he can't wait for January 20, "when this disgrace is pushed out the door and her bags are dropped at the curb."
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Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm speaks at the Moscone Convention Center on October 3, 2019 in San Francisco, California. 'Two Powerhouse Leaders': Environmentalists Applaud Biden Selections of Granholm, McCarthy for Key Climate Posts
"Joe Biden's entire government must be dedicated to mobilizing for an end to the fossil fuel era, and these announcements are a step in the right direction."
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"Shrouding his calendar in secrecy likely violates the letter of the law, and certainly violates its spirit," said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight. Months After AOC Demand and Federal Suit, USPS Releases DeJoy Calendar That Is 'Almost Entirely Redacted'
"Haul Louis DeJoy in front of a criminal grand jury for his postal sabotage and subversion of our elections," said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Nina Turner, the former Ohio State senator and Bernie Sanders national campaign co-chair, speaks at a rally in Philadelphia on July 11, 2019. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'Let's Do This!': Progressive Powerhouses Swiftly Endorse Nina Turner After She Announces House Run
Rep. Ro Khanna said that the former Ohio state senator "will bring a phenomenal commitment to a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and free public college."
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Young people, clergy members and essential workers rallied to call on congressional leaders to pass federal relief that goes directly to individuals and state governments on May 15, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Congressional Progressive Caucus Calls for 'Direct Payments of at Least $2,000' for Working Families
"Congress cannot continue to ignore the hunger, pain, and economic uncertainty that millions of people are facing," argues a grassroots coalition.
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his then-wife MacKenzie Bezos—now Scott—participated in the opening ceremony of the Washington Post's new location January 28, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Jeff Bezos owns the newspaper. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) With $4.2 Billion in Direct Giving, MacKenzie Scott, Formerly Bezos, 'Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class'
"The bulk of these gifts are to the works of mercy during this pandemic—food banks, direct social service organizations, emergency funds, and support services for the most vulnerable."
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The federal government has failed to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the monarch butterfly, despite a 90% drop in population this century. (Photo: John Flannery/Flickr/cc) Despite 90% Population Plunge, Trump Admin Refuses Monarch Butterflies Endangered Species Protection
"The immediate answer is two things. One, we restore a lot of habitat. And two, we try to convince our fellow citizens and particularly our politicians that we have to do something about greenhouse gases."
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The group Public Citizen has launched a new web tool to track the Trump administration's (Image: Public Citizen) New 'Trump Lame Duck Temper Tantrum' Tracker Will Document Final Gasps of Nation's Infantile Outgoing President
The online tool "will help journalists and all Americans track the final, vindictive actions of this hateful administration."
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Republican Sens. David Perdue and and Kelly Loeffler speak at a campaign event on November 13, 2020 in Cumming, Georgia ahead of the state's January 5 runoff election featuring Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the outcome of which will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images). 'Raking in Cash From Major Financial Interests': Wall Street Gives Millions to Georgia Lawmakers in Bid to Maintain GOP-Controlled Senate
"Conservative outside groups are also raking in cash from major financial interests for the Georgia Senate runoffs in an attempt to keep these seats—and the Senate—for the GOP."
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'Political Consolation Prize'? Biden Picks Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary Despite His Lack of Relevant Experience
"Uber and Lyft must be ecstatic. If you have a newfangled scheme to undermine workers by deploying the language of management consultants and futurism... Pete is the credulous mark you seek."
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A file photo shows the FSO Safer supertanker permanently anchored off Yemen's Red Sea coast, west of Hodeida. Researchers Warn of Looming Oil Spill Four Times Larger Than Exxon Valdez If Urgent Action Not Taken
A "regional environmental and humanitarian disaster" is guaranteed should the oil escape from an aging tanker in the Red Sea.
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A deep injection well used for disposal of wastewater is seen in California's Kern County, located over the Monterey Shale, which has endured a dramatic increase in oil drilling and hydraulic fracking in recent years. (Photo: Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) 'The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified': Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town's Rights of Nature Law
"PGE throwing another lawsuit at us to try to bring us to heel, when our community has overwhelmingly said 'hell no' multiple times."
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A grizzly bear takes a stroll on an autumn day in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (Photo: Ania Tuzel Photography/Flickr/cc) 'Most Anti-Wildlife President in History' Puts Out Lame Duck Rule to Gut Species Protection
"Today's rule will have devastating consequences for some of America's most iconic species, including the grizzly bear, whooping cranes, and Pacific salmon."
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'A Troubling Indication of What Could Be to Come': Biden Quietly Adds Goldman Sachs, Big Tech Officials to Transition
"We cannot move forward in a new direction with just the same people, including some of the people who are responsible for the mess we are in."
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'On the Verge of Global Vaccine Apartheid': Rich Countries Hoard Supplies as Poorest Left Out
"Unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 for years to come."
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People protest against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project outside the Governor's Mansion on November 14, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. Biden Urged to Stand Against Line 3 as Water Protectors Battle Dirty Tar Sands Pipeline
"We fight on because we must."
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Diane Yentel of the National Low Income Housing Coalition said that the consequences of congressional inaction on housing relief "will be deadly and costly—for children and families, for communities, and for our country's ability to contain the pandemic." (Photos: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images and John Moore/Getty Images) Wall Street Titan Gloats Over Pandemic Profits From Rentals as Eviction Tsunami Looms
"Blackstone was a huge winner coming out of the global financial crisis, and I think something similar is going to happen," said the private equity firm's billionaire CEO Stephen Schwarzman as millions brace for eviction.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran on December 14, 2020. Calling for End to 'Economic War,' Rouhani Says Iran Will Rejoin Nuke Deal If Biden Agrees
"Either everyone will implement the JCPOA as it is or they don't. If they do, we will too," said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
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Attorney General William Barr leaves after attending a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 2020. 'Disgusting Legacy and Stain on Democracy': As Barr Resigns, Democrats and Rights Groups Say Good Riddance
"Bill Barr won't be missed. He is a corrupt liar who attacked our democracy and did an injustice to justice in this country."
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) speaks alongside a bipartisan group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress on December 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Bipartisan Relief Package Includes Plan to Retroactively Immunize Corporations From Coronavirus Lawsuits
One worker advocate warned that, if passed, corporate liability protections would "lead to more illness and death."
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Monday, December 14, 2020
'They Don't Care About the Little Guy': Progressives Take Aim at Greed of GOP Senators in Crucial Georgia Runoffs
To win on January 5, organizers say, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock should focus on getting direct economic relief to struggling Americans, raising the minimum wage, and the greed of the Republican Party.
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Protesters gathered outside ExxonMobil's annual shareholder meeting in May 2019. 'Grossly Insufficient': ExxonMobil Lambasted Over Emissions Reduction Plan That Pledges No Reduction in Absolute Emissions
"Any company that fails to keep pace with what science demands threatens its future while endangering the rest of us with escalating climate impacts and systemic risks to the global economy."
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Wisconsin electors cast their votes for president in Madison on December 14, 2020. (Photo: Morry Gash/Getty Images) 'The Will of the American People': Official Electoral College Vote Finalizes That Biden Won and Trump Lost
Despite a "cacophony of lies and disinformation" from the outgoing president, said one campaigner, the results are clear.
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A medical staff member closes the zipper of a body bag that contains a deceased Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 25, 2020 in Houston. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) 'It Never Had to Be Like This': 300,000 Dead in US From Covid-19 Under Donald J. Trump
"It is equal to a 9/11 attack every day for more than 100 days."
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A journalist is seen bleeding after police started firing tear gas and rubber bullets near the 5th police precinct following a demonstration to call for justice for George Floyd, a black man who died while in custody of the Minneapolis police, on May 30, 2020 in Minneapolis. Report Details 'Staggering' Number of Attacks on US Journalists, Press Freedoms in 2020
"This report shows an unprecedented press freedom crisis engulfing the United States."
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Wisconsin protesters demand that every vote is counted in the 2020 presidential election at a rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 7, 2020. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for MoveOn) 'Unreasonable in the Extreme': Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Yet Another Trump Attempt to Undo Biden Victory
The state's high court dismissed the Trump campaign's challenge as "meritless on its face."
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"It seems oddly fitting that a presidency that began with a reference to 'alternative facts' is ending with references to 'alternate' electors," said one observer. (Photo: Fox & Friends/Screenshot) From 'Alternative Facts' to 'Alternate Electors': Stephen Miller Pushes Absurd New Strategy in Face of Trump Loss
"They're actively attempting a coup. It's extremely stupid. But that is what it is and it's beyond troubling."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks with reporters in the Senate subway on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Sanders Says Congress 'Cannot Go Home for Christmas Holidays' Without Delivering $1,200 Direct Payments
"Congress should be working 24 hours, seven days a week until we pass a bill that provides emergency assistance to the American people in their time of need."
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13 Million More Girls Expected to Be Forced Into Marriage Due to Covid-19 Lockdowns and Economic Hardship
"I believe that a whole lot of girls would have gone through early marriage silently because movements were restricted and we can't reach them," Sierra Leonean First Lady Fatima Maada Bio said.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been deprived of his liberty since his arrest in London in December 2010. (Photo: Claire Doherty/Getty Images) Assange's Partner Decries 'Atrocious' Prison Conditions in Appeal for Australian Intervention
"The Australian government should just pick up the phone and speak to its closest allies and show its concern and secure his safe release," said Stella Morris.
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'The Actual Scandalous Headline Is Medics Need Two Jobs to Survive': AOC Defends Paramedic Outed by NY Post
"It's not like she does anything shameful for money, like writing for the New York Post ."
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People gather at the Michigan state capitol for a so-called "Stop the Steal" rally in support of outgoing President Donald Trump on November 14, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Due to 'Credible Threats of Violence,' Michigan Capitol Shuttered as Electoral College Meets to Confirm Biden Victory
"It is a sad fact that the shameful actions by certain Republicans to smear our democratic institutions and deny the clear will of the voters has undeniably created this dangerous, hostile atmosphere."
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Volunteers prepare to load boxes of food assistance into a line of waiting cars at the Share Your Christmas 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. Thanks to GOP Stonewalling, Experts Say Congress 'Already Too Late' to Prevent Lapse in Unemployment Benefits
"We will find ourselves early next year in the midst of a humanitarian crisis brought upon by cruel indifference."
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Fast-food workers, cashiers, cooks, delivery people, and their supporters hold a rally outside New York City Hall on May 24, 2017. Warren Joins Chorus Urging Biden to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour for Federal Contract Workers on Day One
"While the president cannot—without Congress—increase the federal minimum wage, the president can, through executive power, increase the minimum wage of workers on federal contracts."
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UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on a ramp at UPS Worldport in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, December 13, 2020. 'What a Failed State Looks Like': GOP Under Fire for Blocking Necessary Funds as Covid Vaccine Distribution Begins
"The end of a tragic, crippling pandemic is in sight and Senate Republicans can't get around to authorizing any money to complete the job."
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Sunday, December 13, 2020
At least seven designated hate groups received federal coronavirus relief money. (Photo: <a href="https://flickr.com/photos/taedc/36022635602/in/photostream/">Ted Eytan</a>/Flickr/cc) 'Ridiculous': Anti-LGBTQ Groups and Businesses Got Millions in Federal Coronavirus Relief, Analysis Reveals
"Now, the government is doing even more to help hate groups by handing them millions of dollars in forgivable loans."
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<em>Permanent Record</em> by Edward Snowden is displayed on a shelf at Books Inc. on September 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Snowden, alleging the book violates nondisclosure agreements. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) GOP Lawmaker Claims 'Trump Is Listening to the Many of Us Who Are Urging Him to #PardonSnowden'
The NSA whistleblower has used his platform to pressure the president to pardon someone other than himself: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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Members of the Proud Boys and Antifa stand off near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Thousands of protesters who refuse to accept that President-elect Joe Biden won the election rallied ahead of the electoral college vote to make Trump's 306-to-232 loss official. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) "In Case There Was Any Doubt Regarding 'Stand By'": Four People Stabbed After Pro-Trump DC Rally
"This is all on you, Republicans. You have enabled all of this."
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Saturday, December 12, 2020
Coastal vegetation is seen burning close to the beach on December 7, 2020 in Fraser Island, Australia, also known as K'gari. (Photo: Greg Nature Slade/Getty Images) 'Can Anybody Still Deny That We Are Facing a Dramatic Emergency?' Asks UN Chief at Climate Summit
"If we don't change course," he warned, "we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3 degrees this century."
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Margaret Keenan, 90, who was the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine, talks with healthcare assistant Lorraine Hill while preparing to leave University Hospital Coventry on December 9, 2020, a day after receiving the vaccine. (Photo by Jonny Weeks/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) As FDA Gives Pfizer and BioNTech the Green Light, Global Calls Continue to Mount for a #PeoplesVaccine
Campaigners are warning that nine out of 10 people in poor countries are set to miss out on Covid-19 vaccine in 2021.
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Friday, December 11, 2020
Police barricades stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on December 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) 'Exactly What the Country Needs Right Now': SCOTUS Rejects Texas Suit Challenging Election Results
"It's over over over over and 90% of GOP needs to recognize reality."
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Fighter planes parked on the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 29, 2016. (Photo: Seaman Casey S. Trietsch/U.S. Navy/Flickr/cc) With Endless War Abroad and Endless Suffering at Home, Peace Group Warns Against Making NDAA Fight All About Trump
"While we commend Congress for not ceding to Trump's demands, particularly on the question of Confederate base names, we must not lose sight of the fact that the FY21 NDAA is about much more than that."
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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) talks with reporters during a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Citing 14th Amendment, Pascrell Says These GOP House Members Shouldn't Even Be Sworn In
"The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."
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Local residents line up outside the food pantry Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger to receive free food during the Covid-19 pandemic on April 23, 2020 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Question: How Should the Left Judge Biden's Success? Answer From a Leftist: 'How Many People Stop Going Hungry' Is One Good Way
"Honestly, if Biden is able to keep his own campaign promises," says Justice Democrats co-founder Saikat Chakrabarti, "that'll be pretty good."
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In Just 'Two-Ish Minutes,' AOC Details Progressive Accomplishments From First Two Years in Office
Often accused of being ineffective by conservatives and centrists, the congresswoman highlighted her work passing legislation, serving her constituents, and leading House investigations into corruption and fraud.
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The barriers to Medicare for All, wrote Matt Bruenig of the People's Policy Project, "are not technical deficiencies or costs, but rather political opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats who would rather spend more money to provide less health care." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) 'Seems Like a Good Policy!' CBO Shows Medicare for All Could Cover Everyone for $650 Billion Less Per Year
The analysis shows that administrative costs under a single-payer healthcare system "will be lower than what even the most rabid Medicare for All supporters have traditionally claimed."
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Presiden Donald Trump has been named "Loser of the Year" by the German news magazine Der Spiegel. (Photo: Michael M. Santiago./Getty Images) 'Without Decency and Without Dignity': German Newsweekly Der Spiegel Names Trump 'Loser of the Year'
"The country is more divided than ever since the times of the Civil War. This is not a by-product of Trump's politics, it is their goal."
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Andrew Saul testifies before the Senate Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration on October 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 220,000+ Sign Petition Demanding Biden 'Clean House' of Trump Social Security Appointees on Day One
"Donald Trump's political appointees are undermining our Social Security system, and Biden must remove them immediately."
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'Harebrained' Texas Election Lawsuit a Serious GOP Attack on Democracy, Warn Experts
"Trump will leave office in January. But the attorneys general who are aiding his failed coup are just getting started."
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Moroccan women in Rabat on November 29, 2020 protesting the impending normalization of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel. (Photo: Jalal Morchidi/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) Trump Deal to Trade Occupied Western Sahara for Morocco Normalizing Ties With Israel Denounced Worldwide
"Only the people of Western Sahara can decide their own future as they have an inalienable right to self-determination recognized by the U.N.," said one Sahrawi official.
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An ad by Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff criticizes Republican Sen. David Perdue's opposition to $1,200 stimulus checks. 'There for His Donors, But Not for Us': Ossoff Ad Blasts Perdue Over Opposition to $1,200 Stimulus Checks
"We needed our senator's help, but for David Perdue, we weren't the priority."
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Participants attend Earth Hour 2018 in front of the Brandenburg Gate on March 24, 2018 in Berlin. 'We Need to Get Off the Current Road to Hell,' Say Former UN Climate Leaders
Global ambition to avert climate catastrophe "must shift quickly to another scale, beyond recognition."
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Then a Democratic presidential candidate, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden campaigned with former Secretary of State John Kerry on December 6, 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Noting Nation's Unparalleled Contributions to Global Crisis, 100+ Groups Push Biden to Commit US to 'Fair Share' of Climate Action
The letter to the president-elect calls for not only rejoining the Paris agreement, but also "bold, equitable, and ambitious emissions reductions and a commitment to support less wealthy countries to do the same."
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Brandon Bernard "died with dignity and love, in spite of the cruel, unjust system that condemned him to die as a result of egregious prosecutorial misconduct," said anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean. (Photo: EPA/via Shutterstock) Calls to "Abolish the Death Penalty" Grow as Trump's Last-Minute Execution Spree Kills Brandon Bernard
"In a world of incredible violence, the state should not be involved in premeditated murder," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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President Donald Trump watches as UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan speak on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2020. After Senate Effort Fails, Biden Urged to Block 'Corrupt and Dangerous' $23 Billion Weapons Sale to UAE
"Our government should not sell a single bullet to the UAE, much less billions of dollars in deadly military equipment."
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People line up in cars to receive food at the Share Your Christmas food distribution event in Kissimmee, Florida on December 10, 2020. AOC Slams House Republicans for Spending Their Time Trying to Overturn Trump Loss While 'People Are Starving'
More than half of the House GOP caucus has endorsed a likely doomed-to-fail Texas lawsuit seeking to undo the results of the November presidential election.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks on the Senate floor on Thursday, December 11, 2020. 'Congress Cannot Go on Recess Without Providing This': Sanders, Hawley Move to Attach $1,200 Payments to Must-Pass Spending Bill
"It would be outrageous and simply unacceptable for members of Congress to go home to their families when tens of millions of working-class families in this country are facing economic desperation."
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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Convention chair Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo: Paul Morigi/WireImage) Biden Provokes Frustration by Sidestepping Rep. Fudge for USDA, Treating HUD as 'Consolation Prize'
"His transition team has made a completely avoidable, self-inflicted injury by appointing Tom Vilsack to USDA."
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With Baseless Claims of 'Irregularities,' 100+ House Republicans Sign Onto Texas Lawsuit to Overturn Election Results
"Millions face joblessness, foreclosure, or eviction. And 100 House Republicans are focused today on insisting the election was rigged."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol on October 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Not $300. Not $600. $1,200 at a Minimum': Bernie Mobilizes Progressive Forces for Direct Cash Stimulus
"Corporate welfare? Endless amounts of money," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. "Now when children are going hungry in America and so many families are struggling, suddenly we don't have enough money?"
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CDC Director Robert Redfield (L) with President Donald Trump during a daily coronavirus briefing on April 22, 2020 at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) CDC Official Says She Was Told to Delete Email on Kids' Covid-19 Risk to Match Trump's School Reopening Message
"Federal employees have affirmative obligations to preserve documents, and destruction of federal records is potentially illegal," warned Rep. James Clyburn.
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'Pass the Damn Covid Relief Bill': Shoplifting of Essentials on Rise as Millions Struggle to Feed Families
"This state of austerity is an artificial cruelty designed to redistribute wealth, enrich the obscenely wealthy, and keep us under the thumb of employers and politicians."
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) takes part in a Fridays For Future protest in front of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) in Stockholm on September 25, 2020. In Must-Watch Video, Greta Thunberg Warns Humanity 'Still Speeding in Wrong Direction' on Climate
The global crisis, says the youth leader, "cannot be solved without system change. That's no longer an opinion. That's a fact."
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Yahya Wehelie talked about being on a no-fly list, leaving him stuck in Cairo, Egypt for almost two months on July 20, 2010 in Burke, Virginia (Photo: Mark Gail/The Washington Post via Getty Images) In 'Big Win for Religious Freedom,' US Supreme Court Rules Muslims Put on No-Fly List Can Sue FBI
"For decades now, government surveillance and anti-Muslim policies have been an unavoidable fact of life for American Muslims. Because of this ruling, American Muslims now know that they can speak out and fight back in court against injustice."
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USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress taking-off at the 1998 Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo. Boasting of 'Combat Power' to Threaten Iran, US Flies Two Massive B-52 Bombers Over Persian Gulf
The Pentagon predictably described the maneuver as defensive, even though it was the U.S. that pushed the two nations to the brink of war repeatedly over the past several years.
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President Donald Trump attends a rally in support of Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) on December 5, 2020 in Valdosta, Georgia. The rally with the senators comes ahead of a crucial runoff election for Perdue and Loeffler on January 5, which will decide who controls the U.S. Senate. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) With Senate—and Nation's Future—at Stake, Corporations Pouring Money Into Georgia for GOP
From Ford to Visa to Verizon, journalist Judd Legum reports corporations are spending big "to keep McConnell in charge."
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There is growing pressure on banks and financial institutions to stop financing fossil fuel projects. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) New Report Shows How Banks and Financial Firms 'Gambling Away Our Future' by Bankrolling Oil and Gas Projects
"The only reasonable decision for investors in this situation is to green their portfolio and to quit companies planning new fossil investments now."
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Climate Action, Indigenous Rights Groups Among Those Championing Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary
"It's time that Indigenous people have authority over stolen land."
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"I feel pride today, but also a sense of shame I cannot seem to shake," said David Beasley, executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme. "We are having our media moment while hunger still rages." (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Receiving Nobel Prize, World Food Programme Chief Warns 'We Are Losing Battle Against Hunger'
"We are losing the battle against hunger as never before," warned WFP's David Beasley. "And we are losing it most in Yemen."
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Volunteers prepare food assistance for the needy at the Share Your Christmas food distribution event on December 9, 2020 in Groveland, Florida. 'Deeply Disturbing' Surge in Layoffs Spotlights Cruelty of Trump-GOP Refusal to Boost Unemployment Benefits
"The nation's health and economy are going backwards, not forwards, because Republicans and the leader of their party have spent months doing the very opposite of what is needed."
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U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani attend a signing ceremony at the White House on September 15, 2020. 'Shameful': Senate Republicans—and Two Democrats—Kill Effort to Stop Trump's Lame-Duck Sale of F-35s and Drones to UAE
"The United States should be working to deescalate conflict in the Middle East, not fueling it by selling more and more weapons to regimes using them to kill civilians," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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