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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Major Victory as $226 Billion New York Pension Fund Announces Largest Fossil Fuel Divestment of Its Kind
New York is the first U.S. state to release a fossil fuel divestment plan.
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Dozens of protesters gather in front of Jeff Bezos' residency on 5th Avenue in Manhattan on August 9, 2020. New Research Shows 'Pandemic Profits' of Billionaires Could Fully Fund $3,000 Stimulus Checks for Every Person in US
"America's billionaires could pay for a major Covid relief bill and still not lose a dime of their pre-virus riches."
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Tom Vilsack meets with staff members on Tuesday September 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C. 'A Terrible Decision': Progressives Denounce Biden Pick of 'Mr. Monsanto' Tom Vilsack as Ag Secretary
"We need a USDA Secretary on the side of everyday people. If this is not the fox guarding the henhouse, it's pretty damn close."
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks during a press conference on July 7, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ilhan Omar Rips Congress for Approving $740.5 Billion Bill to 'Appease Defense Contractors' While Skimping on Covid Relief
"It is unconscionable to pass a Pentagon budget that continues to fund unnecessary projects and endless wars during a time of widespread suffering across our country."
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on December 2, 2020. 'This Is Atrocious': Trump White House Proposes Covid Relief Plan With $0 Weekly Unemployment Boost
"The president's proposal starts by cutting the unemployment insurance proposal being discussed by bipartisan members of the House and Senate. That is unacceptable."
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C. on December 7, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) 'No Dissents': US Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Trump Allies' Bid to Overturn Loss in Pennsylvania
Lawyers for the commonwealth argued that the petitioners asked the justices to "undertake one of the most dramatic, disruptive invocations of judicial power in the history of the republic."
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Long lines plagued many primary and general elections in 2020, as here in Atlanta, Georgia on June 9, 2020. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Civil Rights Groups Sound Alarm Over Planned Closure of More Than Half of Early Runoff Voting Sites in Key Georgia County
The coronavirus pandemic "has had extremely harsh effects in Black and Latinx communities and makes in-person voting on Election Day an untenable option for many voters," the groups' letter states.
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"For many people, eviction can lead to death," said Helen Matthews of City Life/Vida Urbana, a housing nonprofit in Boston. (Photo: Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) 'Home Means Everything': Campaigners Aim to Stop All Evictions for Duration of Pandemic
"This is a time where it's not an overstatement to say that for many people, eviction can lead to death."
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Trump's Food Box Program Running Dry as US Hunger Crisis Heads Into Holidays
"People can't believe the government promised food and reneged."
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Plastic waste fills a beach on April 18, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) Over 550 Groups Urge Biden to Become #PlasticFreePresident With Eight Executive Actions to Address Pollution Crisis
"Implementing this historic plan would protect vulnerable frontline communities and marine life while addressing a key driver of climate change."
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WikiLeaks founder and whistleblowing journalist Julian Assange faces up to 175 years behind bars in the U.S. if he is extradited and found guilty of violating the Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (Photo: Richard Baker/In Pictures/Getty Images) 'Not a Criminal': Top UN Anti-Torture Official Urges Julian Assange's Release
The WikiLeaks founder's "prolonged solitary confinement in a high security prison is neither necessary nor proportionate," said United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a protest at the U.S. Capitol on October 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Sanders Leads Senate Demand for $1,200 Stimulus Checks Over 'Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card' for Corporations
"The American people need help and they need help now."
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'Time Is Running Out for Millions': Progressives Rally for People's Bailout as McConnell Pushes Corporate Immunity
"This is the moment to save lives and to boldly chart a path towards a more equitable future through a just recovery from Covid."
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Yemeni children hold pictures of airstrike victims during a rally outside the United Nations Office in Sana'a, Yemen Top Democrat Condemns Trump Plan to Sell 'Most Highly Sophisticated Killing Machine' to UAE
"Does it make the Middle East safer," asked Sen. Chris Murphy, "or does it just make defense companies richer?"
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Flames are visible from a flaring pit near a well in the Bakken Oil Field. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which is odorless when it comes directly out of the gas well. (Photo: Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis via Getty Images) 'Methane Misinformation': Report Details Broken Climate Pledges of Oil and Gas Giants
"No amount of spin changes the fact that the oil and gas extraction is wreaking havoc on our communities and our climate."
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is "considering" student debt relief. (Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) 'It's the Right Thing to Do': Schumer, Incoming NY Reps Urge Biden to Cancel Student Loan Debt
"You don't need Congress, all you need is the flick of a pen and President-elect Biden—then President Biden—can make this happen," the Senate minority leader said.
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'They Pointed Guns at My Kids': Outrage After Florida Cops Raid Home of Scientist Who Refused to Censor Covid-19 Data
"DeSantis needs to worry less about what I'm writing about and more about the people who are sick and dying."
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Tom Vilsack Sustainable Farming Advocates Warn Biden That Vilsack 'A Very Bad Pick' for Ag Secretary
"America needs an Agriculture secretary that will finally prioritize sustainable family farming and national food security over corporate profits."
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"Amazon Ring cameras are dangerous, not just for the people who buy them, but for their neighbors, their communities, and society as a whole," said Evan Greer of Fight for the Future. (Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) A Threat to 'Both Society and Consumers': New Campaign Urges Reviewers to Stop Recommending Amazon Doorbell Cameras
"Ignoring the broader societal impact of a product does not make your review 'neutral,' it makes it reckless and incomplete."
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A sign on the entrance to a pharmacy reads "Covid-19 Vaccine Not Yet Available", November 23, 2020 in Burbank, California. Trump 'America First' Vaccine Order Denounced as 'False Choice' That Ignores Real Problem: Pharma Monopolies
"Monopolies have no place in a pandemic—especially for scientific insights that build upon billions of dollars in public money."
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President Donald Trump makes a phone call as he golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 26, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. 'What Can We Do to Fix It?' Trump Reportedly Offered to Help Pennsylvania GOP Attempt to Overturn Biden Win
"It may not be working, but this is still dictator stuff, and let's not ever let ourselves get used to it."
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Gen. Lloyd Austin testifies during a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on September 16, 2015. 'Bad News': Biden Picks Retired General and Raytheon Board Member Lloyd Austin as Pentagon Chief
Raytheon, one journalist pointed out, is "a key sup­pli­er of bombs to the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen that has lob­bied aggressively in opposition to curbs on arms sales to the Sau­di-led coali­tion."
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Monday, December 7, 2020
Polar bears stand on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo: Lev Fedoseyev/TASS via Getty Images) In 'Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate,' Court Rejects Trump Approval of Offshore Drilling Project in Arctic
While welcoming the win, activists vowed to continue fighting against destructive oil and gas extraction in the region.
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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón moved to fulfill a campaign promise to end cash bail on his first day in office. (Photo: Shawn Calhoun/Flickr/cc) On First Day in Office, LA County District Attorney George Gascón Announces Move to End 'Unsafe and Unjust' Cash Bail
"I recognize for many this is a new path… Whether you are a protester, a police officer, or a prosecutor, I ask you to walk with me."
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Millions of Tenants 'Headed for Absolute Disaster' After New Year, Owing Average of Nearly $6,000 in Rent and Utilities
"This is like a Charles Dickens novel. It's an evolving story of how people at the bottom are suffering."
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A woman looks at the destruction in Haulover in the Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region, Nicaragua, on November 28, 2020, days after the passage of Hurricane Iota. (Photo: Inti Ocon/AFP via Getty Images) As World Teeters on Brink, Over 250 Scientists and Scholars Warn of Full-Fledged 'Societal Collapse'
"It is time to invite each other into difficult conversations, so we can reduce our complicity in the harm, and be creative to make the best of a turbulent future."
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power plants On Way Out the Door, Trump EPA Rejects Tightening Deadly Soot Pollution Standards
"The failure to strengthen particulate-matter protections is a dereliction of duty that puts lives at risk."
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Victory for Transgender Rights as Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case on School Bathroom Policy
"Trans and non-binary people belong everywhere," said the ACLU.
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Civilian casualties have soared in Afghanistan during the tenure of President Donald Trump. (Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images) Report Blames Trump Admin for 330% Rise in Afghan Civilian Casualties
"In 2019 airstrikes killed 700 civilians—more civilians than in any other year since the beginning of the war in 2001 and 2002."
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People wear face masks near Madison Square Park on September 29, 2020 in New York City. Trump Launches 'Despicable' Last-Minute Attack on Social Security With Rule Aiming to Restrict Disability Benefits
"Joe Biden needs to undo these cruel regulations—and clean house at SSA—on day one."
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U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani listens to Detroit poll worker Jessi Jacobs during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Citing 'Historic Abuse' of Judicial Process, Over 1,500 Attorneys Call for Sanction of Trump Campaign's Legal Team
"Every attorney, including the organized bar and disciplinary authorities, should disavow lawyers who trample the truth and undermine democracy through their false statements."
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'The Future We Are Looking At': Wall Street to Begin Betting on Water Scarcity
"If nothing else does it, this should make you passionate about climate change."
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Iran is suffering from the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the Middle East, with over one million infections and over 50,000 deaths as of December 7, 2020. (Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'Insane and Pathological': Head of Iran's Central Bank Says US Blocking Covid-19 Vaccine Purchases
The Trump administration is allegedly using sanctions to thwart Iran's efforts to obtain vaccine stock through the WHO's COVAX program.
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Protesters rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 17, 2020. 140+ Rights Groups Demand Congress Leave Corporate Immunity Provisions Out of Covid Relief Deal
"This would be the worst time to disincentivize businesses and employers from doing everything they can to protect the health and safety of working people and consumers."
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An empty podium where Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) would have stood had he shown up for a debate with Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff on December 6, 2020. 'Perdue Pleaded the Fifth': Ossoff Debates Empty Podium as GOP Senator No-Shows Amid Scrutiny Over Stock Trades
"It shows an astonishing arrogance and sense of entitlement for Georgia's senior U.S. senator to believe he shouldn't have to debate at a moment like this in our history."
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2019. Xavier Becerra, Biden Nominee to Lead HHS, Said in 2017 That He 'Absolutely' Supports Medicare for All
"We'll get to see how much he meant it."
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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Argentina's Congress on December 4, 2020 approved a one-time levy on the country's 12,000 richest citizens to fund pandemic recovery measures. (Photo: Juan Mabromata/AFP via Getty Images) Argentina Passes "Millionaire's Tax" to Fund Covid-19 Recovery
"We're coming out of this pandemic like countries come out of world wars, with thousands of dead and devastated economies," said one senator.
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The Minnesota Air National Guard salutes frontline workers at Minnesota hospitals with a flyover in St. Paul. (Photo by: Michael Siluk/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) 'Money For War': US Arms Sales Soar and Bipartisan Militarism Thrives Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
Trump on Saturday claimed a Democratic-led Senate will "destroy the military through a lack of funding," but Congress last week passed a $740 billion Pentagon budget while Americans await economic relief.
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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. (Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Democracy 'Has To Be Defended': It Is Possible and Necessary, Critics Say, To Stop Trump From Running in 2024
"In a society fully committed to democracy, Congress would use this lame-duck period to impeach, convict, and disqualify Donald Trump from pursuing public office in the future, as the Constitution allows."
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Saturday, December 5, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to support Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) Hours After Brian Kemp Declined to Overturn Georgia's Election Results, Trump Slammed GOP Governor at Lie-Filled Rally
"What I need" one journalist said, "is for lawyers who specialize in little-used federal criminal statutes like Sedition to explain to me why a federal official openly seeking to conspire with another federal official to overthrow a democratically elected government isn't a crime."
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U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump prepare to board Marine One as they depart the White House on December 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images) Trump Demands Names of 27 Congressional Republicans Who Acknowledged Biden's Victory
Two right-wing lawmakers insist Trump won the election, while 220 GOP members of the House and Senate—roughly 88 percent of congressional Republicans—refuse to say either way. "Send me a list," Trump tweeted, "of the RINOs" who recognize Biden as the winner.
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"A Covid relief bill that doesn't include enhanced unemployment insurance benefits, workplace protections, paid sick leave, direct cash payments to individuals, national eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, and rental assistance fails to meet the scales and scope of the crisis we're facing," said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City) With 'Economy On the Verge of Renewed Carnage,' the Squad Demands Relief Prioritizing Working People
"The next Covid-19 relief package must include stimulus checks," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib. "There is no good reason to exclude it."
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Friday, December 4, 2020
A group of Somalian troops trained by the U.S. military stand at attention at a graduation ceremony. (Photo: U.S. Africa Command) Pentagon Says Almost All US Troops to Leave Somalia—But Military Operations Will Continue
"This action is not a change in U.S. policy," said the Defense Department, which has been conducting an air and ground war in the East African nation since 2007.
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DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Federal Judge Delivers 'Huge Victory' for Immigrants, Ordering Trump Administration to Fully Restore DACA
"It opens the door for more than a million immigrant youth who have been unfairly denied their chance to apply for DACA," said the director of the Justice Action Center.
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Urging Tens of Billions in Emergency Aid, Top UN Officials Warn 2021 Set to Be 'Catastrophic' for World's Poorest
"This is a global crisis and the solutions must be shared equitably as global public goods."
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks on November job numbers at the Queen Theater December 4, 2020 Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ahead of Youth-Led Day of Action, Young Elected Officials Push Biden to Enact National Emergency Climate Plan
In a letter to the president-elect, the officials say they "believe it is imperative we take action on the climate crisis because it is a threat multiplier for water security, deadly disease, and environmental racism."
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Native American and allied people gather on the shore of Lake Superior on September 27, 2019 to protest the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline 'Strong Hearts to the Front!': Indigenous Water Protectors Take Direct Action Against Minnesota Tar Sands Pipeline
Construction on the Enbridge Line 3 extension—which will transport up to 760,000 barrels of the world's dirtiest oil daily—began earlier this week, despite strong Native opposition.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol on October 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Sanders Opposed to Relief Plan That Gives 'Absolutely No Financial Help' to Tens of Millions of Suffering People
"Given the enormous economic desperation facing working families in this country today, I will not be able to support the recently announced Manchin-Romney Covid proposal unless it is significantly improved."
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'50 Years in the Making': In Historic Vote Against Failed War on Drugs, House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization
"Don't let anyone tell you that organizing doesn't matter."
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President Donald Trump speaks about the election after presenting the Medal of Freedom to former college football coach Lou Holtz in the Oval Office of the White House on December 3, 2020. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Trump—Consumed With 'Narcissistic Crusade' Over Election Loss—Slammed for Silence on Surging Pandemic
As U.S. daily deaths set a new record on Wednesday, topping 2,800, the president posted an "unhinged" 46-minute-long rant on Facebook, claiming without any evidence that "this election was rigged."
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Rohingya refugees board a Bangladesh Navy ship to be transported to the island of Bhashan Char in Chittagong on December 4, 2020. 'Short-Sighted and Inhumane': Human Rights Groups Sound Warnings as Bangladesh Sends Rohingya Refugees to Low-Lying Silt Island
"The relocation of so many Rohingya refugees to a remote island, which is still off limits to everyone including rights groups and journalists without prior permission, poses grave concerns about independent human rights monitoring."
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Forced prison labor—which is legal under the 13th Amendment—is prevalent throughout the United States. (Photo: Mark Peterson/Corbis/Getty Images) 155 Years After Abolition, Slavery Is Still Legal in the United States—Democratic Lawmakers Are Trying to Fix That
A joint congressional resolution would close the 13th Amendment's "slavery loophole," from which the prison-industrial complex and businesses big and small profit.
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While nutritious diets, healthy populations, pollution remediation, and even climate change mitigation all depend, at least in part, on soil biodiversity, society is not doing enough to preserve this crucial resource, the U.N. warned. (Photo: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'Few Things Matter More to Humans': UN Report Says We Must Protect and Restore Biodiversity of World's Soil
"If things carry on as they are, the outlook is bleak, unquestionably. But I think it's not too late to introduce measures now."
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Mike Pompeo, then director of the CIA, and his wife Susan arrive at the White House for a state dinner April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) The Pandemic Is Raging Out of Control, So Pompeo Invited 900 People to an Indoor Holiday Party?
"It’s so insane, it just makes sense."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leaves the Senate floor in the Capitol on Thursday, December 3, 2020. 'One Person Standing in the Way': Abysmal Jobs Report Puts New Pressure on McConnell for Covid Relief
"Instead of passing a relief bill, Senate Republicans have been confirming judge after judge—filling the federal bench while Americans fill hospitals across the country."
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Glenda Breeden, Reverend Bill Breeden, and Karen Burkhart stand outside the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex to protest before death row inmate Wesley Ira Purkey was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in July 2020. Demanding Clemency for Lisa Montgomery, UN Experts Warn US on Verge of 'Arbitrary Execution'
"Ms. Montgomery was the victim of an extreme level of physical and sexual abuse throughout her life against which the state never provided protection and for which it failed to offer remedies."
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'We're in a Climate Emergency. Act Accordingly': Greta Thunberg Says Denmark's 30-Year Fossil Fuel Phase-Out Not Fast Enough
" The real news here is that Denmark will apparently go on extracting fossil fuels for another three decades," said climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.
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Daniel Ellsberg speaks at the "Cinema for Peace Gala" in the Westhafen Event and Convention Center on February 11, 2019. Because She Was Wrong About Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Libya, Daniel Ellsberg Joins Campaign Against Flournoy
Declaring that "we do not need a hawk with relationships with the weapons industry," Nobel Prize-winning peace activist Jody Williams also urged Biden not to pick Michèle Flournoy as defense secretary.
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AFGE union members hold a rally for wage increases on February 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Largest US Federal Workers Union Blasts Trump-GOP Push for Pay Freeze as 'Demeaning, Dishonest, and Cruel'
"It's sad that even on his way out, President Trump still can't resist the opportunity to stick it to the government workers."
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with other House Republican leadership in Washington on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. 'What the Hell Are They Doing?' Outrage as GOP Tries to Adjourn House With Millions Going Hungry, Covid Surging
"They're treating this like a game. Leaders don't abandon people in their time of greatest need," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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Thursday, December 3, 2020
White House liaison Heidi Stirrup was reportedly barred from the U.S. Department of Justice building in recent weeks. (Photo: Administration for Children and Families) Trump's "Eyes and Ears" at DOJ Reportedly Banned From Building After Trying to Get Inside Information on Election Fraud
The news report broke as the White House announced the appointment of the official, Heidi Stirrup, to the board of visitors to the United States Air Force Academy.
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Protesters demand an end to mass surveillance by government agencies. (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Director of National Intelligence Admits Government Used Section 215 to Track Browsing History
After initially denying the practice, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe admitted the government engaged in activity "that could be characterized" as tracking website visits.
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Demonstrators stand outside a court in London demanding the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Feb. 26, 2020. 'You Alone Can Save His Life': Edward Snowden Urges Trump to Pardon Julian Assange
"Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange," the NSA whistleblower tweeted.
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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of Covid-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images) 200+ Health Experts Urge Biden to Reduce 'Dangerously Overcrowded' Prisons During Pandemic
"We need to decarcerate to keep people in these places and in the surrounding communities safe."
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'Last Decade to Save the Planet': Group Puts Forth 50 Bold Climate Actions for Biden
"President-elect Biden said his administration wouldn't just tinker around the edges, but instead would lock in progress no future president can roll back. Our recommendations are a roadmap for doing exactly that."
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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo speaks at a news conference giving a coronavirus update at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence on May 12, 2020. (Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Facing Opposition From Progressives, Gina Raimondo Withdraws From Consideration as Biden's HHS Chief
"We're in the middle of the worst public health crisis in modern history—it is absolutely amazing that a person with this particular record is even in CONTENTION for the nation's top healthcare job," said one journalist.
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President-elect Joe Biden listens to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020. Campaigners Put Forth 'Cabinet Climate Test' for President-Elect Biden
"We demand an executive branch ready to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and face the climate crisis at scale."
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Members of the Communist Party of India protest as part of a nationwide strike on November 26, 2020. (Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times/Getty Images) Indian Farmers Continue Historic Protests After 250 Million People Rise Up Against Modi's Neoliberal Policies
"The government side [was] not ready to listen to any of our demands and they have left us with no choice but to protest on the streets," said one farmer-organizer.
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Just Days Before Exit, Trump Plans 'Going Out of Business' Sale With Arctic Drilling Leases
"The Interior Department's Arctic Refuge leasing process has been flawed from the outset, ignoring science and Indigenous voices throughout."
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Demonstrators march against wealth inequality in New York City on July 17, 2020. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Favor Raising Taxes on Incomes Over $400K
A majority of respondents—regardless of political affiliation—also back tuition-free college for students whose families earn less than $125,000 annually.
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A supporter of President Donald Trump insults counter-protesters during a rally in Washington, D.C., on November 14, 2020. As Pandemic Soars to Deadly New Heights, 'Conservative Ideology Itself' Blamed for Disastrous US Response
"The conservative belief that government is more often the problem than the solution," argue two progressive analysts, "made it practically inevitable that Republicans would render their own government ineffective."
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Former Google employee Laurence Berland, who was fired by the company in 2019 for labor organizing, says he feels vindicated by the NLRB's complaint, which comes "at a time when we're seeing the power of a handful of tech billionaires consolidate control over our lives and our society." (Photo: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Google Illegally Surveilled, Interrogated, and Fired Workers Who Tried to Organize, NLRB Says
"For a company with the slogan 'don't be evil,' the findings are pretty damning."
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Amazon workers and community allies demonstrate during a protest organized by New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York in front of the Jeff Bezos' Manhattan residence in New York on December 2, 2020. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images) In Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Over 400 Lawmakers From Around the World Join #MakeAmazonPay Campaign
"We stand ready to act in our respective legislatures to support the movement that is growing around the world to Make Amazon Pay."
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Volunteers from pro-immigration group Families Belong Together build and fill a chainlink cage with about 600 teddy bears 'representing the children still separated as a result of U.S. immigration policies' on the National Mall November 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Demands for Probe, Possible Criminal Charges as Trump Accused of Withholding Data Needed to Reunite Families
"Unconscionable. Who made the call to not release this information sooner?"
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Momina, a 26 year-old homeless woman, carries her child on her lap while she swings on a makeshift cradle on the pavement during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 pandemic in Kolkata, India on May 7, 2020. (Photo: Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images) With Pandemic a 'Tipping Point,' UN Warns 1 Billion More People Headed for Extreme Poverty by 2030
Unless strong and meaningful action is taken now, including major social investments and a Green New Deal-style program, the Covid-19 crisis will make an already dire economic situation much worse.
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In addition to a drive-thru line, there was a walk up line for food distribution at South Gate High School in Southgate on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Sanders Slams McConnell for Pushing '3-Martini Lunch' Deduction and Zero Relief for 26 Million Hungry Americans
"The Republicans l-o-v-e corporate socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the rest. Ain't gonna happen."
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Activists march through the city of Detroit on November 7, 2020 to denounce President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud. Ignoring Warnings His Election Lies Could Get People Killed, Trump Posts 46-Minute Rant Full of 'Unhinged' Falsehoods
"Georgia elections director yesterday: Trump's rhetoric is going to get people killed. Trump today: here's 46 minutes of unhinged conspiracy theories."
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the allocation of CARES Act funds during a December 2, 2020 House Financial Services Committee hearing. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images) WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Grills Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Unused CARES Act Funding
Mnuchin has signaled he will return about $175 billion in unallocated funds, even as the coronavirus pandemic and unemployment crisis rage.
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Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, walks out of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a status hearing July 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Recently Pardoned Flynn Shares Call for Trump to Declare Martial Law and Make Military Oversee New Election
"Wow! Sounds a bit like a coup," responded one critic.
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Advocates Applaud 'Historic' Moment as MORE Act Advances to First-Ever Marijuana Legalization Vote on House Floor
"For the first time in American history, the public will see the 'People's House' vote to end the senseless, cruel, and racist policy of marijuana criminalization and prohibition."
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The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 'Dead-End for Climate': Coalition Denounces Senate Bill to Fund Nuclear Industry Bailout
"Instead of propping up the nuclear energy industry, Congress should be driving the transition to truly renewable energy.”
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Pall-bearers carry the casket of assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Iranian Defense Ministry/Andalou Agency/Getty Images) Despite Trump Efforts to Foment War With Iran, Experts Say Biden Has Chance to Restore Needed Diplomacy
"The window to get back into the nuclear deal, and stave off growing threats of war, will be short."
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Members and supporters of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) participate in a protest in the Hart Senate Office Building Atrium on February 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. After $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for Rich, Trump Backs GOP Pay Freeze for Federal Workers as Pandemic Rages
Unions representing federal workers have denounced the proposed pay freeze as "insulting" and a "cruel slap in the face."
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As Nonprofit Sector Suffers, Coalition Calls on Congress to Force Wealthy Foundations to Ramp Up Charitable Giving
"Increased funding could be immediately absorbed by food banks, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and organizations addressing issues like poverty alleviation, economic development, safe and secure voting, and social justice."
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A row of impoverished homes sits in the literal shadow of Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Brett Wilkins) New Data Show Income of Top 0.1% Soared 345% While That of Bottom 90% Stagnated Over Past 40 Years
"It's all a matter of political choices," progressive economist Thomas Piketty said in a recent interview. "You can have economic justice together with economic prosperity."
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A woman checks her cell phone as she waits in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C on November 29, 2017 for a hearing on Carpenter v. United States. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) ACLU Sues to Find Out How and Why Federal Agencies Are Accessing Americans' Cell Phone Location Data
"We're suing to bring some much-needed transparency to these disturbing practices," explained one ACLU staff attorney.
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In the wake of continuous downpours in the Jiangxi Province of China, a flooded house crumbled into Pyong Lake on July 13, 2020. (Photo: Liu Zhankun/China News Service via Getty Images) UN Chief Pleads for Stronger Climate Policies to End 'Suicidal' Addiction to Fossil Fuels
"It's time to imagine, and plan for, a better future."
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'An Acknowledgment of the Next Generation': New Zealand Declares Climate Emergency
"It is up to us to make sure we demonstrate a plan for action, and a reason for hope," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
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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. Hitting Back at Manchin, AOC Rejects Notion That Only 'Begging Corporate CEOs for Money' Counts as 'Serious' Politics
"I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing, and grassroots fundraising to 'she just tweets.'"
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attends an event in the State Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2020. 'Bye-Bye, Betsy DeVos. You Won't Be Missed,' Says Sanders as Billionaire Education Secretary Attacks Push for Tuition-Free College
"What do you call a billionaire who registered a $40 million, 164-foot yacht in the Cayman Islands to avoid $2.4 million in U.S. taxes, while undermining public schools? The worst Education Secretary in the history of America."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Critics Smell 'Economic Sabotage' as McConnell Unveils Covid Plan With $0 for Unemployment Boost, Direct Payments
"McConnell is making it pretty clear that if Dems don't win the Georgia Senate races, he will cripple the American economy, hoping it will let the GOP win the midterm."
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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
A nurse adjusts intravenous drug dosages being given to a Covid-19 patient on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) floor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on April 21, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Expert Panel Advises CDC That US Healthcare Workers and Nursing Home Residents Should Get Covid-19 Vaccine First
The country has documented nearly 13.7 million confirmed cases and over 270,000 deaths from the disease, more than any other nation.
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Mays Abu Ghosh, who spent 15 months in Israeli prison, was released on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Ultra Palestine/YouTube screen grab) Israel Releases Mays Abu Ghosh, Palestinian Student Jailed for Membership in Leftist Campus Group
Abu Ghosh—imprisoned for 15 months after joining a banned college organization that opposes Israel's illegal occupation—described torture by her jailers.
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After Months of Obstructing Covid Relief, GOP Has Left 'Children Begging Santa for Their Basic Needs'
"We can either have billionaires, or we can make sure all children are fed, with warm beds to sleep in. Pick one. We cannot have both."
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Attorney General Bill Barr leaves the U.S. Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his office on November 9, 2020. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) 'I Guess He's the Next One to Be Fired': Even William Barr Says No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
The Trump-appointee's comments came as the president's reelection campaign filed yet another lawsuit challenging the election outcome.
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A Niwot High School student urges local officials to ban fracking at a site near the campus in Niwot, Colorado. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) 'Protect Us': Colorado High School Students Post Video Pleading With Local Authorities to Ban Fracking
"We shouldn't be afraid for our health when we step outside our own houses," says one of the students in the video.
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Without Climate Action, Number of Low-Income Homes Affected by Flooding Projected to Triple By 2050, Study Shows
"We don't train our attention on these neighborhoods but many of them are already suffering significantly from these problems."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Warren Presses Biden to Enact 'Effective Economic Stimulus' With Single Pen Stroke: Cancel Student Debt
"All on his own," Warren said during a hearing with Fed chairman Jerome Powell, the incoming president "will have the ability to administratively cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt."
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Tlaib Says Lack of Popular Stimulus Checks in Bipartisan Relief Plan Shows 'Disconnect' Between Senate and People
"There may not be bipartisan support for an additional check" among Republican and Democratic lawmakers, said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, "but there is support outside of Congress."
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  A musk-ox relaxing alongside the Canning River in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As Lame-Duck Trump Pushes for Arctic Pillage, Bank of America Latest Bank to Rule Out Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge
"Now that every major American bank has stated unequivocally that they will not finance this destructive activity, it should be clearer than ever that any oil company considering participating in Trump's ill-advised lease sale should stay away."
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