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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Neera Tanden, nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Pool-Getty Images) 'You Do Love to See it': Progressives Cheer Withdrawal of Neera Tanden's OMB Nomination
"The reason to celebrate the end of Neera Tanden's nomination has nothing to do with her late-night out-of-control rage-tweeting and everything to do with her record."
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"A real transition to a clean energy future can and must begin with a halt to new fracking—first on federal lands, and everywhere else soon after," says Food & Water Action executive director Wenonah Hauter.  (Photo: michael_swan/flickr/cc) A 'Green New Dud'? Progressives Warn House Climate Bill 'Fails to Grasp the Fundamental Truth' of Planetary Crisis
"Democrats should be making a big, bold push on climate—and the CLEAN Future Act is simply not strong enough."
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Indigenous land defender Stacy Gallagher (right) was sentenced to 90 days in jail after performing a ceremony along the Trans Mountain pipeline route in British Columbia. (Photo: Rita Wong) 'A Disgrace': First Nation Pipeline Opponent Gets 90 Days in Jail After Ceremony Along Trans Mountain Route
"Gallagher is one of more than 200 people, many Indigenous, who have been arrested for mobilizing against the $12.6 billion pipeline."
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A woman votes in the March 1, 2016 Super Tuesday primary at Centreville High School in Centreville, Virginia. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images) 'Reprehensible Power Grab': Outrage as Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Restricting Voting Rights
"Georgia Republicans didn't like the results of the 2020 election so they decided they would try to dictate who they will let vote and who they won't let vote."
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Protesters hold a CO2 banner during a Walk For Future climate march in Warsaw on December 9, 2020. New IEA Data Shows World on Path to Resume 'Carbon-Intensive Business-as-Usual'
The agency's chief said the new figures offer "a sharp reminder of the immense challenge we face in rapidly transforming the global energy system."
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President Joe Biden speaks at Pfizer's largest manufacturing facility on February 19, 2021, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Experts Say J&J-Merck Deal—Though Welcome Step—Does Not Get to 'Heart of the Matter' on Vaccine Apartheid
"Our elected leaders are choosing to allow a few Big Pharma companies to maintain their monopoly control over these drugs in order to maximize their profits."
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Carlos Ponce joins other demonstrators participating in a protest asking senators to support the continuation of unemployment benefits on July 16, 2020, in Miami Springs, Florida. 'We Should Be Taxing the Rich, Not the Unemployed': Millions Set to Receive Surprise Bills for Pandemic Jobless Benefits
Democrats are facing pressure to act fast to stave off an "easily avoidable political disaster."
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Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) walk during a break in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on February 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C.  'Now Is the Time for Boldness': Senators Urge Biden to Back Recurring Payments for Covid Relief Package
"This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads," the 10 members of the Democratic caucus wrote.
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US intelligence agencies concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: Adbulhamid Hosbas/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) Reporters Without Borders Files Unprecedented Suit Against Saudis for Khashoggi Murder, Other 'Crimes Against Humanity'
"No one should be above international law, especially when crimes against humanity are at stake. The urgent need for justice is long overdue."
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City Council President Aaron Banks carries bottled water at a local distribution center in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo: Screengrab from ABC 16 WAPT News) 'It's Like Nobody Cares': After Two Weeks Without Running Water, Jackson, Miss. Pleads for Help
"Water is a basic necessity and it just brought a lot of frustration, anger, and disappointment," said one of the city's residents. "If you don't know when it's coming back, what is being done to help us?"
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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. As Manchin Yells He Will 'Never...Jesus Christ!' Vote to Kill Filibuster, Warren and Sanders Demand End to Archaic Rule
"Moderate Democrats in the Senate have a choice to make: They can either defend democracy and the Constitution by passing H.R. 1 or they can save the McConnell filibuster. They can't do both."
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) speaks during a hearing in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021. 'Bad Policy and Bad Politics': Manchin Is Trying to Cut Unemployment Benefits, Limit Survival Checks in Covid Relief Bill
"Cutting UI from $400 to $300 or reducing checks will cause a full blown revolt from progressives."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, arrives at a hearing on Capitol Hill on February 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Urging Senate to 'Ignore the Parliamentarian,' Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment
"I regard it as absurd that the parliamentarian, a Senate staffer elected by no one, can prevent a wage increase for 32 million workers."
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Monday, March 1, 2021
Activists hold a demonstration marking the delayed COP26 U.N. climate negotiations on November 13, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images) 'The Time Is Now': Survey Finds Overwhelming International Support for Greater Environmental Protection Ahead of UN Climate Conference
"We face huge challenges protecting the environment, but global public opinion may no longer be chief among them."
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A participant holding a sign at a march celebrating the defeat of President Donald Trump in Manhattan on November 7, 2020. As White House Backs For the People Act, New Calls to Get Rid of Filibuster
"The For the People Act could be the last best chance to fix our broken democracy," Common Cause told lawmakers.
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The Belski Valve Yard is located in Daisytown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Investigation Into Chemical Exposure From Fracking in Pennsylvania Provokes Call for Rapid Phaseout
"Pennsylvania's children should not be used as laboratory rats," said biologist Sandra Steingraber, who called fracking "an uncontrolled human experiment" that involves "toxic exposures."
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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media outside the White House on February 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Biden Criticized for Lack of Transparency After Refusing to Publicize Virtual Visitor Logs
"We're in a pandemic. People meet by video conference instead of in person. Why offer to release visitor logs and then keep virtual meetings secret?" asked one watchdog.
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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) 'Fight Is Not Over,' Say Rights Groups as Biden Admin Lets Separated Families Remain in US
"We will not stop fighting until we end family detention everywhere. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary Mayorkas must immediately end family detention."
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) speaks as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) looks on during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. To 'Ensure Justice and Accountability for Police Brutality,' Pressley Leads New Bill to End Qualified Immunity
"There can be no justice without healing and accountability, and there can be no true accountability with qualified immunity."
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President Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new Cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Report Finds Biden Can Potentially Freeze Dozens of Trump's Last-Minute 'Egregious and Damaging' Rollbacks
"Trump's sloppiness and incompetence has created an opening to undo some of the damage caused by his destructive anti-regulatory agenda."
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Anti-coup protesters shout slogans on March 1, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar's military government has intensified a crackdown on protesters in recent days, using tear gas and live ammunition, charging at and arresting protesters and journalists. At least 18 people have been killed so far, according to monitoring organizations. (Photo: Hkun Lat/Getty Images) UN Leaders Demand Myanmar Coup Regime 'Stop the Repression' as Military and Police Kill 18
"The international community must stand in solidarity with the protestors and all those seeking a return to democracy in Myanmar."
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Protesters holding a banner that reads, "A Path to Citizenship for All" at a silent demonstration in Manhattan on February 25, 2021. 150 Former Aides, Surrogates Urge Sanders to Help Secure Citizenship Pathway for Undocumented Immigrants
"Undocumented workers and their families continue to face the possibility of deportation and family separation. This is unacceptable."
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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) To Help Fund Covid Recovery and Redress Inequality, Warren Unveils Wealth Tax on 'Ultra-Millionaires' and Billionaires
"A wealth tax is popular among voters on both sides for good reason: because they understand the system is rigged to benefit the wealthy and large corporations," said the Massachusetts Democrat.
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'Failure to Deliver Is Not an Option': Khanna, Omar, AOC, and 20 Other House Dems Push VP to Overrule Parliamentarian on $15 Wage
"If we don't overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning poverty wages for millions of Americans."
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Participants seen holding signs and marching on a picket line during a solidarity event in Manhattan showing support for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. 'A Huge, Huge Deal': Biden Issues Public Statement of Support for Alabama Amazon Workers Fighting for Union
"We haven't had this aggressive and positive of a statement from a president of the United States on behalf of workers in decades."
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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images) 'This Will Embolden the Murderous Prince': Biden Rebuked for Letting MBS Off Hook for Butchering of Khashoggi
"That President Biden has chosen not to pursue that course suggests that the 'fundamental' change he promised in U.S.-Saudi relations will not include holding to account its reckless ruler, who consequently is unlikely to be deterred from further criminal behavior."
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass Covid-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York, on February 24, 2021. (Photo: Seth Wenig / Pool / AFP via Getty Images) AOC Among NY Lawmakers Saying Gov. Cuomo Cannot Hand-Pick Investigator Into Allegations Against Him
"With all due respect," echoed N.Y. State Sen. Liz Krueger, "you can't pick a federal judge who works with your good friend and decide that that's going to be the investigator,"
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In this file photo, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks in support of raising the minimum wage for the state of New York to $15 per hour on September 10, 2015 in New York City. Biden campaigned for president in 2020 on raising the federal minimum wage to $15 but is now saying he will allow the Senate Parliamentarian to overrule the elected Democratic Party leadership on including it in a sweeping Covid-19 package that   (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) 'Democrats Will Lose in 2022' If $15 Wage Dies in Senate: Anger Grows as Biden-Harris Bow to Unelected Parliamentarian
"If you were writing a Dickensian novel, it would be about millions of desperately poor people being promised a $15 starvation wage, and then watching their millionaire senators tell them that a parliamentary adviser in the palace said no."
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Saturday, February 27, 2021
A photograph of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and his family is displayed at the Wal-Mart museum, March 17, 2005 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Today Wal-Mart operates many thousands of stores both in the U.S. and abroad. The fiercely anti-union and media-shy company is a target of critics and the Walton family is now the wealthiest on the planet. (Photos by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images) Calling Walton Family 'Poster Child for Greed,' Sanders Says Taxpayers Should No Longer Subsidize Walmart's Starvation Wages
"They've got mansions. They have all kinds of art collections. But somehow or another they can't pay their starting wage at more than 11 bucks an hour."
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during his weekly news conference in the Capitol in Washington on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.  Every single member of the GOP House caucus, joined by two Democrats, voted against a sweeping Covid-19 relief package early Saturday morning. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) 'All You Need to Know': Here Are the 210 House Republicans—and Two Democrats—Who Voted to Deny Struggling Nation Covid-19 Relief
"When we voted to raise the minimum wage this morning," said Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., "every single Republican (210-of-210) voted no."
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Friday, February 26, 2021
President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks during a meeting with members of the House and Senate about supply chain disruptions due to coronavirus in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images) 150K+ Voters Back $15 Minimum Wage as Biden and Harris Pushed to #Keep15In Pandemic Relief Bill
"Decency is Democrats using the political power they've been handed to finally deliver for the hardworking people of this country."
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Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a third grader in Lakewood, Colorado's Jeffco Public Schools, participates in her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/<em>The Denver Post</em> via Getty Images) 'Life-Changer for Millions': FCC Approves Program to Help Poor Families Overcome Digital Divide During Pandemic
"As the pandemic nears its one-year mark, it's only gotten harder for many people to afford essential internet connections to the remote learning, work, and healthcare services they need."
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Friends of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold posters bearing his picture as they attend an event marking the second-year anniversary of his assassination in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2020. (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images) 'Utter BS': Human Rights Advocates Outraged Biden Won't Punish MBS Over Gruesome Khashoggi Murder
After release of U.S. intelligence report, one critic said letting Saudi crown prince "get away with the murder" of dissident journalist "is absolutely abhorrent and horrific."
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill examining wages at large profitable corporations February 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images) Sanders Warns Biden Attack on Syria Puts US on 'Path of Continuing the Forever War Instead of Ending It'
"Our Constitution is clear that it is Congress, not the president, who has the authority to declare war," the senator asserted.
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People are seen lying on hospital beds inside a temporary ward dedicated to the treatment of Covid-19 patients at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa on January 11, 2021. (Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images) 'Blood on Our Hands': 400+ Groups Call on Biden to Support Making Vaccine Recipes Available to the World
"This should be a no-brainer. President Biden must grant the [WTO] waiver so that millions around the world can develop the vaccine and save lives."
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A protester holds a sign reading "our votes matter" at a Count Every Vote protest near Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on November 4, 2020. Noting 'Most Americans Do Not Give a Sh*t' What Parliamentarian Says, Campaigners Urge Biden-Harris to Fight for $15
"Why is President Joe Biden fighting harder for Neera Tanden's nomination than for the tens of millions of Americans who desperately need a raise?"
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Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy (Conn.) (L) and Tim Kaine (Va.) talk at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers Say Biden Admin Must Present Congress Legal Justification for Bombing of Syria
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said that "retaliatory strikes, not necessary to prevent an imminent threat, must fall within the definition of an existing congressional authorization of military force."
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Amazon forest area is burned in rural Novo Progresso north of Brazil on Thursday, August 28, 2019. (Photo: Gustavo Basso/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'A Red Alert for Our Planet': New UN Report Shows Radically Bolder Action Needed to Hit 1.5°C Target
"It's staggering how far off track countries are to dealing with the climate crisis."
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NYPD's "DigiDog" robotic K-9 unit, manufactured by Boston Dynamics, can climb stairs and run at a speed of three-and-a-half miles per hour. (Photo: FNTV/YouTube screen grab) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Condemns NYPD Test Deployment of K-9 Robot in Bronx Home
"Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc. consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?"
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A federal judge said Thursday that the CDC's pandemic eviction moratorium is unconstitutional. 'The CDC Must Appeal Immediately': Trump-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Pandemic Eviction Moratorium
The pause on evictions was put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19.
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U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a visit to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on February 10, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Biden 'Revenge' Bombing of Syria 'Violates International Law': Legal Scholar
"The use of military force on the territory of a foreign sovereign state is lawful only in response to an armed attack on the defending state for which the target state is responsible."
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President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on February 26, 2021. 'It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria': Progressives Fume at Biden
"We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike."
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President Joe Biden listens as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the Pentagon on February 10, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Progressives to VP Kamala Harris: 'This Is Not a Difficult Decision. Use Your Power. Keep $15 In.'
"A $15 federal minimum wage is now in the hands of Kamala Harris. There is a path to get it done. Refusing to step up will be seen as a huge failure."
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Activists with Our Revolution hold $15 minimum wage signs outside the Capitol complex on Thursday, February 25, 2021. 'Abolish the Filibuster. Replace the Parliamentarian': Ilhan Omar Says Democrats Must Go Big to Pass $15 Minimum Wage
"What's a Democratic majority if we can't pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable."
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speak during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2019. Both lawmakers have been leading advocates for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) "I'm Sorry," Says Ro Khanna, "An Unelected Parliamentarian Does Not Get to Deprive 32 Million Americans the Raise They Deserve."
Sen. Bernie Sanders also denounced the guidance, lamenting that "archaic and undemocratic rules of the Senate" are now standing in the way of ending "starvation wages in this country."
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The United States on Thursday reportedly carried out an airstrike ordered by President Joe Biden on a structure in Syria. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) 'Joe Biden Just Dropped Bombs on Syria. Here We Go Again': US Responds to Rocket Attacks With Airstrikes
The president ordered the strikes on facilities the administration says belonged to Iran-backed militia groups.
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The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act by a vote of 224-206 on February 25, 2021. (Photo: Dorret/Flickr/cc) 'Long Time Coming': LGBTQ Advocates Applaud House Passage of Equality Act
"Today, love and progress triumphed over bullying and hate."
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Maxar satellite imagery of the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center in the Negev Desert outside Dimona, Isreal on Feb. 19, 2017. Iran Slams Israel for Recent Activity at the 'Region's Only Nuclear Bomb Factory'
New imagery raises questions about activities at the Negev Nuclear Research Center.
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Opponents of the Line 3 and Dakota Access pipelines are urging President Joe Biden to kill the fossil fuel projects. (Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/indivisible_nmh/status/1362241112900071424/photo/1">Indivisible North Metro</a>/Twitter) 300,000+ Demand Biden Stop Line 3 and Dakota Access Pipelines to 'Secure the Livable Future We All Deserve'
"If we're going to build back better, as Biden says, we'll need to end dangerous pipeline construction, prevent all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and Build Back Fossil Free."
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Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), seen here in 2019, are among the progressive lawmakers who introduced the WATER Act of 2021 on Thursday. Biden Urged to Back 'Bold, Reparative' Water Justice Bill
"Grave crises require robust solutions, and this is just what the WATER Act provides."
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Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during the SEIU Unions for All Summit in Los Angeles, California on October 4, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Progressives Urge Biden to Prove 'Pro-Union' Stance by Publicly Backing Amazon Workers in Alabama
"One of the most important things a president can do to help working people is to have their backs when they challenge corporate power."
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Rachel Levine speaks during her confirmation hearing to be Assistant Secretary, both of the Department of Health and Human Services before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.(Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Rand Paul Ripped for 'Completely Disgusting' Transphobic Attack on HHS Nominee Rachel Levine
"It's always interesting how libertarians claim that people should be left alone, but then expect everyone to conform to their personal views."
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President Joe Biden signs an executive order on securing critical supply chains, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images) 'A Huge Relief': Families Left in Limbo by Trump Green Card Ban Rejoice as Biden Revokes Policy
"This is the first hurdle cleared... We have to demand Biden pour more resources into the National Visa Center so they can clear the massive backlog that has piled up."
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Opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project is visible on a roadside sign in Bent Mountain, Virginia. (Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Investors Managing $250 Billion in Assets Call on Big Banks to Stop Funding Mountain Valley Pipeline
"The institutions dumping funds into this unnecessary fracked gas project are just pouring their money into a 300-mile long money pit," said a Sierra Club staffer.
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President Donald Trump, who vowed to "bomb the shit out of" Islamic State militants and "take out their families," presided over a dramatic escalation in air and ground attacks on cities including Mosul, Iraq—shown here under U.S. bombardment—in which thousands of civilians were killed. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) 'Counter-Terrorism'?: Two Decades After 9/11, New Interactive Map Details Footprint of US War Machine in 85 Countries
"The map raises a number of questions. Why is the United States militarily active in so many countries? Are these operations meeting the stated U.S. goals of reducing violence against Americans?"
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A Palestinian health worker gives a dose of the Russian Sputnik coronavirus vaccine in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip on February 24, 2021. 'Outrageous': Sanders Rips Netanyahu for Sending Covid Vaccines to Foreign Allies as Palestinians Denied Access
The U.S. senator from Vermont denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sending spare vaccines overseas "while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting."
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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) listens to remarks from Xavier Becerra during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Becerra's nomination to be HHS secretary in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) John Thune's Childhood $6 Wage—$24 Adjusted for Inflation—Sure Helps Make the Case for At Least $15
"The worst thing is that these people aren't dumb. They know about inflation... They just don't think people who make their food and clean their bathrooms deserve the same things they got."
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Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets on July 26, 2017 in opposition to anti-trans policy moves by President Donald Trump. 'Unimaginably Cruel': Bigot Marjorie Taylor Greene Hangs Anti-Trans Sign Across From Office of Marie Newman—Whose Daughter Is Trans
"Trans kids have a higher risk of attempting suicide because they so often encounter people who deny their humanity. We are sending our love to Rep. Marie Newman and her daughter."
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'DeJoy Should Be Sent Packing': Biden Postal Board Nominees Urged to Press for Removal of Postmaster General
"Our entire country is fed up with USPS leadership."
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing December 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 'Not Gonna Fly': Jayapal Warns Democrats Against Using Advice of Unelected Parliamentarian as Excuse Not to Pass $15 Wage
"When people vote in the midterms, you're not gonna be able to say, 'Well I'm sorry we couldn't raise the minimum wage because the parliamentarian ruled that we couldn't do it.'"
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
California Governor Gavin Newsom wears a face mask as he prepares to give a briefing after touring a Covid-19 vaccination site on February 22, 2021 in Long Beach. (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images) Avowed Climate Champion Gavin Newsom Sued for 'Completely Unacceptable' Approval of Oil and Gas Projects in California
"Newsom can't protect our health and climate while giving thousands of illegal permits each year to this dirty and dangerous industry. We need the courts to step in and stop this."
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Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D-Va.) speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing February 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images) Gerry Connolly Goes Off on Jim Jordan: "I Didn't Vote to Overturn an Election. And I Will Not Be Lectured by People Who Did!"
The congressman added that "you lose the right to complain about partisanship once you've fanned the flames of violent insurrection."
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Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a confirmation hearing for Representative Deb Haaland, a Democrat from New Mexico and secretary of the interior nominee, in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021. 'Glad That's Settled': Manchin Backs Haaland for Interior
The West Virginia Democrat's announcement signals a key hurdle for her confirmation as secretary is cleared.
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"The United States must become a country where everyone receives the healthcare they need, and the best way to achieve that goal is to enact Medicare for All," said Ady Barkan on February 23, 2021. (Photo: DNCC via Getty Images) 'Join This Struggle,' Says Healthcare Activist Ady Barkan After Santa Barbara Approves Medicare for All Resolution
"The pandemic has made it painfully clear that the status quo is unacceptable," said another campaigner after a local community vote that speaks to a national trend.
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People wait in line for early voting at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta. Critics Warn New GOP Bill Shows 'It's Open Season on Voting Rights in Georgia'
"Election laws should be structured to increase voter participation, not to suppress it."
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) leaves her office at the U.S. Capitol on February 3, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopidis/Getty Images) 'We Can't Act Like This Isn't Happening': Marjorie Taylor Greene—and House GOP Caucus—Rebuked for Bigoted, Anti-Trans Speech on House Floor
"We're gonna pass the #EqualityAct today, protect our LGBTQ+ family, and make the world a little bit better," tweeted Rep. Ocasio-Cortez following the remarks. "Nothing is going to stop that."
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A water protector ascends nearly 40 feet in the air on a bi-pod blocking an entry road to Enbridge Line 3 worksites. (Photo: Giniw Collective) Fighting 'Disease of Greed and Destruction,' Water Protectors Blockade Over a Dozen Line 3 Worksites
Anti-pipeline campaigners locked themselves to an overturned car and engaged in other forms of civil disobedience as the fight against the tar sands project in Minnesota continues.
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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform package. (Photo: JB Pritzker/Twitter) 'All Other States Should Follow': Advocates Applaud as Illinois Approves Elimination of Cash Bail
The move comes as part of a broader measure featuring what the ACLU called "important changes to policing and our criminal justice system."
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President Joe Biden speaks about coronavirus relief in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2021. Harvard Newspaper to Biden: Cancel More Than $10K in Student Debt and Don't Use Ivy League as Excuse Not To
"It's not our student debt—but we still want Biden to forgive it."
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A view of the unlawful Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev in the illegally occupied West Bank of Palestine. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images)  Jewish Groups Urge Biden to 'Review and Revoke' Trump-Era 'Made in Israel' Settlement Goods Policy
The groups said that the previous administration's order "runs counter to the Biden administration's policy of opposing settlement activity and unilateral annexation of territory."
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A person sleeps on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Majority of US Voters Want Government to Invest More in Healthcare, Education, and Fighting Poverty: Poll
57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn't spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare.
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) remotely questions U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on August 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 'It's Not Up to Him,' Respond Critics as DeJoy Says He Plans to Remain Postmaster General for a 'Long Time'
"DeJoy is daring Senate Democrats to do something about him."
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Dr. Joseph Varon talks to a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas. As US Mourns 500,000 Lives Lost, Report Shows Billionaires Added $1.3 Trillion to Their Fortunes During Pandemic
"It is unseemly that billionaires have experienced such gains as we mark a half a million lives lost and millions more who have lost their health, wealth, and jobs."
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Protestors gather on Bolyston Street in front of a Verizon store during a net neutrality rally on December 7, 2017. 'All You Telecom Lobbyists Are Bound to Lose': Judge Upholds California's Gold Standard Net Neutrality Law
"Now we're one step closer to net neutrality being the law of the land."
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Edit Krnanska, age 7, splashes and plays in floodwaters around the city dock in Annapolis, Maryland on July 23, 2018. (Photo: Marvin Joseph/<em>The Washington Post</em> via Getty Images) Coastal Annapolis Becomes 25th US Community to File Climate Suit That Aims to #MakePollutersPay
"This lawsuit shifts the costs back to where they belong, on those whose knowledge, deception, and pursuit of profits brought these dangers to our shores."
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Rep. Jamaal Bowman is a former teacher and principal. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 'A Big Mistake': Bowman and Education Experts Blast Biden Administration for Mandating Standardized Tests Amid Pandemic
"It's a mistake that reflects a broader problem in American education," the first-term congressman and former educator asserted.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday opposed the confirmation of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (Photos: Chip Somodevilla and Alex Wong/Getty Images) Citing Concerns About Corporate Power, Bernie Sanders Votes Against Biden's Choice for USDA Chief
The senator said he opposed Tom Vilsack's confirmation "because at a time when corporate consolidation of agriculture is rampant and family farms are being decimated, we need a secretary who is prepared to vigorously take on corporate power in the industry."
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1977. (Photo: Janet Fries/Getty Images) Lawrence Ferlinghetti—Poet, Publisher, and Activist—Dies in His Beloved San Francisco at Age 101
"Lawrence Ferlinghetti kicked open the door to free up publishing in this country. He risked a great deal for a lot of books that are now considered classics."
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Textbooks and notebooks line tables inside a classroom at a detention facility for unaccompanied migrant children on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Carrizo Springs, Texas. (Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images) As Biden Reopens Texas Detention Center, Amnesty Demands Immigration Policies That Put 'Best Interests' of Children First
"Kids need a place to call home—that's why they should be with their families, friends, and community members."
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) talks to reporters before returning to the Senate Chamber during the fifth day of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Pathetic': Romney, Cotton Condemned for Offering $10 Minimum Wage With Added Xenophobic Touch
"This is an anti-immigrant, low-wage bill masquerading as an attempt to help American workers."
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A kid sits in front of her computer as she does school work at her home on September 27, 2020 in New York City. In Complaint to FTC, Child Advocates Warn Prodigy Math Game Exploiting Pandemic to Prey on Students, Parents
"It's bad enough when commercial apps deliberately frustrate and manipulate children into desiring in-game purchases, but Prodigy’s insidious business model is creating a new form of inequality in classrooms."
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A new report by WWF International and 15 other groups warns nearly one in three freshwater fishes are at risk of extinction (Photo: Camilo Díaz/WWF Colombia) 'We Must Heed the Warning': 1 in 3 Freshwater Fishes—Vital to Food and Jobs for Millions—Face Extinction
"Humanity can't afford to lose any more of the world's forgotten fishes or the freshwater ecosystems they inhabit."
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Person holds up cell phone with Facebook news feed As Australia Reaches Deal With Facebook Following News Blackout, Critics Warn Corporate Power Plays Won't Save Journalism
"It shouldn't be up to Facebook and Google to cherry pick and groom publishers it deems acceptable for side deals."
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Protesters in Mandalay call for an end to the military coup regime and restoration of civilian rule in Myanmar on February 22, 2021. (Photo: Kaung Zak Hein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'Fight Until We Win': Despite Threat of Deadly Force, Hundreds of Thousands Continue Protests Against Myanmar Coup
"We don't want the junta, we want democracy," said one protester. "We want to create our own future."
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), President Joe Biden's nominee for interior secretary, speaks during her Senate confirmation hearing on February 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images) After Trump Was Allowed to Let Lobbyist Run Interior Dept., Manchin Called to 'Do What's Right' and Confirm Haaland
"The opposition to Congresswoman Haaland's confirmation is narrow and guided by money, not the qualifications or historic importance of what the nomination of Deb Haaland will do for this country."
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein attend a ceremony for the arrival of a plane carrying a shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on January 10, 2021. 'A Disgrace': Israel Sending Covid Vaccines Overseas as Occupied Palestinians Left Without Access
"Deeply, deeply messed up... Honduras, 7,500 miles away, will get some but Palestinians living under Israeli control still neglected."
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) walks to the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on February 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'This Is Unacceptable': Progressives Reject Manchin Plan to Cut $15 Minimum Wage Proposal to $11
"The $15 minimum wage is overwhelmingly popular with the American people. One person should not be allowed to hold relief hostage."
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Monday, February 22, 2021
Millions of Texans lost their power last week when Winter Storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) As Millions in Texas Lack Safe Water, Sunrise Movement Rallies at State Capitol Demanding Green New Deal
"Texas is the perfect example of what happens when our politicians cater to fossil fuel executives instead of the young people who have been... warning of an impending climate emergency like this."
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Derick Lane (L) and his son Desmond of Richmond, Virginia protest against capital punishment outside the Greensville Correctional Center November 10, 2009 near Jarratt, Virginia. Virginia—the Nation's "Death Penalty Capital"—Poised to Become First State in South to Ban Capital Punishment
"Thankfully, the repeal of the death penalty by its leading practitioner gives hope that work for justice is not in vain."
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Then-President Donald Trump removed his mask on October 5, 2020, upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized after contracting Covid-19. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) 'Wear Your Damn Masks, Please,' Says Rep. Pocan After NIH Director Ties Politicization to 'Tens of Thousands' of US Deaths
Covid-19 has killed nearly half a million people in the United States.
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G7 head of states are seen on-screen during a virtual summit on February 19, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Hoslet/AFP via Getty Images) Analysis Shows US Could Help Vaccinate the World for $25 Billion, But Biden Pledged Just $2 Billion at G7 Meeting
"The world's going to have to get vaccinated either way," said Peter Maybarduk of Public Citizen. "T he longer we delay, the more the pandemic is going to cost everyone."
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Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on February 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Progressives Not Mourning as Neera Tanden's Bid to Head OMB on Verge of Collapse
One advocacy group urged Biden to instead "nominate someone who will put the public interest ahead of corporate interests."
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied former President Donald Trump's effort to block the release of his tax returns to a grand jury. (Photo: <a class="owner-name truncate" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/alecperkins/">Alec Perkins/Flickr/cc)</a></p> US Supreme Court Denies Trump's 'Shameful' Effort to Block Release of His Tax Returns
"This decisive defeat once again shows that no one—including Donald Trump—is above the law."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) thanked donors and volunteers for their "collective action when people need it most" on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo: Twitter screengrab from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) NY Democrat 'Better at Being a Texas Senator Than Ted Cruz': AOC Spends Weekend Raising Millions, Delivering Aid
"Charity can't replace policy," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged, "but solidarity is how we'll face climate change and build a better world."
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Republicans 'Fear' Green New Deal, Argues Naomi Klein, Because It's a Viable Alternative to Free-Market Failure
"Texans are living through the collapse of a 40-year experiment in free-market fundamentalism, one that has also stood in the way of effective climate action. Fortunately, there's a way out."
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People wait in line for Fiesta Mart to open after the store lost electricity in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2021. Demands Grow for Texas to 'Forgive All Utility Bills' as Price Gouging by Energy Companies Sparks Outrage
"The people of Texas should not have to pay these outrageous bills. Exorbitant costs should not be passed on to consumers who are not responsible for poor planning by state officials."
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Sunday, February 21, 2021
Sister Dianna Ortiz, torture survivor turned human rights champion, died Friday February 19, 2021. (Photo: AP/YouTube screen grab) Sister Dianna Ortiz—US Nun Who Survived Guatemala Torture and Became Human Rights Champion—Dies at 62
"Dianna walked through the very worst of hell and came out with love... Her legacy is a witness to nonviolence and to love in the face of evil and to redemption. That's her legacy, to teach us that that's possible."
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A gas flare from the Shell Chemical LP petroleum refinery illuminates the sky on August 21, 2019 in Norco, Louisiana. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) 'No Safe Amount': Environmentalists Sound Alarm Over Texas Refineries' Release of Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds of Pollutants During Storm
337,000 pounds of benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide were flared, as well as an indeterminate amount of methane.
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People embrace during a "Love Our People, Heal Our Communities" rally in San Francisco on February 14, 2021. (Photo: Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) 'Justice Rooted in Compassion': Asian, Black Progressives Stress Unity and Understanding Amid Attacks on Asian Americans
"The ideas that fuel anti-Asian prejudice really come from our nation's white supremacist history and can't be separated from that history."
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Saturday, February 20, 2021
 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) heads for the Senate Chamber to vote on the confirmation of Denis McDonough at the U.S. Capitol on February 08, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sanders 'Confident' $15 Minimum Wage Possible Through Senate Reconciliation
"Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules," the independent senator from Vermont said Saturday.
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