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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince is accused of illegally transferring weapons to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar. (Photo: The Oxford Union/REX Shutterstock) Report of Illegal $80 Million Arms Transfer by Erik Prince to Libyan Warlord Raises Question of Who's Backing Former Blackwater CEO
Prince has "been linked to the Trump administration, the Emirati leadership, and the Russians," noted one expert.
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Friday, February 19, 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is seen on the House steps of the Capitol on December 4, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Probe of Cuomo's Disastrous Handling of Covid-19 Outbreaks in Nursing Homes
"Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic," she said. "Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership."
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Sikh-Americans hold a protest rally to save the farmers against farm laws in India, St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by: Michael Siluk/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) US Farmers and Food Justice Groups Declare 'Solidarity' With Indian Farmer Protests
"We stand with India's farmers! Now let's connect the dots between the forces of neoliberalism that stifle farmers, from India to the U.S."
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Activists demanding climate and racial justice marched in New York City on September 20, 2020. (Photo: Steve Sanchez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'Words Are Not Enough': Biden Pushed to Take Bold Climate Action as US Returns to Paris Agreement
"The livelihoods and dignity of billions of people who didn't create the climate crisis require that the Biden administration takes immediate and far-reaching climate action driven by justice, equity, and science."
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Audience members hold signs during the BET special "Young, Gifted, and Broke: Our Student Loan Crisis" on September 10, 2019 at Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. By 17-Point Margin, Voters Want Biden to Cancel $50k in Student Debt: Poll
"It's almost like the American people want government to meet the scale of the crisis," said New York Congressman Mondaire Jones.
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Republican state legislators in Georgia are pursuing election reforms that critics warn will limit ballot access. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) After Series of Democratic Victories, Rights Advocates Blast Georgia GOP for 'Brazenly Trying to Silence Voters'
"This bill is Jim Crow with a suit and tie," warns one local critic.
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Employees at the Triumph Foods plant in St. Joseph Missouri process pig parts. (Photo: USDA) 'Dirty and Dangerous': New Data Show Higher Rates of Contamination in Pork Plants Using New Slaughter System
Plants adopting the Trump-approved New Swine Inspection System had, on average, nearly double the rate of fecal and digestive matter contamination of other facilities.
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Sherrod Brown Demands Biden Immediately Remove Two 'Key Agents' of Trump Agenda to Destroy Social Security
"No one has been safe from their path of destruction."
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Linda McCoy throws wood on a fire for heat in her home in Houston on February 17, 2021. (Photo: Mark Felix for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Fossil Fuel Exec Brags of 'Hitting the Jackpot' as Natural Gas Prices Surge Amid Deadly Crisis in Texas
The GOP is erroneously blaming frozen wind turbines for power outages because the Green New Deal is "the biggest legislative threat against the corrupt powers responsible for (and benefiting from) the suffering unfolding now," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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'A Clear Back-Track': Rights Groups Warn New Biden Guidelines Not Enough to Curb ICE Abuses
The organizations said the guidelines flew in the face of promises "to fully break from the harmful deportation policies of both the Trump and Obama presidencies."
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Uber driver Yasar Gorur wears personal protective equipment while cleaning his vehicle on April 14, 2020 in London. 'Landmark' Victory as UK Supreme Court Rules Uber Drivers Are Workers Entitled to Minimum Wage, Benefits
"This has been a grueling four-year legal battle for our members—but it's ended in a historic win."
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Shoppers walk past a bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store on February 18, 2021 in Austin, Texas. In Contrast to 'Useless Republican Leaders,' AOC Helps Raise $2 Million in Direct Relief for Texans in Crisis
"AOC helped raise $1 million for Texas relief as Ted Cruz made his way back home from Cancún."
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Students at City University of New York (CUNY) demonstrate on November 12, 2015 for free tuition and student debt forgiveness. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) New Economic Study 'Demolishes' Myth About Student Debt Parroted by Joe Biden
"The vast majority of borrowers that benefit from forgiveness hail from low- and lower-income communities," the study's authors affirmed.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the Hotel Vermont on March 11, 2020 in Burlington. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) 'Congress Must End This National Embarrassment,' Says Sanders After CBO Reveals High Drug Prices for Medicare Part D
"There is no rational reason why Medicare pays nearly three times more than Medicaid and about twice as much as the VA for the same exact medicine."
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This aerial photo shows a large swathe of Indonesian rainforest destroyed by deforestation in service of palm oil plantations on Borneo. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP via Getty Images) UN Head Decries 'Senseless and Suicidal' Destruction of Nature as New Report Urges Systemic Solutions
"Human well-being lies in protecting the health of the planet," said Secretary-General António Guterres. "It's time to reevaluate and reset our relationship with nature."
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A person carries empty propane tanks, bringing them to refill at a propane gas station after winter weather caused electricity blackouts on February 18, 2021 in Houston. Winter storm Uri brought severe temperature drops causing a catastrophic failure of the power grid in Texas. About two million people are without electricity throughout Houston. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Forget Ted Cruz, What's Really Missing in Texas Is the Green New Deal
"Lives are already being lost because of Texas politicians' refusal to acknowledge and prepare for the realities of the climate crisis."
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Screens showing Facebook and Google logos 'Immediately Reverse This Decision': Amnesty Rebukes Facebook for Blocking Australian News Outlets
"When Big Tech's gatekeeper power is unchecked or a handful of dominant publishers can influence legislation, we get caught in a battle where users always lose."
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on February 18, 2021 called it "beyond troubling" that the U.S. military purchased data from apps catering to Muslim audiences and pushed for "answers as to why this happened and action to ensure it never happens again." (Photo: Getty Images) 'We Need Answers': House Dems Demand Probe Into US Military Purchases of Location Data From Muslim-Focused Apps
"We cannot pick and choose who the Constitution applies to," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib. "Our government cannot continue to violate the privacy of Americans."
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Protesters rally outside the home of U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors member John Barger on August 22, 2020 in San Marino, California. To Pave Way for DeJoy's Ouster, 80 House Democrats Urge Biden to Quickly Fill Postal Board Vacancies
"USPS will never recover so long as DeJoy is given free rein by a partisan, ineffective, and incomplete board of governors."
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Service workers demonstrate in favor of the Raise the Wage Act on January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for One Fair Wage) Over 200 Small Business Restaurant Owners and Employers Pen Letter Endorsing Raise the Wage Act
The new letter coincides with a report debunking the claim that boosting tipped workers' wages will cause business closures.
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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is seen on the House steps of the Capitol during votes on Friday, December 4, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Ro Khanna Introduces Bill to End 'Runaway Tax Evasion' by US Millionaires and Billionaires
"The wealthiest 1% are responsible for roughly 70% of the 'tax gap,'" said the California Democrat. "It's time every American pay their fair share."
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A resident watches an artist put the finishing touches on a mural depicting frontline workers carrying a Covid-19 vaccine in Kolkata on January 2, 2021. (Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP via Getty Images) 'Wildly Uneven and Unfair': As Richest Gobble Up Vaccine Supply, 130 Poorest Nations Have Yet to Receive Single Dose
"Unless production is significantly increased, many people in developing countries won't get vaccines until 2024. The pandemic cannot be stopped anywhere unless people are vaccinated everywhere."
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo holds daily media announcement and briefing at 633 3rd Avenue, Manhattan. 'That's Classic Andrew Cuomo,' Says de Blasio After NY Gov Accused of Bullying Fellow Democrat Over Nursing Home Disaster
Cuomo reportedly threatened to "destroy" a New York assemblyman who has vocally criticized the governor's handling of the state's nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Demanding 'Dignified Work and a Living Wage' as Legal Rights, Ayanna Pressley Unveils Jobs Guarantee Resolution
"It's time to establish a legal right to a job for all people in America."
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People wait in long lines at an H-E-B grocery store in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2021. 'Blood Is on Abbott's Hands': Anger at GOP Leaders Surges as Food, Water Shortages Compound Texas Power Crisis
"Abbott has failed and passed off blame to somebody else. Texas is in dire straits. Texans are dying. Homes are being destroyed, people are cold and hungry, and we have no idea when things will begin to return to normal."
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Two coalitions of groups—some overlapping—sent letters to Congress and President Joe Biden on Wednesday demanding an end to forever wars. Diverse Coalition Calls on Congress to End 'Forever Wars' and 'Unaccountable, Interventionist' US Foreign Policy
A separate letter, signed by some of the same groups, lays out how the Biden administration can "end the cycle of endless war of the last two decades."
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A plaque on the exterior of the National Labor Relations Board headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo:  Gerald Shields/Wikimedia Commons) 'An Excellent Pick': Labor Advocates Applaud Biden Nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo for NLRB General Counsel
"There is no one who has a more thorough grasp of the National Labor Relations Board and the purpose of the National Labor Relations Act than Jennifer Abruzzo," said one union leader.
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) speaks at a press conference at the Longworth Office Building on September 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Right Person to Lead the Charge Against the Existential Threats of Our Time': Nearly 500 Groups Call for Haaland's Confirmation
"Rep. Haaland's confirmation would be both an historic and much-needed step toward reckoning with a long and troubling legacy while building new, lasting, equitable achievements."
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Young climate activists gathered in fron of the PM's office in protest against neglecting climate issue, in Warsaw, Poland, on December 9, 2020, (Photo: Piotr Lapinski/Nur Photo via Getty Images) As US Prepares to Reenter Paris Agreement, Campaigners Urge Biden to Contribute 'Fair Share' to Tackling Climate Crisis
"We are calling upon you and your administration to walk the walk of real climate leadership."
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The reality of college tuition debt was on display at the Northeastern University graduation at the TD Garden in Boston on May 3, 2019. (Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Biden 'Can and Must Go Big,' Say Progressives Urging President to #CancelStudentDebt
"Far more than $10,000 in cancellation is required to provide aid that 44 million families and the economy need."
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A display shows a facial recognition system for law enforcement during a conference in Washington, D.C. on November 1, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) 40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology
"Facial recognition technology is a threat to civil rights and civil liberties when it works, and when it doesn't."
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) questions Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on January 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Cotton-Romney Effort to Tie Minimum Wage Hike to Undocumented Workers Denounced as 'Transparently Cynical Ploy'
"If you don’t support raising the minimum wage without racist dogwhistles attached, then you don’t support raising the minimum wage."
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Rush Limbaugh (1951-2021) poses for a portrait on July 6th, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images) Rush Limbaugh—Prized Propagandist of America's Reactionary Right-Wing—Dead at 70
"If you don't want people to speak ill of you when you die, then live decently," said one critic.
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Demanding Gov. Abbott's Resignation, Sunrise Movement Says Texas Crisis Shows Urgent Need for Green New Deal
"We deserve a government that addresses our basic needs and protects all of us in moments of crisis. Despite the lies you'll hear from Governor Abbott on Fox News , that's truly what the Green New Deal is all about."
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Mohamed Soltan, 32, a U.S. citizen who became a prominent Egyptian political prisoner, at his home on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Washington Post via Getty Images) After Vowing 'No More Blank Checks for Trump's Favorite Dictator,' Biden Seeks $200 Million Arms Sale to Egypt
"Here's some missiles. Please stop abusing human rights, please?"
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New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference on August 6, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) New York AG Sues Amazon Over 'Flagrant Disregard' for Worker Safety During Pandemic
"We won't let corporate bullies put hardworking New Yorkers in harm's way," said the state attorney general, Letitia James.
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Junior Ceqara and Alexa Albare share a blanket to keep warm while standing in line to enter Fiesta supermarket on February 16, 2021 in Houston. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Role of Climate Crisis 'Can't Be Hand-Waved Away': Scientists Say Freezing Texas Linked to Warming Arctic
"This extreme polar vortex event epitomizes everything climate change is: unprecedented, unrelenting, affecting a population unaccustomed and unprepared. Yes, we have always had winter—but not here, and not like this."
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The Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is pictured 25 May 2007. Gambling has been legal in Atlantic City, one of the few such cities in the United States, since the first casino opened in 1978. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) 'Great, Now Do Mar-A-Lago!': Atlantic City's Trump Plaza Razed to the Ground
The local fire chief said the complex once owned and operated by Trump "will crumble like a deck of cards." Sound familiar?
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President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 16, 2021. 'Keep Pushing!' Says AOC After Biden Tells Nation 'I Will Not' Cancel $50,000 in Student Loan Debt
"The case against student loan forgiveness is looking shakier by the day... We can and should do it," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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'He Is Lying. People Are Dying': Calls for Texas Governor to Resign as He Blames Power Outages on Wind and Solar
"Five million Texans are without power tonight and temperatures are below freezing. People will most certainly die tonight because of it. But Gov. Abbott had time to go on Sean Hannity to blame the Green New Deal."
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Former President Donald Trump could almost always count on then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for support. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 'Unsmiling Political Hack': Trump Fires Off Insults at McConnell, Vows to Work Against Weak Republicans
"The problem with Trump and McConnell attacking each other is that they're both kinda right about each other," noted one observer.
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The Drug Policy Alliance on Tuesday launched a new online initiative entitled "Uprooting the Drug War." (Image: DPA) 'Crucial' New Project Exposes How Far-Reaching US War on Drugs 'Has Contaminated Six Critical Systems'
"If we want drug war reparations," said Drug Policy Alliance's executive director, "we need to identify ALL the ways the drug war intentionally harms our communities."
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Members of the security forces walk at the site of a NATO airstrike which destroyed two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Kunduz on September 4, 2009. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images) 'Is Our Blood Worth Less?' Afghan Anguish After European Court Sides With Germany Over Airstrike That Killed 90 Civilians
"I wanted the court to provide justice, to have mercy on us," the lead plaintiff in the case said following the ruling.
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A woman moves her belongings into a tent after a snow storm in Houston on February 15, 2021. (Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images) 'A Failed State': Power Outages Amid Freezing Weather in Texas Threaten Lives and Covid Vaccines
"This crisis is brought to you by deregulation."
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'Together We Fight, Together We Will Win': Workers Strike Nationwide to Demand $15 Minimum Wage
"We have won $15 in cities and states across the country. And now, it is time to win $15 nationwide."
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Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D-Pa.) delivers an introduction for Governor Tom Wolf during an inaugural ceremony on January 15, 2019 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Democrat John Fetterman Takes 'No Fossil Fuel' Pledge for US Senate Run
"Climate change is an existential threat, and we need to transition to clean energy as quickly as possible," says Pennsylvania's lt. governor.
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A road on United Kingdom's Holderness Coast is collapsing into the sea due to sea level rise. (Photo: Matthew J. Thomas/Getty Images) Bolstering Alarm Over Scientists' Warnings, New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Projections 'Are On the Money'
"If we continue with large ongoing emissions as we are at present, we will commit the world to meters of sea level rise over coming centuries."
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Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) listens as Peter T. Gaynor, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) testifies during a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Capitol Hill July 22, 2020 in Washington DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images) Citing Anti-KKK Law, NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson Sue Trump and Far-Right Allies Over Capitol Attack
"Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters."
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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. 'I'm Speaking to You, Senator Manchin': West Virginians Blast Democrat for Opposing $15 Minimum Wage
"When will you give us a living wage?" asked one activist with the Poor People's Campaign.
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Protesters in Mexico City on May 19, 2018 call for Monsanto to get out of Mexican agriculture. (Photo: Jesus Alvarado/dpa via Getty Images) Emails Reveal US Officials Joined With Agrochemical Giant Bayer to Stop Mexico's Glyphosate Ban
"We're seeing more and more how the pesticide industry uses the U.S. government to aggressively push its agenda on the international stage and quash any attempt by people in other countries to take control of their food supply."
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Demonstrators march in Port-au-Prince on February 14, 2021 to protest against the government of Jovenel Moise. 'Step Off, United States': Progressive International Voices Solidarity With Haitians Rising Up Against Dictatorship
"The Progressive International stands with the people of Haiti, striking across the nation against the dictatorship of Jovenel Moïse."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 'Sounds Like a Passing Grade': CBO Says $15 Wage Would Have Bigger Budget Impact Than GOP Tax Cut Provisions
"I'm gonna fight as hard as I can, and I believe that we will succeed in including the minimum wage in the reconciliation bill," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Deb Haaland, nominee to be Interior Secretary, attends President Joe Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. As Deb Haaland Faces GOP Backlash Over Role in Pipeline Protests, Progressives Say: 'Confirm Her Immediately'
Opposition to fracking and fossil fuel pipelines "are the exact reasons Deb Haaland is the right pick for Interior secretary," said one advocacy group.
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Monday, February 15, 2021
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, with House impeachment managers, speaks to the press after the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump, in the U.S .Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 13, 2021. Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Saturday of inciting the deadly January 6 attack. A two-thirds majority of the 100 senators was needed at Trump's impeachment trial for conviction, but it fell short in a 57-43 vote. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images) 'We Must Get to the Truth': Pelosi Announces Far-Reaching Probe Into Insurrection Incited by Trump
"To protect our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission," said House Speaker.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, gives a speech on July 11, 2019 in New York City. Justice Reform Coalition Urges Biden to Pardon All Non-Violent Marijuana Convictions
"It is past time for the harm to stop."
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Demonstrators participate in a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters on January 15, 2021 in Chicago. 'Biggest Risk' for Democrats on Minimum Wage, Says Top Sanders Aide, Is Not Raising It to $15
With the White House and legislative branch under their control, says Warren Gunnels, Democrats "must win" fight on behalf of working people.
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Participant holding a sign at a climate justice march in New York City on September 20, 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) After Trump Acquittal by GOP, Sunrise Movement Says 'Time Is Now to Abolish the Filibuster'
"If Democrats don't deliver in this moment, future Presidents Days will recognize Trump's second term."
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Gift of the Givers distribute food parcels on January 27, 2021 in Touws River, South Africa. Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions, a reported 93% of the local population is unemployed. (Photo: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images) 'More Challenging This Year Than Last': UN Envoy Warns Global Food Crisis Getting Worse, Not Better
"We need to look at how we as human beings manage the planet," says Agnes Kalibata, who is leading efforts to convene a food systems summit.
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Supporters of then-President Donald Trump occupy the west front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Poll Shows Nearly 60% in US Believe Senate Should Have Convicted Trump
Over three-quarters believe senators voted based on partisan politics, compared with 23% who think they voted based on the facts.
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Activists belonging to various human rights organizations hold placards as they stage a demonstration against the arrest of the activist Disha Ravi by Delhi Police for her alleged involvement in the instigation of violence during the farmers' protest in Bangalore, India on February 15, 2021. (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images) #ReleaseDishaRavi: Global Outrage After India Arrests Climate Activist Over Farmer Protest Toolkit Shared by Greta Thunberg
Ravi's arrest "is an unprecedented attack on democracy," said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "Supporting our farmers is not a crime."
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Protesters show signs asking to send the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, to jail at Portland's National March for Impeachment on January 20, 2018, in downtown Portland, OR. Following Trump's acquittal in the U.S. Senate in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday, February 13, 2021, many legal experts on calling for a federal prosecution of the former president for his role in last month's attack on the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo: Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images 'Bring On the Evidence. Bring On the Witnesses': After GOP Refuses to Convict, Criminal Prosecution of Trump Demanded
"Trump incited an insurrection to overthrow the elected government of the United States. 43 senators stood with him. It does not end here."
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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) departs after the second day of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial before the Senate on Capitol Hill February 10, 2021, in Washington, D.C. GOP Refusal to Convict Trump Is 'A Clarion Call for Eliminating the Filibuster,' Says Ro Khanna
"Dear centrist Democrats, you couldn't even get 10 GOP votes to convict the guy who sent a mob to kill you all. You think you can get them to vote on issues like immigration/climate? Come on," said one progressive activist.
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A group of protestors hold a demonstration in front of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's home in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 16, 2020. 'Fire DeJoy Before He Burns Down USPS': Postmaster General Pushes Plan for Slower Mail, Higher Prices
"Biden should fire the governors of the USPS who appointed DeJoy, install new ones, and have them fire DeJoy. He should not be allowed to continue destroying the Postal Service."
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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prepares to speak with Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) after the Republican Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 26, 2021. 43 Republicans Condemned for 'Cowardice' as Senate Votes to Acquit Donald Trump
"The Republican senators who voted to acquit are cowards and fascists, and that is all their party stands for today," said Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.).
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'A Complete Capitulation': Outrage as Democrats Abruptly Back Off Push for Witnesses in Trump Trial
"This is retreat. White flag. Malpractice. Completely unstrategic."
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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. 'He Is Who We Thought He Was': McConnell Tells GOP Colleagues He Will Vote to Acquit Trump
"It is disappointing but not at all surprising that Trump's worst enablers will stand with him."
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Michael van der Veen, former President Donald Trump's defense lawyer, departs the Senate floor on the fourth day of the impeachment trial on February 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'What the Big Lie Is All About': Sanders Rips Trump Lawyer Over 'Pathetic' Refusal to Acknowledge Election Results
"Three months after the election, and 61 court decisions later, Trump and his attorneys still refuse to acknowledge that he lost the election."
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) walks back to his office from the Senate floor on U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. 'Subpoena Kevin McCarthy If You Have To': Democrats Urged to Bring Witnesses After Bombshell Report on Trump Call
"As evidence of Trump's behind-the-scenes sociopathy mounts, it becomes clearer that Dems must call witnesses."
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Trump insurrectionists attack police storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. 'Sociopathic': New Reporting, GOP Lawmaker Account Suggest Trump Sided With Violent Mob During Capitol Attack
"Trump wanted those storming the Capitol to keep him in power. There is no ifs or buts about it," said Rep. Ilhan Omar.
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Friday, February 12, 2021
Demonstrators gathered outside Trump Tower in Manhattan holding illuminated letters spelling CONVICT on February 11, 2021 as House Managers closing arguments at Trump's impeachment trial. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'History Is Watching and So Is The Nation': As Impeachment Trial Wraps Up, Senate Urged to Convict Trump
"It is time for every member of the Senate to do their duty, to put our country first, and safeguard our democracy not only from the former president but from any future autocrat who would trample on our Constitution."
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"While tens of millions of Americans are experiencing extreme economic hardship and dealing with intermittent and often inadequate governmental support for unemployment, food, housing, and small business continuity," said Robert Weissman of Public Citizen on February 12, 2021, "Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisource-Bergen are laughing all the way to bank." (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images) 'Beyond Outrageous': Big Pharma Using Loophole to Get Taxpayers to Fund Billions in Fines for Fueling Opioid Crisis
"The tax code is so rigged for the rich that even when they kill people they get a tax break."
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Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni children could die from starvation without imminent medical treatment, a newly published United Nations report warned. (Photo: Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua via Getty Images) 'Yet Another Cry for Help': UN Report Warns Millions of Yemeni Children Face Acute Malnutrition
"The increasing number of children going hungry in Yemen should shock us all into action. More children will die with every day that passes without action."
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Witness Against Torture demonstrates for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay offshore prison. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shriekingtree/6688582501">Justin Norman</a>/flickr/cc)</p> 'End... This Human Rights Atrocity,' Says Amnesty After Biden Admin Signals Goal to Close Gitmo
Asked whether the president will shutter the prison, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "That certainly is our goal and our intention."
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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 by Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images) 'We Won't Be Intimidated,' Says NY AG After Amazon Files Preemptive Suit Over Covid-19 Worker Safety
"This action by Amazon is nothing more than a sad attempt to distract from the facts and shirk accountability for its failures to protect hardworking employees from a deadly virus."
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U.S. volunteer Mary Keenan of Brownsville, Texas hands out markers on December 8, 2019 during a class for immigrant children at a refugee camp near the Gateway International Bridge in the border town of Matamoros, Mexico, where more than 1,000 Central American and Mexican asylum-seekers are awaiting their next court hearings. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Reversing Xenophobic Trump Policy, Biden to Allow 25,000 Asylum-Seekers Stuck in Mexico to Enter US
"It remains a legal and moral imperative that the U.S. government abide by national and international refugee law and provide these individuals with an opportunity to request asylum."
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Supporters of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange rally after a prolonged legal hearing at the Old Bailey on January 4, 2021, in London. Ignoring Pleas of Press Freedom Defenders, Biden DOJ Files Appeal to Extradite Julian Assange
"The Assange case represents the gravest threat to press freedom in a generation."
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U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have worked been among the most vocal congressional critics of U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) 'Ending US Complicity in the Yemen War Is NOT Ending the War,' Says Ro Khanna
"The bombing continues. The threat of famine for 16 million continues... We must call on all foreign parties to stop the bombing, funding, and intervention. Only then can we resolve the civil war."
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EON's biofuel power station in Lockerbie, Scotland with timber supplies. The power station is fueled 100% by wood sourced from local woodlands. 500+ Scientists Demand Stop to Tree Burning as Climate Solution
"Companies are shifting fossil energy use to wood, which increases warming, as a substitute for shifting to solar and wind, which would truly decrease warming."
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Members of former President Donald Trumps defense team, David Schoen, center left, Michael van der Veen, center, and Bruce Castor, center right, arrive at the Capitol before the start of day three of the impeachment trial in the Senate on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) WATCH LIVE: Defense to Deliver Rebuttal on Day 4 of Impeachment Trial After Dems Dub Trump 'Inciter-in-Chief'
Over three days, House impeachment managers shared graphic footage of the U.S. Capitol attack and compelling testimony alongside arguments that conviction is essential to thwarting future insurrection attempts.
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in the Russell Senate Office Building on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 'It Is Not a Budget Item,' Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Falsely Says as She Joins Joe Manchin in Opposing $15 Wage
"She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let's get it done now."
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Police officers in Buffalo, New York walk by the motionless body of 75-year-old Martin Gugino as he bleeds from his ear after being attacked by officers during a protest on June 5, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/WBFO) Outrage and Disgust as Charges Dropped for Buffalo Police Officers Who Fractured Skull of 75-Year-Old Peaceful Protester
"Despite the video evidence of the officers' misconduct, a grand jury has dismissed the charges."
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To End 'Blank Check' for Saudi-UAE Assault on Yemen, Coalition Demands Biden Permanently Cancel $37 Billion in Arms Sales
"Permanently canceling these transfers is an essential step toward ending the cycle of impunity that U.S. policy has helped create."
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Applause as Biden Plans to Rescind Medicaid Work Requirements, Targeting One of Most 'Cruel' Policies of Trump Era
"We celebrate this win—this win that we made happen—even while mourning the loss of every person who relied on Medicaid and didn't survive the calamity of Trump's disastrous administration."
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks with reporters on his way to the U.S. Capitol on the third day of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on February 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'Your Republican Party Everybody': GOP Senators Accused of Violating Oaths by Meeting With Trump Lawyers During Trial
Given the "extraordinarily good job" by Democratic impeachment managers the past few days, said Sen. Dick Durbin, "I'd imagine they're pretty desperate to come up with a good defense strategy."
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) speaks during the third day of former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial. (Photo: PBS/YouTube screen grab) "It's About the Future": Democrats Say Conviction of Remorseless Trump Necessary to Avoid Insurrection Efforts to Come
"It's about making sure that no future official, no future president, does what President Trump did," said Rep. Ted Lieu.
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British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca reported Thursday that its profits doubled from 2019 to 2020. (Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images) 'An Outrage': AstraZeneca Told to Justify Unequal Vaccine Pricing Amid Soaring Profits
"Why is the global south paying more than rich countries for your #Covid19 vaccine?" Global Justice Now asks the pharmaceutical giant, which has pledged not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic.
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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), seen here during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 28, 2020 in Washington, D.C., led a subcommittee hearing Thursday called Justice Restored: Ending Forced Arbitration and Protecting Fundamental Right. Progressives Applaud FAIR Act Reintroduction Aimed at Ending Anti-Worker, Anti-Consumer Forced Arbitration
"There may be no more blatant example of how giant corporations like Wells Fargo, Equifax, Amazon, and Uber rig our economy than forced arbitration."
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"MaineHealth is comfortable calling nurses heroes but draws the line at treating them like heroes or respecting their desire to form a union," said Maine's Assistant Senate Majority Leader Mattie Daughtry (D-Brunswick). (Photo: Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) In 'Particularly Cruel' Act, Maine Hospital Vaccinates Out-of-State Union-Busters as Vulnerable Residents Forced to Wait
"It's concerning that MaineHealth would put their own anti-union agenda, and their own bottom line, ahead of the health and well-being of Maine people."
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Migrants are gathered inside the fence of a makeshift detention center in El Paso, Texas on Wed. March 27, 2019. (Photo by Sergio Flores for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Advocacy Groups Sue Biden Admin. to Force Release of Trump-Era Family Immigration Detention Records
"Children should be able to grow up with their families, friends, and communities—not be detained based solely on their immigration status."
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House Impeachment Manager Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) walks on the Senate Side of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C. WATCH LIVE: House Democrats Present Closing Arguments on Day 3 of Trump Impeachment Trial
The House impeachment managers are expected to focus on the former president's complete lack of remorse for his behavior that incited the deadly insurrection.
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<p>"On current trends, the probability of staying below 2°C of warming is only 5%, but if all countries meet their nationally determined contributions and continue to reduce emissions at the same rate after 2030, it rises to 26%," according to a new study. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/39659244972/in/photolist-23qxZPJ-dhc1Rq-4u1vCp-4JWoQ7-b49xvT-4aNeQC-kMjs2W-DKV68r-Jz8nR5-D7S5Lv-5PHwJP-cZCLdh-qhAsSw-74eSzs-6ZTg2X-8LhWu9-5HuX9v-9EfCJs-svKpKB-FMr16L-7Rkmpx-cCtzBC-FGZaNc-4uEhKL-6Pbf4 Study Warns Emissions Cuts Must Be 80% More Ambitious to Meet Even the Dangerously Inadequate 2°C Target
"And as if 2°C rather than 1.5°C was acceptable," responded Greta Thunberg, calling the findings further evidence "that our so-called 'climate targets' are insufficient."
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Supporters of then-President Donald Trump clashed with police and security forces in an attempt to storm the U.S. Capitol while Congress certified President Joe Biden's electoral victory on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images) Analysis Reveals Trump Operation Paid $3.5 Million to Organizers of Rally That Led to Deadly Capitol Attack
"Thanks to an opaque payment scheme, we may never know the full extent of the campaign's payments to the event's organizers."
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 A man climbs down after being photographed with a noose during a protest calling for legislators to overturn the election results in President Donald Trump's favor at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) 'Looks Like Trump Wasn't Playing Around': President Was Told Pence in Danger Just Minutes Before Twitter Attack on VP
Latest revelation could be put to use by Democratic impeachment managers. And as one observer put it, "When the jurors are also witnesses, strange things happen."
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Iranian medical personnel cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for an elderly woman who has infected by the new coronavirus disease in a COVID-19 section of the Rasoul-e-Akram hospital in western Tehran at midnight on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Citing 'Moral and Public Health Imperative,' Progressive Lawmakers Press Biden on Sanctions Relief
The 27 Democrats called for "much-needed and overdue changes to the way we use sanctions as a foreign policy tool."
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Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) 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. Faced With 'Inarguable Facts' of Trump's Guilt, GOP Senators Falsely Claim Constitution Forbids Voting to Convict
"You see, under a strict construction of the Constitution, it is constitutional for the president to try to murder Congress, but unconstitutional for Congress to do anything about it," said one mocking critic.
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Due to sea level rise, many islands in the gangetic delta region of West Bengal, India are facing fast erosion. The island of Mousuni is one such island. Homes and lands are sinking at a steady rate and people are staring at a bleak future where the probability of them becoming climate refugees looms large. (Photo: Arka Dutta/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Biden—Handed Road Map for Action—Told US Has Moral Responsibility to Lead on Climate Refugees
The new administration, says a Refugees International expert, needs "to understand that people are already on the move and will continue to be on the move."
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Members of National Nurses United observe a moment of silence for nurses who died from Covid-19 while demonstrating in Lafayette Park across from the White House on May 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Medicare for All the 'Only Way Forward,' Concludes Lancet Panel in Study Detailing Death and Misery Inflicted by Trump
"Trump's disastrous actions compounded longstanding failures in health policy in the USA. We know what it will take to create a healthy society. We just need the political will to do it."
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Fox News did not air complete coverage of former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial on February 10, 2021. Instead it aired this. (Photo: Twitter screen grab) 'Shameful': Fox News Cuts Away From Senate Trial as Shocking Footage Emerges
Instead, the network aired segments on a viral kitten filter video and the Dallas Mavericks national anthem controversy.
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Taxi drivers block the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. NYC Taxi Drivers Shut Down Brooklyn Bridge in Demand for Debt Forgiveness
"We shut down the Brooklyn Bridge because only direct action will get us what we need: medallion debt forgiveness now!"
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"If you want to become the number one country in the world when it comes to electric vehicles, we won't stand in your way," said Sunniva Whittaker, rector of the University of Agder. (Photo: Twitter screengrab from Universitetet i Agder) With Nods to Country's Free Tuition and Paid Maternity Leave, Norwegian University Delivers Epic Response to Will Ferrell's Super Bowl Ad
After the comedian noted that per-capita sales of electric vehicles are higher in Norway than in the U.S., a video from the Scandinavian country pointed out a few more reasons why life is better with social democracy.
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