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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Watchdog Calls on Authorities to Drop 'Absurd' Charges Against Journalists Covering Black Lives Matter Protests
More than 600 attacks against members of the press covering the ongoing protests have been reported to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.
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Mail-In Voters and Candidates Sue to Block 'Unconstitutional' Assault on Postal Service by Trump and DeJoy
"This isn't just an attack against the fabric of our democracy: it's a personal attack against each and every American citizen."
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'The Price of Failure Is Just Too Great to Imagine': In DNC Speech, Sanders Urges Popular Front to Defeat Donald Trump
"The future of our democracy is at stake. The future of our economy is at stake. The future of our planet is at stake."
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Monday, August 17, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez Welcomes Help From Anti-Trump Republicans in Defeating President—But Rejects Kasich's Attempt to Define Party
"Something tells me a Republican who fights against women's rights doesn't get to say who is or isn't representative of the Democratic Party."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks on the Democratic presidential primary campaign trail in 2019. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Democrats Demand McConnell Bring Senate Back Into Session to 'Protect USPS and Our Election'
Speaker Nancy Pelosi had directed House members to return to Washington, D.C. for an emergency vote Saturday on legislation to reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's recent policy changes.
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'Disturbing Milestone': Just 12 US Billionaires Now Own More Than $1 Trillion in Combined Wealth
"This is simply too much economic and political power in the hands of twelve people."
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'I Hope the Postmaster General Comes Prepared. I Know I Will,' Says Rep. Katie Porter as DeJoy Agrees to Testify on USPS Changes
U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will appear before the House Oversight Committee next week amid concerns that he and President Trump are trying to sabotage the November election.
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Underneath the floating debris in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: NOAA – Marine Debris Program) Activists Demand Bolder Efforts to Address Pollution After Scientists Find Microplastics in Human Organs
"The best way to tackle the problem is to massively reduce the amount of plastic that's being made and used."
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After Organizing Mass 'Sick-Out,' Arizona Teachers and School Staff Applauded for 'Bold' Collective Action to Stop Unsafe Reopening
"Teachers are in a position to have a voice, and they just weren't being heard."
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Heatwaves rise near a heat danger warning sign on the eve of the AdventurCORPS Badwater 135 ultra-marathon race on July 14, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Climate Activists and Scientists Raise Alarm After Death Valley Endures Potentially Record-Breaking 130ºF
"It's not a record that will last," says author and activist Bill McKibben.
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'Go Away! Go Away!' Factory Workers Heckle Belarusian Strongman as Nationwide General Strike Kicks Off
"Lukashenko is a former president," said one strike leader. "He needs to go."
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Trump Administration Denounced for 'Foolish and Deeply Damaging' Plan to Drill in Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Local residents, who rely on caribou native to the refuge for sustenance, have called the area 'the heart and soul of mother earth.'
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'What a Disgrace': Pentagon Weighing $2.2 Billion in Cuts to Military Healthcare Just After Passage of $740 Billion Budget
"The Trump administration is always looking for ways to cut your healthcare, regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you do."
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'It's Going to Take Everyone': Demonstrations Planned Nationwide to 'Save the Post Office From Trump'
"We have a narrow window to stop a wannabe dictator from sabotaging our elections."
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Sunday, August 16, 2020
People take part in a protest against the 2020 Belarusian presidential election results by the Minsk Hero City Obelisk. 'Stop Lukashenko': Hundreds of Thousands Protest Against Belarusian Leader for Eighth Straight Day
Demonstrators are demanding new elections amid outcry over authorities' violent crackdown on dissent.
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Activists hold a demonstration in support of the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Top Dems Demand Postmaster General DeJoy Testify, Citing 'Grave Threat' to 'Our Very Democracy'
The "Postal Service is a public institution that both serves and belongs to every person in our nation."
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Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival: WIRED Celebrates 25th Anniversary Day 2 on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco. Dems Urged to Say, 'Yes, Snowden Should Be Pardoned' After Trump Floats Possibility
The comment from the president prompted fresh praise for the former intelligence contractor who "blew the whistle on illegal government activity kept secret for years."
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Saturday, August 15, 2020
Anti-racist and anti-facist protesters organized by F.L.O.W.E.R, a frontline organization based in Atlanta to combat racism, face off against far right militias and white pride organizations near Stone Mountain Park in downtown Stone Mountain, Georgia on August 15, 2020. 'Go Home, Racists!': BLM Counterprotesters Shout Down White Nationalists in Stone Mountain, Georgia
"Hundreds of workers from across Georgia took a stand against racism and won."
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BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley rides a bike in Moab, Utah Following Outrage, Trump Pulls Nomination of "Unapologetic Racist' William Perry Pendley to Oversee Nation's Public Lands
"Pendley never should have been nominated, and the fact that he was shows you what you need to know about this administration's conservation priorities."
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A mailman wearing a mask and gloves loads a postal truck with packages at a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office location in Washington, D.C. on April 16, 2020. Sanders Warns of Trump Effort to 'Destroy the Post Office to Sabotage This Election'
The warning from the Vermont senator follows a USPS announcement that it's halting its collection of mailboxes in multiple states—which voting rights advocates rebuked as evidence of "massive voter suppression."
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Friday, August 14, 2020
Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama Agree: Trump's Attack on Postal Service a Direct Assault on 2020 Election
"What elections should not be about in a democratic society is winning because your opponents are prevented from voting. And that is exactly what Trump is doing right now."
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To Halt Fascist March With Progressive Power, Sanders and Omar Host 'United Against Trump' Town Hall at DNC Convention
"We have a moral responsibility to oust Trump."
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Denounced as Going 'Too Far' When Sanders Said It—American Bar Association Backs Full Voting Rights for Incarcerated People
"This Resolution follows a long American Bar Association tradition affirming and supporting the expansion of Americans' right to vote."
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Edward Snowden Forget Your Feelings About Trump, Say Allies of NSA Whistleblower, 'Snowden Pardon Would Be a Major Win'
"Edward Snowden is a patriot. Our democracy is better off because of him," tweeted the ACLU. "As we said four years ago, the president should pardon him."
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Insurance Industry Front Group to Bombard Democratic Convention With Ads Attacking Biden-Backed Public Option
The ads by the Partnership for America's Health Care Future fearmonger over potential tax hikes and recycle industry talking points against "government-controlled health insurance."
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'Exact Right Message': Ed Markey's Must-Watch 2020 Campaign Ad Praised for Highlighting Broken Social Contract
"With all due respect, it's time to start asking what your country can do for you."
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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks about immigration policy at the White House during a briefing August 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 'Big News': GAO Says Top Trump DHS Officials Wolf and Cuccinelli Appointed Illegally
Democratic lawmakers said the GAO decision "paints a disturbing picture of the Trump administration playing fast and loose by bypassing the Senate confirmation process to install ideologues."
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The U.S. government seized the cargo of four ships, including the Bella, the U.S. Justice Department confirmed Friday. (Photo: DOJ) Further Escalating Tensions, Trump Administration Seizes Alleged Iranian Fuel Bound for Venezuela
Iran's ambassador to Venezuela, Hojad Soltani, said that neither the ships nor their owners are Iranian but did not address whether the gasoline came from his country.
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Outrage in Oregon After Federal Agents Teargas Protesters Who 'Held the Line Against Injustice' by Blocking Bus With Deportees
"The actions by federal troops are all too familiar, designed for political headlines, meant to intimidate & strike fear into our communities instead of keeping us safe."
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Amid 'Coup Attempt in the Making' by Trump, Top Democrat Demands Rapid IG Probe Into Postmaster General
Rep. Gerry Connolly warned that the timing of Louis DeJoy's policy changes suggest a "deliberate attempt" to influence the November election.
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Despite 'Frantic' Walk-Back Efforts, Group Says Trump Threat to Destroy Social Security Must Be Believed—and Defeated
"The only prudent course for people who care about their earned Social Security is to defeat Trump this November."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) waits for the Senate subway to leave on June 3, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) 'Morally Obscene,' Says Sanders as McConnell Adjourns Senate for Month-Long Recess Without Deal on Coronavirus Relief
"During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation while millions of Americans face hunger and eviction."
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Thursday, August 13, 2020
A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Trump EPA Plows Ahead With 'Mind-Bogglingly Stupid and Destructive' Rollback of Methane Emissions Rules
"Even for the Trump administration, this is an appalling new low."
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Palestinian Rights Advocates Refuse to Applaud Israel-Trump-UAE Deal That Upholds 'Ongoing, Devastating Apartheid'
"The Trump administration hit upon the Nobel Peace Prize-winning idea that you can supposedly solve the Israel-Palestine conflict by pretending Palestinians don't exist."
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Watchdog Warns Unchecked Covid-19 Contact Tracing Apps Threaten Workers With 'Dystopian Mass Surveillance'
As competing bills aimed at privacy rights make their way through Congress, employers mull the use of apps to quell the spread of Coronavirus in the workplace.
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A man scoops leaked oil from MV Wakashio, a vessel that is owned by a Japanese company but Panamanian-flagged, which ran aground near Blue Bay Marine Park off the coast of southeast Mauritius on August 8, 2020. (Photo: Jean Aurelio Prudence/L'Express Maurice/AFP via Getty Images) Oil Spill's Damage to Marine Area Around Mauritius 'Substantial' and Maybe 'Irreversible,' Expert Warns
"There are very few such marine areas with such rich biodiversity left on the planet. An oil spill like this will impact almost everything there."
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Victory for Democracy as Supreme Court Blocks 'Merciless' GOP Effort to Restrict Mail-In Voting in Rhode Island
Thanks to the high court's decision, said one voting rights advocate, "hundreds of thousands of Rhode Island voters will be able to safely cast their ballots without risking their health."
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A "commitment to sustaining peace is more urgent than ever," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday. UN Chief: Pandemic Must Be Met With Commitment to Peace
"Covid-19 is a human tragedy, but we can mitigate the impacts by the choices we make."
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As GOP Blocks Covid Relief, Experts Warn of 'Wave of Despair' and Devastating Anecdotes Show Crisis Already Here
"I feel truly abandoned by this country," one person posted on Reddit's unemployment page this week.
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'Screams of Torture' as Authoritarian Government in Belarus Continues Attacks on Protesters, Journalists
Following what pro-democracy advocates say was a rigged election, world leaders condemn the violence against protestors and the press, and the authoritarian regime's main opponent has fled the country.
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'Silence Is Complicity': GOP Condemned for Doing Nothing as Trump Openly Touts Sabotage of Postal Service
"Donald Trump knows that if the people are heard in November, he and Republicans up and down the ballot will lose," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "This is what we're up against—and this is why we have to fight back with all we've got."
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Protesters are seen marching upon the Tennessee State Capitol building on June 04, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee GOP Targets Racial Justice Movement by Turning Encampment Protests Into Felonies Punishable by Prison Term
"Bonus penalty for exercising your protest rights in an unapproved manner: you lose your voting rights."
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Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, leaves a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol on January 4, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Neal Urged to Condemn Smear Campaign Targeting Progressive Challenger Alex Morse After Internal Chats Revealed
"Everyone who bought into this bullshit smear campaign needs to recant, apologize, and more importantly, LEARN SOMETHING for god's sake."
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'Only a Tiny Little Minute, But Eternity Is In It': AOC Suggests 60 Seconds Is All She Will Need at DNC
"So the DNC is giving AOC a TikTok minute while Republican John Kasich gets a whole speaking slot," lamented one progressive critic.
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Ro Khanna Announces 'No' Vote on DNC Platform Over Exclusion of 'Moral Issue of Our Time'—Medicare for All
"I will be voting 'No' on the platform because when we say that healthcare is a human right," says the progressive congressman from California, "we must truly mean it—and fight for it."
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'Just Comes Out and Says It': Trump Declares Postal Service Can't Handle Mail-In Voting Because He's Blocking Funding
"This is crazy by any standard. The president of the United States is actively trying to sabotage the election."
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
A Yemeni boy rides a bike on rubble of houses destroyed in a recent airstrike carried out by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, on May 23, 2019 in Sana'a, Yemen. 'Emergency Was a Sham': Top Democrat Says IG Report on Saudi Arms Deal 'Deeply Damning' for Pompeo
"What sort of emergency makes itself known a few months in advance and can be resolved with weapons delivered years later?"
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Organic farming has brought environmental benefits—healthier soils, freedom from toxic pesticides and herbicides—to 6.5 million acres in the U.S. (Photo: Jeff K/Flickr) Groundbreaking Study Shows Organic Diets Drastically Lower Glyphosate Levels in the Body
"We all have the right to food that is free of toxic pesticides."
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Denouncing 'Smear Campaign' Against Alex Morse, Former Detractor Calls for Focus on 'Damage Richie Neal Is Doing to Our Democracy'
" What is being done to Morse is a huge travesty—much more sinister than people yet know."
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Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods speaks during a press conference at Forest High School on April 20, 2018 in Ocala, Florida. (Photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images) As Florida Sets Daily Record for Covid-19 Deaths, Sheriff Bans Deputies From Wearing Masks
The policy "actively puts peoples' lives at risk," critics warn.
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'Vital Democracy Reform' Takes Hit in Oregon After US Supreme Court Undermines Another Ballot Initiative
A state-level effort to put redistricting in the hands of the people amid the pandemic was set back after the nation's highest court intervened.
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House Democrats Introduce Urgent Bill to End 'Deliberate Sabotage' of Postal Service by Postmaster General
"A once-in-a-century pandemic is no time to enact changes that threaten service reliability and transparency."
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Sand hill Cranes, Grus canadensis, at roosting pond at dusk Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. (Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) 'Major Victory': Court Tosses Out Trump Interior's Gutting of Century-Old Protections for Migratory Birds
Critics charge that the administration's policy on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act "was nothing more than a cruel, bird-killing gift to polluters."
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Study Shows 'Unambiguous Evidence' Covid-19 Infectious in the Air, Researchers Claim
While study not yet peer-reviewed, one expert said: "If this isn’t a smoking gun, then I don’t know what is."
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Amid Pandemic and Economic Pain, UNICEF Unveils First-Ever Project to Combat Child Suffering in US
"Children in our country don't fare as well as children in other wealthy countries around the world, so we have a lot of work to do."
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2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa on August 12, 2019. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) With Biden-Harris Ticket Set, Climate Groups Demand 'Transformative Action From Day One' If Elected
"Let's do our part to end this era of chaos and defeat Republicans up and down the ballot. Then, let's turn up to make a Biden-Harris administration lay the groundwork for a Green New Deal."
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Racist, QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene Wins Georgia GOP Primary
Marjorie Taylor Greene's views "have no place on the ballot or in Congress," said DCCC chairwoman Cheri Bustos.
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With Warren Sidestepped, Wall Street Execs Cheer Biden's Pick of Harris for VP
Biden's selection of the California senator comes after Wall Street executives made clear that they would prefer "almost anyone" but Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Mail clerks sort packages at a USPS Processing and Distribution Center on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in City of Industry, California. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) 'A Conspiracy to Steal the Election, Folks': Alarms Sound After Postal Worker Reports Removal of Sorting Machines
The removal of key equipment from Post Offices should be viewed as nothing less than "sabotage," said one observer.
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'Our Movement Didn't Just Win. We Earned Mandate for Change,' Says Ilhan Omar After Soundly Defeating Big-Money Challenger
"In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown."
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
In 'Battle for the Soul of This Nation,' Biden Names Kamala Harris as Vice Presidential Running Mate
"All of us will need to do everything we can do defeat Donald Trump this November, and Joe Biden will need strong progressive energy to win," said the PCCC in response.
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 "Using national park sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park or the White House as the setting for a campaign speech and having federal employees participate in partisan political activities raises numerous legal concerns and appears to be in conflict with the Park Service's own regulations and policies related to special events in parks," said Phil Francis, chair of the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks. "We cannot allow major partisan political events to occur on the hallowed grounds Coalition Objects to 'Profoundly Inappropriate' Trump Plan to Accept GOP Nomination at 'Hallowed' Gettysburg Battlefield
"Our national parks should not be exploited for political gain. They are meant to be enjoyed by all Americans, regardless of party affiliation or politics."
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Labor and Environmental Groups File Legal Petition Demanding Trump Solve 'Unconscionable' Shortage of PPE for Essential Workers
"Workers aren't being honored or protected, they're being sacrificed."
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South Korean protesters took part in an anti-Trump rally in front of the U.S. embassy on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump visited in South Korea for two days during his Asian tour. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) Progressive Groups Pressure Biden and Trump to Include Nuclear Disarmament in Campaign Platforms
"The United States urgently needs a leader who will have the courage to look at, think hard about, and speak openly about the dire perils posed by our country's vast nuclear arsenal."
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Progressive Ilhan Omar Faces Dark Money and Right-Wing Attacks in Minnesota Primary
"When you speak truth to power, power fights back," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said of Omar's primary challenge.
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Alleging 'Cover-Up to Protect Secretary Bernhardt,' Lawmakers Demand Criminal Perjury Probe Into Top Interior Official
"Officials who violate the public trust and break the law must be held accountable."
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Seven-year-old Hamza Haqqani, a 2nd grade student at Al-Huda Academy, uses a computer to participate in an E-learning class with his teacher and classmates while at his home on May 01, 2020 in Bartlett, Illinois. Scores of Education Experts Call on Schools to Reject Screen-Saturated Return to Learning
"Now is the time for parents and teachers to come together and demand what children really need."
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Trump EPA Plan to Gut Emission Rules for Oil and Gas Industry Denounced as 'Beyond Comprehension'
"If Trump is reelected and this rule sticks, it is probably the single most consequential near-term climate decision of his presidency."
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Larissa Vuitika, biologist, works during the virus inactivation process on March 24, 2020 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Medical Experts Denounce 'Irresponsible' Rush to Covid-19 Vaccine by Russia
"The collateral damage from release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably."
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A driver and passenger wear face masks as Uber and Lyft drivers with Rideshare Drivers United and the
 Transport Workers Union of America conduct a 'caravan protest' outside the California Labor Commissioner's office amidst the coronavirus pandemic on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The drivers called for California to enforce the AB 5 law so that they may qualify for unemployment insurance an for receiving back wages they say they are owed. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Major 'Milestone' for Workers as California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft Must Classify Drivers as Employees
"This is a resounding victory for thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers who are working hard—and, in this pandemic, incurring risk every day—to provide for their families."
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'Just Insane': As Pandemic Rages and Hunger Soars, Trump USDA Under Fire for Blocking Access to Food Benefits
"This is not the time for people who are already vulnerable to lose their benefits."
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DNC Announces Progressive Champion Ocasio-Cortez Will Speak at Convention
Previous speculation indicated the popular New York Democrat would be left off the program.
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#SaveThe600 Coalition Slams Trump Executive Action as 'False Promise' to Laid-Off Workers and Desperate Families
"It is likely illegal, unworkable, won't get money to anyone quickly or for long, and is deeply inequitable."
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Sanders Joins Calls for Resignation or Removal of Postmaster General Over Efforts to 'Suppress the Vote and Undermine Democracy'
The Vermont senator accused Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of "a blatant attempt" to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections.
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Monday, August 10, 2020
facial recognition technology Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology
A new publication warns that the surveillance technology in schools could exacerbate racial biases.
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Weeks After Voting for $740 Billion Pentagon Budget, Ted Cruz Says 'Magic Money Tree' Isn't Available to Struggling Families
"It's not a goddamn joke, Ted," Sen. Ed Markey said.
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President Donald Trump stands after signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on January 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Trump Trade Policies and Mishandling of Coronavirus Pandemic Have 'Wiped Out' US Manufacturing Jobs: Economist
"Trump's erratic, ego-driven, and inconsistent trade policies have not achieved any measurable progress, despite the newly combative rhetoric."
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Lebanese Prime Minister and His Entire Cabinet Resign Amid Mass Protests Over Deadly Beirut Explosion
Outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab called the devastating blast a "crime" and blamed it on the "chronic corruption" of Lebanon's political elite.
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Citing 'Years of Chaos and Impunity,' ACLU Calls for Breakup of Department of Homeland Security
"We have to remove the loaded weapon that sits on the proverbial coffee table in the Oval Office."
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Marginalized Communities Could Be 'Shortchanged' for Decades to Come by Trump's Abrupt Change to Census Deadline, Critics Say
Last week, the Trump administration shortened the Census deadline by a month as the government scrambles to get an accurate count amid the pandemic.
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Bystanders look at MV Wakashio bulk carrier that had run aground and is leaking oil near Blue Bay Marine Park in southeast Mauritius on August 6, 2020. (Photo: Dev Ramkhelawon/L'Express Maurice/AFP via Getty Images) 'We Are Expecting the Worst': Alarm Over Eco Crisis Grows Amid Fears Ship Leaking Oil Near Mauritius Could Break in Two
Climate campaigers charge that "this oil leak is not a twist of fate, but the choice of our twisted addiction to fossil fuels."
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Maryland Coalition Urges Democrats to 'Stand With Majority of Americans' by Supporting Medicare for All in 2020 Platform
"In the middle of a global pandemic, it's a winning electoral strategy for the Democratic Party," one organizer said of supporting Medicare for All.
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'Impossible to Stay Quiet': With Nearly 100,000 Kids Infected by Covid-19 in Just Two Weeks, Medical Experts Warn Against Hasty Return to School
"Rushing to reopen our schools will directly jeopardize the lives of our students and educators, and that is a risk we cannot take," said Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
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Experts Warn Trump Executive Action on Unemployment Insurance Deliberately Leaves Out Poorest Americans
"Literally every new detail about these executive orders confirms that in addition to being wildly unconstitutional, they will do absolutely nothing to help anyone who's suffering."
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Lawmakers Demand Removal of Postmaster General DeJoy Over 'Nefarious' Efforts to Destroy the Postal Service and 'Aid Trump Reelection'
"He is working to dismantle a fundamental institution of our democracy. He needs to resign or be removed, now."
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Sunday, August 9, 2020
In a statement sent to the UMass Democrats in response to their allegations, Morse said "every relationship I've had has been consensual" and cautioned his opponent, Rep. Richie Neal, "against indulging in old negative stereotypes about gay men." (Photo: Alex Morse for Congress) Critics Warn Against Smear Campaign, 'Creepy Victorian Moralizing' Aimed at Progressive Challenger Alex Morse
"Would be quite something if the groups backing Alex Morse took a stand here on behalf of free, consenting adults not in a subordinate role to do what they want with their lives," said one political observer. "Not counting on it but we'll see."
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Vowing to Defend Retirees, Biden Denounces 'New, Reckless War on Social Security' by Trump
"This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility."
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People at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, listen as US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on August 8, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Progressives Call Trump Executive Orders What They Are: Illegal. Inadequate. Misleading. 'A Disgrace.' 'A Sham.' 'A Cruel Joke.'
If president actually "cared about helping Americans," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, "he would have demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell start negotiating as soon as the House passed the HEROES act almost two months ago."
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Saturday, August 8, 2020
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will 'Terminate' Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November
One progressive critic called the president's promise "a full-on declaration of war against current and future Social Security beneficiaries."
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A woman walks into a Brooklyn Post Office on August 05, 2020 in New York City. President Trump in recent weeks has called the Postal Service "a joke" as the agency is experiences delays in mail delivery due to the coronavirus pandemic and financial pressures. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 'This Is a Five-Alarm Fire': With 2020 Election at Stake, Call Goes Up for Mass Mobilization to Save Postal Service
"Can't stress this enough— if the USPS is sabotaged, this will amount to the greatest voter suppression campaign in history."
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US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 7, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) 'Executive Order Stunt No Substitute for Real Relief,' Say Progressives of Legally Dubious Trump Proposal
Coalition accuses Republican Party of "abandoning their constituents and the country as a whole, and causing chaos and turmoil by refusing to negotiate on COVID-19 relief."
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Friday, August 7, 2020
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) 'Friday Night Massacre' at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials
"America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office."
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Fossil Fuel Investments and Hawkish Foreign Policy Among Serious Issues Progressives Have With Susan Rice as Possible VP Pick
"If you're a Democratic Party leader and you're still invested in oil and gas it’s just a problem."
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Prohibited From Holding Police Officer to Account, Federal Judge Calls on Supreme Court to Overturn 'Qualified Immunity'
"Those who violate the constitutional rights of our citizens must be held accountable. When that day comes we will be one step closer to that more perfect Union."
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essential worker holds sign Analysis Shows Rapid and Reckless Reopenings Not Only Bad for Public Health—But the Economy Too
"There is no way around it: getting the economy back on track means controlling the pandemic."
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Leading Demand for IG Probe, Warren Accuses Trump and New Postmaster General of 'Sabotaging' Postal Service
"They are delaying Social Security checks and other mail and potentially disenfranchising millions of voters."
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Public health workers, doctors, and nurses protest over lack of sick pay and personal protective equipment outside a hospital in the Bronx on April 17, 2020. "Let's Make It Happen!" Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic
"It is worth fighting for a system that puts public health ahead of profits: Medicare for All," said a doctor touting Canadian system.
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A demonstrator holds a placard reading "time is running out" during a global youth climate action strike in Barcelona, on September 27, 2019 at the end of a global climate change week. Bolstering Case for Transformational Green Recovery, New Study Finds Lockdown Emissions Had 'Negligible' Effect on Climate Crisis
"We still need far more serious measures to make a difference—we need structural change."
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'Enraging and Inexcusable': Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Black Man Convicted of Garden Tool Theft 20 Years Ago Should Die in Prison
"A system that condemns a man to life in prison for stealing a pair of hedge clippers is not justice," said the ACLU.
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DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention
"You want Bill Clinton to speak but maybe not AOC. Okay, dummies."
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