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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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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Children and teenagers filed a climate lawsuit against the U.S. government in 2015. (Photo: Our Children's Trust, with permission) After 9th Circuit Decision, Youth Climate Campaigners Vow to Take Landmark Case to Supreme Court
"The 9th Circuit failed to correct the legal errors in the panel decision," said the lead attorney in the case, who added that the case is now up to the nation's highest court.
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This picture taken February 10, 2021 in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh shows a woman viewing a tweet posted by the sister of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, Lina, showing a screenshot of them having a video call following Hathloul's release after nearly three years in detention. 'The Fight Is Not Over': Prominent Women's Rights Activist Loujain al-Hathloul Released From Saudi Prison
"Her ordeal remains a flagrant miscarriage of justice."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Neera Tanden, nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), before the Senate Budget Committee on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. At Confirmation Hearing, Bernie Sanders Calls Out Neera Tanden's History of 'Vicious Attacks' on Progressives
The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee also pressed Tanden on her think tank's prolific fundraising from such corporate giants as Amazon, Walmart, and JPMorgan Chase.
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Flares burning off gas at Belridge Oil Field and hydraulic fracking site which is the fourth largest oil field in California. (Photo: Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Fossil Fuel and Other Polluters Gave Tens of Millions in Campaign Cash to GOP Lawmakers Opposing Biden's Leasing Freeze
"Our elected officials are sold out to Big Oil," said Public Citizen.
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Then-President Donald Trump speaks on the phone  in the Oval Office of the White House. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Local Georgia Prosecutor Launches Criminal Probe Into Trump's Request to 'Find' the Votes
The former president also faces the ongoing U.S. Senate impeachment trial as well as civil and criminal probes in New York.
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Security forces respond with tear gas after President Donald Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, storming the building as lawmakers were set to sign off on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory. WATCH LIVE: On Day Two of Trump Trial, House Dems Set to Unveil New Footage of 'Extreme Violence'
The new footage, said one Democratic aide, "shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary."
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"This is not a feel-good story," said Public Citizen on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. "It's a dystopian nightmare." (Photo: Twitter screengrab from ABC7 News) America 'Should Be Ashamed': Texas Teen Forced to Use College Savings to Prevent Mom's Eviction
"Americans owe $70 billion in back rent that they won't be able to pay. If we don't get them relief, there will be millions of stories like these."
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A placard by protesters lies on ground during the demonstration in Barcelona on January 25, 2021 against the imprisonment of Julian Assange. 'Free Assange' Demands Grow as Biden DOJ Says It Will Continue to Seek Extradition
"None of this is inevitable. At every step of the way, individuals with agency are actively choosing to continue the political case against Julian Assange that will have alarming consequences for journalism around the world."
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Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) listens at a hearing on July 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Maybe We Ought to Go to $20 an Hour. Why Stop at $15?' Scoffs House Republican Arguing Against Wage Hike
The Republican lawmaker didn't acknowledge that had the federal minimum wage kept pace with productivity, it would be around $24 an hour today.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) talks with reporters as he leaves the Capitol after the first day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial February 9, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Just Six GOP Senators Join Democrats in Reaffirming Trump Impeachment Trial as Constitutional
Sen. Bill Cassidy, the only Republican to change his vote from last month, said that "the House managers made a compelling, cogent case—and the president's team did not."
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Letter carrier Steve Guerra heads to his truck with a cart of packages and other mail inside the Roxbury Post Office in Boston on December 1, 2020. (Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) House Democrats Ask DeJoy to Answer For Spike in Coronavirus Infections and Deaths Among Postal Workers
"In view of these troubling reports, we request a briefing by March 1, 2021, on Covid-19 infections and deaths affecting postal workers, as well as the impact on mail service that the pandemic has had."
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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) speaks during opening arguments in the historic second Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 9, 2021. (Photo: Washington Post/YouTube screen grab) Watch Jamie Raskin Deliver 'Heartbreaking' Personal Account of Insurrection on Day 1 of Trump Trial
"This cannot be the future of America," the Maryland Democrat said. "We cannot have presidents inciting... mob violence against our government and our institutions because they refuse to accept the will of the people."
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Democratic House impeachment managers introduced a 13-minute video at former President Donald Trump's trial on Tuesday. (Photo: YouTube/C-SPAN) 'Show the Video to Someone You Know': Watch Democrats' Must-See Exhibit A at Trump Trial
"If the pursuit of justice does not fuel you, let the rage and horror of this piece of testimony do it."
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Then-President Donald Trump arrives at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) 'The Senate Must Convict. America Is Watching': Watchdogs Demand Trump Be Held to Account
"The president of the United States incited a murderous insurrection, then used his bully pulpit to fan the flames of hatred."
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A great white shark, seen here swimming near Isla Guadalupe off the coast of Baja California del Norte, Mexico. (Photo: pterantula/Flickr/cc) Study Finds Climate Crisis Driving Great White Sharks Into Colder Waters, With Devastating Effect on Wildlife
"Climate change is scrambling our ocean ecosystems and sometimes it produces surprises with a whole lot of teeth," said one marine researcher.
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"A world based on 100% renewable energy is possible, and we are able to transform the energy system fast enough to avoid the climate catastrophe." With 10-Point Declaration, Global Coalition of Top Energy Experts Says: '100% Renewables Is Possible'
"The solutions will not only save consumers money, but also create jobs and provide energy and more international security, while substantially reducing air pollution and climate damage from energy."
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"Our study adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health," said co-author Eloise Marais. (Photo: Marcel Kusch/picture alliance via Getty Images) Study Shows Fossil Fuel Pollution Killed 8.7 Million People in 2018—Almost One-Fifth of Global Deaths
"Now more than ever we can see the healthier, more just and sustainable world that climate actions can deliver," said one Harvard doctor.
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Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline hold a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 25, 2016. Indigenous Youth Embark on Sub-Zero, 93-Mile Run to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline
"They are running because of one simple fact: DAPL IS AN ILLEGAL PIPELINE."
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) As Trump Trial Begins, Impeachment Officials Promise 'Devastating' New Evidence
"I think it very well may be the case that reluctant senators change their mind and vote to convict," prosecution aides said.
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Pro-Trump rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) To Make 'Most Compelling Case' for Conviction, Progressives Say Trump Trial Must Include Witnesses
"The Senate, and the nation as a whole, need to hear from witnesses who can testify not only about the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, but also about Trump's actions leading up to that attack."
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Participants seen holding a banner at the press conference in Manhattan on February 6, 2021. Outrage After ICE Accused of Deporting 'Defenseless Babies' to Haiti During Pandemic
Rep. Mondaire Jones demanded the immediate return of "wrongfully deported" as Rep. Ayanna Pressley denounced ICE as "rogue agency."
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing December 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. As Progressives Secure $15 Wage in House Covid Bill, Jayapal Says 'Democrats Have to Fight' to Make It Law
"We shouldn't care whether Republicans are gonna vote for this or not. The vast majority of the American people support this package, Republicans and Democrats."
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Monday, February 8, 2021
On January 29, 2021, hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota to demand that President Joe Biden and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz take action to stop the Line 3 pipeline. New Campaign Targets Wall Street Funding to Stop Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline
"We are going to do everything in our power to make it loud and clear to bank executives: They must walk away from Line 3―or there will be consequences."
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Ecuador rightly accepted Assange’s concerns that the US would seek his extradition and lock him out of sight for the rest of his life. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Press Freedom Groups Urge Biden DOJ to Drop 'Disastrous' Charges Against Assange
"Now more than ever, it is crucial that we protect a robust and adversarial press," the letter states.
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Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump take the stage prior to delivering remarks at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images) Schumer: GOP Embracing 'Fringe Legal Theory' With Claim That Trump Trial Is Unconstitutional
"Given that the Constitution permits the Senate to impose the penalty of permanent disqualification only on former officeholders, it defies logic to suggest that the Senate is prohibited from trying and convicting former officeholders."
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Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) then-president Karen Lewis holds a press conference after CTU delegates voted to end their strike on September 18, 2012 in Chicago "The People's Champion": Labor Leader Karen Lewis—Who Fought for Students, Teachers, and Community—Dies at 67
"She fearlessly confronted the powerful."
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San Francisco District 11 Supervisor John Avalos speaks in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline during a protest in Embarcadero Plaza on February 17, 2013. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/Flickr/cc) Green Coalition Threatens to Sue Biden Administration Over Trump-Era Permits That 'Jeopardize' Wildlife
If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "continues to ignore its duty to properly account for the harm Nationwide Permit activities pose to species, then litigation may be necessary," the groups said.
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Budget Chair Sanders Hails CBO Score as Proof Congress Can Pass $15 Minimum Wage Through Reconciliation
"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to end the crisis of starvation wages in America and raise the minimum wage to a living wage of at least $15 an hour."
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"It would be much simpler if the United States decided to make good on its commitments earlier rather than later," said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, February 7, 2021. (Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Iran Foreign Minister Tells Biden US 'Violated' Nuclear Deal, So It Is US 'That Has to Return'
"If the United States and its partners return to the deal," said the nation's top diplomat, "Iran will reverse its actions. All the actions we are taking are reversible."
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A general view shows the remains of a dam (center) along a river in Tapovan of Chamoli district on February 8, 2021 destroyed after a flash flood thought to have been caused when a glacier burst on February 7 Experts Say Burst India Glacier Shows 'Catastrophic' and Deadly Cost of Inaction on Climate Crisis
"These events will occur more frequently and will become overall more destructive if measures are not taken to mitigate these risks," said one researcher.
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy leaves the Capitol after a meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. As DeJoy Readies New Assault on Postal Service, Pressure Grows for Biden to 'Clean House'
"My solution starts at the top: firing the whole board who presided over Trump and DeJoy's wrecking of USPS," said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.
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Ilhan Omar Warns Progressives Will Revolt If Dems 'Poison' Relief Bill by Curbing Eligibility for $1,400 Checks
"Democrats with a slim majority in the Congress can't pass this bill without progressives and must resist suggestions that will ultimately tank this relief bill."
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'Not a Radical Idea': Budget Chair Sanders Says 'Room Full of Lawyers' Working to Ensure $15 Wage Bill Survives Senate Rules
"It says so much about how utterly rigged the system is that it takes a team of lawyers to figure out some hail-mary-pass way to raise the minimum wage."
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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Protesters hold posters during a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar near the royal palace in Mandalay on February 7, 2021. (Photo: str/AFP via Getty Images) 'We Want Democracy!': Despite Internet Blackout, Tens of Thousands Protest Military Coup in Myanmar
"The Myanmar military has engaged in a naked power grab that if not reversed will set back democracy and the protection of human rights for a generation," warned one human rights advocate.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) questions former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm during the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to examine her nomination to be secretary of Energy on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. (Photo: Jim Watson/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) 'Unbelievable,' Says Sanders, That Some Dems Want to Further Limit Eligibility for Covid-19 Relief Checks
"In other words," noted the Senate Budget Committee chair, "working-class people who got checks from Trump would not get them from Biden."
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Saturday, February 6, 2021
Israeli warplanes launched attacks on the residential "Italian tower" in the al-Nasr neighborhood of Gaza City during "Operation Protective Edge" in August of 2014. (Photo: Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'Better Late Than Never': Palestinians Welcome ICC Decision Enabling War Crimes Probe of Israel
An investigation "would not, for sure, bring my kids back to life," said a survivor of an Israeli airstrike. "However, I am certain that I need to continue to try to find some sort of justice."
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Yemeni people affected by war receive food aid from a humanitarian organization on February 11, 2020 in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Citing Humanitarian Impact, Biden Reverses 'Dangerous' Designation of Houthis as Terrorist Group
Moving forward, said one expert, "the international community needs to stop fueling the conflict, generously fund Yemen's humanitarian response, and prioritize peace."
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Friday, February 5, 2021
Digital rights groups are cautioning against altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, seen by many as one of the most important safeguards of an open internet. (Photo: Getty stock) Leading Digital Rights Group Warns Section 230 Reform Bill Will Boost Big Tech While Crushing Smaller Sites
"This bill, as written, would have enormous unintended consequences for human rights and freedom of expression," warned Fight for the Future's Evan Greer.
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Gwinnett County election workers handle ballots as part of the recount for the 2020 presidential election at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registrations and Elections Building on November 16, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) 'Downright Scary': In 2021 Alone, GOP Introduces 100+ Voter Suppression Bills in 28 States
"Democrats have a clear choice. They can get rid of the filibuster to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act to stop GOP voter suppression, or they can allow the GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade."
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A protester holds a sign in front of the White House during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) After Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Operating Illegally, Dems Demand Biden It Shut Down
"You can continue to show your administration values the environment and the rights of Indigenous communities more than the profits of outdated fossil fuel industries."
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Peace activists with the U.K. group Campaign Against Arms Trade protest British arms sales to Saudi Arabia. (Photo: CAAT/Creative Commons) After Biden Move, Anti-War Groups Call on Boris Johnson to End UK Support for Saudi Assault on Yemen
"Johnson and Raab have blood on their hands. Their support for the carnage in Yemen must end immediately."
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 60+ Groups and Unions to Senate Democrats: End Harmful 'Gridlock and Dysfunction' by Eliminating the Filibuster
"It is truly outrageous that we still allow a partisan minority to block legislation at will and wholly prevent our government from functioning. Kill the filibuster."
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Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) leaves the Senate Chamber during a procedural vote at the U.S. Capitol January 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'Enough Is Enough': 8 Senate Dems Slammed for Going 'Hand-in-Hand With GOP' to Oppose Covid Relief for Undocumented Workers
"Let us be clear on this. Not only do undocumented community members pay taxes, they are also suffering as much as anyone else because of this pandemic."
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A Central American woman and her baby in a shelter just across the U.S.-Mexican border in Tijuana, Baja California del Norte, on November 28, 2018. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images) Under Pretext of Pandemic, Babies Born in US—Legal American Citizens—Expelled With Mothers to Mexico
"For all intents and purposes, that child is stateless, which is going to create a whole host of barriers... because they're unable to establish citizenship."
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Signs read: "Refugees Welcome" and "One World One Family" Rejecting Trump's "Callous Disregard for Human Life," Biden Significantly Raises Refugee Cap
"The action today by President Biden will save lives. It's that simple."
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"Millions of babies are exposed to these contaminants every day," Charlotte Brody of Healthy Babies Bright Futures said on Thursday, February 4, 2021. "It is time to step up and finally take clear action." (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Congressional Report Reveals Manufacturers 'Knowingly' Sold Toxin-Tainted Baby Food
"This is what happens when you let the food and chemical companies, not the FDA, decide whether our food is safe to eat."
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Biden's nominee to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during an event in Wilmington, Delaware on December 8, 2020. 'Definition of Malpractice': GOP Senators Under Fire for Obstructing Biden HHS Pick as Pandemic Rages
"Delaying a hearing for the head of Health and Human Services in the middle of a pandemic that has claimed more than 450,000 American lives is negligence in plain sight."
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The U.S. Capitol is seen as National Guard and police stand guard on January 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Giant First Step': After 14+ Hours of Votes, Senate Approves Covid Relief Resolution With Zero GOP Support
"We have the opportunity to give hope to the American people and restore faith in our government by telling them that... we understand the pain that they are experiencing and we are gonna do something very significant about it," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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In Fiery Floor Speech, Cori Bush Demands Accountability for Every Republican Who Incited 'Vile White Supremacist Attack' of January 6
"We can't build a better society if members are too scared to stand up and act to reject the white supremacist attack that happened right before our eyes."
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
House impeachment managers deliver an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on January 25, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) 'Perjury City': Trump Refuses to Testify in Upcoming Senate Impeachment Trial
"Trump won't testify because he is a coward and also because there is no question he would incriminate himself. If his lawyers know one thing, it is that he is incapable of telling the truth."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to be expelled from Congress. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images; C-SPAN) Ocasio-Cortez Says Stripping Marjorie Taylor Greene of Committees Isn't Enough—'She Must Be Expelled'
House Democrats and 11 Republicans came together Thursday to remove the GOP congresswoman from her committee assignments.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a press conference on January 30, 2019, as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), and Ken Buck (R-Co.) stand around him as a bipartisan group announced reintroduction of a joint Senate and House resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. ( Bernie Sanders Says Biden Decision on Yemen a Tribute to 'So Many Activists Over the Years'
"Yemen needs food, medicine, and healthcare—not bombs and blockades," said Sanders.
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 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks at a news conference introducing the 'People’s Housing Platform' on Capitol Hill on January 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) 'It Was That Bad. It's Actually Worse': Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back After Republicans Challenge Her Capitol Attack Story
"You previously told reporters yourself that you barricaded in your office, afraid you'd be hurt," the New York congresswoman told one of her Republican colleagues.
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A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire in Oroville, California on September 9, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) New Bill From Blumenauer, Ocasio-Cortez, and Sanders Demands Biden Declare a National Climate Emergency
The Sunrise Movement's executive director called it "a good sign that our leaders are finally understanding what young people and climate activists have been shouting from the rooftops for years."
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Demonstrators hold a banner calling for impeachment of President Donald Trump during a protest outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on January 7, 2021. ( Impeachment Managers Call On Trump to Testify Under Oath for Senate Trial
"You have... attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense," the letter to Trump says.
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A Yemeni child holds missile shrapnel outside a factory destroyed in airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, which also killed three civilians and injured six others, on January 20, 2019 in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) 'A Day Peace Activists... Have Been Waiting For': Biden Vows to Curb US Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen
"This decision is the result of years of activism from Yemeni Americans and grassroots activists all over the world. Congrats to lovers of peace everywhere who know #YemenCantWait."
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Amazon Prime delivery van parked outside apartment building, Forest Hills, Queens, NY. (Photo: Lindsey Nicholson Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Warnings of Growing 'Surveillance Empire' as AI Van Cameras Give Amazon 'Roaming Eyes in Every Neighborhood'
"Amazon will have the perfect panopticon in place to sweep up unprecedented amounts of data en masse," says Fight for the Future.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C., flanked by Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Top Democrats in Congress Call On Biden—'With the Stroke of a Pen'—to Cancel Up to $50,000 in Student Debt
Sens. Warren and Schumer, along with Rep. Pressley, are leading the push for the president to "lift this impossible burden" on borrowers.
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Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) walk out of the West Wing after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House February 3, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Politically It's Suicidal': Frustration Grows as Biden Entertains Narrower Eligibility for $1,400 Checks
"Let's be really, really clear. Doing this will cost Democrats control of the Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024... It is a colossally bad idea."
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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 Katopodis/Getty Images) 'The Q Party Is Born!': Progressives Slam GOP for Giving Marjorie Taylor Greene Standing Ovation Instead of Discipline
"The Republican Party backed Greene's run for Congress. Party bigwigs campaigned for her. The party faithful apparently would be happy to make Greene president in the future. They are now the RepubliQan Party."
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heads to the Senate floor before being called into session on January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'So Utterly Disingenuous': Republicans File Slew of Unrelated Amendments as Dems Push Ahead With Covid Relief
"If the GOP actually wanted to provide Covid relief, they'd introduce amendments to do so. Instead they're going to introduce what they believe are gotcha amendments to try to trip up Dems."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. In First Speech as Budget Chair, Sanders Rebuffs 'Partisanship' Complaints From GOP That Unilaterally Passed $1.9T Gift for Rich
"Eighty-three percent of the benefits of the Trump tax plan went to the 1% and large corporations... There was not one Democrat that voted for that bill."
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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Biden Boots 'Union Busters and Anti-Government Ideologues' From Key Labor Panel
Labor leaders called for replacements "with a background in labor-management relations who are not hostile toward unions."
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Virginia is poised to become the first Southern state to abolish capital punishment. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) After 412 Years and 1,391 Executions, Virginia Poised to Abolish Death Penalty as Senate Passes Historic Bill
"We're going to look back 50 years from now, and that electric chair and that lethal injection table, they're going be sitting in a museum," predicted Sen. Scott A. Surovell.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken concludes his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. (Photo: Carlos Barria/AFP via Getty Images) 'Makes Us All Safer': Biden Admin Announces Five-Year Extension of New START Nuclear Treaty With Russia
"This welcome step is the start of our efforts to pursue effective arms control that lowers the risks of war and helps prevent arms races," said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
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Sign says "Cancel rent or people die" 'Eviction Moratorium Is Not Enough': 200+ Groups Demand Rent Cancellation, Debt Relief
"To prevent an eviction disaster and the public health crisis that would come with it, we need immediate action that provides full debt relief."
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On January 29, 2021, hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota to demand that President Joe Biden and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz take action to stop the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo: @ResistLine3/Twitter) After 'Bitterly Disappointing' Court Ruling on Line 3, Biden Urged to Shut Down Pipeline Project 'Once and for All'
After a Minnesota court allowed construction to continue, Rep. Ilhan Omar appealed to President Joe Biden to stop the contentious project.
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U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base in Baylough, Afghanistan, June 16, 2010. (Photo: DoD/Public Domain) To Secure Lasting Peace in Afghanistan, Task Force Proposes Prolonging Longest US War
"This recommendation is a practical guarantee that U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan until the sun explodes," said one expert.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks during a press conference outside the DFL Headquarters on August 5, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. 'A Desperate Smear': Ilhan Omar Slams GOP Over Attempt to Distract From Bigotry of Marjorie Taylor Greene
"Republicans will do anything to distract from the fact that they have not only allowed but elevated members of their own caucus who encourage violence."
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Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen, confirmed as Treasury Secretary in January 2021, spoke in Wilmington, Delaware on December 1, 2020. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Sens. Whitehouse and Warren Push Treasury Secretary Yellen to 'Rein In Abuse' of Dark Money Groups
"The IRS's regulation and enforcement related to 501(c)(4) organizations has been woefully inadequate in the post- Citizens United era."
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An Amazon Flex driver loads their personal vehicle with packages outside the 1.2 million-square-foot BWI2 Amazon Fulfillment Center in the Chesapeake Commerce Center on April 14, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'How Greedy Can Amazon and Bezos Get?': Corporate Behemoth to Pay $62 Million Fine for Stealing Drivers' Tips
What needs to happen "is for the government to step in and take much more serious action than it's ever really contemplated to restrain, control, and ultimately break up Amazon," said Public Citizen's Robert Weissman.
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A scene from outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the January 6, 2021 attack on the complex by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images) Congressional Staffers Implore Senators to Convict Trump 'For Our Sake and the Sake of the Country'
"The use of violence and lies to overturn an election is not worthy of debate," the staffers wrote. "Either you stand with the republic or against it."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote on May 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Joining Powerful Finance Committee, Warren Vows to Introduce Wealth Tax as 'First Order of Business'
"It is time to make the ultra-rich pay their fair share."
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A postal worker gives a thumbs-up to demonstrators protesting the Trump administration's sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service on August 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. New Bill Aims to Scrap 'Ludicrous' Mandate Forcing Postal Service to Prefund Retiree Benefits Decades in Advance
"The unreasonable prefunding mandate has threatened the survival of the USPS and placed at risk vital services for the millions who rely on it."
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 120 Democrats Demand Repeal of 'Obscene' Tax Cut for Millionaires That GOP Buried in Previous Covid Relief Bill
"This would save over $250 billion, which should be repurposed to help Americans who have lost income due to the pandemic and its economic fallout."
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) listens as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 'Will End Up Hurting Tens of Millions': Progressives Push Back as Dems Weigh Lower Income Cutoff for Relief Checks
"Means testing is a form of austerity. Scaling back on stimulus would be a mistake."
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Water protectors protested at a construction site for the Line 3 pipeline near Cloquet, Minnesota on February 2, 2021. (Photo: the Movement to Stop Line 3) Over 50 Water Protectors in Minnesota March Onto Line 3 Pipeline Easement to Stop Construction
"We are endangering future generations," said Charles King, who locked himself to construction equipment, "and that's got to stop."
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Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) wears a protective mask while walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Rep. Jamaal Bowman Calls On Israel to Vaccinate Occupied Palestinians Against Coronavirus
"Israel, as an occupying power, has a responsibility to provide vaccines to the Palestinian people," the first-term congressman asserted in a letter to Israel's acting consul general.
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One of the spelling eCritics Lambaste Errors—Both Spelling and Legal—in Trump Impeachment Defense Filing rrors in former President Donald Trump's February 2, 2021 impeachment trial defense filing. (Photo: screenshot) Critics Lambaste Errors—Both Spelling and Legal—in Trump Impeachment Defense Filing
"Lawyers are paid to make the best case they can for their clients. If this is Trump's best case, he's lucky that nearly half the jurors who will evaluate it are already firmly in his camp."
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<p>Protesters march in front of the White House to call for the closure of Guantánamo Bay military prison. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregfoster/3378018795/">Greg Foster</a>/flickr/cc)</p> 'We Will Hold Him Accountable Until He Does': 110+ Groups Demand Biden Close Gitmo Without Delay
Rights advocates urged the president to act "in a just manner that considers the harm done to the men who have been imprisoned without charge or fair trials for nearly 20 years."
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"Spending $740 billion dollars a year on this one piece of the federal budget is unconscionable," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said to Kathleen Hicks, one of President Joe Biden's Pentagon appointees, on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. (Photo: Screengrab from PBS NewsHour) Warren Blasts 'Unconscionable' $740 Billion Pentagon Budget While Millions Suffer From Poverty, Joblessness, and Covid-19
"A budget is about priorities," said the Democratic senator.
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) speaks alongside a bipartisan group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress on December 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Pressure Works. And He's Going to Need a Lot More': Manchin Backs Fast Track Process for Covid-19 Relief
The West Virginia senator also said he opposes raising the federal minimum wage to $15, setting up a potential clash with Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) presides over a hearing about the influence of social media companies on the 2020 election on November 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Lindsey Graham Under Fire for Latest Blockade of Merrick Garland's Senate Confirmation
"If Sen. Graham refuses to work in good faith to quickly confirm President Biden's highly qualified nominees, then it's time for him to step aside and let more serious legislators get to work."
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Members of the House of Representatives deliver to the Senate the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump on January 25, 2001. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) House Impeachment Managers Argue Trump Aimed Violent Mob at Capitol 'Like a Loaded Cannon'
Pre-trial brief says the former U.S. president bears "singular responsibility" for inciting January 6 insurrection.
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Traffic police check the tires of electric school buses in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, on August 25, 2020. (Photo: Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) 'Kids Deserve a World Without Diesel Emissions': Report Offers Roadmap for Electric School Bus Transition
"Only by working together can we tackle the existential threat of climate change and accelerate the process towards a zero-emission future."
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A horse attempts to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales on December 31, 2019 Obsession With GDP, Disregard of Nature Leading Towards Ecosystem Collapse: Report
"Securing nature is investing in our self-preservation."
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"Had this rule censoring science been allowed to stand," said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), "it could have done massive damage to the EPA's ability to regulate dangerous chemicals and pollutants." (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) In Victory for Public Health, Federal Judge Scraps Trump's Polluter-Friendly 'Censored Science' Rule
"Science matters again, and it will again guide how to best protect people from dangerous pollution and toxic chemicals."
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Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigran families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020. 'Get These Agencies Under Control Immediately': Despite Biden Moratorium, ICE and CBP Deport Hundreds
"Don't. Look. Away. We can't trust ICE and CBP, even if their boss is a Democrat."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) during an Instagram livestream on Monday, February 1, 2021. (Photo: Instagram/Screenshot) Republicans Who Incited Insurrection Still a 'Danger to Their Colleagues,' Warns AOC in Harrowing Account of Mob Attack
"My story isn't the only story, nor is it the central story of what happened on January 6th. It is just one story of many of those whose lives were endangered at the Capitol by the lies, threats, and violence fanned by the cowardice of people who chose personal gain above democracy."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks during an interview with MSNBC in the Russell Rotunda in Washington on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. 'Now Is Not the Time to Count Pennies': Sanders Says GOP Relief Plan Won't Cut It, Urges Democrats to Keep Election Promises
"What the Republicans are talking about is just totally inadequate to meet the unprecedented crises that we're facing."
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Monday, February 1, 2021
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has fast become one of the most controversial members of Congress. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) 'The House Must Step In': Dems Introduce Resolution to Oust Marjorie Taylor Greene From Committees
"We can't stop her from speaking. What we can do though, is essentially render her nearly powerless. That's what the intent of this resolution is."
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) As GOP Senators Push Smaller Covid-19 Relief Package, Dem Leaders Move to Advance Biden's Bolder Plan
"Congress must pursue a bold and robust course of action. It makes no sense to pinch pennies when so many Americans are struggling," said the Senate majority leader.
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An American bumblebee. Biden Urged to 'Be the Hero' to Save American Bumblebee From Extinction
"It is our hope that the Biden administration grasps the gravity of this moment."
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) speaks with reporters in the Senate subway after a vote in the Capitol on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. 'Inhumane': As CBO Warns Employment Won't Recover Until 2024, GOP Offers Mere 3-Month Extension of Jobless Aid
"Workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own shouldn't be constantly worrying that they are going to lose their income overnight."
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More than 200 overdose prevention activists staged a protest on August 28, 2019—before the coronavirus pandemic—at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NYC office to call out the Democrat for not enacting evidence-based overdose prevention policies that could save lives. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Showing 'Better, More Just World Is Possible,' Oregon Decriminalizes Low-Level Possession of All Drugs
"Today, the first domino of our cruel and inhumane war on drugs has fallen—setting off what we expect to be a cascade of other efforts centering health over criminalization."
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Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles—where this woman is receiving her shot on January 30, 2021—is one of numerous mass vaccination sites in the U.S. (Photo: Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images) 'That Hurricane Is Coming': Leading Expert Says More Contagious UK Covid-19 Variant Could Portend Deadliest US Surge Yet
"We are going to see something like we have not seen yet in this country," warned Dr. Michael Osterholm, who advised President Joe Biden's transition team.
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Bodycam video released by the Rochester Police Department shows officers pepper spraying a 9-year-old girl after handcuffing her. (Image: Screenshot/Rochester Police Dept. footage) 'These Officers Should Be Fired and Indicted': Outrage After Rochester Police Pepper Spray Handcuffed 9-Year-Old Child
"Just pepper spray her at this point," one officer can be heard saying about a young girl already in the backseat of a cruiser, just before another officer says, "I got her. I got her."
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Service industry workers listen to remarks and hold up signs during a rally on January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Bolstering Reconciliation Case, Study Shows $15 Wage Would Boost Federal Budget By $65 Billion
"My Republican colleagues used reconciliation to give almost $2 trillion in tax breaks to the rich and large corporations... You know what? I think we can use reconciliation to protect the needs of working families."
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