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Sunday, January 31, 2021
"The question is not bipartisanship," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday, January 31, 2021. "The question is addressing the unprecedented crises that we face right now." (Photo: Screengrab from ABC) 'We Have Got to Act Now': As GOP Introduces Weak Relief Bill, Sanders Says Dems Already Have Enough Votes to Pass Stronger Package
"We made promises to the American people. We're going to keep those promises."
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Saturday, January 30, 2021
"There is still an opportunity for us to stop" the construction of Line 3, said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Saturday, January 30, 2021. "It is going to be really important for people to raise their voice." (Photo: Giniw Collective/Twitter) 'We Should All Be Water Protectors': Ilhan Omar Visits #StopLine3 Organizers Day After Activists Block Enbridge Worksites
"We owe it to future generations, to the Indigenous communities we've signed treaties with, and to every living being on this planet to stop building fossil fuel infrastructure."
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) yells at journalists after setting off the metal detector outside the doors to the House of Representatives Chamber on January 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'There Must Be Consequences for Her Actions': Demands for Marjorie Taylor Greene's Removal Grow
"Marjorie Taylor Greene is a seditious, hateful, QAnon-supporting, racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic congresswoman and she deserves to be expelled from the House."
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Friday, January 29, 2021
A new report from Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) takes pharmaceutical companies to task for their merger and acquisition activities. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.) New Report From Rep. Katie Porter Reveals How Big Pharma Pursues 'Killer Profits' at the Expense of Americans' Health
"It's time we reevaluate the standards for approving these mergers. It's time we pass legislation to lower drug prices. And it's time we rethink the structure of leadership at big pharmaceutical companies."
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A U.S. Capitol Police vehicle drives through a gate in the eight-foot tall steel fence topped with concertina razor wire on January 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The temporary fencing was built following the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a right-wing mob that left five people dead and scores injured. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Freshmen Dems Lead Resolution to Censure Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Call for Her Resignation
"Congresswoman Greene should resign immediately to allow someone to fill her seat who believes in upholding the Constitution and the mission of this legislative body to serve all people, not harm them."
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Then-Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo.) spoke during a news conference with other Democrat members of Congress to push President-elect Joe Biden to appoint a corporate-free Cabinet and administration outside of the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) After Altercation, Rep. Cori Bush to Move Office Away From Far-Right Marjorie Taylor Greene for Team's Safety
Bush cited Greene's support for executing Democrats and "renewed, repeated antagonization of the movement for Black lives."
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Robert Malley of the International Crisis Group speaks during the Forum MED Mediterranean Dialogues summit in Rome, Italy on November 30, 2017. (Photo: Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Progressives Applaud Rob Malley, Key Nuclear Deal Negotiator, as Biden's Special Envoy for Iran
"Malley should be celebrated for his ability to understand how adversaries see problems and find common ground, for this is the art of diplomacy."
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A view of Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images) 'Gut Punch': Invite-Only Vaccine Clinics in Seattle Area Spark Ire
"The rich got advantages in the healthcare system long before Covid, but when we're in a plague you expect everybody to follow the rules."
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Tom Vilsack speaks on December 11, 2020 after being nominated to serve as Agriculture Secretary. Amid Broader Concerns Over Biden USDA Nominee, Watchdog Flags 'Disturbing Suppression' of Science by Vilsack
"Unless he pledges to implement significant safeguards for scientists, Tom Vilsack should not be confirmed. The days in which federal agencies function as scientific gulags should be behind us."
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Swedish climate activists Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Isabelle Axelsson, and Vanessa Nakate take part in a "Friday for Future" youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting. #TheWorldIsWatching: Youth Activists Direct Ire Over Climate Inaction at WEF Elite
"If only leaders were as good [at] taking real action as they were giving speeches," said Greta Thunberg.
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A Yemeni man, Mohamed Ali Abdallah Al-Ameri, holds a photo of his 12-year-old son, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike. (Photo: Abigail Hauslohner/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Yemeni Families File Petition Against US for 'Unlawful' Killing of Scores of Relatives
"It's a life with constant fear," one of the petitioners said. "You're always afraid to leave the village because you think you might be mistaken and targeted."
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MoveOn Civic Action is running an ad on the Houston Chronicle's homepage calling for the resignation of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Photo: MoveOn) New 'Treason Caucus' Campaign Targets Cruz, Hawley, and Others for Role in Deadly Capitol Insurrection
"If we don't take action now, Cruz and his band of conspiracy theorists will still maintain power in an office they dishonored and don't deserve to hold."
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Donald Pols (R), director of Dutch environmental organization Milieudefensie, and Channa Samkalden (L), lawyer for Milieudefensie, react following the court ruling in the case that the organization, along with four Nigerian farmers, filed against Shell over oil leaks that have allegedly polluted their villages, in The Hague, on January 29, 2021. "After 13 Years, Justice!" Dutch Court Orders Shell Oil to Pay for Harm Done to Nigerian Farmers
"Victims of environmental pollution, land grabbing, or exploitation now have a better chance to win a legal battle against the companies involved."
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"You're telling me that they would forfeit their American citizenship if they had to... step up and pay a little more?" Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked on Thursday, January 28, 2021. "I'm just calling your bluff on that. That's not going to happen."(Photo: CNBC) 'How About a Counter-Argument Based on Fact?': Warren Destroys CNBC Host Over Two-Cent Wealth Tax Criticism
"The wealthiest in this country are paying less in taxes than everyone else," said the Democratic senator. "If they added a two-cent wealth tax, they'd still be paying less than most of the people in this entire nation."
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People queue in bad weather to enter a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Folkestone, Kent, during England's third national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus on Friday January 29, 2021. As Fears Grow Over Covid Vaccine Delays, Watchdog Asks: 'Why Are We Allowing Big Pharma's Patents to Artificially Limit Supply?'
"It's just wrong that big business is deciding who gets vaccinated, with zero transparency. We must scrap patents and massively scale up production globally."
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Parents of Sandy Hook Victims: Naming of Marjorie Taylor Greene to Education Panel an Attack on All 'Whose Loved Ones Were Murdered in Mass Shootings'
"Hateful conspiracy theories and suggestions that our children's violent deaths never happened have no place in our society, much less the United States Congress."
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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman speaks during an interview on CNBC on January 28, 2021. 'Cry Me a River': Sanders Hits Back as Billionaire Investor Whines About Potential Tax Hikes Amid GameStop Fiasco
"Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street."
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Thursday, January 28, 2021
A protester is seen holding a placard during a climate change demonstration. (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Climate Campaigners Say 'Listen to the Science' as New Study Shows Earth Now Warmer Than Any Time in Last 12,000 Years
The study "changes the baseline and emphasizes just how critical it is to take our situation seriously," its lead researcher said.
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A patient is brought into a Brooklyn hospital that has seen a high number of Covid-19 patients on January 27, 2021 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 'Fight Against This Deadly Virus Far From Over': First Cases of South African Variant Detected in US
"Unless we truly, as a nation, come together and follow public health guidance to flatten the curve, as that strain becomes more commonplace, we will see the numbers go up dramatically."
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Melissa Simpson holds up her arm with "My Body My Choice" written on it during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21, 2019 in Atlanta. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) 'A Win for Reproductive Freedom': Rights Advocates Applaud After Biden Rescinds Global Gag Rule
Advocates are also urging the president and Congress to go further to protect and expand rights and access to reproductive healthcare.
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DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 'Roadmap to Freedom': Jayapal and AOC Lead Progressive Dems With Visionary Immigration Reform Bill
"I know that we must do far more than simply reverse the harmful, xenophobic policies of the Trump administration."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got into a heated Twitter feud on Thursday, January 28, 2021. (Photo: Getty Images) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Ted Cruz: 'You Almost Had Me Murdered... You Can Resign'
The Squad member once again implored Cruz to quit after he tweeted agreement with her call for a probe of the GameStop stock trading controversy.
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Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House on July 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Applause as Biden Withdraws 'Horrific' Trump Rule Attacking Social Security Disability Recipients
"Wonderful news," said one activist.
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"We now need to know more about Robinhood's decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday, January 28, 2021. (Photo Illustration: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) 'This Is Unacceptable': AOC, Tlaib Demand Hearing Into Robinhood Blocking Customers From GameStop Trades
"They're blocking the ability to trade to protect Wall St. hedge funds, stealing millions of dollars from their users to protect people who've used the stock market as a casino for decades."
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David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida., speaks on the East Front of the Capitol during a rally to organize letters to be delivered to congressional offices calling for an expansion of background checks on gun purchases on Monday, March 25, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) If Someone Like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene 'Shoots and Kills Me,' Says David Hogg, 'Politicize My Death' to Strengthen Gun Laws
The Parkland mass shooting survivor's comments come as a March 2019 video of Greene chasing after and yelling at him circulates online.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) shouts at journalists as she goes through security outside the House Chamber at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2021. 'Appalling': Dems Incensed as GOP Appoints Marjorie Taylor Greene—a Sandy Hook Massacre Denier—to Education Committee
"The focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on October 31, 2020 in Houston. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) New Government Report Details How Trump Failed Covid-19 Response 'Across the Board'
The GAO reveals that even after the agency "made 27 different recommendations aimed at improving the response, the Trump administration failed to implement them."
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"For too long Corporate America has been able to influence our democracy in the shadows with CEOs welcoming the opportunity to push their agenda in Washington," said Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) 'Temporarily' Not Good Enough: Corporate America Called to End Political Giving Once and for All
"The attack at the Capitol warrants more than shallow promises to merely pause political donations. We must rededicate America's grand experiment to its foundational principle—government of, for, and by the people."
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on December 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. As White House Floats Skimpier Relief Bill in Bid for GOP Support, Progressives Warn Going Small Would Be 'Catastrophic'
"Congress should err on the side of offering generous relief to a larger pool of people, rather than too little."
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A woman walks past the GameStop store inside the Susquehanna Valley Mall. An online group sent share prices of GameStop (GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (AMC) soaring in an attempt to squeeze short sellers. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) How the Ongoing GameStop Fiasco Highlights the Sinister Nature of Modern Casino Capitalism
"Wall Street and stock market are metaphors for a society rotting from self-indulgence, greed, widening inequality, and financial entrepreneurship that builds nothing, improves nothing, creates nothing, and solves nothing."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks at a press conference at Corona Plaza in Queens on April 14, 2020 in New York City. 'Kevin McCarthy Answers to These QAnon Members': AOC Rips Republicans for Embracing Violence, Misogyny, and Racism
"No consequences means that they condone it."
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Missiles stand at a Raytheon installation during the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England, in July 2018. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Saying 'Peace Not Going to Break Out... Anytime Soon,' Raytheon CEO Sees 'Solid Growth' in Middle East
The head of the world's fourth-biggest arms maker showed no concern that the Saudis can't buy his bombs—for now.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
"Facebook must stop harming and silencing Palestinians living under apartheid and start cracking down on white supremacist groups—like the Proud Boys—that have used their platform as a recruitment site," said Lau Barrios of MPower Change. (Photo: Jewish Voice for Peace via Twitter) Human Rights Campaign Launched to Prevent Facebook From Adding Word "Zionist" to Hate Speech Policy
"Treating 'Zionist' as a proxy for 'Jew' would undermine efforts to dismantle real antisemitism... and help the Israeli government avoid accountability for violations of Palestinian rights."
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A float at the 2019 Dusseldorf Carnival in Germany depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his "guardian angel," President Donald Trump. (Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images) 'Good': Anti-War Democrats Applaud Biden for Freeze on US Arms Sales to Saudis and UAE
"This is an important first step in ending our material support for war globally, and the genocide in Yemen in particular," said Rep. Ilhan Omar.
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A group of open internet advocates protest then-FCC chair Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal plan during a demonstration on December 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 'This Is Not a Game': Internet Defenders Warn Against Gutting of Section 230—Key Law for Online Speech
"Section 230 is one of the most important laws protecting freedom of expression and human rights in the digital age."
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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry listens as President Joe Biden speaks on tackling climate change in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2021. Denouncing 'Handouts to Big Oil,' Biden Calls on Congress to End $40 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Fossil Fuels
"Biden campaigned on eliminating fossil fuel giveaways, and voters agree by a huge margin," said one climate activist.
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Humanity remains closer than ever to the apocalypse, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' "Doomsday Clock." (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images) '100 Seconds to Midnight': Doomsday Clock Reveals Humanity Closer Than Ever to the Apocalypse
Citizens must "demand... that their governments reorder their priorities and cooperate... to reduce the risk of nuclear war, climate change, and other global disasters, including pandemic disease."
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'Now Is the Moment to Deliver': Sunrise Movement Says Biden Climate Ambitions Require Abolition of Senate Filibuster
"Our generation will not accept any excuses for delay or inaction on delivering historic legislation to build back better."
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A young girl stands in Jiangtan park after it was flooded by heavy rains along the Yangtze river on July 10, 2020 in Wuhan, China. (Photo: Getty Images) Largest-Ever Climate Poll Shows 64% of Global Public Believes Warming Planet Is an 'Emergency'
"The voice of the people is clear—they want action on climate change."
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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. 'Not Just Bad Economics, But Terrible Politics': Khanna Warns Democrats Against Restricting Eligibility for $1,400 Checks
"Have we learned nothing?"
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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. 'You Stole a Supreme Court Seat': Critics Pan McConnell Threat to Sabotage Senate If Democrats Target Filibuster
"Blocking needed relief for Americans has nothing to do with 'consent and comity' and everything to do with destroying democracy."
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been a prolific spreader of lies, conspiracy theories, and bigotry. (Photo: Erin Scott/AFP via Getty Images) Report Reveals Racist Conspiracy Theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Showed Support for Murdering Democrats
"We're trending towards 'execute our opponents' as [a] not entirely fringe GOP... position," tweeted one prominent journalist.
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A migrant holds a sign reading "Biden: light the way for humane immigration reform," as advocates and migrants demonstrate at San Ysidro crossing port during a vigil in Tijuana, Baja California del Norte, Mexico on January 19, 2021, ahead of now-President Joe Biden's inauguration. (Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images) 'We Need to Continue to Fight': Federal Judge Blocks Biden's 100-Day Freeze on Deportations
"Judge Tipton's decision to block the nationwide deportation moratorium will be remembered as one of the last gasps of the Trump administration's racist, xenophobic legacy."
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led an unsuccessful effort on Tuesday to kill the Senate trial for former President Donald Trump. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) After Delaying Trump Impeachment Trial, All But 5 GOP Senators Vote in Favor of Saying Now It's Too Late
"McConnell delayed the trial and then voted in favor of a point [of] order to dismiss it because it was...starting too late."
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President Joe Biden signed a series of racial justice executive orders and memoranda at the White House on January 26, 2021. (Photo: Dog Mills/Getty Images) 'A Big Step': Progressives Welcome Biden Executive Order Ending DOJ Private Prison Contracts, But Say This Is Just the Start
"There's more to be done to end the for-profit caging of people in the U.S.," stressed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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An oil drilling rig operates on May 10, 2017 outside Richfield, Utah. (Photo: George Frey/Getty Images) Now Make It 'Permanent': Environmental Groups Applaud Biden's Plan to Pause New Oil and Gas Leasing on Public Lands
"The simple truth is that we need to stop drilling and fracking everywhere, as soon as possible."
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#SaveSalla is a campaign launched by the Finnish community in partnership with the youth climate movement Fridays for Future. (Photo: www.savesalla.org.) As Planet Cooks, One of the World's Coldest Towns Bids to Host 2032 Summer Olympics
"If we stand back and do nothing, letting global warming prevail, we will lose our identity, and the town we love—as well as many others around the world—will cease to exist as we know it," said the mayor of Salla.
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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. More US Lawmakers Urged to Speak Out Against 'Vaccine Apartheid' for Palestinians
"This cruelty is another reminder of why the occupation must end," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman.
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Members of the campaign to Divest New York state's pension funds from fossil fuel holdings held a picket outside Arnhold Hall at the New School in New York City on March 26, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) NYC Pension Funds Set 'New Bar for Climate Finance Action' With Approval of $4 Billion Fossil Fuel Divestment
"Fossil fuels are not only bad for our planet and our frontline communities, they are a bad investment," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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Houthi supporters hold a banner as they gather during a protest against the decision by the Trump administration to designate the Houthi group a foreign terrorist organization on January 25, 2021 in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) As World Demands Peace and Aid for Yemen, Biden Told to 'End Every Aspect of This War'
Over 385 groups from across the globe are calling for an immediate halt to the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's relentless attack—an armed conflict that is only intensifying the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe.
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Demonstrators participate in a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters on January 15, 2021 in Chicago. 'Time for Talk Is Over. No More Excuses,' Says Sanders as Lawmakers Intro $15 Minimum Wage Bill
"We can no longer tolerate millions of workers not being able to afford to feed their families or pay the rent."
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Former U.S. President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One as they arrive at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 20, 2021. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images) Majority in US Want Senate to Convict Trump, Bar Him From Holding Office Ever Again: Poll
"Convicting Donald Trump to save our democracy is not a distraction," said Rep. Mondaire Jones. "It's essential."
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As President Joe Biden prepares to announce a moratorium on new federal oil and gas leasing, the marine conservartion organization Oceana on Tuesday called on the president ot permanently protect the nation's coasts from offshore drilling. (Photo: Maersk Drilling/Flickr/cc) On Eve of Fossil Fuel Lease Moratorium, Biden Urged to Permanently Protect US Coast From Offshore Drilling
"President Biden has an incredible opportunity to act on climate change and protect our coasts once and for all by closing the chapter on future offshore oil leasing."
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) leads a press conference to introduce new senators like Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. January 21, 2021. 'Incredible': Schumer Says Biden Should Declare a Climate Emergency
"If ever there was an emergency, climate is one," the Senate Majority leader said.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sees how a dose of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca Covid 19 vaccine is prepared for a mobile vaccination center on January 25, 2021 in London. Report Warns 'Vaccine Nationalism' of Rich Nations Could Cost Global Economy Over $9 Trillion
"Truly, no one is safe until everyone is safe."
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A demonstrator holds a "Tax the Rich" sign during a protest in New York on June 27, 2020. 'Unseemly' $1.1 Trillion Billionaire Wealth Gain During Pandemic Could Fully Fund Biden Relief Plan for Working Class: Report
"We should tax these windfall gains to pay for recovery."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the House Chamber on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. McConnell Caves on Filibuster After Democrats Manchin and Sinema Reiterate Opposition to Scrapping 'Jim Crow Relic'
"McConnell engaged in the most blatant, ridiculous act of obstructionism imaginable, and instead of telling him that if he kept it up, they'd take that power from him, key Dems reassured him that they'd never take that power from him."
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Monday, January 25, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., attend the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes of the 2020 presidential election in the House chamber on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) As House Sends Impeachment Article, Schumer and McConnell Told to 'Remove Seditious Senators' From Trump Trial
"Senators who supported Trump's insurrection cannot also be his judges," argues MoveOn's Rahna Epting.
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg protests during a "Fridays for Future" protest in front of the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm on October 9, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images) Enough 'Blah Blah Blah' From Global Elites, Greta Thunberg Declares at Digital Davos
"I'm only here to once again remind you of the emergency we are in. The crisis that you and your predecessors have created and inflicted upon us."
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Then-U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testifies during a hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee September 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Groups Launch Grassroots Campaign Urging Senators to Reject Tom 'Mr. Monsanto' Vilsack for USDA Chief
"Tom Vilsack has proven not to be the leader we need."
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Activists rally on January 19, 2021 in New York City to demand that U.S. President Joe Biden take immediate executive action to "Build Back Fossil Free." (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) As Kerry Touts US Commitment to Climate Diplomacy, Biden Urged to Follow EU Lead by Ending Dirty Energy Subsidies
"Biden should act boldly on his campaign commitments to end finance for dirty energy projects."
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Lyft and Uber drivers report dramatically reduced earnings and bonuses in recent years. (Photo: Stock Catalog/Flickr/cc) 'Poverty Mode': App-Based Drivers Slam Lyft's Latest Pay Cut Scheme
"The digital economy today is part of the problem and not the solution," argues one labor advocate. "It's not too late to change that."
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People hold a banner and stand in front of trucks at Paddock Transport International in Hamilton, Ontario to stop the company from shipping what activists say are Canadian-made tanks to Saudi Arabia, on January 25, 2021. Canadians Against War on Yemen Block Shipment of Armoured Vehicles Headed to Saudi Arabia
The direct action in Hamilton, Ontario coincides with hundreds of events to pressure the new Biden administration and other world governments to stop arming Saudi Arabia.
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People line up to receive food packages distributed in Budapest, Hungary on December 30, 2020. UN Labor Agency: Pandemic Job Losses Four Times Higher Than After 2009 Financial Collapse
"This has been the most severe crisis for the world of work since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Its impact is far greater than that of the global financial crisis of 2009."
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President Joe Biden is facing demands from human rights groups to immediately close down the U.S. military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/susanmelkisethian/31897209800/">Susan Melkisethian</a>/flickr/cc)</p> Amnesty Calls on Biden to Close Guantánamo and End Military Commissions 'Once and For All'
The group says the prison symbolizes U.S. "use of torture, rendition, and indefinite detention without charge or trial—in complete violation of internationally agreed-upon standards of justice and human rights."
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Former Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2020. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images) Inspector General Launches Probe Into Whether DOJ Officials Tried to Overturn Presidential Election
"Unconscionable a Trump Justice Department leader would conspire to subvert the people's will," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in response to allegations against former Acting Assistant AG Jeffrey Clark.
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy arrives to testifiy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2020. Biden Urged to Fire Entire Postal Service Board for Complicity in 'Devastating Arson' by Trump and DeJoy
"Trump confessed he was wrecking USPS to rig the election. His toady Postmaster General DeJoy carried out that arson. It's time to clean house."
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Peace Village ward at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is home for children with disabilities believed to be caused by Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the U.S military during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Hiroko Tanaka/NurPhoto/via Getty Images) French Court Hears Case Against Chemical Corporations Over Agent Orange Use in Vietnam
"I'm not fighting for myself, but for my children and the millions of victims," explained plaintiff Tran To Nga.
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"Oxfam believes billionaires are a sign of broken economic system and that extreme wealth should be ended," the international anti-poverty group said Monday. "We believe the world would be a better place if there were a lot less billionaires and a lot more nurses." (Image: Oxfam International) 'Abolish Billionaires': Oxfam Report Shows Combined Pandemic Wealth of Richest 10 People Could Pay to Vaccinate Entire World
"Rigged economies are funnelling wealth to a rich elite who are riding out the pandemic in luxury, while those on the frontline of the pandemic... are struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table."
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Last year, an artist projected "Pay Trump bribes here" and "emoluments welcome" onto the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. to protest President Donald Trump's refusal to divest from his businesses. 'That's Insane... He Still Has the Money': SCOTUS Tosses Emoluments Lawsuits Targeting Trump
One watchdog critic angered by the court's decision said, "Congress must act now to ensure that no future president can profit off the presidency."
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National Guard soldiers carrying riot shields march near the U.S. Capitol two days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, on January 22, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Members of Congress Reportedly Facing Death Threats Ahead of Trump Impeachment Trial
Amid "ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol," thousands of National Guard troops are expected to remain in Washington, D.C. as Trump's trial proceeds in the Senate.
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) attends a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes of 2020 presidential election in the House chamber on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. "The 'I'm Rubber You're Glue' Defense to Treachery": Hawley Files Ethics Complaint Against Dems Who Filed One Against Him
The Missouri Republican is facing growing calls for his resignation or removal from the Senate for inciting the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee to be President-elect Joe Bidens pick for Director of National Intelligence on Capitol Hill on January 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Susan Collins, Supporter of $1.5 Trillion in Tax Cuts for the Rich, Claims $1,400 Survival Checks Not 'Targeted' Enough
"Weird that Susan Collins didn't care so much about the 'rich people getting more than they need' issue when it was massive upper income tax cuts on the table."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Budget Chair Sanders Dares GOP to Criticize Him for Using Reconciliation to 'Protect Ordinary People, Not Just the Rich'
"If they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don't have enough food, they can criticize me."
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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Democratic Congresswoman from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks as now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer listens during a press conference in the Corona neighborhood of Queens on April 14, 2020 in New York City 'Jim Crow Relic': Progressives Ramp Up Efforts to Finally Get Rid of Filibuster
On the Filibuster: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: " A Cherished Tool of Segregationists" ; former President Barack Obama: " Jim Crow Relic "; and ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: " Outlived Its Usefulness ."
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Former US President Donald Trump looks on as White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks about the coronavirus outbreak in the press briefing room at the White House on March 17, 2020 in Washington, DC Dr. Birx Criticized for Failing to Speak Out on Trump's 'Parallel Data': Her 'Legacy is One of Sycophancy and Failure'
'Dr. Birx went out of her way to praise Trump and just straight up lied'
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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., left, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., attend the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett in Hart Senate Office Building on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. John Dean: Insurrectionist Senators are Co-Conspirators and Should Not Sit in Judgment of Trump
AOC: "Sen. Hawley is trying to wiggle out of inciting a riot that killed 5"
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Friday, January 22, 2021
Anti-death penalty activist Judy Coode of Pax Christi International demonstrates in front of the U.S. Justice Department's Robert F. Kennedy Building July 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 35 House Democrats Join Reps. Bush and Pressley in Calling on Biden to End Federal Executions for Good
Warning that future administrations could follow in Trump's footsteps, the lawmakers urge Biden to commute the death sentences of all federal inmates to "ensure that there would be no one left on death row to kill."
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President Joe Biden's stance on mask-wearing stands in stark contrast with that of his predecessor, Donald Trump. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 'Mask Up, America': Biden Signs Pandemic Mandates for Traveling and Federal Properties
"The experts say that by wearing a mask from now until April, we'd save more than 50,000 lives," the president asserted.
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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington,DC on May 5, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Rights Advocates Alarmed by US Spy Agency's Purchase of Warrantless Phone Location Data
"Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source."
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Pro-choice supporters gathered outside of the U.S. Supreme Court before the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on October 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) 48 Years After Landmark Ruling, Advocates Push to #ReimagineRoe and Build Abortion Justice
" Roe is the floor. We want an end to Hyde. We want people to access abortion care, when they need it, without discrimination, stigma, or harm."
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New Yorkers in need receive free produce, dry goods, and meat at a Food Bank for New York City distribution event at the Barclays Center on July 30, 2020 in New York City. Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'
The expected executive action comes as "families are struggling with food insecurity like never before."
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) leads a press conference to introduce new Senators like Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Thursday January 21, 2021. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) 'Hell, Even David Brooks Agrees' Democrats Should 'Absolutely Kill the Filibuster'
"Can't believe David Brooks and I finally agree on a thing," said one progressive organizer.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall on Capital Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'One More Check Is Not Enough': Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Back Recurring Direct Payments
"We need to provide those struggling and left behind with consistent reliable cash payments during this Covid-19 crisis."
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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon attends a policy forum with President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks
"We're going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently," said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman.
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Members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons protest in Sydney, Australia on January 22, 2021. (Photo: Michelle Haywood/ICAN) Despite Absence of Nuke-Armed States, World Celebrates Arrival of Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
"Today we reach a major milestone on the road to a more peaceful and secure world, free from the ultimate menace of nuclear war."
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The For the People Act has been reintroduced in the 117th Congress after failing to pass the Senate in 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Majority of US Voters Across Political Spectrum Back Landmark Pro-Democracy Reform Bill: Poll
One prominent campaign finance expert called the For the People Act "an incredibly important piece of comprehensive democracy reform."
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A medic holds up a vial of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine at Balrampur Hospital, on January 16, 2021 in Lucknow, India. (Photo: Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine
"This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing."
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Neal Wolin (right) and Michael Barr (center) with Paul Volcker after former President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Protection Act in a ceremony on July 21, 2010 in Washington, D.C. 'If This Is a Trial Balloon... Hopefully It Fails': Biden Warned Against Naming Corporate-Tied Michael Barr as Top Bank Cop
"It's hard to imagine a worse pick than Michael Barr to be the nation's top bank regulator. Barr is deeply invested in the Wall Street and Silicon Valley corporations he would regulate, which should disqualify him."
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Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Schumer Urged to Deny Committee Seats to Hawley, Cruz, and Other Republicans Who 'Incited Deadly Insurrection'
Republicans who attempted to overturn the 2020 election, said MoveOn, "have no place in the U.S. Senate and most certainly should not be rewarded for their deadly attacks on democracy."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stand back to back in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 'Basically Trying to Overturn the Senate Election': McConnell Delaying Democratic Takeover in Effort to Preserve Filibuster
"McConnell is already abusing the filibuster to block the constitution of the new majority. Nuking the filibuster is the appropriate response."
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) during a joint session of Congress to ratify the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) 'A Good First Step': Senators File Ethics Complaint Over Cruz and Hawley's Role in Capitol Insurrection
The move by a group of Democrats comes as demands are building for the two Republicans to be ousted from the Senate over the deadly attack.
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Jessica Rosenworcel has been appointed acting chair of the FCC by President Joe Biden. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Progressives Applaud Biden Pick of Rosenworcel to Lead FCC Out of Carnage Left by Ajit Pai
"She knows the FCC from the bottom up and she understands how to make good things happen there," said one former Commissioner.
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A Capitol Police officer stands with members of the National Guard behind a crowd-control fence surrounding Capitol Hill a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 7, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) 135 Civil Rights Groups Oppose New Domestic Terrorism Statutes, Say Tackle Far-Right Violence With Existing Laws
"Members of Congress should not reinforce counterterrorism policies, programs, and frameworks that are rooted in bias, discrimination, and denial or diminution of fundamental rights like due process."
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oil rig "Let's Turn This 'Temporary Halt' to Permanent Ban": Biden Praised for Pause on Drilling Leases
"The federal oil and gas program is nothing but an injustice," said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians.
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A woman retrieves a copy of The New Yorker magazine from her condominium cluster mailbox in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September 2020. (Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Lawmakers, Journalists Back New Yorker Magazine Work Stoppage to Protest 'Egregious' Wage Proposal
"This isn't about not being grateful," said a former contributor. "It's really just about paying rent."
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Attendees hold signs as they listen to speakers during a rally calling for an end to corporate money in politics and to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, at Lafayette Square near the White House, January 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) 'A Big Deal': Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
"We cannot allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to flood our elections with cash through complex webs of super PACs and dark money groups that put special interests above the will of the American people."
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President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. To Restore Trust After Years of Trump 'Corruption and Self-Dealing,' Biden Team Urged to Release Full Financial Disclosures
"Directing his nominees and appointees to disclose detailed records of consulting work for businesses and foreign governments is the first step in helping restore faith in government."
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Then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) meet on March 10, 2011 with their delegations in Moscow. (Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images) 'A Hugely Consequential First Move': Biden Offers to Extend Nuclear START Treaty With Russia
"After four years of efforts to kill arms control and chase the false security of nuclear dominance, the U.S. is coming back to its senses," said one peace activist. "Unless you're a defense contractor, this is good news for everyone."
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In Must-See Clip, Democrats Told to End Era in Which 'Only the Bad Guys Understand They're in a Fight'
"Democrats are in a fight; they just often don't act like they know it," says analyst Anand Giridharadas. "That has to change if this country is to be saved and Biden is to have a shot."
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