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Pentagon’s Report on China Doesn’t Say a Word About Threat of Climate Crisis

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 09:54

Given the secrecy typically accorded to the military and the inclination of government officials to skew data to satisfy the preferences of those in power, intelligence failures are anything but unusual in this country’s security affairs. In 2003, for instance, President George W. Bush invaded Iraq based on claims — later found to be baseless — that its leader, Saddam Hussein...

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Grad Students and Faculty Don’t Want to Work for Fossil Fuel Industry Anymore

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 08:55

For the past two years, I have been shocking D.C.’s finest college student activists by telling them to stop taking their grievances to the Capitol lawn. Students who care about climate justice have been lobbying the U.S. government for climate legislation for decades amid exponentially worsening natural disasters and promises of carbon removal. It is time to face the music: Our representatives...

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Progressives Slam Biden’s Choice for Chief of Staff as Health Care “Profiteer”

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 08:02

Reports Sunday that President Joe Biden has chosen Jeff Zients to replace outgoing White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain were met with alarm among progressive watchdogs, who pointed to Zients’ disastrous tenure as the administration’s coronavirus czar as well as his history in the corporate world — where he built a fortune investing in healthcare companies accused of fraud. Klain...

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White House Refuses to Shield Endangered Right Whales From Lethal Vessel Strikes

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 14:29

The Biden administration on Friday denied an emergency petition aimed at protecting critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by ships in their calving grounds off the southeastern coast of the United States. Conservation groups in November asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish a rule that mirrors the agency’s yet-to-be-finalized proposal to...

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Peet’s Coffee Baristas Unionize First Cafe With Help from Starbucks Workers

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 12:53

In a win for workplace democracy, employees at a Peet’s Coffee & Tea located in Davis, California formed the chain’s first unionized shop in the United States on Friday. Workers at the café voted 14-1 to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021. “We will not be the last,” tweeted Peet’s Workers United (PWU), which organized the winning unionization campaign.

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Greta Thunberg’s Arrest Demonstrates Why Energy Charter Treaty Must Be Abolished

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 12:06

Greta Thunberg made international headlines this week when she and other climate activists were briefly detained by police at a protest against the expansion of a coal mine in Germany. Thunberg was among the thousands of protesters who arrived to denounce the expansion of the huge Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine by German energy company RWE. The extraction of lignite (also known as brown coal...

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Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 12:23

As the baby boom generation enters its golden years and average lifespans increase, the U.S. is becoming home to more older adults. In 2019, there were over 74.6 million Americans over the age of 60, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS). The agency projects that there will be 80.8 million seniors in the U.S. by 2040, a demographic trend that has...

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Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 11:22

Republicans in the Iowa House introduced legislation this month that would impose a slew of fresh restrictions on the kinds of food people can purchase using SNAP benefits, sparking outrage among local groups who say the measure would exacerbate hunger in the GOP-dominated state. The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), an interfaith group that operates the largest food pantry network in...

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Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 09:19

Abortion rights activists are holding mass rallies across the country on Sunday to mark what would be the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Courtruling that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion until right-wing justices struck it down last year. In Louisiana, one of at least 13 states that banned most abortions since the ruling, Nancy Davis will be a leader at the march in the...

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As the Public Focuses on Book Bans, the Right Is Quietly Defunding Libraries

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 08:14

The war on libraries is being fought on two fronts. On the first, we have extremists calling on librarians to repent for the sin of building collections and offering programming related to LGBTQ+ experiences. Proud Boys show up armed to protest Drag Queen Story Hours. The cops are called to investigate allegedly “obscene” materials on the shelves during Pride month. The second front...

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Texas GOP Seeks to Override Local Prosecutors Who Oppose “Voter Fraud” Agenda

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 08:11

Under new legislation proposed in Texas, the state’s Republican attorney general could send prosecutors from neighboring counties to investigate suspected cases of voter fraud in the state’s large Democratic counties. The bill is one of at least nine filed in Texas since the November midterm elections that would increase criminal penalties for voting-related infractions or extend law enforcement’s...

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Report Shows “Vicious Cycle” Between Pesticide Dependence and Climate Crisis

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 08:11

This story was originally published by The New Lede. Pesticide use is a significant factor in harmful climate change, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions in multiple ways, according to a report issued this week. The report released by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) found that greenhouse gases are emitted during production of these pesticides as well as when they are...

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3 Active-Duty Marines Arrested, Charged for Roles in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 11:26

Three active-duty U.S. Marines have been arrested for their involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building. The three men — Cpl. Micah Coomer and Sgts. Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen — were ardent loyalists to then-President Donald Trump. Surveillance footage of the attack shows the three men together, adorned in MAGA (“Make America Great Again...

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GOP Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare Is Disliked Among Republican Voters

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 11:00

New polling finds that the GOP’s plan to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare through debt ceiling legislation is vastly unpopular — even among a majority of the Republican voter base. According to a new survey by Data for Progress, 63 percent of all voters think that House Republicans should allow the debt limit to be raised to avoid economic disaster, without executing their cynical plan...

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Trump Demands Prison Sentence for Journalists Who Published Supreme Court Leak

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 10:19

Former President Donald Trump has called for the arrest of journalists who published a leaked Supreme Court draft decision on abortion rights last spring — despite the fact that their action was completely legal — in yet another attack on press freedom. The Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked in May, just a few weeks before the Court was set to publicize its final decision, and laid out how...

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We Need to Build an Abortion Rights Movement That Demands More Than “Roe”

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 10:13

For those of us who support reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, the 50-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a somber occasion, as it comes months after the Supreme Court ended legal protections for abortion via Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe. The 50th anniversary of Roe finds the United States entangled in a patchwork of abortion access.

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White Communities More Likely to Receive Funds to Fix Aging Water Infrastructure

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 10:01

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden last November, is pouring billions of dollars into an upgrade of the country’s aging water infrastructure. But a new study has found that white communities have been favored in distribution of the funds, something that’s controlled by individual states. The majority of the $55 billion allocated to water infrastructure will be distributed...

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Democrats Introduce “Desperately Needed” Legislation to Overturn Citizens United

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:54

A group of House Democrats has introduced legislation that would overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), a 13-year old Supreme Court precedent that unleashed a deluge of money into the American political system — a bill that comes directly after the most expensive midterm election in history. The Democracy For All Amendment would create a constitutional amendment that would...

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Honoring Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran, the Activist Killed by Police in Atlanta

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:44

We get an update on calls for an independent investigation into the Atlanta police killing of an activist during a violent raid Wednesday on a proposed $90 million training facility in a public forest, known by opponents to the facility as “Cop City.” Law enforcement officers — including a SWAT team — were violently evicting protesters who had occupied a wooded area outside the center when they...

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ND Anti-LGBTQ Bill Would Imprison Librarians For Not Removing Books

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:53

Republican lawmakers in North Dakota have introduced a bill that would jail librarians for keeping books on their shelves that include images depicting gender identity or sexual orientation. House Bill 1205, introduced by Republican state Reps. Mike Lefor and Vicky Steiner, would prohibit books at public libraries that include images of sexual activity, including sexual intercourse.

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