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Judge Orders Trump and His Lawyer to Pay Nearly $1 Million for Clinton Lawsuit

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:32

A federal judge on Thursday ordered former President Donald Trump and his attorneys to pay nearly $1 million in sanctions over a “frivolous” lawsuit they filed against Hillary Clinton. Trump last year filed a sprawling lawsuit against Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, multiple former FBI agents and two other dozen entities, accusing them of conspiring to undermine his 2016 presidential...

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UChicago Grad Students Fought for a Union for 15 Years. Now They May Get It.

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:27

On January 31 and February 1, the National Labor Relations Board will oversee the long-awaited union election. For graduate student workers at the University of Chicago, winning a union would mean a lot of things. For Neomi Rao, a third-year Ph.D. student in political science, it would mean a systemic response to problems of exploitation, harassment and mistreatment that graduate student workers...

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Let’s Abolish Systems That Criminalize and Punish Survivors of Abuse

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 06:42

Content warning: This article describes domestic and sexual abuse, as well as violence committed by prison guards. Thousands of the women and trans and gender nonconforming people who are doing time in U.S. prisons have been doubly victimized — hurt first by other people, and then victimized by the criminal legal system. Taylor Partlow, a 30-year-old woman who is now incarcerated in New York...

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States With Abortion Bans Are Also “Economically Disempowering” People: Report

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 06:37

Originally published by The 19th. States enacting abortion bans are also “economically disempowering workers” through other channels, according to an Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report released Wednesday. The study analyzed five indicators of economic security — minimum wage, unionization, unemployment insurance, Medicaid expansion and incarceration — and found strong correlations with state...

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Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Tax

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 13:34

Democratic and progressive lawmakers are criticizing the GOP for an extremist tax plan that Republicans are planning to soon put to a vote in the House that would completely overhaul the tax system to blatantly favor the rich. In what seems to be a concession to the most far right members of the Republican caucus, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has teed up a vote on the so-called Fair...

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Trump Pleads With Meta to Allow Him Back on Facebook for 2024 Campaign

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:56

Former President Donald Trump has formally petitioned Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to reinstate his account, more than two years since he was banned from the platform. Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign sent a letter on his behalf pleading for the company to lift the indefinite suspension that was imposed on his account after the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Share of Workers in Unions Hit Low in 2022, But Number of Unionized Workers Grew

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:21

Despite the remarkable successes of the resurging labor movement in recent years, newly released data shows that union membership hit an all-time low in 2022 — demonstrating the dire need for pro-worker reforms in labor laws, advocates say. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published on Thursday, union membership decreased to a mere 10.1 percent of the workforce last...

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This Scientist Was Fired by the US Government After Engaging in Climate Protests

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:34

It was a dramatic scene when scientist and climate activist Rose Abramoff joined fellow scientist Peter Kalmus in December to disrupt the world’s biggest meeting of scientists who study Earth and space: the American Geophysical Union. The nonviolent protest was meant as a call to action to address the climate crisis. She and Kalmus went up on stage and unfurled a banner that read, “Out of the lab &

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GOP Bill in North Dakota Would Bar Orgs From Using Trans People’s Pronouns

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:28

A Republican lawmaker in North Dakota has introduced legislation that would bar organizations that receive state funds or grants from using the correct pronouns to refer to their transgender employees or clients. LGBTQ advocates have called the bill a “waste of time” and an effort to “exclude [trans] people from participating in our communities.” House Bill 2199, sponsored by state Sen.

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Inventing Santos: How a Far Right Con Man Lied His Way Into Congress

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 10:18

Over the past few months I have, episodically, watched the Netflix series Inventing Anna, which tells the story of the true-life con artist Anna Sorokin. It’s a fascinating portrait of a truly loathsome character, a person who slashed and burned her way through New York’s high society, cheating, duping and cajoling people into trusting her — and then abusing that trust by ripping them off.

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Iranian Labor Unions Have Led Unprecedented Solidarity Strikes Amid the Uprising

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 09:43

January 16 marked the fourth month of a new uprising in Iran, which began with protests against the arrest and police murder of a young Kurdish woman, Zhina Mahsa Amini, for her “improper” hijab. More than 18,000 people have been arrested and over 500 killed by the police and the army in the nationwide protests. Four young men were hanged for their participation in the protests and nine others are...

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Lawmakers in 7 States Are Working Together to Tax the Rich

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 09:38

Across seven states on Thursday, lawmakers will be introducing bills aimed at taxing the wealth of the richest Americans as Congress has repeatedly failed to raise taxes on the rich or target wealthy tax-dodgers. The bills will be introduced in states with a higher concentration of wealthy people, like California and New York. While the bills vary in their language — several of them are inspired...

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Mass Strikes and Protests Sweep France After Attack on Pension System

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 09:19

The streets of France filled with outraged workers on Thursday as rail employees, teachers, and others walked off the job to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s deeply unpopular plan to overhaul the nation’s pension system by raising the official retirement age from 62 to 64. The union-led demonstrations — which ground significant portions of the country, including many schools and transportation...

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Activists Demand Independent Investigation After Cops Kill Protester in Atlanta

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:24

An activist was shot and killed by police on Wednesday during a violent raid of the protest camp and community gathering space that has blocked construction of an enormous police training facility known as “Cop City” on roughly 100 acres of public forest in southeast Atlanta. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation initially said a suspect was shot and killed after allegedly firing a gun and injuring...

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Florida Rejects Black History AP Curriculum, Saying It “Lacks Educational Value”

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:16

The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has rejected a request from the nonprofit organization that manages Advanced Placement (AP) high school classes to expand a course on Black studies in the state. The College Board, which runs various AP programs and the SAT test, has run a pilot program of an AP standard African American studies course in 60 schools across the country.

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State Senate Panel Rejects Right-Winger for New York’s Chief Judge

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 07:04

Progressive lawmakers and rights advocates in New York celebrated Wednesday after the state Senate Judiciary Committee voted against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s nominee to serve as the state’s top judge, Justice Hector LaSalle — whose rulings regarding abortion rights, labor, and criminal justice made his nomination “an absolute disaster,” according to one critic. The panel voted 10-9 against...

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Report: 94 Percent of Big Provider’s Rainforest Carbon Offsets Don’t Cut Carbon

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 14:32

A new report reveals that the vast majority of the rainforest carbon offsets offered by the world’s biggest provider are functionally worthless – allowing major companies like Disney and Shell to tout their supposed commitment to combating the climate crisis while not having a real impact in reducing carbon emissions. An analysis published Wednesday by The Guardian, in which a team of...

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Wisconsin Democrats Push for Abortion Referendum in Upcoming Spring Election

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 12:50

Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin pushed for a nonbinding referendum question on abortion to be included on the spring ballot this April, hoping that doing so would show anti-abortion Republicans, who control the state legislature, that residents of the state support the recognition and protection of abortion rights. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this past summer that dismantled...

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A Majority of House Republicans’ New Committee Chairs Are Election Deniers

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 12:17

Analyses show that a majority of the House Republicans’ newly chosen committee chairs – people who will have a huge hand in setting the priorities for the House over the next two years – have participated in the extremely dangerous and anti-democratic GOP practice of election denial. As first pointed out by HuffPost, 11 of the 17 new committee chairs were among the 147 Republicans who voted...

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Eating 1 Freshwater Fish Equals a Month of Drinking “Forever Chemicals” in Water

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 11:50

People who eat just one U.S. freshwater fish a year are likely to show a significant increase of a cancer-causing chemical in their bloodstream, new research warns. An analysis of U.S. government data derived from more than 500 fish samples revealed that the majority of fish living in streams, rivers and lakes across the country are contaminated with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at...

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