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House Republicans Vote to Gut Ethics Office

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 06:59

In one of their first acts in the majority, House Republicans on Monday approved a rules package that will dramatically hinder the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent body tasked with investigating complaints about sitting lawmakers. The change came as a number of House Republicans—including newly elected Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) — are facing growing scrutiny for alleged ethics...

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Biden Admin Needs to Confront GOP’s and Its Own Immigration Policy Failures

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 06:23

It’s no secret that Republicans relentlessly exploit the issue of immigration during campaign season to activate their white nationalist base to vote. But they took their rhetoric one step further before the last midterm elections by deploying a strategy of bussing migrants to states controlled by Democrats, using human beings as pawns to foment chaos and advance the “crisis” narrative they count...

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“The Rent Is Too High”: Warren, Bowman Ask Biden to Fight Crushing Housing Costs

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 14:08

A group of 50 Democrats has urged President Joe Biden to take aggressive action to ensure that renters are able to stay housed as rent and house prices have soared across the U.S. with little to no mitigation in recent years, creating a major housing crisis with no end in sight. In a letter sent Monday, spearheaded by Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-New York) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)...

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Georgia Grand Jury Completes Final Report on Trump’s Efforts to Overturn Election

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 12:46

A special grand jury in Georgia tasked with investigating attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state has completed its work, according to a judge overseeing the inquiry. On Monday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney announced that the special grand jury had completed a final report on its investigation.

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Biden’s Expansion of Title 42 Takes Us Further From Humane Border Policy

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 11:43

Before heading to El Paso, Texas, on January 8 for his first presidential visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, President Joe Biden announced a trifecta of hideous immigration policies, along with a familiar “crackdown” on “illegal” border crossings. The new initiatives include expanding the controversial Trump-era Title 42 to migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti as well as refusing...

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George Santos Hit With Campaign Finance Complaint 2 Days After Being Sworn In

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 11:39

Rep. George Santos (R-New York) appears to have broken campaign finance laws with a questionable loan and suspiciously-valued expenditures, according to a new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by a government watchdog. On top of the numerous fabrications that Santos created about his resume and religious and racial identity, the Republican appears to have told “equally...

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What Did McCarthy Promise GOP Extremists in Backroom Deals?

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 10:58

Rep. Kevin McCarthy finally seized the House speaker’s gavel in the early hours of Saturday morning, capping off a chaotic week of voting and heated floor confrontations that were nationally televised and closely documented by reporters stationed at the U.S. Capitol. What remains less clear, though, is how much McCarthy (R-Calif.) conceded to his far-right detractors behind closed doors to win...

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Lauren Boebert Says Republicans Will Push for Term Limits in Congress

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 10:39

On Sunday, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) said that Republican lawmakers would pursue changes to federal elections law to impose term limits on members of Congress, an action that would curtail the rights of U.S. voters. “The 118th Congress WILL vote on Term Limits for lawmakers. After years and years of talk, we’ll finally see where people truly stand on this issue,” Boebert tweeted on Sunday...

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Bolsonaro Backers Storm Government Buildings in January 6-Style Attempted Coup

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 10:10

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is condemning thousands of supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro who stormed the Brazilian Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace Sunday in a scene reminiscent of the U.S. Capitol insurrection. Rioters smashed windows, ransacked offices and set fire to a carpet inside the Congress building before authorities made over 400...

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7,000 New York Nurses Go on Strike, Decrying “Unimaginable” Working Conditions

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:41

Over 7,000 nurses across two hospitals in New York City went on strike early Monday morning after contract negotiations broke down over the hospitals’ refusal to meet nurses’ staffing demands. Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and Mount Sinai in Manhattan walked out at 6 am, saying they are forced to work long hours with huge workloads that leave them burnt out...

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Far Right GOP Now Champions Jail Reforms — But Only for January Sixers

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:22

This article was published in partnership with Solitary Watch. Republicans are not known for championing the rights of incarcerated people. Doing so would run counter to their purposefully cultivated “tough on crime” image, which often includes a penchant for harsh prison and jail conditions. But in the two years since the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the party — and especially its most...

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Texas Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood Challenges Medicaid Reimbursements

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 07:59

Originally published by The 19th. Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates have asked a judge for a ruling in their favor in a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas that accused Planned Parenthood of Medicaid fraud. The suit was filed in January 2022 by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, but the situation goes back to 2016, when the state of Texas barred...

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“Bolsonaro Must Not Be Given Refuge in Florida,” Progressive US Lawmakers Say

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 07:46

Prominent U.S. lawmakers said Sunday that Jair Bolsonaro should not be given safe harbor in Florida after his supporters — animated by the far-right former president’s election lies — launched a massive attack on Brazil’s main government buildings, an assault that came a week after leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was inaugurated. “Two years ago our Capitol was attacked by fanatics...

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Not All Insurrections Are Equal — for Enslaved Americans, It Was the Only Option

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 12:23

For most Americans, Jan. 6 was once an ordinary, ho-hum day. That changed in 2021 when millions of television viewers watched thousands of Trump supporters assault the U.S. Capitol in their violent attempt to stop Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Legislators fled for their lives as the mob shattered windows and vandalized congressional offices. While those images and subsequent congressional...

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CIA-Backed Units Killed Hundreds of Afghan Civilians in Brutal Night Raids

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 11:39

This story was originally published by ProPublica. In 2019, reporter Lynzy Billing returned to Afghanistan to research the murders of her mother and sister nearly 30 years earlier. Instead, in the country’s remote reaches, she stumbled upon the CIA-backed Zero Units, who conducted night raids — quick, brutal operations designed to have resounding psychological impacts while ostensibly removing...

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Despite Indigenous Land Protections, Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon Continues

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 10:54

This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here. Indigenous territories and protected areas in Brazil’s Amazon forest see higher and faster rates of deforestation than unprotected areas. That’s according to a new study in Nature that says despite an expansion of protected areas and increased recognition of Indigenous territory across 52 percent of the...

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State Legislatures Are Now Targeting Health Care for Transgender Adults

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 08:43

Originally published by The 19th. Lawmakers in at least eight states used the last two months of 2022 to prefile anti-transgender bills ahead of state legislative sessions convening this month — setting up another year of statehouse battles over trans rights, while targeting health care for trans adults in new ways. Most states moving early on anti-trans bills focused on banning gender-affirming...

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“Thirst” Updates the Vampire Genre for Our Age of Rising Fascism

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 07:13

Let’s start with my admission that I do not read horror. While I loved all of the Alien films and I was enthralled by the Blade trilogy, it is typically not a genre I seek out. Nicholas Powers changed all that with his new novel, Thirst. What attracted me at first was not the content but the author. Nicholas Powers is an exceptionally good writer whose political and cultural commentaries on the...

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Incarceration and Ableism Go Hand in Hand, Says Abolitionist Talila Lewis

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 07:09

Disability, carceral violence and problematic forms of racialization constitute a profound and hegemonic labyrinth, Talila A. Lewis argues. So what are the intersections between disability, criminalization, institutionalization and incarceration? How do these sites function as overlapping and inextricable forms of mutually compounded violence? And how do we go beyond theorizing how these phenomena...

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Peace Activists Take on the Pentagon’s Corporate “Merchants of Death”

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 10:40

Days after a U.S. warplane bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing forty-two people, twenty-four of them patients, the international president of MSF, Dr. Joanne Liu walked through the wreckage and prepared to deliver condolences to family members of those who had been killed. A brief video, taped in October, 2015...

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