Derrick Davis, a member of West Virginia New Jobs Coalition, hangs up signage during a community gathering and job fair on April 8, 2021 in Charleston, West Virginia. (Photo: Emilee Chinn/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network)
Posted in Jobs News Restart 2021

As hiring undershoots expectations, Biden urged to go big with $10 trillion jobs plan

“Millions of people are out of work, and the unemployment rate is rising. The real risk isn’t doing too much—it’s doing too little.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer May 7, 2021   Analysts expected Friday’s April…

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A family from Brazil, seeking asylum in the U.S., prepares to board a chartered bus that will take them from Somerton to the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson. This family was fortunate: Men and women routinely are separated during processing at the border. (Photo by Kamilah Williams/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Posted in Asylum Immigration

Asylum seekers dropped off in towns that have few resources get help from nonprofits

“For me to see people dropped off in the middle of the street, that’s not humanitarian. That’s not American and who we are and what we stand for.”  by Taylor O’Connor, Cronkite Borderlands Project May 3, 2021…

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Then-U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool via Getty Images)
Posted in Abuse of power First Amendment Freedom of the Press News

‘Direct attack on the First Amendment’: Trump DOJ secretly obtained Washington Post journalists’ phone records

“When the government spies on journalists and their sources, it jeopardizes freedom of the press,” said the ACLU. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer   Advocates for press freedom responded with outrage after the Washington Post reported…

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Food delivery driver Jorge Vargas honks a horn while driving his vehicle in a car caravan strike by fast food workers and their supporters on February 9, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Labor Minimum wage News

Pay a Living Wage or ‘Flip your own damn burgers’: progressives blast right-wing narrative on jobs

“If one in four recipients are making more off unemployment than they did working, that’s not an indictment of $300 a week in UI benefits. It’s an indictment of corporations paying starvation wages.” by Kenny Stancil,…

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A contractor working for the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas carries a box of ballots from the 2020 general election for auditing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Election Tampering Elections News

DOJ warns GOP-led Arizona election audit may violate Civil Rights law

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, May 6, 2021   Warning of the possible “significant intimidating…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. Gas flares are created when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change

New UN report highlights ‘absolutely critical’ need to dramatically slash global methane emissions

“Reducing human-caused methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective strategies to rapidly reduce the rate of warming and contribute significantly to global efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Analysis Cannabis

What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

by  Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University and Paul Seaborn, University of Virginia Sunday, May 2 The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for…

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Posted in Analysis Reparations

Ancient Christian thinkers made a case for reparations that has striking relevance today

Particularly notable is the fact that Tertullian makes the case for reparations to be paid to the descendants of the Israelites who had been forcibly enslaved centuries earlier. by David Lincicum, University of Notre Dame Sunday,…

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Construction championed by then-President Donald Trump continued on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border on January 12, 2021 in Sasabe, Arizona. (Photo: Micah Garen/Getty Images)
Posted in Biden Administration Border Wall News

Biden cancels Trump border wall projects using diverted funds

“Now they must commit to restoring protected public lands and sacred sites, and tearing down sections of wall.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer May 1, 2021   Advocacy groups and politicians on Friday welcomed the Pentagon’s…

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People hold placards during a protest in support of Amazon workers in Union Square, New York on February 20, 2021. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Labor News

Progressive groups mark May Day with rallies urging passage of PRO Act

“The fight for the PRO Act is a fight for a future of dignity for all workers,” said Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer May 1, 2021   A coalition…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

FTC warns the AI industry: Don’t discriminate, or else

The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats? by  Ryan Calo, University of Washington Saturday, May 1,…

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Community members participate in a March 9, 2013 "No More Fukushimas" and "Walk for a New Spring" protest in Croton-on-Hudson, New York in opposition to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. (Photo: Vanessa/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Energy News

Indian Point nuclear plant shutting down in New York

The Indian Point facility, notes one of its critics, was built “where a severe accident would jeopardize the health of millions of people and where no large-scale evacuation plan would be remotely feasible.” by Brett Wilkins,…

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A sign thanking nurses at the South Entrance of Maine Medical Center on May 12, 2020 in Portland, Maine. (Photo: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Posted in Labor News Nurses

Nurses at Maine’s largest hospital vote to unionize

‘A Dream Come True’ “It’s a new day for nurses and patients across Maine.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   Registered nurses at Maine’s largest hospital have voted to form their first…

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Posted in Analysis Citizen Wealth COVID Reboot 2021

Third round of coronavirus relief checks led to largest monthly rise in household income since 1959

“This is what happens when you opt for investing in working people over trickle-down economics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   The third round of coronavirus relief checks, which have been sent…

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Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax Workers

How Biden’s paid leave proposal would benefit workers, their families and their employers too

by  Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday, April 30, 2021   Making ends meet when you have a newborn is easier with paid family leave.   John Moore/Getty Images.   The Biden administration is proposing a…

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Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

Shhhh, they’re listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution

by   Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania April 29, 2021   Companies could soon tailor what they try to sell you based on the mood conveyed by the sound of your voice. CSA-Printstock via Getty Images  …

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Posted in Analysis Carbon Conservation

The climate solution actually adding millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere

New research shows that California’s climate policy created up to 39 million carbon credits that aren’t achieving real carbon savings. But companies can buy these forest offsets to justify polluting more anyway. by Lisa Song, ProPublica,…

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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, looks down ahead of an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.
Posted in Dirty Tricks News Politics

Federal agents execute search warrant for Giuliani, signaling turning point in probe into Ukraine dealings

“A judge had to conclude that there was probable cause that evidence of crime(s) would be found there” in order to allow the search of Giuliani’s home. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, April 28, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Wild Fire

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

“We didn’t see as much rain or snow,” said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “So that proposes the question, how did those plants respond? Going out in the desert, listening…

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Posted in Arizona News Voter suppression

Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 26, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

Chauvin guilty on all counts, including murder of George Floyd

One racial justice advocate said that there are “no victories today,” for “justice would mean George Floyd is still with us.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, April 20, 2021       After deliberating for…

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Posted in Biden Administration Environment Indigenous News

‘Watershed moment’ as Haaland revokes Trump-era orders, creates climate task force

“Today’s orders make certain that the Interior Department is no longer going to serve as a rubber-stamp for the coal and oil and gas industries.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   Friday, April 16, 2021…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

‘Entire system is to blame’: Outrage builds after police union leader says officer killing of unarmed teen was ‘heroic’

“Ending this isn’t just about consequences for who pulls the trigger. It’s about admitting to and confronting an entire system that exists to protect, defend, and cover up state violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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