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. The Nigerian branch of Shell has to pay compensation to some farmers from the African country. The company has been found liable for two oil spills. The amount must be determined later, the court in The Hague ruled. (Photo: Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Energy Environmental Justice News world

Dutch court orders Shell Oil to pay for harm done to Nigerian farmers

“After 13 Years, Justice!” “Victims of environmental pollution, land grabbing, or exploitation now have a better chance to win a legal battle against the companies involved.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 Global…

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A new study published in the journal Nature shows the Earth is now hotter than it's been at any time during the past 12,000 years. (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Environment News

New study shows earth now warmer than any time in last 12,000 years

Climate Campaigners Say ‘Listen to the Science’ The study “changes the baseline and emphasizes just how critical it is to take our situation seriously,” its lead researcher said. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 29,…

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Victor Garcia works to disinfect tables and clear finished plates at Fish restaurant in Sausalito, California, on Jan. 25. Fish was one of the first restaurants to re-open for outdoor dining after Governor Gavin Newsom lifted shelter-in-place orders. (JESSICA CHRISTIAN/THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Posted in Coronavirus News

New Covid cases plunge 25% or more as behavior changes

by Christina Jewett January 28, 2021 A dozen states are reporting drops of 25% or more in new covid-19 cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same, federal data released Wednesday shows. Experts say…

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Posted in Arizona News Unemployment

Unemployment dips in Arizona for December, but jobs are still tight

by Ethan Kispert, Cronkite News   Phoenix, Az .    As COVID-19 pummels away in Arizona, unemployment in the state dipped slightly in December, with the restaurant and entertainment industries continuing to take the hardest hits. The…

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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. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Biden Administration News Social Security

Biden withdraws Trump rule attacking Social Security Disability recipients

“Wonderful news,” said one activist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Social Security defenders on Thursday celebrated news that the Biden White House has withdrawn a regulation pushed by the Trump administration that,…

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Posted in News QAnon Republicans

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. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday,…

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Raytheon Technologies is the world's fourth-largest seller of weapons. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Posted in Economy News US Military War

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. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Sixty years to the month after President Dwight…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

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.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 With the Biden White House reportedly weighing…

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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)
Posted in News QAnon

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. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Mass shooting survivor David Hogg…

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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. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images)
Posted in News QAnon Republicans Right Wing Militias

AOC rips Republicans for embracing violence, misogyny, and racism

‘Kevin McCarthy Answers to These QAnon Members’ “No consequences means that they condone it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York late Wednesday offered a damning assessment of…

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Posted in Climate change Energy News

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. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 In a speech Wednesday outlining his new executive actions…

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Posted in Energy News Public Lands

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.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, January 27, 2021 As President Joe Biden prepares to enact a temporary moratorium…

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Posted in News QAnon

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. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 9:32 p.m. – MST Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—a freshman…

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Posted in News Prisons

Biden issues Executive Order ending DOJ private prison contracts

“There’s more to be done to end the for-profit caging of people in the U.S.,” stressed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Criminal justice reform advocates on Tuesday welcomed an…

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Posted in Deportation Immigration News

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium after Texas sues administration

  by Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune Jan. 26, 2021 A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on deportations of some undocumented immigrants. Federal Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday issued…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer

  Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Jan. 25, 2021 WASHINGTON    – COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death in Arizona, surpassing cancer and closing in on heart disease, according to the…

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Posted in Abuse of power Investigations News

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. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in News

Border wall foes hail order halting project, say it’s only first step

by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Monday, January 25, 2021 Washington, D.C.   – President Joe Biden made good on a campaign promise within hours of his swearing-in this week, ordering a pause in construction of the border wall…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

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.” by Jake…

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Posted in Accountability Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

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” by Common Dreams staff On Friday evening Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News

‘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.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 22 Warning that one additional check is nowhere near sufficient to…

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Posted in Banks Economy News Poverty

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. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 22, 2021 For millions of regular Americans, the end of 2020 was marked…

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Posted in Biden Administration COVID Reboot 2021 News

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.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 21 Social justice organizations and Democratic lawmakers on Friday welcomed President Joe Biden’s expected…

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Posted in Biden Administration Coronavirus News

Flurry of Biden orders on COVID-19 raise some doubts, but more hopes

by Jacob Holter, Cronkite News Washington, D.C.    Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden has signed in his first two days in office have dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials cite as…

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