A U.S. Marine during the 2003-2011 Iraq War, which destroyed the country and killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of U.S. troops. (Photo: Cpl. Brian M. Henner/USMC/flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Biden Administration

Peace advocates welcome Biden move to limit war powers

‘We Need to Make Sure It’s Done Right’ The president and Congress, said one leading anti-war campaigner, “must work together to actually end the decades long fighting, killing, dying, and spending that is on automatic pilot.”…

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Posted in FCC Internet News

FCC approves program to help poor families overcome digital divide during pandemic

‘Life-Changer for Millions’ “As the pandemic nears its one-year mark, it’s only gotten harder for many people to afford essential internet connections to the remote learning, work, and healthcare services they need.” by Jessica Corbett, staff…

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Posted in Biden Administration Immigration News

From ‘aliens’ to ‘noncitizens’ – the Biden administration is proposing to change a legal term to recognize the humanity of non-Americans

by Kevin Johnson, University of California, Davis Wednesday, February 24, 2021 If a proposed law passes, this group of immigrants apprehended at the U.S. border near Mission, Texas, would be called ‘noncitizens,’ not ‘aliens.’ Sergio Flores…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

Income Ceiling on Benefits for the Rich

by Wade Rathke February 10, 2021 New Orleans   For the record, I’m clear that the government needs to give more lower income families cash, and they need to do it pretty darned quick. At the…

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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Business Public Policy

The return of the Regulators

Like them or revile them, federal agencies seem poised to regain some of their traditional powers under the new administration. But it’s not clear how far President Biden wants them to go. by Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News Pipelines

After court rules Dakota Access Pipeline operating illegally, Dems demand Biden it shut down

“You can continue to show your administration values the environment and the rights of Indigenous communities more than the profits of outdated fossil fuel industries.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, February 5, 2021 Five Democratic…

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"For the 12 million Americans who are behind an average of $5,000 each on rent, even an eviction moratorium is not enough," over 200 national and community groups say in a new ad calling for housing debt cancellation published at USA Today says.
Posted in Biden Administration Evictions News

‘Eviction moratorium is not enough’: 200+ groups demand rent cancellation, debt relief

“To prevent an eviction disaster and the public health crisis that would come with it, we need immediate action that provides full debt relief.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, January 4, 2021 A diverse coalition…

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A sculpted bust of Cesar Chavez oversees a collection of personal framed photos on a table behind President Joe Biden's desk in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Posted in Biden Administration Labor News

Biden boots ‘union busters and anti-government ideologues’ from key labor panel

Labor leaders called for replacements “with a background in labor-management relations who are not hostile toward unions.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, February 4, 2021 In another early win for organized labor, President Joe Biden…

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Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigran families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020.
Posted in Biden Administration Deportation ICE News

Despite Biden moratorium, ICE and CBP deport hundreds

‘Get These Agencies Under Control Immediately’ “Don’t. Look. Away. We can’t trust ICE and CBP, even if their boss is a Democrat.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, February 2, 2021 “How many more lives must…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Politics

Manchin backs fast track process for Covid-19 relief

‘Pressure Works. And He’s Going to Need a Lot More’ The West Virginia senator also said he opposes raising the federal minimum wage to $15, setting up a potential clash with Sen. Bernie Sanders and other…

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Posted in Family Separation ICE Detention Centers Immigration News

Biden ban on new private prison contracts will not reach ICE detainees

by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Washington, D.C.      President Joe Biden’s order that the Justice Department stop contracting with private prisons could eventually affect thousands of inmates – but not the roughly…

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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 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 Indigenous News

Advocates, lawmakers hail Biden pledge to respect tribal sovereignty

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Thursday, January 28, 2021 Washington, D.C. –   Native American policy experts and Arizona lawmakers welcomed President Joe Biden’s order calling for stronger relations with tribal governments, with one saying it “goes…

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Posted in DACA

Dreamers in Arizona have mixed feelings about Biden’s immigration plan

by Emma VandenEinde, Cronkite News Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Phoenix, Arizona     – On his first day in office, President Joe Biden sent to Congress his plan to reform the U.S. immigration system. The bill includes…

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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 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 Analysis Data security Privacy

Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency’s purchase of warrantless phone location data

“Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 22 Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm…

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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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Biden mandates masks on federal property

Cronkite News   Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden signed in his first two days in office dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials say shows it their top priority. But even…

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Posted in Biden Administration Columns Wade Rathke

Replacing lead service lines – perfect infrastructure project

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 New Orleans    Recently, Social Policy was lucky enough to have fifty contributors offer ideas suggesting priorities for the new Biden administration. There were some amazing recommendations, and we’ll dig…

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Posted in Biden Administration FCC News

Biden pick of Rosenworcel to lead FCC out of carnage left by Ajit Pai

“She knows the FCC from the bottom up and she understands how to make good things happen there,” said one former Commissioner. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 22 Digital rights and other progressive groups…

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Then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) meet on March 10, 2011 with their delegations in Moscow. (Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in News

‘A hugely consequential first move’: Biden offers to extend nuclear START Treaty with Russia

“After four years of efforts to kill arms control and chase the false security of nuclear dominance, the U.S. is coming back to its senses,” said one peace activist. “Unless you’re a defense contractor, this is…

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Posted in Coronavirus COVID Reboot 2021 News

Biden team says Trump vaccine distribution plan nonexistent — ‘Affirmation of complete incompetence’

“There is nothing for us to rework,” said one of President Biden’s Covid advisers. “We are going to have to build everything from scratch.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, January 21 In a development that…

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