Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) arrives for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in the Dirksen Building on Wednesday on June 16, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema op-ed defending Senate filibuster ‘delusional’

Rep. Mondaire Jones said Sinema is effectively arguing that “we should let Republicans destroy democracy now because at some indeterminate time in the future they may try again.” by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer Tuesday, June 22,…

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Posted in Climate change Pipelines

‘Keystone XL Is Dead!’: After 10-year battle, Climate Movement victory is complete

“Keystone XL is now the most famous fossil fuel project killed by the climate movement,’ said one veteran campaigner, “but it won’t be the last.” by Jon Queally, staff writer June 9, 2021 fter more than…

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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter News Poor Peoples Campaign

Poor People’s Campaign to march against Manchin obstructionism in West Virginia

‘We Are Coming’ “Manchin’s positions are wrong, constitutionally inconsistent, historically inaccurate, morally indefensible, economically insane, and politically unacceptable,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. by Brett Wilkins, Staff Writer June 8, 2021    …

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Taxes Wealth

The Secret IRS files: Trove of never-before-seen records reveal how the wealthiest avoid income tax

ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing. by Jesse…

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G7 Countries Reach Deal on 15% Global Minimum Tax Rate for Multinational Corporations
Posted in Corporate Taxes Economy News world

G7 countries reach deal on 15% global minimum tax rate for multinational corporations

One critic of the agreement said that “by settling for anything less than a 25% tax rate, the G7 is telling their citizens and the world that they’re willing to keep the race to the bottom…

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Students, families, and supporters of "March For Our Lives" took to the streets of New York City on March 24, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Courts Guns News

Comparing AR-15s to Swiss Army knives, federal judge overturns California’s assault weapons ban

“People are going to die because of this ruling,” warned the father of a gun violence victim. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June 5, 2021 Gun safety advocates, relatives of gun violence victims, and members…

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Posted in Analysis Unemployment

Biden faces backlash over ‘shameful’ capitulation to GOP governors as they end unemployment lifelines

“You only take back the lifeline when people aren’t drowning,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer June 5, 2021 Biden administration officials publicly signaled Friday that they have no intention…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to reporters following a vote at the U.S. Capitol on April 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in Infrastructure Politics Restart 2021

Sanders warns Dems could lose Congress if they get mired in ‘never-ending’ negotiations with GOP

“The Democrats in Congress must move forward boldly, protecting the working families of our country and restoring faith in government. Yes, the future of the country is at stake.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May…

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The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published the photos of 67 children who were killed in Gaza in the recent 11-day bombardment campaign by the Israel Defense Forces. (Photo: Haaretz)
Posted in War

Israeli newspaper publishes photos of all 67 Palestinian children killed in Gaza onslaught

‘This Is the Price of War’ “Conversations around Israel/Palestine are changing in Jewish communities across the globe,” said rabbi and author Abby Stein. “It’s about time.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021  …

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Members of Britain's GMB Union demonstrate outside Amazon's United Kingdom headquarters on May 26, 2021 as part of a #MakeAmazonPay global day of action for workers' rights. (Photo: War on Want/Twitter)
Posted in Corporate Taxes Labor Wealth

Workers stage Global Day of Action to #MakeAmazonPay

“Loud and clear, Amazon’s producers, distributors, and delivery drivers are telling Jeff Bezos: pay your workers.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer   Asserting that workers—not CEO Jeff Bezos—drive Amazon’s success, employees of the world’s largest online…

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Posted in Arizona Climate change Colorado River

Arizona’s current historic drought may be ‘baseline for the future’

by Alyssa Marksz, Cronkite News May 27, 2021   WASHINGTON –    Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near…

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Posted in Carbon Climate change Sustainability

Engine No. 1’s big win over Exxon shows activist hedge funds joining fight against climate change

by Mark DesJardine, Penn State and Tima Bansal, Western University One of the most expensive Wall Street shareholder battles on record could signal a big shift in how hedge funds and other investors view sustainability. Exxon…

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Climate activists on Wednesday celebrated a Dutch court's ruling that Royal Dutch Shell must cut its carbon emissions 45% by 2030. (Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe/Twitter)
Posted in Climate change Energy Sustainability

Court Rules Shell must cut CO2 emissions 45% by 2030

‘Landslide Victory for Climate Justice’ “This is a turning point in history,” said an attorney who noted that the ruling “may also have major consequences for other big polluters.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, May…

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Donald Trump heads back into the elevator at Trump Tower on January 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in News Politics

New York AG announces Trump Organization probe is now a criminal investigation

“This is huge,” said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 19, 2021   The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced late Tuesday that it has…

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Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target the occupied Palestinian territory on May 17, 2021. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Human Rights News world

Nearly 30 Senate Dems call for immediate cease-fire as death toll from Israeli assault on Gaza tops 190

More than half of the Senate Democratic caucus said a cease-fire is urgently needed “to prevent any further loss of civilian life.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 17, 2021   A group of nearly…

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Posted in Analysis world

As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

Israeli-arabs gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11. Oren Ziv/picture alliance via Getty ImagesJames L. Gelvin, University of California, Los…

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Venezuelan asylum seeker Jhinezka de Arias holds her son Cristhofer at the bus station in Brownsville, Texas, on Feb. 25. Credit: Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica
Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Immigration

Border policy Is getting more and more convoluted. That’s creating false hope for migrants.

The Biden administration and the Mexican government have made the situation at the border so confusing that even seasoned experts can’t always determine who is allowed in and who isn’t. That may be contributing to the…

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California’s Creek Fire. Amir Aghakouchak/University of California Irvine
Posted in Analysis Water Wild Fire

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

May 13, 2021 2.17pm EDT Updated May 13, 2021 3.54pm EDT by Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, and John Abatzoglou, University of California, Merced   Just about every indicator of…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings—Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News Unemployment insurance

Sanders urges Labor Secretary to protect jobless benefits as GOP governors race to cut them off

Az Gov. Ducey moves to cut fed unemployment help The Vermont senator warned that many workers “will be forced into poverty” if Republican leaders are permitted to end emergency unemployment benefits. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

120+ Retired US Generals and Admirals pen ‘disturbing’ letter parroting Trump election lies

“This should bust the myth that generals automatically deserve our respect,” said Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 12, 2021   More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals…

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New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference announcing a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA on August 6, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images)
Posted in News

In blow to NRA, Federal Judge dismisses group’s bankruptcy case

“Toast baby, toast.” “The NRA’s bankruptcy was deemed to be bad faith, much like every promise and statement the organization has made for decades,” said one group working to end gun violence. “The NRA cannot escape…

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Posted in News Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

In exclusive jailhouse letter, Capitol Riot defendant explains motives, remains boastful

The material obtained by ProPublica sheds light on the radicalization of a Jan. 6 defendant whom prosecutors have characterized as a “serious danger … not only to his family and Congress, but to the entire system…

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Posted in Indigenous News Pipelines Toxic Chemicals

Indigenous Rights groups join Michigan Gov. Whitmer in demanding shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5

The governor called the pipeline a “ticking time bomb” as her deadline of Wednesday, set last year for the Canadian company, fast approached. by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Indigenous rights and climate…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

WHO declares Covid mutation found in India a ‘variant of concern’ for global health

“I think what we’re seeing is more transmissible,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 10, 2021 The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in…

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