Texas Supreme Court Allows Century-Old Abortion Ban to Take Effect
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 11:55:05 -0400
"Extremist politicians are on a crusade to force Texans into pregnancy and childbirth against their will, no matter how devastating the consequences."
The Frightening Implications of This Ruling Go Far Beyond the EPA
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 08:06:45 -0400
The consequences will be profound—for climate, for people, for science, for progress.
'What's There to Even Discuss£' Omar Says Free, Universal School Meals Should Be Permanent
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:40:11 -0400
"We have an opportunity to prove that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people can still deliver big things. And we can feed tens of millions of hungry kids while we do it."
No, Your Boss Shouldn't Determine Your Access to Abortion Care
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 06:50:54 -0400
Some companies say they will cover abortion travel. Here's what's wrong with relying on their benevolence.
Research Shows Burning More Gas Not the Answer to Energy Crisis
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 06:45:17 -0400
We have known for decades that the solution to our climate crisis is to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible.
A Proposal for Men: No Sex
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 06:07:54 -0400
If states that are so focused on the evils of abortion simply banned sexual intercourse, women would no longer have to worry about becoming pregnant and the need for abortions would vanish.
The Time Is Now for a People-Powered Backlash
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 06:07:04 -0400
The Supreme Court's decisions are insanely unpopular; we have to make that matter.
Right Now It's Women's Rights—Soon It Could Be All of Ours
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 06:02:20 -0400
The rest of us should be angry that their rights can be arbitrarily taken: We should also be concerned.
'Stark Betrayal': Biden Administration Floats New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling
Sat, 02 Jul 2022 05:07:22 -0400
"This is the third time since November the Biden administration has announced new oil and gas leasing plans on the Friday before a holiday," said one climate advocate. "They're ashamed, and they should be."
As US Rolls Back Reproductive Rights, Sierra Leone Moves to Decriminalize Abortion
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:19:49 -0400
"I'm hopeful today's announcement gives activists in the U.S., and especially Black women given the shared history, a restored faith that change is possible and progress can be made."
'Indefensible': Outrage as New Reporting Shines Light on Biden Deal With McConnell
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:21:01 -0400
The president has reportedly agreed to nominate an anti-abortion Republican to a lifetime judgeship. In exchange, McConnell has vowed to stop blocking two Biden picks for term-limited U.S. attorney posts.
Assange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:04:13 -0400
"If Julian Assange is not free, neither are we," said a protester at a Friday demonstration against the WikiLeaks founder's impending transfer. "None of us is free."
'Payoff for 40 Years of Dark Money': Supreme Court Delivers for Corporate America
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:36:39 -0400
"It was the conservative court's larger agenda to gut the regulatory state and decimate executive powers to protect Americans' health and safety," warned one expert.
NARAL Pro-Choice Endorses Fetterman—Who Vows to End Senate Filibuster to Protect Abortion Rights
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:25:48 -0400
"We know we can count on him to boldly fight for abortion rights and access," said the head of one of the nation's largest reproductive rights advocacy groups.
Texas Panel Denounced Over Attempt to Rebrand Slavery as 'Involuntary Relocation'
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 11:23:56 -0400
One progressive group called the proposal "a blatant attempt to whitewash history to fit a racist worldview."
'Blatantly Partisan': NC Green Party Candidate Slams State Dems for Denying Ballot Petition
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 11:16:20 -0400
"It's a slap in the face to the thousands of people who signed," said Matthew Hoh, the Green Party's presumptive U.S. Senate nominee.
Beware: The Supreme Court Is Laying Groundwork to Pre-Rig the 2024 Election
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:56:08 -0400
This scenario isn't just plausible: it’s probable. GOP-controlled states are already changing their state laws to allow for it, regardless of how their people vote.
Right-Wing Supreme Court Imperils Democratic Self-Governance
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:16:58 -0400
A powerful and reactionary judiciary at work alongside a dysfunctional Congress and hamstrung bureaucracy is a recipe for disaster.
'We Will Fight! We Will Win!': Nearly 200 Abortion Rights Defenders Arrested in DC
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:27:56 -0400
"If people don't see the rage," said one woman at the protest, "nothing changes."
Federal Abortion Ban Desired by GOP Would Increase Maternal Deaths by 24%: Study
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:23:57 -0400
"Pregnancy shouldn't kill people—in fact, in other rich countries it very rarely does," said the lead author of the new analysis.
Supreme Court's Attack on Regulatory State Means Senate Filibuster Must Go
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 06:33:23 -0400
For the Supreme Court to give itself the authority to say whether Congress intended to delegate this much regulatory authority to the EPA is a truly radical act—more radical than any Supreme Court in modern history.
Let the Science Show: These Supreme Court Decisions Are Deadly for People and Planet
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 06:30:00 -0400
This month's Supreme Court decisions pushed science from the sidelines all the way back into the locker room.
With Death of Roe, Progressives Have Just Four Months to Avert Unthinkable Disaster
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 06:28:57 -0400
This dystopian system has been forced on this country's 330 million people by five unelected Republican Supreme Court justices, all of whom have lifetime appointments.
Sham 'Originalism' of Right-Wing Court Has Become Direct Threat to Democracy
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 06:08:58 -0400
The constitutional theory is now a threat to modern life.
Naomi Klein: The US Is in the Midst of a 'Shock-and-Awe Judicial Coup'
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 05:25:30 -0400
"The rolling judicial coup coming from this court is by no means over," warned the author of "The Shock Doctrine."
Markey, Bowman Join Climate Coalition in Urging SCOTUS Expansion
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:15:04 -0400
"We cannot sit idly by," said Markey, "as extremists on the Supreme Court eviscerate the authorities that the government has had for decades to combat climate change and reduce pollution."
Ocasio-Cortez Says US 'Witnessing a Judicial Coup in Process'
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:06:11 -0400
"It is our duty to check the Court's gross overreach of power in violating people's inalienable rights and seizing for itself the powers of Congress and the president."
Supreme Court Takes an Axe to the EPA's Ability to Mitigate the Climate Crisis
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:02:59 -0400
The Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia v. EPA imperils evidence-based policymaking.
Critics Say Biden Drilling Bonanza 'Won't Lower Gas Prices' But 'Will Worsen Climate Crisis'
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:52:09 -0400
"President Biden's massive public lands giveaway in the face of utter climate catastrophe is just the latest sign that his climate commitments are mere rhetoric," said one campaigner.
We Don't Need Magic Technologies for Renewable Energy Transformation
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:56:18 -0400
Worldwide the energy that people actually use goes down by over 56 percent with an all-electric system powered by clean, renewable sources.
Armed to the Teeth, America Has an Anger Problem
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:40:35 -0400
Dealing with Trump's occupation of all too many American hearts and minds.
Expanding US LNG Exports Would Be Planetary Disaster
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:26:32 -0400
The LNG processed could add greenhouse gasses equivalent to that of 355 million cars or nearly 450 coal plants.
Grave Warnings as Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case That Threatens 'Future of Voting Rights'
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:31:48 -0400
"Buckle up," implores one prominent legal scholar. "An extreme decision here could fundamentally alter the balance of power in setting election rules in the states and provide a path for great threats to elections."
The Fighting Soul: On the Road With Bernie Sanders
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:01:06 -0400
Rabin-Havt considers Sanders "the most principled person I could ever imagine running for president," who "managed to move this country in a more progressive direction than any other person who failed to win the White House."
Biden Urged to Take Emergency Action After 'Disastrous' Climate Ruling by Supreme Court
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:23:52 -0400
"The catastrophic impact of this decision cannot be understated," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, but "we cannot accept defeat."
'Now We're Talking!' Says AOC as Biden Backs Filibuster Carveout for Abortion Rights
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:55:48 -0400
"Time for people to see a real, forceful push for it," said the New York Democrat. "Use the bully pulpit. We need more."
Supreme Court Says Biden Can End 'Shameful' Remain in Mexico Asylum Policy
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:35:34 -0400
"Now is the turn for Congress to get rid of Title 42, and provide a solution to the weakened asylum system in place, to provide a humane and fair alternative to vulnerable children, families, and individuals fleeing unsafe conditions and persecution."
Democrats Lose Senate Majority as 82-Year-Old Leahy Heads for Hip Surgery
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:16:45 -0400
"It could be over for the Senate Dems now," said one policy expert in response. "This could mean they effectively lost their majority."
Beijing Slams NATO for 'Maliciously... Smearing' China as a Security Threat
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:15:28 -0400
"Who's challenging global security and undermining world peace£" Chinese officials asked. "Are there any wars or conflicts over the years where NATO is not involved£"
US Supreme Court Drops Carbon Bomb on the Planet
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:21:53 -0400
One Democratic senator warned the right-wing majority's ruling "could unleash a new era of reckless deregulation that will gut protections for all Americans and the environment."
The People Must Create a New America
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:25:05 -0400
It is our responsibility to transform this nation, and abolish all that brings injustice upon us and the earth we inhabit.
Unshackle the Women Forced to Give Birth in Chains
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:15:20 -0400
The state's historical relationship to pregnancy and birth, and to the life of women, has been, to a large extent, authoritarian, controlling and ignorant, evincing neither understanding nor respect.
'Massive Betrayal': Biden Cuts Deal With McConnell to Nominate Anti-Abortion Judge
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 04:58:48 -0400
"At a time when we are fighting to protect human rights, this is a complete slap in the face."
Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:34:44 -0400
Noting his refusal to cooperate beyond an informal April interview, the committee's chair said that "we are left with no choice."
Sanders Pushes Back Against AIPAC Super PAC With Endorsements of Tlaib and Levin
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:06:04 -0400
"Once again, these extremists are pouring millions of dollars into a congressional race to try to ensure the Democratic Party advances the agenda of powerful corporations and the billionaire class."
Missouri Hospital System Resumes Providing Plan B After 'Shameful' Ban
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:22:34 -0400
The health network had stopped offering emergency contraception over fears of violating the state's abortion law—a "dangerous" move that critics warned could become a national trend.
'An Act of Conquest': Native Americans Condemn SCOTUS Tribal Sovereignty Ruling
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 16:07:01 -0400
"Every few paragraphs of the majority opinion has another line that dismissively and casually cuts apart tribal independence that Native ancestors gave their lives for," observed one Indigenous law professor.
We Have a Smoking Gun—Trump Must Be Indicted for Sedition
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 15:40:57 -0400
If Trump gets a "get out of jail free" card after trying to join armed rioters at the Capitol, the dangers are incalculable.
'Lunacy': Democrats Risk Running Out of Time to Confirm Federal Judges
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 15:16:20 -0400
"Democrats aren't filling open seats right now in federal district courts because, for unfathomable reasons, they are letting red state senators block nominees," said one critic.
Citing Death of Roe, Alabama Urges Judge to Reinstate Trans Care Ban
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:37:27 -0400
GOP officials are already weaponizing the Supreme Court's abortion ruling to attack other rights they argue are not "deeply rooted in our nation's history and tradition."
Flint Residents 'Disgusted' After Court Throws Out Indictments of Top Officials
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:05:58 -0400
"It has become increasingly clear that the judicial system is not a viable option for a poor majority Black community facing injustice," said Flint Rising.
This Right-Wing Attack on Abortion Rights Is a Direct Attack on Liberal Democracy
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:37:44 -0400
The Court has delivered the American public a piercing wake up call, attacking not simply the reproductive freedom of women but the very idea of liberal democracy.
Sanders, Fetterman Urge Buttigieg to Fine Airlines Over Flight Cancellations
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:03:55 -0400
"The American people are sick of airlines ripping them off, canceling flights at the last minute, and delaying flights for hours on end," said the Vermont senator.
Uncertainty and Hope Set the Stage for Colombia's Future Leftist Government
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:55:54 -0400
The boldness of Petro's proposals, as well as the tenacity that he has shown in vying for the Presidency on three separate occasions, shows a leader seriously committed to change.
In Blow to Voting Rights, SCOTUS Saves Louisiana's Racially Rigged Electoral Map
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:51:11 -0400
"Black Louisianans deserve fair representation. The fight for racial justice and equality is far from over," vowed one civil rights group.
Watching US With Horror, European Groups Push Leaders to Strengthen Abortion Rights
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:57:49 -0400
"This is an important moment for leaders across Europe who are committed to reproductive rights to lead by example and galvanize action in their own countries," said one campaigner.
Women Face Chaos, Torment as Abortion Clinics Shutter Across US
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:55:45 -0400
Clinic workers are attempting to get patients appointments out-of-state while women stockpile emergency contraception, fearing overcrowded clinics even in states that protect reproductive rights.
'Flies in the Face of Science': Biden Sued for Restarting Oil Leasing on Public Lands
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:41:39 -0400
"Overwhelming scientific evidence shows us that burning fossil fuels from existing leases on federal lands is incompatible with a livable climate," said one environmental lawyer.
Are Democrats Really Clueless About Impending Election Doom£
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:49:36 -0400
The party seems to have nothing but contempt for its base by never delivering, except incrementally, on campaign promises even when they have the votes—something the Republicans can't be accused of.
Alito's Bad History Meets the Vendetta of Clarence Thomas
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:30:53 -0400
If democracy dies, it will take a long and mighty struggle to get it back. In the interim, the personal damage to millions of Americans will be irreparable.
Our Life Spaces Have Become Danger Zones: Reflections on Gun Violence in America
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:16:43 -0400
In seeking to remedy the epidemic of mass shootings here in the U.S., it isn’t sufficient merely to pass strong gun laws. As critical as these may be, we also have to transform the dysfunctional social ethos that creates the conditions from which mass shooters emerge.
Progressive Delia Ramirez Defeats Billionaire PAC Money to Win Illinois Primary
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 05:31:56 -0400
"Billionaires and their super PACs are spending millions to defeat progressive candidates," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, who endorsed Ramirez. "They have the money, but we've got the people."
'Witness Intimidation. Clear as Day': Jan. 6 Panel Teases Evidence of Cover-Up Effort
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:52:28 -0400
"Add witness tampering to the laundry list of crimes Trump and his allies must be charged with," said professor Robert Reich.
'Bombshell After Bombshell' Dropped as Jan. 6 Testimony Homes In On Trump Guilt
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 16:56:55 -0400
"Hutchinson's testimony of the deeply detailed plans of January 6 and the inaction of those in the White House in response to the violence show just how close we came to a coup," said one pro-democracy organizer.
Mark Meadows 'Did Seek That Pardon, Yes Ma'am,' Hutchinson Testifies
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:56:31 -0400
The former aide confirmed that attorney Rudy Giuliani also sought a presidential pardon related to the January 6 attack.
Making US Schools 'Harder Targets' Is Not the Answer
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:35:50 -0400
Hardening schools and arming teachers is the wrong approach.
UN Chief Warns of 'Ocean Emergency' as Leaders Confront Biodiversity Loss, Pollution
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:19:09 -0400
"We must turn the tide," said Secretary-General António Guterres. "A healthy and productive ocean is vital to our shared future."
'I Don't F—ing Care That They Have Weapons': Trump Wanted Security to Let Armed Supporters March on Capitol
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:03:17 -0400
"They're not here to hurt me," Trump said on the day of the January 6 insurrection, testified a former aide to ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Facebook Removing Posts About Mailing Abortion Pills—But Not Guns
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:27:45 -0400
"Corporations are not your allies in the advancement of civil rights," said one observer.
'Morally Bankrupt' G7 Slammed for 'Caving' to Fossil Fuel Lobby on Climate
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:56:20 -0400
"People in poverty around the world will pay the highest price for this backtrack by some of the wealthiest countries," one activist warned of the group's new statement on gas investments.
Police Brutality on Display as Protesters Rail Against Post-Roe World
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:11:56 -0400
"Both the Dobbs decision and state repression of protest against it violate human rights," said the president of the National Lawyers Guild.
How the Climate Crisis Is Perpetuating Hate Crimes in South Africa
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:03:03 -0400
Right-wing rhetoric and religious dogma have steered blame away from the greedy colonial corporations pillaging the Earth to those bearing the proverbial scarlet letter of progressiveness.
Boiling Like Frogs in a Pot, Will Democratic Leaders Ever Jump Out£
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:10:47 -0400
What remains clear about our murky future is that these are pivotal months within crucial years, for the entwined fates of our democracy and our planet.
'Yeah, And£': Ocasio-Cortez Embraces GOP Freakout Over Helping Women Skirt Abortion Bans
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:50:28 -0400
"Republicans are mad because I am sharing this information," said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. "Too bad!"
WATCH LIVE: Top Meadows Aide Cassidy Hutchinson Testifies at Surprise Jan. 6 Hearing
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:32:20 -0400
Hutchinson, who has spent more than 20 hours in deposition with the House panel, is expected to provide more damning evidence of the role that Meadows played in Trump's coup attempt.
Oxfam Condemns G7 for Leaving 'Millions to Starve' as Global Hunger Surges
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:25:11 -0400
"Faced with the worst hunger crisis in a generation, the G7 have simply failed to take the action that is needed," said Max Lawson of Oxfam International.
'Horrific': 50 Migrants Found Dead in Abandoned Trailer Truck in Texas
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 08:03:46 -0400
"We need to end Title 42 and fix our broken immigration system so these unimaginable tragedies stop happening," said Rep. Chuy García. "People fleeing violence and poverty deserve a chance at a better life."
Ukraine Is the Latest Neocon Disaster
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 06:45:04 -0400
The main message of the neocons is that the US must predominate in military power in every region of the world, and must confront rising regional powers that could someday challenge US global or regional dominance, most important Russia and China.
Biden's Five Year Plan Must End All New Offshore Drilling
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 06:34:35 -0400
With the Biden administration's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management set to release its new Five Year Plan this summer, our demand is clear: we need a Five Year Plan that contains no new offshore drilling leases.
NATO and a War Foretold
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 06:30:54 -0400
Instead of exploiting this crisis to expand even further, NATO should suspend all new or pending membership applications until the current crisis has been resolved.
Harris Says White House Not 'Discussing' Use of Federal Land for Abortion Care
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 05:22:21 -0400
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among the Democratic lawmakers who have expressed support for the idea as GOP-controlled states move to outlaw abortion.
Abortion Rights Defenders Applaud Judge's Block on Utah 'Trigger Ban'
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 19:41:28 -0400
"Today is a win, but it is only the first step in what will undoubtedly be a long and difficult fight," said one pro-choice advocate.
Scores Feared Dead and Wounded as Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine Shopping Center
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 16:38:11 -0400
"People just burned alive," said Ukraine's interior minister, while the head of the Poltava region stated that "it is too early to talk about the final number of the killed."
Biodiversity Risks Could Persist for Decades After Global Temperature Peak
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 16:30:11 -0400
One study co-author said the findings "should act as a wake-up call that delaying emissions cuts will mean a temperature overshoot that comes at an astronomical cost to nature and humans that unproven negative emission technologies cannot simply reverse."
Amnesty Report Demands Biden Take Action to End Death Penalty
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:48:46 -0400
"The world is waiting for the USA to do what almost 100 countries have achieved during this past half-century—total abolition of the death penalty," said the group.
The Rise of American Fascism
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:08:56 -0400
Supreme Court rulings, including the overturning of Roe v. Wade, herald the ascendancy of Christian fascism in the United States.
An Anonymous Note to Liberals From a Right-Wing Supreme Court Justice
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:45:07 -0400
Please, by all means, sing "God Bless America" while we raise holy hell.
Pointing to 'Recently Obtained Evidence,' Jan. 6 Panel Calls Surprise Tuesday Hearing
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:35:31 -0400
The announcement came less than a week after the House panel delayed new hearings until next month, citing a "deluge" of fresh evidence.
Looming US Supreme Court Climate Decision Could 'Doom' Hope for Livable Future
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:32:12 -0400
"The immediate issue is the limits of the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases," said one scientist. "The broader issue is the ability of federal agencies to regulate anything at all."
Prospects for World Peace After South Korean President Yoon's Acceptance of Biden's New Cold War
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:14:27 -0400
The newly inaugurated Yoon administration and his rushed alliance with the Biden administration's new Cold War clearly mark a missed opportunity to follow the path of cooperation and collaboration.
The War in Ukraine Needs to End
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:48:27 -0400
One war too many on planet earth.
Supreme Court Takes 'Wrecking Ball' to Separation of Church and State With Prayer Ruling
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:41:44 -0400
After decades of affirming that prayers led by school officials are unconstitutional, said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, "the court now charts a different path."
Tax Extreme Wealth to Save Planet Earth
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:24:03 -0400
Vast fortunes, inherited or otherwise, simply would not exist without the assaults now destroying our planet. Taxing those fortunes to fund climate action could give us a shot at survival.
The US Supreme Court Is Now a Fascist Institution
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:56:09 -0400
This attack on abortion right is not about consistency based on legal precedent or interpretation of the law. It is extremist, right-wing ideology—pure and simple.
The Corporatization of Just About Everything—Including the Climate Crisis and Outer Space
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:45:11 -0400
Not only is there more corporate control in more areas of life but (worse) there has been consolidation of corporate power into monopolies that are so powerful that they seem unstoppable.
Louisiana Judge Blocks State's Post-Roe Abortion Ban
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:43:29 -0400
"Abortion care will resume in the state and a hearing has been set for July 8th," said the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Progressives Launch 'Four More' Campaign to Demand Supreme Court Expansion
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:29:03 -0400
"In a true democracy, power rests with the people," one campaigner asserted. "And the only way to take our power back is to take back the court."
Poll Shows Majority Oppose Supreme Court's Attack on Fundamental Rights
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:34:57 -0400
Fifty-six percent of respondents said they're now concerned the court will attack marriage equality and the right to obtain contraception.
Global Windfall Profit Tax of 90% Needed to Address 'Catastrophic' Food, Climate Crises: Oxfam
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:12:55 -0400
Taxing the excess profits of large corporations within the G7 alone could raise an estimated $430 billion to fight world hunger, deliver vaccines to the entire world, and make a giant dent in the fight to drive down fossil fuel pollution and jumpstart the necessary renewable energy transition.
NATO to Boost Ranks of High-Readiness Forces by 650% to Over 300,000
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 08:17:43 -0400
Anti-war campaigners responded that "this is not the path to peace and will not make the world safer."
Ilhan Omar Says Plan to Fix Supreme Court Must Include Impeachment Probes
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 04:58:43 -0400
"We need an impeachment investigation into Clarence Thomas' role in the January 6th coup, as well as into Gorsuch, Alito, Barrett, and Kavanaugh's testimony on Roe during their confirmation hearings," said the Minnesota Democrat.
Right-Wing Justices Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath, Says Ocasio-Cortez
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 13:58:42 -0400
"We have a responsibility to protect our democracy," said the New York Democrat. "That includes holding those in power who violate the law accountable."
'Infuriating': Biden Rebuked for Continued Opposition to Supreme Court Expansion
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:42:17 -0400
"What does Biden 'agree' with doing£" Mehdi Hasan asked. "What does the leader of this country want to do to stop the increasingly fascistic assault on our democratic institutions and basic rights£"
Hypocrisies and Successes at UN Meeting to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:00:00 -0400
The quest to get nuclear-armed states to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons continues.
It's Time to Free Gazans From the World's Largest Open-Air Prison
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Israel will keep Palestinians imprisoned on the Gaza Strip, and continue to slowly suffocate them for another 15 or even 150 years if the world does not wake up and say "enough."
By Attacking Inequality, Colombia's Leftist Government Could Save the Amazon—and the Planet
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 07:00:00 -0400
Colombia has new leaders who see the direct link between plutocracy and the plunder of our most valuable ecosystem.
40 Reasons the GOP Is a Clear and Present Danger to US Democracy
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 06:00:00 -0400
The Democratic Party has a winning message: "Stop dangerous extremists."
'We Need Action': Biden, Democrats Urged to Protect Abortion Access in Post-Roe US
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 14:51:12 -0400
"The Supreme Court doesn't get the final say on abortion," Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith wrote in a new op-ed.
Motorist 'Tried to Murder' Abortion Rights Advocates at Iowa Protest, Witnesses Say
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 11:47:27 -0400
Although one witness said the driver went "out of his way" to hit pro-choice protestors in the street, Cedar Rapids police declined to make an arrest.
The Current US Supreme Court Is Not Constitutionally Legitimate
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:46:33 -0400
Dobbs is a watershed attack that will come to be known as an infamous consolidation of an unrelenting extremist assault on this country's gains for equality and justice.
'A Hate Crime': Oslo Pride Parade Canceled After Deadly Shooting at Gay Bar
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 08:09:59 -0400
A 42-year-old gunman has been charged with terrorism following what Norway's prime minister called a "terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people."
Supreme Court's Elimination of Abortion Rights Is Attack on Living Constitution
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 06:35:29 -0400
In overturning Roe, the majority's opinion offers a new and weaker standard for overturning the past rulings of the court. Simply put, precedents will be easier to overturn in the future.
The Continuing Damages From Corporate-Managed So-Called Free Trade
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 06:10:57 -0400
"There is a growing perception that the global 'free market' economy is inherently an enemy to the natural world, to human health, and freedom to industrial workers."
'Not a Justification but a Provocation': Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia-Ukraine War
Sat, 25 Jun 2022 06:05:12 -0400
Chomsky believes that the main 'background' of this war, a factor that is missing in mainstream media coverage, is "NATO expansion."
'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:25:35 -0400
Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.
80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:17:23 -0400
"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."
End of Roe Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:07:40 -0400
The court's ruling has done what reproductive rights advocates feared for decades: It has taken away the constitutional right to privacy that protected access to abortion.
Progressives Rebuke Dem Leadership as Clyburn Dismisses Death of Roe as 'Anticlimactic'
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:37:14 -0400
"The gap between the Democratic leadership, and younger progressives on the question of 'How Bad Is It£' is just enormous."
In 10 Key US Senate Races, Here's How Top Candidates Responded to Roe Ruling
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:08:31 -0400
While Republicans unanimously welcomed the Supreme Court's rollback of half a century of reproductive rights, one Democrat said "it's just wrong that my granddaughter will have fewer freedoms than my grandmother did."
Republicans Won't Stop at Roe
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:28:24 -0400
The Republican majority on the Supreme Court is giving states the green light to invade everyone's privacy in ever more egregious ways.
Sanders Says End Filibuster to Combat 'Outrageous' Supreme Court Assault on Abortion Rights
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:21:00 -0400
"If Republicans can end the filibuster to install right-wing judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats can and must end the filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade, and make abortion legal and safe," said the Vermont senator.
Fighting for Abortion Rights in Post-Roe America
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:43:07 -0400
Without federal abortion protections, both the public and elected leaders must act to safeguard reproductive rights.
Patients in Trigger-Ban States Immediately Denied Abortion Care in Post-Roe US
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:37:44 -0400
Some people scheduled to receive abortions were turned away within minutes of the right-wing Supreme Court's decision to strike down Roe v. Wade.
'Tip of the Iceberg': Thomas Says Court Should Reconsider Marriage Equality, Right to Contraception
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:21:19 -0400
"It is clear he and the court's majority have no respect for other precedents that have been won in recent decades," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
'We Won't Go Back!': Rapid-Response Protests Across US After Roe Reversal
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:56:29 -0400
"If there's one thing we know," said one campaigner, "it's that no ruling, law, or decision is unchangeable. The rules are determined by who holds the power. So now we have to build the power to fight back."
'A Dark Day for Our Nation': Right-Wing Supreme Court Ends Constitutional Right to Abortion
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:13:05 -0400
"With this decision, the Supreme Court's extreme right-wing supermajority has struck a tremendous blow to our fundamental freedoms."
Additional Prison Inmates Starve to Death as Crisis Worsens in Haiti
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:22:50 -0400
The United Nations is urging Haiti to address the food, water, and medicine shortages imperiling its incarcerated population.
UN Chief Warns of Impending 'Unprecedented Global Food Crisis'
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:18:11 -0400
"There is a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022," said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "And 2023 could be even worse."
Pressley Leads Call for Biden to Declare Public Health Emergency as Roe Ruling Looms
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 08:35:19 -0400
"In this unprecedented moment, we must act urgently as if lives depend on it because they do," said Rep. Ayanna Pressley and 19 other Democratic congresswomen.
UN Human Rights Office Confirms: Israeli Forces Killed Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:55:31 -0400
"Perpetrators must be held to account," said a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Rise of Fascism Feeding Off a Meaner, More Violent United States
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:16:55 -0400
Violence is the cardinal characteristic, the logo, the brand identity of fascism. Every fascist movement in history has lifted itself to power on the scaffold of violence.
Gustavo Petro Ushers in New Era for Left in Colombia
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:05:37 -0400
The people of Colombia have given Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez an opportunity to pursue a different path forward for their country.
'Corporate Greed Is Destroying This Economy': Sanders Pushes for Windfall Profits Tax
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 05:42:26 -0400
"Gas is over $5 a gallon. Why£ Well, oil companies made $93 billion in profits in the first quarter and are spending $88 billion on stock buybacks."
House Jan. 6 Committee Reveals 'Seditious Six' GOP Lawmakers Who Sought Trump Pardons
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 19:15:12 -0400
"The only reason you ask for a pardon is if you think you've committed a crime," said one member of the congressional committee investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Paul and Blackburn Among GOP Senators Opposing Extension of School Meal Program
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:24:43 -0400
"We cannot allow 95 million meals to be missed by kids this summer," warned Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal in the face of the Republicans' obstruction.
As Right-Wing Majority Shows Its Face, Confidence in Supreme Court Hits All-Time Low
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:11:00 -0400
"It's almost like if you steal a Supreme Court seat to make decisions that are wildly unpopular based on extraordinarily flimsy justifications," said one critic, "you will lose the deference and respect that has historically been granted to you."
The Second Amendment Demands Gun Control
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 15:31:29 -0400
A National Guard, yes. Heavily-armed lunatics roaming the streets unregulated£ Never.
WATCH: Jan. 6 Hearing Highlights 'Brazen' Trump Attempt to Use DOJ to Overturn Election
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 15:05:12 -0400
The House January 6 committee plans to examine a meeting in which then-President Donald Trump pushed to replace then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who had indicated his willingness to pursue false claims of mass voter fraud.
The War in Ukraine Pushes the World Closer to the Edge of a Climate Precipice
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:43:37 -0400
Putin's war in Ukraine, which could last for years, is in fact an absolute godsent to the most destructive forces on the planet, namely the arms industry and the fossil fuel companies.
LGBTQ+ Advocates Praise New Biden Rules Barring Discrimination Against Trans Students
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:16:39 -0400
"Title IX protects all students," asserted one advocacy group. "We expect that the next rule specific to school athletics will be equally affirming and inclusive of trans and nonbinary students, as would be expected under the law."
Spain Demands EU Withdraw From Energy Treaty That Undermines Climate Action
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:03:19 -0400
Spain is the first nation to publicly call for abandoning the Energy Charter Treaty.
Workers and Public Services Should Not Be the Victims of Inflation
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:58:50 -0400
Precarious working conditions, public service budget cuts, transfer of control to the private sector: none of these are inevitable.
In 'Dangerous Decision,' Supreme Court Guts Protection of Miranda Rights
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:40:18 -0400
When "ordinary people are disempowered," warned one civil liberties advocate in response to the ruling, "government impunity grows."
While CEOs Make Millions and Workers Struggle, Union Surge Is Unsurprising
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:12:44 -0400
Pandemic disparities have driven workers at Starbucks and several other low-wage employers to demand a fair reward for their labor.
Critics Say New Supreme Court Ruling Gives Gun Lobby 'Just What It Paid For'
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:55:53 -0400
"Today, the Supreme Court made it clear that it cares more about protecting the interests of the gun lobby than American lives."
Is Putin the Face of the Future or the Final Gasp of the Past£
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:47:00 -0400
China will decide the outcome of Russia v. the West.
Amid Putin's Saber-Rattling, 65 Nations Condemn 'Any and All Nuclear Threats'
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:05:32 -0400
"We will not rest until the last state has joined the treaty, the last warhead has been dismantled and destroyed and nuclear weapons have been totally eliminated from the Earth."
Rights Advocates Decry 'Very Frightening' Court Ruling Upholding Anti-BDS Law
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:51:08 -0400
"This is not just about boycotts," said one critic. "This is opening the door to strip away First Amendment rights of all Americans."
'Devastating': Supreme Court Blows Massive Hole in State Gun Control Efforts
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:43:26 -0400
"This goes so, so far beyond concealed carry," wrote one court reporter. "The Supreme Court has effectively rendered gun restrictions presumptively unconstitutional."
These Are Not 'Good Guys With Guns.' These People Are Killing Us
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:42:00 -0400
How did the Republican Party get so unhinged£ Easy as it is to blame Donald Trump, I blame something far more deeply entrenched.
Cori Bush Applauded for Securing $100 Million to Boost Biden's Green Energy Push
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:28:00 -0400
"This is a major win for communities demanding an end to fossil fuels," said the Sunrise Movement. "But we need to do more."
After Horrific Earthquake, US Pushed to Return Billions It 'Stole Like Crooks' From Afghans
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:48:00 -0400
Afghans for a Better Tomorrow said President Joe Biden "should move quickly and decisively at this critical moment; time is of the essence."
There Is More Than Enough Evidence to Indict Trump
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 06:25:30 -0400
With democracy itself under siege, Attorney General Merrick Garland must uphold his oath to defend the Constitution.
Manchin Pushes Even More Healthcare Means Testing as West Virginians Suffer
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 05:31:36 -0400
As the West Virginia Democrat blocks Medicare expansion and demands more restrictions on Affordable Care Act subsidies, residents of his home state are "extracting their own teeth with a hammer."
Citing 'Deluge of New Evidence,' House Jan. 6 Committee Delays Hearings
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:31:21 -0400
Chair Bennie Thompson said hearings into the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump would resume sometime in July.
Remembering Operation Bagration: When the Red Army Decapitated the Nazi Front
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:08:17 -0400
Not only did the Soviet Union bear the most extreme brunt of the horrors of World War II; it also was without question the most central force in the Nazis' defeat.
'Unconscionable': House Committee Adds $37 Billion to Biden's $813 Billion Military Budget
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 15:36:49 -0400
The proposed increase costs 10 times more than preserving the free school lunch program that Congress is allowing to expire "because it's 'too expensive,'" Public Citizen noted.
Children 'Dying Before Our Eyes': Aid Workers Plea for Help as Famine Unfolds in Somalia
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:46:26 -0400
"Already 1.5 million children below the age of five are malnourished," said one United Nations official, "and we expect that 356,000 of these may not survive through the end of September."
Conservationists Warn the 'Save Our Sequoias Act' Would Do the Opposite
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:43:14 -0400
One critic called the legislation "nothing more than a trojan horse" that would do more to harm than help the iconic trees.
Warren Warns Powell That Fed's Rate Hikes Could Drive US Economy 'Off a Cliff'
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:33:56 -0400
"You know what's worse than high inflation and low unemployment£ It's high inflation with a recession and millions of people out of work," Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Jerome Powell.
Civil Rights Groups Demand Biden Cancel at Least $50K in Student Debt Per Borrower
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:51:31 -0400
Federal student loans payments are currently scheduled to begin again at the end of August, as households across the country face rising prices due to inflation.
In Praise of the 15-Hour Work Week
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:32:32 -0400
The five-day workweek is an anachronistic relic of a time when conditions were far different than today.
Who Is to Blame for Inflation£ The Power Brokers of Capitalism
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:43:04 -0400
A half-century long power play, led by corporations, Wall Street, governments, and central banks, has gone badly wrong.
Demanding Global Ban, UN Chief Calls Nuclear Weapons a 'Recipe for Annihilation'
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:03:35 -0400
"Let's eliminate these weapons before they eliminate us," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said at the start of a summit in Vienna.
Children Have the Right to Be Safe From Gun Violence Made Possible by the GOP's Political Lunacy
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 10:59:14 -0400
What is truly needed is an effective ban on gun sales and education efforts to change a culture of violence to a culture of peace.
Far-Too-Weak Senate Gun Control Bill Slammed as 'Crumbs'
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:54:43 -0400
"NOW is the time to end the filibuster and save the lives of our students, our community members, and our fellow educators," said organizers in Arizona.
Progressives Say Windfall Profits Tax a 'Better Solution' Than Biden's Gas Tax Holiday
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:32:13 -0400
"A windfall tax would get more relief to more people by penalizing the Big Oil profiteering that's driving up prices," said one campaigner.
Amid Jan. 6 Hearings, Watchdogs Warn GOP Efforts to Steal Elections Are 'Still Underway'
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:28:27 -0400
"MAGA Republicans are not giving up," warned one progressive. "They're now trying to pack election administration offices—from secretary of state to county clerk—with election deniers."
Democratic Groups Panned Over 'Dangerous' Midterm Ploy to Boost GOP Extremists
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 08:00:00 -0400
One critic warned it is "incredibly reckless" for Democrats to promote far-right GOP contenders in an attempt to secure more favorable general election matchups.
The Assange Case Still Matters—A Lot
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:30:53 -0400
Let's not be naïve about the symbolic importance of the US putting Assange on trial. It would be an alibi for cracking down on journalism for every repressive, authoritarian government in the world.
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