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NASA Administrator Statement on Russian ASAT Test

November 15, 2021 – On Monday Moscow Standard Time, the International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control team was notified of indications of a satellite breakup that may create sufficient debris to pose a conjunction threat to the station. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released the following statement about the incident: “Earlier today, due to the debris […]

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The Elders deplore dereliction of leadership, as COP26 gives leaders twelve months to take more decisive action on climate crisis

November 15, 2021 – Following the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow, The Elders express their deep disappointment that world leaders have not yet had the courage to head off the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  The Elders call on the UN Secretary-General to take a direct lead in maintaining relentless pressure on the worst-performing states, until they do their part to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. Such leadership should draw on his admirable new […]

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John Horning: Gray wolves get their day in court

This morning, oral arguments start for our lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to prematurely strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections in the contiguous United States. The legal hearing is happening today in federal district court in Oakland, California—but the results of our lawsuit could have far-ranging implications for wolves. The […]

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Frank Sharry: As GOP Launches Anti-Immigrant Political Attacks, Democrats Need to Fight Back by Leaning In

Washington, DC, November 9, 2021 – Politico previews a National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) polling memo that promises that Republicans will once again run hard on immigration in the 2022 midterms. Nativism, along with stoking fears over Critical Race Theory and “defund the police,” represent the GOP’s latest incarnation of the “Southern Strategy. For more […]

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Free Press Action Applauds House Passage of Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (or “IIJA”), a $1.2-trillion deal that the Senate passed in August. The bill touches on a wide range of spending projects and infrastructure-policy priorities, including more than $40 billion for broadband deployment and $14.2 billion for broadband-affordability measures. That affordability […]

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Rebekah Entralgo: Rediscovering the Power of Unions

It was called “Striketober.” While politicians in Washington bickered over infrastructure, jobs, and the social safety net, unionized workers across the heartland went on strike to get their fair share directly. At one point in October, over 90,000 unionized workers issued strike authorizations — including 10,000 John Deere United Auto Workers (UAW) members, 37,000 nurses […]

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Economic Policy Institute: Yes, the Build Back Better Act is fully paid for

November 2, 2021 – EPI director of research Josh Bivens took to Twitter to refute critics’ most recent claim that the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) is only “fully paid for” due to accounting gimmicks. The claim, Bivens stresses, is “bad economics,” adding that BBBA is indeed fully paid for. Read the full Twitter thread here.  […]

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UN Secretary General António Guterres: Opening Remarks to the World Leaders Summit – COP 26: “We are digging our own graves.”

November 1, 2021 – Dear Prime Minister Johnson, I want to thank you and to thank COP President Alok Sharma for your hospitality, your leadership, and your tireless efforts in the preparation of this COP. Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The six years since the Paris Climate Agreement have been the six hottest […]

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David Leopold: America’s Voice Reacts to “Protected Areas” Enforcement Memo from DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Washington, DC, October 28, 2021 – Yesterday, the Biden administration issued the third in a series of memoranda updating and improving civil immigration enforcement guidelines. The new agency-wide guidance, entitled Guidelines for Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas, sets policy with respect to ICE and CBP enforcement actions in or near areas what previously […]

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Robert Reich: Today’s jobs report reveals a striking thing: A large portion of the American Workforce is now effectively on strike.

October 8, 2021 – The U.S. added just 194,000 jobs in September, down from the 366,000 added in August and far below the million-plus in July (before the Delta variant took hold). This is being described in the media as a disappointment or a problem, but a closer look reveals something quite different.  We’re still […]

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Josh Bivens: Abolish the debt ceiling before it commits austerity again

In a political system beset by many stupid and destructive institutions, the statutory limit on federal debt might be the worst. The debt limit: Measures no coherent economic value. The measure of debt it targets is not inflation-adjusted, would perversely make the debt situation look worse if there was a reform to Social Security that closed that program’s long-run actuarial imbalance, […]

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Kyle Herrig: As AZ Sham ‘Audit’ Concludes, Republicans Must Put Trump’s Big Lie To Bed

Months of bad-faith efforts to overturn the results of 2020’s democratically-held election by hunting for nonexistent discrepancies in Maricopa County, Arizona, have finally come to an end, The Arizona Republic reports. The report proves what we have known all along: there was no widespread voter fraud, Donald Trump lost the election, and Joe Biden won […]