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Menendez Statement on Reports of U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

UNION CITY, N.J. December 6, 2021 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today released the following statement following reports that the Biden Administration will officially impose a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. The Menendez-authored Strategic Competition Act, which passed the Senate as part of the […]

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Meghan Benton: Can Omicron Finally Get the World to Cooperate on Pandemic Mobility Management?

The world is once again engaging in a mad scramble to close borders after news of the transmissibility of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the concern with which the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public-health experts are taking this latest pandemic development. But just as with the initial response to COVID-19 […]

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Jonathan Feingold: What the public doesn’t get: Anti-CRT lawmakers are passing pro-CRT laws

An even mix of proponents and opponents to teaching critical race theory attend a Placentia-Yorba Linda school board meeting in California. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Jonathan Feingold, Boston University Since the final months of the Trump administration, the Republican Party has waged a sustained assault on critical race theory. Otherwise known as […]

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Dr. Peter G. Lurie: Federal Trade Commission to Probe Grocery Practices

December 1, 2021 – Long before the current concerns about supply chain disruption, CSPI was concerned about anti-competitive practices in the grocery industry that dictate Americans’ choices and undermine our health. That’s why, in February of this year, we asked the Federal Trade Commission to use its authority under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade […]

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Sherrilyn Ifill: LDF Statement on the Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

November 19, 2021 – Today, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on three counts of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon for the respective killings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz in August 2020. […]

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Minky Worden: Chinese Tennis Star’s Disappearance Is Warning for Olympics

November 18, 2021 – Three-time Olympian Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is missing.  The hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai is trending globally, and world tennis champions Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic voiced fears about the 35-year-old star’s whereabouts.  On November 2, Peng said on social media that she had been sexually assaulted, forced into a sexual […]

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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.  […]