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Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams.Source
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Dozens of Democrats Urge Biden to Immediately Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline

Dozens of Democrats Urge Biden to Immediately Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline

SharePolitics & ElectionsWar & PeacePolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthA bicameral group of more than 30 Democratic lawmakers and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called on President Joe Biden to immediately order a shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline as it undergoes a court-ordered environmental impact review.In January, a federal appeals court a district judge’s for a more extensive environmental assessment of the crude oil project — but reversed the part of the judge’s ruling that would have required a pause in pipeline...

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Sanders Plans Push to Expand and Enhance Medicare in the Infrastructure Bill

Sanders Plans Push to Expand and Enhance Medicare in the Infrastructure Bill

ShareEnvironment & HealthLGBTQ RightsPolitics & ElectionsImmigrationPolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsSen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is Democratic lawmakers to use the forthcoming multi-trillion dollar to significantly expand Medicare by lowering the eligibility age from 65 to either 55 or 60 — an idea President Joe Biden on the campaign trail last April.Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, also wants to extend Medicare’s coverage to often-expensive services such as dental work, glasses and eye surgeries, and hearing aids, Politico.“We have to look at the structural...

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IRS Researchers Find Top 1% of US Households Don’t Report About 21% of Income

IRS Researchers Find Top 1% of US Households Don’t Report About 21% of Income

ShareEconomy & LaborEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthRacial JusticePolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsA new analysis by IRS researchers and academics published Monday morning estimates that the richest 1% of U.S. households don’t report around 21% of their income, often using complex tax avoidance strategies that allow them tothe federal government’saudits of the wealthy.Led by two IRS researchers as well as Daniel Reck of the London School of Economics and Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, the(pdf) finds that 6 percentage points of the richest households’...

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Mar 22
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Lindsey Graham Vows to Filibuster Voting Rights Bill Until He Collapses

Lindsey Graham Vows to Filibuster Voting Rights Bill Until He Collapses

SharePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthEconomy & LaborHuman RightsPolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsRepublican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said this week that if Senate Democrats revive the in an effort to weaken the rule’s power as a , he would speak until he “fell over” to try to block passage of a major expansion of voting rights as well as aiming to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.“I would talk ’til I fell over to make sure that we don’t go to ballot harvesting and voting by mail without voter ID,” Graham said in an appearance on Fox News, referring to the...

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Mar 20
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House Democrats to Revive Medicare for All Bill One Year After COVID Reached Every State

House Democrats to Revive Medicare for All Bill One Year After COVID Reached Every State

ShareEnvironment & HealthRacial JusticeEnvironment & HealthRacial JusticePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthAmid a deadly pandemic that has further exposed the of tying health insurance to employment, Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell are planning to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2021 this coming Wednesday — after the first coronavirus cases were confirmed in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.The bill’s official introduction, set for March 17, “is an attempt to link the cause of universal care with the devastation wrought by the pandemic,”...

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Mar 13
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Sanders says "first order of business" for Biden, Congress must be COVID bill with $2,000 checks

Sanders says "first order of business" for Biden, Congress must be COVID bill with $2,000 checks

January 10, 2021 7:59PM (UTC)Sen. Bernie Sanders--This article originally appeared at . It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.Sen. Bernie Sanders late Thursday implored President-elect Joe Biden and the incoming Democrat-controlled Congress to make a robust coronavirus relief bill containing $2,000 direct payments the "first order of business" upon taking power, warning that failure to quickly deliver real material aid in the midst of devastating crises could lead to electoral backlash on the scale of...

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Bernie Sanders Calls Betsy DeVos Worst Education Secretary in US History

Bernie Sanders Calls Betsy DeVos Worst Education Secretary in US History

ShareEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsWar & PeaceEducation & YouthSen. Bernie Sanders late Tuesday called Betsy DeVos “the worst education secretary in the history of America” and made abundantly clear that he’s not mourning her imminent departure after the billionaire school privatization zealot lashed out at proposals to cancel student loan debt and make public colleges and universities tuition-free.“What do you call a billionaire who registered a $40 million, 164-foot yacht in the Cayman Islands to avoid $2.4 million in U.S. taxes, while...

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DeJoy Donated $600,000 to Trump and GOP After Postmaster General Job Opened

DeJoy Donated $600,000 to Trump and GOP After Postmaster General Job Opened

SharePolitics & ElectionsRacial JusticePrisons & PolicingEconomy & LaborPolitics & ElectionsPrisons & PolicingDuring a House hearing Monday examining Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s myriad potential conflicts of interest, researcher Lisa Graves testified that the former North Carolina logistics executive donated more than $600,000 to the GOP and President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in just a two-month period after the top Postal Service job opened up late last year.Graves, the executive director of True North Research — a watchdog group that investigates the (pdf) on public policy...

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To Shift Funds From 'Endless Wars' to 'Human Needs,' Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

To Shift Funds From 'Endless Wars' to 'Human Needs,' Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

With the Senate preparing to vote on an annual defense policy bill calling for $740.5 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2021, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday delivered a floor speech in support of his new amendment aiming to cut the proposed Pentagon budget by 10%—around $74 billion—and devote those resources to funding healthcare, housing, jobs, and education in impoverished U.S. communities. "At this pivotal moment in American history, we have to make a fundamental decision," Sanders said on the Senate floor. "Do we want to spend billions more on endless wars in the Middle...

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To Halt '30-Year Race to the Bottom,' Yellen Calls for Global Minimum Tax on Corporations

To Halt '30-Year Race to the Bottom,' Yellen Calls for Global Minimum Tax on Corporations

In an effort to end what she called the "30-year race to the bottom on corporate tax rates," U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday urged her counterparts around the world to join her in embracing a global minimum tax aimed at preventing companies from shifting profits offshore to slash their bills. The proliferation of so-called "tax havens" around the world in recent years contributed to the sharp decline in the average global corporate tax rate—which has fallen from around 40% in 1980 to 24% today—as countries adjusted their rates downward to either attract multinationals or...

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