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Why Joe Biden’s pro-union message is so significant

Why Joe Biden’s pro-union message is so significant

Some labor historians think Biden’s rhetoric on unionizing is stronger than FDR’s.On Sunday, President Joe Biden did something not heard from a president of the United States in some time: He offered a full-throated endorsement of a worker’s right to collectively bargain.The White House of Biden referencing an ongoing vote in Alabama to decide whether Amazon workers at a Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse will unionize. The Bessemer workers are in the middle of a that began in early February and will end in late March. It’s the first time since 2014 that Amazon workers in America will decide...

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Bias, disrespect, and demotions: Black employees say Amazon has a race problem

Bias, disrespect, and demotions: Black employees say Amazon has a race problem

When Chanin Kelly-Rae started working at Amazon in 2019 as a global manager of diversity in the company’s cloud computing division, she had big ambitions for her new job. She had nearly two decades of experience leading diversity and inclusion efforts inside important institutions, like Washington state’s governor’s office, but she’d never worked at an influential global business leader like Amazon. But less than a year later, Kelly-Rae quit. Her tenure inside the company convinced her that Amazon’s corporate workplace has deep, systemic issues that disadvantage Black employees and workers...

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Charging patients just $10 more for medications leads to more deaths

Charging patients just $10 more for medications leads to more deaths

The economic argument for eliminating out-of-pocket costs, in one new study.It turns out $10 can be a matter of life and death, according to on how patients respond to higher health care costs.Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California Berkeley examined what happened when Medicare beneficiaries faced an increase in their out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. They found that a 34 percent increase (a $10.40 increase per drug) led to a significant decrease in patients filling their prescriptions — and, eventually, a 33 percent increase in mortality.The rise in...

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The Republican revolt against democracy, explained in 13 charts

The Republican revolt against democracy, explained in 13 charts

The Republican Party is the biggest threat to American democracy today. It is a radical, obstructionist faction that has become hostile to the most basic democratic norm: that the other side should get to wield power when it wins elections.A few years ago, these statements may have sounded like partisan Democratic hyperbole. But in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and Trump’s acquittal in the Senate on the charge of inciting it, they seem more a plain description of where we’re at as a country.But how deep does the GOP’s problem with democracy run, really? How did things get...

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How Dolly Parton became a secular American saint

How Dolly Parton became a secular American saint

“I’m sick of Dolly, ain’t you?” .Few people are. Dolly Parton is in the midst of a career revival that has seen her hailed as a kind of secular country-pop saint. And what’s not to love about Dolly?Dolly is the living legend who sells out arena tours in her 70s. She’s the songwriting genius who wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” on the same day. In recent decades, feminists have begun to reclaim her as a feminist icon. She is an impeccably dressed glamour queen, a business titan whose brand includes her own theme park, a philanthropist whose has sent free books to millions of...

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Trump will never stop lying about the 2020 election. His CPAC speech proved it.

Trump will never stop lying about the 2020 election. His CPAC speech proved it.

Trump’s first post-presidential speech was just as bad as the speech he gave before the January 6 insurrection.If anybody thought the January 6 insurrection and the ensuing second impeachment trial might’ve chastened Donald Trump, his CPAC speech on Sunday should have disabused them of that notion — and of any thoughts the former president would ever accept the reality that his loss to President Joe Biden was fair and legitimate.Trump’s first speech since leaving the White House was heavy on “” — the false and long-debunked claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him — that inspired...

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Kristi Noem tried to take a victory lap for her coronavirus response on CBS. It did not go well.

Kristi Noem tried to take a victory lap for her coronavirus response on CBS. It did not go well.

South Dakota’s governor got a great reception at CPAC. Her interview on Face the Nation hours later was a different story.South Dakota governor and rising conservative star Kristi Noem was a big hit at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, where during a headlining speech. But an interview she did hours later with CBS highlighted how her attempt to turn reality on its head doesn’t survive scrutiny.In reality, South Dakota’s laissez faire approach to the pandemic — including Noem’s refusal to enforce a mask mandate — has amounted to “,” as Bloomberg recently put...

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We aren’t using all of our tools to treat Covid-19

We aren’t using all of our tools to treat Covid-19

As record daily hospitalizations and deaths this month in the US have pushed the pandemic to new crisis levels, senior government health officials have lamented that many patients are not getting the drugs — including monoclonal antibodies, antivirals, and corticosteroids — available to treat the disease, leaving many doses unused.There are still questions about how well many of these drugs work. One found that a mix of monoclonal antibodies developed by could reduce Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths by 70 percent, though some researchers cautioned that the findings were .And with the...

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Jan 19
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Kevin McCarthy’s CPAC panel shows how the GOP has devolved into a Trump personality cult

Kevin McCarthy’s CPAC panel shows how the GOP has devolved into a Trump personality cult

McCarthy contorts himself to praise Trump, as Trump reportedly considers denouncing him anyway.If you watched House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Saturday panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after spending four months in a coma, you’d not only think that there was no January 6 insurrection aimed at overthrowing former President Donald Trump’s election loss, but that Trump actually won a second term.McCarthy’s remarks in particular — and — illustrate how whatever second thoughts the Republican establishment had about Trump following the insurrection...

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Why Democrats are blasting Biden’s attack against Iranian proxies in Syria

Why Democrats are blasting Biden’s attack against Iranian proxies in Syria

It’s not clear that the president’s decision was legal.President Joe Biden is facing heat from fellow Democrats and law experts over his Thursday against targets in eastern Syria tied to Iranian-backed militias, namely because they say he had no real legal justification for the attack.The administration said the seven 500-pound bombs dropped on facilities two militias used to smuggle weapons were designed as a : Attack US troops in the region and you risk retaliation. Over the past , Iranian proxies have fired rockets at anti-ISIS coalition forces outside Erbil, Iraq — killing a Filipino...

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The $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now

The $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now

The Senate parliamentarian says the minimum wage increase can’t be part of the stimulus bill.The $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now.The Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, told senators on Thursday that the policy did not have a significant enough effect on the federal budget to be included as part of the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill. That decision — while one that Democrats could ignore — means there likely won’t be any more action on the minimum wage in the near term.Democrats expressed disappointment at the decision.SCHUMER: “We are deeply disappointed in this...

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You’ve been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn’t.

You’ve been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn’t.

Clubhouse has millions of users, millions of dollars, and very few privacy options.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Did you get an invitation to join Clubhouse, the invite-only, audio-based app that seemingly ? Before you decide to join the cool kids club, you might want to consider who will see you there, even if you take every available measure to keep your contacts private.Though it’s still in beta mode, Clubhouse has millions of users, and privacy issues are starting to emerge, both for measures the app has built to preserve the privacy of...

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Feb 12
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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s dehumanizing attack on Rep. Marie Newman’s transgender daughter, explained

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s dehumanizing attack on Rep. Marie Newman’s transgender daughter, explained

Greene’s latest stunt is a toxic brew of bigotry and trolling.The latest stunt by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is a toxic brew of bigotry and trolling, and demonstrated how low she’s willing to sink for attention.On Wednesday, Greene, perhaps best known for her of QAnon conspiracy theories in the years leading up to her winning an unopposed congressional race last November, tweeted a video of herself posting a transphobic sign outside the office of Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL), whose daughter is transgender.“Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called ‘Equality’ Act to...

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A single Trump judge is already sabotaging Biden’s efforts to slow deportations

A single Trump judge is already sabotaging Biden’s efforts to slow deportations

Biden is likely to spend his presidency fighting Republican judges who block his policies for legally dubious reasons.Less than a week after President Joe Biden took office, a Trump-appointed judge handed down a temporary order that is likely to be the by Republican judges attempting to block Biden’s policies. That same judge extended that temporary order on Tuesday, effectively blockading the Biden administration’s attempt to pause deportations for a few months.On January 20, the first day of the Biden administration, then-acting Secretary of Homeland Security David Pekoske released a...

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Ron Johnson uses Senate hearing on January 6 insurrection to push absurd conspiracy theory

Ron Johnson uses Senate hearing on January 6 insurrection to push absurd conspiracy theory

Despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, Johnson suggests Trump supporters were framed.One of the Republicans who pushed “” about the 2020 election — namely, that President Joe Biden’s victory was illegitimate — used the first congressional hearing about the violent January 6 attempt to overthrow Donald Trump’s loss to amplify a fantastical conspiracy theory aimed at exonerating Trump and his supporters from any responsibility.That senator — Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — used his questioning time during Tuesday’s Senate hearing to read excerpts from a January 14 published by the...

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Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media

Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media

It’s called the Project for Good Information, and it raises big questions about the future of the information wars.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.A prominent Democratic strategist is planning a new $65 million effort to push progressive local news around the United States as part of an attempt to match the dominance of right-wing media, Recode has learned.The organization, whose formation hasn’t previously been reported, is called the Project for Good Information (PGI). It’s being created by Tara McGowan, a Democratic strategist who has spent...

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Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has "radical views" on Big Oil

Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has "radical views" on Big Oil

She does — and that’s a good thing.“I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people,” Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico said in her opening remarks on the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing to lead the Interior Department.It’s likely the first time a Cabinet nominee acknowledged tribal lands upon testifying before the Senate. If confirmed, Haaland — a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe — would also be the in history.But it is her pledge to protect the environment and tribal communities that has some in the Republican Party up...

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Two Supreme Court cases could destroy what remains of the Voting Rights Act

Two Supreme Court cases could destroy what remains of the Voting Rights Act

A 6-3 Republican Court will hear one of the most aggressive attacks on voting rights since Jim Crow.Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear two cases that could at the polls. The defendants’ arguments in two consolidated cases, and , are some of the most aggressive attacks on the right to vote to reach the Supreme Court in the post-Jim Crow era.These two DNC cases concern two Arizona laws that make it more difficult to vote. The first requires voting officials to discard in their entirety ballots cast in the wrong precinct, rather than just not counting votes for local candidates who the...

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New Jersey just legalized marijuana

New Jersey just legalized marijuana

Voters okayed marijuana legalization in November, and now the governor and legislature have made it reality.New Jersey effectively on Monday, following of marijuana legalization in the November general election.Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Monday multiple marijuana-related bills to legalize use for adults 21 and older, remove penalties for small amounts of the drug, and create a regulated market.Murphy came into office in 2018 after . But the idea faced a rocky path to fruition as the state’s lawmakers debated whether and how to implement legalization. Ultimately, lawmakers put the issue in...

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Why are mainstream news outlets giving a platform to Republicans who lie about the 2020 election?

Why are mainstream news outlets giving a platform to Republicans who lie about the 2020 election?

Steve Scalise’s ABC interview was a case study in how not to handle Republicans who push “the big lie.”In the months since last November’s presidential election, a number of prominent Republicans have not only lied about Joe Biden’s victory being tainted by fraud but have repeatedly been given a platform to do so on national TV. This Week’s Sunday interview with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) stood out as an example of why people think news networks should know better by now.ABC’s flagship Sunday news talk show took heat on Friday when the show’s Twitter account announced that Sunday’s edition...

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Why some Texans are facing catastrophic electric bills after a winter storm

Why some Texans are facing catastrophic electric bills after a winter storm

Wholesale power plans left Texans on the hook for thousands of dollars after prices spiked.In Texas this week, freezing temperatures , triggering , — and, ., some Texans have been hit with power bills totaling as much as for only a few days of electricity, many times more than the usual cost of power in Texas.Specifically, it’s Texas residents who rely on a wholesale power plan, rather than a fixed-rate plan, who have seen their bills climb after the demand for power jumped dramatically across the state this week as Winter Storm Uri struck and temperatures plunged. Texas, which has a...

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Feb 20
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Florida Republicans want to impose new voting restrictions. They’re not the only ones.

Florida Republicans want to impose new voting restrictions. They’re not the only ones.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s plan to make it harder to vote by mail, briefly explained.In the 2020 presidential election, more Floridians than ever before . Now, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to .At a news conference in Palm Beach on Friday, DeSantis, a Republican, announced a proposed slate of new voting restrictions that would make it more difficult for voters to receive and return mail-in ballots in future Florida elections.In doing so, he joined a who have worked in the months since the 2020 general election to introduce new voting restrictions, arguing these policies will make voting more...

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Cameron Peters
Feb 21
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Asian American lawmakers call for a hearing on anti-Asian racism

Asian American lawmakers call for a hearing on anti-Asian racism

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus plans to hold a hearing to discuss violent attacks during the pandemic.Asian American lawmakers on Friday laid out a policy response to : They want Congress to pass the No Hate Act, a bill that boosts local government funding for tracking hate incidents, and they want a meeting with the Department of Justice. Plus, they’d like to hold a hearing about recent attacks.“What started as dirty looks and verbal assaults has escalated,” said Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), the chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), in a press...

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Texas hotel room prices look high, but price-gouging isn’t the only thing to blame.

Texas hotel room prices look high, but price-gouging isn’t the only thing to blame.

Hotel prices in Texas are skyrocketing, but the reality is more complicated than price gouging.Millions of Texans have spent days in their homes without consistent access to power and water during extreme cold weather. Some have resorted to staying in hotels for heat and electricity, and have also worked to relocate vulnerable or homeless residents to nearby hotels.Over the past few days, local news outlets and social media users have noticed extremely high booking prices on hotel sites as demand spikes, which could be an indication of price gouging. NBC affiliate KXAN received emails from...

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Feb 18
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Tom Cotton’s big plan to "beat China," explained

Tom Cotton’s big plan to "beat China," explained

Cotton is urging economic warfare to send the Chinese Communist Party into the “ash heap of history.”Sen. Tom Cotton on Wednesday released perhaps the most detailed strategy by a prominent Republican lawmaker for long-term US-China competition — and it effectively calls for ending the economic relationship between the world’s two richest countries as we know it.The report — titled “” — outlines the Arkansas senator’s vision for how the US can outlast Beijing in a Cold War-like struggle. Cotton calls for Washington to sever many of its ties with Chinese industry and society while at the same...

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Feb 19
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