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- The Senate’s new bipartisan infrastructure bill is being sold as a down payment on addressing the climate crisis. But environmental advocates and academics are warning the proposed spending bill is full of new fossil fuel industry subsidies masked as climate solutions. The latest draft bill would make fossil fuel companies eligible for at least $25 billion in new subsidies, according to an analysis by the Center for International Environmental Law. “This is billions upon billions of dollars ...


- A wave of discontent crashes on a progressive prosecutor. When Chesa Boudin was sworn in as district attorney of San Francisco on January 8, 2020, he seemed perfectly cast for the moment. Since 2016, a new class of progressive prosecutors had been claiming victories in liberal cities from Chicago to St. Louis, pledging to undo decades of tough-on-crime policies. In the process, they sought to change the public’s traditional perception of their role: the DA as anti-crime crusader or, in the ...

Source: nymag.com

- To preserve democracy, both parts of the anti-democracy coalition must be stopped: The racists and the ultra-rich You'd think President Biden and the Democratic Party leadership would do everything in their power to stop Republicans from undermining democracy. So far this year, the GOP has passed roughly 30 laws in states across the country that will make voting harder, especially in Black and Latino communities. With Trump's baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen, Republicans are ...

Source: salon.com

- © Greg Nash Roughly 7 in 10 voters support the bipartisan infrastructure package that would inject $1.2 trillion into revamping the nation’s roads, bridges and public transit, among other things, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey. Seventy-two percent of those surveyed say they back the bipartisan agreement, which was formally introduced in the Senate on Sunday after months of political and legislative wrangling. Another 28 percent say they are opposed to the sweeping ...

Source: thehill.com

- Every few years, I think about joining the Democratic Socialists of America. And every few years, I end up leaving one of their events shaking my head in disappointment. More often than not, I end up in meetings that have nothing to do with wages, working conditions, and other issues that socialists are supposed to care about. One of the last times I gave DSA a chance, I ended up in a discussion about "Hamilton." The socialists debated whether Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical was "reactionary" or ...

Source: newsweek.com

- Magazine The Descendants of FDR’s Cabinet Would Like a Word with Joe Biden In a city of ambitious influencers, a shadow cabinet hopes it can summon a new New Deal. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's and his Cabinet paired with photos of their descendants, who are working to make Biden more like FDR. | AP, Getty, Provided/POLITICO illustration Ruby Cramer is a senior staff writer at POLITICO and . One recent Wednesday evening, a small of group of concerned citizens gathered on a Zoom call to ...

Source: politico.com

- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has spoken out against the Biden White House's stance on opposing Republican voter suppression. During a Sunday appearance on CNN 's State of the Union , the progressive lawmaker said the approach "verges on naivete." Ocasio-Cortez specifically took issue with recent comments from White House officials saying that Democrats should work to "out-organize" Republican efforts to curb voting access in many states. "I appreciate the White House's optimism, but ...

Source: newsweek.com

- On July 24 , more than 600 Frito-Lay workers in Kansas who had been on strike for three weeks finally signed a new union contract. The contract, won at great personal cost for the striking factory workers, came with a modest 4 percent wage increase, and the right to at least one day off per week. It is absurd that these workers had to undertake a painful strike in order to win those things, and they deserve praise for being willing to fight so hard for their own rights. But after the ...

Source: truthout.org

- If the minimum wage were $24 an hour and tied to worker productivity, a long-held trickle-down myth might actually come true. Pitchfork Economics Constant says if the minimum wage were tied to increases in worker productivity, it'd currently be at $24 an hour. Saturday, July 24, was the 12th anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage increased, to $7.25 an hour. This is, by far, the longest the nation has gone without an increase to the federal minimum wage since the labor law was ...


- Manchin has suggested that Democrats' $3.5 trillion pricetag is far too lofty Senate Democrats reportedly booed their fellow Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after he mentioned the national deficit during a Tuesday caucus luncheon. Though it's not clear why he brought up the sore subject, Politico, the first to the incident, speculated that it may be related to concerns around the $3.5 trillion price tag of the Senate Democrats' infrastructure reconciliation bill – a number that Manchin has is far ...

Source: salon.com

- Others also pointed out the contradiction in Stefanik's praise for the "critical" programs. "Trust me, Medicare for All is the #1 thing you can do to own the socialists," AOC tweeted. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik for simultaneously celebrating Medicare and Medicaid and condemning "Socialist healthcare schemes" in a tweet on Friday. Stefanik, who recently replaced Rep. Liz Cheney as the number three House Republican, called on Americans "to reflect on the ...


- After electoral breakthroughs in the 2020 state legislative elections, New York City's Democratic Socialists of America have had a disappointing 2021 so far. But the prospect of more major DSA upsets in the near future keeps getting brighter. For the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) New York City chapter, one of the largest and most influential in the country, it’s easy to view the 2021 legislative cycle as a missed opportunity. Only two out of six city council candidates won their ...


- “Communism,” noted President Biden last week, “is a failed system — a universally failed system.” And while more than a century of experience seems to have settled this question, there are precincts on the left in which it remains a live controversy. Amid mass protests in Cuba, socialist magazine Jacobin is defending the regime with anti-anti-communist polemics , as is whoever is running the Black Lives Matter messaging on the issue. Democratic Socialists of America is posting ...

Source: nymag.com

- Rep. Jamaal Bowman's plan calls for $1.4T more for public schools to combat climate change Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman, one of the newest members of the Squad , unveiled Thursday legislation called " The Green New Deal for Public Schools ," a sweeping new progressive vision for upgrading school buildings with green infrastructure and major investments in teaching and learning. At an event in the Bronx to launch his $1.43 trillion plan , the freshman New York congressman got high-level ...

Source: foxnews.com

- The Senate Democratic leadership agreed late Tuesday to push for a $3.5 trillion legislative package that includes substantial investments in green energy, an expansion of Medicare benefits, universal pre-K, and other priorities, funded by tax hikes on the rich and large corporations. Speaking to reporters late Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — chair of the Senate Budget Committee — celebrated the spending framework as “a big deal” that will begin the process of addressing glaring ...

Source: truthout.org

- After being targeted by progressive climate campaigners, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made clear on Wednesday that he will work to include the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps in evolving federal infrastructure legislation. inspired by a New Deal-era program and formally unveiled as legislation earlier this year by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on the same day they reintroduced the Green New Deal Resolution. The Sunrise Movement, whose New York ...

Source: truthout.org

- Republican attacks on "critical race theory" are part of a larger right-wing strategy. Resistance is crucial People hold up signs during a rally against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021. The term "critical race theory" defines a strand of thought that appeared in American law schools in the late 1970s and which looks at racism as a system, enabled by laws and institutions, rather than at the level ...

Source: salon.com

- India Walton’s victory in Buffalo is an enormous advance. With a clear political strategy, the socialist movement could become less dominated by professionals and more driven by the working-class base it requires. How should we think about India Walton’s victory in Buffalo’s Democratic mayoral primary? Capturing a significant executive office, while not unprecedented in the history of American socialism, has until now mainly eluded the resurgent movement. Over the past several decades, ...