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- House Democratic leadership and Sen. Bernie Sanders split as Biden administration sculpts next package The White House is facing diverging pressure from two powerful allies — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — over whether to use an upcoming spending package to strengthen the Affordable Care Act or expand Medicare eligibility. Pelosi’s office is pushing the White House to make permanent a temporary expansion of Affordable ...


- One major component of President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal is a promise to clean up the country's electricity system. To do that, the American Jobs Plan sets out new mandates for renewable energy and calls for an overhaul of the electric grid to make it more resilient to climate disasters. Leah Stokes, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has studied the electric grid. The $100 billion electric grid renovation is actually ...

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- After years of avoiding words such as redistribution and labels such as socialist, the core of the Democratic Party is embracing big government. The coronavirus pandemic, a changing party makeup and a softening approach to debt and deficit have combined to give Democrats the space to embrace expensive policies and federal government expansion that would have been unheard of a few years ago. President Biden is leading the charge, and many Democrats, not just progressives, are eagerly jumping on ...

Source: npr.org

- This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. After decades as a loyal customer, I recently dropped my insurance policies with Liberty Mutual. I had not realized that the company I had thought was protecting me was, in fact, one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel insurers and is supporting violations of Indigenous rights worldwide. Liberty, in other words, is one of the world’s worst climate criminals. On Liberty ...

Source: truthout.org

- Opinion: A true infrastructure plan needs to be implemented on a massive scale Regarding the March 28 editorial “ Using a carbon tax to fund infrastructure ”: A price on carbon is not a silver bullet for the climate crisis. Other policies, such as sector-specific standards and investments complemented by safeguards for historically marginalized and pollution-burdened communities, are more certain to draw down emissions while providing immediate, tangible benefits to low- and middle-income ...


- In 2018, Pompeu Fabra University launched its Planetary Wellbeing initiative, a long-term institutional strategy spurred by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and based on the Planetary Health project promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Lancet. Fifteen academics and public officials , led by the three directors of the initiative, Josep Maria Antó, scientific director of ISGlobal; Josep Lluís Martí, UPF vice-rector for innovation projects, and Jaume Casals, UPF ...

Source: phys.org

- "I know Rand Paul is watching this movement. I know he's scared. He should be. He knows we can transform Kentucky." Kentucky Democrat Charles Booker formed an exploratory committee to consider running against for the U.S. Senate in 2022. (Photo: Charles Booker In a move swiftly cheered by progressives, Kentucky Democrat Charles Booker announced in a video message on Monday that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider running against Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in 2022. "As ...


- The “hierarchical vs. horizontal” debate is old, tired, and getting us nowhere. On October 10, 1917, the Bolshevik Party’s Central Committee made one of the formative decisions of the 20th century when it voted to launch the revolution that created history’s first workers’ state. But only 11 of the committee’s 20 members knew it. The other nine didn’t bother to show up for the meeting. The spotty attendance was normal, because the Bolsheviks were a complete mess. The party was ...


- The event is being called "an invitation for us all to build a movement that is massive and that shakes the foundations of power and money and greed that seem to hold all the cards right now." Organizers circulated a promotional image for the Global Just Recovery Gathering. (Image: 350.org) A three-day event called the Global Just Recovery Gathering kicked off Friday and is aimed at being "a space to design new pathways for a better future for all." "People around the world are coming together ...


- Bernie Sanders applauds the 'courage' of Amazon workers for taking on the tech giant, says failed union vote will inspire other unionization efforts Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon plant voted the union down 1,798 to 738. See more stories on Insider's business page Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded Amazon workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, factory for taking on the company, even as a majority of votes were against unionizing . "The willingness of Amazon workers in Bessemer to take on the ...


- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) expressed her full-fledged support of the For The People Act Thursday night, noting that she was a cosponsor. She did not mention, though, that another position she holds dear makes her one of the sole obstacles to the bill’s passage. Voting rights are fundamental to our democracy. That’s why we cosponsored the For the People Act, legislation protecting Americans’ voting rights and the integrity of our elections. pic.twitter.com/7Qnk6v7N76 — Kyrsten Sinema ...


- Robert Reich and Robert Reich's Blog April 07, 2021 The most dramatic change in the system over the last half-century has been the emergence of corporate giants like Amazon and the shrinkage of labor unions. The resulting power imbalance has spawned near-record inequalities of income and wealth, corruption of democracy by big money, and the abandonment of the working class. Fifty years ago, General Motors was the largest employer in America. The typical GM worker earned $35 an hour in today's ...

Source: alternet.org

- "What we need to understand better as a nation is that our infrastructure does not just look like steel, concrete, and transport—it is also the nurturing, patience, and diligence of care workers." In response to the GOP's misleading accusations that only a small portion of President Joe Biden's overwhelmingly popular American Jobs Plan is devoted to "real infrastructure," Rep. Jamaal Bowman argued Tuesday that the United States would benefit from adopting a more expansive understanding of ...


- Opinion: A ‘Just Transition’ clean energy revolution can be a boon for West Virginia — and the country The United States is poised to embark on a clean energy revolution. President Biden has introduced an infrastructure plan that goes beyond roads and bridges. It would produce millions of high-paying jobs with a series of investments to mitigate the impact of climate change — such as installing electric vehicle charging stations across the country, retrofitting our homes to increase ...


- Roughly 45 million Americans collectively owe $1.7 trillion in student debt. Many of these borrowers are hoping for forgiveness. Over the past 10 years, college costs increased by more than 16% and student debt increased by 99%. Today, roughly 70% of college students take out loans to pay for their education — and for good reason. Automation is rapidly eliminating jobs for those without a college degree and college grads earn 80% more than those with just a high school diploma. The gap ...

Source: cnbc.com

- Media pundits hail the Austrian economist Karl Polanyi as a brilliant theorist of capitalism and a thinker for our time. In order to understand Polanyi’s ideas, however, we need to see him in the context of his own time: Europe’s "age of catastrophe" in the early twentieth century. Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf recently noted the enduring political influence of two books published during the Second World War by men who were born in Vienna in the late nineteenth century: Friedrich ...


- "I think we need a grassroots movement that makes it clear to Joe Manchin... that the progressive agenda is what the American people want," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. Senate Democrats late Monday received a green light from the chamber's parliamentarian to pass additional bills through the arcane budget reconciliation process this year, good news for the party's efforts to approve a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure package in the face of unified Republican opposition . But several ...


- Somerville was the first city in the country to officially recognize polyamorous relationships , and nearly 60 percent of voters chose Bernie Sanders, a proud democratic socialist, in the 2016 Democratic primary. So perhaps the city’s socialist takeover comes as no surprise. But it may end up as a somewhat pragmatic affair, with more emphasis on the city budget and less on the proletarian revolution than one might have expected. The Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America last ...


- "With so much work to be done, there's no reason anyone in the richest country in the history of the world should be unemployed, underemployed, or working a job that isn't in the national interest." Climate justice campaigners with the youth-led Sunrise Movement are organizing online and in-person actions this week to demand U.S. congressional lawmakers back a federal jobs guarantee the group says will "be the backbone of building a just, sustainable, and people-centered new economy." The push ...


- Three democratic socialists are on the ballot tomorrow in Milwaukee, a city with a long history of socialist municipal government. We interviewed them about what their socialist vision for the city looks like. On April 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, socialists have a rare chance to elect a slate into local public office — the first step in potentially reviving and reforming the city’s rich history of socialist governance. If they are elected, it would be the first time in Milwaukee’s history ...