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- As my last column noted, we are in the most consequential climate policy battle in history, and large pro-climate companies are mostly MIA. Big companies made loud pro-climate noises during Earth Month, and have fallen silent as Congress considers moving forward on $555 billion in climate investments after the demise of the much larger Build Back Better Act. Why the disconnect between companies' green rhetoric and their inaction in the policy arena? A big part of the answer lies in their ...

Source: greenbiz.com

- Over one-third of all campaign contributions to Democratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema have reportedly come from corporate political action committees (PACs). Sinema has taken in $2.5 million from corporate PACs since 2021, including from those linked to companies actively lobbying against corporate tax increases, according to an article published Tuesday by the Arizona Mirror. During the same period, the senator has opposed attempts to raise corporate taxes, efforts that are supported by ...

Source: newsweek.com

- Slashing emissions of carbon dioxide, by itself, cannot prevent catastrophic global warming. But a new study concludes that a strategy that simultaneously reduces emissions of other largely neglected climate pollutants would cut the rate of global warming in half and give the world a fighting chance to keep the climate safe for humanity. Published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , the study is the first to analyze the importance of cutting non-carbon dioxide ...

Source: phys.org

- DAVOS, Switzerland Egypt, host of the next United Nations summit on climate change, will push countries to make good on their pledges to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate "non-adversarial" talks on compensation to developing countries for global warming impacts and allow climate activists to protest, said the incoming president of COP27. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is also the president-designate of the next ...


- Today, Sunrise Movement announced it surpassed over one million calls, texts and doors knocked for Jessica Cisneros in TX-28. This follows a massive Get Out The Vote weekend for Jessica, including a phonebank launched by Jane Fonda. "This is people power in action, and we are sending a message from young people to the Democratic establishment: we will not settle for anti-choice, fossil fuel funded candidates like Henry Cuellar. It's time to step up," said Ezra Oliff-Lieberman, Sunrise Electoral ...


- Mr. Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, upset some Democrats by opting to run in a district currently represented by a Black congressman. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney's decision last week to leave behind his current congressional district to campaign for a colleague's safer seat infuriated fellow Democrats, who saw the actions as unacceptable for the man tasked with protecting their House majority. On Monday, a progressive New York lawmaker, Alessandra ...

Source: nytimes.com

- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus's (CHC) campaign arm is riding high after winning a high-stakes primary against the top Democratic leadership super PAC and unprecedented spending by a cryptocurrency billionaire. Oregon state Rep. Andrea Salinas (D) on Friday was officially declared the winner of the House primary for the state's 6th District, beating newcomer Carrick Flynn, who received more than $13 million in outside support. Salinas received around $1.6 million, most of it from Bold PAC, ...

Source: thehill.com

- Despite setbacks, from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, socialist candidates eked out victories in this week's primaries. Centrist challengers, backed by super PAC and corporate money, massively underperformed. Democratic socialists aren't going away anytime soon. While the media has mainly focused on the performance of the far right in Tuesday's Republican primaries, there was also plenty of news on the Left. The lesson from this week's Democratic primaries was that despite the ambient feeling of ...


- "Her opponent, one of the very few anti-choice Democrats in Congress, is funded by over a million dollars in corporate contributions from Big Oil companies," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to rally for U.S. House candidate Jessica Cisneros on Friday as she vies to unseat Rep. Henry Cuellar, a nine-term Democrat whose opposition to abortion rights, labor legislation, and climate action has made him a top primary target for progressives. In a social media post promoting the ...


- With Kurt Schrader's apparent defeat in Oregon, the Blue Wall of status-quo corruption keeps on crumbling Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore Three years ago, we helped write a report for RootsAction.org targeting 15 corporate Democrats in Congress who deserved to be primaried. We called the report " ." A common reaction back then was that those establishment politicians were too strong and entrenched to be defeated. On Tuesday, yet another "Bad Blue" apparently went down to defeat — with Rep. Kurt ...

Source: salon.com

- Men ki jan yon bank fransè pran Ayiti Read in English Lire en français Chak fraz nan kat envitasyon an fini ak yon kout plim elegan, de twa chema bèl ekriti ki ale ak yon sware kote moun pral manje, danse epi gade fedatifis nan Palè Nasyonal d Ayiti. Dèt te fin kofre peyi a pandan plis pase yon demi syèk. Malgre Ayiti te fin fè lagè pou met kolon yo deyò pou l gen endepandans li, Lafrans fòse Ayiti peye ansyen mèt ...

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- A group that works to defend Social Security endorsed Rep. Lucy McBath, arguing that—unlike her opponent—she "will fight to protect and expand Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." Defenders of Social Security and Medicare are rallying behind Rep. Lucy McBath as she takes on fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux in Georgia's 7th Congressional District, a primary contest spurred by the state GOP's aggressive—and, according to rights groups, illegal —redistricting ...


- Targeted Debt Forgiveness Isn't a Fair Compromise | Opinion The Biden administration cancel student loans in the foreseeable future—but only for some. Forgiveness of up to in student loans for each borrower and elimination of repayments for households that earn up to $125,000 per year are some of the ideas on the table. The Biden administration's interest in targeted forgiveness is an attempt to pass a compromise between supporters and critics of student loan cancellation. Student debt ...

Source: newsweek.com

- How bad is the climate stalemate? In the United States, we have gotten used to legislative inaction, on climate as with much else. But even by those debased standards a failure to pass a major emissions-cutting bill this Congress would be, potentially, a generational setback — pushing hopes for paradigm-shifting legislation so far over the time horizon they effectively disappear. To listen to many on the environmental left, it could prove to be a defeat worse than the election of Donald Trump ...

Source: nytimes.com

- Congress should stand up for Generation Z—and those who come after. "America is at its best when we invest in the backbone of our Nation: the hardworking people in every community who make our Nation run," states President Biden's budget request. And yet the budget, released at the end of March, includes $813 billion dollars on weapons and war. While the country stares down a pandemic, massive educational debt, a stumbling economy, and urgently needed environmental reform, prioritizing ...


- A Republican-backed super PAC on Tuesday fell short in its bid to intervene in a Democratic primary against Pennsylvania state Rep. Summer Lee, a 34-year-old Black woman and rising star in the party, who fended off the tsunami of outside money to best anti-union attorney Steve Irwin. The spending, from the GOP-backed super PAC linked to AIPAC – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – left Irwin behind by less than 1,000 votes . A super PAC funded by the pharmaceutical industry blew ...


- "The way we will pass Medicare for All," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, "is by continuing to build a strong grassroots movement that is prepared to take on the big money interests." The city council of Denton, Texas passed a resolution Tuesday endorsing federal Medicare for All legislation, the 100th local government to do so as millions across the United face rising insurance premiums, skyrocketing drug costs, and imminent loss of coverage. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who just last week introduced ...


- A group of climate campaigners on Friday blockaded the entrance of a printing plant in New York City in an effort to hamper the distribution of the New York Times Wall Street Journal , and other corporate-owned newspapers to protest their failure to cover the planetary emergency with “the frequency it deserves.” The activists, operating under the banner of Extinction Rebellion, stressed in a statement that the blockade was targeted not at individual journalists, but “at the board of ...

Source: truthout.org

- The United States is notorious for having the weakest welfare state of any advanced economy. The labor movement needs to fight for social provisions for all workers, not just some. Welfare provision in the United States is notoriously weak. With no coordinated wage setting and an amalgamation of haphazard, minimal, and means-tested benefits, American workers are for the most part left to fend for themselves against soaring levels of inequality and plummeting standards of living. Among advanced ...


- The Left faces a tough road in any challenge to New York governor Kathy Hochul, who is now in position to win the primary in this year’s gubernatorial race. But the lieutenant governor’s race holds promise for the state’s progressives. The new governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, is unlike her predecessor Andrew Cuomo in many ways. She doesn’t go out of her way to alienate and bully fellow Democrats. She’s more willing to negotiate with the Left. She’s not a sociopath. But the Left ...