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- Congress Left Tells Biden to Kill the Death Penalty Already PRIORITIES "From our perspective, there should be no roadblocks," said Sakira Cook, justice reform director at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Aghast over former President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize a series of last-minute federal executions before departing the White House, progressives are starting to exert pressure on President Joe Biden to get specific about his timeline and planned approach to ending capital punishment. The argument, shared widely among left-aligned Democrats in Congress and ...


- Author of "Nixonland" to Joe Biden: "There is no sweet spot" that will "turn off the spigot of reactionary rage" U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden delivered remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response, and signed executive orders and other presidential actions. Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States, but he appears to have remade the Republican Party in his image. Many or most Republican elected officials and other leaders remain committed to Trumpism and ...

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- The Allies entered Auschwitz 76 years ago this week, far too late for the 1.1 million men, women, children, and babies, nearly all of them Jews, who had been murdered there in the previous five years. Among the dead were my father’s parents, sisters, and brothers, who had died in the Auschwitz gas chambers the previous spring. The camp’s liberation came too late for my father as well. Ten days earlier, he had been sent on a forced march to the west, ending up at the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria. Not until May 1945 did the US Army’s 80th Infantry Division reach Ebensee. By then, ...


- Jon Ossoff, 33, was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday — making the Georgia Democrat the youngest member of the legislative body. On Thursday, senators took up the nomination of 39-year-old Pete Buttigieg for secretary of transportation. Across the Capitol, Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), 34, and Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), a 25-year-old who is the first member of Congress born in the 1990s , have made themselves the face of Trumpism on Capitol Hill. House Democrats, too, have seen their ranks of millennial lawmakers grow, with the likes of newly elected New York representatives Mondaire ...


- Bret Stephens: Gail, I know we should be forward-looking and positive. But as you cast a final glance at the Trump administration’s final hours, what will you remember most fondly: Melania’s last “Be Best” address or the president marching off to the tune of The Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.”? Gail Collins: I don’t think most Americans have strong feelings about Melania one way or the other. Obviously, she does have a son to support. I’d maybe have been a fan if the two of them left Mar-a-Lago and started a business grooming collies or something. Bret: Count me as one American ...


- After the shameful events of Jan. 6, can we reconcile U.S. exceptionalism with the invasion of the Capitol? Thousands of flags creating a "field of flags" are seen on the National Mall ahead of Joe Biden's swearing-in inauguration ceremony as the 46th US president in Washington,DC on January 18, 2021. An insurrection in a capital city, in which the halls of the national legislature are violated by thugs, was never an unimaginable event. When chaos truly hits home Most Americans, however, would have envisioned such a staggering act as happening overseas in an unindustrialized, undemocratic ...

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- The ‘Insurrection’ and Its Discontents: ‘American Exceptionalism’ Revisited The more political chaos and societal division widen, the more the notion of exceptionalism will be exposed as bizarre, selfish, and unsustainable History is being written in the United States today. Even the most pessimistic about the prospects of American democracy have rarely ventured out this far while offering a bleak analysis of America’s future, whether in terms of political polarization at home or global standing abroad. As shocking and, certainly, telling as the images of thousands of American ...


- As socialists, we’ve rallied against brunch for too long. What we should really be demanding is brunch for all. Consider this our apology. Two days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, I got an email from a New York Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) chapter with the headline “Back to Brunch . . .” When I opened the message, the first line was “PSYCH!” The idea of getting “back to brunch” has become a grim running joke on the socialist left, a rag on liberals who infamously griped after Donald Trump’s 2016 election that if Hillary Clinton had won, we’d all be at brunch ...


- Mexico City, Mexico — After four years of racist Trump-era immigration policy designed to appeal to white supremacists, migrant justice activists and allies are welcoming a series of changes by U.S. President Joe Biden. However, they signaled that the proposed reforms are only the beginning, and warned that these changes will need to be accompanied by major shifts in U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America. On his first day in office, President Biden announced a series of executive orders that included a reversal of some of former president Donald Trump’s most hardline immigration ...

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- In his August 2020 eulogy to John Lewis, Barack Obama characterized Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.’s lack of political representation on the federal level as a civil rights issue. The Democratic Party and some progressives have since called for statehood for Washington and Puerto Rico. José López is the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago . A long-time supporter of Puerto Rican independence, he also worked to secure the release of successive generations of Puerto Rican political prisoners, including his brother, Oscar López Rivera . In this interview, ...

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- Bernie Sanders says Congress can cancel student loans and pass $2,000 stimulus checks— without Republicans . Here’s what you need to know. Student Loans and $2,000 stimulus checks Sanders (I-VT) argued this week that Congress can implement a comprehensive economic agenda without Republican support . In an opinion column , Sanders says Democrats, who control both Congress and the White House, can pass the following legislation now: $2,000 stimulus checks Student loan cancellation $600 a week unemployment insurance fully-funded emergency health care, Covid-19 testing, tracing and vaccine ...

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- When President Joe Biden announced his last week, the opening bid drew mostly positive reviews from progressive observers. But a handful of influential left-wing members of Congress, activists and commentators cried foul, arguing that Biden’s proposal failed to deliver on his promise to provide all lower- and middle-income households with $2,000 relief payments. Biden is asking Congress to send $1,400 checks to all Americans. Together with a previous allotment of $600, the payments come to $2,000. Biden’s left-wing critics, including Democratic Reps. Cori Bush (Mo.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) ...

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- Joe Biden has issued a raft of executive orders that are surprisingly progressive. But we know who to thank: the organized left, which has helped transform US politics. Joe Biden, to put it mildly, is an unlikely standard-bearer for a transformative policy agenda. He is deeply implicated in much of what is wrong with America and the world today: cheerfully working with segregationists in the 1970s, becoming an architect of crime legislation that led to mass incarceration, and a champion of the war in Iraq, which has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians as well as thousands of ...


- Earlier this month , West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, appeared to have taken an unequivocal stance against new $2,000 stimulus checks. He told the Washington Post that he was “absolutely” opposed to a new round of payments, which President Joe Biden promised while campaigning for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia. “Absolutely not. No,” Manchin said. “Getting people vaccinated, that’s job No. 1.” Under fire, he claimed that he meant that there were higher priorities, not that he was necessarily opposed. But he sounded ...


- In his victory speech in November, President Biden said he was going “to marshal the forces of decency, the forces of fairness” — and invoked the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR’s legacy is often misunderstood, however. Although he did indeed channel decency and fairness, Roosevelt also had a steely edge that Biden appears likely to emulate. When FDR was first elected in 1932, the country was divided almost as deeply as it is now. On the Capitol steps that year, double lines of police stood guard at times, carrying rifles: the sole way that Congress could safely meet. Potential ...


- Bernie Sanders’ mittens were internet-famous long before he struck the pose at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday morning that would come to be known as “grumpy chic.” The gloves — made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles — first blew up when Sanders wore them a year ago, in January 2020, at the Seacoast Women’s March in Portsmouth, N.H. He was then still a front-runner in the Democratic primary race — and Donald Trump was about to begin his first impeachment trial. “We are in ...


- "Essential workers should not have to go on strike for decent pay, and no worker should be threatened for exercising their constitutional rights." "If you live in New York and had produce during the pandemic, odds are that's because of these workers," said journalist Alex Press. (Photo: Teamsters/Local 202/Joint Council 16) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday expressed solidarity with roughly 1,400 essential workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx, several of whom were arrested earlier this week while striking for hazard pay and better ...


- Incoming Budget chair vows to use reconciliation process "to protect working families, the sick and the poor" Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at University of Nevada February 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. . It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. The long-held Republican nightmare that a champion of working-class people and the common good — someone who has dedicated his political career to curbing poverty and injustice while denouncing corporate greed, ...

Source: salon.com

- Civil society cannot allow mistrust in institutions to become violent rebellion. In 1958 the American National Election Study began asking Americans whether they trusted the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time. By this measure, American trust in government peaked at 77 percent in 1964, shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the election of Lyndon B. Johnson. By the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency in 1980, trust had fallen below 30 percent, and while the exact percentage has fluctuated since then, it has never returned to the lofty heights of the ...


- Joe Biden and Barack Obama campaign in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Can President Biden succeed where President Obama failed--or will he aim for comity and compromise rather than seizing his FDR moment? To be a transformative president, Joe Biden needs to succeed where Barack Obama failed. Twelve years after Joe Biden was sworn in as the vice president of hope and change, hope is in short supply and the need for change is even more acute. Progressives have a rare opportunity to enact their agenda—but they will need to play the kind of hardball they have backed away from in the past, because ...

Source: newsweek.com