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If by a Liberal they mean someone who looks ahead not behind,someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions,.Then I am a Liberal, John F. Kennedy 1960
22 Oct
@MonkeyMyBack Democrats are locked in a continued battle to pass two key items in President Joe Biden’s agenda: [Read more at bit.ly/3GcdmT2 By Alex Baumgart @alexcbaumgart via @OpenSecretsDC]
The bipartisan infrastructure bill, which the Senate passed but has not received a vote in the House, and the reconciliation package which passed the House [Read more at bit.ly/3GcdmT2 By Alex Baumgart @alexcbaumgart via @OpenSecretsDC]
but does not have the support of two key Democratic senators (Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema). [Read more at bit.ly/3GcdmT2 By Alex Baumgart @alexcbaumgart via @OpenSecretsDC]
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22 Oct
@middlefisher @FFFCanada @climate_unit @350Canada In fact, we are speeding in the wrong direction. 2021 is currently projected to experience the second-biggest emission rise ever recorded,[Read more at bit.ly/3psnQrI by Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg via @guardianUS]
and global emissions are expected to increase by 16% by 2030 compared with 2010 levels. [Read more at bit.ly/3psnQrI by Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg via @guardianUS]
According to the International Energy Agency, only 2% of governments’ “build back better” recovery spending has been invested in clean energy,[Read more at bit.ly/3psnQrI by Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg via @guardianUS]
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22 Oct
In fact, we are speeding in the wrong direction. 2021 is currently projected to experience the second-biggest emission rise ever recorded,[Read more at bit.ly/3psnQrI by Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg via @guardianUS]
and global emissions are expected to increase by 16% by 2030 compared with 2010 levels. [Read more at bit.ly/3psnQrI by Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg via @guardianUS]
According to the International Energy Agency, only 2% of governments’ “build back better” recovery spending has been invested in clean energy,[Read more at bit.ly/3psnQrI by Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg via @guardianUS]
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22 Oct
“Where was the call for a special session last year when families, business, schools, and local governments were struggling with the state’s unemployment system a disaster,[Read more at bit.ly/3m0SKVU by Nikki Fried @NikkiFried]
[“Where was the call for a special session last year when] the state’s emergency bridge loans quickly drained, and[Read more at bit.ly/3m0SKVU by Nikki Fried @NikkiFried]
[“Where was the call for a special session last year when]funding gaps that could have been filled with federal funds that the Governor’s office has been slow to disburse – if at all – with little transparency?“[Read more at bit.ly/3m0SKVU by Nikki Fried @NikkiFried]
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21 Oct
There is discussion now about removing voting rules from the filibuster as well, since we are in a bizarre situation where states that have heavily gerrymandered their districts to benefit Republicans...[Read more at bit.ly/3E1mkAS by @HC_Richardson]
heavily gerrymandered their districts to benefit Republicans are passing voting restrictions by simple majority votes while the federal government, charged with protecting voting rights, needs a supermajority of the Senate.[Read more at bit.ly/3E1mkAS by @HC_Richardson]
Since the Republican Senate seats skew heavily toward rural areas, in this case, it is possible for 41 Republican senators, who represent just 21% of the population, to stop voting rights legislation backed by 70% of Americans.[Read bit.ly/3E1mkAS by @HC_Richardson]
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15 Oct
@WaywardWinifred As part of our corrupt, big-money dominated political system, the pharmaceutical industry is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying,[Read more at fxn.ws/3DKcIKE by Bernie Sanders @SenSanders via @FoxNewsOpinion]
the pharmaceutical industry is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying,campaign contributions and television ads to defeat this legislation[Read more at fxn.ws/3DKcIKE by Bernie Sanders @SenSanders via @FoxNewsOpinion]
because it [the pharmaceutical industry]does not want Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.[Read more at fxn.ws/3DKcIKE by Bernie Sanders @SenSanders via @FoxNewsOpinion]
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15 Oct
@WaggyRichard Instead of slashing the funding of key programs in order to extend their duration over 10 years and appease conservative lawmakers' demand for a lower price tag,[Read more at bit.ly/3FNGLmo by Jake Johnson via Common Dreams]
the CPC executive board contends that Democrats should "make robust investments over a shorter window."[Read more at bit.ly/3FNGLmo by Jake Johnson via Common Dreams]
Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Pelosi indicated she is open to that approach.["make robust investments over a shorter window."][Read more at bit.ly/3FNGLmo by Jake Johnson via Common Dreams]
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14 Oct
The Clock is Ticking in our Democracy By Lorenzo Canizares @canilor - Prof. Antia[Murad Antia, a finance prof MUMA College of Bus U of S FL
is referring to a nationally representative sample that asked Americans which unnamed country they preferred
[Prof. Antia asked Americans which unnamed country they preferred] regarding wealth distribution, country A being the United States and country B being Sweden, a social-democrat country.[The Clock is Ticking in our Democracy By Lorenzo Canizares @canilor]
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13 Oct
With Democrats in control of the national government, Republicans are retreating to the states to launch their bid to take back national power.[Read more at bit.ly/30oFnXf by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
Having cemented their control of Republican-dominated states with new election laws that suppress Democratic voting or give control of certifying elections to Republican boards,[Read more at bit.ly/30oFnXf by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
Republicans are much more concerned about challenges from the right than they are about having to moderate their stands. [Read more at bit.ly/30oFnXf by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
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12 Oct
At the Washington Post, Max Boot takes an even stronger stand: “I’m no Democrat—but I’m voting exclusively for Democrats to save our democracy.”[Read more at bit.ly/3oUrZnK by Heather Cox Richardson @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
Boot [Max Boot]is a Russian-American specialist in foreign affairs who identifies as a conservative but no longer supports the Republican Party.[Read more at bit.ly/3oUrZnK by Heather Cox Richardson @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
He[Max Boot] writes: “I’m a single-issue voter. My issue is the fate of democracy in the United States.[Read more at bit.ly/3oUrZnK by Heather Cox Richardson @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
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11 Oct
@LottieJoiner Moses[Bob Moses] was the mastermind behind the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in which more than 700 Black and white college students traveled to Mississippi to register Black voters.[Read more at bit.ly/3AH7GwF by @LottieJoiner via @capitalandmain]
They[the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project] set up Freedom Schools and taught literacy and civic education.The goal was to put a spotlight on the way people lived and were treated in Mississippi.[Read more at bit.ly/3AH7GwF by @LottieJoiner via @capitalandmain]
Bob Moses died on July 25 at his home in Hollywood,Florida.He was 86.In a 2002 interview,Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch [@taylorbranch]described Moses as the“father of grass-roots organizing.”[bit.ly/3AH7GwF by @LottieJoiner]
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10 Oct
@Karashgould @truthout Markey[Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts)] said only the reconciliation package is a “climate bill” — the bipartisan bill contains subsidies for the fossil fuel industry[Read more at bit.ly/307yadT by Mike Ludwig @ludwig_mike via @truthout]
— and measures for confronting the climate crisis must not be dropped in negotiations with conservative Democrats that continue to frustrate progressives.[Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) said] [Read more at bit.ly/307yadT by Mike Ludwig @ludwig_mike via @truthout]
“Here’s the deal: Climate cannot and will not be cut. No climate, no deal,” Markey[Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts)] said to applause from activists with the Sunshine Movement and other groups.[Read more at bit.ly/307yadT by Mike Ludwig @ludwig_mike via @truthout]
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8 Oct
It is necessary because even though voting discrimination is now widespread, it is much more prevalent in some places than others.[Read more at bit.ly/2YwVGAO by Wendy R. Weiser @WendyRWeiser via @BrennanCenter]
According to our count, there were over 120 voting rights violations over the past 25 years in the 7 states likely to be covered under this bill,[Read more at bit.ly/2YwVGAO by Wendy R. Weiser @WendyRWeiser via @BrennanCenter]
and fewer than 50 in the 39 states that are not close to coverage. Without preclearance, discrimination has been impossible to root out in those places.
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8 Oct
"Take a hard look at those people who are opposed to strong legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs and take a look at their campaign finance reports," Sanders said during a briefing with reporters.[Read more bit.ly/3DlnSVS by Ayelet Sheffey @arsheffey via…
"See where they get their money, how many of them get their money from the pharmaceutical industry and the executives there. And I think there will be a direct correlation."[Sanders said][Read more bit.ly/3DlnSVS by Ayelet Sheffey @arsheffey via @businessinsider]
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6 Oct
@dd9000 @brianklaas @snarkytoes “But Republicans do not want the ceiling lifted by a simple vote, which the Democrats tried and the Republicans filibustered.[Read more at bit.ly/2Ysm5PS by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
They[Republicans] want to force the Democrats to raise the ceiling under the process of reconciliation, which cannot be filibustered. [Read more at bit.ly/2Ysm5PS by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
This[usingReconciliation]would prevent the Democrats from using the reconciliation process for their infrastructure package that would support human infrastructure like child care and elder care, and address climate change.[Read more at bit.ly/2Ysm5PS by @HC_Richardson]
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4 Oct
1/ “A government that answered to a majority rather than an extremist minority would crack down on the growing global elite uncovered by the journalists who pored over the Pandora Papers,...[Read more at bit.ly/3FjbSGk by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson]
2/ ...an elite that has managed to hide its wealth in offshore accounts (meaning any accounts away from their country of citizenship) thanks to deregulation and lack of oversight.[bit.ly/3FjbSGk by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson via @SubstackInc]
3/ The internet and a global economy have permitted the rise of a global elite that, as the Pandora Papers reveal, often overlaps with criminality....[Read more at bit.ly/3FjbSGk by Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) @HC_Richardson]
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4 Oct
@TessFraad 1/ “To break the logjam, I[Michael Moore @MMFlint] am offering a number of suggestions to my fellow progressives and to the president...[Read more at bit.ly/3iyn5cl by Michael Moore @MMFlint via @SubstackInc]
2/ ...— reasonable ideas that I believe Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema will love and thus give us their votes to pass this important piece of legislation. [Read more at bit.ly/3iyn5cl by Michael Moore @MMFlint via @SubstackInc]
3/ ...“Here they are:“1. In his “human infrastructure“ bill, President Biden wants to expand Medicare in order to provide free hearing aids for the elderly....[Read more at bit.ly/3iyn5cl by Michael Moore @MMFlint via @SubstackInc]
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4 Oct
1/ “The net result of arming anti-abortion activists with the legal standing to target the most vulnerable among us may not result in actual violence,...[Read more at bit.ly/3A7s7Cn by Dahlia Lithwick and Scott Pilutik via @Slate and Portside]
2/ ...given that abortion providers in Texas promptly shut down or stopped offering services at six weeks, which was always the point of the law.[Read more at bit.ly/3A7s7Cn by Dahlia Lithwick and Scott Pilutik via @Slate and Portside]
3/ “But the threat underpinning the legalized self-help and vigilantism couldn’t be more clearly implied....[Read more at bit.ly/3A7s7Cn by Dahlia Lithwick and Scott Pilutik via @Slate and Portside]
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27 Sep
@r2but1rcw 1/ As Jeff Goodell [@jeffgoodell] points out in “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World,” [Read more at bit.ly/3lXlCgk by Chris Hedges @ChrisLynnHedges via @Truthdig]
2/ “The water will continue to rise. “It will have a metallic sheen and will smell bad,” Goodell [@jeffgoodell] writes. “Kids will get strange rashes and fevers. [Read more at bit.ly/3lXlCgk by Chris Hedges @ChrisLynnHedges via @Truthdig]
3/ More people will leave [low areas].[Read more at bit.ly/3lXlCgk by Chris Hedges @ChrisLynnHedges via @Truthdig]
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26 Sep
@NanaIsVaxxed @RBReich In fact, real social change would prevent them from doing many of the hugely profitable things they now do.[Read more at bit.ly/3ueZstV by Robert Reich @RBReich via @guardianUS]
Which means they won’t change their ways unless they’re required by law to change (and even then, only when the penalty times the probability of getting caught is higher than the profits from continuing anyway).[Read more at bit.ly/3ueZstV by Robert Reich @RBReich]
Their soothing promises of social responsibility are intended to forestall such laws.[Read more at bit.ly/3ueZstV by Robert Reich @RBReich via @guardianUS]
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25 Sep
@gimpgalore 1/ But the prospect of child vaccines also offers much needed relief for the adults, most of them women, who are tasked with caring for children: teachers, childcare workers and, above all, mothers.[Read more at bit.ly/3EKUOIV by Moira Donegan @MoiraDonegan]
2/ The ability to vaccinate kids, and the hope for more regular and dependable schooling and childcare that it brings, could be tremendously meaningful for women’s equality. [Read more at bit.ly/3EKUOIV by Moira Donegan @MoiraDonegan via @guardianUS]
3/ Women were economically devastated by the pandemic, and childcare responsibilities were a big part of why.[Read more at bit.ly/3EKUOIV by Moira Donegan @MoiraDonegan via @guardianUS]
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