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- Climate Carnage: Things Can Only Get Worse
Please stop repeating all this softened wording, such as climate change, climate-related hazards, climate crisis, or extreme weather events… And just call it what ...
- Kenyan Scientist’s Trend-Setting Research into Health Benefits of Snails
Snails and slime are usually followed by the thought ‘EEW!’ from most people … some might even scream at seeing a snail near them. ...
- Carbon Tax: A Surprisingly Simple Contribution to Fight Climate Change
Reducing carbon emissions is critical for combating climate change. And one effective way to do this is through the use of carbon taxes. Carbon ...
- Supreme Court “Sackett” Decision Shrinks Protections for US Wetlands
This narrow interpretation of the Clean Water Act limits what qualifies as "waters of the United States."
- Bernie Sanders and William Barber Announce Rallies for $17 Minimum Wage
Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, plans to join Sanders to "make the moral case for raising wages."
- Climate Groups Slam Debt Ceiling Deal as “Surrender” to Big Oil
The deal requires approval for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and weakens government ability to stop future projects.
- Colorado Becomes the First State to Limit Court Use of Family Reunification Camps
by Hannah Dreyfus ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for Dispatches, a newsletter that […]
- How We Reached Workers While Reporting on Dairy Farm Conditions
by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, Photography by Caleb Alvarado Leer en español. […]
- They Held Down a Black Teen Who Had Tried to Shoplift. He Died From Asphyxia. Why Was No One Ever Charged?
by Megan O’Matz, photography by Lianne Milton, special to ProPublica ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of […]
- ‘Whatever it takes’: Biden and McCarthy’s tense journey to debt deal
Like the deal they crafted, the relationship the president and House speaker forged does not look pretty but appears to have gotten the job doneWhen Kevin McCarthy was struggling early this year to get enough votes from his own Republicans to become speaker of the House of Representatives, Democratic president Joe Biden called the prolonged saga a national embarrassment, then had a little fun.“I’ve got good news for you,” Biden said, pointing playfully at a reporter after a speech in Kentucky. “They just elected you speaker.” Continue reading...
- US debt ceiling deal: what’s in and out of Biden and McCarthy’s agreement
Speaker Kevin McCarthy says the House will vote Wednesday on the deal he struck with the president – here are the details of the 99-page bill Details of the deal between Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy take the form of a 99-page bill that would suspend the nation’s debt limit into 2025 in order to avoid an unprecedented federal default, which the White House said on Monday would be “catastrophic for the American people”, while limiting government spending.The Democratic president and Republican House speaker are trying to win over lawmakers to the plan in time to avert a default that would shake the global economy. But Congress will be scrutinizing and debating the legislation fiercely this week. Continue reading...
- Biden hails debt ceiling deal and urges lawmakers to pass agreement
President says deal struck with Kevin McCarthy protects ‘historic economic recovery’ but it needs approval from a divided CongressJoe Biden has said a bipartisan deal to raise the $31.4tn US debt ceiling and avoid a default is ready to move to Congress and urged lawmakers to pass the agreement he struck with Kevin McCarthy.“This is a deal that’s good news for ... the American people,” the president said at the White House on Sunday night after a call with McCarthy to put the final touches to a tentative deal struck the previous day. “It takes the threat of catastrophic default off the table, protects our hard-earned and historic economic recovery,” he said. Continue reading...
- Democrats’ Dianne Feinstein dilemma: party split over senator’s diminishing health
Questions around 89-year-old senator’s cognitive abilities pit lawmakers against each other amid calls for her to step downThe Democratic party is facing an internal rift over how to handle the diminishing abilities of one of their own. There is open debate within the party over whether 89-year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein, whose health and cognitive abilities have come into question after a two-and-a-half month absence due to shingles and other medical complications, should resign.Questions over Feinstein’s ability to effectively represent California, the most populous US state, have been a sensitive issue for Democrats going back years. As her diminishing health plays out in the public eye there is a renewed urgency to the situation. […]
- Texas’s use of ‘invasion’ clause against immigrants is racist and dangerous, rights groups say
Republican governor Greg Abbott invoked state clause after likening migrants to a public foreign enemy, but legal experts say it’s ‘unprecedented and extreme’Texas is challenging federal control of policy on the US-Mexico border by exploiting what it sees as a constitutional loophole around the definition of an “invasion” but that migrants rights activists see as dangerously ramping up fears with racist language.Immigration policy has long been under the purview of the US federal government – not individual states – since the US supreme court ruled so in a landmark United States v Arizona case in 2012. Continue reading...
- Meet the women working to grow local food systems on U.S. island territories
On island territories, where most food is imported, achieving a level of food sovereignty is becoming more urgent due to climate change.
- Frustrated by outdated grids, consumers are lobbying for control of their electricity
Climate change is spurring interest in remaking local infrastructure to accommodate renewable energy, minimize power failures, and expand consumer choice.
- It will cost up to $21.5 billion to clean up California’s oil sites. The industry won’t make enough money to pay for it.
An expert used California regulators’ methodology to estimate the cost of cleaning up the state’s onshore oil and gas industry. The study found that cleanup costs will be triple the industry’s projected profits.
Inside Climate News
- How Dueling PDFs Explain a Fight Over the Future of the Grid
In a wide, stone-walled hearing room at the Indiana Statehouse, a person speaking against a bill about who will get to build power transmission lines in the state explains that “a recent report from Brattle economists” shows the folly of the proposal at hand. Soon after, a person who favors the bill says a report
- SunZia Southwest Transmission Project Receives Final Federal Approval
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its record of decision last week for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a precursor to its final right-of-way grant required for construction on federal lands, which is expected in the next month or so. The SunZia transmission line will traverse approximately 520 miles of federal, state and private
- By century-end, farm numbers will halve and farm size will double. How will biodiversity fare?
"This world in which significantly fewer large farms replace numerous smaller ones carries major rewards and risks for the human species and the food systems that support it," the new study says.
- The Physicist Who Glues Together Universes
Renate Loll has helped pioneer a radically new approach to quantum gravity. She assumes that the fabric of space-time is a blend of all possible fabrics, and she has developed the computational tools needed to calculate the far-reaching implications of that assumption. The post The Physicist Who Glues Together Universes first appeared on Quanta Magazine
The Real News Network
- Cash bail is an abomination of justice. We should get rid of it.
The blunt fact about the cash bail system in the US is that it creates a two-tier system of “justice” in which the presumption of innocence is denied to people who have not been convicted of anything but the “crime” of being poor.
- Volcanic eruptions in Mexico and the dangers of fetishizing natural disasters in the Global South
When Mexico was hit by tragic earthquakes in 2017, the media showed sensationalist footage of buildings collapsing over and over, then the cameras left. Sadly, the same thing seems to be happening with coverage of the Popocatépetl volcano eruptions.
- Bidding farewell to the American century
It’s becoming clearer by the day that America is an empire in terminal decline, yet the myths of American exceptionalism persist.
The Marshall Project
- As a Texas Ranger Gains National Fame, His Interrogations Draw Skepticism
James Holland’s star rises after he coaxes killer Samuel Little to confess to 90 murders. But his work in Larry Driskill’s case comes into question.
- At 33,000 and Counting, Tennessee Is Documenting Historic Cemeteries in Statewide Database
In 2019, a contractor working for the developer of two Tennessee businesses bulldozed a historic cemetery, scraping old tombstones off graves and dumping them in a large pile of dirt and stones. A cemetery preservationist, arriving at the site to help maintain the Rutherford County cemetery, discovered the demolition and alerted authorities. The work, preparing The post At 33,000 and Counting, Tennessee Is Documenting Historic Cemeteries in Statewide Database appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- Weird and Wondrous American Byways
Turns out taking the scenic route can pay big dividends, for both traveler and towns along the trail. Look no further than these popular byways for proof. The post Weird and Wondrous American Byways appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- Q&A: Organizing a Music Festival, Underground
Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in Path Finders, an email newsletter from the Daily Yonder. Each week, Path Finders features a Q&A with a rural thinker, creator, or doer. Like what you see here? You can join the mailing list at the bottom of this article and receive more conversations like this in your inbox each week. The post Q&A: Organizing a Music Festival, Underground appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- Even at 100, Henry Kissinger’s Legacy Is Frightening
As the world commemorates the 100th birth anniversary of Henry Kissinger, it is crucial to examine the lasting impact of his foreign policy decisions. Often hailed as a master strategist and diplomat, Kissinger’s legacy is far from the pristine image painted by his supporters. Beneath the veneer of sophistication and realpolitik, his approach to international… Continue reading Even at 100, Henry Kissinger’s Legacy Is Frightening The post Even at 100, Henry Kissinger’s Legacy Is Frightening appeared first on Fair Observer.
- Can ChatGPT Really Write Now?
For a 21st century invention, our reactions to ChatGPT and its succeeding clones have been reflective of the times too— superficial, irreverent, and unwise. While many critics of such tools have pointed out that AI writing is nothing more than stringing together of sentences which ultimately lack meaning and insight, the chorus around their potential… Continue reading Can ChatGPT Really Write Now? The post Can ChatGPT Really Write Now? appeared first on Fair Observer.
- Breakfast with Chad: When AI Fails to Defend Its Own Integrity
Yesterday I read an article citing the winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Maria Ressa, founder of online news site Rappler. She warned that “AI would allow ‘bad actors’ to stoke more online hate and violence that could spill over to the real world, prettify the resumes of despots, and serve up even more… Continue reading Breakfast with Chad: When AI Fails to Defend Its Own Integrity The post Breakfast with Chad: When AI Fails to Defend Its Own Integrity appeared first on Fair Observer.
- Resource-rich countries find it pays to pay landholders to protect their land
The Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s west coast occupies just 0.001% of the planet’s surface area, yet is home to an estimated 2.5% of all the biodiversity in the world. Inhabited by jaguar, tapir and close to 400 species of birds, the forests here — and others like them around the world — combat biodiversity loss and play a key role in capturing carbon and fighting climate change. […]
- Illinois Legislators Want to Expand Prison Alternatives for Gun Possession
In May 2019, 20-year-old John was charged with possessing a weapon, a felony in Illinois. Police officers found a gun and John’s ID in an abandoned home next to his sister’s house in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. John says he has never owned a gun and didn’t know how his ID ended up there. While out The post Illinois Legislators Want to Expand Prison Alternatives for Gun Possession appeared first on The Trace.
- Appeals Court Partially Blocks ATF’s Pistol Brace Rule
A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from fully enforcing a new rule regulating guns equipped with pistol braces, a popular gun accessory that has been used in some recent mass shootings. The scope of the court’s injunction is likely to be limited, however, and is unlikely The post Appeals Court Partially Blocks ATF’s Pistol Brace Rule appeared first on The Trace.
- What If the CDC Could Track Gun Violence Like a Virus?
This story is the first issue of our newsletter The Trajectory. Subscribe here or below to get future editions in your inbox. Last week, when I told my friends and family that I was heading to Milwaukee to attend the National Violent Death Reporting System Conference, I was met with some version of the same The post What If the CDC Could Track Gun Violence Like a Virus? appeared first on The Trace.
Yale Environment 360
- Antarctic Ocean Circulation Has Slowed Dramatically, Study Finds
Ocean circulation in the deep waters around Antarctica has slowed significantly over the past three decades, posing a threat to the climate system, according to a new study.Read more on E360 →
- Democrats Won Power in Four States. Will They Use It to Pass Bold Justice Reforms?
The post Democrats Won Power in Four States. Will They Use It to Pass Bold Justice Reforms? appeared first on The Appeal.
- Drug War Tactics Won’t Stop Xylazine Deaths
The post Drug War Tactics Won’t Stop Xylazine Deaths appeared first on The Appeal.
- Pharma Ally Kurt Schrader Cashes In on K Street
Former Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader, a prominent ally of Big Pharma while in Congress, has joined a K Street lobbying firm with a heavy roster of pharmaceutical industry clients. Schrader, who was defeated last year in an Oregon primary by attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, became a principal at lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, according to an
- The Best Way to Commemorate Memorial Day: Talk to a Veteran
You can’t erase the trauma and grief many veterans experience, but simply having a conversation with them can make a real difference.
- Democracy Now! 2023-05-29 Monday
Free Julian Assange: Noam Chomsky, Dan Ellsberg & Jeremy Corbyn Lead Call at Belmarsh Tribunal
- Debt Ceiling Bill Spells Disaster for People and the Planet
Congress has released its debt ceiling agreement, which includes a slew of problematic provisions. In addition to attacking bedrock environmental laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, the legislation also forces the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a gas project previously denied permits for a variety of water-quality and environmental justice concerns. Ariel Moger, Government and Political Affairs Director at Friends of the Earth, released the following statement: "President Biden has betrayed the American people. After initially proclaiming he wouldn't negotiate on the debt ceiling, he gifted MAGA extremists legislation filled with polluter giveaways and devastating spending limitations. Even Senator Manchin, who has done as much as Republicans to sabotage the Democratic agenda, has been rewarded with the forced approval of his pet project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline. This agreement is far from a compromise. It’s a surrender to Big Oil and Republican hostage-takers in Congress. Democrats should vote NO on this disgraceful deal and force a vote on a clean debt limit increase."
- Sierra Club Calls on Congress to Reject the Bad Debt Limit Deal
After weeks of Republicans threatening to default on America’s debts for extreme cuts in spending and fossil fuel industry handouts, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and President Biden agreed to a deal to raise the country’s debt ceiling. The deal will expedite the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline by authorizing every permit, certificate, and analysis required by Federal environmental laws, mandating that the Army Corps issue a permit within 21 days of enactment, and precluding judicial review. The agreement needlessly undermines parts of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a bedrock environmental law. The deal also caps funding for agencies that protect our air, water, and the climate and will make it harder for those in need to get food assistance by expanding work requirements. In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous released the following statement: “The Sierra Club calls on Congress to reject this deal and swiftly pass a clean bill. Any deal that attempts to expedite the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline, that rolls back bedrock environmental protections, and makes life harder for workers and families already struggling is a bad deal for the country. Congressional Republicans held America hostage while refusing to do the basic and fundamental work of paying America’s bills. We deserve better. President Biden committed—repeatedly—to doing better. Passing a clean debt ceiling is a simple and well-established approach Congress has employed—and should have done again months ago.”
- Biden's Debt Ceiling Deal Betrays the Environment and Clean Energy
The details of a debt ceiling/spending deal between President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy include a number of provisions that would fast-track new fossil fuel development, including swift actions to bolster approval of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, weakening of the National Environmental Policy Act, and freezing of the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency. In response, Food & Water Watch Managing Director of Policy and Litigation Mitch Jones issued the following statement:“In entering into this ill-conceived negotiation with extremist House Republicans, President Biden set himself up for this disastrous result—legislation that would fast-track climate-killing fossil fuels and cut the legs out of cornerstone environmental protections which have existed for decades. If this bad deal goes through, President Biden’s legacy on the environment and clean energy will be irreversibly scarred. “Congress must reject these egregious handouts to the fossil fuel industry and start fresh to quickly pass a clean debt limit increase that excludes the political wish list of hostage-taking Republican extremists.”
- Biden Labor Board Restores Right to Use Heated Language
In a landmark May Day ruling called Lion Elastomers, the National Labor Relations Board restored the rights of union representatives to use heated language, including occasional profanity, during arguments with management. The Board ordered employer Lion Elastomers to reinstate steward Joseph Colone with full back pay going back to a 2018 discharge.
- The Weekly Wrap: New York City’s Right To Shelter
(Photo by MTA / CC BY 2.0)Welcome to The Weekly Wrap, our round up of stories that explain the problems oppressing people in cities and elevate the solutions bringing us closer to economic, environmental and social justice. Have news or an event that should be in The Weekly Wrap? Email us […]
- A New Digital Legal Tool Helps Immigrant Workers Reclaim Their Stolen Wages
In the fall of 2018, Rodrigo Camarena caught an article in El Diario La Prensa, a Spanish-language newspaper in New York City, detailing the increase of wage theft for immigrant workers. One worker told the paper their employer threatened to call immigration services if they complained about not […]
- A Lawsuit That’s Forcing L.A. To Enforce Its Housing Voucher Discrimination Ban
Robert Gardner has used a federal Section 8 housing voucher since 2010. In 2021, when someone broke into his apartment, the now-32-year-old reached out to a Section 8 counselor and secured a new Section 8 voucher that allowed him to move to a different neighborhood. But every time Gardner tried […]
The World – PRI
- Is the fictional film 'The Kerala Story' cautionary or propaganda?
“The Kerala Story” is a fictionalized film that has sparked debate in India. It's about Hindu women being tricked into joining ISIS. The filmmakers say they are uncovering a hidden truth, while others say the film is exaggerated and divisive.
- This Jerusalem tattoo studio is part of a centuries-old Christian tradition
The Razzouk family in the Old City of Jerusalem has been doing Christian-themed tattoos going back to the 1300s. Today, tattoo artist Wassim Razzouk and his sons carry on a Coptic Christian tradition of tattoo artistry, attracting people who come from all over the world to the family shop to get inked.
- Ukrainian rock band Vopli Vidopliassova and fans rediscover an old hit
In 1989, the Ukrainian punk rock band Vopli Vidopliassova released an album called “Tantsi” or “Dances.” In 2019, the original session tape was rediscovered, and in 2023, Tantsi was finally officially released.
- Restaurant Royalty: Zarela and Aarón
For mother and son chefs Zarela Martínez and Aarón Sánchez, educating others about the cuisines that make up Mexico is... The post Restaurant Royalty: Zarela and Aarón appeared first on Latino USA.
- Julieta Venegas’ Search for a Simple Life
Julieta Venegas mostly lives away from the spotlight. She made this decision consciously. In her small apartment in Buenos Aires,... The post Julieta Venegas’ Search for a Simple Life appeared first on Latino USA.
- José Ralat, Taco Editor
José Ralat has a job title that might leave some foodies with envy. Ralat travels around the U.S. and Mexico... The post José Ralat, Taco Editor appeared first on Latino USA.
- What Erdoğan's reelection means for Turkey's political system, economy and foreign policy
Long-term Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was reelected with 52% of the vote. Will he push the country further down an autocratic, anti-West path?
- Kids missing school: Why it's happening -- and how to stop it
About 10 million US children are chronically absent from school.
- What really started the American Civil War?
There was one central reason the Civil War happened.
- Debt ceiling negotiators reach a deal: 5 essential reads about the tentative accord, brinkmanship and the danger of default
The deal would raise the ceiling for two years, cap some federal spending and impose new work requirements on certain federal benefits. It still needs the blessing of Congress.
- How the practice of Nichiren Buddhism sustained Tina Turner for 50 years
Turner was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism in 1973, and its teachings provided inspiration for some of the final projects of her career.
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The 19th News
- Palestinian Khader Adnan Dies on Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison
Magen-Nitzan Prison, Ramla, Israel — On his 87th day of hunger strike protesting administrative detention, Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, 45, was found unresponsive in Israel’s Magen-Nitzan Prison. Later the same day — May 2, 2023 — political leaders, released prisoners, family members and prisoner’s rights… The post Palestinian Khader Adnan Dies on Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.
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