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Community Spotlight: The Resistance pivots to offense and fixing our democracy

Community Spotlight: The Resistance pivots to offense and fixing our democracy

A common theme of stories we rescued this week—infrastructure and science—makes a 180° turn from last week’s attention to classical literature. Community members spent this final week of February investigating the electric grid and water pipes, plus a niche topic in chemistry and pollution from plastics. We’re also still unwinding events and lessons from the past four years, and reframing for the next two years while we have a window of legislative opportunity before the 2022 election potentially changes the…

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Wellness for Activists: You probably aren’t drinking enough water

Wellness for Activists: You probably aren’t drinking enough water

Welcome to my weekly feature covering ways us activists can lead healthier lives. For a full explanation check out the inaugural edition here, but in short, most of us do a terrible job of taking care of our minds and bodies. This is a science-based exploration of how to change that, so we can be around for many years of fruitful activism. You can find other articles in this series here. You don’t drink enough water.  An oft-cited 1998 survey…

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One of the most pro-worker moves Biden could make might surprise you

One of the most pro-worker moves Biden could make might surprise you

One incredibly important move to help workers that the Biden administration has signaled didn’t necessarily look like a pro-worker move. Even before President Biden was inaugurated, his incoming White House counsel started asking for suggestions for judicial nominees who would be diverse not just on race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion, but on professional background. Specifically, more candidates who have been public defenders or civil rights attorneys (a group that also happens to be more diverse in other ways). How’s that a pro-worker move?…

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Kevin McCarthy must face consequences for promoting Trump’s Big Lie

Kevin McCarthy must face consequences for promoting Trump’s Big Lie

Donald Trump still has a hammer lock on the Republican Party. That was amply demonstrated in the days after all but seven Senate Republicans voted to acquit Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Of those who joined the bipartisan rebuke of Trump’s conduct and voted to convict, Sen. Richard Burr and Bill Cassidy have been censured by their state parties, while the other five face calls for their censure. Yet an even clearer and starker indication of the hold…

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine passes FDA expert panel, expected to ship 3.9M doses next week

Johnson & Johnson vaccine passes FDA expert panel, expected to ship 3.9M doses next week

On Friday, the FDA’s team of outside expert sat down in front of their cameras to participate in something that’s becoming almost routine—the review of a new COVID-19 vaccine. This time they were looking at the single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. At the end of the discussion, the panel voted unanimously to recommend approval of the vaccine’s use in the current emergency. Pending the actual Emergency Use Authorization, which is expected over the weekend, the company has said it…

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Jim Banks: GOP Destined to Lose if They Erase Trump, Lose Connection with Working-Class Voters

Jim Banks: GOP Destined to Lose if They Erase Trump, Lose Connection with Working-Class Voters

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday that the Republican Party is destined to lose future elections if they erase former President Donald Trump and the connection he made with working-class voters. Powered by WPeMatico