Democrats Schedule First COVID-Era Hearing on Medicare for All

Democrats in the House Oversight Committee have scheduled the first hearing to consider Medicare for All since the onset of the pandemic, as progressive lawmakers wage a new push for the proposal. Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri) will lead the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, to consider proposals for universal health care and to assess the ways that the U.S.’s primarily private health care system is affecting people without insurance. The hearing will also feature Representatives Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-New York), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), as well…

GOP Senator Says Interracial Marriage Should Be State Issue, Then Walks It Back

On Tuesday, Sen. Mike Braun (R-Indiana) suggested that precedent-setting Supreme Court rulings on abortion and interracial marriage should be undone — and then attempted to walk back his comments after they were met with widespread criticism. Braun, who was on a conference call with reporters about the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, had been discussing what kind of qualities he looked for in a potential justice. Braun is not a member of the Judiciary Committee, which is currently questioning Jackson about her qualifications to serve on the nation’s highest bench, but he will eventually vote on…

Trump Un-Endorses Mo Brooks, Citing His Calls to Move Past 2020 Fraud Claims

Former President Donald Trump has rescinded his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) for Senator over the congressman’s decision to focus less on peddling false claims regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Trump rescinded his endorsement in a statement that was released on Tuesday. “Mo Brooks of Alabama made a horrible mistake recently when he went ‘woke’ and stated, referring to the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you,’” Trump said in his statement. The former president went on to wrongly claim that the 2020 presidential election was “rife with fraud and irregularities,”…

Sanders Tells Starbucks CEO to Stop Union Busting and “Obey the Law”

As former CEO Howard Schultz takes the helm once again at Starbucks, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has demanded that the company “do the right thing” and allow employees to exercise their legal right to organize. On Tuesday, Sanders wrote a letter to Schultz demanding that the company step out of the way of unionizing workers. He emphasized that Starbucks workers are afforded the right to unionize under the U.S. Constitution, pointing out that the company has already been found by federal officials to be violating the law in its union busting attempts. “As you prepare to head back into your…

USPS Could Reduce Emissions by 300 Percent With All-Electric Fleet, Report Finds

Electrifying the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) fleet of vehicles would be both feasible and carry many benefits for the agency and the climate, a new report finds, bolstering the case against adopting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plan to buy an all-new gas-guzzling fleet. According to the report, prepared by the USPS Office of Inspector General, nearly all of the agency’s routes could be serviced by electric mail trucks. Only 2,600 out of 177,000 routes wouldn’t be serviceable with electric vehicles – the other nearly 99 percent of routes fit within the 70 miles that the USPS has found that…

Starbucks Workers Have Now Filed to Unionize at Over 150 Locations

On Friday, Starbucks Workers United announced that 150 stores have filed to unionize over just the past few months, marking a milestone in the rapidly growing campaign. The Westmoreland location in Portland, Oregon, was the 150th location to file for unionization. “The Westmoreland partners are standing with their fellow Starbucks workers coast to coast,” the union wrote. “Together we – the partners – will make a better Starbucks!” Since then, several more stores have filed to unionize. Workers have been filing to unionize nearly every day; at the end of February, the union marked its 100th store filing, meaning that…

North Carolina Newspaper Editorial Board Decries Madison Cawthorn as “Abhorrent”

A North Carolina newspaper issued a scathing editorial this weekend, condemning the state’s Republican Party for the “despicable rhetoric” pushed by far right lawmakers, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R). The Durham Herald Sun editorial board denounced Cawthorn’s comments and conspiracy theories, noting that, in his less than two years in Congress, Cawthorn has “frequently ma[de] national headlines for all the wrong reasons.” They also rebuked Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, the highest-ranking Republican in the state’s executive branch, for making similarly distasteful and incendiary comments while in office. The editorial board went on to say that some of the blame belonged…

Activists Condemn Deep-Sea Mining Effort by Defense Contractor Lockheed Martin

A leading conservation group on Friday sounded the alarm after military-industrial complex giant Lockheed Martin filed an application with the U.S. government to renew licenses allowing deep seabed mining exploration in the Pacific Ocean. “Mining the deep sea is as destructive as strip mining the mountains of Appalachia, extinguishing whole ecosystems with a single blow,” Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), said in a statement. “The federal government shouldn’t renew these licenses.” Although there are no current commercial deep seabed mining operations, the International Seabed Authority has issued exploration licenses to state-owned companies and…

Canada’s First Nations Start Filing Claims for Historic Water Settlement

This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here. For years, First Nations in Canada have been denied access to clean drinking water. Many Indigenous communities have to deal with brown, sludgy water and the destructive health impacts it brought. Some have spent years relying on boiled or bottled water. As of March 8, 2022, there were 23 short-term drinking water advisories in place across the country, that range from boil water advisories to Do Not Consume notices. Now, the Canadian government will have to pay for it. This week, individuals and First Nations…

Climate Groups Slam Biden Energy Department for Increasing LNG Exports

Climate action advocates this week sharply criticized the Biden administration for signing off on increasing gas exports from the United States as Europe faces supply problems exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday issued two long-term orders giving a pair of Cheniere Energy projects in Louisiana and Texas “additional flexibility to export the equivalent of 0.72 billion cubic feet per day” of liquefied natural gas (LNG) “to any country with which the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement, including all of Europe.” As Cheniere welcomed the move, saying in a statement…

Report Warns About Private Equity’s Increasing Grip on Home Health Industries

The private equity industry’s business model of buying up companies and extracting as much profit as possible over a short period of time has made it a notorious force in the United States, where it has gained a solid foothold in a range of sectors — often with disastrous consequences. In recent years, according to a new report, private equity firms have increasingly sunk their teeth into the fast-growing home healthcare and hospice industries, alarming advocates and researchers who say private equity’s pursuit of maximal returns over all else is hurting vulnerable patients and workers. “Due to increased demand and…

In Wrongful Termination Complaint, Chris Cuomo Claims CNN Also Advised Brother

Chris Cuomo, a former news personality at CNN who was fired late last year, is requesting that an arbitrator award him $125 million for what he alleges was a wrongful termination. In his complaint, Cuomo claims that his firing has made it more difficult for him to get related work elsewhere. He also says that he was fired for actions that other anchors in the company engaged in, as well as CNN itself. The network’s former head, Jeff Zucker, fired Cuomo in December after the news personality gave advice to his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), relating…