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Biden decides to shelve Warren’s wealth tax

President Joe Biden will not call for a wealth tax to help pay for his multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better initiative, according to multiple people familiar with the White House’s thinking. In doing so, he will sidestep a proposal that progressive Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), say would raise trillions of dollars in... read more .

GA Rep. Arrested for Knocking on Kemp’s Door as He Signed Voter Suppression Bill

Democratic Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon was arrested and reportedly charged with two felonies late Thursday for knocking on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office door as he signed into law a sweeping voter suppression bill that aims to curtail ballot drop boxes, impose more strict voter ID requirements for... read more .

Florida House Passes GOP's Anti-Protest Bill

Decrying the passage of House Bill 1 in the Florida legislature on Friday, the state's ACLU chapter warned that if the undemocratic anti-protest bill pushed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is passed by the state Senate and signed into law, it would "silence and criminalize" people who want to exercise their First Amendment rights to... read more .

Zambia: Under Chinese Rule

China's presence is visible all over Africa. But nowhere as much as in Zambia, the African nation where it invested the most money last year. The ties between Beijing and Lusaka are strong and have existed for decades... read more .

Who Are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers?

 A year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published “Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth  Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes and Pandemic Profiteers,”  and began tracking billionaire wealth gains as unemployment surged.  We teamed up with Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) to track the wealth growth of America’s billionaires over the last year.  This report summarizes the extraordinary... read more .

Washington: The Caregiving State

Most families cobble together caregiving arrangements for children, elders, and loved ones with disabilities through some mix of free care from relatives, modest home care options, or pricey institutional settings. Paying for these arrangements when necessary is one of the greatest trials facing American workers. The national caregiving crisis has been magnified by the... read more.

“Jim Crow in New Clothes”: Sen. Raphael Warnock Slams GOP Assault on Voting Rights

Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, whose election in January helped bring the chamber under Democratic control, used his first speech on the floor of the Senate this week to assail Republican efforts to restrict voting rights. He called the raft of voter suppression bills being introduced in states across the... read more .

Women are harmed every day by invisible men

he alleged murderer of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, reportedly said that he was trying to “eliminate temptation”. It’s as if he thought others were responsible for his inner life, as though the horrific act of taking others’ lives rather than learning some form of self-control was appropriate. This aspect of a crime that was also horrifically racist reflects a culture in which men and the... read mor e.

EU proposes Covid-19 'Green Certificates' to allow travel across the bloc

With summer looming and tourism-reliant countries anxiously waiting for the return of a steady influx of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union's executive body presented a proposal Wednesday that would allow the bloc's 450 million people — vaccinated or not — to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer.  Read more .

French theatre occupations spread as culture workers protest closures

Students and workers in France’s cultural sector were occupying about 30 theatres, opera houses and other venues on Monday in a small but expanding movement against Covid-19 closures and proposed reforms to compensation packages. The government has extended its aid package to the culture sector but dismissed the occupations as counterproductive.  Read more .

Top French court to decide if sexual assault by firemen on 13-year-old was rape

France’s highest appeals court has heard final arguments on whether repeated sexual assaults by firefighters on a 13-year-old girl should be classified as rape. The court is to deliver its ruling on 17 March. The government has said it intends to make adult sex with children under 15 a criminal offence, regardless of the issue of consent.  Read mor e.

Dr. Cornel West is leaving Harvard

n an interview with The Crimson on Tuesday, Professor Cornel R. West ’74 said Harvard changed course following public pressure and offered to consider him for tenure, but the fact that this reversal came only after external scrutiny merely solidified his decision to leave the University.  Read more .

The New "Charity" Scam

In the name of “charity”, the Jewish National Fund of Israel is buying up Palestinian land in the West Bank for colonial settlements and calling it “environmentalism”; far-right Hindutva nationalist organisations are propagating their fascist-inspired ideology across the world and calling it “decolonisation” and “anti-racism”; and monks who justify genocide in Myanmar are running tax-exempt centres across the United States for the practice of “religion for peace” Buddhism.  Read more .

Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism

A major provision in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID -19 relief bill aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. The American Rescue Plan sets aside $10.4 billion for agriculture support, with about half of that amount set aside for farmers of color, and allocates extra federal funds to farmers who were “subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group.”  Read more .

The Senate is broken'

In the first 50 days of the Biden administration, the US House of Representatives has passed major legislation to strengthen voting rights, reform police departments, empower labor unions and tighten gun laws.  Read more .

Joe Stiglitz on the “Transformational” $1.9T American Rescue Plan

President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID -19 relief package, which Democrats are hailing as the largest anti-poverty bill in a generation. It includes stimulus checks to most adults, expanded unemployment benefits and an overhaul of the child tax credit. One study projects the law will lift almost 14 million Americans out of poverty, including 5.7 million children.  Read more.

Breonna Taylor Was Slain One Year Ago Today. The Tragic Police Raids Continue.

One year ago today, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black hospital worker, was shot dead by police in her home in the middle of the night. The Louisville, Kentucky, officers barged in around 12:40 a.m., looking for drugs and finding none. In the months afterward, Taylor’s name became a rallying cry at racial... read more.

Is WandaVision ... Pentagon propaganda?

 W andaVision, which aired it’s series finale last week, has quickly become one of the most popular TV shows in the United States. Its intricate plot and unique spin on the Marvel Universe hooked millions of viewers. The episodes are short compared with most shows of its caliber, so the plot must be tight, with little time to waste in its mostly less than half-hour runtime. Read more .

Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO

One of the great mysteries of the Vietnam War era has been solved. On March 8, 1971, a group of activists — including a cabdriver, a day care director and two professors — broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They stole every document they found and then leaked many to the press, including details about FBI abuses and the then-secret counter-intelligence program to infiltrate, monitor and disrupt social and... read more .