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Farms Can’t Save the Planet

The task of accurately tracking the changes in soil carbon in sections of land, and then confidently crediting a farmer for doing it, is currently beyond our scientific capabilities. “Everybody I spoke with agrees that regenerative agriculture is good for soil health and has important environmental benefits that may be worth paying for,” Popkin wrote. […]

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Bill in Congress would require businesses receive consent before using biometric data

Members of Congress put forward a bill today named the National Biometric Information Privacy Act, which would make it illegal for businesses to collect, purchase, or trade biometric information obtained from customers without permission. This includes face prints used in facial recognition as well as voice prints for AI assistant personalization as well as eye […]

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Congress Is Still Arguing Over Another Stimulus Package. Just Run Us Our Money

Photo: Doug Mills (Getty Images) For some reason, elected officials can’t seem to stop the hemming and hawing to produce a bill that doesn’t pad the rich and placate the poor during a fucking pandemic in which nearly half of the population is out of work. Advertisement Way back in May, the Democratic-led House passed […]

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How to Save Congress From Itself

Perhaps the most feasible reforms are those that reshape the legislative process itself—not the constitutional path by which a bill becomes a law, of course, but the internal mechanisms of each legislative chamber as they write bills and hammer out compromises. In theory, Congress is supposed to fund the government each year through a series […]

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Congress Has the “Dumbest Idea Ever” for the Unemployed

The coronavirus health crisis is about three times worse than it was in March. At the risk of belaboring my point: The coronavirus health crisis is about three times worse than it was in March. We’re seeing three times as many new cases daily, and unemployment is nearly three times higher. Covid-19 cases are increasing […]

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Record Number of Black Women Running for Congress

Patricia Timmons-GoodsonScreenshot: Timmons-Goodson Campaign When it comes to saving America, there is only one group that is even remotely qualified to field the call: Black women. Not only are they the backbone of the Democratic party, but they are a voting bloc that cannot be easily swayed or influenced by bullshit. Advertisement Black women are […]

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What $600 Can Do

I’m hoping the government does something to help, but I won’t be surprised if they don’t. Without the $600, I’ll be bringing in only about $200 a week. I have rent and other bills to pay. I want to return to school but it’s not cheap. Chris, 33, New York I work in retail and, […]

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Democratic Congresswomen Deliver Powerful Remarks in Response to Sexist, Abusive Comments Targeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Photo: Alex Brandon (AP) Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-Tex.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) were among those who gave rousing speeches on the House floor Thursday in support of progressive New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who excoriated a male, Republican colleague after he called her a sexist slur earlier in the week. Advertisement Republican Congressman Ted Yoho, […]

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Rich Republican Nihilists Don’t Care If You Can’t Pay Rent

In most cases, of course, members of Congress’ attention to the rich simply means looking after their own. As the Center for Responsive Politics noted in April, over half of all Congress members who filed earnings disclosures through 2018 were millionaires, with the richest among them a bipartisan bunch. At the time of filing, Republican […]

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Tech execs urge Washington to accelerate AI adoption for national security

Tech company CEOs may be heading to Washington next week to take part in antitrust hearings in Congress, but this week high-profile executives from companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google gave the president, Pentagon, and Congress advice on how the United States can maintain AI supremacy over other nations. Today, the National Security Commission on […]

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A Republican Congressman Reportedly Called AOC a ‘Fucking Bitch’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be a progressive icon, but she says she generally gets along well with her Republican colleagues — except on Monday, when one of them reportedly called the New York Democrat a “fucking bitch.” Florida Rep. Ted Yoho ran into Ocasio-Cortez as he was leaving the Capitol after voting and she was […]

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John Lewis’s “Good Trouble” Is Happening in the Streets Right Now

Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a local study by the Minneapolis Tribune asked Minnesotans whether white Americans should feel guilty following King’s assassination. Eighty-nine percent of respondents answered “No.” When asked to explain their reasoning, 28 percent of those people said it was because they had “No involvement with assassination or […]

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The Democrats’ Dumb Idea to Cut Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

However, Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, propose ratcheting down the $600 add-on according to an individual state’s unemployment rate. If unemployment is more than 11 percent, then people collecting benefits get the full $600. If it’s more than 10 percent but less than 11 percent, they get only $500. Benefits drop $100 for every […]

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