Tag: Joe Biden

Big Pharma: There’s No Easy Way Out of the Vaccine Crisis We Created

Waiving patent protections on these essential vaccines is beyond overdue—it’s easy to overlook that we’re more than 15 months into a pandemic that should have provoked immediate, emergency reforms in healthcare policy, from providing free government-provisioned care to making sure that new treatments and vaccines would be shared widely around the world. The pandemic has […]

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There’s Something Missing From Biden’s Move to Free the Covid Vaccines

But that’s only the first step. It could take months for companies to reverse-engineer the vaccines and understand how they’re made—and then months more to produce them. The major vaccine companies should, instead, share these processes with other manufacturers right now, in order to have vaccines produced as soon as three to six months from […]

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Federal Judge Reverses CDC’s Eviction Moratorium, Putting Millions at Risk of Losing Their Home

Photo: meandering images (Shutterstock) While increased vaccination availability has provided some light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the coronavirus, there are millions of Americans who are still dealing with the financial ramifications of the pandemic. In a move set to impact some of the most vulnerable in our country, a federal […]

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The Media Still Doesn’t Know How to Cover the Big Lie

As NYU professor Jay Rosen noted on Twitter, this has become a common tactic for Republicans like Hawley. When pressed about their involvement in the insurrection, they “turn on” a “fog machine, lose most of the audience in hand-to-hand combat over important but arcane details, and run out the clock when the push back comes.” […]

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Biden Isn’t Holding Trump Accountable. Sheldon Whitehouse Is Very Concerned.

My original concern was they were just going to do what I would call a “mopes and dopes” investigation and just make a whole ton of trespass and assault cases against people who broke into the Capitol that day and not bother to look at this as a systemic matter and go after the higher-ups, […]

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The Progressive Trio Shaping Biden’s Ambitious Economic Policy

That agonizing period tested some of the most cherished theories in economics—such as the idea that a higher minimum wage will automatically lead to a reduction in jobs, or that cutting taxes will boost economic growth, or that the government shouldn’t borrow money to finance important investments. And a group of newly emboldened economists who […]

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The Republican Party Is for Liars Only

Cheney, who currently serves as the House GOP’s third-ranking member, is in slightly hotter water. She famously broke ranks with all but nine other members of her caucus to vote for Trump’s impeachment in January and denounced his incitement of the riot by saying there had “never been a greater betrayal by a President of […]

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The Vexing Question of Puerto Rican Statehood

Statehood for the District of Columbia has become a live issue in recent weeks. House Democrats recently passed, again, a bill that would make D.C. America’s fifty-first state⁠—a move that the Biden administration has characterized as an important step forward for democratic reform and civil rights and which Republicans have characterized as the coming end […]

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Biden Told Trans Kids He’s Got Their Back. But States Keep Attacking Them.

On Wednesday, during his first joint address to Congress, President Joe Biden made his support for trans rights clear—but he didn’t exactly provide many specifics about how he plans to translate rhetoric into action. “To all transgender Americans watching at home, especially young people who are so brave, I want you to know your president […]

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Trump Speechwriter Stephen Miller Whined About Biden’s ‘Lifeless And Dry Address,’ And People Pounced On Him

President Biden’s first Address to Congress is pretty much his first State of the Union, except that nothing has been normal for the past year, and everything’s running a few months late, and Joe’s just rolling with it as best as possible. CBS News is reporting that 85% of speech watchers approved of Wednesday night’s […]

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Trump Holdovers Are Dragging Down the Biden Agenda

Nevertheless, leaving so many positions of power in the hands of those who have so consistently demonstrated their fealty to Trump’s agenda, and their disdain for Biden’s, is an unnecessary gamble with little appreciable upside. And Biden has already been made to pay out on this bad bet as several of these officials have already, […]

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Biden’s 100-Day Honeymoon With the Climate Left Is Coming to an End

It’s worth taking stock of what’s changed between the eras of Vice President Joe Biden and President Joe Biden. As a response to a too-small stimulus, lavish bank bailout, and sluggish recovery at the start of the Obama administration, Occupy Wall Street put gaping wealth and income inequality in the spotlight. Not long after, the […]

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Joe Biden’s Bold Defense of American Democracy

Biden knows that the point of his presidency is to convince a majority of Americans that democratic norms can be relied on in even the most devastating set of crises. His focus on democracy and his steady, measured demeanor both seemed designed to further that goal. Even before his speech, almost half of all Americans […]

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Tim Scott, The Only Black Republican Senator, Says ‘America Is Not A Racist Country’ In Response To Biden Speech

NewsOne Featured Video Sen. Tim Scott walks through the U.S. Capitol before he delivers the Republican response to President Biden’s address to Congress. | Source: Drew Angerer / Getty The only Black Republican U.S. Senator tried to convince Americans that the U.S. is not racist despite his white colleagues likely nominating him to rebut President […]

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Ted Cruz Appeared To Fall Asleep During Biden’s State Of The Union, And Everyone Joked That He Must Be Dreaming Of Cancun

Joe Biden was tasked with giving the first non-bombastic, non-anxiety-inducing State of the Union speech in four years, and he succeeded with flying colors. He spoke quietly yet passionately. He talked up vaccinations. He talked about expanding education, giving federal money to pre-K schooling and community college. He uttered the words, “White supremacy is terrorism.” […]

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If Corporations Are People, Tax Them Like People

As if by magic, corporations were rendered human by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United and 2014 Hobby Lobby decisions. They may now exercise free speech rights through unlimited political spending and enjoy freedom of religion by denying employee health care coverage for birth control pills, diaphragms, and IUDs. As Mitt Romney famously chided a […]

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Joe Biden’s Big Medicare Opportunity

Given the fact that we are in what we hope are the latter days of a global pandemic that arrived on these shores during a Democratic presidential primary that was all but defined by vigorous interparty debates over Medicare for All and the future of health care reform, you wouldn’t be a fool to imagine […]

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Joe Biden Is Blowing a Big Moment for Medicare

Reports of Democrats’ pressuring Biden to “lower the Medicare age” have largely brushed past their arguably more essential demands, such as: expanding the benefits package of traditional Medicare by capping out-of-pocket costs for Part B; tacking on dental, hearing, and vision care to the public plans; and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices under […]

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“John Kerry Is a Traitor” Is the Republicans’ New Dumb Meme

This fake scandal is so obviously absurd that even the traditionally conservative Jerusalem Post has published two op-eds casting a skeptical light on it. During the interview in question—which was done for archival purposes as part of an oral history project—Zarif, who’s spent decades in the upper tiers of Iranian politics, claims to be improbably […]

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How The Daily Mail Is Feeding the Right-Wing Culture War

These reports were designed to disseminate the idea that Hunter Biden is some sort of corrupt degenerate and “crackhead.” If many would look at Hunter’s story and see a familiar struggle with addiction and loss, The Daily Mail was there assure you it was definitive proof that his father operates a multinational crime syndicate. The […]

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EPA To Restore California’s Power To Set Its Own Emissions Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved to reinstate California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions rules and zero-emission vehicle mandates. In 2013, the EPA granted California a waiver for its tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions and EV regulations but in 2019, the agency revoked this waiver under the Trump administration. “The 2019 decision […]

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There Is No War on Meat. There Should Be.

What we need in conjunction with these perfunctory fact-checks every time a conservative hallucinates someone coming to take their burger is a deeper interrogation of why meats have become such a foundational part of American meals. This was not always the norm, for either the Indigenous communities or for the majority of working people prior […]

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The Mystery of Merrick Garland

The attack on the Capitol was, in some ways, the most visible and violent symptom of a deeper struggle over the future of American elections. After Trump’s defeat, Republican state lawmakers across the country embarked on a sweeping effort to rewrite the nation’s election laws in the GOP’s favor. The Brennan Center for Justice counted […]

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Bolsonaro Doesn’t Want to Save the Amazon. He Just Wants to Extort the Countries That Do.

It sounds a lot like extortion: After more than two years denying that runaway deforestation in the Amazon is a real problem, the Brazilian government now says it will protect the rain forest if the United States ponies up. Wednesday, on the eve of Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit with dozens of world leaders, President […]

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Of Course, Research Shows That Black Women Wait Longer in Line to Vote Than Anyone Else

An election worker processes absentee ballots at State Farm Arena on November 2, 2020 in Atlanta, Ga.Photo: Megan Varne (Getty Images) Black women have long been the most important voters for Democrats, and their electoral power has been crucial at the presidential level—just ask former President Barack Obama. Advertisement Democratic presidents, governors and other elected […]

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The Tyranny of Low Climate Expectations

There’s a troubling pattern in coverage of the White House’s new emissions target, formally announced Thursday morning as part of an international climate summit. On its face, the Biden administration’s pledge to cut emissions to 50 to 52 percent of 2005 levels by 2030 would seem to herald in a groundbreaking shift in climate policy […]

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How You Can Honor George Floyd’s Life With Real Police Reform, Explained

Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty. He is going to jail. Whether or not convicting one man can effect change in the way Black and brown communities are policed is yet to be seen. However, using the momentum of this tragedy to transform the culture of policing does not depend […]

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Can Merrick Garland Save the Minneapolis Police Department?

More recently, federal police-reform efforts have fallen victim to partisan whims. In the latter years of the Obama administration, the Justice Department responded to a wave of public interest in police misconduct by announcing investigations into multiple cities after high-profile killings there. But those efforts were soon undermined by the Trump administration, which generally opposed […]

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The Republicans’ Unhinged, Baseless Attacks on Biden’s DOJ Nominees

Gupta has drawn broad support from police groups and has long had a reputation even among conservative activists as someone who has been able to build consensus across the political divide in criminal justice reform, but this did not stop Senator Ted Cruz from calling her “an extreme partisan advocate” and “an ideologue” at her […]

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For Once, a Cop Did Not Get Away With Murder. Activists Want to Ensure It Is No Longer a Rarity

Porsche Queen Miller (center) and others march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021 in Atlanta.Photo: Megan Varner (Getty Images) Tuesday, Black people celebrated the conviction of Derek Chauvin as jubilantly as they’d rejoice in their favorite sports team winning a championship. They know they are the […]

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