The GOP and extreme right-wing groups are conspiring against U.S. constitutional democracy in a two-pronged scheme to ram voter suppression laws through state legislatures and block the passage of historic voting rights legislation in Congress. Millions in dark money are fueling this plot, carried out under cover of the “Big Lie” of voter fraud.

The conspiracy was outed when a video surfaced of the leader of Heritage Action for America bragging about the scheme. The group, an arm of the Heritage Foundation, has led voter suppression efforts for decades. …


A move is underway internationally to temporarily scrap patent restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines that are making pharmaceutical companies’ profits explode while many countries struggle to inoculate their people against the deadly virus. In a surprise but extraordinary decision, the Biden administration announced its support Wednesday for a waiver of such patent rights.

But to happen, all 164-member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will have to agree. Under current intellectual property protections, manufacture of the vaccines developed by private companies is blocked to anyone but the patent holders. …


President Joe Biden announced an ambitious goal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in response to the looming climate crisis on Thursday morning. With the goal, GHG emissions are to be reduced by 50% of the 2005 level by the year 2030. Environmentalists, scientists, labor leaders, and many elected officials and businesses enthusiastically greeted the announcement, which requires an all-government and national mobilization to achieve.

The goal, also known as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Climate Accords, was announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day (April 22–23) called by the Biden administration. Getting…


President Joe Biden is under mounting pressure to address the rapidly growing student debt crisis by canceling up to $50,000 in crushing individual student loans. A growing chorus of elected officials and advocates say Biden can cancel the debt through executive action.

Also, 415 community, civil rights, climate, health, consumer, labor, food and farm, and student advocacy organizations released a letter to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in support of canceling student debt.

The organizations say the debt crisis is an economic, racial, gender, and health issue. The administration could “boost the economy, tackle racial disparities, and provide a…


As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a “ shocking imbalance “ in vaccination is occurring globally.

While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of the planet to fend for themselves.

“Vaccine nationalism” by wealthier capitalist countries, pharmaceutical industry greed, misinformation, and the lack of funding and public health infrastructure in many places are all immense obstacles to global vaccination just as the pandemic spikes.

The U.S., among…


“Rolling back the policies of separating children from their mothers, I make no apology for that,” declared President Joe Biden at his March 25 press conference. “Rolling back the policies of “Remain in Mexico,” sitting on the edge of the Rio Grande in a muddy circumstance with not enough to eat — I make no apologies for that.”

“I make no apologies for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became President, that have an incredibly negative impact on the law, international law, as well as on human dignity. …


Only two days before the Atlanta-area murders of eight people, including six Asian American women, Georgia State Sen. Michelle Au, herself Chinese American, was warning of rising anti-Asian violence in her state and nationwide. “Asian Americans are part of our country’s plurality,” said Au. “And all I’m asking, as the first East Asian state senator in Georgia, is to fully consider us as part of our communities. We need help, we need protection, and we need people in power to stand up for us against hate.”

Forty-eight hours later, killings took place at three Asian American-owned spas. The murders-and the…


The Democratic-led House of Representatives is responding to the largest assault on voting rights since Reconstruction with the For the People Act (H.R. 1). The measure passed in the lower chamber on March 3. The fight to win final adoption of the bill now passes to the nearly evenly divided Senate.

But passage in the Senate of what is being called “America’s next great civil rights bill,” along with the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, will occur without Republican support. …


“This is all of our country, this is our mother. You’ve heard the Earth referred to as Mother Earth. It’s difficult to not feel obligated to protect this land, and I feel that every Indigenous person in this country understands that,” said Rep. Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be Secretary of Interior. “It’s an obligation of mine that I take very seriously. “

Haaland was speaking Feb. 24 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on her confirmation hearing’s final day. She will make history by becoming the first Native American to serve in a Cabinet position…


The nation’s economic outlook is worsening, and new, more contagious COVID-19 variants worry public health officials. In response, the Democratic-led House and Senate are moving quickly to pass President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) through the process of budget reconciliation. This process requires a simple majority vote in the U.S. Senate.

Budget reconciliation is necessary to create an end-run around a Republican filibuster, which requires mustering an impossible 60 votes to overcome. The filibuster not only enables GOP obstruction, but it is also a “trap” hidden behind phony calls for “unity” and “compromise.”

Republican senators’ refusal to convict Trump…

John Bachtell

Writer at PeoplesWorld.org, triathlete, eco-socialist, vegetarian, craft beer lover, dabbler at guitar, and proud papa.

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