Democrats say Cuomo must resign

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The new report accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, of sexually harassing several women has raised the odds that he’ll be ousted from office — but it hasn’t entirely quieted fears that he’ll be let off the hook. The report from the New York state attorney general’s office documented testimony from 11 women,…

What Steve Bannon’s indictment means for Trump’s stonewalling tactics

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On Friday, Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump, was indicted for contempt of Congress, signaling that Trump’s ability to shield himself from potentially damning disclosures related to the January 6 attack on the capital may be waning. The indictment is the first of its kind in nearly 40 years, and it…

One way the US could have prevented the fight over

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We don’t know enough to help. We don’t know how many people have received eviction notices since the moratorium expired over the weekend. We will never know how many people were informally evicted — people who left their homes quickly out of fear of being asked to pay what they do not have or people…

The case for a more radical climate movement

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Has the climate movement failed? It’s hard to look at the world at this moment and not conclude that the answer is yes. Despite all the activism, despite all the protests, despite all the warnings, the world is still in many ways hostage to the fossil fuel industry. A new book by Andreas Malm, a…

Why Biden is struggling to revive the US refugee program

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After the US refugee program hit historic lows during Donald Trump’s administration, President Joe Biden attempted to revive the program by raising the annual cap on admissions to 125,000. Despite these efforts, the US is still not taking in more refugees. Tens of thousands of Afghans have arrived in the US since the American withdrawal…

Trump’s aggressive efforts to overturn election results come to light

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Former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results late last year by pressuring Justice Department officials may be worse than initially thought, according to newly available documents and a report from the New York Times. In a phone conversation with then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Trump…

The intellectual right’s war on America’s institutions

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Chris Rufo is arguably the most important intellectual entrepreneur on the political right today. A senior fellow at the right-wing Manhattan Institute, he is nearly single-handedly responsible for the rise of critical race theory as a right-wing boogeyman — an issue that came to dominate the national political conversation during the Virginia gubernatorial election. On…

How to know if omicron is as scary as it

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For now, the whole world is waiting for scientists to figure out how much of a threat the omicron coronavirus variant actually is. That will take several weeks at least, according to experts. Science will need to answer big questions about how transmissible the new variant is, how well it overcomes the immunity conferred by…

One policy that could challenge a century of fossil-fuel dominance

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A time when the United States runs mostly on wind- and solar-powered electricity could be a reality in only a few years. It wouldn’t require any scientific breakthroughs or technological leaps for clean energy to overtake coal and natural gas, which still dominate 60 percent of the US power sector. What it would take to…

Democrats have no plan to fight housing inflation

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Inflation has taken center stage,and the White House desperately wants its signature bill to be the solution. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that in October, its main measure of inflation saw an increase of 6.2 percent, “the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1990.” The official response was to argue…