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2021-01-23: News Headlines

sputniknews (2021-01-23). 'Overpromise and Under Deliver': Netizens Rap Biden for Saying COVID Trajectory 'Cannot be Changed'. sputniknews.com Democrat Joe Biden, who campaigned ahead of the 2020 presidential election on a vow to make COVID-19 relief a top priority ostensibly in divergence from the Trump administration's pandemic response, which he had slammed as ineffectual, signed a slew of executive orders on his first day in office as POTUS to combat the ongoing health crisis.

Reese Erlich (2021-01-23). Can Biden roll back Trump's escalation and end catastrophic Yemen War? juancole.com The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace. ( 48hills.org) — One day before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration added Yemen's Houthi movement to a list of foreign terrorist organizations. It was just the latest, desperate attempt to hamstring President Joe Biden's promise to end the …

Juan Cole (2021-01-23). Biden's own Moderates and Hardliners Battle it Out on reviving Iran Nuclear Deal. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Two and a half days into the Biden administration, it is already clear that the Problem of Iran is going to loom large over its foreign policy. There are already hard liners and moderates in the Biden team, just as there are in Iran. The first few Biden appointments, Antony …

The Conversation (2021-01-23). Despite Uneventful Inauguration, US could face a simmering, chronic domestic terror problem. juancole.com By Luis De la Calle | — After President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021 without any violent incidents, many in the United States and worldwide breathed a sigh of relief. The respite may be brief. The ingredients that led an incensed pro-Trump mob to break into the Capitol and plant pipe bombs …

Richard Horton (2021-01-23). [Comment] Offline: The danger of unreliable narrators. thelancet.com "We can see the way out", ran the headline in last week's Sunday Express. Governments across Europe are increasingly optimistic. Ministers are looking visibly more relaxed. US President Joe Biden is now in the White House and he is serious about science, unlike his predecessor. Vaccines are being delivered at scale. Claims are now being confidently made that all adults in the UK will have been vaccinated by June or September, 2021. Although other countries have been slower to start, they will catch up.

Abdel Bari Atwan (2021-01-23). Iraq, Syria and the new US administration. thealtworld.com Terrible as Trump was for both countries, neither can expect much better with Biden at the helm | Two murderous attacks in succession: a double suicide bombing in Baghdad which killed 32 innocent Iraqis and injured more than one hundred; and a missile strike launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace on Syria's Homs province in which a family of four perished. | Is it a coincidence that both took place just as Joe Biden was taking office as US president? The Israeli attack was nothing new. But the suicide bombing in Baghdad was the first for three years — during which Iraq's leaders thought they w…

John Feffer (2021-01-23). Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about "Democracy Promotion" juancole.com Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should "democracy promotion" be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon? ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — On Inauguration Day 2021, the nation's capital looks like it has just experienced a coup, not successfully survived one. Streets are blocked off, barricades are up, …

commondreams (2021-01-22). NIAC Applauds Biden for Plan to Review Impact of U.S. Sanctions on International COVID Response. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Biden Unveils National Strategy To Fight the Pandemic. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his national strategy for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as the country endures record levels of infections and deaths. | RELATED: | "Our national strategy is comprehensive, it's based on science, not politics. It's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed," he said | The U.S. president also signed several orders aimed at improving supply chains for the pandemic, kee…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-01-22). WHO Finally Admits COVID-19 PCR Test Has a 'Problem'. globalresearch.ca In an "inauguration" of its own while Joe Biden was being sworn into office, the World Health Organization (WHO) Even though they've been widely used across the U.S. …

Staff (2021-01-22). Joe Biden Canceled Keystone XL. Indigenous Leaders Demand the Same for the Dakota Access Pipeline. democracynow.org After President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, pressure is growing from Indigenous leaders and environmental groups for the new administration to do the same with the Dakota Access pipeline, the controversial project that sparked the historic Standing Rock uprising in 2016. "The pipeline is illegal," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American affairs. "The best thing that he can do is drop the appeals to this and stop the oil from flowing now." We als…

Lee Camp (2021-01-22). What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't). counterpunch.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse

Reese Erlich (2021-01-22). Foreign Correspondent: Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War. progressive.org The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace.

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-22). Biden's Mask-Wearing Mandate. globalresearch.ca Biden and his press agent media won't explain what's vital for everyone to know. | On his first day in office as selected, not elected, president, he signed a blizzard of executive orders. | Among them was mandatory wearing of face masks …

Eds. (2021-01-22). Biden's 'Secretary of State for regime change' indicates no change in U.S. foreign policy. mronline.org The new secretary of state served as a senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration—a period marked by increased global conflict and wars in the Middle East.

Qiao Collective (2021-01-22). Raising their banner high: Fascism, imperialism, and anti-communism at the Capitol Hill riots. mronline.org This multicultural dimension of an overtly white supremacist demonstration is not a contradiction: rather, it reflects the convergence between imperialism abroad and fascism at home. Liberal commentators expressed self-righteous dismay at the vandalizing of "our" "iconic symbol of democracy," worrying about what the events would do to the U.S.' hallowed image as the shining "city …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-22). As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks. commondreams.org "We're going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently," said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/big-banks-ready-buybacks-biden.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-22). Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'. commondreams.org The expected executive action comes as "families are struggling with food insecurity like never before." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-food-aid-boost.jpg

Alan Macleod (2021-01-22). Teachers Union Berated Trump for Reopening Schools, Now It's Praising Biden For Doing the Same. mintpressnews.com Biden has made the reopening of schools, colleges, and universities a key priority and made clear that his decision was based on the same "save the economy" logic as Trump's.

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-22). "Here Are the Superheroes To Come and Save Us": Media Waste No Time Fawning Over Biden. thealtworld.com The same media that behaved as attack dogs against Trump for four years (unless he was carrying out aggressive actions abroad) are likely to turn into lap dogs now that there is a Democrat in the White House. | MPN- We rely on the media to hold the powerful to account. But in its first hours in office, the corporate press has celebrated, rather than challenged, the new Biden administration. | It began immediately during the 78-year-old Delawarean's inauguration, with senior figures in the media barely able to contain their emotions watching what they saw. "As Lady Gaga sang the national anthem, the sky opened up…

Ray McGovern (2021-01-22). Round Up the Usual Suspects; Don't Forget Putin. globalresearch.ca Interviewed by Mrs. Clinton Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi eagerly rose to the bait when Clinton spoke of "her concerns that the outgoing commander-in-chief was compromised by the Kremlin". Setting the stage, Clinton expressed the hope that "we'll find out who …

Jon Skolnik (2021-01-22). Don Jr. picks up where his dad left off: Trump's son continues tradition of Twitter lies. salon.com Don Jr. is taking on the family mantle of tweeter-in-chief to level fallacious attacks at President Biden…

sputniknews (2021-01-22). McConnell Pans Biden's 'Big Steps in Wrong Direction', Warns Over 'Failed Approach' to Immigration. sputniknews.com On his first full day in office, US President Joe Biden acted upon his campaign promises to reverse a spate of policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump, signing executive orders to tear up the the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit, rejoining the World Health Organisation and bringing the US back to the fold of the Paris Climate Accord.

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-22). The SolarWinds Hack, The Takeover Of The US & The Final Stage Of The War On You. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/22/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-22). Majority of US Voters Across Political Spectrum Back Landmark Pro-Democracy Reform Bill: Poll. commondreams.org One prominent campaign finance expert called the For the People Act "an incredibly important piece of comprehensive democracy reform." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ftpa.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-22). A Week of Obstruction Leaves Biden Administration Without Confirmed Cabinet, Including Key National Security Roles. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-22). 'Hell, Even David Brooks Agrees' Democrats Should 'Absolutely Kill the Filibuster'. commondreams.org "Can't believe David Brooks and I finally agree on a thing," said one progressive organizer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/schumer_filibuster_0.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-22). Advocates Strongly Praise Biden Administration's Action on Food Aid: "Bold, Common Sense Move to Address Nation's Hunger Crisis" commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-22). MPower Action Co-Founder Linda Sarsour Releases Statement on Andrew Yang's Comments on BDS. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Queally (2021-01-22). GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True. zcomm.org "When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor."

Tom Clifford (2021-01-22). US President Biden: How to Deal With China. globalresearch.ca The lexicon has changed. Words and phrases that seemed to define our world until quite recently now belong to a bygone era. Remember BRICs? The grouping of the next economic superpowers. Well, Brazil, Russia, India and China now resemble a …

Karl Grossman (2021-01-22). NRC 100 year licensing conference: It's time to stop this whole nuke con job. nationofchange.org Biden could move to have done to the NRC what was done to its predecessor agency, the AEC, to have it abolished. And to push to end nuclear power in the U.S.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Mexico Outlooks Good Economic Ties with Biden's Administration. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Employers' Confederation (COPARMEX) President Jose Medina assured that the arrival of a new U.S. presidential administration opens the way to a "promising" scenario in economic ties between both countries if the right decisions are made. | RELATED: | He commented that actions should be targeted on the strengthening of the Mexico, the U.S., and Canada Treaty (T-MEC), and the advance in security issues, inc…

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Advocacy to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Africa. grants.gov SFOP0007534 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330786 | Opportunity Number: | SFOP0007534 | Opportunity Title: | Advocacy to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Africa | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification) | Category Explanation: | Democracy Fund/Human Rights Democracy Fund | CFDA Number(s): | 19.345 | Eligible Applicants: | Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Elig…

Rod Driver (2021-01-22). The Illusion of Democracy: Government by the Rich for the Even Richer. globalresearch.ca "Democracy has little meaning when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, transportation, and communication, reinforced by command of the press, press agents and other means of publicity and propaganda". …

teleSUR (2021-01-22). AMLO: Those Seeking Conflict With the US "Will Be Left Waiting" telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said on Friday that those hoping for confrontations between his government and Biden's administration "will be left waiting" as the new U.S. president poses "no threats against Mexico." | RELATED: | AMLO welcomed Biden's decision to cancel the Mexico – U.S. border wall and his new immigration policy. Both presidents had a phone conversation on December 19, and their rep…

Katy Neusteter (2021-01-22). Restoring our water systems should be top priority for Biden administration. nationofchange.org Healthy rivers can no longer be separated into the "nice-to-have" column of environmental progress.

mgrochowski (2021-01-22). Cancel ALL Student Debt — 2021 YDSA Winter Conference Preview. dsausa.org This is a preview event for the 2021 YDSA Online Winter Conference. Learn more about the Winter Conference here: y.dsausa.org/2021wintercon/ Biden has the power to cancel ALL student debt with a stroke of his pen, but he won't do it without a movement to force his hand. Join us on Friday, February 5 at 8PM…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-22). What will be different under Joe Biden? peoplesdispatch.org The end of the Trump-era is being hailed as the end of a dark age. What's going to be different under Biden? Some of his executive orders do reverse some of the more contentious stances that Trump took. His cabinet nominations, however, suggest, no fundamental change will take place…

Byron Smith (2021-01-22). When the National Guard Came to Washington. progressive.org Anticipating threats from the far-right ahead of Biden's Inauguration, the Capitol seemed like a city under siege.

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-21). The COVID Illusion, An 'Unauthorized Human Experiment' & The MAGA Straw-Man. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/20/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-21). Only true unity can end America's uncivil war. thealtworld.com President Joe Biden made an emotional appeal during his inaugural address on Wednesday to end what he unforgettably described as America's ongoing uncivil war between red and blue, rural and urban, conservative and liberal. He very strongly condemned what he called the political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism threatening American unity today and preventing the country from coming together as one to defeat the once-in-a-century pandemic of COVID-19. The other crises it faces are attacks on democracy and truth, racism, the climate, inequality, and the U.S.' role in the world, but the uncivil…

Staff (2021-01-21). Headlines for January 21, 2021. democracynow.org Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States, Ending Trump Era, Kamala Harris Sworn In as Vice President, Setting Several Historic Firsts, Biden Signs Executive Orders on Environment, Immigration, Civil Rights, Economy & Pandemic, Biden Unveils Pandemic Strategy as U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near Record High, VP Harris Swears In Three Senators, Giving Democrats Narrow Control of Senate, Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, House to Vote on Waiver Paving Path for Retired General Lloyd Austin to Lead Pentagon, President Biden Fires Union-Busting Lawyer Who Refused to Resign from…

_____ (2021-01-21). Lord Ashcroft — Tory donors outsourcing firm lands £350m vaccination contract. truepublica.org.uk By Peter Geoghegan and Russel Scott: A healthcare company ultimately controlled by a leading Tory donor and former party chairman, Lord Ashcroft, has received a £350m contract as part of the government's COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, openDemocracy has learned. Last month the Department of Health and Social Care gave the lucrative contract to Medacs Healthcare plc. In recent …

Rob Wallace (2021-01-21). Bidenfreude: COVID-19 in post-Trump U.S. mronline.org A jokester once characterized Yale University as a hedge fund with a campus attached to it. One might say something similar of the country in which Yale is based.

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-21). Enough with the Damn Secrets! Open Up the Government Joe! counterpunch.org The incoming Biden administration is considering breaking with a long-standing tradition of new presidents sharing national secrets with prior presidents. Instead, in the case of his future predecessor Trump, Biden says he wants to hear the advice of key national security figures in the new government regarding whether or not to brief the impeached ex-chief

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-21). The Heat: President Biden's Inauguration. america.cgtn.com The United States turns the page as Joe Biden becomes the country's 46th president. There was some of the usual pomp and ceremony, but there was something very different about Joe Biden's inauguration. Gone were the crowds — a casualty of both the pandemic and …

Staff (2021-01-21). "Democracy Has Prevailed": Joe Biden Sworn In as President; Kamala Harris Becomes First Female VP. democracynow.org Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th president of the United States Wednesday, ending the Trump era with a call for national unity and urging Americans to come together during a period of turbulence. President Biden signed 17 executive orders in his first official act from the Oval Office, including on immigration, the pandemic and the climate crisis. Biden has promised more executive actions in the coming days. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators Wednesday afternoon, giving Democrats narrow control of the Senate and laying the groundwork for the administration's ambitious agenda. We pla…

Staff (2021-01-21). Cornel West and Maria Hinojosa Discuss Promise and Dangers of the Biden Admin. truthout.org We host a wide-ranging discussion of the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — the first-ever woman, South Asian and Black vice president — how we got here, and what comes next, with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and author and Harvard professor Cornel West. Hinojosa says she had "mixed emotions" watching the inauguration, her sense of hope tempered by memories of the Obama administration. "We all had these extraordinary expectations, and then th…

Staff (2021-01-21). "The Work Continues": Cornel West & Maria Hinojosa on the Promise & Dangers of the Biden Admin. democracynow.org We host a wide-ranging discussion of the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — the first-ever woman, South Asian and Black vice president — how we got here, and what comes next, with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and author and Harvard professor Cornel West. Hinojosa says she had "mixed emotions" watching the inauguration, her sense of hope tempered by memories of the Obama administration. "We all had these extraordinary expectations, and then things didn't turn out that way," she says. "The work continues." West says that while getting Trump out of office was vita…

Staff (2021-01-21). "The Hill We Climb": Watch Breathtaking Poem by Amanda Gorman, Youngest Inaugural Poet in U.S. History. democracynow.org One of the most remarkable moments from Wednesday's inauguration ceremony came from poet Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet in U.S. history to speak at a presidential inauguration. The 22 year-old read "The Hill We Climb," a poem she finished right after the riot at the Capitol earlier this month. We feature her full recitation and get reaction from scholar Cornel West and award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa.

Ragip Soylu (2021-01-21). Refusal to retry Turkish MP triggers second ruling by high court. middleeasteye.net Refusal to retry Turkish MP triggers second ruling by high court | Lower courts continue to dismiss the rulings of higher courts in politically sensitive cases, such as the imprisonment of former MP Enis Berberoglu | Thu, 01/21/2021 – 10: 31 | Enis Berberoglu, a former MP from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leaves after taking his oath at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Oct…

Ethan Yang (2021-01-21). Study: Lockdowns Caused 15 Thousand Deaths of Despair Among US Men Aged 15 to 55. anti-empire.com It should be common knowledge by now that younger people are

Karen Conner (2021-01-21). CEPR News: Guide to Federal Budget Activism for Advocates, Decision-Makers, Public. cepr.net Trump should be removed from office ASAP CEPR News for January 14, 2021 To get the CEPR News email bimonthly, please sign up here. Want a Better Budget? Send Money, Now! The Biden administration will need to activate every tool in the shed to deal with the urgent needs of a country suffering from a …

_____ (2021-01-21). What Biden Can Do Without Congress. popularresistance.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse pat on the head. None of that. Just fixing the problems now. Right now. Well, it actually is possible. | I think we can all agree that Congress is basically a pit filled with hungry crocodiles in the later stages of lead poisoning, each with a different degree of…

_____ (2021-01-21). Tribes To Joe Biden: Stop Dakota Access Pipeline. popularresistance.org Emboldened by President Joe Biden's action to rescind former President Donald Trump's presidential permit to the Keystone XL pipeline project, leaders of four Sioux tribes are requesting Biden take action on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. | Leaders of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Tribe sent a letter to Biden on Tuesday requesting he take quick and decisive action on the Dakota Access Pipeline within the first 10 days of his administration. | A copy of the four-page letter is posted on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Facebook page. | The l…

news.un (2021-01-21). Guterres urges world to 'work together in solidarity' as US moves to rejoin WHO. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) and play a full role in advancing global health and health security.

Chauncey DeVega (2021-01-21). Norm Ornstein on the Capitol carnage, the Biden presidency and Trump's impeachment. salon.com Norm Ornstein on why we must learn the truth about the Capitol attack, using the impeachment trial as leverage…

Amanda Marcotte (2021-01-21). The anticipated violence at Biden's inauguration never happened — thank Trump's Twitter ban. salon.com Trump's incitement was crucial whipping right-wing mobs to violence. Muting him helped settle them down…

Philip A Farruggio (2021-01-21). Democracy USA? Biden's Neoliberal "Far Left Wing Agenda" globalresearch.ca You look at what they call 'The Industrialized world' and you can get a feel for how they run their democracies. Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Scotland, to name a few, all have at least FIVE viable …

sputniknews (2021-01-21). 'ÔªøThe Democrats and Mainstream Media Have Smeared, Slandered and Attacked Donald Trump,' Pundit Says. sputniknews.com The inauguration of the 46th President of the United States more closely resembled a military operation than a ceremony as 25,000 national guards lined the streets of Washington DC.

sputniknews (2021-01-21). Never-Trumper PAC Lincoln Project Parodies Trump Farewell Note to Biden. sputniknews.com Donald Trump's farewell note to his successor Joe Biden, left on the Oval Office desk when the outgoing president left Washington before Wednesday's inauguration, remains confidential. But between making a blacklist of government officials and admitting to offering jobs for sex, the Lincoln Project tweeted its own parody.

commondreams (2021-01-21). Center for Popular Democracy Network Statement on Moratorium on Deportations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-21). 'A Good First Step': Senators File Ethics Complaint Over Cruz and Hawley's Role in Capitol Insurrection. commondreams.org The move by a group of Democrats comes as demands are building for the two Republicans to be ousted from the Senate over the deadly attack. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cruz_hawley_0.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-21). NEA Applauds Biden's Plan to Reopen School Buildings in First 100 Days. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-21). Big Tech Companies Donated Nearly $2 Million to Republican 'Sedition Caucus'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-21). Flashback, 2001: In 50-50 Senate Under Democratic Control, Bush's Nominees "Breezed Through Their Senate Committee Hearings". commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-21). Progressives Applaud Biden Pick of Rosenworcel to Lead FCC Out of Carnage Left by Ajit Pai. commondreams.org "She knows the FCC from the bottom up and she understands how to make good things happen there," said one former Commissioner. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jr.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-21). As President Biden Takes Office, Groups Double Down on Legal Push to End Fracking on Public Lands. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jeffrey b. Perry (2021-01-21). Hubert Harrison Biography Has Much to Offer Us Today. zcomm.org Harrison played unique roles in the largest class-radical movement (socialism) and the largest race-radical movement (the "New Negro"/Garvey movement) of his era…

Anonymous Park Defender (2021-01-21). UC Places Initial Fencing Around People's Park, More to Come. indybay.org January 19th, the day before Biden's inauguration in DC, the University of California at Berkeley has placed the initial fencing on People's Park. "Work is coming", said Kyle Gibson, the director of communications for UCB Capital Strategies (quoted speaking to Berkeleyside).

From Speech Transcript – (2021-01-21). United States of America President Joseph Biden Inauguration Day Speech. indybay.org As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be.

Zachary Conti (2021-01-21). President Biden Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze. indybay.org President Biden will extend the freeze on student debt payments as one of his first executive actions after his inauguration.

Scott Ritter (2021-01-21). I didn't vote for Biden, but want him to succeed in righting the train wreck of US democracy. The carnage has to stop here and now. thealtworld.com Joe Biden's inaugural address was overshadowed by the reality that framed it: a nation deeply divided along …

claudia (2021-01-21). Your National Political Committee newsletter — Embracing the day-to-day work. dsausa.org Enjoy your January National Political Committee (NPC) newsletter! Our NPC is an elected eighteen-person body (including two YDSA members who share a vote) which functions as the board of directors of DSA. In this month's newsletter, you can read their thoughts on creating a lasting multi-racial democracy and get involved in DSA's work today. From…

Cuba Solidarity Campaign (2021-01-21). Cuba Solidarity Campaign Statement on the United States Listing of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. globalresearch.ca The Cuba Solidarity Campaign adds its voice to the worldwide condemnation of the outgoing Trump administration's listing of Cuba as a 'state sponsor of terrorism'. | Trump's move is designed to hinder the incoming Biden administration from reprising the Obama era's …

Steve Martinot (2021-01-21). Police Obedience and Racialization. counterpunch.org What good is a constitution if you can't use it? What good is it if it tells you how to govern and you say: "we can't govern that way." What good is it if it proclaims democracy and you use it to dominate people? When the cops enact their brutality toward black people, are they

WSWS (2021-01-21). Yellen takes aggressive stance on China in treasury secretary confirmation hearing. wsws.org Yellen's nomination seems assured, as she enjoys support from both the Republicans and Wall Street.

Andrew Perez (2021-01-20). "Covid Relief Plan": Biden Lifts Health Care Plan from Insurance Lobbyists. globalresearch.ca President-elect Joe Biden's new COVID relief plan does not adopt existing Democratic legislation to expand government sponsored medical coverage nor does it propose a promised public health insurance option. Instead, it adopts proposals from health insurance lobbying groups' recent …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-20). 'Pure Sadism': Biden Blasted for Continuing Trump's Recognition of Guaidó Coup Regime and Deadly Sanctions in Venezuela. commondreams.org "How about a new Good Neighbor Policy on non-interference?" asked CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ven_1.jpg

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-20). Enough with the Goddamned Secrets! Open Up the Government Joe! counterpunch.org The incoming Biden administration is considering breaking with a long-standing tradition of new presidents sharing national secrets with prior presidents. Instead, in the case of his future predecessor Trump, Biden says he wants to hear the advice of key national security figures in the new government regarding whether or not to brief the impeached ex-chief

_____ (2021-01-20). No Pardons For Edward Snowden Or Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Although several long shot campaigns were mounted, President Donald Trump did not pardon any whistleblowers who were indicted or prosecuted under the United States Espionage Act. He also declined to pardon the only journalist ever to be indicted under the World War I-era law. | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were not offered clemency because Trump "did not want to anger Senate Republicans who will soon determine whether he's convicted during his Senate trial." | "Multiple GOP lawmakers had sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Ass…

Staff (2021-01-20). Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million. democracynow.org With less than 12 hours before the end of his presidency, Donald Trump issued 143 pardons and commutations, including a pardon for Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist and campaign manager. Trump, who has pardoned other associates and allies during his single term, has so far rejected calls to pardon prominent whistleblowers including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Reality Winner. Details continue to emerge about how allies of Trump have personally profited from people seeking pardons. We speak with John Kiriakou, a former CIA analyst and case officer who exposed t…

Loretta J. Ross (2021-01-20). The Nazification of the Republican Party. counterpunch.org After World War II, the Nazis who helped Hitler rise to power and murder millions of people, including at least 6 million Jews, were put on trial to send a warning to the world. Not all of them faced a judicial process, but enough were not protected by their high status, official offices, or claims of "innocence" and "patriotism." Power through violence was the only language they spoke—not justice, not freedom—and they were held accountable.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-20). The Heat: U.S. inauguration preview. america.cgtn.com President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take the oath of office as his predecessor, Donald Trump bids farewell, after a tumultuous four years in office.

Staff (2021-01-20). It's Time for the Left to Pressure Biden — and the Political Class as a Whole. truthout.org We look at the path forward for the Biden-Harris administration and the role of social movements with political strategist Waleed Shahid and author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. Shahid, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, says Biden could be "one of the most transformative presidents" in U.S. history if he acts boldly. "But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there," say…

teleSUR (2021-01-20). Joe Biden: Immigration Reform During First Day in Office. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden has sent Congress an immigration reform bill to facilitate citizenship for undocumented migrants. The bill, set to become the most transformative reform package since 1986, is one of the first initiatives Biden kicked off on inauguration day. | RELATED: | The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims at creating a legalization mechanism for the over 10.5 million undocumented migrants living in the U…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-20). 'The Last Administration Able to Act in Time': Youth Climate Leaders Say Global Future Depends on Boldness of Biden. commondreams.org "Our eyes are on you," the group of campaigners said. "The time for lies is over." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/12-youth-climate-letter-biden.jpg

sputniknews (2021-01-20). US Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Biden's Director of National Intelligence. sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden's new administration is expected to soon declassify and release key documents related to the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi monarchy.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-20). Joining COVAX 'Not Enough': Biden Told to Compel Big Pharma to Share Vaccine Recipe With the World. commondreams.org "If the United States leads the way to expand production, we can overcome scarcity, rationing, and preventable death, suffering, and misery." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12306951071.jpg

news.un (2021-01-20). Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change. news.un.org Following the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement.

sputniknews (2021-01-20). 'Mittens Are Back': Bernie Sanders Steals Show With His 'Grandpa' Inauguration Outfit. sputniknews.com Even on such special occasions as Inauguration Day, the senator stays true to his casual and cozy look.

John Whitehead (2021-01-20). The Deep State's Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes. mintpressnews.com Donald Trump swore to drain the swamp in Washington DC, instead, he paved the way for lobbyists, corporations, and the military industrial complex. Here's why Joe Biden will be no different.

commondreams (2021-01-20). SUA Congratulates President Biden And Vice President Harris, Celebrates End Of Trump Administration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). Human Rights Challenges Remain in Biden Executive Actions on Restoring the Right to Seek Safety in the U.S. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). People-Powered Victory: Biden to Stop Keystone XL on Day One. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). People's Action Statement on President Biden's Executive Orders. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). The Frontlines Showed Up for Biden, Now He Must Show Up for Us. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-20). Progressive International Calls on Biden to End Illegal US Sanctions Responsible for 'Untold Death and Devastation'. commondreams.org "Biden must take urgent action to restore the right of all countries to have sovereign relations with the world, untrammeled by U.S. interference through their sanctions policy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_biden2.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-20). Biden's First Day: This Changes Everything. commondreams.org ______________________________…

2021-01-22: News Headlines

Matthew Stevenson (2021-01-22). America Installs a Pope. counterpunch.org Can someone explain to me why, when a mob carrying spears and wearing Davy Crockett hats breaks into the Capitol, "our democracy is under assault" by insurrectionists and seditionists, while when another group takes over the Capitol with the likes of A-Rod and Bill Clinton, and lines the streets of Washington with storm troops, our democracy has suddenly been "restored"?

Ray McGovern (2021-01-22). Round Up the Usual Suspects; Don't Forget Putin. globalresearch.ca Interviewed by Mrs. Clinton Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi eagerly rose to the bait when Clinton spoke of "her concerns that the outgoing commander-in-chief was compromised by the Kremlin". Setting the stage, Clinton expressed the hope that "we'll find out who …

Lee Camp (2021-01-22). What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't). counterpunch.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-22). Biden's Mask-Wearing Mandate. globalresearch.ca Biden and his press agent media won't explain what's vital for everyone to know. | On his first day in office as selected, not elected, president, he signed a blizzard of executive orders. | Among them was mandatory wearing of face masks …

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-01-22). WHO Finally Admits COVID-19 PCR Test Has a 'Problem'. globalresearch.ca In an "inauguration" of its own while Joe Biden was being sworn into office, the World Health Organization (WHO) Even though they've been widely used across the U.S. …

sputniknews (2021-01-22). McConnell Pans Biden's 'Big Steps in Wrong Direction', Warns Over 'Failed Approach' to Immigration. sputniknews.com On his first full day in office, US President Joe Biden acted upon his campaign promises to reverse a spate of policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump, signing executive orders to tear up the the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit, rejoining the World Health Organisation and bringing the US back to the fold of the Paris Climate Accord.

Jon Queally (2021-01-22). GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True. zcomm.org "When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor."

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Advocacy to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Africa. grants.gov SFOP0007534 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330786 | Opportunity Number: | SFOP0007534 | Opportunity Title: | Advocacy to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Africa | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification) | Category Explanation: | Democracy Fund/Human Rights Democracy Fund | CFDA Number(s): | 19.345 | Eligible Applicants: | Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Elig…

mgrochowski (2021-01-22). Cancel ALL Student Debt — 2021 YDSA Winter Conference Preview. dsausa.org This is a preview event for the 2021 YDSA Online Winter Conference. Learn more about the Winter Conference here: y.dsausa.org/2021wintercon/ Biden has the power to cancel ALL student debt with a stroke of his pen, but he won't do it without a movement to force his hand. Join us on Friday, February 5 at 8PM…

Rod Driver (2021-01-22). The Illusion of Democracy: Government by the Rich for the Even Richer. globalresearch.ca "Democracy has little meaning when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, transportation, and communication, reinforced by command of the press, press agents and other means of publicity and propaganda". …

Tom Clifford (2021-01-22). US President Biden: How to Deal With China. globalresearch.ca The lexicon has changed. Words and phrases that seemed to define our world until quite recently now belong to a bygone era. Remember BRICs? The grouping of the next economic superpowers. Well, Brazil, Russia, India and China now resemble a …

Staff (2021-01-21). "Democracy Has Prevailed": Joe Biden Sworn In as President; Kamala Harris Becomes First Female VP. democracynow.org Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th president of the United States Wednesday, ending the Trump era with a call for national unity and urging Americans to come together during a period of turbulence. President Biden signed 17 executive orders in his first official act from the Oval Office, including on immigration, the pandemic and the climate crisis. Biden has promised more executive actions in the coming days. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators Wednesday afternoon, giving Democrats narrow control of the Senate and laying the groundwork for the administration's ambitious agenda. We pla…

Staff (2021-01-21). "The Work Continues": Cornel West & Maria Hinojosa on the Promise & Dangers of the Biden Admin. democracynow.org We host a wide-ranging discussion of the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — the first-ever woman, South Asian and Black vice president — how we got here, and what comes next, with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and author and Harvard professor Cornel West. Hinojosa says she had "mixed emotions" watching the inauguration, her sense of hope tempered by memories of the Obama administration. "We all had these extraordinary expectations, and then things didn't turn out that way," she says. "The work continues." West says that while getting Trump out of office was vita…

Ethan Yang (2021-01-21). Study: Lockdowns Caused 15 Thousand Deaths of Despair Among US Men Aged 15 to 55. anti-empire.com It should be common knowledge by now that younger people are

Ragip Soylu (2021-01-21). Refusal to retry Turkish MP triggers second ruling by high court. middleeasteye.net Refusal to retry Turkish MP triggers second ruling by high court | Lower courts continue to dismiss the rulings of higher courts in politically sensitive cases, such as the imprisonment of former MP Enis Berberoglu | Thu, 01/21/2021 – 10: 31 | Enis Berberoglu, a former MP from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leaves after taking his oath at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Oct…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-21). The Heat: President Biden's Inauguration. america.cgtn.com The United States turns the page as Joe Biden becomes the country's 46th president. There was some of the usual pomp and ceremony, but there was something very different about Joe Biden's inauguration. Gone were the crowds — a casualty of both the pandemic and …

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-21). Only true unity can end America's uncivil war. thealtworld.com President Joe Biden made an emotional appeal during his inaugural address on Wednesday to end what he unforgettably described as America's ongoing uncivil war between red and blue, rural and urban, conservative and liberal. He very strongly condemned what he called the political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism threatening American unity today and preventing the country from coming together as one to defeat the once-in-a-century pandemic of COVID-19. The other crises it faces are attacks on democracy and truth, racism, the climate, inequality, and the U.S.' role in the world, but the uncivil…

Staff (2021-01-21). Cornel West and Maria Hinojosa Discuss Promise and Dangers of the Biden Admin. truthout.org We host a wide-ranging discussion of the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — the first-ever woman, South Asian and Black vice president — how we got here, and what comes next, with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and author and Harvard professor Cornel West. Hinojosa says she had "mixed emotions" watching the inauguration, her sense of hope tempered by memories of the Obama administration. "We all had these extraordinary expectations, and then th…

Karen Conner (2021-01-21). CEPR News: Guide to Federal Budget Activism for Advocates, Decision-Makers, Public. cepr.net Trump should be removed from office ASAP CEPR News for January 14, 2021 To get the CEPR News email bimonthly, please sign up here. Want a Better Budget? Send Money, Now! The Biden administration will need to activate every tool in the shed to deal with the urgent needs of a country suffering from a …

Rob Wallace (2021-01-21). Bidenfreude: COVID-19 in post-Trump U.S. mronline.org A jokester once characterized Yale University as a hedge fund with a campus attached to it. One might say something similar of the country in which Yale is based.

_____ (2021-01-21). Lord Ashcroft — Tory donors outsourcing firm lands £350m vaccination contract. truepublica.org.uk By Peter Geoghegan and Russel Scott: A healthcare company ultimately controlled by a leading Tory donor and former party chairman, Lord Ashcroft, has received a £350m contract as part of the government's COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, openDemocracy has learned. Last month the Department of Health and Social Care gave the lucrative contract to Medacs Healthcare plc. In recent …

Staff (2021-01-21). Headlines for January 21, 2021. democracynow.org Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States, Ending Trump Era, Kamala Harris Sworn In as Vice President, Setting Several Historic Firsts, Biden Signs Executive Orders on Environment, Immigration, Civil Rights, Economy & Pandemic, Biden Unveils Pandemic Strategy as U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near Record High, VP Harris Swears In Three Senators, Giving Democrats Narrow Control of Senate, Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, House to Vote on Waiver Paving Path for Retired General Lloyd Austin to Lead Pentagon, President Biden Fires Union-Busting Lawyer Who Refused to Resign from…

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-21). Enough with the Damn Secrets! Open Up the Government Joe! counterpunch.org The incoming Biden administration is considering breaking with a long-standing tradition of new presidents sharing national secrets with prior presidents. Instead, in the case of his future predecessor Trump, Biden says he wants to hear the advice of key national security figures in the new government regarding whether or not to brief the impeached ex-chief

Matt Kennard (2021-01-21). UK Mega Meddling — UK Sets Up Media Influencing Project in Venezuela Amid Secretive £750,000 'Democracy Promotion' Programme. globalresearch.ca The UK government has established a journalism project to 'influence' Venezuela's 'media agenda' while a Foreign Office-funded foundation is spending £750,000 on a secretive 'democracy-promotion' programme in the country, as Britain appears to deepen efforts to remove the Maduro government….

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-21). The COVID Illusion, An 'Unauthorized Human Experiment' & The MAGA Straw-Man. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/20/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

sputniknews (2021-01-21). Never-Trumper PAC Lincoln Project Parodies Trump Farewell Note to Biden. sputniknews.com Donald Trump's farewell note to his successor Joe Biden, left on the Oval Office desk when the outgoing president left Washington before Wednesday's inauguration, remains confidential. But between making a blacklist of government officials and admitting to offering jobs for sex, the Lincoln Project tweeted its own parody.

sputniknews (2021-01-21). 'ÔªøThe Democrats and Mainstream Media Have Smeared, Slandered and Attacked Donald Trump,' Pundit Says. sputniknews.com The inauguration of the 46th President of the United States more closely resembled a military operation than a ceremony as 25,000 national guards lined the streets of Washington DC.

Philip A Farruggio (2021-01-21). Democracy USA? Biden's Neoliberal "Far Left Wing Agenda" globalresearch.ca You look at what they call 'The Industrialized world' and you can get a feel for how they run their democracies. Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Scotland, to name a few, all have at least FIVE viable …

news.un (2021-01-21). Guterres urges world to 'work together in solidarity' as US moves to rejoin WHO. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) and play a full role in advancing global health and health security.

_____ (2021-01-21). What Biden Can Do Without Congress. popularresistance.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse pat on the head. None of that. Just fixing the problems now. Right now. Well, it actually is possible. | I think we can all agree that Congress is basically a pit filled with hungry crocodiles in the later stages of lead poisoning, each with a different degree of…

_____ (2021-01-21). Tribes To Joe Biden: Stop Dakota Access Pipeline. popularresistance.org Emboldened by President Joe Biden's action to rescind former President Donald Trump's presidential permit to the Keystone XL pipeline project, leaders of four Sioux tribes are requesting Biden take action on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. | Leaders of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Tribe sent a letter to Biden on Tuesday requesting he take quick and decisive action on the Dakota Access Pipeline within the first 10 days of his administration. | A copy of the four-page letter is posted on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Facebook page. | The l…

Chauncey DeVega (2021-01-21). Norm Ornstein on the Capitol carnage, the Biden presidency and Trump's impeachment. salon.com Norm Ornstein on why we must learn the truth about the Capitol attack, using the impeachment trial as leverage…

Amanda Marcotte (2021-01-21). The anticipated violence at Biden's inauguration never happened — thank Trump's Twitter ban. salon.com Trump's incitement was crucial whipping right-wing mobs to violence. Muting him helped settle them down…

Jeffrey b. Perry (2021-01-21). Hubert Harrison Biography Has Much to Offer Us Today. zcomm.org Harrison played unique roles in the largest class-radical movement (socialism) and the largest race-radical movement (the "New Negro"/Garvey movement) of his era…

commondreams (2021-01-21). Center for Popular Democracy Network Statement on Moratorium on Deportations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-21). Progressives Applaud Biden Pick of Rosenworcel to Lead FCC Out of Carnage Left by Ajit Pai. commondreams.org "She knows the FCC from the bottom up and she understands how to make good things happen there," said one former Commissioner. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jr.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-21). NEA Applauds Biden's Plan to Reopen School Buildings in First 100 Days. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-21). Flashback, 2001: In 50-50 Senate Under Democratic Control, Bush's Nominees "Breezed Through Their Senate Committee Hearings". commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-21). Big Tech Companies Donated Nearly $2 Million to Republican 'Sedition Caucus'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-21). 'A Good First Step': Senators File Ethics Complaint Over Cruz and Hawley's Role in Capitol Insurrection. commondreams.org The move by a group of Democrats comes as demands are building for the two Republicans to be ousted from the Senate over the deadly attack. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cruz_hawley_0.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-21). As President Biden Takes Office, Groups Double Down on Legal Push to End Fracking on Public Lands. commondreams.org ______________________________…

From Speech Transcript – (2021-01-21). United States of America President Joseph Biden Inauguration Day Speech. indybay.org As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be.

Anonymous Park Defender (2021-01-21). UC Places Initial Fencing Around People's Park, More to Come. indybay.org January 19th, the day before Biden's inauguration in DC, the University of California at Berkeley has placed the initial fencing on People's Park. "Work is coming", said Kyle Gibson, the director of communications for UCB Capital Strategies (quoted speaking to Berkeleyside).

Zachary Conti (2021-01-21). President Biden Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze. indybay.org President Biden will extend the freeze on student debt payments as one of his first executive actions after his inauguration.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign (2021-01-21). Cuba Solidarity Campaign Statement on the United States Listing of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. globalresearch.ca The Cuba Solidarity Campaign adds its voice to the worldwide condemnation of the outgoing Trump administration's listing of Cuba as a 'state sponsor of terrorism'. | Trump's move is designed to hinder the incoming Biden administration from reprising the Obama era's …

Steve Martinot (2021-01-21). Police Obedience and Racialization. counterpunch.org What good is a constitution if you can't use it? What good is it if it tells you how to govern and you say: "we can't govern that way." What good is it if it proclaims democracy and you use it to dominate people? When the cops enact their brutality toward black people, are they

claudia (2021-01-21). Your National Political Committee newsletter — Embracing the day-to-day work. dsausa.org Enjoy your January National Political Committee (NPC) newsletter! Our NPC is an elected eighteen-person body (including two YDSA members who share a vote) which functions as the board of directors of DSA. In this month's newsletter, you can read their thoughts on creating a lasting multi-racial democracy and get involved in DSA's work today. From…

WSWS (2021-01-21). Yellen takes aggressive stance on China in treasury secretary confirmation hearing. wsws.org Yellen's nomination seems assured, as she enjoys support from both the Republicans and Wall Street.

Scott Ritter (2021-01-21). I didn't vote for Biden, but want him to succeed in righting the train wreck of US democracy. The carnage has to stop here and now. thealtworld.com Joe Biden's inaugural address was overshadowed by the reality that framed it: a nation deeply divided along …

Staff (2021-01-20). Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million. democracynow.org With less than 12 hours before the end of his presidency, Donald Trump issued 143 pardons and commutations, including a pardon for Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist and campaign manager. Trump, who has pardoned other associates and allies during his single term, has so far rejected calls to pardon prominent whistleblowers including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Reality Winner. Details continue to emerge about how allies of Trump have personally profited from people seeking pardons. We speak with John Kiriakou, a former CIA analyst and case officer who exposed t…

Staff (2021-01-20). The Way Forward: Can the Left Push Biden to Be a Transformative President Like LBJ, FDR & Lincoln? democracynow.org We look at the path forward for the Biden-Harris administration and the role of social movements with political strategist Waleed Shahid and author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. Shahid, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, says Biden could be "one of the most transformative presidents" in U.S. history if he acts boldly. "But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there," says Shahid.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-20). The Heat: U.S. inauguration preview. america.cgtn.com President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take the oath of office as his predecessor, Donald Trump bids farewell, after a tumultuous four years in office.

Loretta J. Ross (2021-01-20). The Nazification of the Republican Party. counterpunch.org After World War II, the Nazis who helped Hitler rise to power and murder millions of people, including at least 6 million Jews, were put on trial to send a warning to the world. Not all of them faced a judicial process, but enough were not protected by their high status, official offices, or claims of "innocence" and "patriotism." Power through violence was the only language they spoke—not justice, not freedom—and they were held accountable.

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-20). Enough with the Goddamned Secrets! Open Up the Government Joe! counterpunch.org The incoming Biden administration is considering breaking with a long-standing tradition of new presidents sharing national secrets with prior presidents. Instead, in the case of his future predecessor Trump, Biden says he wants to hear the advice of key national security figures in the new government regarding whether or not to brief the impeached ex-chief

Staff (2021-01-20). It's Time for the Left to Pressure Biden — and the Political Class as a Whole. truthout.org We look at the path forward for the Biden-Harris administration and the role of social movements with political strategist Waleed Shahid and author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. Shahid, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, says Biden could be "one of the most transformative presidents" in U.S. history if he acts boldly. "But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there," say…

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-20). Overturning the Presidential Election Result In Southwest Virginia. counterpunch.org While Republican senators Hawley and Cruz grab the headlines in their attempts to curry favour with the previous inhabitant of the White House (and his base) by trying to upend the election result, a host of smaller Republican players around the country have made similar efforts at ingratiation. The case of Western Virginia's Congressional representatives

Rebecca Gordon (2021-01-20). The Rubble of Empire: Doctrines of Disaster and Dreams of Security as the Biden Years Begin. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — How can you tell when your empire is crumbling? Some signs are actually visible from my own front window here in San Francisco. Directly across the street, I can see a collection of tarps and poles (along with one of my own garbage cans) that were used to construct a makeshift …

John Catalinotto (2021-01-20). Trump OUT — Time for workers to defeat racism, fascism. workers.org An unprecedented 25,000 National Guard troops from 50 states plus thousands of local and Capitol police are expected to occupy the U.S. capital by Jan. 20. This armed force's announced goal: Prevent a violent attack on the inauguration of the 46th president and allow a transition to the Joe Biden/Kamala . . . |

Matt Bruenig (2021-01-20). Why Make Bad Policy When You Can Make Good Policy? peoplespolicyproject.org Josh McCabe has a piece at the Niskanen Center Phase-out Problems: | The bill that Joe Biden's CTC proposal is based on, the The first phase-out is a phase-out for the tot…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-20). Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders Lead Call for Solidarity With #HuntsPointStrike. commondreams.org "Essential workers should not have to go on strike for decent pay, and no worker should be threatened for exercising their constitutional rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/hunts_point_strike.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-20). 'Pure Sadism': Biden Blasted for Continuing Trump's Recognition of Guaidó Coup Regime and Deadly Sanctions in Venezuela. commondreams.org "How about a new Good Neighbor Policy on non-interference?" asked CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ven_1.jpg

splcenter (2021-01-20). President Biden's day-one action a critical step for immigrant justice. splcenter.org &nbsp…

teleSUR (2021-01-20). Joe Biden: Immigration Reform During First Day in Office. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden has sent Congress an immigration reform bill to facilitate citizenship for undocumented migrants. The bill, set to become the most transformative reform package since 1986, is one of the first initiatives Biden kicked off on inauguration day. | RELATED: | The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims at creating a legalization mechanism for the over 10.5 million undocumented migrants living in the U…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-20). 'The Last Administration Able to Act in Time': Youth Climate Leaders Say Global Future Depends on Boldness of Biden. commondreams.org "Our eyes are on you," the group of campaigners said. "The time for lies is over." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/12-youth-climate-letter-biden.jpg

_____ (2021-01-20). No Pardons For Edward Snowden Or Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Although several long shot campaigns were mounted, President Donald Trump did not pardon any whistleblowers who were indicted or prosecuted under the United States Espionage Act. He also declined to pardon the only journalist ever to be indicted under the World War I-era law. | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were not offered clemency because Trump "did not want to anger Senate Republicans who will soon determine whether he's convicted during his Senate trial." | "Multiple GOP lawmakers had sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Ass…

_____ (2021-01-20). Biden Lifts Health Care Plan From Insurance Lobbyists. popularresistance.org President-elect Joe Biden's new COVID relief plan does not adopt existing Democratic legislation to expand government sponsored medical coverage nor does it propose a promised public health insurance option. Instead, it adopts proposals from health insurance lobbying groups' recent letter to lawmakers demanding lucrative new subsidies for insurance companies, at a moment when those corporations have recorded record profits as millions lose coverage and many face claims denials. | Biden's plan would shovel billions of dollars to private health insurers by providing subsidies for Americans to buy coverage through t…

Andrew Perez (2021-01-20). "Covid Relief Plan": Biden Lifts Health Care Plan from Insurance Lobbyists. globalresearch.ca President-elect Joe Biden's new COVID relief plan does not adopt existing Democratic legislation to expand government sponsored medical coverage nor does it propose a promised public health insurance option. Instead, it adopts proposals from health insurance lobbying groups' recent …

sputniknews (2021-01-20). 'Mittens Are Back': Bernie Sanders Steals Show With His 'Grandpa' Inauguration Outfit. sputniknews.com Even on such special occasions as Inauguration Day, the senator stays true to his casual and cozy look.

sputniknews (2021-01-20). US Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Biden's Director of National Intelligence. sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden's new administration is expected to soon declassify and release key documents related to the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi monarchy.

news.un (2021-01-20). Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change. news.un.org Following the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement.

John Whitehead (2021-01-20). The Deep State's Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes. mintpressnews.com Donald Trump swore to drain the swamp in Washington DC, instead, he paved the way for lobbyists, corporations, and the military industrial complex. Here's why Joe Biden will be no different.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-20). Under Pressure From Workers, Biden Fires 'Extreme, Anti-Union' Labor Board Lawyer. commondreams.org "Today is a good day," declared the SEIU, which had called on the president to immediately oust NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/peter_b._robb_official_photo1.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-20). The Frontlines Showed Up for Biden, Now He Must Show Up for Us. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). Biden Day One Immigration Bill Includes NO BAN Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-20). Progressive International Calls on Biden to End Illegal US Sanctions Responsible for 'Untold Death and Devastation'. commondreams.org "Biden must take urgent action to restore the right of all countries to have sovereign relations with the world, untrammeled by U.S. interference through their sanctions policy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_biden2.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-20). Biden's First Day: This Changes Everything. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-20). Joining COVAX 'Not Enough': Biden Told to Compel Big Pharma to Share Vaccine Recipe With the World. commondreams.org "If the United States leads the way to expand production, we can overcome scarcity, rationing, and preventable death, suffering, and misery." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12306951071.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-20). 350.Org on Joe Biden Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). Human Rights Challenges Remain in Biden Executive Actions on Restoring the Right to Seek Safety in the U.S. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). People-Powered Victory: Biden to Stop Keystone XL on Day One. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). NIAC Applauds Biden's Repeal of Muslim Ban. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). President Biden Announces Plans to Set the U.S. on Course Toward a Greener, Healthier Future. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). Oceana Calls President Biden's Initial Actions on Climate "Hope for Our Oceans" commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). People's Action Statement on President Biden's Executive Orders. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). SUA Congratulates President Biden And Vice President Harris, Celebrates End Of Trump Administration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-20). UltraViolet Applauds Black Women, Women of Color as Driving Force Behind Biden Presidency, Democratic Majorities. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-01-20). 2021 National Freedom Day – Black History in the California Gold Rush. indybay.org (1840-1875) Discover the historical significance of Pan Africans in early California history is essential to preserve the authentic contributions that helped shape California and the United States of America.

Project Censored (2021-01-20). John Marshall And Nolan Higdon. projectcensored.org Mickey's first guest is veteran technology entrepreneur John Marshall. In his new book "Free is Bad: How the Free Web Hurt Privacy, Truth and Democracy," he contends that internet users' expectation that everything online should be provided free has been a disservice to themselves and to society, because it makes advertisers, not internet users, the real customers of the tech firms. In the second half of the show, History and Media Studies lecturer Nolan Higdon returns to the program for a discussion about what the January 6 events at the U.S. Capitol means for the media and for the country. They reference their…

Scott Ritter (2021-01-20). The US has a broken political system & is about to be usurped by China — what Europeans really think about America is telling. thealtworld.com A new survey of citizens of 11 countries suggests that Joe Biden faces an almost impossible task …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-01-20). Biden's Key Role in the Crime of the Century: The 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden presents himself as an empathetic guy who is willing to go the extra mile to help people overcome their personal tragedies. | However, Biden has throughout his career endorsed policies that caused countless personal tragedies for millions of people….

Ashley Lynn Priore (2021-01-20). Biden Must Build a Bridge to Young Americans. progressive.org Young people came out, not because we were excited, but because we were scared. For our lives. For our future. For democracy.

John R. Platt (2021-01-20). The rebuilding years begin now. nationofchange.org So what's the agenda for moving forward under the Biden-Harris administration?>

Johanna Kichton (2021-01-20). People's Action Statement on President Biden's Executive Orders. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, 240.206.1145, press@peoplesaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today release the following statements in anticipation of President Biden's executive orders on climate, housing, and immigration: Climate "The Biden administration's commitment to act on climate and revoke the Keystone XL pipeline's permit are encouraging first steps in the direction of climate and environmental justice," People and …

teleSUR (2021-01-20). Biden Orders US To Rejoin Paris Agreement on Climate Change. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order returning the United States to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. | Hours after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Biden signed in the Oval Office an executive order that returns his country back to the Paris Agreement on climate change, reversing his predecessor Donald Trump's decision to abandon the deal. | RELATED: | "We are g…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-20). China urges US to rejoin Iran nuclear deal. peoplesdispatch.org Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged the incoming Biden administration to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "as early as possible" and without any preconditions…

Editor (2021-01-19). Glenn Greenwald on the Biden Administration and Expanding Censorship. scheerpost.com On this week's "On Contact," Chris Hedges talks to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald about the incoming Biden administration and what it will mean for a country in crisis, ravaged by a pandemic it cannot control, hostage to corporate power and bifurcated into warring factions. Glenn Greenwald is the author of several bestsellers, including How …

Staff (2021-01-19). U.S. Rep. Tlaib: "Israel Is a Racist State That Would Deny Palestinians Like My Grandmother a Vaccine" democracynow.org Israel has been hailed as having the world's most vaccinated population, but Palestinians are not included. Human Rights Watch and others have called on Israeli authorities to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Israel is a racist state," responds Congressmember Rashida Talib of Michigan, who is Palestinian American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and says her Palestinian grandmother was denied access to a vaccine. "I hope my colleagues, I hope our country, sees what the Palestinians have been trying to tell us for a…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? counterpunch.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-01-19). The Unwelcome Return of the Real Purveyors of Violence. globalresearch.ca With the mainstream media still obsessing about the January 6th "violent coup attempt" at the US Capitol Building, the incoming Biden Administration looks to be chock full of actual purveyors of violent coups. Don't look to the mainstream media to …

Ali Khan (2021-01-19). U.S. Needs to Quickly Ramp Up Vaccinations. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Democracy Now! As the United States breaks all records for coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns another 92,000 could die in the next three weeks as complaints grow over the slow distribution of COVID vaccines. Across the country, hospitals are overflowing, and ICU beds are in short