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Activists tap court to block Japan reactor restart

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A group of Japanese citizens said they would file a lawsuit Monday to prevent the restart of a nuclear power plant, a day after the first anniversary of the country’s atomic disaster.

The group of 259 citizens are to file the suit in Osaka District Courtseeking an injunction that would block the reopening of utilityKansai Electric’s nuclear power plants Oi Unit 3 and 4 in central Fukui prefecture.

On Sunday, tens of thousands rallied near Japan’s crippledFukushima plant demanding an end to nuclear power after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns at the stricken plant.

The tsunami swamped cooling systems at the Fukushima site and sent three reactors into meltdown, spewing radiation into the environment.

Kiyoko Shimada, a member of the group organising the lawsuit, told AFP that plans to reopen the Oi reactors were premature.

“These reactors are said to be the first in line for the restart of nuclear power plants in Japan after the accident in Fukushima, but given that there are lots of unanswered questions over theFukushima Daiichi plant, it is too early to restart,” she said.

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“The Oi plants are near active faults and some experts say the plants’ quake resistance is not sufficient.”

The Japanese government is reportedly planning to approve the restart of the Oi plants as early as this month.

Since last year’s accident, the country’s commercial nuclear power plants have been undergoing safety inspections with just two out of 54 reactors currently online.

The world’s worst nuclear accident in a quarter century has sparked a heightened fear in Japan over atomic power, with several citizen groups having filed or preparing to file injunctions to block other plant restarts.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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