DC Report

Powerful conservative outfit targets pension funds in behind-the-scenes effort to protect the fossil fuel industry

Group Behind Restrictive State Laws Wants to Stop Investments in Companies with Pro-Environmental and Social Policies

The right wing’s legislative hit squad is targeting a wide variety of corporations that focus on environmental, social and governance issues as well as profits.

The conservative back scene influencer group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is known for successfully pushing model state legislation written by its corporate and political sponsors, many of which are in the fossil fuel energy business.

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Repeat felon Swiss bank may finally lose privileged American status

Unless the Biden administration loses its nerve, one of the most corrupt banks in the world – Credit Suisse – will soon be banned from the lucrative business of steering pension fund assets into opaque investments where thievery and poor performance are easy to hide.

If you haven’t heard this news it’s because nothing has appeared about it in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, or even Bloomberg. We checked those and other influential news organizations and found zip.

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Conservatives say California is a disaster -- but facts show the opposite

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for decades, you’ve probably noticed that conservatives hate California. It’s an obsession.

Donald Trump’s disdain for the state is well known. But conservative anti-California hatred goes far beyond the ex-occupant of the Oval Office.

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Why is the NRA fighting US sanctions against Russia?

Gun-hungry Americans buy more ammunition imported from Russia than from any other country so when President Joe Biden blocked the importation of Russian ammunition the National Rifle Association trained its sights on the ban.

Russian brands include Barnaul Ammunition, which provided ammo to the Russian army during World War I, and Tula Cartridge Works which has ties to the mentor of Russian agent Maria Butina.

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Stunning new data on radical Republican policies shows how the richest workers got a lot richer under Trump's rule

Donald Trump's presidency and the Covid pandemic combined to make 2020 a remarkably enriching year for the highest-paid workers in America. Meanwhile, the numbers for the bottom 99.9% are, in a word, awful.

Just one in 900 workers makes $1 million or more, a new Social Security report on wages shows. My annual analysis of this data shows that this thin and rich group made 14% more money in 2020 than in 2019.

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How Trump's appointees continue to dismantle the US Postal Service

The men Donald Trump handpicked to run the U.S. Postal Service into the ground continue to do The Don's dirty work, intentionally slowing the mail and outsourcing vital services to private delivery companies. But the heads of the nation's four postal service unions are too spellbound to react.

That's the view of postal workers across the country who are seeing service standards deteriorate and privatization expanded under the watch of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service Board of Governors Chair Ron A. Bloom. And the postal workers want to give both men the boot.

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Second Amendment ‘sanctuaries’ pop up across the country as Republicans rebel against federal gun laws

Republicans funded by the National Rifle Association have borrowed from the ideology of the slave-holding South to try to nullify federal laws about guns.

The most extreme proponents of Second Amendment "sanctuaries," claim, like slaveholders more than 150 years ago, that the federal laws are invalid and can be nullified by states. Abolitionists also did this. Northern states passed "personal liberty laws" to try to nullify the federal Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850.

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DOJ backs shield law protecting gunmakers

President Joe Biden knows the anguish of two of his children dying, but his Justice Department is working to prevent grieving parents from being able to successfully sue gun dealers and manufacturers over the deaths of their children.

Mark and Leah Gustafson sued Springfield Armory, an Illinois gunmaker, and a department store in a Pennsylvania court over the death of their 13-year-old son, James Robert (J.R.) Gustafson Their son was killed on March 20, 2016, by a 14-year-old boy who mistakenly thought there were no bullets in the gun after he removed the magazine.

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Judge orders investigation of NRA's contributions to political campaigns

A federal judge in Washington told the Federal Election Commission to do its job and decide whether to investigate accusations that gun lovers secretly gave Republican leaders millions of dollars.

Judge Emmet Sullivan told the FEC in a one-page ruling on Sept. 30 to make the determination within 30 days.

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Congress can curtail deadly power outages -- but will it?

On a sweltering summer night last year, Rita Grange, my then 91-year-old grandmother, sat dazed, tired, and anxious along with dozens of other older people on buses parked outside an assisted living center in Brooklyn. On a day when temperatures reached 98 degrees, ConEdison purposely cut power, leaving them without working lights, elevators, or air conditioning.

ConEdison dropped 33,000 Brooklyn and Queens customers from the grid that July 19th to prevent even worse outages.

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My daughter was shot dead -- and my senators don't give a damn

My oldest daughter was shot in the head in April while reading in her Kansas City apartment by someone who aimed through her first-floor window. Aviva lived for two more days, kept alive by machines until her brain swelled enough that she could be pronounced brain dead.

I watched as a doctor removed Aviva from the ventilator to see if she could breathe on her own, the final test, and then recorded the rising amount of carbon dioxide in her blood. My daughter was 24 and had her whole life ahead of her — or should have.

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America is facing a pandemic of hunger

Demand at food banks and food pantries has dipped, but only slightly, as the job market rebounds and government stimulus programs put money in Americans' pockets, but the frayed safety net that is the emergency food system remains a lifeline for many still struggling families.

Last week the Biden administration revised the thrifty food plan definition of basic food needs, which will increase benefits for the 42 million Americans enrolled in SNAP when the changes are officially implemented in October.

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