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Bernie Sanders, with mittens pic, raises $1.8 million for charity

The Inauguration Day photograph of a mitten-clad, glamor-defying Bernie Sanders perhaps was not the most flattering image of the US senator, but it has become a remarkably charitable one.

The 79-year-old lawmaker from the northeastern state of Vermont announced Wednesday he has raised $1.8 million for charity over the past five days through sales of merchandise featuring him wearing knit mittens and a parka at President Joe Biden's January 20 swearing-in.

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Fed's Jerome Powell warns economic outlook still 'highly uncertain'

The fate of the US economy depends on the course of the pandemic and the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, but the outlook is nonetheless "highly uncertain," Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday.

"A resurgence in recent months of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths is causing great hardship for millions of Americans and weighing on economic activity and job creation," the central bank chief said.

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Gabby Giffords slams Marjorie Taylor Greene over viral video of her harassing Parkland survivor David Hogg

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, whose congressional career effectively ended when a madman tried to assassinate her by putting a bullet in her brain, on Wednesday slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after a video of the QAnon congresswoman from Georgia went viral.

The video, originally posted to Greene's own YouTube page one year ago, shows her trailing Parkland massacre survivor David Hogg, berating and harassing him for working to pass gun control legislation. "I carry a gun for protection," Greene can be heard in the video shouting. At the time the video was recorded Hogg was 18 or 19 years old.

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Expert has a brilliant strategy for Democrats to protect their agenda from the Supreme Court

Although Democrats now control the White House and both houses of Congress, there is one branch of the federal government where their ideas presently have very little influence: the U.S. Supreme Court. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi find themselves saddled with the most right-wing Supreme Court in generations. But writer Keshav Poddar, in an article published by Slate this week, offers a possible Supreme Court coping strategy for Biden's administration and Democrats in Congress: essentially, backup plans for their legislation.

"Against all odds, an ideologically reinvigorated Democratic Party has won the House, Senate and presidency," Poddar observes. "Democrats have the opportunity to finally deliver long-overdue reforms to address structural economic inequality, provide every American with adequate health care and take aggressive action to save our environment before it is too late. But (Senate) Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has left Democrats with one big problem: the courts."

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Trump’s impeachment is unlikely to result in a conviction. But it may increase his chances of being criminally prosecuted

If a U.S. Senate vote held this week is any indication, it's most unlikely that former President Donald Trump will be convicted in his second impeachment trial: all but five Senate Republicans voted that the trial is unconstitutional. However, Law & Crime reporter Jerry Lambe stresses, in an article published after that vote, that although the Senate will probably acquit Trump a second time, the trial could increase Trump's chances of facing a criminal prosecution.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed a vote on the constitutionality of Trump's second impeachment trial, arguing that the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer president. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 55-45 that the trial is constitutional — not unconstitutional — but most of the senators who voted in favor of the trial going forward were Democrats. The only GOP senators who disagreed with Paul's resolution were Utah's Mitt Romney, Maine's Susan Collins, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey and Nebraska's Ben Sasse.

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The nearly all white GOP Senate says it will filibuster Biden Homeland Security pick Alejandro Mayorkas

Announcement Comes Even After – Or Because – DHS Raises Threat Level Over Domestic

Senate Republicans say they will block – filibuster – the nomination of President Joe Biden's pick to head the Dept. of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas – barely more than an hour after DHS announced it was raising the threat level due to domestic violent extremists.

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QAnon congresswoman faces growing outrage as new video exposes her harassment of a Parkland survivor

Newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is at the center of controversy yet again over an disturbing video that has resurfaced of her harassing one of the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was one of the victims in the 2018 attack, took to Twitter with footage of the embattled Congresswoman heckling former Parkland student David Hogg. The video was reportedly filmed just weeks after the shooting when Hogg traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers and discuss proposals for stricter gun laws.

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WATCH: Woman says she has to dress 'like a Muslim' to avoid wearing a mask in bizarre city council rant

A woman showed up to a city council meeting in Lewiston, Idaho, dressed in Garb that she described as Muslim attire just to avoid wearing a mask, TMZ reports.

The woman, self-identified as Katie Dugger, was among a group of local citizens who spoke up at the meeting to complain about mask mandates and lockdowns.

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Biden pauses oil and gas leases, cuts subsidies in 'bold' climate steps

By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon to the economy. The orders map out the direction for the Democratic president's climate change and environmental agenda and mark a reversal from policies under his Republican predecessor Donald Trump, who sought to maximize U.S. oil, gas and coal output by removing regulations and easing environmental rev...

Family of Black man killed by Cincinnati store owner seeks federal civil rights probe

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed Black man who was shot dead by a white store owner in Cincinnati asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to open a civil rights investigation into the case after the local prosecutor declined to bring any charges. Da'Shawn Tye, 19, was shot at the Mages Grocery in the Ohio city's Price Hill neighborhood on Nov. 19. On Dec. 9, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced no charges would be filed, saying Tye was attempting to rob the store for the third time. Tye was shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the pelvis, h...

Alaska official kicked off state's discrimination board after defending Nazi license plate

An Alaska lawmaker was removed from the state's discrimination board after defending a license plate with the text, "3REICH," a reference to Nazi Germany.

According to The Washington Post, as most of the state's lawmakers condemned the license plate, Jamie Allard, a member of the Anchorage Assembly who also serves on the commission designated to investigate discriminatory complaints, argued otherwise.

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New White House sign language interpreter linked to the far right – and appeared in video attacking Biden

Heather Mewshaw, an ASL interpreter chosen by the White House to be present at all news briefings, appears to manage a group of ASL interpreters who provide sign language accompaniments to right-wing videos, TIME reports.

The videos promote vaccine misinformation, conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the riot at the U.S. Capitol, and false claims about Michelle Obama being transgender. Mewshaw recently appeared in a video attacking President Joe Biden:

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Biden Administration hampered in rolling out COVID-19 workplace protections

U.S. workers continue to get sick and die from COVID-19 largely because the Trump White House refused to safeguard them with federally enforceable protections.

That isn't going to change immediately under President Joe Biden's executive order aimed at Protecting Worker Health & Safety because rules made by Congress say it takes time to implement life-protecting policies.

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