MK Ayman Odeh

Ayman Odeh Still Wants to be Israel’s First Palestinian Prime Minister

By Meron Rapaport, +972 Magazine

Since stepping into the national political scene in 2015, and particularly over the past two years and four rounds of elections, Joint List head Ayman Odeh has turned the removal of Benjamin Netanyahu into a mainstay, if not the mainstay, of his political agenda. Odeh has said time and again, almost at every opportunity, that Netanyahu has been Israel’s worst prime minister with the worst record of incitement against the Palestinian public, making his removal imperative.

Read this interview with Odeh for a better understanding of Palestinian politics inside Israel.

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An oil rig appears in the middle of the ocean offshore Alaska's coast

Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal Propose "College for All"

By Author, Outlet (backlink to original article)

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal proposed Wednesday the College for All Act. The bill would make community college free to everyone; make public four-year colleges and universities tuition-free for all students from families earning less than $125,000 a year; and double the Pell Grant to almost $13,000.

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Frito-Lay workers strike

Drop the Doritos! Workers Fight Frito-Lay

By Vanessa Romer, NPR

“… workers say they want more concessions before heading back into the factory. They have also called for a national boycott on Frito-Lay products, as well as those produced by PepsiCo, for the remainder of the strike. If successful, the boycott would mean living in a world without Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos and Sun Chips. Temporarily, at least.”

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DNC Strategy Denounced as 'Clueless and Depressing' Amid GOP Assault on Voting Rights

Julia Conley, Common Dreams

“Clueless and depressing” was how one voting rights expert described the Democratic National Committee’s Thursday announcement of a new $25 million plan to invest in get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of the 2022 midterm elections—an effort that critics said the Biden administration appeared to be treating as an alternative to passing voting rights legislation like the For the People Act.

The “I Will Vote” plan, unveiled by Vice President Kamala Harris at Howard University, conveyed little understanding of the fact that “we stand at an inflection point about whether we can be a multiracial democracy or not,” said Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, who highlighted the Republican Party’s concerted voter suppression efforts across the country.

According to the Brennan Center, 17 states have enacted 28 new laws restricting voting rights so far this year, with dozens more expected to pass in Republican-led legislatures. Newly passed laws include bans on curbside voting, restrictions on absentee voting, termination of Election Day registration in Montana, and purges of voter rolls—voter suppression tactics which won’t be countered by encouraging Democratic voters to show up at the polls, Li and other critics said.

Last month, the White House enlisted the help of Silicon Valley executive Reid Harrison, who hosted a virtual fundraiser for the DNC’s initiative.

“There is a faction within the White House that thinks the best way to respond to voter suppression laws is not to fix the laws, but to get big donors to fund a giant GOTV operation,” said Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief for The Intercept. 

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WSJ: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Orders Nonessential Staff to Leave Country

WSJ: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Orders Nonessential Staff to Leave Country

By Jessica Donati
April 27, 2021 6:27 pm ET

The U.S. has ordered withdrawals from its embassy in Afghanistan as a May 1 deadline for troop withdrawal arrives. President Biden has announced a new withdrawal date of Sept. 11, 2021.

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