As Biden addresses Trump’s rollbacks, he can also begin to put new programs in place. In a list of 25 actions that Biden could take immediately to address climate change, a coalition of groups called Build Back Fossil Free is advocating for a federal “no hotspots” policy that would take on the problem of disproportionate pollution in communities of color. The government can start mapping the communities that are hardest hit and could stop new fossil fuel development, operations, and transport in those communities. … [Read more...] about 7 climate actions that Biden could take on his first day
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As Biden must realize, this is the last moment when his term could still be anything. It might be one depressing capitulation after another, with the saving grace of just getting past the pandemic. It might be a shockingly progressive success, in which a historically diverse coterie of advisers and outside activists nudge him out of a centrist bubble and into the realm of making a substantive difference in people’s lives. (Either way, Republican politicians and pundits will react by rediscovering that deficit-spending is Bad, and railing against the scourge of gaffes.) … [Read more...] about What looking back at Trump’s inauguration tells us about Biden’s presidency
Will private citizen Trump continue to get intelligence briefings? People in the know hope not. Last week Susan M. Gordon, who was Trump’s principal deputy director of intelligence from 2017-2019, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post suggesting that to do so would be a grave security risk. House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff also says hell-to-the-no, pointing out that U.S. allies withheld intelligence from Trump and his people because they “didn’t trust the president.” Ex-FBI director James Comey also said he thinks it would be a bad idea. … [Read more...] about Will Trump keep getting intelligence briefings? Who decides?
In the days since the attack on the Capitol, the spread of misinformation concerning the election has dropped drastically. A report from Zignal Labs found that chatter about fraud during the election was down 73% in the week after January 6, according to The Washington Post. Social media platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have raced to pull down content, groups, and individual accounts associated with the violence in the capital. Meanwhile, Twitter took down 70,000 accounts associated with QAnon. YouTube suspended President Trump’s account. Amazon Web Services refused to host unmoderated social platform Parler. Even Airbnb took action, canceling stays in Washington, D.C. during the week of the inauguration. … [Read more...] about Deplatforming is working—for now