Extinction Rebellion, the climate protesters disrupting London, explained

Extinction Rebellion, the climate protesters disrupting London, explained

Activists want the UK to commit to zero net emissions by 2025. Is that possible? Thousands of activists with colorful costumes and tents have cultivated strategic disorder in orderly London over the past nine days. They’ve barricaded roads and bridges and gotten arrested to draw attention to the accelerating climate crisis. And they’re holding their ground. The coordinated direct actions across the city have been organized by Extinction Rebellion, a movement founded last year to…

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Kamala Harris says she’d pardon low-level drug offenders if elected president

Kamala Harris says she’d pardon low-level drug offenders if elected president

She addressed questions on criminal justice reform during a forum on Wednesday. Kamala Harris may still face questions over her past record on criminal justice, but in an appearance Wednesday, she sought to focus squarely on future reforms, committing to pardoning low-level drug offenders if she becomes president. “Absolutely,” she said when asked about using presidential pardon powers to release federal prisoners convicted of drug possession and drug related crimes. “We have to have the…

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Want to save Social Security? Let in more immigrants.

Want to save Social Security? Let in more immigrants.

The latest Social Security trustees report shows how immigration is keeping the program afloat. The federal government barely avoided dipping into its savings accounts last year to help pay Social Security benefits to millions of Americans. Economists had warned last year that — for the first time in decades — the Social Security Administration would not bring in enough money from payroll taxes and investment income to cover all the disability and retirement checks it…

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Vegan meat alternatives are on the rise

Vegan meat alternatives are on the rise

Vegan products like the Impossible Burger could help put the horrors of factory farming behind us. There’s a lot wrong with factory farming, from the cruelty it inflicts on animals to the destruction of wildlife habitat it brings about to the role it plays in climate change. But people really like meat, and efforts to convince meat eaters to consider vegan diets haven’t been successful. That’s where meat alternatives come in. Products like veggie burgers,…

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