FBI throws Trump under bus over Kavanaugh probe

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Employers added 528,000 jobs in July, a surprisingly strong number

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4,500 tips about Kavanaugh sexual assault were buried by Trump White House, FBI director admits

For years, Kavanaugh’s backers insisted allegations against him had been investigated. Yesterday, the FBI confirmed that no investigation was conducted because Trump didn’t want one.

Take Action: Demand Congress ban insurrectionist Trump from running for office in 2024!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Top Republican makes public admission, screws over his own party

The GOP’s lie that the Inflation Reduction Act will raise the personal income taxes of average Americans has now been completely dispelled.

Take Action: Tell the Biden admin to open abortion clinics on federal land!



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Democrats pull out HUGE 11th hour surprise

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Wow!


Far-right MAGA acolyte Kari Lake wins Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary
The former local news anchor has spent the past few days claiming she’s the victim of voter fraud while also declaring herself the victor. Now that she’s officially one, Lake declared that Arizona had “out-voted” the fraud, giving us a glimpse of the absurd, senseless conspiracies we can expect to see from Republicans across the board in November.

Take Action: Tell Biden to take executive action to get dark money out of politics!


Louisville police officers finally charged in shooting death of Breonna Taylor
The federal indictment announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland accuses Joshua Jaynes, Kelly Hanna Goodlett, Brett Hankison, and Kyle Meany of civil rights offences, unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction. Finally. After 29 months. Some measure of accountability.

Take Action: Tell the Senate to legalize marijuana and pass the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act!


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Sinema will “move forward” on Democrats’ transformative environmental and economic investment, paving path to big win for American families

Sinema finally offered her support for President Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda after party leaders agreed to change new tax proposals at her request. The Democrats’ sweeping investment package has been the product of intensive negotiations for more than a year and now appears on the cusp of passage.


Uvalde school police chief was demoted years before the massacre
Eight years before Uvalde school police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo (mis)led a disastrous law enforcement response to the Robb Elementary massacre, he was demoted from a high-ranking position at the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.


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Tim Ryan flips the script in worker-focused bid for Ohio’s red Senate seat

OD Action Partner: The trail blazing Democrat has a real shot at flipping Ohio’s open Senate seat and keeping the Democrats in the majority! United Rural Democrats makes it easier for candidates like Tim to share this workers-first message in rural America. For Democrats to win, we must compete and win in hard areas.


Study debunks right-wing conspiracy that social pressure is turning kids trans
Don’t expect pesky facts to slow down the Republican Party’s ongoing war on the LGBTQ community.


West Virginia man who threatened to kill Dr. Fauci and others sentenced to 3 years in prison
Newly convicted felon Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr. sent emails threatening to kill Dr. Fauci, members of his family, and other US health officials, claiming they would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.”


NYPD lawsuit payouts are on track to be highest in recent history
The infamous police department is on track to spend far more in lawsuit and misconduct payouts than in any year in recent history. One lawsuit settled last month for $12 million accused police of tackling a teenager to the ground, paralyzing him and ignoring his claims that he couldn’t move or feel his legs.


US teacher shortage is so bad some districts are trying four-day weeks
While it’s unclear precisely how many classrooms are without teachers, local reports indicate shortages ranging from the hundreds to the thousands. In Houston, Texas, alone, the five largest districts are reporting that anywhere from 200 to 1,000 positions remain unfilled.


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Today’s Action: Switch out your household products for a healthier planet!

No matter where those in power stand on protecting the planet, it’s essential that we all do our part to reduce waste and pollution. Many small businesses are already doing the hard work to ensure sustainable options for everyday products are on store shelves. Check out this guide and start swapping out products in your own household today!

Going zero-waste — eliminating single-use bottles and paper products and rethinking mainstream cleaning methods — is a critical step in the quest for a healthier planet. Check out this guide to creating a natural cleaning kit here.

Here are some other tips to get you started:

  • Seek out earth-friendly ingredients and refillable bottles from places like EarthHero and Zero Waste Store. Opt for biodegradable paper towels, compostable parchment paper, and products that can easily be recycled.
  • Make your own cleaning products. The Kitchen Chemist’s guide and Wild Minimalist have great zero-waste recipes worth trying!
  • Support your local farmers and community-based agriculture. “Food forests” are great ways to help the planet and encourage sustainable eating.
  • Create a waste-free bathroom with reusable menstrual products, biodegradable toothbrushes, plastic free soaps and shampoos, and non-toxic deodorant.

The average American tosses almost five pounds of trash every day. That’s three pounds more than the global average and amounts to a whopping 268 million tons annually for our nation as a whole. If every person reading this newsletter makes even modest changes, it could make a huge difference.

The past few years have produced severe, record-breaking weather events that are only getting worse. Unprecedented destruction from tornadoes, wildfires, and flooding have displaced hundreds of thousands of working families — all while corporations and beholden legislators continue punting on existential threats to our environment.

We can’t wait around for those in power to take the first step. Do your part to create a healthier planet today!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to impeach Brett Kavanaugh, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


New 1/6 hearing footage humiliates Josh Hawley

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Jan. 6th committee airs humiliating footage of MAGA Sen. Josh Hawley fleeing through Capitol halls during insurrection

The crypto-fascist senator from Missouri was happy to urge on the insurrectionists at first — but fled like a coward the moment he thought he himself might be in danger.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Pete Buttigieg schools conservative host on his own show

Biden’s Transportation Secretary is proving himself quite adept at taking on right-wing critics on their own territory.



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Losing Roe v. Wade isn’t the end — it’s just the beginning of a new fight

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: The worst has come to pass — now we need to be ready to fight for abortion rights in 50 statehouses. Can you chip in to help the DLCC elect Democrats who will fight to enshrine a woman’s right to choose into law?


Biden tests positive for COVID-19
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden, 79, is experiencing “very mild symptoms” and has begun taking an antiviral therapy. The right-wing, on the other hand, has seized on this inevitable and unremarkable infection as proof that the left’s “vaccine narrative” doesn’t work, exposing their staggering ignorance about how diseases and vaccines work.


House votes to pass bill guaranteeing access to contraception
The emergency vote is a direct response to far-right extremist Justice Clarence Thomas suggesting that the Supreme Court should reconsider the legal precedent that allows access to contraception. House Republicans proved that Thomas’ extremism is a party-wide phenomenon by voting against the bill en masse.

Take Action: Demand Congress enshrine abortion protections into law!


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John Fetterman trolls MAGA opponent Dr. Oz by pushing to induct him into the New Jersey Hall of Fame

The Pennsylvania Democrat has been running a highly effective Senate campaign by repeatedly highlighting one very salient fact about Oz — he lives in New Jersey.

Take Action: Join Bernie and Liz Warren and demand a Social Security expansion!


DHS launches criminal probe into destruction of Jan. 6 Secret Service text messages
The Department of Homeland Security inspector general informed the Secret Service it is investigating what happened to January 6-related text messages that may have been deleted, describing it as an “ongoing criminal investigation” and directing the agency to stop its internal investigations into the matter.

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Republicans pull HORRIFIC new stunt over abortion rights

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Unbelievable.


Melania Trump absurdly claims she was “unaware” of the Jan. 6 insurrection as it was happening
The infamously ineffective former First Lady wants us to believe that the reason she didn’t try to stop her husband’s coup attempt was because she was busy carrying out her “duties” to the nation.


Pence Secret Service detail feared for their lives during Capitol riot
As Trump’s violent coup attempt unfolded, members of Mike Pence’s security detail were so worried for their safety that they made goodbye calls to their families.


Walgreens employee refused to sell condoms to a couple on religious grounds
A pair of shoppers at a Walgreens in Wisconsin said an employee refused to sell condoms to them on religious grounds — something Walgreens said is permitted under its policies.


Mississippi school board removes policy barring people with guns on school campuses
The “good guy with a gun” myth has been disproven time and time again and yet Republicans cling to it because it’s all they have.


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Today’s Action: Join the fight for voting rights!

 

As if things weren’t bad enough already, the avalanche of baseless conspiracies spawned after the 2020 elections has put our democracy in danger at every level of the process. Ensuring that every single person has access to their vote is always a priority, but with midterm elections coming up, the stakes are only getting higher. Whether it’s on social media, in school, or directly in our community – every single one of us has a space to make our voices heard in this fight.

The good folks at When We All Vote know that equitable access to the polls is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and they offer a couple of different ways to get involved:

Become a Voting Squad Captain

If you’re ready to start conversations about our right and civic responsibility to vote, becoming a Voting Squad Captain could be for you. Captains will gain access to tools, coaching, and resources to get their communities ready to vote! If you need more info before signing up, check out their Voting Squad Starter Guide.

Join the Rapid Response #SocialSquad

If social media and connecting digitally is more your speed, the Rapid Response #SocialSquad is the perfect way to facilitate conversations about exercising the right to vote. Signing up for the rapid response team will give you access to critical social media graphics and messages from When We All Vote to share with your online community. Sign up to hear how to get started!

Join the My School Votes program

If you’re a parent, educator, or high school student, the My School Votes program is a great way to set students up for life-long civic engagement. Sign up through When We All Vote to get a starter kit of resources and support to help you start a voter registration program at your school!

Ensuring that everyone has the information they need to get to the ballot box, as well as the support and resources to fully engage in the electoral process, is absolutely critical for a healthy democracy. The more people like you we have taking action, the better!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to tell Congress to expel the Republicans who plotted with Trump, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Don Jr.'s massive affordable housing scam exposed

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New report shows how Don Jr failed to build homes for the poor, sued his investors instead

He and a partner were going to build “millions of houses” for poor people.They built virtually no units, left investors high and dry, and sued creditors rather than pay them.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Justice Department document department suggests Merrick Garland might be too cowardly to pursue Trump

It appears that once again the attorney general is prioritizing the appearance of neutrality over the upholding of the law.

Take Action: Tell the Justice Department: Charge Trump for the dozens of crimes he’s committed!



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🚨 Today is the FINAL January 6 Committee hearing 🚨

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: To watch Brian Tyler Cohen’s live coverage, click the link above and hit “NOTIFY ME” to be alerted when the hearing begins. Trust me– you won’t want to miss this one.


Biden unveils $2.3bn plan to fight climate change
The president revealed his ambitious plan to help build infrastructure that can withstand extreme weather and natural disasters but stopped shy of declaring a climate emergency.

Take Action: Demand Congress rebuff Trump’s SCOTUS and take climate change action NOW!


Republican Senators surprisingly quiet on fate of historic same-sex marriage bill
The party of forced birth is also on the verge of being the party of breaking up families.

Take Action: Demand Congress reform the extremist Supreme Court!


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Activist David Hogg removed from House hearing on an assault weapons ban

The Parkland school shooting survivor was kicked out of the hearing after he ripped into a Republican congressman for “reiterating the points of mass shooters.”

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Judge orders Rudy Giuliani to testify before grand jury in Trump election probe
The foul-mouthed, rapidly decaying chief insurrectionist is finally going to have to face the music for his exceptionally clumsy if not deeply disturbing efforts to overthrow our democracy on behalf of Donald Trump.


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Republicans pull HORRIFIC new stunt over abortion rights

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Unbelievable.


Democratic super PAC sues FEC for inaction as Donald Trump teases 2024 bid
The lawsuit follows a March complaint with the commission, alleging that Trump is raising and spending big sums to promote a likely presidential campaign in 2024, while skirting federal campaign finance laws that require those who raise or spend more than $5,000 to register as a candidate.


Jamie Raskin says he smells a “rat” involved in the deleted Secret Service texts
The Democratic congressman, who serves on the Jan. 6th committee, refuses to believe that the erasure of messages sent during the insurrection is a simple coincidence.


Mark Zuckerberg to face deposition over Cambridge Analytica scandal
Facebook’s founder will have to answer questions about why he continues to let conservatives abuse his platform to violate privacy laws and improperly influence elections with disinformation.


Federal appeals court allows Georgia’s six-week abortion ban to take effect immediately
The federal district court in 2020 blocked state officials from enforcing the law, which bans abortion when early cardiac activity is detected. The challenge to the law was brought by Georgia abortion providers, abortion rights advocacy groups, and practitioners. The appeals court has now vacated the lower court’s order.


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Today’s Action: Get out the abortion vote!

Your involvement in your local politics this year could mean the difference between American women having access to legal, safe abortion or the criminalization of life-saving healthcare. 

At least 21 states are preparing for crucial elections for state Supreme Court justices, governors, and state legislatures that could turn the tide in the fight for abortion rights. The overturning of Roe v. Wade placed the lives of birth-givers throughout the country at risk while those in red states are subjected to extremist trigger laws with the goal of forcing unwanted and dangerous pregnancies. We have to ensure that no more anti-choice conservatives are elected to office— lives quite literally depend on it.

There are several different facets of abortion at risk, including whether or not county sheriffs will enforce bans and investigate pregnancies, whether or not county prosecutors will pursue abortion cases, anti-abortion gerrymandering, and even voting on state constitutional protections altogether.

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to plug into your local politics and find out who is going to stand up for abortion rights for your community. You can check out this guide for just a few of the upcoming elections, but unfortunately, the list doesn’t end there. It’s up to you to find the best candidates that will protect reproductive care in your community for years to come!

Every. Vote. Matters. Check your voter registration status and polling place to ensure you’re prepared for upcoming elections — and tell your network of like-minded friends and family to do the same on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, at the park, in the bleachers, at the dinner table, and anywhere else you can!

What at first felt like a terrifying possibility is now a grim reality for half the country, but we don’t have to wait for our legislators to take the lead. It has never been more crucial to join the fight. Whether it’s donating to a local abortion fund, finding a rally, or writing your members of Congress, your voice is needed in the struggle for federally protected abortion rights. You can find a comprehensive list of abortion funds to donate to here

You can still currently receive abortion aid via mail in most states, and financial aid is available if you cannot afford your care. While acquiring and using abortion pills may come with legal risk, widespread access to such resources is crucial. While abortion is being attacked by conservatives, we are lucky to have abortion funds and activists who have been building resources in preparation for this possibility.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition telling the Senate to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Trump disgustingly exploits Ivana's death

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Donald Trump FUNDRAISES off 1st ex-wife Ivana’s death

The philandering, serial conman sent a message to his supporters announcing Ivana’s passing — and included a fundraising link for his PAC. It’s never not about the Donald, folks.

Take Action: Demand Merrick Garland punish Trump and his fans for threatening Jan. 6 witnesses!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Republican pulls a disgusting stunt on the Senate floor

Right-wing Sen. James Lankford trotted out a truly vile attack on abortion rights and offered a disturbing glimpse into the GOP’s plans for the future.

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Biden FIGHTS BACK on abortion rights

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: FINALLY.


National Right to Life official says 10-year-old rape victim would have benefited from giving birth
Jim Bopp, the lawyer who wrote a model law for right-wing states to restrict abortion rights, declared that the ten-year-old child should be forced to give birth and said he “hoped” that the ten-year-old child would understand the “reason and the benefit” of having her rapist’s baby at the AGE OF TEN.

Take Action: Tell the Biden admin to end Trump’s awful Title 42 immigration policy!


Indiana’s Republican AG eyes criminal prosecution of 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion doctor
It’s obvious that Republicans are so upset at the furious backlash their horrifying, forced-birth regime is generating that they are willing to punish anyone and everyone involved in order to silence those involved the next time a child can and will be forced to give birth.

Take Action: Tell Big Tech companies to keep abortion data away from the cops!


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A mile-long procession of buses is carrying items from school shooting victims to Ted Cruz’s house

A fleet of 52 yellow school buses formed a mile-long procession to Sen. Ted Cruz’s house in Houston on Thursday morning — 4,368 empty seats to honor the number of children senselessly killed by gun violence since 2020. Cruz has steadfastly voted against every commonsense gun reform bill and the blood of those children are on his hands.


Joe Manchin rules out new climate investment, tax increases on the wealthy in new reconciliation bill
The appalling 11th-hour betrayal from Manchin, who previously had expressed support for all those things, leaves Democrats in the distasteful position of either accepting a bare-bones reconciliation deal that only includes lower prescription drug prices and a temporary Affordable Care Act subsidy extension or getting nothing at all.


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Watch Richard Ojeda react to Walker’s idiotic ramblings!

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Secret Service deleted 1/6 text messages after House oversight officials requested them
Ludicrously, the officers are claiming that the messages were simply erased as “part of a device-replacement program.” Got it.


Conservative Texas lawyer takes aim at anti-HIV medication
The architect of Texas’ draconian anti-abortion law is quickly moving on to targeting LGBTQ+ people with a lawsuit to end the requirement that insurance providers cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) because it “encourages homosexual behavior.” If anyone told you the GOP would stop at Roe, never listen to them again.


Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman expertly trolls Dr. Oz with “Jersey Shore” Cameo video
Fetterman, who has torched his carpetbagging MAGA opponent for moving to Pennsylvania from New Jersey to run for Senate, shared a brilliant Cameo spot starring Jersey Shore’s Snooki with the caption: “Hey Dr. OZ 👋 JERSEY loves you + will not forget you!!!”


Not one single Republican votes for probe of neo-Nazis in military and police
America’s armed forces and particularly law enforcement have been known for years to be harboring white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and yet the nation has done little to combat their influence. Now with the opportunity to do so, the Republican Party made it VERY clear whose side they are on — and it ain’t ours.


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Today’s Action: Get out the vote in the primaries!

After a break in primaries, Maryland is voting next Tuesday! We all know the biggest enemies of progress in America are Republicans, but it’s also been painfully clear that just a few bad Democrats can muck a LOT of things up for all of us. This is our chance to do something about it — to not just elect any Democrats, but to reshape the party with real progressives to advance our legislative priorities!

If you live in Maryland and don’t yet have a plan to vote, make yours now. If you have friends in Maryland, call them and cajole them to the polls! Find out when your own state’s primaries will be held, and identify your current polling place here. It is absolutely critical to show up this year — and every year — to build a truly progressive future.

Every. Vote. Matters. Check your voter registration status and polling place to ensure you’re prepared for upcoming primaries and the midterms — and tell your network of like-minded friends and family to do the same on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, at the park, in the bleachers, in the pews, at the dinner table, and anywhere else you can!

No matter how unpopular Trump and the GOP seem to be, Americans are still dealing with extreme income inequality, incessant voter suppression schemes, worsening climate change, relentless attacks on reproductive care, and the demonization of marginalized communities, because corrupt Republicans are regularly joined by a few bad-faith Democrats hellbent on the status quo. Fortunately, we have some amazing progressives running for office this year. But they can’t win if we don’t show up.

Even though there’s only one primary next week, civic engagement is still as important as ever. There are tons of virtual Get Out The Vote events happening this weekend that need your participation, including phone banking for Michigan tonight and phone banking for Georgia this Sunday. You can filter through events here, but no matter what you choose — you’re making a difference in this fight.

Every meaningful electoral victory shares a common thread: progressives turning out in full force on Election Day.

Check your voter registration status at odaction.com/vote and make sure you’re ready to do your part in upcoming primaries and the midterms to win Congress and more. Then, share away on social media!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition telling Congress to expel the Republicans who plotted with Trump, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Top GOP candidate praises "wonderful" pedophile

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Hitler-praising Republican congressional candidate defends “wonderful” pedophile on campaign staff

The GOP Caucus endorsed Carl Paladino and prioritized his race AFTER he praised Hitler. Now, the Nazi nom is defending a convicted sex offender he calls “a wonderful employee.”


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Gavin Newsom unveils legislation to hold gun manufacturers accountable

The Democratic governor of California is taking the fight to the companies profiting from American carnage — and empowering citizens to do the same.

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Biden FIGHTS BACK on abortion rights

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: FINALLY.


Ex-CIA engineer convicted in biggest theft ever of agency secrets
Joshua Schulte, who chose to defend himself at his retrial in New York City, told jurors in closing arguments that the CIA and FBI made him a scapegoat for an embarrassing public release of a trove of CIA secrets by WikiLeaks in 2017.

Take Action: Tell Big Tech companies to keep abortion data away from the cops!


Lauren Boebert’s gun-loving restaurant shuts down…without a bang
Boebert’s landlord refused to extend her lease, forcing the QAnon congresswoman to shutter Shooters Grill’s doors for good.


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Former US attorney says Donald Trump could be charged with “manslaughter” over his insurrection behavior

At this point, it’s hard to find a crime that Donald Trump has not committed.

Take Action: Demand Congress rebuff Trump’s SCOTUS and take climate change action NOW!


3rd arrest made in GOP election fraud scheme in Colorado
Hey, look! Election fraud! Perpetrated by Republicans who screamed “election fraud!” in 2020. Neat!

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Tim Ryan flips the script in worker-focused bid for Ohio’s red Senate seat

OD Action Partner: The trail blazing Democrat has a real shot at flipping Ohio’s open Senate seat and keeping the Democrats in the majority! United Rural Democrats makes it easier for candidates like Tim to share this workers-first message in rural America. For Democrats to win, we must compete and win in hard areas.


Baltimore cop busted selling ghost gun to drug-dealing bikers
A 16-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department faces federal gun and drug charges after he also conspired with a notorious biker club to swap and sell drugs, according to court filings.

Take Action: Tell Congress to pass the Judicial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act!


House passes amended military burn-pit legislation
The House finally passed long-overdue legislation to help millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service.


Joe Biden says he would use military action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons
The president said such a drastic move would happen only as a “last resort.”


Jim Jordan quietly deletes tweet calling 10-year-old’s abortion a “lie”
When he’s not ignoring underage sexual abuse, the odious congressman apparently enjoys spending his time smearing underage victims.


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Today’s Action: Tell Congress to do MORE to reduce gun violence!

Last month, US Congress finally passed legislation to address America’s horrific gun violence epidemic, the first such congressional action in nearly thirty years. While the changes made were modest and far from perfect, our country finally took a long-overdue step in the right direction. Incentivizing states to implement red flag laws, providing more funding to support laws already in place, enhancing background checks for those under 21, and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in mental health services are all parts of the new law that will undoubtedly save lives. While these improvements represent a massive achievement for a country diseased by chronic gun violence, we cannot stop there.

Banning assault rifles (weapons specifically designed to kill human beings on battlefields), expanding background checks to include ammunition purchases, mandating proper gun storage and safety protocols and prosecuting failure to comply — these are just some of the steps necessary to truly reduce gun violence in America.

Call (202.224.3121) or email your members of Congress and demand they do more to combat American gun violence!

There were 693 mass shootings in the United States in 2021 alone. Excluding suicide, there were 20,726 gun deaths in 2021, as well. Despite months of virtual, online schooling last year, there were still 42 acts of gun violence on K-12 campuses. According to the Washington Post, a child is shot every hour in America. We have had more mass shootings in 2022 so far than there have been days — something’s got to give.

How much mass trauma must America experience before our elected officials stop making excuses for weapons of mass death

Call (202.224.3121) or email your members of Congress and remind them that the fight for common-sense gun safety laws can’t stop here! 

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to indict Ivanka Trump, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


GOP gov green lights police brutality with fascist law

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Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe assassinated, shooter in custody

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Republican governor makes it illegal to film police at close range in Arizona

The newly signed bill literally criminalizes filming cops for any reason within eight feet in the latest, grievous lunge toward a truly dystopian police state.

Take Action: Call on Congress to ban police from using phone data to spy on pregnant people!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Rudy Giuliani finally discusses asking Trump for a pardon

Not surprisingly, the disgraced former mayor just ended up making himself sound even more guilty.



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Supreme Court takes up the SINGLE MOST DANGEROUS case yet

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: OMG.


Colorado Democrats step up to protect out-of-state abortion seekers’ rights
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a badly needed executive order refusing to cooperate with red states’ investigations into people who received abortions or reproductive healthcare in Colorado. The order also protects Coloradans from being disciplined for performing such services.

Take Action: Join Bernie and Liz Warren and demand a Social Security expansion!


Sen. Ron Johnson scrambled to pull mass shooter ad after July 4th shooting
“The latest murder in America didn’t involve guns,” the Republican senator said in a recorded campaign radio ad slated to appear on July 6.

Take Action: Expel Ron Johnson for trying to overturn the election with fake Trump electors!


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Florida man gets off lightly for death threat to Rep. Ilhan Omar

A federal judge sentenced a former Trump supporter to three years of probation and a $7,000 fine for sending an email threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and three other congresswomen.


Prominent evangelical leader and anti-abortion plaintiff caught on a hot mic boasting about praying with SCOTUS justices
Peggy Nienaber, an executive director at Liberty Counsel — a right-wing, anti-abortionist group that has brought numerous cases before the Supreme Court — admitted to praying with SCOTUS justices in “totally off the record” comments.

Take Action: Demand Congress reform the extremist Supreme Court!


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Ron Johnson admits to trying to overturn the election results in 2020.

OD Action Partner: Ron Johnson admitted to handing Pence a list of fake electors to overturn the election results. United Rural Democrats is committed to electing rural Democrats to office and voting out Trump sycophants like Ron Johnson. Democrats must win small town, main-street America to expand our governing power. United Rural Democrats is leading the charge and needs your help.


Gov. Gavin Newsom announces California will make its own insulin
The unapologetic Democrat announced a plan to allocate $100 million in state funding to have the state make its own insulin, stating that: “Nothing epitomizes market failure more than the cost of insulin.”


West Virginia police gun down mentally unstable man in vicious barrage
In the video, the victim can be seen holding a gun and occasionally pointing it at his own head before being pumped full of bullets by multiple officers.


IRS chief refers suspicious audit of Trump foes James Comey, Andy McCabe to inspector general
The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has asked an internal watchdog to probe what many suspect may have been a targeted political hit from the infamously vindictive ex-president.


Officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice quickly leaves new police job after two days
Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 swiftly left the one-man police force of Tioga, Pennsylvania, amid intense backlash to his tone-deaf hiring.

Take Action: Tell Big Tech companies to keep abortion data away from the cops!


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Today’s Action: Tell Congress to support President Biden’s new Title IX regulations!

Last month, on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, President Biden announced plans to reinstate critical regulations tossed out by the Trump administration. The Department of Education announced that the revamped amendments would “make clear that preventing someone from participating in school programs and activities consistent with their gender identity would cause harm in violation of Title IX, except in some limited areas set out in the statute or regulations.” The change would protect abuse victims AND transgender students made needlessly more vulnerable by Donald Trump.

A strong Title IX, which protects students from sexual discrimination in educational settings, is absolutely critical in making our communities safe and inclusive. This correction is long past due.

Biden’s announcement made it clear where Democrats stand on sex- and gender-based discrimination, stating that “millions of women and girls have benefited from the changes that Title IX helped make possible.” He’s right — Title IX has provided countless students with more equitable opportunities. The Trump administration’s peel back of victim protections prevented survivors of sexual assault from receiving justice for years. It’s high time to take that power back!

Call (202-224-3121) or write your members of Congress and call on them to support Biden’s new Title IX regulations!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition demanding Congress ban AR-15s and other assault rifles, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


July 4th killer’s dad implicated in massacre

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Highland Park parade shooter’s father helped him obtain gun permit despite clear signs of danger

The shooter had previously threatened to kill himself and others — and yet his father incomprehensibly helped him procure firearms.

Take Action: Tell Mitch McConnell — you have blood on your hands! Do something about guns NOW!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Republican congresswoman says she would “shoot her own grandchildren” on the floor of Congress to oppose gun safety reform

There are no words to describe the depth of GOP gun derangement.



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Supreme Court takes up the SINGLE MOST DANGEROUS case yet

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: OMG.


Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to resign
Johnson finally agreed to step down after one of his closest allies, Treasury Chief Nadhim Zahawi, told the scandal-plagued prime minister to resign for the good of the country.


Uvalde cop had crucial opportunity to shoot killer but didn’t
An Uvalde police officer armed with a rifle spotted the gunman outside Robb Elementary School and was ready to fire. He asked for permission to take the shot but his supervisor either did not hear him or responded too late.

Take Action: Fire the Uvalde police who stood around for 40 minutes while children were dying!


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Pennsylvania Republicans break ranks to organize support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate against MAGA QAnoner

A group of Pennsylvania Republicans with long records in government and politics will form a super PAC to support state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee for governor, in a rejection of the extremist GOP nominee, State Sen. Doug Mastriano.

Take Action: Tell Congress to pass the Judicial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act!


Senate Democrats advance deal to lower drug prices
The announcement signaled some welcomed progress for Democrats as they try to finalize a scaled-back version of President Biden’s sweeping Build Back Better domestic policy package that collapsed late last year.

Take Action: Tell the Biden administration to help seniors pay for their Medicare!


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WATCH Richard Ojeda Explain the Top 5 Republican Motivators

OD Action Partner: Who are these numbskulls and what drives them?


Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify before House 1/6 committee
Cipollone’s reported resistance to Trump’s illegal schemes to overturn his 2020 election defeat has made him a long-sought and potentially revelatory witness.


Trump foes James Comey and Andrew McCabe swept up in highly invasive, rare IRS audit
Good thing we know Trump would never improperly use the federal government to target his political enemies, right?


Old friend calls on disgraced MAGA candidate to drop out of Missouri’s US Senate race
Ken Harbaugh says his former pal Eric Greitens “needs to drop out and focus on repairing the enormous damage he has done to Missouri, his family, and himself.”


DOJ investigating Texas’ “Operation Lone Star” for alleged civil rights violations
Biden’s Justice Department is probing whether a multimillion-dollar Texas military operation touted by Gov. Greg Abbott violated the civil rights of people arrested near the US-Mexico border.


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Today’s Action: Tell Uvalde to fire the police officers who stood around while children were murdered!

As the horrifying story of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was pieced together, it became abundantly clear that local police failed to honor their sworn duty to protect the innocent and — through abject inaction — enabled the killer to continue his horrific slaughter unabated.

Video footage shows the police cordon off the school and stand around while the shooter continues his horrific rampage, ignoring desperate pleas from parents to save their kids and even threatening and detaining parents who attempt to enter the school themselves. Uvalde police stood around and did nothing for more than FORTY MINUTES. It took a heroic, off-duty Border Patrol member to charge in and finally end the massacre.

Call (830-278-3315) or write cityhall@uvaldetx.com and demand they fire the police officers who harassed terrified parents instead of doing their jobs and stopping the shooter! Send them this petition with over 220,000 signatures demanding their termination!

The police have changed their story several times already, offering contradictory accounts of their actions — or lack thereof. Given the policing community’s proclivity for distorting the truth — or just shamelessly lying — it’s not difficult to assume the Uvalde police are covering for their cowardice and incompetence.

The town of Uvalde spends 40% of their municipal budget on their police force. With that level of funding, they can surely do better when it comes to protecting and serving the community.

Call (830-278-3315) or write cityhall@uvaldetx.com and demand the immediate firing of the law enforcement officers involved, and make sure to send them this petition with over 220,000 calling for the same!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition compelling Marjorie Taylor Greene to testify before the January 6th committee, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


AOC sounds alarm on Clarence Thomas' judicial coup

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AOC rings “judicial coup” alarm bells over US election law case before SCOTUS

The progressive icon is sounding the alarm about the right-wing hight court’s escalating assault on democracy.

Take Action: Demand Congress impeach Clarence Thomas!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Marjorie Taylor Greene cornered over 1/6 pardon request

The QAnon congresswoman was finally asked if she sought Trump’s help escaping the consequences of her role in the attempt to overthrow our government.



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The ONE way to restore abortion rights in the US

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Draconian abortion bans blocked by Florida, Kentucky judges
The Florida and Kentucky decisions came amid a flurry of litigation by abortion rights groups seeking to preserve people’s ability to terminate pregnancies, after last week’s historic ruling by the extreme-right Supreme Court.

Take Action: Tell the Biden administration to help seniors pay for their Medicare!


Mitch McConnell threatens to kill China competition bill
The detestable Senate minority leader put Senate Democrats and the White House on notice that they can kiss their bipartisan China bill goodbye if they continue to chase a climate, energy, and tax deal with Joe Manchin.

Take Action: Tell Congress to free America from Big Oil and pass the Energy Security and Independence Act!


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Supreme Court cripples the federal government’s power to fight climate change

The far-right court dealt a crushing blow to climate action by handcuffing the EPA’s ability to regulate planet-warming emissions from power plants.

Take Action: Tell Congress to free America from Big Oil and pass the Energy Security and Independence Act!


Akron police fire more than 90 rounds during fatal confrontation with fleeing motorist
Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, suffered more than 60 wounds from his face down to his legs, sources and autopsy records show.


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The fight for abortion rights isn’t over yet — not by a long shot!

John Fetterman for Senate: John Fetterman has vowed to kill the filibuster and codify Roe into law — but we need to send him to the Senate to do it. Can you chip in today to help him win one of the most flippable races in the country?


Democratic congresswoman arrested for peacefully protesting for abortion rights
Southern California lawmaker Judy Chu was among several dozen people arrested in Washington, DC, during a protest in support of abortion rights.


Supreme Court says Biden can end Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy
The monstrous policy, which deposited innocent immigrants from all over South America into Mexican border towns to be preyed upon by cartel gangs, has finally come to an end.


Biden intends to nominate a conservative, anti-abortion lawyer to federal judgeship, Kentucky Democrats say
The move appears to be part of some larger deal with Mitch McConnell, who is of course blocking all of Biden’s nominations, but Kentucky Democrats are furious. Governor Andy Beshear slammed the move as “indefensible.”


Wisconsin Supreme Court backs GOP scheme to rob Democratic governor of appointment powers
The Wisconsin Supreme Court endorsed a blatant power grab by the Republican-controlled state Senate, green-lighting a scheme to seize control of state boards and commissions appointments from Gov. Tony Evers.


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Today’s Action: Pass federal abortion protections now!

In the aftermath of the devastating Roe v. Wade decision, anti-abortion lawmakers are already planning how to prevent their residents from seeking out-of-state abortion care. As a wave of trigger laws come crashing down, some district attorneys are promising not to prosecute abortion cases — but it’s still one of our only lines of defense against brutal attacks on bodily autonomy. We need more! We need our federal government to enshrine reproductive rights into law nationwide.

What at first felt like a terrifying possibility is now a grim reality for half the country, as women in red states with trigger laws lost their right to abortion care instantly. It has never been more crucial to join the fight. Whether it’s donating to a local abortion fund, finding a rally, or writing your members of Congress, your voice is needed in the struggle for federally protected abortion rights. The fight isn’t over yet. You can find a comprehensive list of abortion funds to donate to here. You can still currently receive abortion aid via mail in most states, and financial aid is available if you cannot afford your care. While acquiring and using abortion pills may come with legal risk, widespread access to such resources is crucial for women under attack from crusading conservatives. We are lucky to have abortion funds and activists who have been gathering resources in preparation for this fight.

Call (202-224-3121) or write your members of Congress and demand they protect abortion rights nationwide immediately!

It only took 48 hours after the release of the infamous draft opinion leaked before Louisiana conservatives began discussing how to contort abortion into homicide. Just this May, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law the strictest anti-abortion legislation in the country — effectively banning all abortions starting at fertilization. It’s clear that Republicans are more motivated than ever to rip away their constituents’ right to choose — willing and eager to force unwanted pregnancy onto everyone, including survivors of sexual abuse, under the threat of felony charges. It’s downright cruel.

Regardless of what conservatives would like to be true, America is not a theocracy. Over 60% of Americans support legal abortion access. A legislator’s job is not to play God, it’s to serve their communities. Overturning Roe v. Wade set an extremely dangerous precedent for the treatment of anyone who isn’t a straight, religious, white, cisgender male — especially after Justice Thomas indicated his intent to review other landmark rulings, like the ones that legalized gay marriage and fought for privacy in the bedroom.

Call (202-224-3121) or write your members of Congress to tell them to restore and protect a woman’s fundamental right to choose!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition demanding Congress save the Clean Air Act from Trump’s judges, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Rudy cries wolf after laughable "attack" in store

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Rudy Giuliani tapped on the back inside Staten Island supermarket, claims “it was painful all night. It was hard to sleep. But I’m telling you, it was a very, very heavy shot”

A ShopRite worker has been arrested for allegedly lightly patting the disgraced former mayor on the back and greeting him as a “scumbag.” The


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Pro-life” Republican confronted with red states’ dismal health outcomes on air

Governor Kristi Noem found herself backed into a corner over her party’s repeated, demonstrable failures.

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The ONE way to restore abortion rights in the US

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South Dakota governor announces that she will ban mail-order abortion pills
The repeal of Roe v. Wade has opened the floodgates for a wave of draconian GOP policies targeting women.

Take Action: Tell Google to delete data to protect abortion seekers!


Arkansas governor brushes off rape and incest exceptions to abortion ban
Asa Hutchinson claimed this is “not the debate” being held in Arkansas and refused to address the issue — almost certainly because there is no justification for this monstrous cruelty and he knows it.

Take Action: Tell Congress to pass paid family leave and affordable child care!


Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparks outrage and derision with Roe defeat quip
After winning her gubernatorial primary, the former Trump lie czar declared that “we will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in a classroom.” The United States has had 27 school shootings so far this year.

Take Action: Tell the Biden team: Do everything in your power to defend LGBTQ+ rights against Republican hate!


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AOC says impeachment possible if Supreme Court justices lied under oath, which they did

We have now reached the point where the truly radical options are the only ones that make sense.


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WATCH Major Retired Richard Ojeda Rally All Defenders of Choice

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Russian missiles hit Kyiv as G7 summit begins in Europe
One person died and at least six were wounded in a Russian missile strike that hit a residential apartment block in the Ukrainian capital.

Take Action: Tell Congress to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen!


Trump fatigue sets in: “Some donors are getting sick of the shitshow”
Few, if any, conservatives are turning on the former president. But they’re tiring of the drama.


One America News star has total meltdown over pride flag
Alison Steinberg, professional snowflake, withered in the summer sun over a pride flag…in CALIFORNIA


Republicans panic that overturning Roe could hurt them in the mid-terms
A dozen Republican strategists and party officials admitted in interviews that opposing abortion is a “losing issue for Republicans” and could seriously blunt their electoral prospects.


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Today’s Action: Get out the vote in the primaries!

There are seven primaries taking place tomorrow — Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah. We all know the biggest enemies of progress in America are Republicans, but it’s also been painfully clear that just a few bad Democrats can muck a LOT of things up for all of us. This is our chance to do something about it — to not just elect any Democrats, but to reshape the party with real progressives to advance our legislative priorities!

If you live in one of the SEVEN states voting tomorrow and don’t yet have a plan to vote, make yours now. If you have friends in those states, call them and cajole them to the polls! Find out when your own state’s primaries will be held, and identify your current polling place here. It is absolutely critical to show up this year — and every year — to build a truly progressive future.

Every. Vote. Matters. Check your voter registration status and polling place to ensure you’re prepared for upcoming primaries and the midterms — and tell your network of like-minded friends and family to do the same on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, at the park, in the bleachers, in the pews, at the dinner table, and anywhere else you can!

No matter how unpopular Trump and the GOP seem to be, Americans are still dealing with extreme income inequality, incessant voter suppression schemes, relentless attacks on reproductive care, and the demonization of marginalized communities, because corrupt Republicans are regularly joined by a few bad-faith Democrats. Fortunately, we have some amazing progressives running for office this year. But they can’t win if we don’t show up.

If you can, make plans to join Working Families Party’s weekly virtual event this Friday, July 1st, from 3PM – 5 PM EDT and help send texts for progressive candidates to voters across the country!

Every meaningful electoral victory shares a common thread: progressives turning out in full force on Election Day.

Check your voter registration status at odaction.com/vote and make sure you’re ready to do your part in upcoming primaries and the midterms to win Congress and more. Then share away on social media!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition call on Congress to pass a law protecting abortion access, no matter what the Supreme Court says, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Ivanka torched by fallen Capitol cop's girlfriend on TV

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Fallen Capitol Police officer’s girlfriend publicly calls out Jared & Ivanka

Officer Brian Sicknick’s girlfriend knew exactly where to place the blame: “They knew Trump intimately. They knew how dangerous he was. And nobody did anything to stop him.”

Take Action: Demand an investigation into Ivanka and Jared’s corrupt profiteering off Trump’s presidency!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Bombshell update on Ginni Thomas testifying for House 1/6 committee

The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas could soon find herself testifying under oath about her blatantly treasonous efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Take Action: Tell Congress to pass the Judicial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act!



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Watch DAY 3 of the House 1/6 committee’s highly anticipated hearings right now!

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Tune into Brian Tyler Cohen’s livestream. Click on the image above to watch live.


John Eastman sought Trump pardon for scheme to overturn 2020 election, email shows
When your lawyer starts worrying about going to prison you know you haven’t just crossed the line, you’ve obliterated it.

Take Action: Tell Congress to break the school-to-prison pipeline!


2 people killed in church shooting near Birmingham, Alabama
At this point, is there anything more American than senseless gun deaths?


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Republican walks out on US gun legislation talks, Democrats remains hopeful

Lead GOP negotiator John Cornyn, who represents the state where police failed to stop a shooter from murdering schoolchildren just last month, walked out over disagreements over “red flag” laws and the “boyfriend loophole,” the two most important pieces of the deal.

Take Action: Sign now to tell the government to legalize marijuana!


Mitt Romney and Rand Paul among 14 Republicans voting against healthcare for veterans suffering from burn pits
The GOP loves to say how much they support the troops — until it’s time to actually support them.

Take Action: Tell Congress to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen!


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While Republicans cower before the gun lobby, Veronica Escobar is a leader in the fight to pass commonsense gun reform

OD Action partner: Veronica Escobar isn’t afraid to take on the NRA — but she’s going to need your help to do it!


Trump intentionally attacked Mike Pence via Twitter after he learned the Capitol had been violently breached
It now appears increasingly likely that the disgraced ex-president was genuinely hoping his vice president would be physically confronted by his enraged MAGA mob.


Herschel Walker revealed to have two more secret children
The GOP’s newly minted candidate for US Senate in Georgia — who has spent years decrying absent fathers in the Black community — acknowledged having two additional children, bringing his current known total to four.


Mitt Romney and Rand Paul among 14 Republicans voting against healthcare for veterans suffering from burn pits
The GOP loves to say how much they support the troops — until it’s time to actually support them.


Ivanka Trump recalls father’s final Jan. 6 call with Mike Pence: “You are a wimp”
In a heated call to Pence on the morning of Jan. 6, Trump chastised his VP for not being “tough enough” to overturn the election, and called him a “wimp.”



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Today’s Action: Honor Juneteenth this weekend and every day!

On June 19th, 1865, the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared the long-overdue news of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had officially freed Black slaves two-and-a-half years prior. To the thousands still enslaved in Texas at the time, the proclamation had been deliberately withheld and ignored by white slaveholders.

One year ago today, President Biden signed into law “Juneteenth National Independence Day,” designating June 19th as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States. As June 19th falls on a Sunday this year, Monday is the observed federal holiday — but we want to make sure that you have plenty of time to observe Juneteenth events this weekend.

In many communities across the country, Juneteenth has been celebrated for more than 150 years. The decades-long campaign to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday exploded in 2020 following nationwide protests over George Floyd’s brutal murder at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement.

Our country still has a long, long way to go in achieving true equity and justice for Black people, and it’s going to take far more than a designated federal holiday to get there. From community-based safety initiatives to voting rights to ending the war on drugs, we have so much more work to do. Juneteenth’s designation as a federal holiday is just one step among many in the fight to fully expose the United States’ sordid history of systemic oppression.

We wish those celebrating Juneteenth a proud, safe, and joyful day! 

We ask allies to commit to taking at least one action in support: respectfully attending Juneteenth events and/or continuing self-education on historic and current systemic racism against Black people in the United States. 

Don’t know where to begin? Check out the New York Public Library’s Spotlight on Juneteenth for a little of everything: events, reading lists, music, educator resources, kids storytime, and cooking lessons!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition demanding the Justice Department indict Trump’s election steal lawyer John Eastman, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.