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Biden administration transfers its first detainee from Guantánamo Bay

President Joe Biden has begun efforts to finally close the detention facility at the US enclave on the southeast coast of Cuba.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Republican senator embarrasses himself on Fox News

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy fumbled over his words as he attempted with a straight face to blame Democrats for politicizing vaccinations.

Take Action: Add your name to call for EVERY STATE to expand Medicaid to those who need it!



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Texas Democrats FINALLY dish on Manchin conversation

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: About time.


“Eloquently nasty” spyware from Israeli firm was reportedly used against dozens of journalists, politicians, activists
Military-grade spyware developed and licensed by the private Israeli firm NSO Group was found on the smartphones of 23 journalists, business executives, human rights activists, and at least one woman close to murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Take Action: Tell Congress to hold big tech accountable for their anti-democracy monopolies that trample the rights of regular Americans!


Trump and Giuliani could face criminal investigation in Arizona over their attempts to overturn election
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote to the state’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich to urge him to launch a criminal investigation into Trump and his allies over the potential violations of state election laws following revelations of a coordinated pressure campaign to stop the counting of ballots in Maricopa County.

Take Action: Tell Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to listen to HER OWN STATE and abolish the damn filibuster!


Former surgeon general says CDC “premature” to ease mask rules as delta variant spreads
Dr. Jerome Adams expressed regret over his dismissal of masks early in the pandemic and warned against repeating his mistake in the face of the highly transmissible variant.


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Gloria Richardson, influential yet largely unsung civil rights pioneer, dies at 99

“She did it because it needed to be done, and she was born a leader.”

Take Action: Tell Schumer: The infrastructure bill MUST include the climate justice and equity!


Kamala Harris heads to Walter Reed for routine checkup following meeting with Texas Democrats who later tested positive for virus
Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson for Harris, said that the vice president and her staff at the meeting were not at risk of exposure to the virus and the routine appointment was unrelated.


Matt Gaetz accidentally poses with prankster for beach photo
“People think you’re a pedophile!”


Security forces, police ignored assassinated Haitian president’s final pleas for help
Foreign mercenaries got past at least three police checkpoints on the road to Jovenel Moïse’s house and past presumably dozens of security agents inside his walled-off compound to gain access to his second-floor bedroom.


Chinese government recruiting criminal hackers to attack Western targets
The Biden administration and US allies blamed the Chinese government for a sprawling web of cyberattacks, including a blizzard of hacks into Microsoft email servers in March and intrusions for which Beijing partnered with cyber criminals.


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Today’s Action: Pass the For The People Act!

This past week, Texas Democrats heroically left the Lone Star state en masse in opposition to sweeping GOP voter suppression laws being hammered through Gov. Abbott’s special legislative session. Abbott has been unable to find any legitimate examples of voter fraud to appease Trump, but that’s not stopping him from attempting to make it harder for millions of working class Texans to vote following 2020’s record turnout.

Texas Democrats are holding strong against 21st-century Jim Crow restrictions. By breaking quorum they were able to temporarily stop the GOP’s vote, but are now facing the very real threat of arrest upon their return. With this sacrifice, they are hoping to call national attention to the need for stronger federal voting protections.

The passage of federal voting protections is our last line of defense against GOP voter suppression laws. Call (202-224-3121) or email your senators and tell them to work to end the filibuster and pass the For The People Act immediately!

Texas Democrats aren’t the only ones who need our support. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) led a group of Black women into the Hart Senate Office Building last week in peaceful protest against the disenfranchisement of marginalized voters happening across the country. She was arrested within minutes of being told to leave — notably quicker than any of the thousands of insurrectionists threatening the Capitol on January 6th. The disparities of treatment are clear.

Legislators like Joyce Beatty and Texas Democrats are working nonstop in Washington, DC to protect their most marginalized constituents’ right to vote. Every one of our elected representatives should be fighting for the same.

Call (202-224-3121) or email your senators and demand that they pass a sweeping federal voter protection efforts through the For the People Act now, and remind them our democracy depends on it!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition telling President Biden and Congress to close Guantanamo Bay, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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