Passenger Rail Could Be The Winner of a Biden Infrastructure Bill

Passenger Rail Could Be The Winner of a Biden Infrastructure Bill

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While working to pass a COVID relief package through both houses of Congress, the Biden administration is simultaneously working on its next priority legislative package: a much-awaited $2T infrastructure bill.  One of the anticipated winners of this bill could be passenger rail, as President Biden has said he wants […]

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Pete Buttigieg Faces Thursday Confirmation Hearing 

Pete Buttigieg Faces Thursday Confirmation Hearing 

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Today, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, will face a Senate confirmation hearing for his appointment as Secretary of Transportation. If confirmed, Buttigieg will be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.  Not only will Buttigieg be a member of one of the […]

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Pete Buttigieg Tapped as Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pick

Pete Buttigieg Tapped as Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pick

Yesterday President-elect Joe Biden announced former South Bend mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Transportation Secretary. Buttigieg would be one of the youngest cabinet secretaries and the first openly gay person to lead a federal agency. According to the Biden transition, if confirmed, Buttigieg would help move the President’s agenda […]

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Pete Buttigieg Releases A Plan to Conserve Nature

Pete Buttigieg Releases A Plan to Conserve Nature

Last Friday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed his presidential plan to protect public lands including a stated goal of protecting 30% of all U.S. lands and waters by 2030. Goals of the proposal include: Ensuring consistent and robust conservation funding for federal land management agencies, states, and tribes–including securing full, permanent funding for the Land and […]

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Climate Forum Day 2 Highlights

Climate Forum Day 2 Highlights

Why This Matters:  The entire 12-hour marathon of Climate Forum coverage by MSNBC set a high watermark (bad pun) for other news organizations covering climate change.  They also devoted two hours in prime time to climate change, as well as stationing correspondents to report in live from remote locations from Greenland to Guatemala.  Moderators Ali Velshi and Chris Hayes did both deep dives into the substance of candidate plans and also got the candidates to open up personally about what drives their interest in and passion for this issue.  MSNBC also sweat the details on the production of the Forum – with a visually beautiful set and fantastic live connections to students stationed at the University of Southern California, the University of New Hampshire, and Iowa State University in order to have student voices from coast to coast.  We hope other news organizations will at least meet this standard from now on.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg Reveals Climate Plan

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Reveals Climate Plan

Today, Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed his climate plan, a comprehensive vision to tackle some of the most carbon-intensive sectors of our economy. While similar in many ways to Senator Cory Booker’s plan, keep reading for our breakdown of high-level points from this plan.  Net Zero:  No later than 2050 Cost: No total cost was initially […]

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