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Top Stories for January 2:

Kevin McCarthy caves on far-right demand as quest for speakership comes down to the wire

In a groveling “Dear Colleague” letter to increasingly restless Republicans, McCarthy made his case for the speakership and offered additional concessions to weaken the post in an attempt to appease extremists in the GOP caucus, nine of whom immediately — and unsurprisingly — declared the latest move insufficient.

Take Action: Stop the GOP tax scam 2.0!

Jan. 6 “disqualifies” Trump from GOP presidential nomination, Asa Hutchinson says
In what should be a forgone conclusion and not remotely newsworthy, a sitting Republican governor appeared on national television and declared Donald Trump disqualified for the presidency for inciting a deadly insurrection on the US Capitol two years ago. Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson, who himself has eyes on the White House, stated the painfully obvious during a live interview on ABC “This Week.”

Will Trump be indicted in 2023?

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Wow.

Floundering Trump says GOP’s midterm election failure “wasn’t my fault”
The disgraced ex-president kicked off 2023 in familiar fashion, airing grievances about the 2022 midterm elections, arguing he wasn’t to blame for the GOP’s weaker-than-expected showing, despite his stable of laughably awful, hand-picked candidates losing a string of consequential — and winnable — races.

Take Action: Investigate Republicans who could be constitutionally disqualified from holding office!

Americans can now legally carry a gun without a license in 25 states
What could possibly continue to go horribly wrong?

Take Action: Tell the Senate to investigate the corruption in the Supreme Court!

Bill to fight predatory prison phone call costs heads to President Biden’s desk

The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2022, which was approved by Congress last month, is a major victory for the Federal Communications Commission in its yearslong fight to reduce and cap the predatory rates private companies charge incarcerated people for phone calls.

Take Action: Tell Congress to hold corporations accountable for price-gouging!

Ukraine claims hundreds of Russians killed by missile attack
As Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine drags on into a second calendar year, the carnage continues unabated. Ukrainian officials say around 400 Russians soldiers stationed in the city of Makiivka in the occupied Donetsk region were killed by a counter missile strike. A senior Russian-backed official in the occupied parts of Donetsk acknowledged the missile strike, which came just minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day, but disputed the casualty figures released by Ukraine.

George Santos pressured to resign by retiring GOP congressman over string of lies
Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said the newly elected Santos should consider resigning for fabricating basically every aspect of his resumé, before pivoting to tired, predictable talk about “second chances” and how the serial liar might go about regaining the trust of his constituents.

Gen Z’s 1st congressman mocks GOP as “out of touch” for tweet about his housing woes
25-year-old Rep.-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost of Florida hasn’t been sworn in to Congress yet, but he’s already doing one of his unofficial duties: clapping back at bad-faith, terribly unclever tweets posted by the Republican Party.

Newly elected Republican state lawmaker steps down following drug bust
Danny Rampey, elected to the Georgia state House in November, was arrested last month after investigators said he stole prescription narcotics at the retirement complex he manages. The 67-year-old Rampey was charged with six counts of obtaining drugs by misrepresentation or theft, six counts of exploiting an elder or disabled adult, five counts of burglary, and one count of drug possession. The Georgia GOP sure knows how to pick ’em.


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Today’s Action: This new year, 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 unnecessary waste and pollution. As we kick off this new year, we can all make small changes in our day-to-day lives that can have a huge impact. 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 out 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. Let’s make 2023 different.

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

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