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The Amazon is burning. Massive blazes have burned for over two weeks now, sending plumes of noxious smoke thousands of miles away to São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, and abruptly darkening the skies. #PrayforAmazonia has been trending on social media this week, bringing attention to the environmental crisis in progress and criticism to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for his harmful policies. 
This isn't a meme, sorry - it's a satellite image of the smoke over South America.
Satellite data captured on August 13 shows fires in the Amazon creating a dome of smoke over South America.

March For Our Lives Unveils Gun Control Plan 🗣

When protests don't work...

March For Our Lives is a movement created by survivors of the 2018 Parkland school shooting that focuses on gun violence prevention. On Wednesday, the student activists released a new proposal to address gun violence, titled the "Peace Plan For A Safer America," listing six specific steps to be taken. 

What's their goal?

The organization asks that the next president acknowledge gun violence as “a national public health emergency” and calls on every Presidential candidate for the 2020 election to endorse their Peace Plan for a Safer America. 


Left-leaning sources describe the plan as being “bold” in taking a holistic approach to gun violence. Most sites focus on the group’s hope of encouraging young voters to engage in next year’s election. Some quote co-founder David Hogg on how the plan is not meant to be all-or-nothing, but is aimed at starting the conversation about solutions to gun violence. 


Right-leaning sources tend to focus more on the specific proposals of the plan, expressing discontent with its demands for drastic change. Many question if it really is a “peace” plan, calling it radical. Some describe the student activists as being “anti-gun” and imply that there are ulterior motives behind the left’s advocacy for gun control. 

Where's the common ground?

Both the left and the right draw a comparison between the peace plan and the Green New Deal, speaking to the bold nature of the proposals. Both also mention the mass shootings two weeks ago, as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) announcement in support of the plan. It also appears that neither side believes the peace plan will be actually adopted by the President or by the Senate. 

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Bernie Sanders Presents Green New Deal Plan to Allay Climate Crisis 🌍

Sanders releases Green New Deal program

The presidential candidate’s climate change proposal will cost $16 trillion and will take aim at the Fossil Fuel industry. His plan also strives to boost union jobs and calls for the largest financial government outlay on climate that exists.

What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal hopes to mitigate the climate crisis by mobilizing millions of Americans, similar to President Franklin Roosevelt’s restructuring of the economy in the 1930s. Sanders’s plan seeks to stave off climate change through both political and public backing. His proposal vows to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 for electricity and transportation. Sanders believes the plan will generate 20 million well-paid union jobs. 


The left focuses on the threat of climate change which Sanders’s plan addresses. Some articles acknowledge the severity of wildfires ravaging the Amazon and Arctic, for instance. Other pieces study Sanders’s proposal at length, highlighting the potential benefits of the Green New Deal, such as elimination of carbon emissions by 2050. 


The right focuses on the $16tn cost part of the Green New Deal. Articles criticize Sanders’s claim that his plan will produce 20 million new jobs. Other conservative articles excoriate the plan’s allocation of funds, framing it as spendthrift. Some articles stress the Democratic support the Green New Deal garnered, slamming it as partisan and indicative of a far left future for the Democratic party. 

Where's the common ground?

Common ground between the right and left is narrow and narrowing. Some centrist publications frame Sanders’s plan as “aggressive,” whilst also covering it as something urgent in combating climate change. However, unlike other events, centrist articles are split on the Green New Deal. Others rebuke the plan for its  “mammoth” $16 trillion cost, claiming Sanders has failed to pursue “commonly discussed alternatives” to tackling the climate crisis. In sum, common ground is divided to the extent that even centrist publications clash.

If this is you, you're not alone!!
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Extra extra...✨📰✨

Make it stop! 13 major telecom companies have reached an agreement with Attorneys Generals from all the 50 states to combat illegal robocalls (NPR)

Economic slowdown. The American manufacturing sector shrank for the first time  since 2009 (CNBC)

Sci-fi in real life? Scientists discover that conditions of a few other planets could make them better suited to support life than Earth (The Independent)

Another one's out. Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) drops out of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary and announces he will run for a 3rd term as Governor of Washington (USA Today)

Cattle problems. CDC warns that a strain of salmonella responsible for sickening over 250 people may be antibiotic resistant (CNN

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