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1. A Backroom Deal To Kill Single Payer: A bill to create a single-payer health care system in New York state has been co-sponsored by a majority of lawmakers in both houses of the state legislature for the first time ever — but it will likely be killed by that same legislature this week. Advocates say that under pressure from both insurance corporations and labor unions, New York legislative leaders are planning to block an up-or-down vote on the measure before the legislative session ends on Thursday.
2. Defending The Climate Criminals: Republican attorneys general in 17 states are attempting to derail a key climate lawsuit days before settlement talks are set to begin. The abrupt move, which follows the fossil fuel industry funneling millions to the GOP politicians involved, threatens to upend what could be a historic win for environmental activists. The Republican effort comes in the same week scientists sounded an alarm about atmospheric carbon dioxide hitting its highest level in 4 million years.
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