Biden news: Bernie Sanders unveils free college plan as Merrick Garland launches police review

Rory Sullivan,Louise Hall and Andrew Naughtie
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<p>Bernie Sanders</p> (Reuters)

Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders, now chair of the Senate Budget Committee, has introduced a plan to pay for free college tuition by levying taxes on Wall Street, combining two of his signature issues into a highly ambitious policy with huge implications.

In the aftermath of the Derek Chauvin verdict, Attorney General Merrick Garland has launched a wholesale Department of Justice review of the Minneapolis Police Department, a probe set to investigate whether its officers routinely “engage in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing”.

Meanwhile, progressive politicians including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have revived the Green New Deal.

Speaking in Washington DC on Tuesday about tackling climate change, the New York representative said: “Do we intend on sending a message to the Biden administration that we need to go bigger and bolder? The answer is absolutely yes.”

Her words came as reports suggest that Joe Biden will pledge to halve the US’ carbon emissions by 2030 ahead of an important climate summit on Thursday.

The decision would encourage other countries to set more ambitious emissions targets, with 40 world leaders meeting for a two-day virtual conference on the issue.

The US’ reported 50 per cent target almost doubles the country’s last commitment, meaning that drastic changes in power and transportation will be required.

It would be an important step on the journey to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, something the president has vowed to work towards.