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Posted in News Social Security

House Dems to Pelosi: hold vote for bill expanding Social Security

“It is Congress’ responsibility to ensure that Social Security’s benefits are protected and improved,” says a letter to the speaker. “It’s time we deliver.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams May 26, 2022 Democratic leaders of three…

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Posted in Energy Food Op/Ed

The energy and food crisis is far worse than most Americans realize

Whenever there’s an energy crisis, it can quickly become an everything crisis. by Richard Heinberg May 18, 20212 Everyone who owns a gasoline-burning car has noticed that fuel prices have shot up in recent weeks. And…

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Posted in News

What we lose when we conflate child “abuse” and “neglect”

Growing up in Southern Illinois, I knew many children whose basic needs went unmet. Reporting here decades later, I began to wonder why the system wasn’t doing more to help their families. by Molly Parker, The…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News

Kelly, Manchin join GOP in passing motion to bar Biden from declaring climate emergency

“Our political leadership is out to kill most of us,” lamented one climate justice advocate. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams May 5, 2022 Two right-wing Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Kelly of…

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Posted in News Taxes

Intuit will pay millions to customers tricked into paying for TurboTax

State attorneys general just reached a $141 million settlement with the Silicon Valley juggernaut. Victims will receive up to $90 each. by Justin Elliott, ProPublica May 5, 2022 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  Millions…

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Posted in Analysis Reproductive Rights SCOTUS

How the Pro-Choice Movement Lost the Battle

“This Was Not a Surprise” by Alexandra Zayas ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  As all eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday after a leaked draft majority opinion indicated it is planning…

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Posted in Politics Reproductive Rights

Ocasio-Cortez Says Sinema Can ‘Take a Seat’ on Women’s Health

“Hold everyone contributing to this disaster accountable, GOP and Dem obstructionists included,” the New York Democrat said. “She should be primaried.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams May 3, 2022 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among those condemning…

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Posted in Labor News

‘The fight has just begun’: Amazon Labor Union

The loss came on the heels of a landmark vote at a separate Amazon facility in Staten Island which formed the company’s first-ever union in the United States. by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Tuesday, May 3,…

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Posted in Abortion Rights Analysis SCOTUS

Supreme Court set to strike down Roe v. Wade?

A leaked draft opinion from Justice Alito shows conservative Justices ready to move. “While abortion is still legal, tonight’s report makes clear that our deepest fears are coming true. We have reached a crisis moment for…

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Posted in Abortion Rights News SCOTUS

Mobilizations planned as Supreme Court targets Roe

‘Time to Take to the Streets’ The push by conservative justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, said one abortion rights advocate, “is giving us an opportunity to show them how ungovernable we will be if they…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter News

Trump Wanted to Shoot Protesters, Says Mark Esper

Former Trump Pentagon General claims in a new book that the former president asked: “Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Tuesday, May 3, 2022…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy

November 2022: The Anti-Democracy Coalition

If such lethargy prevails this time, the outcome of a few key contests for secretary of state in November 2022 could lead to tragic consequences for American democracy in 2024 and beyond. by Steven Harper Sunday,…

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Posted in Analysis Government Law

The Invisible Hand of Steve Twist

How an Arizona man who’s never held elected office has shaped one of America’s most punitive criminal justice systems. by Nicole Santa Cruz April 5,2022 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Co-published with The Arizona…

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Posted in News Radiation War

Russians flee Chernobyl with radiation sickness

“The convoy kicked up a big column of dust,” Chernobyl workers said of the Russian military. “Many radiation safety sensors showed exceeded levels.” by Julia Conley, Common Dreams March 31, 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Voter suppression

Sinema enabling new AZ GOP voter purge law?

“The GOP continues to suppress voting rights across the country,” said one advocacy group. “Do you see what’s happening in your state, Senator Sinema?” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, March 31, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten…

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Posted in Investigations Race for the White House 2020

Documentary by Frontline and ProPublica reveals origins of the stolen election myth

A group of people working from a plantation in South Carolina spread misinformation about the November 2020 election. These falsehoods have since become articles of faith for many Republicans.       by ProPublica “Plot to…

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Posted in Housing

How your shadow credit score could decide whether you get an apartment

The vast tenant screening industry is subject to less regulation than credit scoring agencies, even though experts warn that algorithms could introduce racial or other illegal biases that can prevent people from getting housing. by Erin…

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Posted in Investigations News

Jan. 6 Logs Show 457-Minute Gap in Trump Calls

‘Coverup?’ “Nixon had an 18.5-minute gap in his White House tapes,” noted one watchdog group. “Trump has a 7.5-hour gap in phone logs from January 6th.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 29, 2022 Internal White…

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Posted in Arizona Voter suppression

Arizona Senate Passes GOP Voter Purge Bill

‘Most Extreme ‘ in US “This is a recipe for chaos, not election integrity, and it would likely cut the state’s electorate in half overnight,” warned one observer. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 25, 2022…

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Posted in Analysis Ukraine

Maps show – and hide – key information about Ukraine war

“Mapmaking is a political and cultural effort that creates compelling and useful stories – even if not necessarily unvarnished truth. A critical eye and a sense of context can go a long way toward keeping the…

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Posted in Analysis Immigration

Texas’ Governor brags about his border initiative. The data doesn’t back him up.

by Lomi Kriel and Perla Trevizo, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, and Andrew Rodriguez Calderón and Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project March 21, 2022 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  Thomas King-Randall had been waiting…

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Posted in Ukraine

Chernobyl nuclear plant power cut Ukraine officials warn of new radioactive danger

Ukraine’s foreign minister demanded an immediate ceasefire in the area to “allow repair crews to restore electricity supply” to the Chernobyl plant “as soon as possible.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, March 9, 2022  …

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Posted in Analysis Taxes

Senate GOP Agenda Would Hike Taxes on Poorest 40% by Average of $1,000

By contrast, the plan unveiled by Republican Sen. Rick Scott would not increase taxes on the top 1% by a single penny. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Monday, March 7, 2022 The policy agenda that Republican…

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Posted in Nuclear Waste Radiation War

Nuclear plant on fire after Russian shelling

Ukraine Officials: “Fire has already broke out,” said Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister. “If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl.” by Common Dreams Staff Thursday, March 3, 2022 This is a developing…

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