Consumers shop in a Target store on September 28, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Wealth

As executives hike prices, US corporations rake in biggest profits since 1950

“Prices are high,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, “because corporations are raising them—so they can keep paying themselves with ever-larger executive bonuses and stock buybacks.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams November 30, 2021 New data released by…

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A worker looks through a bag of marijuana that will be used to make marijuana infused chocolate edibles at Kiva Confections on January 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Posted in Cannabis News Politics

South Dakota Supreme Court kills recreational marijuana law approved by voters

The ruling is a win for Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who directed the state to pay for the legal fight against the voter-backed amendment. by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams November 25, 2021 The South Dakota Supreme…

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Posted in Community organizing

How deep canvassing by progressives can change rural politics in the US

In North Carolina, progressive activists reach out to rural voters as an overlooked segment of the electorate. by Amanda Abrams, Yes! Magazine November 24, 2021 It’s Nov. 1, and Precious Cogwell is canvassing in Alamance County,…

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Various student unions took to the streets of Kolkata, India on November 19, 2021 to celebrate and congratulate the farmers on the retraction of farm laws against which they have been protesting for a year. (Photo: Debarchan Chatterjee/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Community Action Sustainability world

‘Victory of global significance’: Modi to repeal laws that sparked year-long farmers’ revolt

“After a year of strikes—and having faced brutal repression that claimed some 700 lives—India’s farmers are victorious in their struggle.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Saturday, November 20, 2021 Workers’ rights activists around the globe rejoiced…

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walk in the U.S. Capitol hallway on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema digs in on Filibuster defense amid GOP’s assault on voting rights

Republicans and a pair of Senate Democrats are “using the filibuster to destroy and undermine the life of this democracy and the daily lives of people,” warned Rev. Dr. William Barber II. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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From left: Kariann Swart, Joseph Rosenbaum's fiancee, Susan Hughes, Anthony Huber's great aunt, and Hannah Gittings, Anthony Huber's girlfriend, listen as Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty of murder at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021. (Photo: Sean Krajacic/Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter

‘Saddening, infuriating, and unsurprising’: Rittenhouse acquitted

The verdict, said the Huber family, sends the “unacceptable message” that armed vigilantes can “use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.” by Brett Wilkins Friday, November 19, 2021 Racial justice…

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Posted in Columns Health Insurance Housing Wade Rathke

Suspicious of fixes for affordable housing and health care

by Wade Rathke November 19, 2021 New Orleans    A headline that promises to offer a “fix” for those of us who want affordable housing and healthcare has to rate as a “must read” in my…

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Posted in Justice

Rittenhouse verdict flies in the face of legal standards for self-defense

Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges. Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty Images by  Ronald Sullivan, Harvard Law School November 19, 2021 In a two-week trial that reignited debate over self-defense laws across the nation, a…

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Kimberly Guilfoyle at a campaign event for then-President Donald Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing in Henderson, Nevada, on Sept. 13, 2020 Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Posted in Analysis Insurrection 2021

Texts show Kimberly Guilfoyle bragged about raising millions for rally that fueled Capitol riot

Text messages reviewed by ProPublica represent the strongest indication yet that members of the Trump family inner circle were involved in financing and organizing the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally, which immediately preceded the Capitol riot….

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Anuj Shrestha, special to ProPublica Environment The Celebrity-Backed Green “Fintech” Company That Isn’t as Green as It Seems Aspiration is among a group of companies that provide banking and financial services, and promise to help the environment. But so far its marketing is greener than its reality.
Posted in Banks Environment

The celebrity-backed green “Fintech” company that isn’t as green as it seems

Aspiration is among a group of companies that provide banking and financial services, and promise to help the environment. But so far its marketing is greener than its reality. by Carson Kessler November 17, 2021 You…

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Deb Haaland—then a Democratic congresswoman representing New Mexico's First District but now U.S. interior secretary—visits Chaco Canyon in 2019. (Photo: Monica Sanchez/Natural Resources Democrats/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Climate change Indigenous News

Indigenous leaders hail Biden’s proposed Chaco Canyon drilling ban as ‘Important first step’

“We are most hopeful that this action is a turning point where the United States natural resource management planning philosophy focuses on the protection of all living beings.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams November 16, 2021…

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Right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has expressed opposition to a provision in the Build Back Better Act that would incentivize both fair working conditions at auto plants and the manufacturing and purchase of electric vehicles. (Photo: Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change News Restart 2021

Manchin leads charge against Biden’s electric vehicle tax credit

“Manchin thinks being pro-labor is un-American.” by Julia Colney, Common Dreams  Monday, November 15, 2021  Advocates for both workers’ rights and climate policy are condemning Sen. Joe Manchin’s latest statements opposing provisions in the Build Back…

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Ross, a resident of the Castaway Inn in downtown Reno, was forced to move out after the motel was bought by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs. Jacobs plans to demolish the Castaway.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness News

Reno developer plans to demolish motel that serves as housing lifeline

Jeffrey Jacobs has been buying and demolishing Reno motels for years. He promises the low-income tenants who live there he’ll find them a better place. Displaced residents of the Castaway Inn paint a fuller picture of…

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Bricks piled in a dirt lot where the Town House Motor Lodge once stood near the Sands Regency Hotel Casino in downtown Reno. The casino is owned by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness Real estate

He Tore Down Motels Where Poor Residents Lived During a Housing Crisis. City Leaders Did Nothing.

by Anjeanette Damon, photography by David Calvert, special to ProPublica November 12, 2021 Co-published with Reno Gazette Journal  For most of his life, Ernest Block has managed to stay one step ahead of homelessness. When he…

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Illustration by Leland Foster, special to ProPublica
Posted in Hospitals Investigations Safety Net

St. Jude hoards billions while patient families drain their savings

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital promises not to bill families. But the cost of having a child at the hospital for cancer care leaves some families so strapped for money that parents share tips on spending…

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Members of the advocacy group D.C. Marijuana Justice hold a 51-foot blow-up joint on the National Mall on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Cannabis Culture News

Senate Democrats call on Biden to pardon all Federal nonviolent marijuana offenders

“Our country’s cannabis policies must be completely overhauled, but you have the power to act now.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Blasting “over a century of failed and racist cannabis policies,” a…

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Alex Bandoni/ProPublica. Source Images: Getty Images Education The Federal Government Gave Billions to America’s Schools for COVID-19 Relief. Where Did the Money Go? The Education Department’s limited tracking of $190 billion in pandemic support funds sent to schools has left officials in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students.
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Education Restart 2020

The Federal Government gave billions to America’s schools for COVID-19 relief. Where did the money go?

The Education Department’s limited tracking of $190 billion in pandemic support funds sent to schools has left officials in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students. by Annie Waldman and Bianca…

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) attends a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on May 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News

Republican Paul Gosar shares edited video of him killing AOC

‘He Should Be Expelled’ “This man should not serve in Congress,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). “Fantasizing about violently attacking your colleagues has no place in our political discourse and society.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams…

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House members worked into the early morning Saturday to pass the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and move forward on a separate $1.85 trillion social spending package that Democratic leaders hope to deliver before Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)
Posted in Arizona Infrastructure News

Arizona lawmakers split as House OKs $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

by Diannie Chavez, Kimberly Silverio-Bautista and Ulysse Bex, Cronkite News November 6, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Friday night as the House voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill,…

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A boy with his teddy bear sits on the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in the Sheikh Ridvan neighborhood in Gaza City on May 19, 2021. (Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Middle East News War

US coalition calls on Biden to denounce Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian Rights groups

“A threat against the Palestinian human rights movement is a threat against movements for social justice everywhere,” nearly 300 U.S.-based civil society groups told Secretary of State Antony Blinken. by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Friday, October…

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Posted in Columns Culture Wade Rathke

Generation What?

by Wade Rathke October 28, 2021 New Orleans    Guilty as charged! I have found myself whining from time to time recently about the circuitous path that young people in the so-called Generation Z were taking…

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Posted in Food Investigations Pro Publica Public Safety

America’s food safety system failed to stop a Salmonella epidemic. It’s still making people sick.

For years, a dangerous salmonella strain has sickened thousands and continues to spread through the chicken industry. The USDA knows about it. So do the companies. And yet, contaminated meat continues to be sold to consumers….

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Posted in Corporate Influence News Politics Restart 2021

West Virginia constituents decry ‘Immorality’ of Joe Manchin

“West Virginia has been locked into an economy that forces workers into low-wage jobs with no hope for advancement, and after decades of this our hope is dwindling,” said one West Virginian. “The cuts that Sen….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks with reporters after the Senate Democratic policy luncheon in the Capitol on July 13, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Medicare News Restart 2021

‘Bottom Line,’ says Bernie Sanders, deal must include Medicare expansion, lower drug prices

“That’s what the American people want.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Tuesday, October 26, 2021 As congressional leadership pushes Democrats to “act like we are winning” even as a few corporate-backed party members and business lobbyists…

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