Asylum-seeking children swing in a hammock along the banks of the Rio Grande at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on May 15. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation News Pro Publica

House Democrats demand Trump Administration stop rushing through deportations of migrant children

Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm at the sudden acceleration and requested the government “cease this practice immediately.” by Lomi Kriel May 28, 5 a.m. CDT Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm Wednesday at a sudden acceleration in…

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Posted in Common Dreams Conservation Environment News Wildlife

With nation focused on pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to greenlight killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens

“Killing has no place in our National Wildlife Refuges.” by Julia Conley, staff writer May, 28, 2020 President Donald Trump’s National Park Service plans to finalize rules this week that will allow hunters in Alaska to…

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After seven months apart, a Salvadoran mother and her two young daughters were reunited in Houston in May, although the federal government is trying to deport the girls, both victims of sexual assault. (Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation News Pro Publica

The Trump Administration is rushing deportations of migrant children during coronavirus

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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Abandoned mask
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Masks sold by former White House official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards

New information from the Indian Health Service calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. by Yeganeh Torbati and Derek Willis May 27, 5:20 p.m. EDT The…

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Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Safety Net

Democratic congressman calls for probe into former White House official’s $3 million mask deal

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff won a $3 million federal contract just days after registering his company. He delivered masks to Navajo hospitals that may not work. Rep. Gerry Connolly asked the HHS inspector general’s…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Worker Safety Workers

‘How the Trump White House sees you’: top economic adviser under fire for calling workers ‘human capital stock’

“They’ve always been indifferent to human life. And in the face of mass death, the masks are coming off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 26 In a remark critics characterized as further evidence that…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Hightower OtherWords

How pro-Trump millionaires robbed small businesses of coronavirus aid

Thanks to a specially carved loophole, one multi-millionaire claimed 339 times more than the average small business received. by Jim Hightower May 20, 2020 Monty Bennett was just another faceless right-wing millionaire on the long list…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus News The Conversation

Blocking the deadly cytokine storm is a vital weapon for treating COVID-19

Immune cells release proteins called cytokines which alert the rest of the immune system that a virus is present. www.scientificanimations.com, CC BY-SA by Alexander (Sasha) Poltorak, Tufts University The killer is not the virus but the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Justice News

‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day Poll Tax’ in Florida unconstitutional

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as “a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, May 25 Civil liberties…

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Noam Chomsky, April 2014.
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy Public Policy

Chomsky says Trump a ‘Sociopathic Megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting “to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, May 25 World-renowned intellectual…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed

A memorial day for lies?

by Laura Flanders So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to…

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A healthcare worker preps for a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru testing station in Alpine on April 25, 2020. Photo credit: Sarah M. Vasquez for The Texas Tribune
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News

Outbreak at private immigration detention center near Abilene

The outbreak at the Bluebonnet Detention Center in rural West Texas is the second-largest among the nation’s 49 immigration detention centers that have seen positive cases. by Texas Tribune Staff, The Texas Tribune May 23, 2020,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

As nation mourns 100,000 dead, Trump goes golfing

“100,000 Americans dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. So let’s go golfing.” by Common Dreams staff Saturday, May 23 President Donald J. Trump, who has faced mounting criticism for his administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and his lack…

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Employees at one Nike facility were given face masks like the one above. (Obtained by ProPublica and MLK50)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Nike turned away a public health official from Its warehouse days after a worker with COVID-19 died

The Health Department received a complaint that a Nike warehouse wasn’t being cleaned thoroughly or allowing for social distancing. Its inspector wasn’t allowed inside. Twenty-one workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Nike’s Memphis locations. by…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News Pro Publica

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

A passion for equality

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The other day I read a belated obituary on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Nick Kotz. He had passed away at 87 on his cattle farm in Virginia of a freak accident…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Navajo News Pro Publica

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment. by Yeganeh…

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A drilling rig in the Uinta Basin in Utah, with the Uinta Mountains shown in the background. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy News Public Lands

Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Reveal Worker Safety

Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?

by Will Evans May 20, 2020 In late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, got the dreaded announcement. Over the loudspeaker, a manager’s voice rang through the warehouse: “We have recently learned of…

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Posted in Columns Culture Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Making reality from fiction: underground soccer leagues

Pearl River   Remember way back in another lifetime, pre-pandemic, before the coronavirus global killer wave? It seems years ago, but it was only last summer that ACORN’s French affiliate, Alliance Citoyenne, gained huge attention throughout…

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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Banks Climate change Energy Fracking

In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little

Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic….

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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