Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows 60% of US families struggling to get by, as McConnell dismisses new Covid relief bill as ‘political stunt’

“He’s been blocking the original HEROES Act for 138 days. As always, his priorities are appalling.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 On the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated once again…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Voter suppression

Trump’s encouragement of GOP ballot watchers echoes an old tactic of voter intimidation

by  Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University Newark During the first presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he would “urge” his followers to remain calm during a prolonged vote-counting period after the election,…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Hightower

Covid-19 and the reality of ‘small government’ conservatism

With 200,000 dead, Americans are concluding that a more Rooseveltian response was in order. By Jim Hightower | Other Words September 30, 2020 Amazingly, America has become a nation of socialists, asking in dismay: “Where’s the…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

From the front lines of California’s fires, Yolo County joins 1,750+ communities in declaring climate emergency

The resolution’s success, said one organizer, “is a testament to the social movement power demanding both transformative climate action and concrete steps to remedy the legacy of systemic racism.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams ICE News Race for the White House 2020

Trump plan for pre-election ICE raids condemned as xenophobic and cruel ‘publicity stunt’

“President Donald Trump, in need of another dose of fear to keep his sputtering reelection bid afloat, is now, officially, throwing the kitchen sink of chauvinism at American voters.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, September…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health

Post-COVID clinics get jump-start from patients with lingering illness

by Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News September 30, 2020 Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went home in early June. But he’s far from over the disease, still suffering from limited endurance,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Income Equality News Taxes The People Speak

NJ Gov. signs millionaires tax into law to fight Covid-19, address inequality, and boost recovery

“We truly are setting an example for the nation on how to build an economy that works for all of us, not just a chosen few.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 Following grassroots…

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Posted in Analysis Religion The Conversation

Sacred violence is not yet ancient history – beating it will take human action, not divine intervention

Pope Urban II giving marching orders ahead of the First Crusade. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images by  Michael A. Vargas, State University of New York at New Paltz Along with their swastikas borrowed from Nazi Germany,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment The Conversation

The Arctic hasn’t been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Ice floe drifting in Svalbard, Norway.  Sven-Erik Arndt/Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images by  Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Steve Petsch, University of Massachusetts Amherst Every year, sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump and daughter Ivanka could face jail time for tax fraud after leaving White House, says legal expert

“The only thing saving him at this point is the Department of Justice’s guideline that says you can’t indict a sitting president.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Both President Donald Trump and his…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Asked to condemn white supremacist groups, Trump tells them to ‘stand by’ instead

“Trump fans the flames of racism, embraces white supremacy, and employs state violence against Americans exercising their rights,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “That’s Donald Trump’s America.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 President Donald…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Police Killings

Kentucky AG Ordered to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes After Juror Demands ‘Full Story and Absolute Truth’

“The public deserves better than the word games Daniel Cameron is playing to avoid telling the truth.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Monday night that his office…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics

GOP urged to pass Democrats’ $2.2 trillion Covid relief bill

“Ball Is Now in the Court of Senate Republicans” “House Democrats have again stepped up. Will McConnell and the White House ever do the same?” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Progressive advocacy groups…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Environment

Scientists behind new study warn warming oceans ‘contributing to climate breakdown’

New findings on human-caused global heating and ocean stability have “profound and troubling implications,” says co-author Michael Mann. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 In a rare calm moment during a historically active Atlantic…

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Posted in News Pro Publica

Veteran, War Hero, Defendant, Troll

A ban from Facebook has apparently done little to slow Brian Kolfage, charged last month for defrauding thousands in a “build the wall” effort, and who regularly uses personal attacks and misinformation to sic his online…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing Pro Publica

The Obama Justice Department had a plan to hold police accountable for abuses. The Trump DOJ has undermined it.

The Trump administration has not aggressively enforced existing agreements to monitor abusive law enforcement agencies, emboldening them to fight reforms. by Robert Faturechi It was caught on tape. A Seattle police officer lunged into the backseat…

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Posted in 2020 Census Common Dreams News

Openly defying Federal Court Order, Wilbur Ross moves to shut down Census early

‘Outrageous’ and ‘Disturbing’ “Complying with a federal court’s order is not optional. The Trump administration is flouting the rule of law to undercount and erase our communities.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Just…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

A real vaccine before the election? It’d take a miracle.

There is a small chance that Pfizer’s vaccine trial will yield results by Nov. 3. But it could still take weeks for FDA review. Here’s everything that has to happen and how to tell a political…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Rez Life

The Federal Government promised Native American students computers and internet. Many are still waiting.

Native American students in BIE operated schools were forced to start the school year without adequate technology, sometimes sharing a single computer among siblings, because the agency disbursed funding late and failed to purchase equipment in…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News

BP and Shell still back anti-climate lobby groups, despite pledges

‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’ The Unearthed and HuffPost report reveals the companies failed to disclose membership in at least eight Big Oil lobbies in their transparency reports. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, September…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams News Second Amendment

Barrett’s right-wing ideology and past rulings signal she could intentionally ‘make the country a more unjust place’

“Sometimes her opinions have been downright cruel. They disqualify her, full stop.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, September 28 Since President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed reports that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance News Race for the White House 2020

Tens of millions more expected to lose employer-based insurance by 2021

‘We Need Medicare for All’ The strain on employers “just shows how ridiculous it is to have a system where a person’s health insurance is tied to their job.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, September…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News Taxes

Records show Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017

“He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses and undocumented immigrants,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 28 Financial records that President Donald Trump has persistently fought to keep hidden…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

CDC Director overheard on airplane condemning Trump Covid adviser’s misinformation

‘Everything He Says Is False’ Dr. Scott Atlas, a Trump adviser with no expertise in infectious diseases, “has been spreading misinformation for a long time,” said one epidemiologist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 28…

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