Posted in Environment Interview The Revelator

Is it too late to save ‘America’s Amazon’?

Alabama’s Mobile River basin has the most aquatic biodiversity in the country. But we’re in danger of losing it before we even know what’s there. The Ask by Tara Lohan November 30, 2020 When longtime environmental…

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Posted in Agriculture Columns Hightower

Make USDA ‘the people’s department’ again

For years, the Department of Agriculture has been run by Big Ag acolytes. Biden has a chance to change that. By Jim Hightower, Jane Kleeb, Deborah Parker December 2, 2020 Years ago, Robert Kennedy noted that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Fracking

Colorado high school students post video pleading with local authorities to ban fracking

“We shouldn’t be afraid for our health when we step outside our own houses,” says one of the students in the video. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Students at a Colorado high…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Restart 2021

Tlaib says lack of stimulus checks in bipartisan relief plan shows ‘disconnect’ between Senate and people

“There may not be bipartisan support for an additional check” among Republican and Democratic lawmakers, said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, “but there is support outside of Congress.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 1 Democratic Congresswoman…

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Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Elections News

Trump reportedly raises over $150 million for non-existent ‘Election Defense Fund’

‘All About the Grift’ “Small donors who give to Trump thinking they are financing an ‘official election defense fund’ are in fact helping pay down the Trump campaign’s debt or funding his post-presidential political operation.” by…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News

Climate movement takes on big oil at the Hague

‘Historic Moment’ Friends of the Earth vs. Shell  “This is actually ‘the People versus Shell,’ a company that has got away with greenwashing for too long.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Representing…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

States with few coronavirus restrictions are spreading the virus beyond their borders

Lax states are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbors — and sending back COVID-19 cases. The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy. by David Armstrong Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 For months after Washington…

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Posted in Family Separation Investigations News Reveal

US detained migrant children for far longer than previously known

Newly obtained data show that the U.S. government has detained nearly 1,000 migrant children for longer than one year since fall 2014. By Aura Bogado and Melissa Lewis, Reveal October 29, 2020 This article is part two…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020

Years of grassroots organizing forged Biden’s Georgia win

Atlanta, often called the “cradle of the civil rights movement,” was the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and made up much of the congressional district represented by the late John Lewis. The story behind how…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As US hospitalizations hit new record, Fauci warns pandemic not expected to ease for holidays

As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 27 After millions of people crowded into…

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Posted in Analysis First Peoples News Navajo Politics

How Native Americans shaped Trump’s presidency – and helped bring him down

by Darren R. Reid, Coventry University Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Day When Fox News called the state of Arizona for Joe Biden, it sent shockwaves through Donald Trump’s campaign team. Since 1952, the state had only…

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Posted in Aging Coronavirus Health The Conversation

These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Staying active can be challenging, as many older adults are remaining at home most, if not all, of the time to avoid the novel coronavirus. As a result, the very changes in lifestyle that keep people…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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Posted in Analysis Evictions New Debtors Prisons Pro Publica

A deputy prosecutor was fired for speaking out against jail time for people who fall behind on rent

Arkansas prosecutor Josh Drake called the state’s criminal eviction statute “cruel” and “unconstitutional.” Criminal charges against tenants falling behind on rent have continued, even as the pandemic has worsened. by Maya Miller and Ellis Simani  An…

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Posted in Analysis The Conversation

This type of sexual harassment on campus often goes overlooked

Teaching assistants often remain silent when sexual harassment comes from the students they teach. Hill Street Studios / Getty Images. Sarah Ives, City College of San Francisco and Ann E. Bartos When the #MeToo movement gained…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Race for the White House 2020

On the current status of Trump’s coup attempt—and its future

It may look like this is one frivolity and absurdity after another—and it is. But if this electoral clash reaches the Supreme Court, all bets are off. by Marjorie Cohn Sunday, November 22, 2020 Joe Biden…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

The long odds facing Trump’s attempts to get state legislatures to override election results

State representatives in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia could do the president’s bidding. But the political and legal obstacles are formidable. by Ian MacDougall  On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump is set to hold a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump skips G20 pandemic preparedness meeting as Covid-19 cases surpass 12 million in US

“The president is not only missing from his post, but he’s encouraging a mutiny.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, November 21, 2020 After briefly attending the virtual G20 summit from the White House’s Situation Room…

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Posted in Energy Op/Ed Sustainability The Revelator

How renewable energy could power your state

Some parts of the United States could easily generate 10 times their energy needs, according to a new report. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator November 20, 2020 How much of U.S. energy demand could be met…

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Posted in Columns Hightower

The first Thanksgiving?

Wherever it began, and whatever the purists claim is “official,” Thanksgiving today is as multicultural as America. by Jim Hightower Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Let’s talk about turkey! No, not the Butterball now pouting in the…

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Posted in Columns Elections Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Bolivian election mystery

by Wade Rathke Friday, November 20, 2020 New Orleans   In the United States now we wait and watch while President Trump stoops to historically new lows in trying to subvert the vote of the people…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Policing

Utah lawmakers seeking to legalize drivers running over street protesters

“Legislators are considering a bill that would let drivers off the hook for mowing down protesters.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, November 20, 2020 Utah lawmakers are being condemned this week for advancing a bill…

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Posted in Immigration Pro Publica

The stolen childhood of teenage factory workers

Immigrant teenagers who work overnight shifts in suburban factories dream of a better life for children they don’t yet have. So did the author’s father. by Melissa Sanchez  I didn’t expect this story to become so…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Immigration News

Trump Admin rejected plan to provide mental healthcare to separated families

‘Heartlessness Mixed With Political Power’ “The pain this administration has inflicted on so many children and their families is infuriating.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, November 19, 2020 Along with pushing the White House immigration…

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