President Donald Trump visiting the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande in January 2019, not far from where a builder backed by his supporters later erected a border wall. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump Says He “Disagreed” With privately funded border wall, So why did his Administration award the builder $1.7 billion in contracts to erect more walls?

President Trump now claims this privately funded border wall — touted as the “Lamborghini” of fences — was built to “make me look bad,” even though the project’s builder and funders are Trump supporters. by Perla…

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"Times of crisis are when change happens—to fuel California's economic recovery, we need a bank designed to stabilize the economy and invest back into our communities," said Trinity Tran, co-founder of the California Public Banking Alliance and Public Bank LA. (Photo: Trinity Tran/Twitter)
Posted in Banks Citizen Wealth Common Dreams News

California bill to establish Nation’s second Public Bank applauded as ‘Historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

“If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 10 In a move advocacy groups celebrated as…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education ICE News

Lawmakers demand Trump rescind plan to force international students out of US

“ICE’s arbitrary new policy is irrational and xenophobic, and risks the health of students, faculty, and staff.” Even though NAU students will be affected by the ICE move US Rep. O’Halleran did not sign the letter….

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk

After months of asserting pregnant women were not at high risk for the coronavirus, the CDC recently released a study with sobering findings for expectant mothers. Experts say the data gaps are almost as worrisome as…

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Data shows that Black Brazilians and Indigenous people are getting sick and dying at much higher rates.
Posted in Coronavirus First Nations News The Conversation

Judge orders Brazil to protect Indigenous people from ravages of COVID-19

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso gave the Brazilian government just three days to establish a crisis response team. The team must get check points installed on Indigenous lands – with military support if necessary – to prevent…

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, saying that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within a Native American reservation. (Photo: wbentprice/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News SCOTUS

Holding US Government to its Treaty promises: Supreme Court rules nearly half of Oklahoma still Native American Territory

“The big news at the Supreme Court today will be Trump’s taxes,” said Cherokee writer Rebecca Nagle. “But for Indians in Oklahoma, we’ll be talking about today for decades.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, July…

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Data shows that Black Brazilians and Indigenous people are getting sick and dying at much higher rates.
Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

Brazil’s Bolsonaro has COVID-19 – and so do thousands of Indigenous people who live days from the nearest hospital

Land grabs, insufficient health care, deforestation and stigmatization all threatened Indigenous Brazilians before the pandemic. Genocides can be that way. They are a process, not sudden, isolated events.   Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News SCOTUS Taxes

Supreme Court allows New York prosecutor to subpoena Trump financial records

‘No One Is Above the Law’ A split decision on two separate cases pertaining to the president’s taxes will likely leave the documents out of public view until after the election. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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Posted in Bribery Investigations News SCOTUS The Conversation

Trump gets no special protections because he’s president and must release financial records, Supreme Court rules

“[N]o citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion. Follow the money. Investigators are…

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Posted in Analysis Reveal

Domestic terror in the age of Trump

A new database of domestic terror incidents shows attacks by far-right extremists have become far more lethal since Donald Trump became president. By David Neiwert Thursday, July 9, 2020 This article was reported in partnership with…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Eroding private border wall to get an engineering inspection just months after completion

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its…

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Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

Aerosols are a bigger coronavirus threat than WHO guidelines suggest – here’s what you need to know

  by Byron Erath, Clarkson University; Andrea Ferro, Clarkson University, and Goodarz Ahmadi, Clarkson University Thursday, July 9 When someone coughs, talks or even breathes, they send tiny respiratory droplets into the surrounding air. The smallest…

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A staff member of the Community Relations Service mediating at a march in Memphis in 2009. His jacket and hat displayed the Department of Justice seal. (Community Relations Service)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Pro Publica

How a Key Federal Civil Rights Agency Was Sidelined as Historic Protests Erupted

Launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Community Relations Service has been without a director and short-staffed during recent unrest. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency. by A.C. Thompson and Robert…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

One Federal Agency Was Suing Him for Fraud. Another Paid His Company Millions for Masks.

Court records show the federal government gave $20 million in contracts to a company partly controlled by a man with a history of shady business practices. by J. David McSwane Wednesday, July 8 Desperate to acquire…

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"The Federal Reserve was tasked with creating a massive program to protect workers' livelihoods during an intense economic and public health crisis. We should, at the very least, expect transparency about how the program is structured," said Food & Water Action attorney Adam Carlesco. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Fed refuses to release documents on fossil fuel industry’s Covid-19 bailouts

‘The Public Has a Right to Know’ “As the climate crisis demands an abrupt shift away from fossil fuels, the federal government should not be creating programs to bail out these polluters.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

Teachers say rush to reopen schools without Covid-19 safety plan shows Trump and DeVos ‘Do not care about students’

“America must listen to the health experts on when to reopen schools and to educators on how to return to in-person instruction.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, July 8 A coalition representing millions of American…

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President Donald Trump looks on as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Worker Safety

Trump, Health Secretary, say US healthcare workers ‘Don’t get infected’ with Covid-19

94,000 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. While the true toll Covid-19 has taken on healthcare workers is not yet known, one investigation found that more than 760 have died from the virus. by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Seattle City Council passes progressive tax on big business to fund relief

“Working people and our movement have to unapologetically claim victory for what we’ve won, because we want to spread these victories to other cities.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 The Tax Amazon movement…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump friends and family approved for millions in small business bailout

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica….

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News

Trump-connected lobbyists have raked in $10 billion in Covid-19 aid for corporate clients

“The crisis offered an especially lucrative opportunity for those lobbyists who enjoy close ties to President Donald Trump and his administration—and they seized it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 In yet another sign…

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends a meeting with President Donald Trump and several CEOs of major banks discussing the coronavirus response during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House on March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News

Some small businesses received just $1 in Covid-19 Relief loans as Kushner family, Wall Street investors raked in millions

“Serious questions remain about whether PPP funds were equitably distributed to minority-owned businesses, and there is an alarming rate of small-dollar loans.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 The Kushner family, large chains backed…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE News

As colleges resort to online learning, ICE issues rule pushing international students out of US

“The Trump administration is using ICE to threaten universities into teaching in person by threatening international students with deportation if they’re all online.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, July 6 Immigrant rights advocates were angered…

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Progressive advocacy groups and unions plan to hold a nationwide day of action targeting Republican senators on July 8, 2020. (Image: MoveOn.org)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020

On Wednesday, Nationwide Day of Action to target GOP Senators for going on vacation as pandemic surges

‘They Are Failing’ “Millions of workers—essential and unemployed—do not have the luxury of a vacation and our elected officials are not entitled to take one during this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Trump Administration discloses some recipients of $670 billion small business bailout

After resisting its release, the administration revealed information on companies that received more than $150,000 in PPP funds. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Monday, July 6, 8:35-AM MST After months of delays and outright refusals,…

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