Posted in Investigations News Politics Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

NC Sen. Burr faces DOJ investigation for selling a fortune in stocks right before the market crashed

The investigation comes after ProPublica reported that the North Carolina lawmaker unloaded a significant portion of his total stock holdings before the coronavirus sell-off in the stock market. by Robert Faturechi March 30, 2020 Federal authorities…

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A Trilogy Evo portable ventilator from an instructional video on YouTube. (Obtained by ProPublica)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced versions to clients around the…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy Science While we were looking elsewhere

Trump to kneecap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, hurtling Nation ‘toward a more dangerous climate’

“Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak crisis, the Trump administration intends to further…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor National News

Amazon, Whole Foods workers walk off job to protest “unjust and unsafe” labor practices

‘The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing’ “One of the best ways to thank essential workers is to support the fight to improve their lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Labor rights advocates on Monday urged…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression While we were looking elsewhere

Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Trump admits limiting voter access necessary to maintain Republican control

“This morning on live television, the president of the United States admitted he is opposed to laws that would make it easier for Americans to vote because that would hurt Republicans.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Off the wire Public Health Public Policy

‘It’s like a sick experiment’: Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home

Editors note: a little after noon on Monday Gov Ducey issues a stay at home proclamation. Read that story here… Despite hundreds of Covid-19 cases, governor has refused to order shelter-in-place and has barred localities from…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Common Dreams Housing Policy News

As April 1 Nears and Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Demand to #CancelRent Swells

“It’s unreasonable to expect thousands and thousands of people who lost their incomes to pay rent and mortgages on April 1st.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer With the coronavirus pandemic causing an economic crisis for households…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Congressional Oversight Economy Government News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump announces plan to refuse Congressional Oversight of corporate bailout funds

“This is a frightening amount of public money to have given a corrupt admininistration with zero accountability.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, March 28 Progressive lawmakers on Friday evening denounced President Donald Trump’s intention to…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE News Pro Publica

As coronavirus infections spread, so have clashes between ICE detainees and guards

At ICE detention camps across the country, unrest is growing as detainees warn that dirty conditions and a disturbing lack of soap and other supplies could allow coronavirus to run rampant. by Julián Aguilar, The Texas…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon News The Revelator

Spending time in nature during the pandemic? You’re not alone — and that’s a problem.

Encouraged by the federal government, lots of people are trying to get outside. But it’s a risky decision for rural communities. by Tara Lohan, March 25, 2020 When the San Francisco Bay area, where I live,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules

‘Holy Crap This Is Insane’ “The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Health Health Care National News Pro Publica VA

The Trump Administration is leaving the nation’s emergency backup hospital system on the sidelines

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they are ready to answer the call to assist HHS or FEMA. But the call has not come. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 27, 3:38 p.m. EDT The Trump…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Environment EPA Reveal Toxic Chemicals

EPA science panel plows ahead with toxic chemical’s review, despite coronavirus crisis

TCE is used by dry cleaners, auto brake shops, parts manufacturing factories, paper mills, refineries and many other businesses large and small. On those job sites, tens of thousands of workers are exposed to amounts of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing First Peoples News Justice News Pipelines

‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court rules DAPL permits violated law

“This is what the tribe has been fighting for many months. Their fearless organizing continues to change the game.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday March 25, 2020 A federal judge handed down a major victory…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Safety Net The Conversation

Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

by Basia Belza, University of Washington; Anita Souza, University of Washington, and Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington Older adults always need social connection, but they need it now more than ever. The novel coronavirus brings with…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed Public Policy The Conversation

The deadly polio epidemic and why it matters for coronavirus

    by  Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh Wednesday March 25 The fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may feel new to many of us. But it is strangely familiar to those who lived through…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor Recession While we were looking elsewhere

The Senate corporate bailout package is a ‘robbery in progress,’ warn critics

“It’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As details of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus plan slowly trickled in Wednesday, progressive critics characterized…

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Posted in Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

Walmart was almost charged criminally over opioids. Trump appointees killed the indictment.

Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much. by Jesse Eisinger and…

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Posted in Columns Economy Hightower

This pandemic can bring us together

The actual disease of our country is not a pathogen, but the widening separation of rich elites from the rest of us. By Jim Hightower | OtherWords March 25, 2020 Suddenly, “social distancing” is our new…

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Posted in News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net While we were looking elsewhere

Tribal leaders face great need and don’t have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic

Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic. Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska by Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University The…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Economy Guaranteed basic income Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Job guarantees, basic income can save us from COVID-19 depression

A universal basic income and a job guarantee are critical ways to help us weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock) by D.T. Cochrane, York University, Canada COVID-19 is both a public health crisis…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn’t enough…

…there needs to be a coordinated global strategy The UN Security Council has yet to hold a meeting on coronavirus. The World in HDR/Shutterstock.com by Nader Habibi, (Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in Economics of…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Economy Labor News Politics While we were looking elsewhere

#NotDying4WallStreet goes viral as progressives reject efforts to put corporate profits over public health

“We will not die for oligarchs’ quarterly profit margin.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As President Donald Trump and business elites suggest the U.S. public should go back to work in the midst of the worsening…

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