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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Climate activist groups protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice News Pipelines Toxic Chemicals

‘The future does not belong to you,’ climate campaigners say to big oil after cancellation of 600-Mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline

“Duke and Dominion did not decide to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline—the people and frontline organizations that led this fight for years forced them into walking away.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Following…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

US Covid infection rate hits record high for 27th straight day

Fears of Going ‘Through Hell Again’ “With American lives on the line, the question now is whether members of the Republican Party will continue to stand by in silence as the President peddles fiction about a…

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Thousands gathered at the San Francisco Civic Center in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy Environment News Pipelines

‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

“If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s that health and justice must be prioritized early on in any decision-making process if we want to avoid a crisis later on.” by Jessica Corbett, staff…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to approve $2,000 monthly checks, cancel rent, and expand Medicare

“This I know: nothing will happen unless the American people stand up, fight back, and demand, in overwhelming numbers, that the Senate act.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday…

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An engineer holds an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at Sinovac Biotech in Beijing. The Chinese company’s vaccine has advanced to human trials. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine Pro Publica Science

How — and when — can the coronavirus vaccine become a reality?

It is likely we’ll eventually have a coronavirus vaccine — but perhaps not as quickly as some expect. From development, to clinical trials and distribution, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen explains the tremendous challenges that lie ahead….

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Black Lives Matter protesters gather in front of the Confederate carving in Stone Mountain Park on June 16, 2020 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The march is to protest confederate monuments and recent police shootings. Stone Mountain Park features a Confederate Memorial carving depicting Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis. (Photo by Jessica McGowan)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News

Stone Mountain, Georgia: The flashpoint now at center of Confederate monument removals

The mountain, known for its massive Confederate memorial carving, was the location of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. by Common Dreams staff Sunday, July 5 The planet’s largest Confederate monument—Stone Mountain outside…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

With new infections soaring, the Trump’s host a July 4th Pandemic Party at the White House

The White House is preparing to change its messaging on the coronavirus, to tell Americans it simply has to be lived with. by Common Dreams staff Saturday, July 4   Hundreds of thousands of people converged…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus

Ethical challenges loom over decisions to resume in-person college classes

Texas, California, Arizona and Florida are already low on spare intensive care hospital beds, without universities in session. A large outbreak among students, faculty and staff might quickly overwhelm campus health centers and local hospitals. by…

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Posted in Art Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics

‘Trump Death Clock’ unveiled to spur accountability for President’s fatal Covid-19 failures

“This suffering cannot be forgotten,” says project’s creator.   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Drawing inspiration from the billboard-sized National Debt Clock in New York City, American filmmaker and author Eugene Jarecki on Wednesday launched an…

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Protesters holding a banner reading, "U.S. Immigration Policy Is A Crime" at a silent protest in January 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News

Cuban asylum seeker describes vicious pepper spray attack on hunger strikers at ICE detention facility

More than 2,000 migrants and refugees in U.S. detention facilities have contracted Covid-19 as advocates demand their release. by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, July 4 A Cuban asylum-seeker on Thursday described a “shocking” pepper spray…

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Protestors rally outside of Lambeau Field prior to the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins on December 8, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Stacy Revere)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

Corporate sponsors join Native American call for Washington Redskins name change

Investor coalition worth $620 billion pushed FedEx, Pepsi, and Nike to change stance, prompting team owner to announce a review of the name. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, July 3   Washington Redskins owner Dan…

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Visitors look at Mount Rushmore National Monument on July 02, 2020 near Keystone, South Dakota. President Donald Trump is expected to visit the monument and speak before the start of a fireworks display on July 3. (Photo: Scott Olson)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations News Racism

‘An Attack on Indigenous People’: Mount Rushmore Trump event denounced as racist, dangerous, and disrespectful

“We won’t be social distancing,” said the South Dakota governor. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, July 3 President Donald Trump’s planned July 3 fireworks ceremony at Mount Rushmore is facing sustained criticism over its risks…

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A protester raises her hands near a line of National Guard soldiers deployed near the White House on June 1, 2020. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News US Military

US Military confirms bayonets were issued to troops responding to George Floyd protests

“It is insane to issue bayonets to soldiers for crowd control.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 3 “Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter…

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Bottles of a trial Covid-19 vaccine on a table in a lab in Brussels on June 18, 2020. (Photo: Vincent Kalut)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Contracts show Trump giving Big Pharma free rein to price gouge taxpayer-funded Coronavirus drugs

“The amount of money the government is throwing at companies is unprecedented. Normally when you write bigger checks, you should have more leverage, not less leverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 2, 10:30am MST…

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President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
Posted in Analysis Politics Social Media The Conversation

How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign by  Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University Thursday, July 2 The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online…

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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 Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

He built a privately funded border wall and it’s already at risk of falling down.

  Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger of falling into…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Fact Checker Kaiser Health News

In Arizona race, McSally makes health care pledge at odds with track record

“Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always,” — McSally in a TV ad released June 22. Martha McSally, who was appointed by the governor to take over John McCain’s Senate seat in…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

FEMA warning states not to use COVID-19 testing kits ordered for them.

The faulty lab equipment sold by a company whose owner has faced fraud allegations is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. by Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane June 26, 2020 The…

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