Posted in Democracy News Politics

Trump endorses Oath Keeper’s plan to seize control of the Republican Party

The “precinct strategy” widely promoted by Steve Bannon has already inspired thousands of Trump supporters to fill local GOP positions, intent on preventing a “stolen election.” by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica March 3, 2022   ProPublica is…

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Posted in Analysis Nuclear Waste

Nuclear disaster in Ukraine could make swaths of Europe ‘uninhabitable for decades’

Russia’s assault on Ukraine risks nuclear devastation “far worse even than the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe of 2011,” Greenpeace warns. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 2, 2022 The international environmental group Greenpeace warned Wednesday that Russia’s…

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Posted in Investigations Pro Publica

Let’s recall what exactly Paul Manafort and Rudy Giuliani were doing in Ukraine

President Trump’s former campaign chairman and former lawyer worked with, between them, a deposed authoritarian president, a bevy of oligarchs, Russia-oriented politicians and alleged Russian spies.  by Ilya Marritz, ProPublica March 2, 2022 ProPublica is a…

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Posted in News Politics

Casar wins big in Tx, Cisneros forces runoff with Cuellar

“Together, we’re taking our fight to the halls of Congress—to fight and deliver on passing Medicare for All, protecting reproductive rights, creating good jobs, and fixing our power grid,” said Greg Casar. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in News SCOTUS

Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

If confirmed, Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman and first former federal public defender to serve on the Supreme Court. by Julia Conley, Common Dreams Friday, February 25, 2022 This is a developing story….

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Posted in Arizona News

Bill banning most abortions after 15 weeks passes Arizona Senate, heads to AZ House

by Madison Thomas, Cronkite News February 24, 2022 Phoenix  –  A bill banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation, except in cases of medical emergency, has passed the state Senate on a party-line vote and been sent to…

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Posted in Analysis

Like the truck-machines in ‘Mad Max,’ the ‘freedom convoy’ relies on access to fuel

Truckers and supporters gather in Delta, B.C. on Jan. 23 before departing on a cross-country convoy that arrived in Ottawa five days later.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Krista Collier-Jarvis, Dalhousie University February 12, 2022 The…

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Posted in Immigration Investigations

More migrants are dying along the US-Mexico border

A Spanish-language sign warns migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border against explsing themselves to the dangerous elements in the desert.  David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images by Courtney Riggle-van Schagen, George Washington University and Elizabeth Vaquera, George Washington…

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Posted in Analysis CyberSecurity War

Ukraine conflict brings cybersecurity risks to US homes, businesses

by Richard Forno, University of Maryland, Baltimore County February 24, 2022 All cybersecurity is local, regardless of the world situation. That means it’s personal, too – in Americans’ homes, computers and online accounts. As violence spreads…

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Posted in Homelessness Investigations Pro Publica

In San Francisco, hundreds of homes sit vacant

In spite of a growing Department of Homelessness with an annual budget of $598 million, eligible people still wait months or even years after being approved for assisted housing. Meanwhile, hundreds of units remain unused. by…

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Posted in Justice News

Texas DAs refuse to comply with Abbott order to criminalize care for trans kids

“Republican leadership of this state is trying to turn loving and supportive parents into criminals, and this office will play no part in it,” said Travis County Attorney Delia Garza. by Julia Conley, Common Dreams February…

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Posted in Child Welfare Op/Ed

Welfare is no substitute for a child tax credit

Some in Congress say the child tax credit isn’t needed because Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a success. Our reporting found it’s marked by repeated failures. by Eli Hager, ProPublica     Those in Congress…

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Posted in Analysis Carbon Climate change

What is the ‘social cost of carbon’?

2 energy experts explain after court ruling blocks Biden’s changes by Jim Krane, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and Mark Finley, Rice University When an electric company runs a coal- or natural gas-fired power…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Safety Net

Tlaib, Jones bill could cut US child poverty 2/3

“With the Senate failing to extend the CTC, we must do more to protect our young people,” said Rep. Mondaire Jones. “By creating a universal, monthly child allowance, the End Child Poverty Act will do exactly…

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Posted in Analysis Corporate Influence Politics

5-Minute video summarizes Joe Manchin’s obstruction

The West Virginia Democrat “repeatedly timed his key attacks on Biden’s agenda to occur at events with his largest corporate donors,” according to the video. by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams February 4, 2022 Although Sen. Joe…

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Posted in Analysis Minimum wage Workers

Restaurant owners got 30 times more federal Covid aid than workers

“If the subminimum wage for tipped workers persists, the restaurant industry is unlikely to recover from its growing labor crisis, regardless of how much money the federal government hands out to business owners.” by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Homelessness Housing News

Reno Seeks to purchase motels as affordable housing instead of letting developers demolish them

The mayor of Reno did little to stop the razing of motels that housed low-income residents or to replace lost units. Following a ProPublica investigation, that may change. by Anjeanette Damon     For more than…

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Posted in Arizona Courts Solar

Ruling on rooftop solar, clean energy ‘game-changer’

“For the first time a federal court has said utilities can be liable under antitrust laws if they attack rooftop solar,” said one advocate. “The future for renewable energy just got a lot brighter.” by Kenny…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Insurrection 2021

Now every day in Arizona Is January 6

Arizona’s latest voter restriction law will remove an estimated 100,000 eligible voters from its early voting mailing list. by Steven Harper February 1, 2022 Former President Donald J. Trump and his Republican allies are using three…

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Posted in Indigenous News Infrastructure Internet

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

by Camila Pedrosa, Cronkite News January 20, 2022 Washington – Tribal advocates told a Senate panel this week the federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue. Many tribes did…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

by Molly Hudson, Cronkite News January 20 2022 Phoenix – Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious omicron variant, which continues to spread in the state, a leading health expert said…

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Posted in Investigations News

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to conceal records from Jan. 6 panel

One government watchdog group welcomed the decision as “a huge win for transparency.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Wednesday, January 19, 10:30 PM The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied former President Donald Trump’s attempt to…

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Posted in Investigations News

Eric Trump invoked 5th Amendment 500 times during 6-hour deposition

Longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg refused a similar number of questions, citing his right to not self-incriminate. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Former President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump invoked the…

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Posted in Democracy Elections Voter suppression

On eve of key fight, Sanders asks: ‘Will Manchin and Sinema vote with GOP?’

“We are not going to win the elections in 2022 unless our base is energized and ordinary people understand what we are fighting for, and how we are different than the Republicans.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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