Posted in Analysis COVID Reboot 2021

Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan: $400 unemployment boost, $1,400 checks, and billions in additional aid

“Congress should immediately move to pass President-elect Biden’s plan,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. “And we can’t stop there.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 With less than a week until he…

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Posted in Analysis Family Separation

New IG report, says ACLU, shows just how far Trump team ‘was willing to go to destroy’ immigrant families

“Just when you think the Trump administration can’t sink any lower, it does.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 15 As a former leading U.S. Justice Department official on Thursday said he regretted the role…

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Posted in Analysis Banks

The SEC Undermined a Powerful Weapon Against White-Collar Crime

Now the lawyer who wrote the rules that gave Wall Street insiders a big financial incentive to report crimes to the SEC is suing the government for changing them. by Lydia DePillis Thursday, January 14, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Investigations Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Members of several well-known hate groups identified at Capitol riot

A ProPublica-FRONTLINE review of the insurrection found several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who also participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. by A.C. Thompson and Ford Fischer Saturday, Jan. 9, 10:15…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

US Capitol protesters, egged on by Trump, are part of a long history of white supremacists hearing politicians’ words as encouragement

Today, white supremacists appear to interpret politicians’ remarks as support for their cause of a new civil war to create a white-dominated government, and instead of protecting from that President Donald Trump facilitated an attack. These…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Domestic Terrorism: A more urgent threat, but weaker laws

Authorities dissuaded some extremists from traveling to Washington, and shared intelligence with Capitol Police, but could not stop the mob that stormed the Capitol, a senior FBI official says. by Sebastian Rotella  In the days leading…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change News

Climate Emergency persists as 2020 ties for earth’s hottest year on record

“It took over 200 years for [atmospheric CO2] levels to increase by 25%, but now just over 30 years later we are approaching a 50% increase.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Highlighting…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

Trump Cabinet/advisors criticized for resigning. Running Is ‘Not Courageous, It’s Cowardly,’ Say Supporters of 25th Amendment Ouster

“At this late a stage, resignations help little beyond serving as late attempts at self-preservation,” argued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer January 7, 2021 Progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups on Thursday urged members…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Once you engage in political violence, it becomes easier to do it again

an expert on political violence reflects on events at the Capitol Naomi Schalit, The Conversation Protesters forcing their way into the Capitol.  Win McNamee/Getty Images News via Getty Images Editor’s note: Ore Koren is a scholar…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Capitol rioters planned for weeks in plain sight. The police weren’t ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed. by Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf and J. David McSwane The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Restart 2021 Safety Net

Progressive push for $2,000 checks in Georgia shows bold, universal policies winning strategy for Democrats

“In almost every respect, the campaigns that Warnock and Ossoff ran were closer to what progressives counseled than what moderates have counseled.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Rev. Raphael Warnock’s electoral victory…

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Posted in Analysis News Politics

WARNOCK/OSSOFF WIN. DEMOCRATS TAKE BOTH SENATE SEATS FROM GEORGIA REPUBLICANS.

“Say it with me,” stated Congresswoman Katie Porter as votes continued to be counted: “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.” by Common Dreams staff Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Update: this story updated at 8:05-am MST w most…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

I never thought Democrats could win Georgia. Could it happen twice?

The critical Senate run-off race is too close to call. But a massive voter mobilization effort may just tip the balance. by Mary Fitzgerald Sunday, January 3, 2021 My mother was 23 when she accidentally got…

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Posted in Analysis Minimum wage

New Year, higher minimum wages in 24 states and 50 municipalities thanks to fight for $15

‘Raises From Coast to Coast in 2021’ “These increases are a testament to the power of workers coming together and fighting for what real people and families need.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December 31,…

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Posted in Analysis Journalism Law Politics

Critics warn repeal of Section 230 ‘would be devastating for human rights, social movements, and marginalized people’

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, December 31, 2020 Digital rights advocates and sex workers are among those…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

“Those of us who don’t die are going to quit”: A crush of patients, dwindling supplies and the nurse who lost hope

Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

‘This Is Warp Speed?’ At current pace, US will take 10 years to adequately vaccinate the public against Covid-19

“We should have been prepared to start inoculating millions of people the day a vaccine was approved. This is a massive policy failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 If the Trump administration’s…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

Some said the vaccine rollout would be a ‘nightmare.’ They were right.

There are already signs that distribution of the COVID vaccines will be messy, confusing and chaotic.  by Elisabeth Rosenthal December 29, 2020   WASHINGTON — Even before there was a vaccine, some seasoned doctors and public…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

COVID vaccines appear safe and effective, but key questions remain

“A vaccine that remains in the vial is 0% effective no matter what the data show” by Bernard J. Wolfson December 28, 2020 The recent rollout of two newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines is a bright ray…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020

Trump golfs, tweets election lies as 14 million set to lose unemployment benefits just after Christmas

“The ability of millions of Americans to pay rent and buy groceries hangs in the balance, and Donald Trump spent the day golfing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, December 27, 2020 After threatening to blow…

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Posted in Analysis Justice Pro Publica

Inside Trump and Barr’s last-minute killing spree

Private executioners paid in cash. Middle-of-the-night killings. False or incomplete justifications. ProPublica obtained court records showing how the outgoing administration is using its final days to execute the most federal prisoners since World War II. by…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Health

How COVID-19 hollowed out a generation of young black men

They were pillars of their communities and families, and they are not replaceable. To understand why COVID-19 killed so many young Black men, you need to know the legend of John Henry. by Akilah Johnson and…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021

Watered-down Covid relief deal

‘A slap in the face for people suffering across the country’ “Congress must pass this bill to address the immediate need, but let’s be clear: this should be considered a down payment at best.” by Kenny…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Elections

State, county policies impact rejected ballot rates in Arizona for November election

The rejected ballots show that Arizona’s election system worked as intended: Voters who were eligible to vote and followed state laws had their ballots counted. by Sam Kmack, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Monday, December 21,…

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