Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Unemployment Unemployment insurance

Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

The $600 federal jobless benefit expired on July 31. Joe Raedle/Getty Images by  David Salkever, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a US$600 bump on…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus Environment

Climate crisis could kill as many people as all infectious diseases combined by 2100, warns study

“We are studying the risk of death faced by our own children.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, August 4 A new study warns that the annual global death rate from the climate crisis could equal…

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The Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bull Run, Va. July 21st 1861, Currier and Ives. (Drawing: Library of Congress)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Policing Racism

Oligarchy and Democracy from the Civil War to the present

Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of the South and the rule of the plantation oligarchs who embodied white supremacy. But the Northern victory was short lived — Southern ideals spread…

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Demonstrators face police armed with military equipment at a recent racial justice protest. (Photo: Amnesty International USA)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

Amnesty International report details human rights violations by US police during racial justice protests

‘The World Is Watching’ The use of force detailed in the report “is ultimately a symptom of the very issue that started these protests: unaccountable police violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer In a report titled…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica

What happened when a public institute became a de facto lobbying arm of the timber industry

Internal emails show a tax-funded agency created to educate people about forestry has acted as a public-relations agency and lobbying arm for Oregon’s timber industry, in some cases skirting legal constraints that forbid it from doing…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Science

Test positivity rate: How this one figure explains that the US isn’t doing enough testing yet

by Ronald D. Fricker, Jr., Virginia Tech The U.S. has performed more coronavirus tests than any other country in the world. Yet, at the same time, the U.S. is notably underperforming in terms of suppressing COVID-19….

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Heavily armed riot police, Portland (Shutterstock)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter OtherWords Policing

I was tear gassed in Portland — and not just by Feds

Police departments are over-militarized at the local level, too. Here’s one way to change that. By Robert P. Alvarez July 30, 2020 The smell of tear gas is hard to describe, but it’s horrifying. It pinched…

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Workers install a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Green Jobs

Analysis: US economy could create 25 million green jobs by 2035

“We can achieve a just transition to a better world out of the wreckage of this economic crisis… The only thing standing in the way is political will.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Unemployment insurance

Yale study on $600 unemployment lifeline championed by Democrats debunks favorite GOP talking point

The analysis comes as Senate Republicans are trying to cut the expanded benefits for workers who have lost jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 A new study by Yale…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Pipelines The Revelator

Oil and gas in flux: After a series of stunning defeats, what’s next for the industry?

Environmental, economic and political forces have converged, threatening to finally upend fossil fuel dominance. by Tara Lohan Wednesday, July 29 When Dominion Energy and Duke Energy unexpectedly cancelled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on…

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Members of the Patriot militia movement watched the March for our Rights 3 in Olympia, Washington, in June. Jason Redmond / HCN
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter High Country News

Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests

‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’ Anna V. Smith, High Country News July 27, 2020 In the first weeks of June, as protests against police brutality spread across the country, a group of…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Policing The Conversation

How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of ‘ghosting’ in the age of surveillance

When DHS redirects large, fixed-wing drones from the U.S.-Mexico border to monitor protests, and when towns experiment with using drones to test people for fevers, it’s time to think about how many eyes are in the…

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Posted in Analysis Community Journalism Journalism Social Media The Conversation

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Read all about it: Virus kills off dying industry. Brian Mitchell/Getty Images by Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

How to understand COVID-19 numbers

Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate…

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Fox's "The Ingraham Angle" was responsible for a quarter of all coronavirus misinformation on the network over the five day period studied. (Photo: Fox News via MMFA)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Journalism

Analysis finds Fox News Covid-19 coverage featured misinformation 253 times in just five days

The network, said an MMFA researcher, “downplays the threat of the virus, dismisses the recommendations of public health officials, and misrepresents the scientific consensus on the disease.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, July 17 Fox…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus

Study shows recipients spent more during pandemic bolstering case for extending unemployment relief

“Shocker: Working people spend money when they have it.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 16 A new study published Thursday reveals that the federal government’s unemployment boost of $600 a week for Americans who…

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Posted in Analysis The Conversation Vote by mail

Research on voting by mail says it’s safe – from fraud and disease

by Edie Goldenberg, University of Michigan As millions of Americans prepare to vote in November – and in many cases, primaries and state and local elections through the summer as well – lots of people are…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

With kids spending more waking hours on screens than ever, here’s what parents need to know

by James M. Lang, Assumption College Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Pro Publica Vote by mail Voter suppression

Voting misinformation flourishes on Facebook

“Outright Lies” While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading. by Ryan McCarthy…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

Different names, same address: How big businesses got government loans meant for small businesses

ProPublica found at least 15 large companies that received over half a billion dollars in PPP loans using the same technique: Getting multiple loans sent to smaller entities they own. by Paul Kiel and Jack Gillum…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Pro Publica Racism

Trump Financial Regulator Quietly Shelved Discrimination Probes Into Bank of America and Other Lenders

At least six investigations into discriminatory mortgage loan “redlining” have been halted or stalled — against staff recommendations — under the Trump administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum…

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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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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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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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