Children in an elementary school class wear masks and sit as desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Public Health Restart 2020

US teachers and pediatricians demand major Federal investment in schools to allow for safe reopening

“It’s incredible to me that the federal government would see the necessity of bailing out airlines and banks and not see the need to do something similar for the public schools in this country,” said one…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Restart 2020

Trump accused of suppressing CDC warning that full school reopenings pose ‘Highest Risk’ of Covid-19 spread

“By trying to bury what the CDC recommends, Trump is betraying every student, teacher, and parent in this country. Shame on him. Shame on those who enable him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 13…

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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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"Times of crisis are when change happens—to fuel California's economic recovery, we need a bank designed to stabilize the economy and invest back into our communities," said Trinity Tran, co-founder of the California Public Banking Alliance and Public Bank LA. (Photo: Trinity Tran/Twitter)
Posted in Banks Citizen Wealth Common Dreams News

California bill to establish Nation’s second Public Bank applauded as ‘Historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

“If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 10 In a move advocacy groups celebrated as…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News SCOTUS Taxes

Supreme Court allows New York prosecutor to subpoena Trump financial records

‘No One Is Above the Law’ A split decision on two separate cases pertaining to the president’s taxes will likely leave the documents out of public view until after the election. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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Trump gets no special protections because he’s president and must release financial records, Supreme Court rules

“[N]o citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion. Follow the money. Investigators are…

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Rathke: Pulling CRA’s teeth when it needs to bite harder

New Orleans  Dine’ Butler and I had just finished our presentation about the impact of predatory land installment contracts and hedge funds in the Memphis real estate market at the Hooks Institute event at the University…

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Did you pay to use TurboTax? How to help hold the tax prep industry accountable.

Readers have helped us figure out exactly how TurboTax maker Intuit and other companies make money off taxpayers. We want to hear more. by Ariana Tobin, Justin Elliott, and Meg Marco May 14, 2:40 p.m. EDT…

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Have You worked at Intuit or another tax prep company?

Know something about TurboTax? We’d like to hear from you. by Justin Elliott and Ariana Tobin April 29, 5 a.m. EDT Over the past several months, we’ve reported on the ways Intuit has made its TurboTax…

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"The Federal Reserve was tasked with creating a massive program to protect workers' livelihoods during an intense economic and public health crisis. We should, at the very least, expect transparency about how the program is structured," said Food & Water Action attorney Adam Carlesco. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Fed refuses to release documents on fossil fuel industry’s Covid-19 bailouts

‘The Public Has a Right to Know’ “As the climate crisis demands an abrupt shift away from fossil fuels, the federal government should not be creating programs to bail out these polluters.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Columns Credit Income Equality Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump team greenlights predatory payday lending

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   We can count the days until we pray that’s it is over, but until then the drumbeat of woe is bound to continue. The gutted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proved…

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Rathke: If there isn’t a housing crisis, why does it feel like one?

New Orleans       Not only have I believed there is a housing crisis, but I’ve said so repeatedly and at every opportunity I’ve been given.  I’ve also argued that rents and evictions are rising at record…

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President Donald Trump looks on as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Worker Safety

Trump, Health Secretary, say US healthcare workers ‘Don’t get infected’ with Covid-19

94,000 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. While the true toll Covid-19 has taken on healthcare workers is not yet known, one investigation found that more than 760 have died from the virus. by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Rathke: warehouse and distribution work, tough times at the choke points

New Orleans        In the modern economy, warehouse, distribution, and logistical work has become critical for both big box stores, e-commerce, and transportation systems moving goods between all of these nodes and customers.  Some 1.2 million…

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Rathke: Mass protests are back – what are we waiting for?

New Orleans       Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed?  If you can make it past the daily Trump wailing wall, there’s one report after another of protests.  Not some piddling ten- or twenty-person thing, though there’s…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Seattle City Council passes progressive tax on big business to fund relief

“Working people and our movement have to unapologetically claim victory for what we’ve won, because we want to spread these victories to other cities.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 The Tax Amazon movement…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Investigations Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Paycheck Protection Program reveal

  by Wade Rathke Tuesday, July 7 New Orleans   The Paycheck Protection Program, known as PPP, was a major part of the Congressionally approved stimulus program as part of the CARES Act. After the Treasury…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump friends and family approved for millions in small business bailout

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica….

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Rathke: The predatory fight to keep workers temporary and “independent”

Little Rock      Once upon a time we might have been able to look at the Department of Labor to lead the way in drawing the bright lines that establish whether a worker is an employee or…

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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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Rathke: Have Doctors and Hospitals Joined Banks as Fraudsters?

New York City     It’s the holiday season when old time movies used to give us hope that miracles might happen.  Santa might climb down from the chimney, if you had a chimney anymore.  There were…

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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)
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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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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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