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Rapid and reckless reopenings not only bad for public health—but the economy too

Analysis “There is no way around it: getting the economy back on track means controlling the pandemic.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, August 7 An analysis published in Forbes this week—just ahead of Friday’s federal…

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70% Americans support $1 Trillion state and local aid GOP refuse to provide

“Senators can no longer ignore the calls of voters, local elected officials, and economists who have repeatedly called for this relief.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want…

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Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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GOP proposes legal immunity for corporations, $0 in funding for states, and deep cuts to unemployment benefits

“Republicans have wasted months coming up with a proposal that, remarkably, would make the pandemic and economic pain even worse—especially a corporate immunity provision that would be a literal death sentence to countless Americans.” by Jake…

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GOP under fire for slipping $30 billion pentagon gift into Coronavirus bill

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”  “Just how twisted is the Senate GOP coronavirus bill you ask? It includes $686 million for new F-35 fighter jets.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 In…

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‘The science should not stand in the way’ of reopening US schools, says White House Press Secretary

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday argued that schools should ignore Centers for Disease Control guidance on reopening. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 16 President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany raised…

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Progressive ad campaigns target McSally, GOP Senators for blocking relief as Covid-19 rages

‘Lives and livelihoods are on the line’ “This is not the time for senators to go on vacation. Mitch McConnell’s partisan games are an act of violence and recklessness against the American people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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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)
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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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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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Progressive advocacy groups and unions plan to hold a nationwide day of action targeting Republican senators on July 8, 2020. (Image: MoveOn.org)
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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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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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Top CDC official gives grim assessment on Coronavirus containment

CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat said we’re “not even beginning to be over this.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The number two official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a grim…

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Workers set up a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
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As coronavirus cases and unemployment in the US climb, 39 groups launch coalition for clean energy and healthy communities

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear that the health of nature, the health of people, and the health of our economy are all deeply connected, and this fact should guide and inform the U.S. government’s response.”…

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Small businesses failed by federal bailout program. Can local governments can help?

Thousands of small businesses, especially those owned by people of color, have been left behind by the stipulations of the Paycheck Protection Program. In Texas, local governments are lending millions of dollars and it’s not enough….

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McConnell wants corporate immunity from Covid-19 lawsuits

‘No Consequences for Negligence That Kills’: “This is one of the most appalling things I’ve heard in the context of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 28 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is…

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