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President Biden signs sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid relief package into law

“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation—working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country—a fighting chance.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, March 11, 2021…

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‘Stop Nickel and Diming the American people’: Anger grows as Senate Democrats move to deny relief checks to 17 million

“While you’re quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 5, 2021   The decision by the Senate Democratic leadership and President Joe Biden—for no…

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With jobless benefits to expire in 9 days, Republicans pull out all stops to obstruct relief bill

“When Sen. Johnson voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, he didn’t force staff to read the bill. But now that working people need help, he’s forcing a delay.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Income Equality News Restart 2021

Majority of US voters want government to invest more in healthcare, education, and fighting poverty

57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn’t spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, February 24, 2021     Lawmakers…

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‘It is not a budget item,’ Democrat Kyrsten Sinema falsely says as she joins Joe Manchin in opposing $15 wage

“She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let’s get it done now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday joined fellow conservative…

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Income Ceiling on Benefits for the Rich

by Wade Rathke February 10, 2021 New Orleans   For the record, I’m clear that the government needs to give more lower income families cash, and they need to do it pretty darned quick. At the…

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More cash transfers, please and pronto

by Wade Rathke February 9, 2021 New Orleans    Way back when the pandemic was over there, and then over here, and the shutdown of peoples’ lives and work began, can you remember in the first…

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‘Giant first step’: After 14+ hours of votes, Senate approves Covid relief resolution

 With Zero GOP Support “We have the opportunity to give hope to the American people and restore faith in our government by telling them that… we understand the pain that they are experiencing and we are…

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As GOP Senators push smaller Covid-19 relief package, Dem leaders move to advance Biden’s bolder plan

“Congress must pursue a bold and robust course of action. It makes no sense to pinch pennies when so many Americans are struggling,” said the Senate majority leader. by Jessica Corbett, staff write Monday, February 1,…

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CBO warns employment won’t recover until 2024, GOP offers 3-month extension of jobless aid

‘Inhumane’ “Workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own shouldn’t be constantly worrying that they are going to lose their income overnight.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, February 1, 2021 As…

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‘We have got to act now’: As GOP introduces weak relief bill, Sanders says dems already have enough votes to pass stronger package

“We made promises to the American people. We’re going to keep those promises.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, February 1, 2021 Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday told ABC host Martha Raddatz that there…

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‘How about a counter-argument based on fact?’: Warren tells CNBC host over two-cent Wealth Tax criticism

“The wealthiest in this country are paying less in taxes than everyone else,” said the Democratic senator. “If they added a two-cent wealth tax, they’d still be paying less than most of the people in this…

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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman speaks during an interview on CNBC on January 28, 2021. (Photo: CNBC/YouTube Screengrab) 
Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Taxes

‘Cry me a river’: Sanders hits back as billionaire investor whines about potential tax hikes

“Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 As…

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As White House floats skimpier relief bill in bid for GOP support, progressives warn going small would be ‘catastrophic’

“Congress should err on the side of offering generous relief to a larger pool of people, rather than too little.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 With the Biden White House reportedly weighing…

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$1.1 trillion Billionaire wealth gain during pandemic could fully fund Biden relief plan for Working class

“We should tax these windfall gains to pay for recovery.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, January 26, 2021 The $1.1 trillion in wealth that America’s billionaires have collectively gained during ten months of pandemic and…

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Budget Chair Sanders dares GOP to criticize him for using reconciliation to ‘protect ordinary people, not just the rich’

“If they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.” by Jake…

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Biden mandates masks on federal property

Cronkite News   Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden signed in his first two days in office dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials say shows it their top priority. But even…

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As Romney says Covid relief bill ‘not well-timed,’ Biden urged to abandon GOP outreach, move swiftly on relief package

“A Republican minority shouldn’t be allowed to hold the nation’s economic recovery and public health hostage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 21 With Covid-19 killing thousands of people each day in the U.S. and…

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Biden Inaugural confronts the Jan. 6 riot head-on, calls for an end to “this uncivil war”

    It’s become a ProPublica tradition for our president, Richard Tofel, who wrote a book on President Kennedy’s inaugural address, to offer an instant analysis of suchspeeches. Here are his thoughts for today. If President Joe…

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Yellen bolsters demand for Biden to enact bold FDR-style agenda,

‘Smartest Thing We Can Do Is Act Big’ “Instead of feel-good talk of unification,” said journalist John Nichols, “FDR called out the Wall Street speculators, the bankers, and their conservative apologists.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Sanders says ‘First order of business’ for Biden, new Democratic Congress must be Covid bill with $2,000 checks

The Vermont senator said Democrats have to be “bold in a way that we have not seen since FDR in the 1930s.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Sen. Bernie Sanders late Thursday…

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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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Sanders urges Americans to call their senators and demand vote on $2,000 checks

‘A Matter of Life and Death’ “We need $2,000 stimulus checks, not $740,000,000,000 for the Pentagon and private ‘defense’ contractors,” said advocacy group CodePink. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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McConnell condemned for pushing poison pills in bid to tank $2,000 checks

‘Cynical Gambit’ “Senate Republicans are going to try every conceivable way to try to kill the $2,000 checks.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Shortly after blocking efforts by Sen. Bernie Sanders and…

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