Posted in Immigration News Pro Publica

The FBI is investigating massive embezzlement of Border Patrol union funds

The head of the powerful union representing border patrol agents nationwide said the FBI is working to identify who stole some $500,000 out of the coffers of the El Paso local. The theft raises more questions…

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Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Insurance Race for the White House 2020

Nevada Entrance Poll shows 62% of Democratic Caucus-goers support Medicare for All

“It’s fair to say Democratic leadership fails to understand how much everyday Americans hate their private healthcare coverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than 60% of Nevada caucus-goers support eliminating private insurance and moving to…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

Misconceptions abound on both sides of the aisle. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com Douglas J. Ahler, Florida State University With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Greenpeace Misleading advertising News Plastic Waste

Greenpeace finds labels on plastic products ‘Mislead the public and harm America’s recycling systems’

Instead of getting serious about moving away from single-use plastic, corporations are hiding behind the pretense that their throwaway packaging is recyclable. “Retailers and consumer goods companies across the country are frequently putting labels on their…

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Posted in National News Pro Publica

Trump’s new spy chief used to work for a foreign politician the U.S. accused of corruption

Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption. His own office’s policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail. by Isaac…

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Posted in Ethics News Podcast Pro Publica Public Policy

How much has the government spent at Trump’s properties? It won’t say.

“He’s paying our money to himself,” the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told “Trump, Inc.” “There must be so much more we haven’t seen.” by Ilya Marritz, WNYC Feb. 19, 4 a.m. EST This month, The Washington…

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Posted in Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

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Posted in Analysis Ethics National The Conversation

Why Trump’s post-impeachment actions are about vengeance, not retribution

“Since the end of his Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump has carried out a concerted campaign against his Democratic political opponents as well as members of his administration who cooperated with them.” Austin Sarat, Amherst…

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Posted in Environment News Public Policy The Revelator Water

Trump admin’s Clean Water rollback will hit some states hard

But the effects of removing this “environmental safety net” won’t be felt equally. States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife. Oceans & Clean Water February…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice National News

Judge sentences Roger Stone to 40 months in prison

Stone is expected to be pardoned by President Donald Trump. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer This is a breaking news story… Stay tuned for updates. Longtime Republican operative and ally to Preisdent Donald Trump Roger Stone…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice News

‘Our institutions are sounding alarms’: Federal Judges call emergency meeting over Trump interference with DOJ

“This is mind-blowing. I’ve never heard of anything like it. We are in full on crisis mode.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, for CommonDreams.org The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an…

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Posted in Common Dreams National News

After granting Blagojevich and others clemency, Trump calls himself the ‘Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country’

“NARRATOR: He is not the chief law enforcement officer in the country.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, Common Dreams.org February 18, 2020 Telling reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he had commuted the…

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Posted in Composting Environment Landfills The Revelator Waste

Can the U.S. slash food waste in half in the next ten years?

Emerging efforts by cities and the federal government show that progress is possible, but experts say systemic changes are still needed. February 14, 2020 – by Tim Lydon Can the United States make progress on its…

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Posted in Common Dreams

More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell William Barr: Resign now!

‘Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words’ by  Common Dreams staff More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday…

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Posted in Business Courts/justice Economy News Pro Publica Public Policy

Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

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Posted in Common Dreams Deportation Immigration News Policing

‘These are the Bad Times’: Trump to deploy heavily armed Border Patrol tactical units to help with immigration arrests in Sanctuary Cities

“It is unbelievable how much this action will undermine public safety. Unbelievable.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, CommonDreams In a move that appears destined to escalate tension between the White House and opponents, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead the Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

Border Patrol Officials dodged Congress’ questions about migrant children’s deaths

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism. by Robert Moore, special to ProPublica Jan. 14, 5:38…

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Posted in Courts/justice Debt New Debtors Prisons News Policing Pro Publica

They loan you money. Then they get a warrant for your arrest.

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without…

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Posted in Business Climate Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Temperature in Antarctica soars past 69°F as NOAA reports last month was world’s hottest January on record

While the reading in Antarctica still needs to be confirmed, the Brazilian scientists who logged it called the new record “incredible and abnormal.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on…

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Posted in Courts/justice ICE Immigration News The Conversation

Hundreds of county jails detained immigrants for ICE

To hold immigrant detainees for ICE, state and local governments enter into agreements with ICE known as Intergovernmental Service Agreements. These agreements require ICE to pay the local government per diem for each bed that the…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens The Conversation Working Class

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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