Posted in Carbon Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Six days before election, Trump finalizes plan for opening up largest national forest to logging and mining

‘One word for this: Vandalism‘ “Destructive development in the country’s largest national forest—such as extractive logging and expansive road building—will be catastrophic for generations to come,” warned Greenpeace. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, October 28…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Common Dreams Environment

‘Bankrolling Extinction’: Report shows big banks lent over $2.6 trillion to fund global biodiversity destruction in just one year, 2019

“Imagine a world in which projects can only raise capital when they have demonstrated that they will contribute meaningfully and positively to restoring the planet’s bounty and a safe climate for all. That’s the future this…

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Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Vote by mail Voter suppression

Justice Kavanaugh parrots Trump mail-in ballot lies as Supreme Court bars extension of Wisconsin deadline

“He’s Down to Steal This Thing” “Kavanaugh is announcing to the world that if it will help Trump win he will join a decision to not count votes.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 27…

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

USPS deadline to mail ballots was yesterday, voters urged not to rely on DeJoy-led Postal Service

‘Drop It Off. Drop It Off. Drop It Off’ “Don’t put it in the mail. Not at this point. If you can drop it off in person, drop it off in person.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations Journalism News

Facebook attempts to shut down research exposing ‘political disinformation’ in ad practices, watchdog fights back

“Rather than combat the rampant disinformation and hate on its platform, Facebook has decided to go after the people who are helping voters understand who is trying to influence their votes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief in sight

“Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail Voter suppression

Trump lawsuit to stop mail-In vote counting in Nevada condemned as suppression attempt

“This suit is nothing but a sham.”  ‘Obvious’ and ‘Desperate’ by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, October 24 In a move the Nevada Democratic Party denounced as a “desperate play” to suppress votes just ahead of…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Elections Gig Economy Workers

Gig workers urge no vote on Prop 22 in California to stop ‘corporate power grab’

“No company should be able to buy its way out of treating workers fairly,” said one progressive think tank about the state’s ballot initiative that will have national implications. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, October…

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Posted in Common Dreams Fact Check Green New Deal News

“It’s actually AOC plus 115”: Ocasio-Cortez corrects Trump on popularity of Green New Deal

“I am so deeply proud and grateful for each and every one of my House and Senate colleagues who stand for our future and champion the Green New Deal,” the progressive standout declared. by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Fact Check Family Separation Race for the White House 2020

‘Cruelty was always the plan’: pressed on mass family separations in final debate, Trump smears victims as ‘bad people’

“The Trump immigration agenda is defined by cruelty: it’s responsible for six children dying in cages, forced women into unnecessary surgeries including sterilizations, continued deportation flights in the middle of a pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail Voter suppression

Voters implored to submit ballots ASAP as ‘unacceptable’ mail delays caused by DeJoy persist in key states

“Parts of the presidential battleground states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio fell short of delivery goals by wide margins.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, October 23 With a staggering number of Americans voting…

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Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Common Dreams Government Politics

Trump executive order denounced as ‘declaration of war’ against federal employees

The order sets up Trump’s “cronies to burrow into permanent jobs in the U.S. government,” said one critic. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, October 23 After years of complaining that career federal employees are part…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Energy Sustainability

Study shows US switch to 100% renewables would save hundreds of billions each year

‘What the Future Can Look Like’ “Too often we are told doing the right thing for the environment requires sacrifice and costs more. But we can actually make a better economy and save people money and…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

The Elders call for surge in global cooperation to combat ‘current disarray’ set off by Covid-19, climate crisis

“Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strain on the multilateral system and cruelly exposed its failings. A fresh approach is urgently needed in 2021 with an unrelenting focus on justice and equality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Insurance News

Saying quiet part ‘really loud,’ Trump admits he hopes Supreme Court kills ACA as Barrett moves closer to confirmation

“Senate Republicans who claim this was never about gutting healthcare are lying to you and Donald Trump just proved it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 22 After Senate Republicans spent several days of hearings…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 SCOTUS

To fix ‘out of whack’ US Judiciary and Supreme Court, Biden says he’ll create commission to study reforms

“There’s a number of alternatives that… go well beyond packing,” Biden asserted. “The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, October…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Race for the White House 2020

With 220,000+ dead from Covid-19 on his watch, Trump says ‘not much’ he would do differently

“Now 225,000 dead Americans, virus spread raging, millions out of work, an economy spiraling down, and Trump today says he’d do the same things all over again.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 22 More…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Nuclear Weapons

As nuclear weapon ban treaty nears entry into force, Trump administration urges withdrawals

‘Unprecedented and Desperate’ “This is completely outrageous and yet somehow not at all surprising,” one nuclear expert said of the U.S. effort. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Disarmament advocates and nuclear experts responded…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons Public Health

ACLU sues Trump Admin. to obtain key records on federal handling of Coronavirus pandemic in prisons

The suit seeks “the immediate release of improperly withheld agency records related to federal government’s failed response to the spread of Covid-19 in prisons in jails.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The American…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Investigations News

ACLU says it can’t find parents of over 500 children separated from families by Trump

‘Just Babies at the Time’ “We will not stop looking until we have found every one of the families, no matter how long it takes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Lawyers appointed by…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Courts Justice

Critics say DOJ settlement not nearly enough for Purdue Pharma’s deadly role in opioid crisis

‘Prosecute the Sackler Family’ “Today’s guilty plea comes too late for the millions of lives that Purdue’s crimes destroyed over the past decade.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The Justice Department announced Wednesday…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Policing

DEA’s latest salvo in failed US war on drugs

“Project Safeguard” “It is astonishing that in the midst of a pandemic and calls for police reform, the DEA is using the same old heavy-handed tactics to address a public health issue.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics

Trump officials weigh deep funding cuts to Covid-19 relief, newborn screenings in Democrat-led cities

“Besides shameless graft, Trump’s central agenda is tormenting the people who didn’t vote for him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Documents obtained by Politico reveal that the Trump White House is weighing millions…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Rushing Barrett confirmation McConnell pushes Senate to ignore Covid relief taks

 “Mitch McConnell is rushing to steal a Supreme Court seat before the election. Senate Republicans would rather help him do it than help millions of Americans.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Senate Majority…

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