Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Courts ICE Immigration News

Federal judge orders ICE to release detained immigrants at heightened risk for COVID-19

“It is unfortunate we had to resort to the courts for this relief; ICE should be doing this on its own,” said the San Francisco public defender. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer In a ruling celebrated…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Coronavirus News

Coronavirus stimulus law allows the Federal Reserve to hold secret meetings on corporate bailouts

“That provision’s a body blow to transparency when we need it most.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer A brief and obscure provision buried in the nearly 900-page coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress last month authorizes…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Facing ‘extinction-level event,’ small businesses urge Congress to replace disastrous loan program with direct payroll grants

“Without a substantial, immediate response that addresses the magnitude of this problem, our small business sector will be devastated.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer With millions of small businesses on the brink of collapse and struggling…

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John Prine performs on stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California on 2nd October, 2009. (Photo: Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Culture Entertainment Music

‘Ah Baby, We Gotta Go Now’: Music Legend John Prine dies at 73 after battle with coronavirus

The celebrated songwriter and performer “captured the simplicities and the complexities of the human existence in stark and stunning glory.” by Jon Queally, staff writer John Prine, one of America’s most cherished songwriters and folk artists,…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Coronavirus News

Oversight of $4.5 trillion corporate bailout in ‘grave jeopardy’ as Trump fires independent watchdog

“A direct insult to the American taxpayers—of all political stripes—who want to make sure that their tax dollars are not squandered on wasteful boondoggles, incompetence, or political favors.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 7…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Trump White House weighing tax cut for rich investors as workers and small businesses struggle

‘Smash-and-Grab Economics’ Critics slammed the Trump administration for considering “rewarding vulture capitalists profiting off a crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As desperate workers, the unemployed, and small businesses struggle to obtain benefits authorized under the…

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Posted in Accountability Common Dreams Coronavirus News

US Government’s handling of coronavirus crisis has likely led to severe undercounting of deaths, public health officials say

“Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun.”   by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, April 5 Decision-making by the U.S. government early on during the coronavirus outbreak has likely led to the…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Opinion

Failures show Trump Is clear and present danger to the United States

Seven “pro-contagion activities” by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States. by Ralph Nader Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

“It’s Not Like We Have a Massive Recession or Worse,” says Trump after 10 million lost their jobs in two weeks

“It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said of the economic crisis, a distinction that makes no difference to the millions who have lost their jobs and their health insurance. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

Trump Admin says millions may have to wait 5 months to receive $1,200 relief check

“That’s not even remotely fast enough for the millions of working people who have seen their hours slashed, their expenses rise, and their government refuse to take sufficient action.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

Labor Department to slash paid sick leave amid pandemic

“The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday accused…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics Public Policy

Trump reversal on coronavirus relief payments still leaves barrier for millions. (Updated 4 PM Thursday)

‘Not Enough’:  “They’re still requiring SSI recipients and veterans receiving pensions to file a tax return before receiving their coronavirus stimulus payments.” UPDATE: 4 PM Thursday: People who do not have direct deposit information on file…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Climate change Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

As pandemic paralyzes global economy, world Is ‘awash in seas of oil’ with nowhere left to store it

“How about we #KeepItInTheGround?” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Despite the coronavirus pandemic grounding global oil demand to a halt, oil producers continue to extract the fossil fuel—even as storage space is running out, the price…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

Trump to hold in-person meeting with Big Oil CEOs to discuss coronavirus relief

‘Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight’?   “Right now money is needed for people’s health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

With record-shattering unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘do you have a plan?’

“It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, April 1…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Safety Net

Trump throws up roadblock for seniors, people with disabilities in need of $1,200 relief checks, takes down one block to Social Security recipients

“The Trump administration is throwing up an unnecessary barrier that will make it harder for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans to get the payments they desperately need.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Editor’s update:  At…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Coronavirus Economy News Rent Freeze Safety Net

With bills due April 1, more than 400,000 demand Congress freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments

“Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy Science While we were looking elsewhere

Trump to kneecap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, hurtling Nation ‘toward a more dangerous climate’

“Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak crisis, the Trump administration intends to further…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor National News

Amazon, Whole Foods workers walk off job to protest “unjust and unsafe” labor practices

‘The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing’ “One of the best ways to thank essential workers is to support the fight to improve their lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Labor rights advocates on Monday urged…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression While we were looking elsewhere

Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Trump admits limiting voter access necessary to maintain Republican control

“This morning on live television, the president of the United States admitted he is opposed to laws that would make it easier for Americans to vote because that would hurt Republicans.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Common Dreams Housing Policy News

As April 1 Nears and Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Demand to #CancelRent Swells

“It’s unreasonable to expect thousands and thousands of people who lost their incomes to pay rent and mortgages on April 1st.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer With the coronavirus pandemic causing an economic crisis for households…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules

‘Holy Crap This Is Insane’ “The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing First Peoples News Justice News Pipelines

‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court rules DAPL permits violated law

“This is what the tribe has been fighting for many months. Their fearless organizing continues to change the game.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday March 25, 2020 A federal judge handed down a major victory…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor Recession While we were looking elsewhere

The Senate corporate bailout package is a ‘robbery in progress,’ warn critics

“It’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As details of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus plan slowly trickled in Wednesday, progressive critics characterized…

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