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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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Posted in Common Dreams Mental Health News Police Killings Policing

Funding mental health first responders to reduce police violence

Proposal by Katie Porter The co-sponsors cited research showing people with mental illnesses are 16 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement officers. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Four Democratic lawmakers…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Unemployment Wealth

Billionaire wealth has surged by $931 billion during seven months of pandemic, economic collapse

‘The Gilded Age is here again’ “The juxtaposition between surging billionaire wealth and the imploding livelihoods of ordinary Americans is grotesque and unseemly.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Over just the past seven…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Energy Green Jobs Unemployment

Investing $2 trillion in US clean energy and infrastructure could create millions of ‘good jobs’

 “We don’t have to choose between a strong economy or a healthy environment—we can have both,” says an EPI data analyst. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Pursuing trade and industrial policies that boost…

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National Guard spy plane monitored racial justice protest in sleepy Sacramento suburb where Commander lives

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has acknowledged that the surveillance “should not have happened.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Residents of a Sacramento suburb were left scratching their heads and asking questions on Sunday…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

As deadline for Covid relief deal looms, poll shows voters support $2 trillion stimulus by 51-point margin

The new survey shows 72% of likely voters—including 56% of Republicans—support an ambitious coronavirus relief package. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 With the agreed-upon deadline for Democratic leaders and the Trump White House…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts Elections News Voter suppression

Supreme Court blocks GOP effort to curb ballot deadline in Pennsylvania

‘One of the Most Significant Rulings’ of 2020 “This decision could have easily gone the other way if Amy Coney Barrett was on the court.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 In both a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News

Justice Department sues Google in antitrust case

The filing, announced Tuesday morning, accuses the tech giant of violating law to stifle competition. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 This is a developing story and may be updated. The U.S. Justice Department…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment First Nations News

Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: Stop abetting ‘climate-wrecking’ tar sands sector or expect more resistance

“Join us putting the proverbial nail in the coffin of these dying unneeded industries.” — Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 A group of Indigenous women and their allies…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Toxic Chemicals

Amid US sanctions, Venezuelan oil tanker at risk of spilling 1.3 million barrels and devastating Caribbean ecosystems

This is five times the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. “The Caribbean Sea would never be the same” should the oil spill, climate scientist Eric Holthaus tweeted. by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As pandemic surges in US, Trump says ‘People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots’

“People are tired of a science-denying president that has allowed over 218,000 people to die from Covid,” responded Rep. Mark Pocan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, October 19 Hours after bragging about his persistent refusal…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Oil giant refreezing rapidly melting permafrost to keep arctic drilling alive

The effort represented such “mindless idiocy” for many that 350.org ran a “help us out with this caption” contest in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, October 19 Reporting out Monday detailing how oil giant…

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Judge strikes down Trump effort to slash food stamps for 700,000 Americans

Victory for ‘Basic Human Decency’ “There’s a lot of competition for Vilest Policy Ever, but slashing food stamps during a pandemic that’s causing massive unemployment is way, way up there.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Common Dreams Environment Pesticides Toxic Chemicals

Critics say deregulatory rush shows even if defeated the Trump White House willing to ‘Scorch the earth before they go’

From bomb trains to biometrics to workers’ rights, the administration is pushing for last-minute rollbacks that could prove hard for its successor to overturn. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Sunday, October 18 With President Donald Trump’s…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 The People Speak Women

Women-led marches and rallies in US cities nationwide call for Trump’s ouster and GOP defeat

‘We’ve Had Enough’ From Denver to Durham to D.C. “His presidency began with women marching and now it’s going to end with women voting,” said head of the Women’s March. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Sunday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Recession

Trump’s millionaire economic adviser celebrates ‘gales of creative destruction’ as millions lose their jobs and go hungry

“Wonder how the 14% of households with kids who reported that they didn’t get enough food to eat in the last seven days feel about the ‘gales of creative destruction.’” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Covid-19 deaths expected to spike 80% in US by February

As White House Embraces Dangerous ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy “This is the time when we could be entering one of the worst periods of our epidemic and one of our worst periods in modern American public health….

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

Lindsey Graham openly violates committee rules to schedule vote on Barrett nomination

‘This Is Unprecedented’ “Senator Graham just further proved the illegitimacy of this sham process by again breaking the rules to ram through a justice to rip away healthcare from millions in the middle of a pandemic.”…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Poverty

8 Million forced into poverty since Covid relief expired in July

As Trump and GOP refuse aid package “It’s really important that we reinstate some of the lost benefits” that were extended as part of the CARES Act, one researcher said. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Sergio Escobar, and his sister, Mariana Escobar, join about 100 other protesters during a Harley Rouda rally against changes to the United States Postal Service in Newport Beach, California, on August 18, 2020. The event was organized by Indivisible OC. (Photo: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register)
Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 USPS

US Postal Service agrees to reverse changes that slowed mail nationwide

“We are ensuring mail services will be immediately restored,” said Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, October 15, 8:20-am MST The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse dramatic changes to…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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