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Posted in News Social Security

House Dems to Pelosi: hold vote for bill expanding Social Security

“It is Congress’ responsibility to ensure that Social Security’s benefits are protected and improved,” says a letter to the speaker. “It’s time we deliver.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams May 26, 2022 Democratic leaders of three…

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Posted in News

What we lose when we conflate child “abuse” and “neglect”

Growing up in Southern Illinois, I knew many children whose basic needs went unmet. Reporting here decades later, I began to wonder why the system wasn’t doing more to help their families. by Molly Parker, The…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News

Kelly, Manchin join GOP in passing motion to bar Biden from declaring climate emergency

“Our political leadership is out to kill most of us,” lamented one climate justice advocate. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams May 5, 2022 Two right-wing Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Kelly of…

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Posted in News Taxes

Intuit will pay millions to customers tricked into paying for TurboTax

State attorneys general just reached a $141 million settlement with the Silicon Valley juggernaut. Victims will receive up to $90 each. by Justin Elliott, ProPublica May 5, 2022 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  Millions…

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Posted in Labor News

‘The fight has just begun’: Amazon Labor Union

The loss came on the heels of a landmark vote at a separate Amazon facility in Staten Island which formed the company’s first-ever union in the United States. by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Tuesday, May 3,…

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Posted in Abortion Rights News SCOTUS

Mobilizations planned as Supreme Court targets Roe

‘Time to Take to the Streets’ The push by conservative justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, said one abortion rights advocate, “is giving us an opportunity to show them how ungovernable we will be if they…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter News

Trump Wanted to Shoot Protesters, Says Mark Esper

Former Trump Pentagon General claims in a new book that the former president asked: “Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Tuesday, May 3, 2022…

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Posted in News Radiation War

Russians flee Chernobyl with radiation sickness

“The convoy kicked up a big column of dust,” Chernobyl workers said of the Russian military. “Many radiation safety sensors showed exceeded levels.” by Julia Conley, Common Dreams March 31, 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Voter suppression

Sinema enabling new AZ GOP voter purge law?

“The GOP continues to suppress voting rights across the country,” said one advocacy group. “Do you see what’s happening in your state, Senator Sinema?” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, March 31, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten…

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Posted in Investigations News

Jan. 6 Logs Show 457-Minute Gap in Trump Calls

‘Coverup?’ “Nixon had an 18.5-minute gap in his White House tapes,” noted one watchdog group. “Trump has a 7.5-hour gap in phone logs from January 6th.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 29, 2022 Internal White…

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Posted in Arizona Voter suppression

Arizona Senate Passes GOP Voter Purge Bill

‘Most Extreme ‘ in US “This is a recipe for chaos, not election integrity, and it would likely cut the state’s electorate in half overnight,” warned one observer. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 25, 2022…

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Posted in Democracy News Politics

Trump endorses Oath Keeper’s plan to seize control of the Republican Party

The “precinct strategy” widely promoted by Steve Bannon has already inspired thousands of Trump supporters to fill local GOP positions, intent on preventing a “stolen election.” by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica March 3, 2022   ProPublica is…

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Posted in News Politics

Casar wins big in Tx, Cisneros forces runoff with Cuellar

“Together, we’re taking our fight to the halls of Congress—to fight and deliver on passing Medicare for All, protecting reproductive rights, creating good jobs, and fixing our power grid,” said Greg Casar. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in News SCOTUS

Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

If confirmed, Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman and first former federal public defender to serve on the Supreme Court. by Julia Conley, Common Dreams Friday, February 25, 2022 This is a developing story….

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Posted in Arizona News

Bill banning most abortions after 15 weeks passes Arizona Senate, heads to AZ House

by Madison Thomas, Cronkite News February 24, 2022 Phoenix  –  A bill banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation, except in cases of medical emergency, has passed the state Senate on a party-line vote and been sent to…

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Posted in Justice News

Texas DAs refuse to comply with Abbott order to criminalize care for trans kids

“Republican leadership of this state is trying to turn loving and supportive parents into criminals, and this office will play no part in it,” said Travis County Attorney Delia Garza. by Julia Conley, Common Dreams February…

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Posted in Homelessness Housing News

Reno Seeks to purchase motels as affordable housing instead of letting developers demolish them

The mayor of Reno did little to stop the razing of motels that housed low-income residents or to replace lost units. Following a ProPublica investigation, that may change. by Anjeanette Damon     For more than…

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Posted in Arizona Courts Solar

Ruling on rooftop solar, clean energy ‘game-changer’

“For the first time a federal court has said utilities can be liable under antitrust laws if they attack rooftop solar,” said one advocate. “The future for renewable energy just got a lot brighter.” by Kenny…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Insurrection 2021

Now every day in Arizona Is January 6

Arizona’s latest voter restriction law will remove an estimated 100,000 eligible voters from its early voting mailing list. by Steven Harper February 1, 2022 Former President Donald J. Trump and his Republican allies are using three…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

by Molly Hudson, Cronkite News January 20 2022 Phoenix – Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious omicron variant, which continues to spread in the state, a leading health expert said…

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Posted in Investigations News

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to conceal records from Jan. 6 panel

One government watchdog group welcomed the decision as “a huge win for transparency.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Wednesday, January 19, 10:30 PM The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied former President Donald Trump’s attempt to…

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Posted in Investigations News

Eric Trump invoked 5th Amendment 500 times during 6-hour deposition

Longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg refused a similar number of questions, citing his right to not self-incriminate. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Former President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump invoked the…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks on the Senate floor on January 13, 2021. (Photo: C-SPAN/Screengrab)
Posted in Filibuster News

Sinema sparks fury by choosing filibuster over democracy

‘Shame on Her’ The Arizona Democrat’s continued opposition to filibuster reform puts her squarely “in McConnell’s anti-democracy camp,” said one progressive activist. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, January 13, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was…

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An endangered Mexican gray wolf known as Anubis was illegally shot and killed in Arizona on January 2, 2022. (Photo: Keith Hayes)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Conservation Environment Wildlife

Federal Action sought after endangered wolf Anubis killed in Arizona

“It’s tragic that Anubis was killed and many of us are grieving his loss, but despite this heinous crime, it is also profound confirmation that northern Arizona should be part of the wolf recovery effort.” by…

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