Posted in Analysis Border Wall Corporate Influence Pro Publica

Records show Trump’s border wall is costing taxpayers billions more than initial contracts

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under…

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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 Analysis Dirty Tricks Elections Journalism Pro Publica

How to spot (and fight) election misinformation

Leer en español Summary: Disinformation is deliberately created with the intent to cause harm, while misinformation is incorrect information shared by people who believe it to be true. In 2020, dis- and misinformation about voting are…

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Back To Normal?

¿BACK TO NORMAL? “I can’t breathe.” By Khalil Bendib | July 29, 2020

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BLOOMIE AND TRUMP

BLOOMIE AND TRUMP A bipartisan effort. By Khalil Bendib | February 26, 2020

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Productive incoherence and thinking differently about change

by Wade Rathke October 24, 2020 Pearl River   A book entitled, The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics, arrives in the mail with the word SEX in capital red letters along with obsession…

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Rathke: Protest by the powerless…congressmen

“The cap is off of that bottle! We’re now in the land of “no limits,” even in the halls of Congress. Everybody is ready to throw it up against the wall!”

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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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Rathke: Lessons from the South for 2020

New Orleans      It may be too early to make a definitive list of lessons learned from the off-year elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky, but the one thing that seems crystal clear is that the…

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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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Rathke: “The Organizer” Comes to Ole Miss

Oxford   Having breakfast at the University of Memphis before leaving for Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi, we were in a good mood after the Hooks Institute event the previous evening.  We laughed…

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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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Rathke: Surging voter registration in the United Kingdom

New Orleans      Here’s an interesting voter registration story, but it’s not in the United States, but the United Kingdom.  I had been hearing about this phenomenon for weeks whenever I spoke with our organizers in…

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Rathke: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, says NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

New Orleans      It turns out that there’s a reason that Wayne LaPierre, the embattled chief of the National Rifle Association, doesn’t give many interviews to the press.  It because he comes off as an oblivious,…

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Rathke: When political parties lose control, welcome to crisis

New Orleans   Big ideas and popular demands move political parties, pro or con.  Politicians have to put their fingers in the air and see how the wind is blowing, especially if they lack core principles 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 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 Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020

1968’s presidential election looks a lot like today’s – but it was very different

Richard Nixon, celebrating his election on Nov. 7, 1968, campaigned against a backdrop of racial inequality, civic unrest and polarized politics. AFP via Getty Images by  David Stebenne, The Ohio State University Thursday, October 22, 2020 In…

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Rathke: How quickly can we get past impeachment?

New Orleans       Weather was miserable in New York as we schlepped from lower Manhattan to Newark Airport.  We prepared for the worst, but arrived early with hours to spare only to be victimized by almost…

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