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New polling shows widespread US public support for paid sick leave, Medicare for all to fight coronavirus

“Humane policies are popular policies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer CommonDreams Strong majorities of U.S. voters across the political spectrum support an array of progressive policy proposals that would provide immediate relief to those affected by the…

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Judge blocks Trump effort to strip food assistance from 700,000 people

Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. stressed the importance of such programs in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer A federal judge on Friday cited…

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Paid sick leave loopholes: ‘There’s a giant hole in Pelosi’s coronavirus bill’

“The bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers.” by Common Dreams staff Early Saturday morning the US House of Representatives voted 363-40 to pass a coronavirus relief package, days after the World…

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Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Michael Cousineau, University of Southern California As the number of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to grow, the nation is on edge. Doctors and scientists do not know what percentage of…

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Trump moves to take Food Stamps from over a million people

“Really it’s a cruel rule, taking food out of the mouths of hungry individuals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams The Trump administration announced this week that it has no plans to scrap—or, at the very…

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House Democrats propose sending checks of up to $6,000 to help ease workers’ pain during coronavirus pandemic

“As more folks are staying in and taking necessary steps to avoid spread of the coronavirus, more Americans will struggle to cover basic needs like rent, groceries, and medicines.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer As President…

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Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods wants workers to pay for colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus pandemic

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer   When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now…

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Emergency Medical Responders have lacked guidance and are stretched for supplies and personnel to combat coronavirus

Key direction from the CDC on how to protect emergency responders came after the first American case and the exposure of at least one firefighter. It’s yet another example of a fragmented and halting response at…

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Some towns still haven’t halted utility shut-offs for unpaid water bills during coronavirus, even as federal lawmakers demand it

While some municipalities with only a few cases of the coronavirus have stopped disconnecting water service for residents with overdue bills, a few utility companies at the coronavirus epicenter in Washington have made no such promises….

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