Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Analysis finds nearly one third of owed unemployment benefits have not been paid

Bloomberg found a $67 billion gap between the sum of benefits paid out by the Treasury Department and the amount that is owed to jobless Americans. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 A Bloomberg…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Investigations News Pro Publica

This Treasury official Is running the bailout. It’s been great for his family.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich has an increasingly prominent role. He still has ties to his family’s investment firm, which is a major beneficiary of the Treasury’s bailout actions. by Justin Elliott, Lydia DePillis and Robert…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net Safety Net Unemployment insurance

Nearly 60% of Americans support extending boosted unemployment benefits as Trump and McConnell say let them expire

“The across-the-board $600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits should be extended well past its expiration at the end of July—until unemployment is falling rapidly and is at a manageable level.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Business Coronavirus Politics Pro Publica

The secret, absurd world of coronavirus mask traders and middlemen trying to get rich off government money

The federal government and states have fueled an unregulated, chaotic market for masks ruled by oddballs, ganjapreneurs and a shadowy network of investors. by J. David McSwane Monday, June 1, 5 a.m. EDT It was 10…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

With over 100,000 dead and depression-level unemployment, Sanders calls McConnell’s sandbagging of Covid-19 relief ‘Incomprehensible’

“Our most vulnerable communities are hungry, desperate and under enormous emotional stress. The American people want action from Congress and they want it NOW. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, May 31 Sen. Bernie Sanders over…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Masks sold by former White House official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards

New information from the Indian Health Service calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. by Yeganeh Torbati and Derek Willis May 27, 5:20 p.m. EDT The…

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Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Mutual aid and governmental responsibility

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Mutual aid or solidarity work has long been a feature of political activity in times of crisis and often at all times. ACORN affiliates around the world have been involved…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Worker Safety Workers

‘How the Trump White House sees you’: top economic adviser under fire for calling workers ‘human capital stock’

“They’ve always been indifferent to human life. And in the face of mass death, the masks are coming off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 26 In a remark critics characterized as further evidence that…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foretelling labor’s future in the cloudy crystal ball

Pearl River   Roughly 39 million Americans have applied for unemployment, not even counting gig and self-employed workers, workers who have abandoned job search, or couldn’t access the benefits, which means real unemployment is over 50…

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Posted in Common Dreams Energy News Public Lands

Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Time to hit the streets again

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   In the United States all states are now opened with different levels of restrictions and rules. While businesses try to lead people back into malls and restaurants, many of us,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Housing News Pro Publica Safety Net

Rent is still due in Kushnerville

Government stimulus checks and a temporary ban on evictions are tiding over the suddenly jobless residents of housing complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s company. But what will happen when both soon run out?      …

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News

Small business owners to McConnell: Stop using our plight to push for Covid-19 corporate immunity

“With this perverse cost-shift, corporate immunity could result in only the most irresponsible corporations surviving the pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 A coalition of more than 30,000 small business owners across the…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Wedding planner, caterer, “brand builder”: Trump’s food aid program Is paying $100+ million to unlicensed dealers

Contractors with no experience in food distribution are looking for suppliers on Facebook while some food banks scramble to find desperately needed deliveries. by Isaac Arnsdorf Tuesday, May 19, 6 a.m. EDT A food relief program…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Energy News

Trump slaps wind and solar industry with $50 Million in old rent bills while pushing big oil bailouts

‘Not Just Bad, It’s Pathological’   “Robbing from a clean energy future to prop up the dirty energy past.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, May 18 While giving fossil fuel companies access to relief funds…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

Can you be evicted during Coronavirus? Here’s how to find out.

The CARES Act temporarily protects millions of renters from being evicted, and many states and cities passed their own rules to help those struggling to pay rent. Use our new database to find out if eviction…

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Posted in Coronavirus Education Education funding News The Conversation Vouchers

Giving private schools federal emergency funds slated for low-income students will shortchange at-risk kids

Low-income Seattle students began to pick up bagged lunches in March after their school closed. Karen Ducey/Getty Images   by   Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina Public schools have faced three distinct challenges since…

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Posted in Art Climate change Energy The Conversation

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, CC BY-ND   by  Margaret Birney Vickery, University of Massachusetts Amherst Amid the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Another private jet company owned by a Trump donor got a bailout — This one for $20 million

The two private jet companies are among the first 96 airline companies disclosed as recipients of taxpayer funds under the CARES Act. by Jake Pearson May 15, 5:02 p.m. EDT An Omaha, Nebraska-based private jet company…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Making it and taking it, Trump Administration style

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   In a Netflix “Narcos Mexico” rip-off, a paralegal is now facing charges for having tipped off a Mexican drug cartel about investigations and raids while working as a paralegal for…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

‘150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market’: Kushner reportedly advised less Covid-19 testing to calm Wall Street

“Kushner’s advice did nothing to prevent a market crash, and it’s likely that the administration’s refusal to act in time only threw the economy into more chaos.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, May 14 President…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Demanding ‘unprecedented’ action from Congress, Sanders says HEROES Act must include Medicare expansion and $2,000 monthly payments

“The Senate must improve this legislation if we are to adequately address the two most urgent needs facing working families right now: healthcare and economic security.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, May 14 Sen. Bernie…

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