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Trump Administration discloses some recipients of $670 billion small business bailout

After resisting its release, the administration revealed information on companies that received more than $150,000 in PPP funds. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Monday, July 6, 8:35-AM MST After months of delays and outright refusals,…

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Posted in Columns Economy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Dismantling the false paths to equity

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’ll never forget the surprise on a colleague’s face who was working to build a nonprofit community development organization in the Mississippi delta several years ago when we first met….

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News Investigations News Pro Publica

The Indian Health Service wants to return 1 million KN95 masks it bought from a former White House official

The former official, Zach Fuentes, is refusing to take back the masks even though IHS said they did not meet FDA standards. His company’s lawyer says the IHS is trying to cancel the order for “political…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 News Podcast Pro Publica Trump Inc

“I can’t speak negatively about the President,” says Official charged with stimulus oversight

President Donald Trump’s purge of watchdogs is on the mind of one of the newly hired officials charged with overseeing the more than $2 trillion CARES Act. by Ilya Marritz and Katherine Sullivan, WNYC Wednesday, June…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica Restart 2020

Small businesses failed by federal bailout program. Can local governments can help?

Thousands of small businesses, especially those owned by people of color, have been left behind by the stipulations of the Paycheck Protection Program. In Texas, local governments are lending millions of dollars and it’s not enough….

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Amazon’s new competitive advantage: putting Its own products first

Brands have long been able to bid for the premier slot at the top left of Amazon’s listings, but during the pandemic the online retailer has begun using this position for its private-label items, raising antitrust…

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Coronavirus pandemic triggered ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’

Small businesses are “dropping like flies,” said the “Mad Money” host. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, June 5 CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday that that coronavirus pandemic has triggered “one of the greatest wealth transfers…

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Mar-a-Lago buddy used “Shadow” sway over the VA to promote his comic book empire

Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter arranged for comic book characters to ring the NYSE closing bell with the VA secretary in 2017, according to a new government audit. Perlmutter has denied benefiting from his role as an…

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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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‘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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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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Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?

by Will Evans May 20, 2020 In late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, got the dreaded announcement. Over the loudspeaker, a manager’s voice rang through the warehouse: “We have recently learned of…

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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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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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CEOs aren’t Pigs. That’s unfair to — to pigs —

—Pigs are intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility. CEOs are looting taxpayers funds meant for small businesses.   by Jim Hightower Wednesday, May 13, 2020 There’s a general sentiment today that multimillionaire corporate chieftains…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

COVID bailout cash goes to big players that have paid millions to settle allegations of wrongdoing

by  Rachana Pradhan and Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 9, 2020 The Trump administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic-related bailouts to health care providers with checkered histories, including a Florida-based cancer…

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Reopening in the COVID Era: How to adapt to a new normal

  by Julie Appleby, May 8, 2020 As many states begin to reopen — most without meeting the thresholds recommended by the White House — a new level of COVID-19 risk analysis begins for Americans. Should…

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Posted in Columns Debt Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Why can’t we fix payday lending?

Pearl River   We’ve been fighting payday lending for over fifteen years in Canada with some success as well a truckload of frustration. The issue has been in our sights for several decades in the United…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Workers and bosses are caught in a reopening Catch-22

Pearl River    In the United States when dealing with a program that is touted as a lifesaver for what will likely be fifty million unemployed workers and another program that is designed, ostensibly, to help…

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‘Milestone Moment’ as JPMorgan Chase announces former Exxon CEO to no longer be Lead Director of bank’s board

The ousting of “America’s #1 climate denier” from the leadership position on the board of the largest global lender of fossil fuels is being welcomed by the climate movement. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, May…

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Posted in Common Dreams Labor News Public Health Worker Safety

On May Day, pro-worker groups demand protections for frontline whistleblowers who expose corporate disregard for labor safety

“The current crisis has elevated workplace whistleblowing and collective action to a matter of national health.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, May 1 As workers marked May Day with sickouts and walkouts across the U.S….

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Texas forges ahead with Reopening Day after state sees highest Covid-19 deaths yet

“Workers should not have to choose between their livelihoods and their physical safety in a workplace.” by Eoin Higgins, staff write Friday, May 1 Texas plans to ease restrictions on social distancing and reopen its economy…

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Workers gear up for major May Day strike in pushback against unsafe conditions amid pandemic

One organizer explained that the goal is to “push back with large numbers against the right-wing groups that want to risk our lives by reopening the economy.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Workers at some of…

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Airbnb’s gray market is collapsing

Pearl River    There were some pieces of the Airbnb business model that had appeal. Homeowners that were willing to open their own homes to visiting guests seemed like it could build relationships and even, dare…

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