Posted in Common Dreams Investigations Journalism News

Facebook attempts to shut down research exposing ‘political disinformation’ in ad practices, watchdog fights back

“Rather than combat the rampant disinformation and hate on its platform, Facebook has decided to go after the people who are helping voters understand who is trying to influence their votes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in First Peoples News Food News Reveal

Conflict beef from Nicaragua feeds US market amid pandemic

By Nathan Halverson, Reveal October 21, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org 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 Columns Health Care Hightower OtherWords Prescriptions

Why your CVS prescription is taking so long

The drug store giant’s CEO has been cutting corners while rewarding himself handsomely. By Jim Hightower Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Sometimes I don’t know whether to weep uncontrollably, laugh hysterically, or just throw up. I recently…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Courts Justice

Critics say DOJ settlement not nearly enough for Purdue Pharma’s deadly role in opioid crisis

‘Prosecute the Sackler Family’ “Today’s guilty plea comes too late for the millions of lives that Purdue’s crimes destroyed over the past decade.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The Justice Department announced Wednesday…

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Posted in Health Insurance Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

“Trumpcare” does not exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google cash in on misleading ads for “garbage” health insurance.

The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part. by Jeremy B….

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment First Nations News

Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: Stop abetting ‘climate-wrecking’ tar sands sector or expect more resistance

“Join us putting the proverbial nail in the coffin of these dying unneeded industries.” — Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 A group of Indigenous women and their allies…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Oil giant refreezing rapidly melting permafrost to keep arctic drilling alive

The effort represented such “mindless idiocy” for many that 350.org ran a “help us out with this caption” contest in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, October 19 Reporting out Monday detailing how oil giant…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

Are corporations picking more pockets as government snoozes?

by Wade Rathke October 15, 2020 New Orleans,  Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe I just woke up with a manic pandemic depression about the current pandemic depression? Maybe it’s always like this, and I haven’t noticed it…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

Disney fires 28,000 workers during stock buyback spree

“It appears that—prior to, and during the pandemic—Disney took good care of its top executives and shareholders—and now is hanging its front-line workers out to dry.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Sen. Elizabeth…

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Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Corporate Influence Dark Money SCOTUS

‘Look for Power in the Shadows’: watch Sheldon Whitehouse shine light on ‘Dark Money operation’ behind GOP Supreme Court takeover

“Something is not right around the court. And dark money has a lot to do with it. Special interests have a lot to do with it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Democratic Sen….

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Investigations Op/Ed OtherWords

How taxpayers funded “consulting fees” for Ivanka Trump

The president reduced his tax bill by writing off large payments to his daughter. He calls it “smart” — tax lawyers call it criminal. By Sam Pizzigati | Sunday, October 11 The warmest and fuzziest phrase…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Utilities

Four types of scandals utility companies get into with money from your electric bills

When power companies across the country fight for favorable legislation, sometimes their efforts cross the line and customers pay the price. by Patrick Wilson, Richmond Times-Dispatch Saturday, October10 Across the country, electric utilities have worked the…

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Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams EPA Methane News

Methane ruling seen as ominous sign with Barrett poised to join Supreme Court

The judge delivered a “puzzling and unsupported conclusion that the Bureau of Land Management can’t limit methane waste because that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 9 A federal court’s…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Pro Publica Utilities

Inside the utility company lobbying blitz that will hike electric bills

Democrats who campaigned against Virginia’s largest public utility, Dominion Energy, swept into office. Then the company’s lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. Here’s how it fought against legislation meant to lower residents’ electric bills. by Patrick…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Debt Pro Publica Safety Net

Debt collectors have made a fortune this year. Now they’re coming for more.

After a pause for the pandemic, debt buyers are back in the courts, suing debtors by the thousands. by Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen Earlier this year, the pandemic swept across the country, killing 100,000 Americans…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed While we were looking elsewhere

The Pentagon took money for Covid-19 relief and bought… More weapons

Make no mistake: The Trump administration’s heartlessness and militarism are costing lives. by Phyllis Bennis Thursday, October 1 As the pandemic continues to claim lives across the country, new information keeps coming out about how the…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Energy News While we were looking elsewhere

Report details massive Fed bailout of fossil fuel industry

‘A $100 Billion Lifeline While Most Americans Are Being Left Behind’ “Big Oil is exploiting Covid-19 to go on an unprecedented borrowing binge, and the Trump administration is to blame.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Analysis Housing Pro Publica Rent Increases Trump Inc

The Kushners’ Freddie Mac loan wasn’t just massive, it came with unusually good terms, too.

Despite a history of underperforming properties, Kushner Companies received a near-record sum from a government-backed lender. Should it default, taxpayers could be forced to foot much of the bill. The agency says politics played no role….

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News

BP and Shell still back anti-climate lobby groups, despite pledges

‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’ The Unearthed and HuffPost report reveals the companies failed to disclose membership in at least eight Big Oil lobbies in their transparency reports. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, September…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Mining News

Secretly-recorded Pebble Tapes: mining execs reveal true scope of gold mine planned near Bristol Bay. See video

The expanse of the 200-Year project planned for one of earth’s most pristine ecosystems to mine gold, molybdenum, and copper, not reveled to regulators considering 20-year application. “The Pebble Tapes reveal what we suspected,” said the…

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Posted in Banks Common Dreams Energy First Peoples News Op/Ed

Why is Bank of America still open to funding the destruction of our homelands in the Arctic?

We stand together, the Iñupiat and the Gwich’in, in calling on Bank of America to listen to Indigenous people, protect our homelands, and stay out of the Arctic Refuge. by Bernadette Demientieff, Siqiñiq Maupin Monday, September…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice Plastic Recycling

New report reveals how plastic polluters have avoided regulation worldwide for decades

‘Delay, Distract, and Derail’ “This report is a damning exposé of the tactics employed by the plastics industry and shines a welcome light on the shadowy world of corporate lobbying.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday,…

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