Posted in Common Dreams News USPS

Postmaster General—a major Trump donor—ousts top officials

‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as “America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election…

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on July 29. (Anna Moneymaker/The Ne​w York Times via Redux)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Pro Publica

How hotel chains got a slice of government aid for small businesses

Up to $1 billion in small business relief dollars went to hotel chains with more than 500 employees. One beneficiary was the client of a former aide to Sen. Susan Collins who was among many lobbying…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

The White House paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators, congressional investigators say

A House panel says “gullible” White House negotiators overpaid for Phillips ventilators, and it has asked the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate evidence of fraud in the deal. by…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Investigations Policing

New Investigation Reveals How Fossil Fuel Giants Are Amplifying Militarized Police Forces

“This report sheds a harsh and needed light on the ways police violence and systemic racism intersect with the climate crisis.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, July 27 The same industries fueling the climate crisis…

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Posted in Common Dreams Data security News Privacy

In rebuke to US mass surveillance, EU court blocks data transfers by web corporations

“U.S. surveillance violates fundamental privacy rights and continues to be a massive financial liability for U.S. companies trying to compete in a global market.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, July 16 A major ruling from…

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Senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump poses with a can of Goya beans. Critics charged she violated ethics rules. (Image: Ivanka Trump/Twitter)
Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Ethics News

Critics say Goya Bean tweet by Ivanka is clear ethics breach

“Si es Trump, tiene que ser corrupto,” “Ethics rules do not allow” such behavior, noted one political reporter, calling the tweet “pretty much unimaginable in previous administrations.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 15 Critics…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

Different names, same address: How big businesses got government loans meant for small businesses

ProPublica found at least 15 large companies that received over half a billion dollars in PPP loans using the same technique: Getting multiple loans sent to smaller entities they own. by Paul Kiel and Jack Gillum…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

One Federal Agency Was Suing Him for Fraud. Another Paid His Company Millions for Masks.

Court records show the federal government gave $20 million in contracts to a company partly controlled by a man with a history of shady business practices. by J. David McSwane Wednesday, July 8 Desperate to acquire…

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"The Federal Reserve was tasked with creating a massive program to protect workers' livelihoods during an intense economic and public health crisis. We should, at the very least, expect transparency about how the program is structured," said Food & Water Action attorney Adam Carlesco. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Fed refuses to release documents on fossil fuel industry’s Covid-19 bailouts

‘The Public Has a Right to Know’ “As the climate crisis demands an abrupt shift away from fossil fuels, the federal government should not be creating programs to bail out these polluters.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Columns Credit Income Equality Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump team greenlights predatory payday lending

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   We can count the days until we pray that’s it is over, but until then the drumbeat of woe is bound to continue. The gutted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proved…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Investigations Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Paycheck Protection Program reveal

  by Wade Rathke Tuesday, July 7 New Orleans   The Paycheck Protection Program, known as PPP, was a major part of the Congressionally approved stimulus program as part of the CARES Act. After the Treasury…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump friends and family approved for millions in small business bailout

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica….

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News

Trump-connected lobbyists have raked in $10 billion in Covid-19 aid for corporate clients

“The crisis offered an especially lucrative opportunity for those lobbyists who enjoy close ties to President Donald Trump and his administration—and they seized it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 In yet another sign…

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends a meeting with President Donald Trump and several CEOs of major banks discussing the coronavirus response during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House on March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News

Some small businesses received just $1 in Covid-19 Relief loans as Kushner family, Wall Street investors raked in millions

“Serious questions remain about whether PPP funds were equitably distributed to minority-owned businesses, and there is an alarming rate of small-dollar loans.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 The Kushner family, large chains backed…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

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 Community organizing Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Thinking outside the box for worker power

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   In organizing unions, captive audience meetings are the scourge of organizing drives. The employers have the right to make the meetings mandatory in order to deliver their anti-union screeds, but…

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Bottles of a trial Covid-19 vaccine on a table in a lab in Brussels on June 18, 2020. (Photo: Vincent Kalut)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Contracts show Trump giving Big Pharma free rein to price gouge taxpayer-funded Coronavirus drugs

“The amount of money the government is throwing at companies is unprecedented. Normally when you write bigger checks, you should have more leverage, not less leverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 2, 10:30am MST…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

FEMA warning states not to use COVID-19 testing kits ordered for them.

The faulty lab equipment sold by a company whose owner has faced fraud allegations is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. by Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane June 26, 2020 The…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
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 Columns Coronavirus Hightower OtherWords

Unmasking the mask profiteers

A former Trump staffer with no experience landed a $3 million federal contract for medical masks, masks he couldn’t deliver, so the Navajo people didn’t get the help they urgently needed. By Jim Hightower June 17, 2020 Everyone…

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Posted in Common Dreams Corporate Taxes News Taxes

US slammed as ‘Rogue State’ for withdrawing from global effort to make tech giants pay fair share in taxes

“It is a provocation… to all the citizens of the world who say that it is still legitimate for all the digital giants to pay their taxes.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 18 The…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

The Trump Administration paid millions for test tubes — and got unusable mini soda bottles

The plastic tubes supplied for coronavirus testing by Fillakit, a first-time federal contractor with a sketchy owner, don’t even fit the racks used to analyze samples. And they may be contaminated anyway. by J. David McSwane…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Worker Safety

Meat industry sacrificed workers during pandemic to keep exports moving

‘It Was a Fake Meat Shortage’ “Our country sacrificed the lives of meat workers to protect the business of meat companies.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 17 As workers in meat processing plants around…

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Posted in Common Dreams Energy News

450+ Groups demand FERC halt attack on community solar power

Net metering must continue, the groups tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, June 16 Over 450 environmental, faith, and consumer advocacy groups on Monday urged federal regulators to reject a…

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