Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Rushing Barrett confirmation McConnell pushes Senate to ignore Covid relief taks

 “Mitch McConnell is rushing to steal a Supreme Court seat before the election. Senate Republicans would rather help him do it than help millions of Americans.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Senate Majority…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Recession

Trump’s millionaire economic adviser celebrates ‘gales of creative destruction’ as millions lose their jobs and go hungry

“Wonder how the 14% of households with kids who reported that they didn’t get enough food to eat in the last seven days feel about the ‘gales of creative destruction.’” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

Supreme Charade

by Wade Rathke October 14, 2020 New Orleans   There’s a bitter irony to the current charade called a confirmation hearing for a new justice to join the United States Supreme Court. All of the players,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Ro Khanna says Democrats have ‘moral obligation’ to pursue deal with White House on Covid relief

‘People Are Suffering’ “We are the party that stands for the working poor,” said the California Democrat. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 Still alone among progressive members of Congress in publicly urging House…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

1.3 million new unemployment claims spotlight consequences of refusing relief package

“As Trump and his Senate allies prioritize advancing their radical judicial agenda, millions of Americans remain jobless, families are battling food insecurity, and tens of thousands of small businesses are shutting their doors for good.” by…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Trump ended Covid relief talks after McConnell said Republicans wouldn’t vote for deal

‘Telling All Working People…to Drop Dead’ “Trump is turning his back on you,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “He doesn’t care about workers and families. He only cares about himself.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net Unemployment insurance

3 in 4 Americans—including 55% of Republicans—want Senate GOP to prioritize Covid-19 relief over ramming through Coney Barrett

“Trump’s Senate allies are doing everything they can to ensure Trump’s pick for the high court moves swiftly through the approvals process. Where has this urgency been as Americans have languished for weeks without new coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Restart 2020 Safety Net

Rich mostly fine but poorest ‘completely crushed’ after Covid-19 triggered ‘most unequal’ recession in modern US history

A new analysis by the Washington Post found that the coronavirus recession has eliminated low-wage jobs at around eight times the rate of high-wage jobs. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 While the ongoing…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows 60% of US families struggling to get by, as McConnell dismisses new Covid relief bill as ‘political stunt’

“He’s been blocking the original HEROES Act for 138 days. As always, his priorities are appalling.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 On the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated once again…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics

GOP urged to pass Democrats’ $2.2 trillion Covid relief bill

“Ball Is Now in the Court of Senate Republicans” “House Democrats have again stepped up. Will McConnell and the White House ever do the same?” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Progressive advocacy groups…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

Despite mass suffering, GOP senators prepare to leave town without approving Covid relief

“Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 24 An additional 1.5 million…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Safety Net

McConnell quietly rams through more lifetime Trump judges while blocking Covid relief

“It’s outrageous that McConnell continues to prioritize the Trump court takeover amid the pandemic. Enough.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 As Covid-19 relief for jobless and hungry Americans, collapsing small businesses, and state…

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Philadelphians rallied at City Hall before taking to the streets to demand Congress return and come to a deal on unemployment and other relief measures on August 20, 2020. (Screencapture from photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News Safety Net Unemployment

Number of unemployed people struggling to cover basic needs has nearly doubled since GOP killed $600 Federal boost

While Senate Republicans push for a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill, half of jobless Americans couldn’t pay for basic expenses in August, up from 27% in July. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 After Senate…

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Posted in Common Dreams Government News Politics Race for the White House 2020 USPS

Documents reveal Chair of Postal Service Board Is Director of McConnell-allied Super PAC

‘The Corruption Is Bottomless’ “Can the GOP’s takeover of USPS be any more blatant?” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September, 1 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deep and longstanding ties to U.S. Postal Service Board…

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Cars display signs requesting to stop evictions as protesters supporting the rent freeze gather in Chinatown on August 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. During the pandemic, California has passed a number of eviction protections that are under evaluation as they have started expiring. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Evictions

Eviction fears mount as grace period for federal moratorium expires

‘Coming to a Town Near You.’  “It is morally obscene that the American people have to rely on GoFundMe to pay for rent and food,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

McConnell adjourns Senate for month-long recess without deal on Coronavirus relief, advances judges

‘Morally Obscene,’ Says Sanders “During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation while millions of Americans face hunger and eviction.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Demagogues and their enablers

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   It has almost become such an everyday appellation to refer to President Trump as a demagogue that it has almost lost its sting. What might have been hurled as an…

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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 Common Dreams Coronavirus Safety Net Unemployment

Anger with GOP growing as $600 unemployment benefit ends

“They’re Playing With Us” “All our government wants is money in their pockets, while the people are poor and starving and scrounging.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday. August 1 Americans angry with inaction from Senate…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

Senate departs for 3-day weekend as unemployment benefits expire for 30 million

“Tens of millions of Americans on the brink of eviction and food insecurity and the Senate just left for yet another 3-day weekend.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 31 The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Voter suppression

Obama eulogy for John Lewis includes powerful call for Americans to rise up for Voting Rights

“That seemed to me to be the most explicitly political Obama has been in his post-presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 30, 2020 Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Unemployment insurance

Yale study on $600 unemployment lifeline championed by Democrats debunks favorite GOP talking point

The analysis comes as Senate Republicans are trying to cut the expanded benefits for workers who have lost jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 A new study by Yale…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Restart 2020

70% Americans support $1 Trillion state and local aid GOP refuse to provide

“Senators can no longer ignore the calls of voters, local elected officials, and economists who have repeatedly called for this relief.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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