Posted in Civil Rights Democracy News

Warning against further erosion of civil liberties, Tlaib leads charge against new domestic terrorism laws

“While many may find comfort in increased national security powers in the wake of this attack, we must emphasize that we have been here before and we have seen where that road leads.” by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Mr. Transactional, Mitch McConnell

by Wade Rathke January 15, 2021 Little Rock    To follow politics in Washington these days, we don’t need a telescope, we need a Geiger counter. Some of the mischief is crystal clear, but way too…

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Posted in Analysis News Politics

WARNOCK/OSSOFF WIN. DEMOCRATS TAKE BOTH SENATE SEATS FROM GEORGIA REPUBLICANS.

“Say it with me,” stated Congresswoman Katie Porter as votes continued to be counted: “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.” by Common Dreams staff Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Update: this story updated at 8:05-am MST w most…

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Posted in Elections News Politics

With Democrats Poised to Seize Senate, Progressives Say Party Has Mandate to Go Big

“The era of small ideas is over” “Recurring survival checks, union jobs that pay a living wage, guaranteed healthcare, racial justice, voting rights, immigration reform, climate action, reproductive justice, education, and much more. It can’t wait!”…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

The scary Trump wannabes

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 Pearl River, La.    When Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason for the Republicans, you have to know we’re facing real trouble. McConnell had…

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Posted in Analysis Journalism Law Politics

Critics warn repeal of Section 230 ‘would be devastating for human rights, social movements, and marginalized people’

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, December 31, 2020 Digital rights advocates and sex workers are among those…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Sanders urges Americans to call their senators and demand vote on $2,000 checks

‘A Matter of Life and Death’ “We need $2,000 stimulus checks, not $740,000,000,000 for the Pentagon and private ‘defense’ contractors,” said advocacy group CodePink. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

McConnell condemned for pushing poison pills in bid to tank $2,000 checks

‘Cynical Gambit’ “Senate Republicans are going to try every conceivable way to try to kill the $2,000 checks.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Shortly after blocking efforts by Sen. Bernie Sanders and…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

Sanders vows to filibuster military budget to force Senate vote on $2,000 checks

‘This Is No Bluff’ “It would be unconscionable, especially after the House did the right thing, for the Senate to simply leave Washington without voting on this.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 29, 2020…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

With relief bill signed, Sanders says: Trump get ‘McConnell and his Republican friends’ to stop blocking $2,000 checks

“The House must pass this legislation tomorrow and the Senate must quickly follow suit. Let’s get this done—NOW!” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, December 28, 2020 After President Donald Trump belatedly signed a $900 billion…

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Posted in Evictions News Unemployment

Sanders slams Trump’s intransigence as millions lose unemployment lifeline

‘Unbelievably Cruel’ “People are losing their extended unemployment benefits,” said the senator from Vermont. “They’re going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Sunday, December 27,…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

McConnell and McCarthy under fire for obstructing $2,000 relief checks

‘Move, Mitch, Get Out the Way’ “If you don’t see that in your bank account, you have Mitch McConnell to thank.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 With President Donald Trump and the…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Safety Net Unemployment

‘Yes, exactly,’ say progressives after Pence warns Democrats will ‘make rich poorer and poor more comfortable’

“You have to be all sorts of twisted to think ‘making poor people more comfortable’ is a bad thing.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 The grassroots organization People for Bernie on Tuesday…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Congress passes Covid relief bill: billions in gifts for the wealthy, $600 checks for working class

“You’re getting a one-time $600 check to survive a pandemic, but hey, at least lobbyists can get their three-martini lunches delivered.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 22, 2020 In late-night votes just hours after…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021

Watered-down Covid relief deal

‘A slap in the face for people suffering across the country’ “Congress must pass this bill to address the immediate need, but let’s be clear: this should be considered a down payment at best.” by Kenny…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Unemployment

‘$600 is not enough,’ say progressives as Congressional leaders reach Covid relief deal

“How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? We didn’t send help for eight months.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

McConnell advances another Trump judge as Covid relief bill remains unfinished

‘This Is His Top Priority’ “As a government shutdown looms, and as the pandemic rages on across America, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to push through Trump’s judges until the very end.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Restart 2021

Anger mounts as Democrats accuse GOP of imperiling Covid relief with effort to ‘sabotage a Biden presidency’

“After weeks of refusing to acknowledge Biden’s victory, some Republicans have now decided that sabotaging his presidency is more important than helping our economy recover.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, December 19, 2020 After several…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Restart 2021

McConnell tries to block extension of paid sick and family leave

The paid leave benefits have helped prevent thousands of coronavirus cases each day, but Republicans want them to expire. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday. December 19, 2020, 2pm-MST Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

After billionaires gained $1 trillion in wealth, says Sanders, it is not ‘radical’ to demand more $1,200 stimulus checks

“The American people cannot wait any longer. They need economic relief now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, December 18, 8pm-MST Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday took to the Senate floor to once again make the…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

Republican Senator who voted for Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut for the rich blocks $1,200 stimulus checks

“Millions are falling into poverty, and Ron Johnson—who loves tax cuts for the rich—is blocking help.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, December 18, 2020, 12:01 pm MST, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who voted for President…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus

McConnell admits direct checks only included to help GOP win in Georgia

“Given that this conversion only came after ‘Kelly and David got hammered,’ no one should be fooled—or let him get away with it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 After opposing another round…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

‘We are not embarrassed enough’: Ilhan Omar slams Congress for failing the public on Covid relief

“It’s really quite shameful that we find ourselves negotiating a deal with such a small amount of money.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 With a coronavirus relief deal finally coming together after…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021 Unemployment insurance

GOP tries to prevent people on unemployment from also receiving stimulus check

‘Gratuitously Cruel’ “Funny enough, they never take issue with doubling down on corporate bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 Republican negotiators in Congress are reportedly trying…

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