Posted in Climate change Environment EPA News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump administration cripples drive to reduce vehicle pollution

by Meteor Staff Wednesday, April 1 The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles yesterday. The revised standards will maintain higher levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers…

Click to read full article
Shoshana Gordon/ProPublica
Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

Click to read full article
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Corporate Influence News Politics Reveal While we were looking elsewhere

‘I’ll be the oversight,’ Trump says as his political appointees protect Wall Street, real estate

By Aaron Glantz / Reveal March 30, 2020 “I’ll be the oversight,” President Donald Trump declared last week as Congress debated the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package he signed into law Friday. The bill, the largest…

Click to read full article
Posted in Economy News Safety Net SNAP benefits The Conversation

How SNAP can help people during hard economic times

by Tracy Roof, University of Richmond A record number of Americans are seeing their hours cut or losing their jobs due to the initial economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. How will millions of newly jobless…

Click to read full article
Posted in Investigations News Politics Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

NC Sen. Burr faces DOJ investigation for selling a fortune in stocks right before the market crashed

The investigation comes after ProPublica reported that the North Carolina lawmaker unloaded a significant portion of his total stock holdings before the coronavirus sell-off in the stock market. by Robert Faturechi March 30, 2020 Federal authorities…

Click to read full article
Posted in Arizona Closures and repurposing Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

Ducey issues stay-at-home order for Arizona beginning 5 PM Tuesday

Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases by Meteor Staff Monday, March 30 3:30 PM MST Flagstaff     Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizonans beginning 5 PM…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy Science While we were looking elsewhere

Trump to kneecap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, hurtling Nation ‘toward a more dangerous climate’

“Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak crisis, the Trump administration intends to further…

Click to read full article
Posted in Coronavirus ICE News Pro Publica

As coronavirus infections spread, so have clashes between ICE detainees and guards

At ICE detention camps across the country, unrest is growing as detainees warn that dirty conditions and a disturbing lack of soap and other supplies could allow coronavirus to run rampant. by Julián Aguilar, The Texas…

Click to read full article
Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon News The Revelator

Spending time in nature during the pandemic? You’re not alone — and that’s a problem.

Encouraged by the federal government, lots of people are trying to get outside. But it’s a risky decision for rural communities. by Tara Lohan, March 25, 2020 When the San Francisco Bay area, where I live,…

Click to read full article
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams Environment Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules

‘Holy Crap This Is Insane’ “The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

Click to read full article
Posted in Health Health Care National News Pro Publica VA

The Trump Administration is leaving the nation’s emergency backup hospital system on the sidelines

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they are ready to answer the call to assist HHS or FEMA. But the call has not come. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 27, 3:38 p.m. EDT The Trump…

Click to read full article
Posted in Corporate Influence Environment EPA Reveal Toxic Chemicals

EPA science panel plows ahead with toxic chemical’s review, despite coronavirus crisis

TCE is used by dry cleaners, auto brake shops, parts manufacturing factories, paper mills, refineries and many other businesses large and small. On those job sites, tens of thousands of workers are exposed to amounts of…

Click to read full article
Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Women in the draft – yes

Pearl River    The draft was a central issue in the opposition to the Vietnam War. It touched all young men from eighteen to twenty-six, and the families that loved them. It was a terribly unifying…

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor Recession While we were looking elsewhere

The Senate corporate bailout package is a ‘robbery in progress,’ warn critics

“It’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As details of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus plan slowly trickled in Wednesday, progressive critics characterized…

Click to read full article
Posted in Business Common Dreams Economy Labor News Politics While we were looking elsewhere

#NotDying4WallStreet goes viral as progressives reject efforts to put corporate profits over public health

“We will not die for oligarchs’ quarterly profit margin.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As President Donald Trump and business elites suggest the U.S. public should go back to work in the midst of the worsening…

Click to read full article
Posted in Columns Evictions Homelessness Housing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

Tenants are facing eviction across America

New Orleans     Recession is here. Layoffs are in the millions. The service industry is hammered. Small businesses are underwater, while the Senate Republicans are only listening to big corporations. Trump is trying to elbow…

Click to read full article
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Green New Deal Income Equality News Public Health Public Policy Wealth

‘Green Stimulus’ demanded to battle convergent crises of coronavirus, economic injustice, and climate emergency

The plan calls for spending at least $2 trillion on millions of green jobs, strategic investments to aid frontline communities, expanding public and employee ownership, and rapidly cutting carbon pollution.   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

Click to read full article
Posted in ICE Immigration Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

ICE detainee says migrants are going on a hunger strike for soap

In audio obtained by ProPublica, an ICE detainee described harrowing conditions as fears over coronavirus spread. The ICE detention center in New Jersey gives detainees one bar of soap per week. If they want more, they…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

No, it doesn’t cure you’re virus. Chloroquine phosphate will kill you, but Trump again touts unproven drug treatment

Despite Reports of Overdose Deaths, Trump Again Touts Unproven Drug Treatment for Coronavirus “How many more people will have to die?” by Jon Queally, staff writer President Donald Trump appeared at the White House daily briefing…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams Economy News Politics Safety Net Working Class

GOP Senate Trio threatens to delay stimulus bill because unemployment benefits amid pandemic are too generous

“Senate Republicans are just so inhumane they can’t imagine policymakers intentionally providing working people with enough money to temporarily live on in the event they’re laid off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing…

Click to read full article
Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

Click to read full article
Posted in Coronavirus News Nurses Public Health

Updated COVID-19 survey of Registered Nurses shows little improvement and worsening availability of personal protective equipment

By Meteor Staff A nationwide survey National Nurses United (NNU) has been conducting of registered nurses, the country’s frontline health care staff, continues to show that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams Economy News Politics Safety Net

Rashida Tlaib proposal calls on US Treasury to fund coronavirus recovery from US Mint

‘Two $1 Trillion Coins’ Tlaib’s “Automatic BOOST Act” calls for a universal payout of $2,000 to everyone in the U.S. and $1,000 a month after that. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Progressives on Saturday welcomed news…

Click to read full article