Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Wilbur Mills sunk in the Tidal Basin

by Wade Rathke February 25, 2021 Little Rock.    Wilbur Mills moved me to Arkansas in 1970. He didn’t reach out and offer me a job to work for him or anything like that. Quite the opposite….

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Posted in Income Equality News Restart 2021

Majority of US voters want government to invest more in healthcare, education, and fighting poverty

57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn’t spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, February 24, 2021     Lawmakers…

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Posted in News Safety Net

In contrast to Republican leaders AOC helps raise $1 million in direct relief for Texans in crisis

“AOC helped raise $1 million for Texas relief as Ted Cruz made his way back home from Cancún.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 19, 2021 As Sen. Ted Cruz rushed back to Texas on…

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Posted in Columns Sustainability Vandana Shiva

Reclaiming our common home: expand the commons to include everything we need

Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners. by Vandana Shiva Thursday, February 18, 2021 The path to an ecological civilization is paved by…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Labor

Indian farmers are a powerful force in Indian politics, and here’s why their protests matter

by Surupa Gupta, University of Mary Washington Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A large number of women have joined the protests against new farm laws in India. Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images For over two months, farmers…

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Posted in Debt Hospitals News

‘An arm and a leg’: Viral TikTok video serves up recipe to ‘crush’ medical debt

by, Dan Weissmann, Kaiser Health News February 15, 2021   Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Jared Walker, who runs a nonprofit that helps people pay medical bills, posted a TikTok video explaining the…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

Income Ceiling on Benefits for the Rich

by Wade Rathke February 10, 2021 New Orleans   For the record, I’m clear that the government needs to give more lower income families cash, and they need to do it pretty darned quick. At the…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

‘Giant first step’: After 14+ hours of votes, Senate approves Covid relief resolution

 With Zero GOP Support “We have the opportunity to give hope to the American people and restore faith in our government by telling them that… we understand the pain that they are experiencing and we are…

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"For the 12 million Americans who are behind an average of $5,000 each on rent, even an eviction moratorium is not enough," over 200 national and community groups say in a new ad calling for housing debt cancellation published at USA Today says.
Posted in Biden Administration Evictions News

‘Eviction moratorium is not enough’: 200+ groups demand rent cancellation, debt relief

“To prevent an eviction disaster and the public health crisis that would come with it, we need immediate action that provides full debt relief.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, January 4, 2021 A diverse coalition…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

‘We have got to act now’: As GOP introduces weak relief bill, Sanders says dems already have enough votes to pass stronger package

“We made promises to the American people. We’re going to keep those promises.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, February 1, 2021 Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday told ABC host Martha Raddatz that there…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Taxes Wealth Tax

‘How about a counter-argument based on fact?’: Warren tells CNBC host over two-cent Wealth Tax criticism

“The wealthiest in this country are paying less in taxes than everyone else,” said the Democratic senator. “If they added a two-cent wealth tax, they’d still be paying less than most of the people in this…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021

$1.1 trillion Billionaire wealth gain during pandemic could fully fund Biden relief plan for Working class

“We should tax these windfall gains to pay for recovery.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, January 26, 2021 The $1.1 trillion in wealth that America’s billionaires have collectively gained during ten months of pandemic and…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

McConnell caves on filibuster after Democrats Manchin and Sinema reiterate opposition to scrapping ‘Jim Crow relic’

“McConnell engaged in the most blatant, ridiculous act of obstructionism imaginable, and instead of telling him that if he kept it up, they’d take that power from him, key Dems reassured him that they’d never take…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Budget Chair Sanders dares GOP to criticize him for using reconciliation to ‘protect ordinary people, not just the rich’

“If they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.” by Jake…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Safety Net

Susan Collins, supporter of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich, claims $1,400 survival checks not ‘targeted’ enough

“Susan Collins didn’t care so much about the ‘rich people getting more than they need’ issue when it was massive upper income tax cuts on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 25, 2021…

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Posted in Coronavirus Restart 2021

As Romney says Covid relief bill ‘not well-timed,’ Biden urged to abandon GOP outreach, move swiftly on relief package

“A Republican minority shouldn’t be allowed to hold the nation’s economic recovery and public health hostage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 21 With Covid-19 killing thousands of people each day in the U.S. and…

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Posted in Arizona Child Welfare News Safety Net

Report: ‘Child care deserts’ hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

By Olivia Munson  Cronkite News Friday, January 8, 2021 Washington, DC     Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Restart 2021 Safety Net

Progressive push for $2,000 checks in Georgia shows bold, universal policies winning strategy for Democrats

“In almost every respect, the campaigns that Warnock and Ossoff ran were closer to what progressives counseled than what moderates have counseled.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Rev. Raphael Warnock’s electoral victory…

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COVID-19 and the resulting border closures have had a devastating impact on the economy of Nogales, Arizona.

by Delaney White, Cronkite News December 14, 2020 COVID-19 and border closures have had a devastating impact on the economy in Nogales, Arizona. (Video by Delaney White, 3:48) This story produced by Cronkite News on December 14,…

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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 News Restart 2021

GOP blocks $2,000 direct payments for struggling Americans

“The House GOP is spending this holiday season trying to block $2,000 survival payments for families struggling to keep food on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 On Thursday morning the…

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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 Politics Restart 2021

Georgia Democrats Ossoff and Warnock embrace push for $2,000 stimulus checks as runoff nears

“We need additional, substantial direct Covid relief and the only way we’ll get it is by winning these two Senate races in Georgia.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Democratic Senate candidates Jon…

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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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