Guests, a few wearing masks, watch U.S. President Donald Trump deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention from the South Lawn of the White House on August 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Race for the White House 2020

Senior Trump official brushes off criticism of maskless crowd at RNC: ‘Everybody Is going to catch this thing eventually’

“This is Covid denial on another level entirely.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday, August 28 A White House official’s flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the…

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A sign on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia reminds students to maintain social distancing.(SEBASTIÁN MARTÍNEZ VALDIVIA/KBIA)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Swab, spit, stay home? College Coronavirus testing plans are all over the map

As with the uncoordinated and chaotic national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education has no clear guidance or set of standards to adhere to from the federal government or anywhere else. Policies for reentry onto…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Common Dreams News

Tennessee to strip right to vote from protesters

‘If our votes didn’t matter they wouldn’t work so hard to silence us.’ ‘This is the Opposite of What Americans Fought a Revolution For’ by Common Dreams staff Sunday, August 23, 2020 Tennessee protesters will face…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Testing works, but it takes organizing and resources

by Wade Rathke August 22 Pearl River   If there’s any consensus about dealing with Covid-19, it involves the critical role of testing right now, and a vaccine down the line. Testing allows all of us and…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Wild Fire

What’s in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

The health impact of wildfire exposure depends in part on on the fire itself and how much smoke a person breathes in, how often and for how long. by  Luke Montrose, Boise State University If I…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics Unemployment

New unemployment claims again exceed 1 Million—A reminder that ‘Now isn’t the time to cut benefits that support jobs’

Some economists reiterated calls for extending the $600 weekly boost that’s opposed by Trump and congressional Republicans. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, August 20 The U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday that national jobless claims last…

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A crowd at the Fremont Street Experience, a Las Vegas pedestrian mall frequented by tourists, on July 10. (Bridget Bennett/The New York Times via Redux)
Posted in Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

Cellphone data shows how Las Vegas is “gambling with lives” across the country

Las Vegas casinos, open for months now, are a likely hotbed for the spread of COVID-19. For many reasons, contact tracing has proved next to impossible as tourists return to homes across the U.S. by Marshall…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy News Race for the White House 2020 USPS

DeJoy announces suspension of changes to mail operations

Right’s groups: Still ‘Miles to Go’ to Ensure a Safe and Fair Election “Nice try,” said Rep. David Cicilline. “You also need to reverse the damage you’ve already done.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, August…

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First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Screenshot from Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education Labor News

After Organizing mass ‘sick-out,’ Arizona teachers and school staff applauded for ‘bold’ collective action to stop unsafe reopening

“Teachers are in a position to have a voice, and they just weren’t being heard.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Teachers and school staff members in a Phoenix suburb were praised by progressives and public health…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Workers caught in the middle on Covid-19

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   School teachers and their unions are being forced into Hobson’s choices all over the country about whether to return to work as politicians, parents, school officials, and every mother’s child…

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Posted in Analysis Consumption Coronavirus Economy The Conversation

The US economy is reliant on consumer spending – can it survive a pandemic?

The U.S. spends the most money on advertising in the world. Marketing and advertising spending in 2020 is projected to reach nearly $390 billion.   Photo by Deon Fosu for Unsplash by  Halina Szejnwald Brown, Clark University…

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Paper dolls are held by demonstrators protesting outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington on July 17 to demand the release of immigrant families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted in Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation ICE News Pro Publica

ICE is making sure migrant kids don’t have COVID-19 — Then expelling them to “prevent the spread” of COVID-19

The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections. But it’s only expelling kids who’ve tested negative. by Dara Lind and Lomi Kriel Monday, August 10 Since March, the Trump…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Public Health Restart 2020

Rapid and reckless reopenings not only bad for public health—but the economy too

Analysis “There is no way around it: getting the economy back on track means controlling the pandemic.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, August 7 An analysis published in Forbes this week—just ahead of Friday’s federal…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus Environment

Climate crisis could kill as many people as all infectious diseases combined by 2100, warns study

“We are studying the risk of death faced by our own children.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, August 4 A new study warns that the annual global death rate from the climate crisis could equal…

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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 Investigations News

Demands for Kushner to resign over testing scheme that put politics before public health

‘Staggering’ Level of ‘Depravity’ “Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Dr. Stella Immanuel, of "America's Frontline Doctors," spreads misinformation about the coronavirus in a now-deleted Twitter video from right-wing website Breitbart. (Image: Breitbart/screenshot)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Jaws drop over Trump endorsement of doctor who believes masks don’t work, a Covid-19 cure exists, and some interesting things about alien DNA

‘Wow, Just Wow’ “Forgive me for repeating myself but it’s important,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. “Donald Trump and the Republican party are a threat to your life. They are a threat to your life right…

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Protestors are tear gassed as the police disperse them near the White House on June 1, 2020 as demonstrations against George Floyd's death continue. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
Posted in Editorial/opinon Policing

Will Trump’s Secret Police succeed in provoking riots in your city?

Portland is a test… but only a test. by Thom Hartmann July 21, 2020 The Republican Trump administration has gone full authoritarian. Portland is a test, but only a test. Donald Trump signaled his election strategy…

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Posted in Analysis Community Journalism Journalism Social Media The Conversation

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Read all about it: Virus kills off dying industry. Brian Mitchell/Getty Images by Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Medicaid Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Pandemic case for the Affordable Care Act

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but bizarrely the Trump administration recently marched into court to once again challenge the legal standing of the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps someone…

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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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Senior Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump attends a meeting on small business relief in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 7, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams News Politics Unemployment

Amid pandemic and recession, Ivanka Trump-led ‘Find something new’ campaign denounced as ‘Stunningly tone deaf’

“Holy shit, this can’t be real.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July14 A White House initiative to compel American workers to find different jobs as the coronavirus pandemic rages and millions are out of work…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Restart 2020

Trump accused of suppressing CDC warning that full school reopenings pose ‘Highest Risk’ of Covid-19 spread

“By trying to bury what the CDC recommends, Trump is betraying every student, teacher, and parent in this country. Shame on him. Shame on those who enable him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 13…

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