Asylum-seeking children swing in a hammock along the banks of the Rio Grande at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on May 15. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation News Pro Publica

House Democrats demand Trump Administration stop rushing through deportations of migrant children

Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm at the sudden acceleration and requested the government “cease this practice immediately.” by Lomi Kriel May 28, 5 a.m. CDT Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm Wednesday at a sudden acceleration in…

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Posted in Common Dreams Conservation Environment News Wildlife

With nation focused on pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to greenlight killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens

“Killing has no place in our National Wildlife Refuges.” by Julia Conley, staff writer May, 28, 2020 President Donald Trump’s National Park Service plans to finalize rules this week that will allow hunters in Alaska to…

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After seven months apart, a Salvadoran mother and her two young daughters were reunited in Houston in May, although the federal government is trying to deport the girls, both victims of sexual assault. (Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation News Pro Publica

The Trump Administration is rushing deportations of migrant children during coronavirus

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing…

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Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Worker Safety Workers

‘How the Trump White House sees you’: top economic adviser under fire for calling workers ‘human capital stock’

“They’ve always been indifferent to human life. And in the face of mass death, the masks are coming off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 26 In a remark critics characterized as further evidence that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Justice News

‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day Poll Tax’ in Florida unconstitutional

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as “a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, May 25 Civil liberties…

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A healthcare worker preps for a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru testing station in Alpine on April 25, 2020. Photo credit: Sarah M. Vasquez for The Texas Tribune
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News

Outbreak at private immigration detention center near Abilene

The outbreak at the Bluebonnet Detention Center in rural West Texas is the second-largest among the nation’s 49 immigration detention centers that have seen positive cases. by Texas Tribune Staff, The Texas Tribune May 23, 2020,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

As nation mourns 100,000 dead, Trump goes golfing

“100,000 Americans dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. So let’s go golfing.” by Common Dreams staff Saturday, May 23 President Donald J. Trump, who has faced mounting criticism for his administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and his lack…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Navajo News Pro Publica

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment. by Yeganeh…

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A drilling rig in the Uinta Basin in Utah, with the Uinta Mountains shown in the background. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy News Public Lands

Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Banks Climate change Energy Fracking

In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little

Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic….

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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An electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. The dozens of small, blue spheres emerging from the surface of a kidney cell are the virus particles themselves. The images produced by the electron microscopes are black-and-white; a visual artist colorizes them. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fischer)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Science

Scientist has ‘Invisible Enemy’ in sights with microscopic portraits of coronavirus

by  Markian Hawryluk May 21, 2020 From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Housing News Pro Publica Safety Net

Rent is still due in Kushnerville

Government stimulus checks and a temporary ban on evictions are tiding over the suddenly jobless residents of housing complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s company. But what will happen when both soon run out?      …

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Posted in Nature News The Conversation Wildlife

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

Collecting data on invasive plants, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California. Connar L’Ecuyer/NPS   by  Richard B. Primack, Boston University and Casey Setash, Colorado State University Editor’s note: Summer is prime time across much of…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Community News

Naomi Klein and Arundhati Roy help launch Global Green New Deal project with worldwide invitation. Video

“The time to build the future we deserve is now, and international solidarity is the tool we need to begin its construction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 Authors Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Economists Warn ‘Prolonged Depression Guaranteed’ If GOP Refuse Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

“The economy is currently approaching a knife edge in how recovery will proceed.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 The ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy will be devastating enough to…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

With 36 million newly out of work, Trump says he’s willing to let boosted unemployment benefits expire

“This is the worst economic crisis in 100 years and Donald Trump is doubling down on Herbert Hoover’s economic playbook and pushing workers to risk their health for his political benefit.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Wedding planner, caterer, “brand builder”: Trump’s food aid program Is paying $100+ million to unlicensed dealers

Contractors with no experience in food distribution are looking for suppliers on Facebook while some food banks scramble to find desperately needed deliveries. by Isaac Arnsdorf Tuesday, May 19, 6 a.m. EDT A food relief program…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Energy News

Trump slaps wind and solar industry with $50 Million in old rent bills while pushing big oil bailouts

‘Not Just Bad, It’s Pathological’   “Robbing from a clean energy future to prop up the dirty energy past.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, May 18 While giving fossil fuel companies access to relief funds…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Public Health

Cell data reveals right-wing lockdown protesters spreading Covid-19

“The behavior we’re seeing at protests carries a high risk of infection,” said Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency care physician and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare.   by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Education Education funding News The Conversation Vouchers

Giving private schools federal emergency funds slated for low-income students will shortchange at-risk kids

Low-income Seattle students began to pick up bagged lunches in March after their school closed. Karen Ducey/Getty Images   by   Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina Public schools have faced three distinct challenges since…

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Posted in Art Climate change Energy The Conversation

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, CC BY-ND   by  Margaret Birney Vickery, University of Massachusetts Amherst Amid the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

What is the ACE2 receptor, how is it connected to coronavirus and why might it be key to treating COVID-19? The experts explain

A molecular model of the spike proteins (red) of SARS-CoV-2 binding to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) protein, the receptor (blue) which is its the entry route to the target cell. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library  …

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