Brett Wilkins, staff writer

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams.

 
 

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Former Mike Pence aide Olivia Troye (seated, L) has gone public with allegations that President Donald Trump cares more about reelection than with protecting the public from Covid-19. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) News
Friday, September 18, 2020
Ex-Pence Aide, Covid Task Force Member, Denounces Trump's 'Flat-Out Disregard for Human Life' in Biden Defection Video
In a video denouncing President Donald Trump as being more concerned with his reelection than with protecting Americans from the Covid-19 pandemic, a former senior aide to Vice President Mike Pence and member of the administration's Coronavirus Task Force made political waves Friday after saying...
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President Donald Trump speaking under a mural of America's founding fathers—many of whom owned slaves and pursued genocidal policies against Native Americans—on September 17, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) News
Friday, September 18, 2020
Trump Blasted for 'McCarthy-Like' Call for 'Patriotic Education' and Attack on Howard Zinn, 1619 Project
Progressive educators and historians fired back on Friday a day after President Donald Trump took aim at the late historian Howard Zinn and the 1619 Project, and vowed to "restore patriotic education" in American schools he accused of teaching "hateful lies about this country." Speaking on stolen...
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President Donald Trump's tweets have been slapped with a "misleading" warning—again. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) News
Thursday, September 17, 2020
'Existential Threat to Our Democracy': Trump Openly Telegraphs Intent (Once Again) to Delegitimize 2020 Election Results
Critics including a national association of state attorneys-general sounded the alarm Thursday after President Donald Trump once again posted a baseless attack on the accuracy and integrity of absentee voting. The president took to Twitter to share a post from True the Vote, a syntactically...
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Reps. Barbara Lee (L) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R) support the MORE Act, which would end federal criminalization of cannabis. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images) News
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Weed Killers: Bowing to Blue Dogs, Democratic Leadership Delays 'Enormously Popular' Marijuana Legalization Bill Until After Election
Update: This story has been updated from its original to include developments about the schedule of the vote. In at least a temporary setback to legalization advocates—and a move criticized as a strategic political mistake by progressive lawmakers—the House of Representatives on Thursday officially...
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Attorney General Bill Barr is calling on prosecutors to bring more federal charges against protesters, including for sedition. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
'Tyrannical and Un-American': ACLU Rebukes Barr for Urging Sedition Charges Against Protesters
Attorney General William Barr drew stinging rebuke from legal experts and civil liberties advocates including the ACLU Wednesday after he told federal prosecutors to more aggressively charge some protesters with crimes—including sedition, under certain circumstances. The Wall Street Journal reports...
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Julian Assange (L) and Daniel Ellsberg meet in London on October 25, 2010. (Photo: Robert Wallis/Corbis/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Daniel Ellsberg Tells UK Court That US Seeks Both 'Revenge' Against Julian Assange and to 'Crush' Future Whistleblowers
Daniel Ellsberg—who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers exposing U.S. lies and crimes in Southeast Asia—told a British court on Tuesday that the U.S. government is seeking both "revenge" against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to "crush" future whistleblowers with its extradition attempt...
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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to create a committee to protect the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
As Trump Sows Chaos, Sanders and Schumer Call on McConnell to Hold Public Hearings, Help Restore Confidence in Election Integrity
In order to combat those sowing chaos and backing conspiracy theories about possible results, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter Wednesday to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to create a bipartisan committee to "guarantee the...
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Protesters in the illegally-occupied Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank protest Israel's peace pacts with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on September 15, 2020. (Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
For Palestinians and Their Supporters, Arab-Israeli Pacts Are 'A Stab in The Back' Amid Ongoing Oppression
As Israel signed historic diplomatic pacts with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Palestinians and their supporters around the world took to the streets and to social media to denounce the deals, which they say bring them no peace or end to generations of violent...
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Meat processing plants have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Nati Harnik/AP) News
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
USDA and Meatpacking Industry Collaborated to Undermine Covid-19 Response, Documents Show
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the meatpacking industry worked together to downplay and disregard risks to worker health during the Covid-19 pandemic, as shown in documents published Monday by Public Citizen and American Oversight. The documents (pdf), which the groups obtained...
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Workers march for a $15 minimum wage in New York City on November 10, 2015. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
'$2.5 Trillion Theft': Study Shows Richest 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From Bottom 90% in Recent Decades
New research published Monday found that the top 1% of U.S. income earners have taken $50 trillion from the bottom 90% over the past several decades, and that the median worker salary would be around twice as high today as it was in 1945 if pay had kept pace with economic output over that period...
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