Eoin Higgins, staff writer

Eoin Higgins is senior editor and staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @EoinHiggins_

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A sign warns residents to take steps to contol the coronavirus outbreak at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn on March 19, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Victor J. Blue/Getty Images) News
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Even Republican Voters Support $2,000 a Month Payments During Coronavirus Crisis: Poll
A majority of Americans—including over half of Republican respondents—support a monthly $2,000 universal basic income check to help defray the effects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak on the U.S. economy, according to new polling from Data for Progress and the Justice Collaborative Institute. A...
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has yet to exercise his authority to exempt the coronavirus relief payments from debt collection despite pressure from Democrats in Congress and state attorneys general. News
Thursday, April 16, 2020
'Victory': After Outrage Over Seizure of Coronavirus Relief Payments From Veterans, USAA Reverses Course
Update... Hours after David Dayen reported Thursday at The American Prospect that USAA was seizing coronavirus stimulus money from veterans with accounts at the financial institution, the bank reversed course, telling Dayen in a statement that the money seized would returned. "For members with...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the White House on April 15, 2020. News
Thursday, April 16, 2020
'An Utter Sh*t Show': Trump Effort to Enlist Private Companies to Reopen Economy Derided As a Disaster
An attempt by President Donald Trump to enlist the assistance of private business leaders in his efforts to reopen the U.S. economy by early May was panned as a failure by participants and observers alike as the White House response to the coronavirus pandemic appears set to make an economic crash...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.)., speaks during her weekly news conference in Washington on Thursday, March 12, 2020. News
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Nothing But a Taxpayer 'Subsidy to Insurers': Democrats Float Plan to Backstop For-Profit Healthcare Industry During Covid-19 Pandemic
House Democratic leadership came under fire Tuesday after it was reported a proposal is now under consideration to backstop for-profit healthcare insurance companies with taxpayer dollars instead of simply opening public programs like Medicare and Medicaid to those laid off or uninsured amidst the...
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Insurers are already asking for federal relief from the burden of paying out claims. News
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Pining for Taxpayer Bailout, For-Profit Health Insurance Industry Threatens Massive Post-Covid Premium Hikes
A lobbyist told The Hill in an interview Tuesday that unless the insurance industry receives a federal bailout, companies intend to raise premiums on Americans due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on private employer-based plans—a threat that progressives said only strengthens the case...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 13, 2020. News
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Critics Debunk Trump's Wild Assertion He Has 'Total' Authority on Reopening Economy
President Donald Trump's assertion on Monday evening that his "authority is total" to reopen the American economy in the wake of the peak of the coronavirus outbreak was pointed to by critics as another attempt by the White House to flout the advice of medical experts for economic gain even as the...
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Schools around the country were ordered or recommended closed in mid-March, leading to no school shootings. News
Monday, April 13, 2020
'Heartbreaking Statistic': Thanks to Pandemic, Last Month Was First March Since 2002 Without a US School Shooting
The nationwide lockdown to stem the rise of the coronavirus has had one silver lining—March 2020 was the first March since 2002 without a school shooting. "Depressing on mulitple levels," said New York Times reporter Annie Karni. Washington Post reporter Robert Klemko made the observation Monday...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y.), at the Capitol on Friday, March 27, 2020. News
Monday, April 13, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez Warns Biden That Just Throwing Progressives a 'Couple of Bones' Will Not Be Enough
In an interview with the New York Times published Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argues that presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has much work to do when it comes to motivating those within the progressive movement inspired and led by Sen. Bernie Sanders over the past...
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Friday, April 10, 2020
'Unforgettable' Footage of Endless Line of Cars at Food Banks a Stark Illustration of Coronavirus Crisis in US
Images and video of miles of cars lined up at food banks in San Antonio and other cities across the U.S. present a striking example of the economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has thrown at least 16 million Americans out of work in recent weeks and increased pressure on the...
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"We should be phasing out carbon as quickly as possible, and fracking is an excellent place to start." News
Friday, April 10, 2020
Critics Decry 'Massive Step in Wrong Direction' as Big Banks Move to Buy Up Fracking Industry Assets With Coronavirus Bailout Funds
Climate advocates are slamming banking interests after a report Thursday revealed that JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup are planning to take over distressed oil and gas companies assets in the wake of an industry collapse, likely by using new access to federal bailout...
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