Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica.

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A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a resident to test for Covid-19 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on May 13, 2020. News
Friday, May 15, 2020
Sanders Bill Would Expand Medicare During Covid-19 Crisis Instead of Costlier Plan to Prop Up Private Insurers
Countering a proposal from Democratic congressional leadership to subsidize private health insurers, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday led a group of progressive lawmakers in introducing a competing bill to leverage the existing Medicare payment infrastructure to cover all out-of pocket health costs for every person in the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Cyclists travel in central London on May 12, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The British government on Monday published what it said was a "cautious roadmap" to ease the seven-week coronavirus lockdown in England, notably recommending people wear facemasks in some public settings. News
Friday, May 15, 2020
'The Future We Want': London Joining Global Trend of Car-Free Streets to Cut Pollution, Fight Covid-19
Following in the footsteps of leaders in Milan and New York City who are heeding global calls to #BuildBackBetter from the coronavirus pandemic, London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday unveiled plans to create "one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world" to improve local air quality and encourage more walking and cycling.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week released new rules for how schools should handle sexual harassment and assault allegations. News
Friday, May 15, 2020
DeVos Sued Over New Title IX Rules That Make It 'Easier for Schools to Sweep Sexual Violence Under the Rug'
The ACLU on Thursday filed suit to block provisions of the Department of Education's controversial new rules set to take effect in August governing how all U.S. schools, including higher education institutions, must handle sexual harassment and assault allegations involving students.
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 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks with reporters following the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol Nov. 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. News
Thursday, May 14, 2020
'No Excuse': Senate Slammed for Reauthorizing Government Spy Powers Without Crucial Privacy Protections
The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate were lambasted by rights groups Thursday for an 80-16 vote to reauthorize sweeping government surveillance powers until December 2023 without key amendments to improve privacy protections.
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Residents carrying their belongings and wearing face masks arrive at a school compound serving as temporary shelter in Sorsogon town, Bicol region, south of Manila on May 14, 2020, as Typhoon Vongfong approaches. News
Thursday, May 14, 2020
'Trapped in a Nightmare Situation': Philippines Typhoon Offers Glimpse of Climate Disaster Amid Pandemic
The worldwide outbreak of a deadly virus is now dovetailing with another grave global threat: increasingly hazardous extreme weather due to the climate crisis. Typhoon Vongfong slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday, making the first of numerous landfalls expected in the coming days and...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) holds a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) after traveling abroad for the first time amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in West Jerusalem on May 13, 2020. News
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Amid Pandemic, Pompeo Heads to Israel to 'Provoke War With Iran,' Ensure West Bank Annexation
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was roundly criticized by international human rights groups on Wednesday for his priorities and remarks during a brief trip to Israel in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to meet with the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, a...
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Aimee Stephens, seen here in a wheelchair outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2019, died Tuesday. News
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
'A Hero and a Trailblazer': Aimee Stephens, Plaintiff in Historic Trans Rights Supreme Court Case, Dies at 59
Advocates for LGBTQ rights and those who knew her are mourning the loss of Aimee Stephens, a plaintiff in the first ever and still pending U.S. Supreme Court case about the civil rights of transgender people, who died in her home outside Detroit on Tuesday at the age of 59.
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 A woman named Mary at the Mangaten IDP Camp in South Sudan holds up her hands, which bear the message, "Peace will give us our home back." News
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Oxfam Report Details 'Catastrophic Failure' of Efforts to Coordinate Global Ceasefire During Covid-19 Crisis
Despite efforts from diplomats and world leaders—including United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres—the international community has failed to establish a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, which advocates argue is essential to help protect two billion people from Covid-19,...
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Kara Eastman won the Democratic primary race for a House seat representing Nebraska's 2nd Congressiona District. News
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
'Major Victory for the Progressive Movement' as Congressional Hopeful Kara Eastman Wins Nebraska Primary
Progressive celebrated after Kara Eastman on Tuesday won a Democratic primary contest for the U.S. House seat representing Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held by the two-term Republican Rep. Don Bacon.
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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House majority leader, wears a face mask as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19. ( News
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
House Democrats Denounced for Covid-19 Relief Bill That Leaves 'Door Wide Open' for Fossil Fuel Bailouts
Climate action advocacy groups on Tuesday blasted Democratic congressional leadership for introducing a 1,815-page, $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that fails to close loopholes for fossil fuel corporations that are lobbying for federal bailouts under the cover of the pandemic.
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