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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Chief Justice John Roberts spoke via an audio feed of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on May 12, 2020 in cases dealing with the subpoenas from the Congress to obtain President Donald Trump's financial records. The Court held arguments via teleconference due to Covid-19. News
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
President 'Not Above the Law,' Say Groups, as Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Trump Subpoena Cases With Vast Implications
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments—by telephone, because of the coronavirus pandemic—for three cases in which President Donald Trump is trying to block the release of multiple years of his tax returns and financial records subpoenaed by House committees and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
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A customer wearing a face mask amid concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic walks past empty shelves at a supermarket in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. News
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
As Pandemic Rattles Global Food System, Report Deems Mass Malnutrition World's Top Killer
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to expose and exacerbate enduring issues and inequities in the global food and health systems, a United Nations-backed report released Tuesday declares the double burden of malnutrition—undernourishment and obesity—the leading cause of death worldwide.
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Monday, May 11, 2020
Rights Groups Work to Stop 'Unnecessary and Potentially Disenfranchising Purges' of Voter Rolls in Pennsylvania
American civil rights groups on Monday moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the right-wing activist group Judicial Watch that critics warn could result in "the unnecessary and potentially disenfranchising purges" of voter rolls in three Pennsylvania counties ahead of the November elections.
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Journalists wearing masks document a protest in Chicago where demonstrators were calling on the Illinois governor to suspend rent and mortgage payments to help those who have lost their income due to the coronavirus on April 30, 2020. News
Monday, May 11, 2020
As Covid-19 Devastates Already Struggling Industry, New Blueprint Sets Forth Bold Vision to Save Local Journalism
As the coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate local news outlets across the United States—even as some have seen audience and subscription boosts—the group Free Press Action on Monday unveiled a proposal to provide crucial financial relief to newsrooms and reporters while envisioning a more...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 7, 2020 delivers remarks about the Trump administration's recent actions in Iraq at Current, Chelsea Piers in New York City. News
Monday, May 11, 2020
'Time for a Major Shift': Groups Demand Biden Vow End to Endless Wars and Destructive US Foreign Policy
In a letter Monday to former Vice President Joe Biden, over 50 groups urged the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president to embrace "a principled foreign policy, one that prioritizes diplomacy and multilateralism over militarism."
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Friday, May 08, 2020
Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to the Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%
Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's attacks on environmental law in his country as new data showed that deforestation has "skyrocketed" in the Amazon rainforest this year, particularly in Indigenous territories. A Greenpeace Brazil analysis found that...
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Friday, May 08, 2020
'A Cancer on Justice in This Nation': Fresh Demand for Barr's Resignation—or Impeachment—After Flynn Charges Dropped
Fresh demands for the resignation or impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr have started stacking up since the Department of Justice on Thursday dropped its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which critics have condemned as a decision designed to politically benefit President Donald Trump.
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The official U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April 2020, according to a report released Friday by the federal government. News
Friday, May 08, 2020
'Most Cataclysmic' Jobs Report of Our Lifetime Shows US Unemployment Soaring to Level Not Seen Since Great Depression
Just a day after announcing that about 33.5 million Americans have filed jobless claims since mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic has caused lockdowns worldwide, the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday revealed the nation's official unemployment rate hit 14.7% last month—its highest level since...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) removes a mask he is wearing to protect himself and others from Covid-19 as he arrives to speak to the media following the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2020. News
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Consumer Groups Warn Against Shielding Corporate Giants From Covid-19 Liability Lawsuits
In a joint letter Wednesday to the Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress, six consumer rights groups expressed concern that "a broad range of businesses are seeking immunity from potential liability related to contracting Covid-19" and urged the federal lawmakers to block any attempts to weaken state-level protections.
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A 2019 coalition study found that U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Syria killed 1,302 people, but Amnesty International disputed that number as too low. News
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Critics Charge Pentagon 'Still Undercounting' Civilians Killed by US Military Overseas
International civil society groups responded to the Department of Defense's latest legally required report to Congress about the U.S. military's killing of civilians by sharing evidence that the death toll is actually much higher and demanding greater accountability and justice for victims and their families.
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