Kenny Stancil, staff writer

Kenny Stancil

Kenny Stancil is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @kenny_stancil

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People wait in line to receive donations from the food pantry at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on December 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) News
Monday, December 21, 2020
'Slap in the Face for People Suffering Across the Country': Critics Slam Watered-Down Covid Relief Deal
In the wake of Sunday night's agreement on a roughly $900 billion Covid-19 relief package that is far smaller than economists say is necessary, progressives argued that the "slap-in-the-face" bill must be passed to help stem the suffering of working-class Americans but that much more will be needed...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at his transition headquarters on December 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images) News
Friday, December 18, 2020
To Help 'Reshape How America Engages a Changed World,' Biden Given Slate of Progressive Foreign Policy Picks
While President-elect Joe Biden has faced criticism from the left for nominating war hawks and weapons industry insiders to the upper ranks of his foreign policy team, a coalition of progressive organizations hoping to influence staffing decisions at the lower echelons of the national security...
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Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be administered to frontline healthcare workers in Reno, Nevada on December 17, 2020. (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images) News
Friday, December 18, 2020
'Baffling': Trump Admin Reportedly Slashing Vaccine Allocations to States While Millions of Doses Sit on Shelves
Officials from more than a dozen states say the Trump administration has informed them that next week's Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine allotments to their jurisdictions are being substantially reduced, prompting confusion and outrage. The development comes even as Pfizer insists that it has...
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) speaks at a press conference at the Longworth Office Building on September 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network) News
Thursday, December 17, 2020
'A Perfect Choice': Progressives Applaud Biden Pick of Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary
President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior—the successful culmination of a campaign waged by a broad coalition of social and environmental justice advocates—was met with applause on Thursday. Climate justice and Indigenous rights advocates...
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff (L), a signatory to the Business Roundtable's 2019 statement on corporate purpose and a proponent of so-called "stakeholder capitalism," continued to prioritize the interests of shareholders in 2020—laying off 1,000 workers despite a 28% increase in revenue compared to last year—even after vowing not to do so during the pandemic's early stages. (Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) News
Thursday, December 17, 2020
'Sick': Most Profitable US Companies Fired Workers, Enriched Shareholders During Pandemic
While the Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding economic crisis have made 2020 a devastating year for the vast majority of people throughout the United States, most of the country's biggest companies have prospered—only to hand a larger chunk of profits to shareholders while firing thousands of...
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton awaits the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill September 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Progressives Denounce Trump SEC's "Gift to the Oil Industry" as Anti-Corruption Rule Gets Neutered
Progressives on Wednesday decried the Trump administration's weakening of an anti-corruption rule requiring fossil fuel companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday night called a rule change proposed by outgoing U.S. Securities and Exchange...
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A yacht belonging to British billionaire Joe Lewis, pictured in Butler's Wharf on July 3, 2018 in London. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Study of 50 Years of Tax Cuts For Rich Confirms 'Trickle Down' Theory Is an Absolute Sham
Neoliberal gospel says that cutting taxes on the wealthy will eventually benefit everyone by boosting economic growth and reducing unemployment, but a new analysis of fiscal policies in 18 countries over the last 50 years reveals that progressive critics of "trickle down" theory have been right all...
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Republican Sens. David Perdue and and Kelly Loeffler speak at a campaign event on November 13, 2020 in Cumming, Georgia ahead of the state's January 5 runoff election featuring Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the outcome of which will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images). News
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
'Raking in Cash From Major Financial Interests': Wall Street Gives Millions to Georgia Lawmakers in Bid to Maintain GOP-Controlled Senate
Compared to their relatively grassroots-funded Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia are being generously bankrolled by Wall Street interests eager to see the GOP maintain its hold on the U.S. Senate—control of which is up...
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Diane Yentel of the National Low Income Housing Coalition said that the consequences of congressional inaction on housing relief "will be deadly and costly—for children and families, for communities, and for our country's ability to contain the pandemic." (Photos: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images and John Moore/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Wall Street Titan Gloats Over Pandemic Profits From Rentals as Eviction Tsunami Looms
As the December 31 expiration date on the CDC's federal eviction moratorium nears in the midst of the surging Covid-19 pandemic and freezing weather, an estimated 30 to 40 million working-class households in the United States are bracing for the possibility of eviction—but at least one Wall Street...
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A medical staff member closes the zipper of a body bag that contains a deceased Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 25, 2020 in Houston. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) News
Monday, December 14, 2020
'It Never Had to Be Like This': 300,000 Dead in US From Covid-19 Under Donald J. Trump
On the same day the first American received a coronavirus vaccine, the U.S. pandemic death toll surpassed 300,000 on Monday, another grim milestone that comes less than four weeks after the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country reached 250,000. The Associated Press put the staggering statistics...
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