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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In an effort to seal off the revolving door between special interests and government, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) recommended that President-elect Biden enact "a total ban on lobbyists employed by corporations from serving in the administration, especially at executive agencies they lobbied." (Photos: Kena Betancur/Getty Images (L) and Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
After Four Years of 'Outright Grift' Under Trump, Trio of Democratic Senators Urges Biden to 'Padlock the Revolving Door'
In the wake of the Trump administration's pervasive corruption and flagrant law-breaking, a trio of Democratic lawmakers is urging President-elect Joe Biden to establish new, high standards for federal ethics and transparency by adopting key reforms that would prevent corporate lobbyists from...
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"When a big bill like this comes together, your job as a lawmaker is to try to get as many of your legislative and funding priorities into the text as possible," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) News
Monday, December 21, 2020
'This Is Atrocious': Congress Crams Language to Criminalize Online Streaming, Meme-Sharing Into 5,500-Page Omnibus Bill
Lawmakers in Congress are under fire from digital rights campaigners for embedding three controversial changes to online copyright and trademark laws into the must-pass $2.3 trillion legislative package —which includes a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and a $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill —...
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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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