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Thursday, April 9, 2020
MSNBC Cuts Into Briefing So Doctor Can Refute Trump's "Mystifying" Claim That Zinc Can Treat Covid-19
"There's no evidence I've seen in the literature suggesting zinc in addition to hydroxychloroquine would be helpful."
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'No One Independent Is Watching': Lack of Oversight Fuels Fears of Trump Effort to Corrupt Coronavirus Relief
"Clearly he's planning to corrupt the $2 trillion in spending Congress just approved, whether it's by steering the money to political favorites, negotiating more favorable terms with certain parties or punishing his enemies with a failure to provide aid."
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Climate change protesters disrupt Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event on October 9, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) 'Return to Normalcy' Not Going to Be Enough to Win Our Support, Young Progressives Tell Joe Biden
"Why would we want a return to normalcy? We need a vision for the future, not a return to the past."
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President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. With Sanders Out, Trump Wastes No Time in Stoking Division Among Democrats
"This guy is nothing if not a skilled provocateur."
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In Appeal to Progressives, Biden Praises 'Powerful' Movement Led by Sanders and Acknowledges He Must Earn Their Votes
Biden has struggled to win the support of young and independent voters in the Democratic primary.
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Glenn Fine 'Brazen' Ousting of Watchdog on Coronavirus Relief Oversight Panel by Trump Under Fire
"That Trump is using a pandemic to cover for his attack on democracy should send a chill down the spine of every patriotic American."
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the media after the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami. Proving 'Wall Street Feared Bernie,' Stock Market Surges 700 Points After Sanders Exit
In a speech to supporters Wednesday, Sanders promised that the "struggle continues."
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Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) After Sanders Exits Race, Climate Campaigners Thank Him for 'Raising the Bar' and Urge Biden to 'Step Up'
"Sanders has been a constant, fearless voice for people and the planet, advocating for the bold ideas and real solutions like the Green New Deal, which met the scale of what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his wife Jane Sanders wave as they exit a campaign rally at Cowboys Dancehall on February 22, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Bernie Sanders Ends 2020 Campaign With Vow to Continue Struggle for 'What We Are Entitled to as Human Beings'
"Let us go forward together. The struggle continues."
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'You Cannot Get an Abortion Right Now in Texas': Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban During Pandemic
"How cruel and out of touch with reality do you have to be to exploit a global health pandemic to further your own political agenda?"
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ended his 2020 presidential campaign on Wednesday, April 8 in a video address streamed live from his home in Burlington. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) WATCH: Bernie Sanders Announces End to 2020 Presidential Campaign
"It was a good campaign against the odds in every single way and has clearly changed the course of history for the better."
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"This is a plan a literal child would come up with." As Coronavirus Pandemic Ravages Earth, Trump Announces Push to Mine the Moon
An executive order quietly signed Monday makes clear the president. does not feel bound by international treaties on space exploration and resource extraction.
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A restaurant in Krakow, Poland was closed due to the spread of the coronavirus on March 25, 2020. 'Catastrophic': UN Labor Agency Warns Coronavirus Crisis Could Wipe Out 195 Million Full-Time Jobs Worldwide
The new study estimates 1.25 billion workers in the hardest-hit sectors "are facing a drastic and devastating reduction in working hours, wage cuts, and layoffs."
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Facing 'Extinction-Level Event,' Small Businesses Urge Congress to Replace Disastrous Loan Program With Direct Payroll Grants
"Without a substantial, immediate response that addresses the magnitude of this problem, our small business sector will be devastated."
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Trump Call for Permanent Payroll Tax Cut Is "Code for Gutting Social Security's Dedicated Funding," Say Critics
"Nothing to do with helping workers and everything to do with undermining Social Security."
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"It's Corrupt... I'm Allowed To": After Admitting He Cast Ballot by Mail, Trump Launches Bizarre Attack on Mail-In Voting
"Trump's baseless attacks on vote-by-mail are a pathetic attempt to suppress the vote in the middle of a national crisis."
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
John Prine performs on stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California on 2nd October, 2009. (Photo: Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns) 'Ah Baby, We Gotta Go Now': Music Legend John Prine Dies at 73 After Battle With Coronavirus
The celebrated songwriter and performer "captured the simplicities and the complexities of the human existence in stark and stunning glory."
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Medical workers take in patients at a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 07, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which has been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing shortages of beds, ventilators and protective equipment for medical staff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Exposing 'Folly of Tying Health Coverage to Jobs,' New Study Estimates 7.3 Million More Uninsured in US by June
Employer-based health insurance during the current coronavirus outbreak, said one researcher behind the study, "is like an umbrella that melts in the rain."
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. 'We Must Act': Warren Proposes Billions to Fund 2020 Election Protections in Time of Coronavirus
"We must not allow Republicans to exploit the pandemic to engage in voter suppression."
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Decades of Heavy Air Pollution Could Make Some Areas More Likely to See High Coronavirus Death Toll: Study
"We need to focus on fighting this pandemic now. When we get to the other side, we need to have a real and honest conversation about the failure to tackle harmful air pollution."
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. 'A Day That Will Live in Infamy': This Is What It Looked Like When Wisconsin Forced In-Person Voting During a Pandemic
"People are being forced to risk their lives to place their vote or fulfill their right as an American to vote."
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Oversight of $4.5 Trillion Corporate Bailout in 'Grave Jeopardy' as Trump Fires Independent Watchdog
"A direct insult to the American taxpayers—of all political stripes—who want to make sure that their tax dollars are not squandered on wasteful boondoggles, incompetence, or political favors."
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Activists who stayed mostly in their cars for social distancing, lined Summit Ave, honking horns outside the Governor's Residence in St Paul last month as they called for the release of high risk prisoners and ICE detainees from MN facilities to lower the chances of infection. (Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via Getty Images) 'Cruel, Reckless, and Deadly': Amnesty Warns of Looming Covid-19 Disaster for Detained Immigrants and Refugees in US
"We are adrift, about to sink, because if there is one person to be infected, in our unit we would all perish."
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Nurses and supporters protest the lack of personal protective gear available at UCI Medical Center amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 3, 2020 in Orange, California. 'Moronic But Consistent': Outrage Over Trump Admin Giving PPE to Private Companies, Not States
"They screwed up the one apparatus—supply chain delivery—that didn't need to be fixed."
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guard and inmate Warning of 'Cramped and Unsanitary Conditions,' Advocates Urge US Governors to Release Inmates at Risk for COVID-19
The letter comes as calls mount globally for urgent government actions to limit the spread of the coronavirus in jails and prisons.
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'We Can't Wait': Congress Urged to Open Medicare to Every Uninsured Laid-Off Worker
" Millions of workers and their families have been stripped of health insurance during a pandemic. Inaction is not an option."
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Coronavirus crisis volunteer Rhiannon Navin greets local residents arriving to a food distribution center at the WestCop community center on March 18, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York Top Sanders Aide David Sirota Explains Why Billionaire Class Will Support "Coronavirus Care for All" But Never "Medicare for All"
"The affluent political class supports Coronavirus Care For All because they fear getting COVID from poor people, but that same affluent political class opposes Medicare for All because they can't get cancer from poor people."
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Private Equity Firms Told to 'Get to the Back of the Line' as Wealthy Investors Try to Profit Off Coronavirus Relief Funds
"I think the private equity industry can pull itself up from its trillion dollar bootstraps," said Rep. Mark Pocan, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
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'One of the Most Brazen Acts of Voter Suppression in Modern Times' as US Supreme Court Blocks Absentee Ballot Extension in Wisconsin
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned in a scathing dissent that the right-wing majority's ruling "will result in massive disenfranchisement."
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'May Very Well Prove Deadly': Sanders Condemns Wisconsin Supreme Court's Ruling That Elections Must Go Forward Amid Pandemic
"It's outrageous that the Republican legislative leaders and the conservative majority on the Supreme Court in Wisconsin are willing to risk the health and safety of many thousands of Wisconsin voters tomorrow for their own political gain."
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Monday, April 6, 2020
Pigs Food Safety Groups Warn of Looming Zoonotic Pandemic, Blast USDA's New Slaughter Plant Regulation
"Self-regulation when it comes to animal movement, slaughter, and meat inspection is bad news."
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New York City nurses and health workers gather at a 'COVID-19 Frontline Health Worker Action' event on April 6, 2020 in New York City to demand safer working conditions, more personal protective equipment (PPE) and free virus testing during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) 'How Many More Nurses Have to Die?': Coalition of Nurses Unions Demand Life-Saving Supplies in Battle With Coronavirus
"We now bear the full brunt of a healthcare system rendered dysfunctional after years of relentless funding cuts for public health, while generating obscene profits for corporate interests."
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Pro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019, the last location in the state performing abortions, after a U.S. court announced the clinic could continue operating. Citing 'Irreparable Harm,' Federal Judge Blocks Oklahoma Attempt to Ban Abortion During Pandemic
"To politicians and anti-abortion groups playing political games amid a pandemic: Let this be a lesson to you that we won't allow you to put our patients and the community at risk."
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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who confirmed he tested positive for the virus last month, was admitted to the intensive care unit on Monday afternoon. (Photo: Julian Simmonds/TASS/PA) 'Condition of the Prime Minister Has Worsened': Battling Covd-19, UK's Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care
The move was taken by the head of state's medical team as a precaution in the event that a ventilator is needed.
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Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin speaks while President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C. With Economy 'Overlord' Mnuchin Controlling Bailout Funds, Green Group Demands to Know What 'Climate-Killing Companies' Are Seeking Government Cash
Mnuchin "can pick winners and losers as he sees fit, even if it destroys our climate. That's terrifying."
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 A sign marks the location of a polling place on August 14, 2018 in Janesville, Wisconsin. With Public Health and Democracy at Stake, Wisconsin Governor Issues Order Postponing In-Person Primary Voting Until June
"The chaos in Wisconsin is exhibit A for why US needs to adopt universal vote by mail."
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'We Are Undervalued': Target Delivery Workers to Walk Off Job in Demand for Better Treatment Amid Outbreak
"We are exposing ourselves to great risk so others don't have to. During these uncertain times, Shipt must not put profits before people."
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A mother and her child pose in a room in a temporary apartment of the Home association in Paris on Nov. 22, 2016 UN Chief Warns Coronavirus Lockdowns Bringing About 'Horrifying Global Surge in Domestic Violence'
"Together, we can and must prevent violence everywhere, from war zones to people's homes, as we work to beat COVID-19."
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Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, leaves a meeting in the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2019. Fired Intel IG Speaks Out Against Trump as Watchdog Warns of a Democracy In 'Gravest Danger'
"The president's attempts to rid the government of those who would provide appropriate oversight and accountability for abuses... sets us on a dangerous trajectory."
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woman casts ballot Amid Pandemic, Wisconsin Mayors Demand Emergency Halt to 'Irresponsible' In-Person Voting Set for Tuesday
Calls continue to mount for state leaders to "extend the period for requesting and casting absentee ballots so that voters do not have to risk getting a deadly disease in order to vote."
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'Dry-Rotted' Supplies and 'Severe' Shortages: HHS Inspector General Report Offers Grim Look at US Coronavirus Response
"It is unprecedented," HHS assistant inspector general Ann Maxwell said of the dire conditions at U.S. hospitals.
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'Smash-and-Grab Economics': Trump White House Weighing Tax Cut for Rich Investors as Workers and Small Businesses Struggle
Critics slammed the Trump administration for considering "rewarding vulture capitalists profiting off a crisis."
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'A Really Chilling Moment': Trump Refuses to Allow Dr. Fauci to Answer Question on Dangers of Hydroxychloroquine
"This is unacceptable. Dr. Fauci, one of the world's top infectious disease scientists, was just censored live at a White House press conference."
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Sunday, April 5, 2020
US Government's Handling of Coronavirus Crisis Has Led to Severe Undercounting of Deaths, Public Health Officials Say
" Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun."
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'This President Has Blood on His Hands': Trump Again Urges Public to Take Anti-Malaria Drug for Coronavirus, Despite Reports of Danger
"'What do you have to lose?'" Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) asked. "They can lose their life, you imbecile."
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'Reckless': Chaos Expected in Tuesday's Elections After Wisconsin Republicans Refuse to Cancel In-Person Voting
" The whole country should tune in to what Republicans are doing now in Wisconsin. It's a preview of how they'll politically weaponize coronavirus on a national scale."
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Saturday, April 4, 2020
WATCH: Bernie Sanders Hosts Livestream Detailing Priorities for Worker-Focused Coronavirus Relief Bill
Sanders has called on Congress to pass a new package including Medicare for All, salary guarantees for Americans put out of work by the pandemic, and direct monthly payments.
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'A Mockery of Independence': Trump to Nominate White House Lawyer to Oversee $4.5 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
"People need to be paying attention to the anti-democratic steps the president is taking while people are appropriately preoccupied with the current pandemic."
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Despite Threats From Management, Amazon Warehouse Workers in Chicago Strike to Demand Better Coronavirus Precautions
"We're going to continue to fight. This is just the beginning of our struggle here."
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'Pure Retaliation, Retribution, and Reprisal': Trump Fires Inspector General Who Sounded Alarm About Ukraine Whistleblower Complaint
"While the world is rightly distracted by COVID-19, we see leaders around the world with authoritarian tendencies subverting democracy. U.S. is no different."
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Friday, April 3, 2020
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called on the state legislature to meet for a special session Saturday to take up legislation to postpone the Democratic primary along with state elections, set to take place April 7. (Photo: Getty) Wisconsin Governor Finally Moves to Postpone State's Primary Elections, Shift to Vote-by-Mail
Fifteen states in recent weeks have delayed their primary elections in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but Wisconsin has yet to do so.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a campaign event at NOAH's Events Venue on December 30, 2019 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Bernie Sanders Calls for 'Boldest Legislation in History' to Halt Spiraling Covid-19 Catastrophe
"In this unprecedented moment in modern American history, it is imperative that we respond in an unprecedented way."
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen during a press conference at the field hospital site at the Javits Center in New York City. (Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) "I Don't Have an Option": Facing Critical Ventilator Shortage, Cuomo Orders Seizure of Excess Equipment From Private Companies and Hospitals
"It's not that we're going to leave any health care facility without adequate equipment, but they don't need excess equipment."
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'This Is Despicable': Not Even COVID-19 Pandemic Can Halt Trump's Right-Wing Takeover of Federal Courts
Critics warn the president's latest nominees for lifetime appellate court positions are both committed to the "deadly agenda" of overturning the entire Affordable Care Act.
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'Drop the Medicare Eligibility Age to 0 Right Now': Study Warns 35 Million Could Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
"The national health insurance system is crumbling more with every day that passes."
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Flames from a flaring pit near a well in the Bakken Oil Field. 'We Need People's Bailout, Not Polluters' Bailout': Climate Groups Move to Preempt Big Oil Giveaway Amid Pandemic
"Oh, so we have to pay our rent, but now Big Oil doesn't have to pay anything for destroying our public lands? Cool, cool."
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Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Jared Kushner, With No Government Background, Scolds States for Requesting Supplies From National Equipment Stockpile
"Dilettantism raised to the level of sociopathy."
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Amazon employees hold a protest and walkout over conditions at the company's Staten Island distribution facility on March 30, 2020 in New York City. Leaked Memo Reveals Amazon Execs Plotted to Paint Fired 'Not Smart' Worker as 'Face of Entire Union/Organizing Movement'
"In the middle of this crisis they're not thinking about people dying, hurting, or how their own fate is tied to these workers. Nope. They're thinking they've got to hold off the union organizing."
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UN flags As Global COVID-19 Cases Top One Million, UN Adopts Resolution Urging 'Intensified International Cooperation'
The resolution passed as the U.N. chief declared that "now is the time to redouble our efforts to build more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies."
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Under Cover of Pandemic, Trump's NLRB Moves to Make Unionizing 'Nearly Impossible for Workers'
"The Trump NLRB takes this moment to publish a rule that will make it harder both for workers to unionize and to keep unions they have. Shameful does not even begin to describe this."
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"It's Not Like We Have a Massive Recession or Worse," Says Trump After 10 Million Lost Their Jobs in Two Weeks
"It's artificial because we turned it off," Trump said of the economic crisis, a distinction that makes no difference to the millions who have lost their jobs and their health insurance.
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'This Is Unacceptable': Trump Administration Says Millions May Have to Wait 5 Months to Receive $1,200 Relief Check
"That's not even remotely fast enough for the millions of working people who have seen their hours slashed, their expenses rise, and their government refuse to take sufficient action."
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered remarks with his children—from left, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump—during the grand opening ceremony of the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26, 2016. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 'Nightmare Scenario That Everyone Predicted': As Millions Struggle to Meet Basic Needs, Trump Organization Requests Financial Relief
" I'd be interested in knowing what help Trump and Jared are extending to their tenants as they ask for help themselves."
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"Congress must approve at least $1.6 billion in additional funding for safe and fair elections." "We're Running Out of Time to Get This Right": Congress Urged to Move Swiftly to Protect 2020 Elections From Pandemic's Mayhem
"None of us know how long this pandemic will last, and no American should have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote."
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Rev. Drs. Liz Theoharis and William Barber 'The Poor, the Sick, the Homeless, the Children, the Low-Wage Workers': Moral Leaders Demand Coronavirus Relief for Most Vulnerable
"We are asking people to call on the White House and Congress to enact relief for the people that Jesus cared about," say the Poor People's Campaign co-chairs.
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DNC chair Tom Perez stands on stage before the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020. As DNC Postpones Milwaukee Convention From July to August, Critics Say 'Absolutely Foolish' to Hold Wisconsin Primary Next Week
"The DNC is delaying a convention that was set to take place in Wisconsin in July. But the Democratic governor and Republican legislature there won't move—or cancel the in-person portion of—a primary that's happening there next Tuesday."
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Trump Labor Department Accused of Quietly 'Twisting the Law' to Slash Paid Sick Leave Amid Pandemic
"The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable."
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'Government Needs to Step In': Food Banks Across US Report Unprecedented Demand—and Shortages—as Coronavirus Pandemic Ravages
"We're seeing people from every socio-economic level because the majority of Americans live paycheck to paycheck."
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Medicare for All supporters hold signs In Nation Without Medicare for All, 3.5 Million Workers May Have Lost Employer-Provided Insurance Over Last Two Weeks
"The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the cruelty of tying health insurance coverage to employment."
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germs and code Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State
"These are extraordinary times, but human rights law still applies."
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'Still Ahead of His Time': New Video Details Bernie Sanders' Prescient Warnings About Pandemic Threat and Need for Medicare for All
"Voters are watching in real time as Bernie Sanders' platform—Medicare for All, a federal housing guarantee, paid leave for everyone, and much else—is looking more and more like a common-sense solution to huge problems."
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Amazon workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse strike on March 30, 2020 in demand that the facility be shut down and cleaned after one staffer tested positive for the coronavirus. 'How Does It Feel to Sell Your Soul to the World's Richest Man?': Obama Aide Turned Amazon Exec Ripped Over Fired Workplace Organizer
"Your boss is the richest person on Earth, and he just became $3.4 billion richer last month dumping stock in anticipation of this pandemic. How much does he pay you to pretend he can't afford to give his workers PPE and a sane paid sick leave policy?"
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Extremely light traffic for the Los Angeles region is seen in an aerial view of the 10 and 110 freeway interchange on April 1, 2020. City officials are imploring Angelenos to practice social distancing and stay to home as much as possible to slow the spread the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Decline in Fossil Fuel Emissions Due to Coronavirus Lockdowns No Substitute for Climate Action, Advocates Say
"If this were what climate success looked like, I wouldn't want to vote for it," wrote NYU professor Gernot Wagner. "I care about climate change because I care about people, and people are dying right now."
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Oil rigs As Pandemic Paralyzes Global Economy, World Is 'Awash in Seas of Oil' With Nowhere Left to Store It
"How about we #KeepItInTheGround?"
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Sir David Attenborough and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson Delaying #COP26 Over Coronavirus, Say Green Groups, 'Is Not an Excuse to Postpone Climate Ambition!'
Activists urged world leaders to learn from the pandemic "about the importance of listening to science and the need for urgent collective global action."
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'Never Seen Anything Like It': Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis
"A portrait of disaster. Unemployment insurance claims for the last two weeks are mind-blowing."
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'Not Enough': Trump Reversal on Coronavirus Relief Payments Still Leaves 'Unacceptable' Barrier for Millions
"They're still requiring SSI recipients and veterans receiving pensions to file a tax return before receiving their coronavirus stimulus payments."
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'Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight'? Trump to Hold In-Person Meeting With Big Oil CEOs to Discuss Coronavirus Relief
"Right now money is needed for people's health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry."
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As Trump Lobs Threats and Deploys Missiles, Iran Demands Halt to 'Warmongering During Coronavirus Outbreak'
"What kind of maniac risks such a war in the middle of a global pandemic? Answer: President Donald Trump, aided and abetted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O'Brien."
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020
New Evidence Shows Trump—Who Says He Knew Covid-19 'Going to Be Horrible'—Allowed Exports of Crucial Supplies to Continue
"In the absence of early detection and purchasing agreements, crucial medical supplies have been ferried out from American manufacturers for foreign markets."
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Red sign hanging at the glass door of a shop saying "Closed due to coronavirus." (Photo: Getty Images) With Record-Shattering Unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden Ask Trump's Labor Dept: 'Do You Have a Plan?'
"It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible."
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Iranians wait to get prescription drugs at the state-run "13 Aban" pharmacy in Tehran on Feb. 19, 2020. Despite Calls for Global Ceasefire, Trump Threatens War With Iran Amid COVID-19
"Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix."
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Hahnemann Hospital sits abandoned while the medical community struggles to find the beds needed as COVID-19 cases rise in Philadelphia. 'Pitchforks and Flaming Torches, Anyone?': Owner of Shuttered Philadelphia Hospital Stands to See Windfall in Tax Breaks From Stimulus Package
"I think he's looking at this as a business transaction rather than providing an imminent and important aid to the city and our residents."
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 A sign marks the location of a polling place on August 14, 2018 in Janesville, Wisconsin. Citing Public Health During COVID-19 Outbreak, Sanders Urges Wisconsin to Delay Primary
"People should not be forced to put their lives on the line to vote."
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Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, told Common Dreams Wednesday that the airline industry is being watched as it tries to manage keeping employees out of the unemployment rolls. 'Poison Pill' in Stimulus Package Could Cost Millions of Airline Jobs, Labor Leaders Say
In a letter to the Treasury Secretary Wednesday, Flight Attendant Union International President Sara Nelson and other labor leaders demanded the federal government ensure workers in the airline industry be protected.
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'When We Are Infected No One Is Safe': Nurses Nationwide Protest Over Lack of Coronavirus Protective Equipment
"For the wealthiest hospital corporation in the United States to show such disregard for the health and safety of its caregivers, is disgraceful and unconscionable."
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Trump Throws Up 'Outrageous' Roadblock for Seniors, People With Disabilities in Need of $1,200 Relief Checks
"The Trump administration is throwing up an unnecessary barrier that will make it harder for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans to get the payments they desperately need."
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As Coronavirus Spreads, Poll Shows Nearly 60% in US Believe Political System Designed Solely to Serve Rich and Powerful
The survey was taken as Congress debated a $4.5 trillion corporate bailout amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Texas Southern University in Houston on September 12, 2019. Biden Says 'Hard to Envision' Democratic Convention Taking Place in July as Sanders Vows to Stay in Race
The two remaining contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination made their comments on separate late night tv appearances.
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Medicare for All Support Surges to 9-Month High in New Poll After Coronavirus Exposes Horrors of Private Insurance
"How can it be that we spend 18% of our GDP on healthcare but still lack the beds, masks, ventilators, gowns, gloves, and test kits we need to adequately respond to this crisis?" asked Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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McConnell Draws Outrage for 'Ridiculous' Excuse That Trump Impeachment Trial Prevented Action on Coronavirus Crisis
While Trump ignored warnings from experts, critics noted, "he played a lot of golf, hitting the links at least five times from mid-January through early March. Did impeachment cause that?"
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'Fanatical Cruelty': As Pandemic Rages, Trump Refuses to Reopen Affordable Care Act Enrollment to Help Uninsured
"This isn't just an outrageous decision, but it's also a deadly one."
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Amnesty Slams Trump for Classifying Gun Stores as 'Essential Businesses' During Pandemic
"With hospitals at critically low capacity due to the pandemic, we cannot afford more injuries or deaths from gun violence."
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A view of the fairground of Iranmall, Tehran's largest shopping mall, after it converted into a hospital for coronavirus patients on March 30, 2020. 'Pandemics Know No Borders': Democrats Call on Trump Admin to Suspend Sanctions on Iran During Coronavirus Outbreak
"We need to cancel all economic sanctions during this crisis."
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Flanked by other House Democrats, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. "Pelosi's Terrible Idea": Critics Denounce Proposal to Give Wealthy a Tax Cut in Next Stimulus Package
"This is almost unbelieveable."
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Geri Andre-Major helps her son Max, 5, with his school work on March 26, 2020 in Mount Vernon, New York. Andre-Major said she was furloughed as a pre-school teacher at Chelsea Piers Connecticut on March 13. With Bills Due April 1, More Than 400,000 Demand Congress Freeze All Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments
"Millions are wondering how they'll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis."
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'Massachusetts Is Not Happy': Warren Condemns Trump for Outbidding States, Seizing Key Medical Supplies
Accusing president of "dereliction of responsibility," the Democratic senator said, "Health workers' lives are at risk and people are dying."
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"We need billions of public dollars invested directly in vulnerable communities dying from COVID-19, not spent propping up massive oil companies and unneeded projects that would trample Indigenous rights and exacerbate the climate crisis," said Oil Change International's Collin Rees. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr/cc) 'A Shameful New Low': Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Alberta Govt. Ponies Up $1 Billion for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
"We need billions of public dollars invested directly in vulnerable communities dying from COVID-19, not spent propping up massive oil companies and unneeded projects that would trample Indigenous rights and exacerbate the climate crisis."
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Fed Economists Warn US Unemployment Rate Could Soon Reach 32%—During Great Depression It Peaked at 25%
"These are very large numbers by historical standards, but this is a rather unique shock that is unlike any other experienced by the U.S. economy in the last 100 years."
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Pro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019. 'Critical Victory' for Reproductive Rights as Federal Judges Block Three States From Exploiting Coronavirus to Ban Abortion Care
"This is an important recognition of what we know to be true—abortion care is essential healthcare."
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