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Democrats Condemn ‘Shocking Abdication’ of Responsibility as Intelligence Officials Scale Back Election Security Briefings

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) indicated on Sunday that his committee may subpoena intelligence officials, following Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s announcement that regular election security briefings will be scaled back ahead of the general election. “This intelligence paid for by taxpayers doesn’t belong to Donald Trump, it doesn’t belong to the intelligence …

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‘I Blame Mitch McConnell the Most. At Least Pelosi Was Trying’: Anger at GOP Over Economic Pain Grows

With jobless Americans growing increasingly desperate and furious at congressional Republicans for skipping town for summer recess without approving Covid-19 relief, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ripped the Trump White House for “abandoning” tens of millions of workers and children after her brief conversation with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows yielded zero …

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Top Dems Demand Postmaster General DeJoy Testify, Citing ‘Grave Threat’ to ‘Our Very Democracy’

Top Democrats on Sunday demanded Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify before Congress next week and accused the “Trump mega-donor” of having “acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail.” The joint statement came from House Speaker …

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Top Dems Demand DeJoy Testimony, Citing ‘Grave Threat’ to ‘Our Very Democracy’

Top Democrats on Sunday demanded Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify before Congress next week and accused the “Trump mega-donor” of having “acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail.” The joint statement came from House Speaker …

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Dems Rebuke ‘Legislative Malpractice’ of Trump Team as Talks Crumble and Tens of Millions Face Hunger, Joblessness, Possible Eviction

More than 20 million Americans don’t have enough food to eat, 30 million have seen their incomes cut in half due to the expiration of boosted unemployment benefits, and 40 million could face eviction if Congress and the White House don’t act. But these coronavirus-induced human crises have not yet been enough to break the …

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‘Elections Are Sacred’: Democrats Demand Postmaster General Reverse Policies Threatening Mail-In Ballot Delivery

In addition to $10 billion in emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service, Democratic congressional leaders are demanding as a necessary condition in Covid-19 relief talks the immediate reversal of new policies imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have caused major delays in mail delivery across the nation, slashed Post Office hours, and caused …

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‘Voters Will Know Who to Blame’: Poll Shows At Least 7 in 10 Americans Support $1 Trillion State and Local Aid GOP Refuse to Provide

Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want the federal government to provide a trillion dollars for state and local aid in the next Covid-19 relief package, according to new polling, raising the stakes even higher for congressional lawmakers as they work on reconciling House and Senate bills. The poll, which was conducted by Public Policy …

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Progressives Demand Democrats Reject ‘Outright Shameful’ GOP Plan to Raid Social Security and Cut Unemployment Benefits

Progressives demanded that Democratic congressional leaders forcefully oppose the Senate GOP’s coronavirus stimulus legislation after new reporting Monday revealed the package is likely to include a payroll tax cut, a reduction in enhanced unemployment payments, conditions on school funding, and little aid to state and local governments. “After weeks of sitting on their hands and …

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‘Genocidal Negligence’: New Democratic Climate Action Plan Criticized as Woefully Inadequate

“This is not an emergency response.” “The Select Committee on the Climate Crisis had the opportunity to put forth a comprehensive plan to protect Americans from climate devastation, but the solutions proposed to fail to meet the challenge of the existential planetary crisis we face.”— Laura Berry, TCM That is how Laura Berry, director of …

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‘Not Even Close to Being Over’: WHO Chief Says Despite Some Progress, ‘Pandemic Is Actually Speeding Up’

The head of the World Health Organization warned on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated the world’s economy is far from over—just a day before the six-month mark of when China first alerted the United Nations agency about a cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown …

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‘We Must Act Now’: 180 House Democrats Urge Pelosi to Save Clean Energy Industry ‘Decimated’ by Pandemic

As Congress continues to debate whether and how to keep helping workers and businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, over three-quarters of House Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the lower chamber’s party leaders to ensure the delivery of further relief to the “crucial” clean energy industry, which has been “decimated” by the public …

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Rights Groups Demand House Democrats Fix Bill That Gives FBI Power to Search Browser Histories Without Warrant

Over 50 anti-surveillance groups put pressure on the Democrat-controlled House “to seize this moment in defense of Americans’ civil liberties” in a new letter urging the chamber to pass the Senate-cleared USA Freedom Reauthorization Act only if it includes a key privacy protecting amendment. The letter (pdf), sent to House leadership Monday, calls the amendment …

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‘We Can and Must Do Better’: House Passes Massive $3 Trillion Relief Package, But Progressives Say More Must Be Done

The Democrat majority House of Representatives passed a massive, $3 trillion coronavirus relief stimulus package known as the HEROES Act roughly along party lines on Friday night despite progressive concerns over the bill’s provisions.  “The truth is that while a significant step in the right direction, the bill does not go far enough to provide …

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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. Activists expressed frustration that House Democrats’ Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act …

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Senate Staffer Warns Congress ‘Sleepwalking Toward a Gut-Wrenching, Painful Failure’ on Covid-19 Relief

A senior Democratic Senate staffer wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread Tuesday morning that he has “never been so dejected” by the state of policymaking on Capitol Hill and warned that Congress is “sleepwalking toward a gut-wrenching, painful failure” as it refuses to advance solutions that match the scale of the coronavirus pandemic and the …

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‘No Excuse for This’: House Dems Unveil 1,815-Page Bill That Would Bail Out Corporate Lobbyists But Omits Key People-First Priorities

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a sprawling 1,815-page, $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that spurns many of the key demands of progressive activists and lawmakers while including proposals that immediately provoked backlash, such as a tax cut for the wealthy and a provision that would allow corporate lobbying organizations to take part in federal small …

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Schumer Says Democrats About to Go “Rooseveltian” on Covid-19 Relief. Progressives Say We Hope So

After Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised in an interview Thursday that he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are soon to unveil a “Rooseveltian” coronavirus aid package, progressives responded with skeptical hope.  “Let’s see what they propose,” tweeted progressive activist Stephanie Quilao. “Not holding hope too high though.” Oh really now. “Franklin Rooseveltian-type action” relief …

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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. Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer …

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Progressives Boost Call for ‘Peoples Agenda’ With Eyes Towards Next Relief Package

As the Senate prepares to reconvene Monday, progressive organizations are encouraging people to put pressure on lawmakers to reject any future coronavirus relief measure that doesn’t provide “real relief” for working Americans. “No more waiting for ‘next time,’” say the groups. “Next time is now.” The goal is to have lawmakers sign “The Peoples Agenda …

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‘Just Calm Down,’ Says Pelosi, When Asked If She Made Tactical Error in Covid-19 Relief Fight With McConnell

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‘Incrementalism Is Not Helpful in This Moment’: Ocasio-Cortez Rejects Settling for Crumbs in Next Covid-19 Stimulus

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the only Democrat in Congress to oppose the previous multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus package, said during a conference call with progressive leaders Monday that communities across the U.S. cannot afford another incremental relief bill that delivers crumbs for the vulnerable and massive bailouts for big businesses. “Incrementalism is not helpful in this moment,” …

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Katie Porter Pushed to Help Oversee Covid-19 Bailout Fund, But Pelosi Picks Friend With Corporate Ties for the Job Instead

Rep. Katie Porter, a freshman California Democrat and consumer finance expert who quickly made a name for herself in Washington with viral grillings of corporate big-wigs, actively lobbied for a seat on the new congressional committee tasked with overseeing the Trump administration’s handling of a multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus bailout fund. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) …

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As Mnuchin Claims Business Relief Deal ‘Very Close,’ Progressives Demand More of Democratic Leaders

After U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CNN‘s “State of the Union” Sunday that a deal with congressional leadership to provide more relief to small businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be finalized as early as the end of the day, some progressives highlighted what’s been left out of the emerging aid …

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Progressive Caucus Demands Pelosi Unveil Bold Coronavirus Package That Includes $2,000 Monthly Cash Payments, Vote-by-Mail

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to meet the coronavirus crisis with the urgency it deserves by advancing another sweeping stimulus package that—unlike the previous business-friendly legislation—guarantees economic security for all, protects public health, and ensures election safety. “Our actions now can lay the foundation for a just and resilient …

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“Pelosi’s Terrible Idea”: Critics Denounce Proposal to Give Wealthy a Tax Cut in Next Stimulus Package

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly set to propose rolling back a cap on tax deductions, which would benefit high-earning Americans, as part of the next step of an economic stimulus package that has already poured trillions into the U.S. economy—much of it going to the richest individuals and corporations in the country.  “This is almost …

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