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WATCH: Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders Gives Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families

WATCH: Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders Gives Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families Read WATCH: Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders Gives Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families on Common Dreams

Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders to Give Saturday Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families

Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders to Give Saturday Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families Read Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders to Give Saturday Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families on Common Dreams

‘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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Just Two States Have Begun Paying Out Boosted Unemployment Aid 15 Days After Mnuchin Promised Benefits in a ‘Week or Two’

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin vowed on August 10 that “within the next week or two,” most states would be able to set up and carry out President Donald Trump’s makeshift program authorizing a $300-per-week federal boost to unemployment benefits. As of Tuesday, more than two weeks after Mnuchin’s comments, just Arizona and Texas have begun …

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As GOP Blocks Covid Relief, Experts Warn of ‘Wave of Despair’ and Devastating Anecdotes Show Crisis Already Here

As millions of Americans grapple with the consequences of the refusal by the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers to extend the $600 weekly unemployment benefit or provide other urgent relief, experts warned Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic could directly lead to a “wave of despair”—including pervasive economic anxieties, increased suicides, and drug overdoses across the country. The American Medical Association has …

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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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Trump’s Millionaire Treasury Secretary Uses Debunked GOP Talking Point to Justify Slashing $600 Unemployment Boost

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday recycled a debunked right-wing talking point to justify the GOP’s proposal to cut by more than half the $600-per-week federal boost in unemployment benefits that expired at the end of last week, depriving around 30 million Americans of a key economic lifeline as joblessness remains at historic levels. In …

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Coalition of Over 500 Faith Leaders Demand Utility Shutoff Moratorium During Pandemic

Over 500 faith leaders representing different religious backgrounds on Thursday called on Congress to ensure the next legislative coronavirus aid package include a moratorium on utility shutoffs for the duration of the pandemic. “A power, water, and broadband shutoff is not about politics; it is about children, the elderly, people needlessly suffering and dying through …

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As Poor and Working Class in US Face Financial Cliff, Bezos Grew Record-Setting $13 Billion Richer on Monday

Days before the expiration of federal unemployment benefits is expected to bring about a wave of evictions, food insecurity and widespread economic pain for millions of Americans, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—the world’s richest person—added $13 billion to his personal wealth on Monday. The rise in Bezos’ assets represents the largest single-day net worth increase for …

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To Fund Covid-19 Recovery and Better Future, 83 Super Rich People Say Tax Us More ‘Immediately. Substantially. Permanently.’

A group of more than 80 self-described “millionaires for humanity” came together Monday to urge governments across the globe to tax them and other ultra wealthy people to cover the immediate costs of the coronavirus pandemic and to build more equitable, just societies in the long term. “We can ensure we adequately fund our health …

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‘Enough Is Enough’: 44 Groups Slam House Democrats for Including Hyde Amendment in Spending Bill

A coalition of 44 reproductive health, justice, and rights groups called out House Democrats for including the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funding for abortion services with limited exceptions, in a fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill that advanced Tuesday evening. “We say: enough is enough,” the groups declared in a joint statement Tuesday night. …

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To Shift Funds From ‘Endless Wars’ to ‘Human Needs,’ Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

With the Senate preparing to vote on an annual defense policy bill calling for $740.5 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2021, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday delivered a floor speech in support of his new amendment aiming to cut the proposed Pentagon budget by 10%—around $74 billion—and devote those resources to funding healthcare, …

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As Trump Sows Division, Poor People’s Campaign Ignites ‘Transformative Action’ to Address Interwoven Injustices

Hours before President Donald Trump held a Saturday evening rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he gave self-congratulatory, division-sowing speech, the Poor People’s Campaign offered a progressive counterpoint with a virtual social justice assembly that uplifted the stories of those suffering from poverty and racial injustice and unveiled a policy platform to spur “transformative action.”  “Poverty …

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Poor People’s Campaign to Host Weekend Digital Gathering to ‘Challenge Poverty and Revive Democracy’

Low-income people and economic justice advocates from across the United States will unite on Saturday and Sunday “to challenge poverty and revive democracy amidst recession, pandemic, and protests” with a historic digital assembly and march sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. “Poor and impacted people will come together to …

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Time to ‘Reinvest in People’ and ‘Cut Weapons of War’: Barbara Lee Unveils Plan to Cut Up to $350 Billion From Pentagon

Demanding that Congress “prioritize our safety and our future, not more war,” Rep. Barbara Lee on Monday unveiled a resolution proposing up to $350 billion in cuts to the Pentagon budget by closing U.S. military bases overseas, ending ongoing conflicts, scrapping weapons programs, and eliminating President Donald Trump’s Space Force. “Redundant nuclear weapons, off-books spending …

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Poor New York City Neighborhoods Seeing Deaths From Covid at More Than Twice the Rate of Affluent Areas

New data from the New York City Health Department reveals a stark gap between the number of Covid-19 deaths in the city’s poor neighborhoods and those in wealthier areas. Low-income neighborhoods have experienced more than double the death rates seen in affluent parts of the city, Politico reported.  The report follows last month’s release of …

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‘Pathetic’: Trump Says No to Additional Covid-19 Stimulus Checks, Backs Cutting Tax That Funds Social Security Instead

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Warning of ‘Hammer Blow’ From Pandemic, UN Food Agencies Say Coronavirus Could Double Global Levels of Acute Hunger

Top food security experts at the United Nations on Tuesday will present to the U.N. Security Council a new report on how the global coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people around the world suffering from acute hunger unless wealthy countries step up humanitarian aid immediately.  The World Food Program (WFP), the U.N. Food and …

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‘A New Roadblock’: IRS Gives Social Security Recipients Until Wednesday to File for $500 Payments for Their Children

This is a developing story… Check back for possible updates… The Internal Revenue Service is facing backlash following its announcement late Monday that recipients of Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits have until 12:00 pm ET on Wednesday to file for $500 coronavirus stimulus payments for their dependent children. Those who miss the deadline—which the …

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‘Absurdity and Cruelty’ of US Healthcare System, Says Sanders, ‘Should Now Be Apparent to All’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders took to the opinion section of the New York Times on Sunday to make the case that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic meltdown, “it’s imperative that we re-examine some of the foundations of American society, understand why they are failing us, and fight …

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‘Victory’: After Outrage Over Seizure of Coronavirus Relief Payments From Veterans, USAA Reverses Course

Update… Hours after David Dayen reported Thursday at The American Prospect that USAA was seizing coronavirus stimulus money from veterans with accounts at the financial institution, the bank reversed course, telling Dayen in a statement that the money seized would returned. “For members with negative deposit account balances, USAA will pause the collection of a negative account balance existing …

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100+ Lawmakers Demand Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs to Ensure Access to Services ‘Essential to Survive’ During Coronavirus Crisis

Over 100 federal lawmakers on Wednesday demanded a nationwide moratorium on utility shutoffs with a letter to congressional leadership demanding the freeze be part of the next coronavirus relief package to ensure Americans have access to services that are “essential to survive during this health crisis.” Spearheaded by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Reps. Peter …

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“They’re Crooks”: Coal Industry Aims to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Cut Payments to Miners With Black Lung

Some of the largest coal companies in the United States are using the coronavirus crisis to pressure Congress to slash the tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, a lifeline for more than 20,000 miners whose lung disease makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19. The Washington Post reported this week that the National …

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With Bills Due April 1, More Than 400,000 Demand Congress Freeze All Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments

More than 400,000 people have signed a petition calling on Congress to freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments nationwide in order to prevent a looming “housing catastrophe” as millions of Americans head into April jobless and unsure whether they will be able to afford their bills. “Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent …

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WATCH: In Fiery Floor Speech, Sanders Rips GOP for Relentless Efforts to ‘Punish’ Poor People

In a fiery speech on the Senate floor Wednesday ahead of the chamber’s passage of a massive coronavirus stimulus bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders ripped his Republican colleagues for doing everything in their power to ensure that poor and vulnerable people receive less financial assistance than they desperately need in this moment of nationwide crisis. “Now …

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