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‘Everybody Is Going to Catch This Thing Eventually’: Senior Trump Official Brushes Off Criticism of Maskless Crowd at RNC

A White House official’s flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the GOP’s ignoring of the coronavirus’s horrific toll—have sparked widespred outrage this week. “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually,” a senior White House official told CNN‘s Jim Acosta Thursday. Reporting on the fourth night …

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‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’: On 57th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Rally, Tens of Thousands March on Washington

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington, D.C. on Friday as racial justice advocates gather to mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington and commit to fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform. The name …

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As AstraZeneca Signs Deal With EU, Critics Warn Big Pharma Push for Covid Vaccine Liability Protections a ‘Dangerous Precedent’

European Union leaders announced Thursday they had signed a contract with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca exempting the drugmaker from “future product liability” in exchange for it supplying the EU with at least 300 million doses of a still-in-development Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021. The deal, announced earlier this month, was made official amid new reporting about lobbying pressure …

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EU Signs Deal with AstraZeneca, Critics Warn of ‘Dangerous Precedent’ as Big Pharma Pushes for Covid Vaccine Liability Waivers

European Union leaders announced Thursday they had signed a contract with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca exempting the drugmaker from “future product liability” in exchange for it supplying the EU with at least 300 million doses of a still-in-development Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021. The deal, announced earlier this month, was made official amid new reporting about lobbying pressure …

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‘Unconscionable, But Unsurprising’: Trump Border Officials Proposed ‘Heat Ray’ Weapon to Deter Migrants

Reporting by the New York Times Wednesday that Customs and Border Protection officials floated in 2018 the idea of using a “heat ray”weapon to deter migrants at the border was seized upon by the president’s critics as more evidence of the Trump administration’s cruelty-driven immigration policies. “It’s unconscionable that this was even considered,” the ACLU …

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‘Kenosha Doesn’t Need to See a Repeat of Portland,’ Warns ACLU After Trump Orders Federal Agents to Wisconsin

Huh. So Trump’s “upbeat” convention swiftly morphed into a screeching, gaslighting, fearmongering rage fest, part Klan rally, part CPAC swarm, all fantastical fever dream of right-wing grievance. Huddling under Pence’s limp call to “Make America Great Again, Again!” pasty robots clamored that Biden and his Marxist mob will abolish doctors, suburbs, freedom, hamberders in an …

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‘This Change in Policy Will Kill’: Scientists, Medical Experts Warn of Dangerous Loosening in CDC’s Covid Guidelines

As the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States nears six million, and with more than 176,000 Americans dead from the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly altered its coronavirus guidelines, worrying public health experts and raising suspicions among healthcare advocates that the moves are politically motivated. “This is a …

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‘This is the Opposite of What Americans Fought a Revolution For’: Tennessee to Strip Right to Vote from Protesters

Tennessee protesters will face harsh penalties, including losing the right to vote, as punishment for participating in protests under a law enacted by the Tennessee  GOP-dominant General Assembly.  Right-wing Governor Bill Lee quietly signed off on the bill Thursday, AP reports. Under the new law, demonstrators who camp on state property can now be charged …

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Civil Rights Group Condemns Trump Threat to Put Law Enforcement at Polls as a Tactic ‘Right From the Jim Crow Playbook’

A civil rights group Friday denounced President Donald Trump’s threat to place law enforcement officers at polling places for the November election, calling it an effort suppress voter turnout. “In no uncertain terms, we fully condemn any plans that President Trump has to deploy federal law enforcement, U.S. attorneys, or local sheriffs to our polling …

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‘Crucial Early Victory’ for Trans Patients as Judge Blocks Trump’s Gutting of Healthcare Discrimination Protections

LGBTQ+ rights advocates celebrated after a federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked part of a Trump administration healthcare rule that would scrap Obama-era non-discrimination protections for transgender patients, which was supposed to take effect Tuesday. “LGBTQ Americans deserve the healthcare that they need without fear of mistreatment, harassment, or humiliation.”—Alphonso David, HRC The legal victory …

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‘I Hope the Postmaster General Comes Prepared. I Know I Will,’ Says Rep. Katie Porter as DeJoy Agrees to Testify on USPS Changes

Following demands by top congressional Democrats that he testify before the House Oversight Committee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s office announced Monday that he will appear at a hearing August 24. “I hope the Postmaster General comes prepared,” committee member Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) tweeted Monday afternoon. “I know I will.” DeJoy, a Republican Party megadonor who …

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Trump Administration Denounced for ‘Foolish and Deeply Damaging’ Plan to Drill in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Environmental advocates vowed to sue the U.S. Department of Interior following its announcement Monday that the Trump administration has finalized plans to auction off oil and gas leasing rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “The door is being flung wide open for oil and gas drilling to impose irreversible harm to one of America’s iconic …

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Sanders Warns of Trump Effort to ‘Destroy the Post Office to Sabotage This Election’

“We will not let Trump destroy the Post Office to sabotage this election. This is a democracy, not a dictatorship.” So declared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Twitter Saturday as he released a video documenting the president’s own statements and recent changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to make the case that President Donald …

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To Halt Fascist March With Progressive Power, Sanders and Omar to Host ‘United Against Trump’ Town Hall at DNC Convention

As the Democrats gear up to unseat President Donald Trump this fall, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will join forces with Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and a coalition of progressive organizations to host a virtual town hall next week during the Democratic National Convention.   “There are rare and crucial times in history when a united front for a …

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Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama Agree: Trump’s Attack on Postal Service a Direct Assault on 2020 Election

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama on Friday raised alarm over President Donald Trump’s open attempt to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service by refusing to provide emergency funding in what critics call an effort to hamper the general election—in which millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail.  In an email to …

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Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama Agree: Trump’s Attack on Postal Service Is an Attack on 2020 Election and US Democracy

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama on Friday raised alarm over President Donald Trump’s open attempt to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service by refusing to provide emergency funding in what critics call an effort to hamper the general election—in which millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail.  In an email to …

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Forget Your Feelings About Trump, Say Allies of NSA Whistleblower, ‘Snowden Pardon Would Be a Major Win’

After President Donald Trump suggested in an interview published Thursday night by the New York Post that he is open to pardoning Edward Snowden, civil liberties advocates issued a fresh wave of calls urging the president to following through and allow the American whistleblower to return to the United States. The U.S.-based Freedom of the …

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Denounced as Going ‘Too Far’ When Sanders Said It—American Bar Association Backs Full Voting Rights for Incarcerated People

Bolstering a proposal which was denounced by centrists and conservatives as going “too far” in the fight for voting rights when Sen. Bernie Sanders backed it during the Democratic presidential primary, the American Bar Association won applause from rights advocates on Thursday regarding its support for full enfranchisement for current and former prison inmates. At its annual meeting earlier …

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Palestinian Rights Advocates Refuse to Applaud Israel-Trump-UAE Deal That Upholds ‘Ongoing, Devastating Apartheid’

Advocates for Palestinian rights vehemently rejected claims by the Trump administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Thursday marked a “historic day” in the fight for peace in the Middle East, after Israel and the United Arab Emirates forged a deal normalizing relations between the two countries. The newly-official diplomatic relationship reportedly came after …

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Progressive Groups Pressure Biden and Trump to Include Nuclear Disarmament in Campaign Platforms

A coalition of progressive groups on Tuesday delivered a petition with over 4,800 signatures to the presidential campaigns of President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging both 2020 candidates to incorporate “a vision for peace and serious nuclear disarmament” into their platforms. “We need Joe Biden to pull us back from …

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Major ‘Milestone’ for Workers as California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft Must Classify Drivers as Employees

In a move that local political leaders and labor rights advocates celebrated as a major win for gig workers, a California judge ruled Monday that the ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber must classify drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors to comply with state law. “The years-long ploy of these behemoth corporations …

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Marginalized Communities Could Be ‘Shortchanged’ for Decades to Come by Trump’s Abrupt Change to Census Deadline, Critics Say

In addition to imposing likely delays in the delivery of mail-in ballots during the November elections through its sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service, the Trump administration appears intent on jeopardizing elections and marginalized communities for decades to come, critics said Sunday of the president’s abrupt change to the U.S. census deadline.  When the coronavirus …

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‘Impossible to Stay Quiet’: With Nearly 100,000 Kids Infected by Covid-19 in Just Two Weeks, Medical Experts Warn Against Hasty Return to School

An estimated 338,000 children in the United States have been infected with Covid-19, and 97,000 of those were reported in the final two weeks of July, according to a report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. School districts across the country are considering how to safely reopen amid climbing …

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Critics Warn Against Smear Campaign, ‘Creepy Victorian Moralizing’ Aimed at Progressive Challenger Alex Morse

Alarm bells were sounded over the weekend following vaguely-worded accusations of “inappropriate” sexual behavior by Alex Morse—the openly gay and politcially progressive Mayor of  Holyoke, Massachusetts challenging powerful Democrat incumbent Congressman Richie Neal in the state’s primary next month—as critics condemned what appeared as a potentially unfounded smear campaign against the 31-year-old politician as well …

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“Let’s Make It Happen!” Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Thursday made a fresh call for the U.S. to implement Medicare for All in response to an op-ed from an American doctor working in Canada who says that country’s universal health coverage allowed it to have a better response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Hendry is a US doctor in Canada. …

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