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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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As GOP Officially Re-Nominates Trump, Poll Shows 68% in US Disapprove of President’s Pandemic Response

As the GOP’s 2020 convention kicked off Monday and Republicans officially nominated President Donald Trump for reelection, new polling revealed that a bipartisan majority of Americans disapprove of how the president and federal government are handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The poll results from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also came as …

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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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Warning of GOP Voter Suppression, Progressives Urge Democrats to Reject Any Covid-19 Deal Without Election Assistance

Progressive voting rights groups are calling on Democrats in Congress to refuse to cut a deal on any Covid-19 relief proposal without money for election assistance, warning that exclusion of the funding could suppress turnout in November. “If Republicans believe we can afford $8 billion for defense contractors and nearly $2 billion to remodel the …

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Call for ‘Emergency Charity Stimulus’ as Billionaire Wealth Soars and US Nonprofits Sink

As billionaires have seen their collective wealth increase by nearly $700 billion and ordinary Americans face increasing economic insecurity amid the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofits in the U.S. that rely largely on charitable giving—increasingly from a small number of high-dollar donors—are struggling to survive under the current conditions. According to the Washington Post on Monday, nonprofit …

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Sanders Rips Trump for ‘Obscene’ Boasting Over Stock Market as 30 Million Americans Face Financial Doom

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday slammed President Donald Trump for bragging on Twitter about the booming stock market just days after Republican inaction allowed the $600-per-week boost in unemployment benefits to expire, slashing the incomes of nearly 30 million Americans as the economy remains mired in deep recession. “Tweeting this during the worst economic downturn …

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‘Could Mean a Huge Gap in Payments’: Memo Warns GOP Unemployment Benefit Formula Would Take Months to Implement

A Republican proposal to pare back enhanced unemployment benefits to about 70% of what a worker earned prior to losing their job—as opposed to the previous weekly payment of $600 across the board—would take most states between two to five months to implement, likely causing delays in relief for tens of millions of people. That’s …

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Day After Voting Down 10% Pentagon Cut, 37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget

Hours after the Republican Party released a coronavirus relief proposal including $0 for election assistance funding and no additional funding for cities and states as the country continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, allocating $740.5 billion to the Pentagon.   The annual military budget bill was passed with …

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‘The Public Has a Right to Know’: Fed Refuses to Release Documents on Fossil Fuel Industry’s Covid-19 Bailouts

The Federal Reserve has missed a deadline to release documents requested by environmental group Food & Water Action in May to reveal the extent to which the central bank has used one of its major Covid-19 lending programs to rescue the faltering oil and gas industry. “The public has a right to know if the …

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Citing ‘Unconscionable and Irresponsible Omission,’ ACLU Demands Equal Covid-19 Protections for Immigrants

The ACLU on Thursday launched a new digital ad campaign calling on the U.S. Senate to correct an “unconscionable” omission in the nation’s coronavirus testing strategy, demanding that all immigrants be made eligible for Covid-19 testing and treatment in any upcoming legislation. “It is your responsibility to make sure everyone has access to health care …

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Congress Urged to Repeal Program That Transfers ‘Weapons of War’ to Local Police

More than 90 progressive advocacy groups are calling on Congress to repeal a decades-old Pentagon program that facilitates the transfer of surplus military equipment to local police departments, a demand that gained steam in the wake of law enforcement’s militaristic crackdown on nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd. In a letter (pdf) to …

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Listen to the ‘Calls Ringing Out in the Streets Across the World,’ Says George Floyd’s Brother in Emotional Testimony Before Congress

Philonise Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, implored Congress in emotional testimony Wednesday to heed “the calls ringing out in the streets across the world” and take meaningful action against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. “If his death ends up changing the world for the better, and I think it …

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Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Jamaal Bowman’s Progressive Primary Challenge Against Longtime Rep. Eliot Engel

Praising Jamaal Bowman as a “profound community leader,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the former middle school principal’s progressive challenge to longtime Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel on Wednesday evening, saying Bowman would help usher in a new era of people-focused leadership in Washington. “This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the …

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‘National Day of Mourning’ Protests This Week to Condemn GOP Failures Amid Mass Suffering Caused by Covid-19

With Republicans in Congress stonewalling the possibility of any additional coronavirus relief even as tens of millions of people across the U.S are newly out of work, uninsured, hungry, and unable to afford rent, a coalition of progressive advocacy groups is planning nationwide protests this week to condemn GOP obstruction and demand the urgent passage …

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Warning US Could Face ‘Darkest Winter in Modern History,’ Ousted Whistleblower Demands Science-Based Pandemic Response

Dr. Rick Bright, the vaccine expert who was reportedly ousted from his position at the Health and Human Services Department after he objected to the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response, plans to issue a grave warning Thursday when he testifies before a House committee regarding the his push for a science-based approach to the pandemic. According …

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As Covid-19 Devastates Already Struggling Industry, New Blueprint Sets Forth Bold Vision to Save Local Journalism

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate local news outlets across the United States—even as some have seen audience and subscription boosts—the group Free Press Action on Monday unveiled a proposal to provide crucial financial relief to newsrooms and reporters while envisioning a more sustainable future for the industry. The proposal, What a Journalism-Recovery Package …

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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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‘Outrageous, Callous, and Cruel’: Seniors Rip Trump for Holding Covid-19 Relief Hostage to Push Social Security Cuts

Grassroots advocacy groups representing millions of retirees and seniors across the United States are speaking out against and urging Congress to oppose President Donald Trump’s threat to block desperately needed Covid-19 relief legislation if it does not slash the payroll tax, which funds Social Security and Medicare. “It is outrageous, callous, and cruel for President …

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‘Serial IG Purges’ by Trump Fuel Dems’ Call for Anti-Corruption Provisions in Next Covid Package

Sen. Richard Blumenthal pointed on Sunday to President Donald Trump’s intention to oust another inspector general—this time of a Department of Health and Human Services watchdog—to bolster his call for the next coronavirus legislative relief package to include measures to “forestall fraud and favoritism.” Trump’s serial IG purges must be stopped as part of a …

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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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“We Need a Working People’s Bailout”: Unemployment Claims Hit 30 Million as Many Struggle to Afford Necessities

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‘No Consequences for Negligence That Kills’: McConnell Wants Corporate Immunity From Covid-19 Lawsuits

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‘A Right of the People’: Leader of Postal Workers Union Demands USPS Funding in Next Stimulus Bill

The president of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union is calling on Congress to make emergency funding for the Postal Service a necessary condition in negotiations with the Trump White House over the next coronavirus stimulus package as the prized government insitution faces the possibility of imminent collapse. Mark Dimondstein, who has served as president …

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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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