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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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‘Stop Helping Trump Sabotage Our Democracy’: McConnell Urged to Call Senate Back and Pass House Bill Reversing DeJoy Mail Changes

Following the House’s passage over the weekend of legislation that would reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service, progressive advocacy groups are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “stop playing politics with our right to vote” and immediately call his chamber back from recess to approve the bill. “President …

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“They’re Not Needed, Sir”: DeJoy Tells Senate He Has No Intention of Returning Mail Sorting Machines

Update: In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers that he has “no intention” of returning or replacing mail-sorting machines that have been removed from post offices across the nation. Questioned on the machine removals by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), DeJoy said, “They’re not …

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WATCH LIVE: DeJoy Testifies Before Senate Amid Fresh Warnings Over Mail Changes and ‘Highly Irregular’ Appointment Process

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is set to testify Friday before the Republican-controlled Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the wake of startling new revelations surrounding the process that led to his appointment as well as fresh details on his plans for a massive post-election overhaul of mail operations. Earlier this week, as Common …

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Warnings of GOP Attempt to ‘Control the Narrative’ as Senate Republicans Set Hearing With DeJoy Just Ahead of House Testimony

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson announced Tuesday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy—a major donor to the GOP—will testify at a virtual Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday, just days ahead of DeJoy’s scheduled appearance before the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee. The timing of the planned Senate hearing—and Johnson’s stated reasons for inviting …

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Democrats Demand McConnell Bring Senate Back Into Session to ‘Protect USPS and Our Election’

After Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday she was calling members back from recess to Washington, D.C. early to address the “devastating effects” of President Donald Trump’s efforts to “sabotage” the November election by using the United States Postal Service to disenfranchise voters, Democrats in the upper chamber urged GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

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‘Exact Right Message’: Ed Markey’s Must-Watch 2020 Campaign Ad Praised for Highlighting Broken Social Contract

Sen. Ed Markey won applause from progressives overnight and into Friday after releasing a new campaign ad touting himself as an outspoken Senate leader with working-class roots who is better-positioned to serve Massachusetts families than his Democratic primary challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III.  The three-minute video begins with a rebuke of President Donald Trump and …

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Progressives Call Trump Executive Orders What They Are: IIllegal. Inadequate. Misleading. ‘A Disgrace.’ ‘A Sham.’ ‘A Cruel Joke.’

Wholly inadequate. Illegal. Misleading. “A failure.” “A disgrace.” “A sham.” “A cruel joke.” Progressive critics and Democratic lawmakers did not need the help of even the Republican U.S. Senator who used the phrase “unconstitutional slop” to describe President Donald Trump’s slate of executive orders—signed Saturday at his private golf club in New Jersey—to rack up …

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Progressives Say Call Trump Executive Orders What They Are: IIllegal. Inadequate. Misleading. ‘A Disgrace.’ ‘A Sham.’ ‘A Cruel Joke.’

Wholly inadequate. Illegal. Misleading. “A failure.” “A disgrace.” “A sham.” “A cruel joke.” Progressive critics and Democratic lawmakers did not need the help of even the Republican U.S. Senator who used the phrase “unconstituional slop” to describe President Donald Trump’s slate of executive orders—signed Saturday at his private golf club in New Jersey—to rack up …

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Elizabeth Warren Leads Charge Against Trump, Denouncing ‘Dubious’ Executive Orders as ‘Cruel Joke’ on American People

Wholly inadequate. Illegal. Misleading. “A failure.” “A disgrace.” “A sham.” “A cruel joke.” Progressive critics and Democratic lawmakers did not need the help of even the Republican U.S. Senator who used the phrase “unconstituional slop” to describe President Donald Trump’s slate of executive orders—signed Saturday at his private golf club in New Jersey—to rack up …

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‘Executive Order Stunt No Substitute for Real Relief,’ Says Progressives of Legally Dubious Trump Proposal

“An executive order stunt is no substitute for real relief that meets the scale of the economic and public health crisis that is currently facing Americans. It is shameful that Senate Republicans and the president are refusing to work to pass the HEROES Act on behalf of the American people.” “It has been 84 days …

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Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent in Tennessee Primary for US Senate

Despite being outraised 250-1 by her establishment-backed opponent, progressive environmentalist Marquita Bradshaw scored a stunning upset victory in the Tennessee Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat on Thursday after running on a platform that included Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. James Mackler, one of Bradshaw’s four primary competitors, was endorsed …

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Sanders Bill to Tax ‘Obscene’ Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires Would Empower Medicare to Cover Every American for One Year

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday introduced legislation that would tax the “obscene wealth gains” America’s billionaires have accumulated during the Covid-19 crisis and use the resulting revenue to empower Medicare to cover all out-of-pocket medical expenses for everyone in the United States for a year. “We can continue to allow the very rich to get …

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New Sanders Bill Would Tax ‘Obscene’ Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires to Fund People’s Health and Well-Being

Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would heavily tax the “obscene wealth gains” America’s billionaires have accumulated during the Covid-19 crisis to help fund the U.S. recovery from the pandemic and resulting economic collapse. “We can continue to allow the very rich to get much richer while everyone else gets poorer and …

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Trump Proclaims Nevada Has Made It ‘Impossible’ for GOP to Win by Expanding Voting Rights During Pandemic

In a Monday morning tweet attacking Nevada’s proposed expansion of mail-in voting as “an illegal late night coup,” President Donald Trump once again openly admitted that increasing access to the ballot amid the Covid-19 pandemic poses a dire threat to the Republican Party’s ability to win elections. “Nevada’s clubhouse governor made it impossible for Republicans …

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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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‘The Clock Is Ticking’: Bernie Sanders Calls on Senate to Act Quickly on Covid Relief Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday added to a growing chorus of progressive voices demanding the Senate act with urgency to pass a coronavirus relief bill that addresses the economic crisis sparked by the pandemic by providing an extension in a federally funded boost in unemployment benefits and other aid.  “The clock is ticking,” the Vermont …

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‘Indefensible and Disgusting’: Senate Departs for 3-Day Weekend as Unemployment Benefits Expire for 30 Million

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has adjourned for a three-day weekend as enhanced unemployment payments are officially set to lapse on Friday, guaranteeing that tens of millions of Americans will see their incomes drop by 50-75% with another rent payment due in 24 hours. The Senate’s departure followed a long day of jockeying and blame-hurling on …

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‘What We Must Do’: Following Obama Eulogy for Lewis, Bernie Sanders Backs Call for Ending Filibuster

Following an impassioned eulogy Thursday afternoon by President Barack Obama at the funeral of Congressman John Lewis in which the former president called for the end of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he agrees it is now time to dispatch with the long held legislative tactic if it …

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GOP Condemned for ‘Playing With the Lives of 30 Million People’ as Economic Recovery Sputters and Benefits Expire

On May 11, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he had “not yet felt the urgency” of passing another Covid-19 relief package despite skyrocketing unemployment claims and warnings of a prolonged economic recession. Now, more than two months later, persistent inaction by the Republican-controlled Senate has pushed 30 million Americans to the brink …

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Yale Study on $600 Unemployment Lifeline Championed by Democrats Destroys Favorite GOP Talking Point

A new study by Yale economists out this week debunks the repeated GOP talking point that the $600 federal expansion of unemployment benefits has disincentivized people from returning to work—findings published the same day Senate Republicans released a coronavirus relief proposal which critics condemned as an “utter disgrace” that will “unleash widespread suffering” on people …

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‘Not One More Pandemic Relief Dollar for the Pentagon’: 75 Groups Slam GOP Effort to Use Covid-19 Funds for Weapons of War

More than 70 progressive anti-war groups are calling on members of Congress to stop the Senate GOP from cramming another $30 billion in Pentagon funding into the next Covid-19 relief bill and instead focus their attention on providing desperately needed financial aid to frontline workers and the unemployed. “We strongly oppose the proposal in the …

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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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Progressive Caucus Demands Democrats Reject GOP Plan to ‘Unleash Widespread Suffering’ on the American People

The leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Tuesday condemned the Senate GOP’s new coronavirus stimulus proposal as a “policy of mass evictions, mass homelessness, mass poverty, and mass hunger” that Democrats must unequivocally reject in favor of increased protections for frontline workers and the unemployed. “Millions of Americans are on the brink of complete …

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“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”: GOP Under Fire for Slipping $30 Billion Pentagon Gift Into Coronavirus Bill

In a floor speech late Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the GOP’s newly released coronavirus stimulus package as a “carefully tailored” plan to provide financial relief to desperate Americans. But a look at the legislative text (pdf) released by Senate Republicans shows the HEALS Act is replete with massive gifts to the Pentagon …

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