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Michael Moore Provides ‘Reality Check,’ Warning Swing State Polls Signal Trump Could Pull Off Electoral Victory in November

Pointing to polls in swing states and the wide gap in enthusiasm between President Donald Trump’s supporters and voters planning to cast a ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, progressive filmmaker Michael Moore warned Friday of signs that Trump may win the November general election. Calling for Democrats to ensure a massive voter turnout …

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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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Amid Violence in Portland, Biden and Progressive Critics Emphasize That Continued Chaos Is Result of ‘Trump’s America’

This is a developing story and may be updated. One person was shot and killed in Portland, Oregon Saturday night after a caravan of hundreds of vehicles carrying Trump supporters drove into the city center during a demonstration. The city has been the site of nightly protests over police brutality and the police killings of …

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Public Health Experts Fear Trump FDA’s Remdesivir Approval ‘Without Evidence’ of Widespread Benefits Signal Likely Premature Vaccine

Public health experts on Saturday decried the Food and Drug Administration’s “troubling” approval of a Covid-19 treatment which has not been proven to help patients who are severely ill with the disease. The FDA expanded its emergency authorization on remdesivir on Friday evening, allowing its use for all patients who are hospitalized with Covid-19. Previously, …

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In Latest Sign of Covid-19 Politicization, FDA Officials Fired After Director Apologizes for Overstating Plasma Benefits

Two public relations officials were dismissed from their positions at the Food and Drug Administration Friday following Commissioner Stephen Hahn’s decision to walk back his recent claims about convalescent plasma as a treatment for Covid-19. The agency’s chief spokesperson, Emily Miller, only served in her position for 11 days before being ousted. Miller, who previously …

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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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‘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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Trump Rebuked for ‘Breathtakingly Vicious’ Plan for Fossil Fuel Lease Sales in California Amid Historic Wildfires

Especially given the climate-fueled wildfires ravaging the region, conservationists sounded alarm Thursday in response to a Trump administration proposal for an oil and gas lease sale in California, which would be the state’s first such federal auction in eight years. At issue are over 4,300 acres of public land in Kern County, an area recently dubbed …

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Poverty and Petrochemicals Converge as Hurricane Laura’s Devastation Exposes Entire Gulf Coast as ‘Sacrificial Zone’

With the full devastation caused by Hurricane Laura along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana still coming into view Friday, climate justice activists and other progressives are calling the destruction—credited with claiming at least 6 lives and potentially billions of dollars in damages—just the latest painful example of willful neglect by political leaders and …

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‘Trump Failed, 180,000+ Died’: Protests Surround White House as President Delivers Lie-Filled RNC Nomination Speech

Closing out a GOP convention that featured rampant law-breaking, fascistic hysteria, and cynical distortions of the current administration’s record, President Donald Trump delivered more of the same Thursday night as he formally accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination while protesters rallied near the White House blasting music and spotlighting Trump’s deadly failure to combat the …

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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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‘We Need Answers Now,’ Says Warren After Explosive Reports Indicate Top Trump Officials Ordered Changes to CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

After new reporting late Wednesday indicated that abrupt and what experts characterized as dangerously unsound changes to the CDC’s Covid-19 testing guidelines were directed by the highest levels of the Trump administration, lawmakers demanded answers and sounded alarm bells over the White House’s ongoing politicization of America’s public health agencies. CNN and Politico both reported …

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As Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts for Wealthy, Analysis Shows US Billionaires $800 Billion Richer Since Pandemic Hit

As President Donald Trump and top members of his administration continue their push to deliver another round of tax cuts to rich investors, an analysis published Tuesday by the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness showed that U.S. billionaires have seen their collective wealth soar by nearly $800 billion since Covid-19 began …

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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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Chair of Postal Service Board Under Fire Over Little-Noticed RNC Appearance Backing ‘Four More Years!’ for Trump

Robert Duncan, the Trump-appointed chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors who previously served as head of the Republican National Committee, is facing backlash over his little-noticed appearance in a prerecorded GOP convention video Monday night and calls to resign for his past role in the party’s nationwide voter suppression efforts. Duncan’s participation …

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‘Cynical’ as Well as ‘Insultingly Illegal’: Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC

As massive backlogs across the U.S. prevent tens of thousands of immigrants from becoming citizens and voters, President Donald Trump—who has spent much of his term demonizing and terrorizing immigrants through rhetoric and policy—hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five new citizens Tuesday on the second night of the Republican National Convention. …

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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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Postal Workers Union Organizes Nationwide Rallies Pressuring Congress to #SaveThePostOffice

A union representing U.S. Postal Service employees joined with USPS supporters to hold dozens of rallies across the country Tuesday demanding that Congress #SaveThePostOffice by providing the agency with at least $25 billion in emergency funding as well as stopping and reversing mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The day of action …

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As Israeli Bombing of Gaza Continues, US Media Show Little Interest

Israeli air and ground forces continued to attack Gaza Monday while continuing to tighten a devastating blockade on the besieged territory. The latest bombing, ostensibly targeting Hamas, has been occurring nearly daily since August 6, and has largely been ignored by the U.S. corporate media.  Over the past few weeks, balloon-borne incendiary and explosive devices, …

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As Big Box Stores Thrive, 1 in 5 Small Businesses Expect to Close in Next 6 Months Without Urgent Federal Aid

One in five small businesses reported in a survey Monday that they will have to shut their doors permanently if economic conditions—and the federal government’s efforts to improve them—don’t change in the next six months.  The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) surveyed 561 small business owners on August 17 and 18 and found that …

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Confirming Progressive Warnings, Social Security Actuary Says Trump Payroll Tax Cut Would Effectively Destroy Program by 2023

The Social Security Administration’s chief actuary estimated late Monday that eliminating the payroll tax would fully deplete Social Security’s disability and old-age trust funds by 2023, confirming the disastrous consequences progressive advocacy groups and lawmakers have been warning of since President Donald Trump threatened earlier this month to “terminate” the levy if reelected in November. …

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To Prevent ‘Disinformation Cesspool,’ Networks Urged to Run RNC Convention on One-Minute Delay

In a letter to the presidents of major news networks Monday, a coalition of progressive groups asked that the airing of the Republican National Convention be delayed by one minute in order to “help prevent the spread of dangerous disinformation in real time.” Members of the coalition—including UltraViolet Action, ACRONYM, BlackPAC, Color of Change PAC, …

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First Confirmed Coronavirus Reinfection Raises Immunity Concerns

A Hong Kong man has become the first confirmed patient to be reinfected with coronavirus, raising fresh concerns Monday that immunity to the potentially deadly virus may be short-lived.  A research team at the University of Hong Kong, led by Dr. Kelvin Kai-Wang, announced on Monday that a 33-year-old man who was first infected by SARS-CoV-2 …

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