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Protests around the world: This time it’s different

A profound, historical difference separates the protests across America the past six days from past eruptions of anger over police violence against black men and women. It’s a difference that that isn’t showing up in news reports, televised or print, even though it’s quite apparent The differences are where these demonstrations are taking place and […]

Inside the radical Republican war on the Post Office

In the weeks ahead America’s daily mail delivery may come to a complete halt because the U.S. Postal Service is running out of cash—though Donald Trump may take last-minute action so he can proclaim himself the hero who saved the post office. But the real story here is one of Congressional neglect, Republican animosity and […]

A secret killer lurks behind the pandemic — and could lead to an additional 75,000 American deaths

As more than 100,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States, and 40 million will have lost their jobs, there is another looming crisis that may eclipse these losses: a national mental health trauma. The necessity for implementing social distancing, in large part because of the failure to test, trace, and isolate contacts properly […]

The numbers are in — and the rich are making out like bandits during this pandemic

Tens of millions of Americans are cashless, many desperate to feed their children. Meanwhile the richest Americans merrily float on a rapidly rising tide of money thanks mainly to Trump & Co. My analysis of Federal Reserve data shows a record flow of greenbacks let the corporate rich pour trillions of dollars into their accounts […]

Corporate America wants a free hand to kill workers and customers

It is unclear at the moment whether Mitch McConnell and other Congressional Republicans are backing off their demand that corporations be given protection from COVID-19 lawsuits — or if they are maneuvering behind the scenes in favor of the proposal. What I find amazing is that business lobbyists and their GOP supporters think they can […]

The rich are making out like drug dealers in this pandemic — and Trump’s GOP is the main culprit

While tens of millions of Americans are out of work, many desperate for cash to feed their children, the richest Americans merrily float on a rapidly rising tide of cash thanks in good part to Trump & Co. My analysis of Federal Reserve data shows a record flow of greenbacks let the corporate rich pour […]

The disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is the natural consequence of having a mentally impaired president: Yale psychiatrist

What Rick Bright publicly revealed more than anyone else is that, if we continue to push a president’s wishful narrative over medical expertise and fail to coordinate a national response, “2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history.” Mental health experts have been trying to inform the public that not even a nuclear winter could be […]

Trump takes another ominous step toward dictatorship

Step by ominous step, Donald Trump is eliminating or blocking every Constitutional check and balance on his administration so that he can evade accountability for his corrupt administration. The only path still open to save America from becoming an autocracy is the ballot box in November. Even there Trump is working to rig the election […]

Trump and his Republican allies have given up on COVID-19 — and now are only offering incoherent rhetoric about ‘choice’

You’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better example of a problem that requires collective action to solve than the Covid-19 pandemic. At most, maybe 2-3 percent of the population have contracted the disease so far, and even if that confers lasting immunity on those who recover–which is not clear at present–that means most […]

Trump’s Florida voter registration trips up his Mar-a-Lago plans

Amid all the intensity and serious of pandemic, this little fable with no international significance has been percolating over in a quiet corner of our world. Once upon a time, a couple of months ago, Donald Trump moved his formal residence – and voting address – from the gilded Trump Tower in New York City […]

Big banks undercut the small-business COVID-19 loan program after Trump waved away layers of oversight

Practically everyone’s looking for a bailout in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial havoc that was the result of largely shutting down the economy. But here’s the awful truth: Thousands of small businesses never had a chance at the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, money that was supposed to be their life […]

Trump’s coronavirus response is genocide: Yale psychiatrist

Based on my violence prevention work with international organizations, I had classified Donald Trump’s refusal to protect the American people against COVID-19 as “democide” and stated it was “democide of genocidal proportions.” But can we truly call it “genocide”? Yes. According to the UN’s Genocide Convention, the perpetration of genocide requires an “intent to destroy, in […]

Trump today is asking our Supreme Court to undo more than 200 years of precedent and declare that he is above the law

Donald Trump today is asking our Supreme Court to declare that he is above the law, not our employee and agent as president, but instead our ruler. His lawyers assert – literally – that if he murdered someone the police could not stop him and, indeed, could not even gather evidence so long as Trump […]

‘Absurd and reckless’: Trump administration uses coronavirus pandemic as cover as it loosens crop poison regulation

The Trump EPA wants to reapprove a dangerous herbicide and is hiding behind the COVID-19 pandemic to excuse its manufacturer from monitoring levels of the poison in Midwest lakes and streams. The Trump EPA plans to raise the concentration of atrazine, the nation’s second-most used herbicide, allowed in streams and lakes to 15 parts per […]

Bill Barr advances Trump’s quest to establish a dictatorship as the DOJ transforms into the president’s personal protection agency

In a major step toward establishing a Trump dictatorship, the Justice Department moved Thursday to drop the criminal case against confessed felon Michael Flynn, the retired Army general and secret foreign agent who was Trump’s first national security adviser. Instead of seeking equal justice under law, an extraordinary court filing demonstrated that Trump has one […]

Homeland Security issues a startling internal alert after lockdown protester gets arrested for building pipe bombs

A Colorado man who planned to attend a “Reopen” rally in Denver on May 1 before he was arrested by the FBI for possessing pipe bombs was involved in the boogaloo movement, a far-right militia offshoot that uses cryptic pop-culture references to prepare for a future civil war. FBI agents and other law enforcement executing […]

What do they really want? Untangling the baffling demands of re-open protesters

Dear State House Protesters, Usually, I’m all in favor of protest. Far be it from me to suggest that you are fodder for some strictly rightist political campaigning, but perhaps you can set down your semi-automatic weapons for a moment. Let’s talk about what exactly you want in these continuing attempts to flaunt public health […]

Tensions start to boil over as essential workers get fed up with ‘the insane system that got us in this mess’

Friday’s impressive May Day walkouts and demonstrations involving workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and others did not amount to a general strike in the classic sense. But they should be seen as part of a wave of smaller strikes that worker advocates believe necessary before the big showdown. “Workers are starting to challenge […]

The deadly pandemic no one is talking about

The medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, died by suicide this week, not while she was in the thick of emergency work in the nation’s epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic but afterward, while she was staying at her family home. She recounted to her father the devastating […]

Trump just showed everyone that he doesn’t give a damn about American workers

Trump and Radical Republicans like South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds think the lives of the immigrants who work in meatpacking plants are worth less than the lives of pigs in a slaughterhouse. Rounds, who asked Trump to intervene to keep meatpacking plants open, cited farmers killing pigs rather than sending them to meat processing plants, […]

The time has come for Republicans to climb out of the Trump hellhole or be consumed by its flames

Now is the moment for elected Republicans held hostage by Donald Trump to break free. The political gun he has held to their heads, threatening to end their careers unless they cravenly bowed down, is out of bullets. Trump’s own polls show that Joe Biden will trounce him in November, prompting Trump to react behind […]

Trump administration waives Obama-era regulation meant to reduce deadly crashes by exhausted truck drivers

Jim Mullen, a former trucking company executive and lobbyist, is using the Trump pandemic that is killing thousands of people in our nation to ease safety rules intended to reduce the number of people killed by trucks. Mullen, acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, temporarily waived a rule requiring many drivers of […]

Here’s how we could be responding to the COVID-19 crisis instead of the bizarrely backward-looking programs we have now

No matter how welcome, the various aid programs emerging from Washington are helter-skelter and backward-looking. Sure, we should welcome the idea of aid efforts to keep workers employed by keeping companies small and large afloat — however haphazardly they are being administered. But once you get over the idea that we’re bailing out airlines and […]

There’s no guarantee a job will be waiting for you when you ‘go back to work’ — here’s why

Even before these protests have tried to take over the public stage, the widespread effects of coronavirus are already showing us that the workplace will have to change. But the changes won’t be along the lines of what those protesters are seeking – other than the patchwork approach to re-opening businesses shut down in the […]

America today suffers more than 20% unemployment — the Trump administration just hasn’t told you that yet

Here’s an awful truth our government will tell you but not for some weeks to come: as of today more than 20% of American workers are unemployed. That means more than 32 million Americans in the labor force are without work, the vast majority because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s a conservative estimate, for reasons […]

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