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'Here We Go Again': Richest Hospitals Sitting on Billions in Cash Got Golden Bailouts Compared to Those Serving Poorest

'Here We Go Again': Richest Hospitals Sitting on Billions in Cash Got Golden Bailouts Compared to Those Serving Poorest

Published on by"If you ever hear a hospital complaining they don't have enough money, see if they have a venture fund."A patient is transferred from Elmhurst Hospital in New York on April 25, 2020. (Photo: John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)While critics have noted in recent weeks the ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic has "," new reporting Monday reveals how some of the wealthiest hospital groups in the United States have received huge infusions of federal rescue funds even as they sat on billions of dollars in cash reserves and poorer hospitals and clinics struggle to maintain...

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Nearly 200 Groups in Canada Vow to Fight for Covid-19 Recovery That Puts Human and Ecological Health First

Nearly 200 Groups in Canada Vow to Fight for Covid-19 Recovery That Puts Human and Ecological Health First

Published on by"The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet."A new alliance of Canadian groups is calling for a just recovery. "We are standing on the threshold between the old world and the next and we must choose to build the future we want," they say. (Image: justrecoveryforall.ca)Nearly 200 Canadian organizations on Monday rolled out their demands for a "just recovery," saying that continuing business-as-usual after the pandemic would prevent the kind of far-reaching...

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$3,278 ER Visit for Coughing Fits and Fever Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Failure of For-Profit System

$3,278 ER Visit for Coughing Fits and Fever Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Failure of For-Profit System

Published on by"Congress and insurers have made all of these promises to waive copays for treatment and testing but we're hearing that's not always the reality."Polling published in April 2020 found that 69% of Americans support Medicare for All. (Photo: /flickr/cc)A $3,278 bill that Timothy Regan received after coughing fits and a low-grade fever sent him to a Denver emergency room in early April—as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States continued to climb—garnered national media attention Monday as an example of how much the nation's for-profit healthcare system is...

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Murderer in Chief (Part Two): Trump's Gutting of Environmental Rules Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths

Murderer in Chief (Part Two): Trump's Gutting of Environmental Rules Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths

Published on byThe Trump administration—not state governors, not Congress, and not past presidents—is directly responsible for the hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths heading our way.The Trump administration has attacked environmental regulations aimed at protecting people and the planet since the moment it came to power. (Photo: /Flickr/cc)President Trump is culpable in the preventable deaths of tens of thousands of Americans due to the evisceration of environmental protections. The deregulatory attack against the standards on mercury, soot and carbon dioxide alone will lead to...

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'Watershed Moment in Election Law' as Judge Rules 'Modern Day Poll Tax' in Florida Unconstitutional

'Watershed Moment in Election Law' as Judge Rules 'Modern Day Poll Tax' in Florida Unconstitutional

Published on byAdvocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as "a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution."A sign directed voters to a polling location during the Florida presidential primary on March 17, 2020 at Miami Beach City Hall in Miami Beach, Florida. People headed to the polls to vote for their Republican and Democratic choice in their parties’ respective primaries during the Covid-19 outbreak. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)Civil liberties advocates celebrated after a federal court on Sunday struck down as...

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Chomsky Says Trump a 'Sociopathic Megalomaniac' Who Made US 'Singularly Unprepared' for Pandemic

Chomsky Says Trump a 'Sociopathic Megalomaniac' Who Made US 'Singularly Unprepared' for Pandemic

Published on byNew comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting "to destroy the prospects for all organized human life... in the near future."Noam Chomsky delivers a speech in the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany on May 30, 2014. (Photo: Uli Deck/picture alliance via Getty Images)World-renowned intellectual and author Noam Chomsky called U.S. President Donald Trump a "sociopathic megalomaniac" whose leadership drove the U.S. to become "singularly unprepared" for the coronavirus pandemic.Chomsky's fresh criticism of the president came in an with...

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They Were Us. He Is Not.

They Were Us. He Is Not.

With US Covid-19 deaths lurching toward 100,000, the entire of Sunday's New York Times was a mournful, grisly  grid: a vast, six-column-wide, black-and-white roster - no photos or graphics - of death notices of victims from across the country. In a stunning but succinct condemnation of where we are and how we got here, the Times listed their names and brief, all-too-human bios: “Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with ‘the most amazing ear’...Theresa Elloie, 63, New Orleans, renowned for (her) detailed pins and corsages...Coby Adolph, 44, Chicago, entrepreneur and adventurer..." and, yes,...

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As Nation Mourns 100,000 Dead, Trump Goes Golfing

As Nation Mourns 100,000 Dead, Trump Goes Golfing

Published on by"100,000 Americans dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. So let’s go golfing."US President Donald Trump walks from a SUV upon return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 23, 2020. - Trump returned to the White House after spending the day at his Virginia golf club.  (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)President Donald J. Trump, who has faced mounting criticism for his administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and his lack of empathy throughout, decided to leave the White House on Saturday to play golf.Trump visited his Trump National Golf Club located just...

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Iran Warns US Not to Interfere with Venezuelan Oil Flotilla

Iran Warns US Not to Interfere with Venezuelan Oil Flotilla

Published on by“We hope the Americans will not make a mistake.”An Iranian oil tanker. [Nachoman-au/Wikipedia]Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday warned the United States not to interfere with a shipment of oil bound for Venezuela after the South American nation .In a statement posted on his website, Rouhani said the United States had created “unacceptable conditions” in different parts of the world, but that Iran would “by no means” be the one to initiate conflict.“If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face any problems caused by the Americans, they will face...

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Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain

Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain

Published on(Image: DonkeyHotey/cc)Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history. He relies entirely on lying and scapegoating to avoid taking responsibility for his failures. Trump didn’t even win the popular vote – the Electoral College selected him. President Trump has fomented chaos and corruption in his administration without encountering insistent demands for his resignation.The supine Republican Senate shields Trump from any...

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Cuomo Order That Sent Estimated 4,300 Covid-19 Patients to Nursing Homes Denounced as 'Single Dumbest Decision Anyone Could Make'

Cuomo Order That Sent Estimated 4,300 Covid-19 Patients to Nursing Homes Denounced as 'Single Dumbest Decision Anyone Could Make'

Published on by"It was a death sentence."New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen during a press conference at the field hospital site at the Javits Center in New York City. (Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing new criticism after the Associated Press Friday that a state directive led to over 4,300 still recovering coronavirus patients being sent to New York's "already vulnerable nursing homes.""It was a death sentence," Daniel Choi, a doctor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He...

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Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus

Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus

Published on byInsolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities.  The American people are therefore entitled to share in the benefits and the profits. Banking needs to be made a public utility. (Photo: Twitter/)When the Dodd Frank Act was passed in 2010, President Obama triumphantly declared, “No more bailouts!” But what the Act actually said was that the next time the banks failed, they would be subject to “bail ins”—the funds of their creditors, including their large depositors, would be tapped to cover their...

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'A Misbegotten, Warped Freedom Obsession Is Killing Us': Video of Trumpian Anti-Mask Jerks Goes Viral

'A Misbegotten, Warped Freedom Obsession Is Killing Us': Video of Trumpian Anti-Mask Jerks Goes Viral

Published on by"Freedom is wasted on people who think coughing on people is freedom."A counter-protestor holds a sign during the Michigan Conservative Coalition-organized "Operation Haircut" outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on May 20, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)Author Anand Giridharadas on Friday shared on social media what he called an "end-of-empire" video featuring a compilation of Americans refusing to wear face masks in public places, purposefully coughing on others, and claiming their "freedom" is being trampled by public health guidance...

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Key Biden Adviser Offers Little Hope for Palestinians

Key Biden Adviser Offers Little Hope for Palestinians

Published on byBeing better than Trump is a very low bar, and hearing Blinken’s words made it clearer than ever that advocates for Palestinian rights will need to mobilize as never before under a Joe Biden administration.Speaking in a web broadcast organized by the so-called , Blinken stated bluntly that Biden "would not tie military assistance to Israel to any political decisions it makes, full stop."(Photo: Matt Smith Photographer / Shutterstock)When presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, it was no secret that his role in Israel policy was...

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Bernie Sanders Says It Is 'Nauseating' to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as 'Heroes' While Refusing to Pay Them More

Bernie Sanders Says It Is 'Nauseating' to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as 'Heroes' While Refusing to Pay Them More

"I personally get really sick and tired of turning on the TV and seeing these companies run these ads, 'Thank you heroes and heroines, but of course we're not going to pay you any more money.'" A nurse attends a protest, organised by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) in front of the National Holdings Corporation on May 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images) During a virtual town hall late Thursday with public health professionals and labor leaders, Sen. Bernie Sanders ripped big companies for spending money on advertisements hailing frontline...

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GOP 'Plot to Gut Social Security Behind Closed Doors' Gains Steam in Senate Covid-19 Talks

GOP 'Plot to Gut Social Security Behind Closed Doors' Gains Steam in Senate Covid-19 Talks

Published on by"With seniors most at risk from Covid-19, we need to be increasing Social Security's modest benefits, not creating secret commissions to cut them."U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) wearing a face mask as a preventive measure walks towards the Republican caucus launch. (Photo illustration: Photo by Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)A proposal by Sen. Mitt Romney to establish congressional committees with the specific goal of crafting legislative "solutions" for America's federal trust fund programs has reportedly resurfaced in GOP talks over the...

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"We're Ready for Whatever, Whenever,' Says Maduro as Venezuela Vows Navy Escort to Protect Iranian Oil Tankers from US Threats

"We're Ready for Whatever, Whenever,' Says Maduro as Venezuela Vows Navy Escort to Protect Iranian Oil Tankers from US Threats

Published on byIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that the U.S. government "must give up bullying on the world stage and respect the rule of international law, especially free shipping in the high seas."Venezuela said it would deploy naval vessels like these frigates—here on a 2019 exercise—to welcome Iranian tankers bringing much needed gasoline. (Photo: Zurimar Campos/ Venezuelan Presidency/AFP/File)"We're ready for whatever, whenever," said Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday as his nation's defense ministry announced it would begin using Navy warships to...

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Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has 'Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades'

Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has 'Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades'

Published on by"Once again, Donald Trump's belligerent approach to foreign policy has put us all at risk."A man wearing an orange prison outfit and a Donald Trump mask during a protest against the U.S. president's U.K. visit to attend the NATO summit on December 3, 2019 in London. (Photo: Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images)In a move that alarmed nuclear experts, anti-war activists, and policymakers around the world, the U.S. government notified international partners on Thursday that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the over alleged Russian violations."Trump...

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"Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate

"Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate

Published on byThe longtime activist has set her sights on the party's platform, fossil fuel industry donations, and a climate debate in the next presidential race.Journalist Emily Atkin, in her climate newsletter HEATED, dubbed newly elected DNC member RL Miller "Tom Perez's worst nightmare" for the longtime activist's willingness to challenge the body's current chair. (Photos: /Flickr/cc; HEATED)RL Miller, founder of the advocacy group , was elected to the Democratic National Committee last Friday—and she intends to push the Democratic Party's governing body to improve how it handles the...

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Despite Deadly Pandemic, Trump Says: "We Don't Want Anybody to Do Mail-in Ballots"

Despite Deadly Pandemic, Trump Says: "We Don't Want Anybody to Do Mail-in Ballots"

Published on by"Five states already have all-mail elections—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington."President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House on May 21, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFPGetty Images)President Donald Trump on Thursday declared—not for the first time—that he did not want to see U.S. voters use mail-in ballots in November's general election even as the nation faces a pandemic that has killed nearly 90,000 Americans so far."We don't want anyone to do mail-in ballots," Trump said, before listing a very narrow prerequisite for using absentee...

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The Way Out of the COVID-19 Crisis Is a Green New Deal

The Way Out of the COVID-19 Crisis Is a Green New Deal

Published on byThis crisis has reinforced what we already know—our current economic system is leading us down a path of destruction.Fortunately, we have an alternative to this fossil-fuelled, neoliberal capitalist normal: the Green New Deal. (Photo: Climate Justice Ottawa)Economists are cautioning that the Canadian economy has entered one of the deepest recessions in our history. Our country is not alone in this. The impact of COVID-19 has put the global economy on track for aWill this current crisis exacerbate current inequalities and bring in a new round of violent austerity measures? Or...

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Battle Covid-19, Not Medicare for All: Doctors Demand Hospital Industry Stop Funding Dark Money Lobby Group

Battle Covid-19, Not Medicare for All: Doctors Demand Hospital Industry Stop Funding Dark Money Lobby Group

Published on by"The AHA should immediately leave the PFAHCF and redirect that money to supporting patients and frontline healthcare workers."New York City nurses and other hospital professionals protest dangerous working conditions and a change in sick leave policies during the Covid-19 pandemic on April 17, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)A progressive organization of 23,000 physicians from across the U.S. demanded Thursday that the American Hospital Association (AHA) divest completely from a dark-money lobbying group that has spent millions combating Medicare for...

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National Day of Mourning Slams Trump and GOP's Failed Covid-19 Response as US Death Toll Nears 100,000

National Day of Mourning Slams Trump and GOP's Failed Covid-19 Response as US Death Toll Nears 100,000

Published on by"We need to drive home to this administration that Trump's lies and inadequate response to this pandemic have had real, fatal consequences."Colorado residents joined the National Day of Mourning on Wednesday with a vigil urging Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) to "put people first and support the HEROES Act." (Photo: /Twitter)As the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 toward 100,000 and congressional Republicans continued "" on further relief spending, a coalition of advocacy groups on Wednesday held a "" to protest the GOP's inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic."Activists...

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Two-Thirds of Interior Dept Meetings Attended by Fossil Fuel Interests as Trump Lavishes Industry With Covid Relief: Report

Two-Thirds of Interior Dept Meetings Attended by Fossil Fuel Interests as Trump Lavishes Industry With Covid Relief: Report

Published on by"With energy corporations mounting an intense lobbying campaign to receive emergency bailouts from the government, it is important to know who has the ear of the Trump administration."U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt listens during a cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)President Donald Trump's loyalty to the fossil fuel sector has been unremitting throughout his term, with government watchdog Public Citizen Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of high-level meetings at the Interior...

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No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat

No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat

Published on by"Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage," warns open letter from activists, artists, and academics."Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage," states an open letter published by activists, artists, and academics on Tuesday. (Image: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute)As Canada on the United Nations Security Council an open letter published Tuesday argues the Ottawa government—despite a more rosy reputation compared to its powerful U.S. neighbor—should...

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