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Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US

Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US

Published on by"The United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. A cable barrier is seen along the border between Canada and the United States in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada, on Aug. 23, 2020. (Photo: Liang Sen/Xinhua via Getty Images)Canadian officials are regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. warily, as Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Monday the country is extending its border restrictions for at least another month.The restrictions had been set to expire on Wednesday, after an...

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Donald Trump's Hatred of Women

Donald Trump's Hatred of Women

Published on byThe extent to which he denigrates women and the anger and even hatred he projects onto them reflects, in equal measure, his own self-hatred of his dependency, weakness, and passivity that he associates with the feminine in him. The domination of women is encouraged by the culture, but its strength comes from the need of males to control and domi­nate the female-self in themselves. (Photo: kai.bates/Flickr/cc)Trump’s hatred of women and his rejection of the feminine are confirmed by his behavior on a daily basis.  Confronted with a black woman opponent, Kamala Harris, his...

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Victory for 'Basic Human Decency': Judge Strikes Down Trump Effort to Slash Food Stamps for 700,000 Americans

Victory for 'Basic Human Decency': Judge Strikes Down Trump Effort to Slash Food Stamps for 700,000 Americans

Published on by"Anne Lee compares the prices of various canned goods at ALDI in Binghamton, NY on December 5, 2019. Anne Lee, one of many farmers across America struggling to feed their own families, is $200,000 in debt and working several jobs to keep food on the table amidst bad markets, horrible weather and the ongoing trade war. Applying for food stamps, attending Food Bank distributions, and carefully calculating how to use her $175-per-month grocery allowance, she still manages to keep her growing children fed. (Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)A...

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'Democracy Has Won': Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election

'Democracy Has Won': Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election

Published on by"Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted," Morales declared from exile in Argentina.Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images)A year after former Bolivian president Evo Morales was that installed a , Morales ally Luis Arce declared victory in the South American nation's high-stakes presidential election early Monday after exit polls showed the socialist candidate with a...

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To Avoid Cleaning Up 'Dumpings of This Elephant,' Pelosi Gives White House 48 Hours to Agree on Covid-19 Relief Package

To Avoid Cleaning Up 'Dumpings of This Elephant,' Pelosi Gives White House 48 Hours to Agree on Covid-19 Relief Package

Published on byThe two-day deadline, which means by the end of day Tuesday, said the Democratic House Speaker, "relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do."Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday to talk about ongoing negotiations with the White House. (Photo: ABC News)Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi affirmed Sunday that Democrats in the House have told President Donald Trump and his negotiating team that they have just 48 hours more if they want to secure a far-reaching Covid-19 relief package prior to U.S. elections on...

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Nearly One Year After 2019 'Right-Wing Coup,' Bolivians Head to the Polls for National Elections

Nearly One Year After 2019 'Right-Wing Coup,' Bolivians Head to the Polls for National Elections

Published on by"It is very important that each and every one of us calmly wait for each and every vote to be counted," said Evo Morales, the nation's ousted democratically-elected leader, from exile in Argentina.An indigenous woman signs after casting her vote at a polling station in Huarina, Bolivia, on October 18, 2020 during the country's general election. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images)Following a "" last year that led to the ouster of President Evo Morales, the people of Bolivia headed to polling stations in large numbers on Sunday for long-delayed national elections...

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An Originalist Reading of Public Schools and the Absurdity of Amy Coney Barrett

An Originalist Reading of Public Schools and the Absurdity of Amy Coney Barrett

Published on byGOP is now the the party of plutocrat neofascist Christian fundamentalism.Just imagine if we interpreted everything like people living in the 18th Century! (Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images)Let’s say you went to a restaurant and ordered a big ol’ meat sandwich only to find nothing but straw between two pieces of bread.“Waiter!” You say, calling over a server.“What’s wrong, Sir?”“There’s no meat in my sandwich.”“Oh, Sir?” He says smiling, examining your plate. “Here at Scalia’s Bar and Grill we adhere to a strict originalist interpretation of...

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From 'Twelve More Years!' to 'Lock Her Up!' Trump Whips Proto-Fascist Michigan Crowd Into Frenzy

From 'Twelve More Years!' to 'Lock Her Up!' Trump Whips Proto-Fascist Michigan Crowd Into Frenzy

Published on by"Trump held a Nazi rally in Michigan. There is no other way to describe it."U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally on October 17, 2020 in Muskegon, Michigan. President Trump has ramped up his schedule of public events as he continues to campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ahead of the November election. (Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)From encouraging his supporters to chant "Lock her up!" against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to again trolling the nation with the idea that he would ultimately stay in power longer than the...

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Worst, Ever

Worst, Ever

Workers the Trump presidential portrait. From The ChaserIn an electrifying shift from their long-timid criticisms of the current horrors, the New York Times editorial boardjust went full on the impeached, reprehensible "man of no integrity" who now "poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II." After years of tip-toeing and two-sides-ing around the atrocities, the Times ran a blistering as part of a special in the Sunday Review section that features multiple, furious documenting Trump’s racism, sexism, corruption, gross negligence on COVID, celebrations of violence,...

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With 'Absolute Drubbing' of Right-Wing, Progressive Champion Jacinda Arden Wins Historic Landslide Reelection in New Zealand

With 'Absolute Drubbing' of Right-Wing, Progressive Champion Jacinda Arden Wins Historic Landslide Reelection in New Zealand

Published on byThe incumbent prime minister's Labour Party received a higher share of the vote than at any time in more than half a century. Labour Party leader and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claims victory during the Labor Party Election Night Function at Auckland Town Hall on October 17, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern—hailed by progressives around the world for her government's response to the Covid-19, gun violence, and climate crises—has won a landslide re-election victory as vote counting in...

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Beware of Presidents Promising 'No More War' at Election Time

Beware of Presidents Promising 'No More War' at Election Time

Published on byThe public sees right through the facade of large lofty claims.Beware of such ending-the-war promises during election season—unfortunately they are somewhat of an election staple, as history shows. (Photo: /Flickr/cc)In a recent , President Trump claimed that all troops in Afghanistan would be home by Christmas. And Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a staunch supporter of ending endless wars, quickly rushed to the president, saying he “just spoke with at [sic]. He sounds great and wants libertarians and everyone across the country to know he is ending the war in Afghanistan!”Beware...

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'Well That Is Incredibly Racist,' Says Kamala Harris Campaign After David Perdue's Dogwhistle Attack at Trump Rally

'Well That Is Incredibly Racist,' Says Kamala Harris Campaign After David Perdue's Dogwhistle Attack at Trump Rally

Published on by"This kind of vile, race-baiting trash talk is what President Trump has unleashed from sitting Republican members of the Senate," said Perdue's Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in response.U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) greets supporters at a campaign rally on October 16, 2020 in Macon, Georgia. President Trump continues to campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with 18 days until election day. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia was denounced for being "incredibly racist" Friday night after he mispronounced...

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With 170+ 'Protect the Results' Events Planned for Nov. 4, Pro-Democracy Groups Vow to 'Ensure Voters Have the Last Word'

With 170+ 'Protect the Results' Events Planned for Nov. 4, Pro-Democracy Groups Vow to 'Ensure Voters Have the Last Word'

Published on by"We will honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and show up to demand that the losing candidate put their ego aside and concede for the good of our country."Participants hiolding a banner reading: "EVERY VOTE COUNTS/COUNT EVERY VOTE". Members of the activist group Rise and Resist gathered outside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan for an outreach action, encouraging people to have a voting plan and to make sure they know where and how to vote. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)Pro-democracy advocates are...

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AOC and Other Top Progressives Urge Biden—If Elected—to Deny K Street, Wall Street Execs Top Cabinet Posts

AOC and Other Top Progressives Urge Biden—If Elected—to Deny K Street, Wall Street Execs Top Cabinet Posts

Published on by"The next White House should belong to the people, not corporate America," said Jamaal Bowman, a New York Democrat.Progressive activists have long said that Joe Biden must do more to show he cares about Main Street as much as about Wall Street. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) A group of progressive lawmakers, candidates, and organizations have collectively signed a letter urging Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to eschew appointing corporate executives and lobbyists to his administration if he is elected, Politico Friday. According to Politico, signatories to the...

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Trump Advisers Privately Warned GOP Donors About Covid-19 in February While Telling Public Virus Was 'Very Much Under Control'

Trump Advisers Privately Warned GOP Donors About Covid-19 in February While Telling Public Virus Was 'Very Much Under Control'

Published on by"Apparently, if Americans want to hear the full truth from the Trump administration about the severity of Covid-19, they need to be wealthy and well-connected donors."Larry Kudlow, director of the United States National Economic Council, speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference in the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)As the Covid-19 in the U.S. surpasses 218,000, the New York Times this week that while President Donald Trump in February lied to Americans about the coronavirus...

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'Sadistic and Depraved': Trump Rejects California Request for Federal Disaster Aid to Recover From Catastrophic Wildfires

'Sadistic and Depraved': Trump Rejects California Request for Federal Disaster Aid to Recover From Catastrophic Wildfires

Published on by"That a sitting president—of any party—would deny their own citizens help during their time of greatest need, amid literal hellfire raining down on American cities, is beyond shameful."A firefighter douses flames as they push towards homes during the Creek fire in the Cascadel Woods area of Madera County, California on September 7, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)After repeatedly the catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months and the blazes to poor "forest management," the Trump administration this week denied Gov. Gavin Newsom's...

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Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation to the Supreme Court "Would Be a Catastrophe for the Climate"

Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation to the Supreme Court "Would Be a Catastrophe for the Climate"

Published on byHer "record demonstrates her willingness to interpret environmental laws like the Clean Water Act narrowly in favor of industry interests."Barrett’s mentor was the arch conservative Antonin Scalia, who was similarly idolized by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/Getty Images)This week, President Trump’s highly controversial pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, answers questions in front of the Senate Judiciary committee as part of her nomination hearings for the top legal job.Coney Barrett’s nomination to the vacant seat on the Supreme court vacated by...

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Applause for All Who 'Never Gave Up This Fight' as US Postal Service Agrees to Reverse Changes That Slowed Mail Nationwide

Applause for All Who 'Never Gave Up This Fight' as US Postal Service Agrees to Reverse Changes That Slowed Mail Nationwide

Published on byPostmaster General Louis DeJoy arrives to testifiy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse imposed in recent months by , settling a lawsuit filed by Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock seeking to ensure that mail services throughout the country—including the timely delivery of and —would be fully functional amid a pandemic that has...

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As Trump and GOP Refuse Aid Package, Studies Show 8 Million Forced Into Poverty Since McConnell Let Relief Expire

As Trump and GOP Refuse Aid Package, Studies Show 8 Million Forced Into Poverty Since McConnell Let Relief Expire

Published on by"It's really important that we reinstate some of the lost benefits" that were extended as part of the CARES Act, one researcher said. Odelis Navarro cooks breakfast for her family in their RV on October 9, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, inconsistent work, a string of tragedies, and even family separation have combined to push the family to the brink of homelessness, having narrowly avoided eviction only days before. For millions of families, new federal pandemic assistance, yet to be authorized by Congress, cannot come soon enough. (Photo:...

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'Totally Under Control': New, Secretly-Filmed Documentary Details Trump's Colossal Covid-19 Failures

'Totally Under Control': New, Secretly-Filmed Documentary Details Trump's Colossal Covid-19 Failures

Published on by"We, the scientists, knew what to do for the pandemic response," says former federal vaccine expert Dr. Rick Bright in the film. "It is time to lay our careers on the line and push back."Dr. Richard Bright, a federal vaccine expert whose warnings about preparing for the coronavirus pandemic were ignored by the Trump administration in January, is one of several public health experts who appear in a new documentary film about President Donald Trump's response to the crisis. (Image: screenshot)Several public health experts who have spent this year watching as President Donald...

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'Millions of Real People's Lives Are at Stake': As Pelosi Battles White House, Ro Khanna Says Democrats Can Win Morally—and Politically

'Millions of Real People's Lives Are at Stake': As Pelosi Battles White House, Ro Khanna Says Democrats Can Win Morally—and Politically

Published on by"It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act."Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) speaks during a press conference following a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)Pointing to the unprecedented food bank lines, housing insecurity, and economic suffering in his district and across the country as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the United States, Rep. Ro Khanna told Common Dreams Wednesday that it is both morally right and in the...

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Public Health Experts Raise Alarm as Trump White House Embraces 'Fringe' Declaration Pushing Herd Immunity

Public Health Experts Raise Alarm as Trump White House Embraces 'Fringe' Declaration Pushing Herd Immunity

Published on by"It's being presented as if it's a major alternative view that's held by large numbers of experts in the scientific community. That is not true."People were out shopping on Newbury Street in Boston on Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)Public health experts on Tuesday evening into Wednesday raised alarm over reports that the White House has embraced a declaration calling for a "herd immunity" approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic, put forward by scientists whose views have been denounced as "fringe" by National Institutes of Health...

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Sabotaging Democracy

Sabotaging Democracy

Published on byNationwide, states have removed 17 million Americans from voter rolls since the 2016 election, an unusually high number, with no accounting of how many were living, legitimate voters.Trump himself sees these courtroom efforts to restrict access to the polls as crucial. (Photo: @NatlVoterRegDay/Twitter)Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn't have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: "I don't want everybody to vote....

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'Uninhabitable Hell' for Millions: UN Report Sounds Alarm on Humanity's Continued Destruction of Planet Earth

'Uninhabitable Hell' for Millions: UN Report Sounds Alarm on Humanity's Continued Destruction of Planet Earth

Published on byPolitical and business leaders are being "willfully negligent" as natural disasters nearly double this century, the world body's special representative for disaster risk reduction said Monday. Commuters suffer after roads in Dhaka, Bangladesh were left waterlogged following heavy rains on October 12, 2020. (Photo: Nayan Kar/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images) Political and business leaders' failure to adequately address the climate crisis in the face of dramatically increasing natural disasters during the 21st century is turning much of the planet into an "unihabitable hell...

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'This Is a Dog Whistle': Barrett Condemned for Implying That Being LGBTQ Is a Choice and Saying Working With Anti-Gay Hate Group Was 'Wonderful'

'This Is a Dog Whistle': Barrett Condemned for Implying That Being LGBTQ Is a Choice and Saying Working With Anti-Gay Hate Group Was 'Wonderful'

Published on by"This is why so many people, including many parents who send their children to conversion therapy, think being LGBTQ is a choice. As judges know, language matters."During testimony on Tuesday, Barrett falsely claimed to have "never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference," a statement which drew condemnation for its untruthfulness and for its use of an offensive term implying that being LGBTQ is a choice. (Photo: Erin Schaff/Getty Images)LGBTQ people and their allies condemned Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings...

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