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Common Dreams ... March 23rd 2020

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GOP 'Corporate Slush Fund' vs. Progressive Call for 'Just Stimulus' to Defeat Coronavirus | News & Views Inbox x Common Dreams Unsubscribe 5:51 PM (7 hours ago) to me Common Dreams ... News & Views | 3/23/20 Feature... To Counter 'Corporate Handout' Pushed by McConnell, Progressives Intensify Demand for #AJustStimulus Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol February 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer 'Republicans under Mitch McConnell want to turn the coronavirus rescue bill into a slush fund that Trump can use for corporate handouts, and we have to stop them.' News... With at Least Three Members of US Congress Infected With Coronavirus, Calls for Remote Voting Grow by Julia Conley, staff writer 'Congress should be an example, not an exception, on public health.' Green Group Urges Nationalization of Oil and Gas Industry Amid Coronavirus Outbreak and Economic Upheaval by Julia Conley, staff writer The climate action group Food & Water Action demanded Monday that the government take the economic and public health crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to take ownership of the struggling, environmentally destructive industry. Senate Democrats Applauded for Again Stopping GOP 'Corporate Bailout That Leaves Americans Behind' by Jake Johnson, staff writer 'It may make a lot of people rich, but it doesn't have the resources in it today to take care of the most vulnerable in this country.' 'Green Stimulus' Demanded to Battle Convergent Crises of Coronavirus, Economic Injustice, and Climate Emergency Solar workers install panels on the roof of a home in San Francisco, California on May 9, 2018. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer 'As a nation we face three converging crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession; the climate emergency; and extreme inequality.' That's the warning from progressive policy experts, climate leaders, and academics who have joined together to support a new 'Green Stimulus' plan. Trump: Taxpayer Bailout for My Hotels Is Capitalism, But Ordering Industries to Produce Medical Supplies Is Un-American Socialism US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images) by Jon Queally, staff writer 'Throughout this crisis Trump and Republicans in Congress have made it clear that they believe in generous socialism for banks, airlines, and the cruise industry, but think the American people should mostly fend for themselves.' Nuclear Industry Effort to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis for Backdoor Bailout Decried as 'Disaster Capitalism at its Worst' The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28, 2011 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images) by Andrea Germanos & Jon Queally, staff writers 'The nuclear industry begged for a bailout last fall and is now using coronavirus to try and brazenly grab more cash,' warned Friends of the Earth. 'This Is a Trap': Progressives Sound Alarm as GOP Attempts Sneak Attack on Social Security in Coronavirus Stimulus Plan by Jake Johnson, staff writer 'Senate Republicans are using the coronavirus crisis as a cynical cover to attack our Social Security system.' Demands for Workers-First Stimulus Grow as Senate GOP Fails to Ram Through $500 Billion Corporate 'Slush Fund' by Jake Johnson, staff writer 'No more slush funds or no-strings-attached handouts. Real relief for the American people.' 'Ticking Time Bombs': Democrats and Advocates Demand Release of At-Risk Inmates Amid Coronavirus Pandemic An inmate is escorted to a rehabilitation exercise at a Bay Area hospital Feb. 23, 2011. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Rights advocates and Democrats holding state and federal elected offices across the United States are doubling down on demands for the release of 'at-risk' inmates and more prevenative measures in jails and prisons to prevent mass outbreaks of the new coronavirus, which has killed at least 473 people and infected over 35,000 nationwide as of Monday morning. Nigeria Reports Chloroquine Overdoses After Trump—Without Evidence—Touted Drug as Possible Coronavirus Treatment by Jake Johnson, staff writer 'It only took a day for the president's tweets to get people hospitalized.' More News Views... Any Industry Bailout Package Must Include Meaningful Protections for Working People and Guardrails Against Corporate Greed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on March 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) by Heidi Shierholz, Celine McNicholas Unlike the 2009 bailout, Congress must now ensure that working people—not just corporate executives and shareholders—benefit from the direct infusion of cash from the government. There Goes the Rule of Law U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh pictured with President Donald Trump at the White House. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) by Bill Moyers, Dahlia Lithwick A conversation on how the U.S. courts have Trump's back. Social Movements in Times of Pandemic: Another World Is Needed Seen in London, United Kingdom. (Photo:Facebook/Jorge Martin) by Donatella della Porta Faced with the glaring need for radical and complex transformation, social movements in times of crisis act differently from protests. Power in a Time of Coronavirus A supportive sign is posted on a theater's marquis in the North Beach area of San Francisco, California on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) by Norman Solomon Rather than being a respite from political power struggles, the coronavirus emergency is greatly intensifying them. It Is Not Too Early to Ask: Can the US Pull Off a November Election Amid Coronavirus? 'While it's important to dispel myths around the ability of the president to simply cancel elections,' writes Hollar, 'it's just as important to warn of the very real dangers to the 2020 election.' (Photo: Pinterest) by Julie Hollar And journalists will play a critical role in answering that question. Global Cooperation and a National Lockdown: Our Best Hope for Fighting Coronavirus Medical workers at Kaiser Permanente French Campus test a patient for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at a drive-thru testing facility in San Francisco, California on March 12, 2020. - Between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a projection shared with Congress, a lawmaker said March 12, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) by Jeffrey D. Sachs The U.S. is still in the disastrous breakout phase, as a result of the shocking incompetence of Trump and his administration. To stem the tide we must act now with unparalleled urgency. More Views Newswire... Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections During COVID-19 Outbreak How Medicare for All Would Have Improved U.S. Response to Pandemic Free Press Action Plan 'Keeping Connected Amid Crisis' Proposes Policies to Meet COVID-19 Pandemic Communications Needs Nuclear Lobby’s Coronavirus Cash Grab is Shameless Major National Environmental Group Calls for Public Ownership of Fossil Fuel Companies Amid Global Crisis More Newswire... Share this newsletter with a friend Donate Common Dreams Google Plus | Common Dreams Facebook | Common Dreams Twitter Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community. An independent, non-profit newscenter since 1997. Our Mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. Common Dreams, PO Box 443, Portland, ME 04112, USA | 207.775.0488 Common Dreams is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your contribution is tax deductible. EIN: 20-3368194 | Unsubscribe

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