Truthout

2020 Nov 30 - 2:28am
The Republican Party is poised to cement its hold on power in state legislatures and the U.S. House of Representatives after winning nearly every election in which the power to redraw legislative maps was at stake. Despite winning the White House and still holding a shot at gaining a majority in both chambers of Congress, Democratic losses in state legislative elections across the country gave Republicans far more power to redistrict, or...
Tags: News Analysis, 2020 election, gerrymandering, GOP, House of Representatives, Redistricting
2020 Nov 30 - 1:54am
An Arkansas prosecutor has been fired after speaking out against the state’s criminal eviction statute in an October ProPublica story. Garland County deputy prosecutor Josh Drake was let go from his position on Oct. 31 by Michelle Lawrence, the prosecuting attorney. Arkansas is the only state where landlords can file criminal charges rather than civil complaints against tenants for falling behind on rent. Drake told ProPublica, “I hate that law...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Arkansas, criminal charges, Criminalization, Eviction, fines
2020 Nov 30 - 1:52am
One in six U.S. families with children don’t have enough to eat this holiday season, a national emergency exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and the unemployment crisis it has generated. Over the past several days, remarkable reporting in the Washington Post and National Geographic, among other outlets, has explored this alarming trend. According to Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S., more than 50...
Tags: junktag (ignore), coronavirus, covid-19, economic inequailty, food banks, Food Insecurity
2020 Nov 30 - 12:31am
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated America’s nursing homes, but the reasons aren’t as simple as people might think. To understand how nursing homes became the source of over one-third of U.S. COVID-19 deaths, you have to look beyond just the vulnerability of the residents and examine how nursing homes pay and manage their employees. The average nursing aide earns just $14.25 an hour, less than $30,000 a year. Many are women who work at...
Tags: News Analysis, coronavirus, covid-19, low-wage jobs, low-wage workers, Nurses
2020 Nov 30 - 12:02am
As the education policy goals of the incoming Biden administration begin to crystallize, some overtures to public school advocates have appeared in Joe Biden’s platform and transition team roster. However, given his history of deference to private interests and the looming possibility of a Republican-controlled Senate, it’s far from apparent to what extent he may be willing or able to realize meaningful educational policy interventions. The...
Tags: News Analysis, barack obama, Bernie Sanders, Betsy DeVos, donald trump, Education
2020 Nov 30 - 12:01am
Facebook customizes each user’s online experience. Each of us has different friends, different likes, different group affiliations and different interests. As a result, Facebook’s algorithms perpetuate a different experience for each user, specifically designed to keep us hooked on the platform. That’s one key to the platform’s success — but it’s also what makes Facebook so dangerous. This hyper-customization means each of us lives in a...
Tags: OP-ED, 2020 election, Advertising, conspiracies, Disinformation, donald trump
2020 Nov 29 - 3:04am
As schools in some parts of the U.S. shut down again because of surging coronavirus cases, the retail industry is lobbying to keep doors open for consumers this holiday season. CNN reported that on a conference call last Thursday, Macy’s CEO Jeffrey Gennette said the retailer was working with local and state leaders to remove the distinction between “essential” and “non-essential” retailers. (It’s been up to...
Tags: junktag (ignore), black friday, coronavirus, covid-19, essential workers, Macy's
2020 Nov 29 - 1:31am
The following is an extract from the Introduction to The Global Police State, a new book by William I. Robinson that was released early this fall by Pluto Press. In her novel Everything is Known, Liza Elliott describes a future dystopia where five global mega corporations, dubbed Affiliations, rule the planet. “Infested with the inescapable surveillance industry, the five global Affiliations manipulated Big Data to commodify and commercialize...
Tags: Excerpt, Carceral Technology, Fascism, Global Capitalism, Mass Incarceration, Police State
2020 Nov 29 - 1:28am
Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private dread. Just 48 and the mother of two teenagers, Baldeschwiler was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer after discovering a small lump on her chest, no bigger than a pea. Within weeks, it was the size of a golf ball, angry and red. Doctors gave her two years to live. “It’s...
Tags: junktag (ignore), cancer, cancer patients, drug laws, Drugs, dying
2020 Nov 29 - 1:26am
Voting rights advocates expressed excitement and relief on Friday after a federal appellate panel upheld a lower court’s ruling rejecting a request from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of election results in Pennsylvania. After Pennsylvania certified its results earlier this week — the state was among those that helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s...
Tags: junktag (ignore), 2020 election, coup attempt, democracy, donald trump, Election Certification
2020 Nov 22 - 2:17am
This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. With Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) going down in defeat to former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, the top Democratic spot on the House Agriculture Committee is up for grabs for the first time since 2006. The next leader of the committee will have the power to steer House Democrats on things like...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Derivatives, dodd-frank act, Dodd-Frank repeal, Financial Industry, house agriculture committee
2020 Nov 22 - 2:12am
It’s difficult to put into words how hard COVID-19 is hitting rural America’s hospitals. North Dakota has so many cases, it’s allowing asymptomatic COVID-19-positive nurses to continue caring for patients to keep the hospitals staffed. Iowa and South Dakota have teetered on the edge of running out of hospital capacity. Yet in many communities, the initial cooperation and goodwill seen early in the pandemic have given way to COVID-19 fatigue and...
Tags: junktag (ignore), coronavirus, covid-19, Health Care, Health Care Workers, Hospitals

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