Truthout

2020 Oct 24 - 10:54pm
The vulture funds profiting off of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, and the law firms that represent them, are donating to the political campaigns of the presidential candidates and key players in Congress who are involved in the selection of the members of the oversight board. A review of the reports submitted by these candidates’ campaign committees to the Federal Election Commission shows that the vulture funds and their attorneys have donated just...
Tags: News Analysis, 2020 election, bankruptcy, campaign finance, debt crisis, debt vultures
2020 Oct 24 - 10:50pm
Midway through Thursday night’s presidential debate, Joe Biden looked directly into the camera and addressed Americans struggling to pay their bills. He talked about the challenges families face in juggling all their financial obligations at a moment of cascading economic crisis, and lambasted Trump for opposing an increased minimum wage while instead measuring the economic recovery solely by the value of the stock market. Trump’s response...
Tags: OP-ED, 2020 election, covid-19, destitute, donald trump, Joe Biden
2020 Oct 24 - 10:34pm
The chances of dying from COVID-19 have fallen precipitously since the pandemic began, according to two new peer-reviewed studies. One study, from researchers at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, found that the death rate has gone down substantially among all age groups. Patients treated by NYU’s health system had a 25.6% chance of dying when the pandemic began but that number has fallen to 7.6% in recent weeks,...
Tags: junktag (ignore), coronavirus, covid-19, Health Care Workers, Hospitals, masks
2020 Oct 24 - 10:00pm
The four first-term progressive congresswomen collectively called the Squad led a letter Friday calling for independent international investigation of “recent, ongoing, and credible allegations of egregious human rights abuses by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its components, and its private contractors.” “From the unwanted and unnecessary hysterectomies of migrant women, to the forced separation of...
Tags: junktag (ignore), AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Department of Homeland Security, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib
2020 Oct 24 - 9:19pm
President Donald Trump said the stock market “will crash” if former Vice President Joe Biden were to replace him in the White House during the final presidential debate on Thursday night. Fact-checkers said this statement is false on its face. The stock market is not expected to dip if Biden is elected, let alone “crash,” although investors are worried about the specter of a contested election raised by Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting. In fact...
Tags: News Analysis, 2020 election, climate change, covid-19, IRAs, job creation
2020 Oct 24 - 7:45pm
For Americans tearing their hair out about the imminent conservative super-majority on the United States Supreme Court, we have some pointed advice for you. Familiarize yourself with the work of the Federalist Society, a group comprising thousands of very conservative lawyers advocating a so-called “originalist” version of the Constitution, sanctifying private property rights at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment, social justice...
Tags: OP-ED, Amy Coney Barrett, Federalist Society, mitch mcconnell, progressives, Senate Republicans
2020 Oct 24 - 12:52am
Trump didn’t act as openly tyrannical during last night’s debate as he did during the first one, but for those willing to see the authoritarian nature of Trump’s presidency, the cruelty and bombast were never far from the surface. You could see it when he was asked about the 545 incarcerated migrant children who were torn from their parents and whose parents now cannot be located. Trump blamed the families: “These children are brought here by...
Tags: OP-ED, 2020 election, authoritarianism, Chicago 7, debates, donald trump
2020 Oct 24 - 12:25am
A federal judge has ordered the United States Postal Service (USPS) to restore previously decommissioned high-speed mail sorting machines at offices that can’t process election mail fast enough ahead of the upcoming presidential election. The order is the result of a lawsuit filed by New York state in late August. In the order, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote that, if a post office or distribution center is unable to process election...
Tags: junktag (ignore), 2020 election, donald trump, Louis DeJoy, USPS, Voter Suppression
2020 Oct 23 - 10:49pm
All hail the goddamn “mute” button — although, as far as I could tell, it wasn’t actually used last night. NBC News debate moderator Kristen Welker, who stepped firmly to the plate last night and parked it deep over the center field fence, may not have needed it. According to the debate rules, the button was only there so the candidates (Donald Trump) wouldn’t run roughshod over each other during their allotted two-minute answer...
Tags: OP-ED, 2020 election, Child Separation, Climate Disruption, covid-19, debates
2020 Oct 23 - 10:17pm
President Trump and Joe Biden sparred on their records over race and criminal justice in Thursday’s presidential debate. Trump simultaneously promoted his criminal justice reform efforts while continuing to lean on “tough on crime” rhetoric. Trump also criticized Biden for authoring the 1994 crime bill and supporting other laws that intensified mass incarceration in the U.S., which Biden acknowledged was “a mistake.” Rashad Robinson,...
Tags: Interview, Crime Bill, debates, Democrats, Grassroots Activism, Joe Biden
2020 Oct 14 - 3:39am
During confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to sit on the Supreme Court, refused to answer a question regarding the president’s ability to unilaterally delay federal elections set to commence next month. When asked by the committee’s ranking chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), whether “the Constitution gives the president...
Tags: junktag (ignore), 2020 Presidential Election, Amy Coney Barrett, Dianne Feinstein, donald trump, Supreme Court
2020 Oct 14 - 1:13am
Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, refused on Tuesday to give a straightforward answer on the question of whether she believes a landmark abortion case should remain intact or not. During her nomination hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned by ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) on whether she agreed...
Tags: junktag (ignore), abortion, abortion rights, Amy Coney Barrett, donald trump, Roe v. Wade

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