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Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open 18.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order aimed at keeping […]
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Meatpacking Industry Drafted The Executive Order To Keep Plants Open 18.9.2020 Crooks Liars
[Above: NBC News affiliate covers Trump's executive order, April 2020 -- eds] ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order aimed at keeping the plants open to supply food to American consumers. It was a relief for the nation’s meatpackers who were being urged, or ordered, to suspend production by local health officials worried about the spread of the coronavirus. But emails obtained by ProPublica show that the meat industry may have had a hand in its own White House rescue: Just a week before the order was issued, the meat industry’s trade group drafted an executive order that bears striking similarities to the one the president signed. The draft that Julie Anna Potts, the president of the North American Meat Institute, sent to top officials at the ...
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Here’s How Big Farms Got a Big Government Pass on Air Pollution 16.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.  On nice days, Elsie Herring can sink back into her porch rocking chair, enjoying the rural property that’s been in her family since 1891. Other days, the wind carries a foul-smelling mist that chokes Herring and coats the pink siding of her home. It’s […]
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Extreme weather and permanent disaster zones will force a new American migration: research 15.9.2020 Raw Story
August besieged California with a heat unseen in generations. A surge in air conditioning broke the state’s electrical grid, leaving a population already ravaged by the coronavirus to work remotely by the dim light of their cellphones. By midmonth, the state had recorded possibly the hottest temperature ever measured on earth — 130 degrees in […]
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Trump’s Paltry Meatpacking Fine Signals That “Workers’ Lives Are Worth Less Than Pork Shoulders” 11.9.2020 Mother Jones
On Thursday, federal regulators announced they’re finally going to punish a meatpacker flouting the rules for protecting workers during the pandemic. But there’s a catch.  Since March the novel coronavirus has ripped through the meatpacking industry, sickening at least 42,123 workers and killing 201, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network. The Occupational Safety […]
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‘Touted as ‘essential’… treated as disposable’: Labor Day anger as migrant farm workers toil inside wildfire evacuation zones 8.9.2020 Raw Story
“For the workers, their hands were forced by a combination of circumstances as toxic as the ash that falls over the region’s famous vineyards.” This Labor Day, immigrant and worker’s rights advocates are sounding the alarm in response to reports of migrant grape pickers, many of whom are undocumented, being forced to work in fire […]
Trump Has a Plan to Make Poultry Workers’ Lives More Miserable 3.9.2020 Mother Jones
Outside of the healthcare industry, few workforces have been hit as hard by the coronavirus pandemic as the people who work in meatpacking plants. According to the heroic data journalism of the Food and Agriculture Reporting Network’s Leah Douglas, more than 40,000 meatpacking workers have been infected with the virus, and 200 have died. At the […]
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Fracking Company Has Made It Rain Toxic Water Upon New Mexico Without Penalty 2.9.2020 Truthout.com
Fracking Company Has Made It Rain Toxic Water Upon New Mexico Without Penalty
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‘Cruel, crass, and illegal’: Democrats slam inclusion of Trump-signed letters in federal food boxes 2.9.2020 Raw Story
“Trump and his minions have been trying to yank food from hungry children and families and he is now putting notes in pandemic food boxes to claim credit.” Congressional Democrats are accusing the White House of violating federal law by including a “self-promoting” letter signed by President Donald Trump in government food aid boxes, a […]
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Trump Is Placing Letters in Food Aid Boxes to Boost His Reelection Campaign 2.9.2020 Truthout.com
Trump Is Placing Letters in Food Aid Boxes to Boost His Reelection Campaign
People receiving government food aid are now getting a surprise message from Donald Trump 1.9.2020 Raw Story
Democrats say the letter violates the law against using government resources to campaign. It’s just the latest example of President Trump using his office to boost his reelection hopes. Millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table may discover a new item in government-funded relief packages of fresh fruits and vegetables, […]
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ANATOMY OF A MAN-MADE DISASTER: 595 ways Trump has failed to protect us from COVID-19 30.8.2020 Raw Story
Crises have a way of sorting the good presidents from the bad. Historians rank Abe Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt among the top three presidents for their handling of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. By contrast, the string of catastrophes that trailed George W. Bush, from 9/11 to Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to his obliviousness to warning signs in the housing […]
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Watered-Down “Anti-Racism Training” in Schools Is Perpetuating Racism 29.8.2020 Truthout.com
Watered-Down “Anti-Racism Training” in Schools Is Perpetuating Racism
No Big Pharma Company Has Committed to Make the COVID Vaccine Free or Cheap 29.8.2020 Truthout.com
No Big Pharma Company Has Committed to Make the COVID Vaccine Free or Cheap
Rough Half of Workplaces Have Failed to File Required Injury and Illness Reports 29.8.2020 Truthout.com
Rough Half of Workplaces Have Failed to File Required Injury and Illness Reports
Trump’s opposition to masks could cost him votes in one key region: ‘I’m afraid of anti-masker meltdowns’ 27.8.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump’s mixed messages on masks could end up costing him votes in one Michigan stronghold. The president won 14 of the 15 counties in the state’s Upper Peninsula, which helped him eke out a 10,704-vote victory for Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, but some of his previous supporters feel let down by his response […]
Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic 24.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found.
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About 6 months in, will the COVID-19 pandemic change Americans’ views of the social safety net? 13.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
"Never did I think I would need government help."
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Democratic bill banning toxic pesticides in US applauded as ‘much-needed’ step to protect kids and the planet 5.8.2020 Raw Story
“The Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act says what we all know to be true: that nerve agents have no place on our food, in our workplaces, and in our communities.” Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday introduced sweeping legislation that would ban some of the most toxic pesticides currently in use in the […]
Lee Teng-hui, former president of Taiwan, dies at 97 30.7.2020 LA Times: Nation

Lee's passion for self-rule molded the island state's rocky relationship with China.

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