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Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here’s why your food bills are still stubbornly high. 22.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Food prices that spiked during the summer have started to fall as supply and demand pressures caused by the pandemic ease. But some items remain much pricier than usual, pinching the budgets of millions of Americans who can ill afford higher grocery bills.
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COVID-19 Spikes in Rural Areas While Hospitals Face Financial Crisis 19.10.2020 Truthout.com
COVID-19 Spikes in Rural Areas While Hospitals Face Financial Crisis
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How do you cover a group as diverse as Asian Americans in Southern California? 27.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The Times once ran alarmist stories about "heathen Chinee" and supported the incarceration Japanese Americans during World War II. We've since made headway, but we still need to improve coverage of Asian Americans.

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Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open Amid COVID 21.9.2020 Truthout.com
meat is surrounded by graphics of viruses
The draft was submitted a week before Trump’s executive order, which bore striking similarities.
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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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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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Column One: Eat where Seoul's cabdrivers eat. It's where the real lives and flavors are 31.8.2020 LA Times: Nation

The 'gisa sikdang,' or driver restaurant, is to Seoul what the taco truck is to LA: the everyman's humble meal.

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Senate Republicans pushing back on White House demand to include FBI HQ funding in stimulus: report 28.7.2020 Raw Story
On Monday, the GOP’s coronavirus stimulus proposal was revealed to contain funding to construct a new FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. — a proposal that could make the Trump Organization a lot of money, but that took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) completely by surprise. On CNN’s “OutFront,” reporter Phil Mattingly noted that Senate […]
Lauren Boebert beat a Colorado congressman. Is she the next GOP star? 26.7.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Boebert has made it this far, in defiance of history and conventional wisdom, with a potent political strategy that weaves social media savviness and profuse praise for President Donald Trump with more traditional tactics, such as a strong volunteer base and improving oratory skill.
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Letters to the Editor: Meat processing plants mistreated their workers long before the coronavirus 4.6.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Before the coronavirus started ravaging meat processing plants, workers faced inhumane conditions.

'Is pork essential?' In a Smithfield town, a coronavirus-plagued meat factory comes back to life 29.5.2020 LA Times: Nation

Smithfield, one of the nation's largest pork plants in Sioux Falls, S.D., shut down after nearly a quarter of its workers were infected with the coronavirus. As it reopens, refugees who work the factory floor and hog farmers wonder if the risks are worth it.

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Meatpacking relies on immigrants. But coronavirus fears, border moves could trigger labor shortage. 26.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Meatpacking companies struggling to hire before the pandemic are spending millions on fresh incentives. Their hiring capability hinges on unemployment, industry changes, employees' feelings about safety, and President Donald Trump’s aggressive and erratic immigration policies.
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Federal meatpacking safety recommendations are largely unenforceable 21.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees’ lives at risk.
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Pork chops vs. people: Can Americans’ appetite for meat be filled without risking workers’ safety? 11.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Will America’s appetite for meat be sated without sickening armies of low-wage workers, and their communities, in new waves of infection?
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Startling report reveals the food supply chain could be disrupted into 2021 — with ‘ridiculously tight supplies’ and higher grocery costs 1.5.2020 Raw Story
The food supply chain broke down in the first month of the coronavirus pandemic, and the disruptions could last well into next year. The virus shut down major slaughterhouses early last month, but large producers are so dominant in the industry that grocery store shelves have emptied and farmers have been forced to destroy tens […]
Governor fact-checks Donald Trump’s claim that Republican states are doing better at COVID-19 response 1.5.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump announced at a press conference Thursday that blue states, those run by Democrats, are having a harder time dealing with the coronavirus crisis than Republicans are. “They want to help the states. They want to help bailouts. Bailouts are very tough. They happen to be Democratic states. It’s California, it’s New York, […]
Massive maniacal meltdown: Trump lashes out in rampage of rage tweeting – totally ignores 61,000 dead Americans 30.4.2020 Raw Story
There are currently over one million Americans confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus, and 61,680 Americans who have died from the devastating virus. Over the past 12 hours President Donald Trump went into meltdown mode. The clearly upset and frustrated leader of the most powerful country on the planet chose to share that frustration as he […]
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NBC Insists Governments Have ‘Moral Authority’ to Keep You Isolated 30.4.2020 NewsBusters
Disturbing and authoritarian tendencies were on full display during Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, as anchor Lester Holt and reporter Gabe Gutierrez decried a gathering of mourning orthodox Jews in New York City recently. And despite cries of anti-Semitism against Mayor Bill de Blasio, the network suggested state and local governments had the “moral authority” to crackdown on public and private gatherings of any ...
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