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DOJ: Detain People Indefinitely

Trump, who delayed responding to the pandemic for an unconscionable period of time, has now declared himself a “wartime president.” He knows that wartime presidents are never defeated at the ballot box.

COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

The way out is nothing short of birthing a world (or perhaps more along the lines of returning back to Earth). It will also help solve—sleeves rolled up—many of our most pressing problems.

Coronavirus Cases Spike In West Bank: Laborers Return

While a small portion of the jump can be attributed to 9 cases being confirmed in the Gaza Strip, the main cause of the increase is the ordered return of thousands of Palestinian laborers from Israel back to the West Bank.

Winners: Wars, Walls and the Wealthy

Why do we fail in protecting our own people’s health and well-being while we squander more than a trillion dollars each year – with the assent of both Republicans and Democrats – on maintaining a failed and futile military empire across the world?

“Stay Home and Have the Baby”

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Texas and Ohio have ordered a stop to abortions, saying they’re not essential medical services. Other states will follow. Right-wing forces are using the pandemic as a pretext to crack down dramatically on abortion rights. We can’t let them.

MIT Will Post Free Plans for $100 Emergency Ventilator

Clinical and design considerations will be published online; goal is to support rapid scale-up of device production to alleviate hospital shortages.

Americans’ Revulsion for Trump Is Underappreciated

As Democrats fret about their own prospects, many fail to recognize the president’s fundamental weakness.

Chicagoans Readying for Rent Strike

Calling on city and landlords to provide relief amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘The hammer is going to drop’

The Fate of the News in the Age of the Coronavirus

Can a fragile media ecosystem survive the pandemic?

Quarter of the World’s Population Appeal to UN

Eight countries, representing around one-quarter of all humanity, say that Washington’s actions are undermining their response to the COVID–19 pandemic sweeping the planet.
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Culture

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Nothing is Normal

Esther Cohen
New York poet Esther Cohen addresses the suddenness of change and notices what hasn’t changed at all.

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From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump and Beyond

Gregory. N. Heires Portside
The social breakdown, symbolized by Trump's election and the malign effects of austerity policies serve to destroy faith in neoliberal capitalism. When that faith started to fray, new forms of outsider populist politics emerged left and right.

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White Enough? Race in America

Ayesha Ramachandran Los Angeles Review of Books
This book on modern immigration explores the complex relationship South Asian migrants to the U.S. have with the always contested notion of "whiteness."

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Finding Hope in a Dark Week

John T. Edge Garden and Gun
On Tuesday, I visited my 93-year-old father who lives in an assisted living apartment a few miles away. After we talked, we said our goodbyes with more candor and tenderness than usual; I told him that I wouldn’t be coming back for a long time.

Labor

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Coronavirus: A Capitalist Crisis

Richard D. Wolff Dollars and Sense
The catastrophe demonstrates the results when public health is subordinate to private profit and to a governmental apparatus that adulates the superiority of private over public administration.

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Grounded Reflections of Turbulent Times

Kaela Berg Workday Minnesota
Flight attendants are aviation’s first responders. We have now become frontline workers during a global pandemic. For many of us, however, the immediate threat of the COVID-19 virus is not our top concern.

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State Workers Seek to Protect Labor Rights as the Coronavirus Spreads

Rachel M. Cohen The Intercept
Workers worry that states, especially anti-labor ones, may use the coronavirus crisis as a pretext to undermine union rights. A recent executive order allows Minnesota to waive parts of collective bargaining agreements as it confronts the pandemic.

Friday nite video

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Trump Wants to Reopen America | Seth Meyers

Seth takes a closer look at the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak and the president and some his allies saying we should care more about the stock market than saving lives

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The Plot Against America | HBO 2020

From creators David Simon and Ed Burns comes The Plot Against America, an alternate American history story of the country’s turn to fascism told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey. Starring Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Winona Ryder, and John Turturro, the limited series premieres on March 16th at 9PM. #HBO #ThePlotAgainstAmericaHBO

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Bernie Sanders Confronts GOP Senators

‘Some of my Republican friends have not give up on the need to punish the poor and working people.’ — Bernie skewers GOP senators for trying to screw over American workers in the midst of a national crisis.

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Naomi Klein | Coronavirus Capitalism

Governments around the world are busily exploiting the coronavirus crisis to push for no-strings-attached corporate bailouts and regulatory rollbacks