• Number of American food insecure households with children doubled from pre-COVID levels

    Jul 13, 2020 16:34

    As US policymakers consider what could be the last COVID-19 relief package this year, they should respond to the alarming rise in the number of children who aren’t getting enough to eat by increasing SNAP (food stamp) benefits, which would minimize COVID-19’s lasting impact on a generation of children.

  • US coronavirus relief funds are about to run out for the child care industry

    Jul 12, 2020 16:59

    More than a third of all US child care workers have lost their jobs since March — nearly 330,000 people, or one third of the entire sector. Ongoing inaction threatens to disrupt the livelihood of the remaining child care workers still employed, as well as the 11.8 million families who depend on weekly care with non-parental providers.

  • Poll shows two-thirds disapprove Trump’s handling of coronavirus and race issues

    Jul 12, 2020 16:55

    Two-thirds of the American people say that President Donald Trump is doing a poor job handling both the coronavirus pandemic as well as race relations in the United States. The dismal numbers on his handling of coronavirus come as the United States set a record for the highest single-day report of new cases of the disease on Thursday July 9th, when 63,247 positive tests were reported across the country.

  • Fears of going 'through hell again' as US Covid infection rate hits record high for 27th straight day

    Jul 11, 2020 08:27

    In the US thirteen states including West Virginia, Tennessee, and Montana saw their highest cases to date as hospitalizations in Florida and Texas—two states now considered major epicenters of the US pandemic—spiked.

  • Alarming: Some small businesses received just $1 in Covid-19 relief loans as Kushner family, Wall Street investors raked in millions

    Jul 10, 2020 11:38

    The Kushner family, large chains backed by private equity, Wall Street investors, Kanye West, members of Congress, and the law firm that represented US President Donald Trump during the Mueller probe were among the thousands of beneficiaries of a Covid-19 relief program aimed at rescuing struggling small businesses and keeping workers employed, according to new federal data released on Monday July 6th.

  • A shameful moment: Trump announces formal withdrawal from WHO as Covid-19 cases climb

    Jul 10, 2020 11:25

    The White House formally informed the United Nations and Congress on Tuesday July 7th that the United States intends to withdraw from the World Health Organization, the public health arm of the U.N. The announcement came as the U.S. grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in a number of states and as the country closes in on surpassing 3 million positive cases.

  • Some trees may social distance to avoid disease

    Jul 10, 2020 08:57

    It seems wind plays a crucial role in helping many trees maintain their distance. The boundaries carved by bouts between branches may improve the plants’ access to resources, such as light. Gaps in the treetops might even curb the spread of leaf-munching insects, parasitic vines, or infectious disease.

  • ‘It's a tsunami’: COVID-19 plunges Latin America back into poverty, violence

    Jul 10, 2020 08:43

    As Latin America grapples with a tragedy that has yet to fully play out, there are also growing fears about the coronavirus pandemic’s longer term impact on a region the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects to shrink 9.4 percent this year. Tens of millions are expected to be plunged into poverty and decades of social progress erased.

  • Coronavirus is creating a crisis of energy insecurity in the US

    Jul 09, 2020 18:41

    As the US remains in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, a more insidious crisis is taking root as households are unable to pay their energy bills, risking serious health consequences and increasing debt, while federal and state governments fail to adequately protect vulnerable families.

  • Fire-engulfed California short on firefighters as prison “slaves” under COVID-19 lockdown

    Jul 09, 2020 18:39

    Instead of wholesale changes in energy production or consumption, or a great increase in professional firefighters, the US state of California has opted to use extremely cheap prison labor to tackle the inevitable blazes. The measure allows for the government to continue cutting public service budgets, while also acting as a check on wage and working condition demands from public unions, as the threat of being replaced by someone who is effectively a slave, increases.