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Houston Woman Accused of Spending $3.6 Million in COVID-19 Relief Money on Luxury Homes, Cars and Other Items

Photo: Vitalii Vodolazskyi (Shutterstock) People will never disappoint you as long as you expect people to be disappointing. Yes, that’s a cynical way to start a news story, but what else is there to say about a Texas woman who allegedly received millions of dollars meant to protect small business owners from the economically devastating […]

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Just Hold On, the Stimmy Is Coming. I Repeat, the Stimmy Is Coming!

Photo: Doug Mills (Getty Images) Now that Mercury is out of Gatorade and we are still in a panorama, I’m happy to report that the stimmy is on the way. Look, fuck whatever Republicans are talking about because you know they get all fiscally conservative when anyone talks about giving money to the needy. The […]

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Democrats Are Finally Unafraid to Be the Party of Free Money

Politico described Yang’s rise as “crazy,” and “a phenomenon hard to figure,” attributing his success to “strange political alchemy.” “Who knows how long it lasts,” they mused at the time. What got missed was the same thing that Democrats had been missing all along: the simple idea nestled in the core of his campaign—just give […]

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Oregon COVID-19 Relief Funds Reserved for Underserved Black People in Jeopardy Due to Lawsuits

Photo: Shutterstock After the first round of Paycheck Protection Program loans meant to help small businesses survive shutdowns due to the pandemic went out last year, report after report after report documented how Black businesses were being ignored. Advertisement The state of Oregon has been trying to do something to ensure that racism doesn’t play […]

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Inside the Hostage Crisis of America’s Dying Restaurants

Dave is a fairly extreme example, but there’s no shortage of things that can go wrong for workers like him. Service industry jobs are disproportionately worked by people of color, who are currently suffering the highest infection and death rates of the pandemic. Meanwhile, these jobs are still down 25 percent from their pre-pandemic levels, […]

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Bernie Sanders Is Once Again Asking For $1,200 COVID Stimulus Checks

US Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, speaks at George Washington University on September 24, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) Sen. Bernie Sanders is pushing for direct payments to be a part of ongoing COVID stimulus bill talks after Democratic leadership backed a proposal without them last week. Sanders, joined by other progressive […]

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North Carolina’s Labor Commissioner Abandons Workers One Last Time on Her Way Out the Door

Naturally, it does not play well to run an anti-worker campaign even with a record this stark, so Berry, like a great many elected conservatives, has instead grown adept at working in vague worker-friendly rhetoric into her media hits while unsubtly chipping away at what little ground remains beneath them. This culminates in fluffy interviews […]

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Democrats Just Caved on COVID Stimulus Checks

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at a news conference. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Democrats signaled Wednesday they’ll agree to a stimulus deal that doesn’t include direct payments to Americans. Party leaders said they’re willing to restart negotiations using the $908 billion bipartisan framework introduced earlier this week, which […]

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Welcome to the Pandemic Cliff

The Families First paid sick leave ended up being a saving grace for many workers. Nicolas Ziebarth, an associate professor at Cornell University and co-author of a study on the efficacy of paid sick leave, estimated that with so many workers using the provision, it helped prevent roughly 15,000 new cases per day. Without an […]

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Coronavirus Hospitalizations Are at an All-Time High

In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) A record number of people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Sunday, as both cases and deaths have skyrocketed in recent weeks—and now […]

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We Found a Real-Life Santa Who Is Very Mad at Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pauses as he talks to reporters after the Republican Conference held leadership elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Even Santa Claus wants Congress to come together and pass […]

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The Fed Could Help Cash-Strapped Cities and States. Mnuchin Has Other Ideas.

New Jersey, where first-term Governor Tim Murphy was elected on a broadly progressive platform, provides a different model. In May, new revenue projections adjusted for the pandemic-induced recession showed the state faced a $10 billion shortfall over the next calendar year, and local commentators assumed the state government would have to cut back spending accordingly, […]

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Desperate Americans Are Tweeting at Pelosi and McConnell to ‘PASS A DAMN STIMULUS’

Left: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images) Right: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Cassandra Veazey joined Twitter in October, she said, because that’s where “all of the idiot” politicians congregate.  […]

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The Cruelty of Washington’s Cynical Stimulus War

Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave the White House a deadline of 48 hours to complete negotiations on a new pandemic relief package to be passed before the election, which is now two weeks away. This was the latest volley in the ongoing Congressional wars over a much-needed stimulus bill, and Monday’s headlines […]

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The Media’s Both-Sides Brigade Is Wrong About the Covid-19 Stimulus Deal

One of the more irritating manifestations of both-sidesism in the political press in recent days has been the vilification of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for refusing to accept the compromises that the Trump administration has, thus far, been willing to offer on a second Covid stimulus bill. Let’s review the story so far. In May, […]

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The Media’s Both-Sides Brigade Is Wrong About a Covid-19 Stimulus Deal

One of the more irritating manifestations of both-sidesism in the political press in recent days has been the vilification of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for refusing to accept the compromises that the Trump administration has, thus far, been willing to offer on a second Covid stimulus bill. Let’s review the story so far. In May, […]

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The Devastatingly Low Bar of “Official” Poverty

We now have new numbers to confirm what everyone who received a $1,200 stimulus check or extra unemployment benefits over the summer likely already knows: additional government money is a good thing during an economic collapse. As The New York Times reported this week, two recent studies have found that over the last few months, […]

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Giving People Money in a Pandemic Worked. Now Give Them More.

At first glance, there was something slightly counterintuitive in the Federal Reserve Board’s most recent report on the economic well-being of American households. In July—at the height of the pandemic and in the midst of statewide lockdowns and mass layoffs—households in the United States appeared to be doing better financially than they had the previous […]

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Immigrant Street Vendors Are Feeding Others to Feed Themselves During the Pandemic

On an evening in late September at Corona Plaza, an open-air commercial hub in Queens, the bachata blaring from a Boost Mobile competes with the noise of trains clattering overhead; kids on scooters dart around clusters of teens taking selfies; and inescapable franchises like McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts share real estate with makeshift vending food […]

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The Boldness of Barbara Lee: Why the Congresswoman Is Still Pushing ‘Against the Odds’ for Systemic Change

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Say what you will about Barbara Lee, but one thing you can never accuse the California congresswoman of is backing down from a fight. Advertisement Despite a congressional stalemate that has left Americans without another aid package during a recession and a global pandemic, Lee is still putting forward legislative […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Wants to Legalize Marijuana to Help With COVID-19 Recovery Effort

Photo: Yarygin (Shutterstock) Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf included marijuana legalization as part of his legislative agenda for the state’s COVID-19 economy recovery plan. Advertisement CNN reports that Gov. Wolf has asked the state legislature to work towards legalizing marijuana. A press release outlining his proposed plan states that 50 percent of marijuana sales be […]

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Uber Deployed ‘Record’ Number of Lobbyists on Washington This Year

Over the past two years, Uber and Lyft have radically expanded their lobbying efforts in a bid to protect their business model’s misclassification of drivers as independent contractors, according to an Open Secrets report. During 2019, the report states, Uber and Lyft each spent over $1.2 million lobbying California politicians in a failed attempt to […]

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The Obvious Futility of One-Time “Stimulus” Checks

Back in March, or many lifetimes ago, Congress passed the Cares Act, which included a provision to send out one-time direct payments to people making less than $99,000 a year. This week, a team of university economists with the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER, published a working paper on how they spent it. […]

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What $600 Can Do

I’m hoping the government does something to help, but I won’t be surprised if they don’t. Without the $600, I’ll be bringing in only about $200 a week. I have rent and other bills to pay. I want to return to school but it’s not cheap. Chris, 33, New York I work in retail and, […]

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The Eviction Crisis Is Already Here and It’s Crushing Black Moms

In late March, Lacresha Lewis was fired from her job as a package handler at FedEx. She had called out of multiple shifts because she couldn’t find anyone to care for her three kids, she said. Once the coronavirus pandemic closed schools, they were stuck at home. “I knew without that job, I wasn’t going […]

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Senate Democrats Pandemic Relief Bill Includes the $350 Billion ‘Economic Justice Act’ for Communities of Color

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Given the sheer amount of fuckery popping off on a daily basis, it’s almost easy to forget that we’re currently in the midst of a pandemic that is decimating both public health and the economy. Almost. While the president and certain GOP governors try to deny and downplay the severity […]

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