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Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois
If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true. The lobby firm...
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How the Decline in Union Membership Is Hurting All of Us: Report
The decline of organized labor in the United States has contributed significantly to wage stagnation and rising inequality, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). "Rebuilding our system of collective bargaining is an important tool available for fueling...
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Austerity-Mad Red States Received More Federal Aid
Governments of Republican-leaning states are seemingly always banging the drum of austerity : decreasing corporate taxes, slashing spending, and cutting programs. But red states' ideology and their preferences at the voting booth are not reflected in their state budgets, as a new study found that...
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An Oil Pipeline and a River: What Would Sitting Bull Do?
It’s 2016, and the weight of American corporate interests has come to the Missouri River, the Mother River. This time, instead of the Seventh Cavalry, or the Indian police dispatched to assassinate Sitting Bull, it is Enbridge and Dakota Access Pipeline. In mid-August, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman...
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From the Battle of Seattle to the Financial Crisis
I had many lessons from the Battle of Seattle, and one of them was that policewomen can deal it out as good as any policeman. I got beaten up, badly, by one of Seattle’s best. Yesterday, I decided go down memory lane and visit the scene of the crime. I remember seeing Medea Benjamin of Code Pink...
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Cry Me a River, Aetna
You might be thinking, based on what insurance company CEOs have been saying over the past few weeks, that carriers are awash in red ink because of Obamacare and would surely go bust if they had to keep paying the medical claims of their Obamacare customers for even one more year. You might even be...
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Will Trump’s Poisonous Politics Leave Lasting Damage?
Donald Trump is mainstreaming hate. That was the central message of Hillary Clinton’s speech last week in Reno, Nev., where she detailed Trump’s record of stoking racism and conspiracy theories. “From the start,” she declared, “Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.” Clinton...
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He Who Feels It, Knows It
Monday's coordinated rescue. Photo by Emilio Morenatti/AP Monday told us all we need to know of the ongoing refugee crisis. On one side, the U.S. boasted it had welcomed 10,000 Syrian refugees this year as promised and ahead of schedule - a 0.004% sliver of the estimated 4.8 million Syrian refugees...
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Ireland's Outrage Over EU's Apple Ruling Reveals Fraudulent Global Tax System
Progressives worldwide are celebrating a whopping $14 billion tax bill slapped on Apple, Inc., by the EU for the multinational's evasive tax practices in Ireland—so why is the Irish government up in arms about the windfall? The European Commission on Tuesday issued a sweeping ruling against Apple...
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Police Still Not Reporting Deaths in Custody and New DOJ Rule Won't Help: Groups
The question of "How many Americans are actually killed in police custody?" is one that, unfortunately, does not have a readily available answer. With increased attention on police killings in recent years, it has become clear that such fatalities are often not tracked and misreported, forcing news...
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