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Let The Game of Whack-A-Mole Begin: Feds Put Forward New Payday Rules
New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes.
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Half a Century Later, Mad Men's Peggy Olson Is Still Waiting for Paycheck Fairness
Despite the popularity of the show “Mad Men,” we are no longer living in the 1960s, but the current gender wage gap doesn’t reflect that. Ongoing wage inequity should be a thing that’s in the past. The persistent pay gap exists, despite the undeniable progress that women have made since the...
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Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike
The green Driscoll’s label on the organic berries that I buy each week are a comforting symbol of a family-owned company that got its start in California. Sometimes the berries are marked “Product of USA,” but more often than not, they are labeled as originating in Mexico. That is because Reiter...
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What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren
JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and others have discussed withholding campaign contributions as punishment for populist rhetoric of progressive senator
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GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Its Version of 'Disaster' Budget
Plan would continue to coddle corporations and the wealthiest Americans with low tax rates while inflicting deep cuts to social safety net programs, investments in transportation, education, health care, and other domestic programs
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The Gates Foundation vs. the World Social Forum: A Tale of Two Meetings
This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of the meeting was secret. So was the agenda. Attendance was strictly invite-only and nobody who even...
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Senate Budget Votes Reveal The Same Old ‘Party Of No’
The series of votes that will shape the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2016 federal budget won’t be until Friday morning, but we already know how this drama ends, with Republicans keeping true to being the “party of ‘no'” when it comes to actions that would help raise wages, empower workers and...
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If You Want to Know Why TTIP Would Be a Nightmare, Look What Just Happened in Canada
If anyone tries to convince you that TTIP is no threat to a government’s ability to protect its people, just point them to Canada. Last week, Canada’s government was successfully sued for daring to turn down a large mining quarry which threatened to cause environmental damage in Nova Scotia. It is...
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Bullets to the Head: God's Just Wrath For Tolerating Wickedness In Our Midst Increasingly, and May We Say Dubiously, Being Called Upon To Get Rid of Pesky Gay People
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Wealth vs. Money
“There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” The words are those of Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, speaking to Edward R. Murrow in 1955, as quoted recently in an essay by Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams . What was he thinking? Six decades later, the words have such a counter-...
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