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Scott Martelle
Scott Martelle

Veteran journalist Scott Martelle has written books on the Ludlow Massacre, the Red Scare clampdown on civil liberties, the history of Detroit and,...

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California City Votes to Seize Underwater Mortgages

Richmond plans to use eminent domain powers to seize bad mortgages and resell them at property value to new mortgage holders, helping its residents get out from under massive debt. Whether it will work is a big question mark.

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Dirty Secret of Some Pro Sports Leagues: They’re Nonprofits

There’s a ripple of movement in Congress to strip nonprofit status from pro sports businesses such as the NFL and PGA, raising fresh questions about why taxpayers should support billion-dollar entertainment industries.

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New Records Release Points to More NSA Privacy Invasions

Another round of declassified documents means another round of revelations about a spy agency run amok. But it’s OK, the NSA says it’s fixed it.

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Think the Job Market Still Stinks? You’re Right

New federal statistics show a jobs market still far below pre-recession levels, despite record profits by corporations sitting on record levels of cash. What does it all mean? People want to work, but companies don’t want to hire.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

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Poor Losing Homes Over Small Tax Liens to Private ‘Investors’

Low-income D.C. residents—many of them retirees—have been losing their homes under a program in which tax rights are sold to private investors who add mind-boggling fees and then foreclose when they aren’t paid. And it’s all legal.

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Scott Martelle
Scott Martelle

Veteran journalist Scott Martelle has written books on the Ludlow Massacre, the Red Scare clampdown on civil liberties, the history of Detroit and, due out in Spring 2014, the story of the century-long search for John Paul Jones’ body. He’s also spent time on the picket line, tended bar, hung drywall, and covered presidential campaigns. Some of those pursuits were more honest than others.

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