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Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Business Leaders Are Concerned About Climate Change, Just Not in North America

According to a flash poll by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a minority of North American business leaders agree that climate change is a problem requiring urgent action, trailing all other continents polled.

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Raising Taxes on Corporations That Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs

Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid. Since then, CEO pay has skyrocketed.

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Netflix to Raise Prices for New Customers

The streaming video service announced it would raise prices by one or two dollars for new customers only, however existing subscribers will likely see their bills match newcomers at some point in the future.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE


Payday Lenders

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Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted.

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Corporations Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

For business and industry climate change brings a range of concerns—and offers plenty of new opportunities as well.

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Payday Loan Hearings

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World in the Grip of Big Agri-Food

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Top Chinese JPMorgan Exec Leaving Amid Probe

One of JPMorgan Chase’s top Chinese executives will resign, according to a bank memo, as regulators probe whether the financial giant violated anti-bribery laws in Asia.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE


Bankers and Big Data

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The ‘Paid-What-You’re-Worth’ Myth

If you still believe people are paid what they’re worth, take a look at Wall Street bonuses.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Growth of the American Servant Sector

Nowadays, the members of the 1 percent are the only ones getting richer and they’re hiring servants to keep them comfy; there are a few things you should be aware about with regard to your caffeine intake; meanwhile, familiar weather patterns have gone extinct. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE


Minimum Wage

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The Real Job Killers

House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is “bad policy” because it will cause job losses. 

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE


Minimum Wage

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Inequality, Productivity and WhatsApp

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.

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Can Anyone Guess What Facebook Just Spent $19 Billion On?

The tech world is in shock over Facebook’s latest big ticket purchase.

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The Economic Case for Paid Leave Laws

For all the pro-family rhetoric that dominates America’s political discourse, U.S. law remains decidedly anti-family.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



Where ‘Canabusiness’ Goes, Wall Street’s Sure to Follow

Wall Street’s fat cats will be just fine with Americans rolling fat joints en masse once the other 48 states go the way of Colorado and Washington on the marijuana legalization issue. Sure enough, as Capital New York’s Joanna Molloy put it, “Marijuana is going corporate.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


MLK Hiring

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Three Reasons the TPP Is Bad for the Environment

The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement leaked by WikiLeaks and determined that the draft could have some devastating environmental consequences.

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Proof That Your Internet Connection Is Worse Than Advertised

Although we’ve come to expect less than we pay for with broadband Internet providers, the actual numbers are outrageous.

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Cutting Up California

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Madrid Eurovegas Plan Nixed

Due to some disagreements between the Spanish government and Las Vegas Sands—you know, basic things such as the U.S. casino operator’s demands for lower gambling taxes and exemption from indoor smoking bans—the project to make a European version of Las Vegas has fallen through.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Beastie Boys ‘Impressed’ by Viral ‘Girls’ Video, but Want It Taken Down

A feministy commercial for a toy line that encourages young girls to play like engineers, and not princesses, may have to come down.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Freaky New World Order of International Treaties

WikiLeaks blew open the secret negotiations behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Wednesday, releasing draft text that looks good for big corporations and bad for ordinary people.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


Now Is a Time for Growth

It’s fine to talk—eventually—about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation’s first priority should be economic growth.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Business of America Is War

There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade.

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Stop n Frisk

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Motorola CEO: Advantages to Manufacturing in U.S. Outweigh Costs

Showing off the Texas plant where his company’s new flagship smartphone is assembled, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said, “It’s a myth that you can’t bring manufacturing here because it’s too expensive.”

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Kim Jong Un May Have Ordered His Ex-Girlfriend’s Execution

It’s unclear whether the North Korean dictator had singer Hyon Song-wol killed by a firing squad, or whether he ever dated her, but it wouldn’t be out of character for the regime; business and journalism are becoming increasingly intertwined; meanwhile, to prevent piracy, a startup has begun to stream 3-D print designs that can be used only once. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Do Any Corporations Anywhere Pay Taxes?

U.S.-based corporations such as Apple and GE have come under fire for (legally) cheating the tax man, and such behavior turns out to be common beyond American borders.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



George W. Bush Hospitalized, Government Sues Bank of America, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the first charges filed in the deadly Benghazi terrorist attacks and a look at the donations of The Washington Post’s new owner.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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How Payday Lenders Bounce Back When States Crack Down

In 2008, payday lenders suffered a major defeat when the Ohio legislature banned high-cost loans. That same year, they lost again when they dumped more than $20 million into an effort to roll back the law: The public voted against it by nearly two-to-one. But five years later, hundreds of payday loan stores still operate in Ohio, charging annual rates that can approach 700 percent.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Three Biggest Lies About Why Corporate Taxes Should Be Lowered

Instead of spending August on the beach, corporate lobbyists are readying arguments for when Congress returns in September about why corporate taxes should be lowered. But they’re lies. You need to know why so you can spread the truth.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The True Cost of Paying McDonald’s Workers a Livable Wage

How much more would you have to pay for a Big Mac or Dollar Menu items in order for low-income workers at the fast food giant to make a livable wage? A University of Kansas researcher does some number crunching to find out.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator’s Obamacare Threat, Weiner’s Alleged New Sex Chats, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert skewers McDonald’s over its unrealistic employee budget tool and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stirs things up with House Speaker John Boehner.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE


Businesses Eluding Obamacare

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Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay

Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million, according to The New York Times. What’s less well known is that you and I and other taxpayers are subsidizing this sky-high executive compensation.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



Congressman Attempts Patriot Act Repeal, GOP’s Cuccinelli Supports Oral Sex Ban, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what will happen in one state when Obamacare is fully implemented next year and a video debunks McDonald’s fuzzy budget math for its employees.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Walmart Apparently Doesn’t Want to Pay Workers a ‘Livable Wage’

The corporate retail giant is threatening to pull out of plans to open several stores in Washington, D.C., if the city passes a higher minimum wage law that would boost the hourly income of lowly paid Walmart workers by nearly $5.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Opt Out of AT&T’s Sale of Your Personal Information

Last week, AT&T quietly updated its privacy policy to include details about how it will begin to sell customers’ personal data to the highest bidder.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Republicans of the Supreme Court

In order to fully understand what the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court have been up to when they make decisions that affect our democracy, as they did last week on voting rights, you need to understand what the Republican Party has been up to.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s Prison Sentence Reduced

As the former CEO of Enron, Skilling played a major role in what’s been called “one of the biggest corporate scandals ever.” But because of a deal reached with federal prosecutors Friday, he’ll get out of prison 10 years early.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Walmart Accepted Clothing From Banned Bangladesh Factories

Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, Walmart has released a list of more than 200 factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise because of serious or repeated safety problems. But at least two of the factories on the list have continued to send massive shipments to Walmart stores in recent months.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soar Amid NSA Surveillance Disclosure

In the wake of the National Security Agency snooping revelations, George Orwell’s dystopian novel is experiencing a renaissance. 

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Will Yahoo ‘Ruin’ Tumblr?

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Yahoo’s board has approved a deal to buy social media site Tumblr for a whopping $1.1 billion in cash. But there’s a good reason that not everyone is enthused.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE


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