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No ‘Artful Smear’: Clintons Were Paid $153 Million in Speaking Fees, Analysis Shows

Thousands are calling for the public release of speech transcripts.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

Given his victory this week in the Iowa caucuses, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored as mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombast of the far-less-scary Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



TPP Is ‘Fundamentally Flawed’ and Should Be Resisted, Says U.N. Human Rights Expert

Alfred de Zayas, the United Nation’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership “is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of [s]tates.”

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Neoliberalism’s Zero Hour in the Heartland

Will Monday’s caucus in Iowa open the door wider to the political insurgents and leave the traditionalists gulping Xanax? Or will it expose Big Change as just a brief burst of lightning?

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



How Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Philanthropy’ Lets Him Stash His Billions Without Paying Taxes

The wunderkind of Silicon Valley who co-founded Facebook and amassed roughly a gabillion dollars in personal wealth is now being hailed as a new giant of American altruism.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Suicide of the Liberal Church

The liberal denominations and their seminaries, by betraying the poor, especially people of color, in a desperate bid to stay financially solvent, are making themselves obsolete.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Paul Krugman Is Wrong. Here’s Why Bernie Sanders’ Movement Will Provide Real Change

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman last week warned Bernie’s supporters that change doesn’t happen with “transformative rhetoric” but with “political pragmatism”—“accepting half loaves as being better than none.” Krugman just doesn’t get it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



The Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Blame Gov. Jerry Brown

If you think Donald Trump is a national disgrace, you haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been happening in California.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying U.S. Elections

Billionaires have found a shady way to secretly finance candidates through nonprofits.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE


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The Real Reason the White Working Class Abandoned the Democrats

Who lost the white working class for the Democrats? Maybe the party should look in the mirror.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Richest 62 People Are as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population

British charity Oxfam calls for a crackdown on tax havens after its report finds the world’s wealthiest hiding $7.6 trillion from taxes.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Walmart to Close 269 Stores, Most of Them in the United States

The retail giant announced it is working to transfer 10,000 U.S. employees to nearby stores as its CEO says the closings are “necessary to keep the company strong.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE



Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016

This is the year to make all wages living wages.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Offers a First Draft of His Legacy in Last State of the Union Speech

The president claimed he had the long view in sight when he addressed both houses of Congress, as well as the American people, in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. But much of the work of his final appeal had to do with securing his legacy and boosting his party in the near future. 

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Is Right About Clinton and Big Banks—and Here Are the Numbers to Prove It

As the Vermont senator recently pointed out, Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street becomes clear when you look at how much she’s charged for speeches to Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and big banks.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



What to Expect From the U.S. Economy in 2016—Hint: Does the Word ‘Recession’ Ring a Bell?

Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good, but this economist will hazard a guess.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE


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Wall Street Critic Elizabeth Warren ‘Glad Bernie Sanders Is Fighting to Hold Big Banks Accountable’

Praise from the Massachusetts senator follows a speech by the presidential hopeful in which he vows to crack down on “too big to fail” banks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



Why Small Debts Matter So Much To Black Lives

Due to the racial wealth gap, black families have far less in savings than whites. The consequences can be far-reaching and often severe.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



What’s at Stake This Election Year? Ending the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

The United States has succumbed to a vicious cycle in which great wealth translates into political power, which generates even more wealth and even more power.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



New York City Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break

City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Most Important Neglected Middle East Stories of 2015

The past 12 months saw enormous political, economic and military shifts in the Middle East, changing its geopolitics for the foreseeable future.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



How America’s Wealthiest Are Saving Billions Through a Private Tax System

Part of the so-called “income defense industry,” the system involves highly paid tax lawyers, estate planners, anti-tax activists and lobbyists who work in tandem to devise the best strategies for super-rich individuals to save on taxes.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money

Some of the year’s most notable in-depth stories on campaign finance, from newsrooms around the country.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Shocking, Unacceptable Levels of Hunger and Homelessness in American Cities

A new report looks at the issue in 22 cities across the country.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Martin Shkreli Is Just a Brasher, Larger Version of What Others in Finance and Corporate Suites Do

The former hedge-fund manager and pharmaceutical executive may be a rotten apple, but hedge funds and the pharmaceutical industry are two rotten systems that are costing Americans a bundle.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



The Revolt of the Anxious Class

The great American middle class has become an anxious class—and it’s in revolt. Most are good, hard-working people, but their world has been slowly coming apart. And they’re scared and fed up.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Now Is the Time for Ambitious Action, Say Protesters Flooding COP21 Summit

Sit-in takes aim at weak draft deal between global leaders released Wednesday at the Paris climate conference.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Look Who’s Buying American Democracy

According to an investigation by The New York Times, half of all the money contributed so far to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates—$176 million—has come from just 158 families, along with the companies they own or control. Who are these people?

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



What to Do About Disloyal Corporations

If Pfizer or other American corporations want to leave the country to avoid U.S. taxes, that’s their business. But they should no longer get any of the benefits of American citizenship—because they’ve stopped paying for them.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income

Under the plan receiving support from 70 percent of the country, every adult would receive a monthly allotment of 800 euros.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Who Is Buying Islamic State’s Oil?

Oil is Islamic State’s lifeline—a business that provides the terrorist group with more revenue than any other source, helping to fund its war in Syria and Iraq, as well as providing electricity to the 10 million people living under the group’s control. So who are the individuals and groups involved in refining and selling this oil? And where does it end up?

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers—and What Must Be Done

In this holiday season, it’s especially appropriate to acknowledge how many Americans don’t have steady work.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values

Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Terrorism, Immigration and Islam: Fear Is the GOP’s Trump Card

The importance of who gets to set the agenda in the presidential race was brought home by a new poll released this week. Concerns related to race, immigration and attitudes toward Islam divide the country deeply. That’s the agenda the Republicans want to be paramount.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



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How Did Our Presidential Election Process Become a Circus?

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader in the coming years, yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Limit Affordable Drugs, World Health Organization Chief Says

“If these agreements open trade yet close the door to affordable medicines, we have to ask the question: Is this really progress at all?” said Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, at a health care conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



First They Jailed the Bankers. Now All Icelanders Will Get a Payout From Bank Sale.

Iceland’s revolutionary approach to dealing with the international financial meltdown of 2008 certainly deserves every bit of the attention it has garnered.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATED: After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

A reinvigorated labor movement is essential to both a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention—and should inspire concerted action.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



An Open Letter to Fed Chairwoman Yellen From America’s Beleaguered Savers

“Start imagining what we, the savers, have to endure because of plutocratic, crony capitalism for which the Federal Reserve has long been a leading Tribune.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE



Are the Fracking Vampires Going Bust?

Oil is crashing, and gas prices at the pump keep sliding lower and lower. As of October, a barrel of Brent crude (the global standard) is selling for less than $50—nearly half of what a barrel cost last year at this time. What does all of this mean? You wouldn’t think that a significant drop in oil prices could actually be a good thing for the environment and a bad thing for Big Oil and dirty frackers, yet it may well be.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and John Ralston Saul Discuss Neoliberalism, False Populism and Donald Trump

“I think that the word ‘ideology’ has to be used very carefully. But when people come forward with rather simplistic truths—you already know you’re in trouble when they say they’ve got the truth—and they say: ‘This is what must happen. This is how things work. This is what dominates society.’ That’s an ideology.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



More Than Half of U.S. Wage Earners Make Under $30,000 a Year, According to a Shocking New Report

Wage statistics for 2014, recently released by the Social Security Administration, provide proof of the claim we all feared was true: The middle class is disappearing.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



Gender Pay Gap Widens: Men’s Earnings Growing Twice as Fast as Women’s

The glass ceiling is still very much intact, as new Labor Department data reveals.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable

Ranking capitalist ignominy is a daunting task with Big Pharma and high finance in the running, but higher education’s betrayal of a long-standing trust with young Americans puts it near the top of the list.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



The Downsides of Cheap Abundance

What to do with this expanding phenomenon of “abundance” in a world racked by public and private poverty and its damaging fallouts? We must impose wisely used charges or taxes on the abundant commons.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Why Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour, Even If It Risks Job Loss, Is the Right Thing to Do

Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a “job killer”? Yet maybe some jobs are worth risking if a strong moral case can be made—and on this issue, as with many others historically, it can.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


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