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AP/Seth Wenig

Why They Hate Eliot Spitzer

Corporations have revved their engines back up for round two of the smear campaign against Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who has announced that he will run for New York City comptroller.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Center for Auto Safety Dissatisfied With Chrysler’s Jeep Recall

The nonprofit group The Center for Auto Safety says that Chrysler’s Jeep recall, which the car manufacturer finally agreed to June 18 after an ongoing battle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is insufficient and will not fix the vehicle’s defect.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Wall Street Is Killing Dodd-Frank One Regulation at a Time

The already tepid reforms enacted by Dodd-Frank are falling prey to business leaders, Republican lawmakers and the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Suffer While Finance Tax Waits for Congress’ Attention

The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Abolish the Minimum Wage? It’s No Fantasy

The slow bulldozing of government protections has allowed lawmakers to re-examine programs and policies that haven’t been touched for decades.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Tanya Bindra

The President of Senegal Thinks Local

The nation’s communities and fisheries have bounced back over the last year with local fishermen seeing their catches increase.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Emilio Morenatti

U.S. Breaks Promises to Iraqi and Afghan Refugees

Of the 1.5 million Iraqi refugees who have fled the country, only about 80,000, or 5 percent, have been resettled here in the U.S.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Aleppo Media Center

Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

Ecosocialism: One Man’s Vision for a Green Economy

According to activists such as Chris Williams, capitalism is designed for infinite growth, but the planet is not.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Andoni Lubaki

Access Skews Coverage of Syrian War

The civil war in Syria is not a romantic democratic uprising, although one could get that impression from accounts in mainstream media outlets.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mike Groll

With Minimum Wage Bill, Congress Is Just Trying to Keep Up With Inflation

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said they would like to see the minimum wage hiked even higher than what they have proposed, but “We want it to pass through Congress.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



Kenneth Lu (CC-BY)

The Last Picture Show

Independent theaters and films are struggling to survive the transition to digital cinema.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



InsideClimate News/Osha Gray Davidson

How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker/Bryant Avondoglio

Elections Are Shrinking

The voters in Ohio’s 8th District had better be happy with Republican Rep. John Boehner. They have no choice.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Rocky Anderson Decides Not to Get Arrested

Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson stood outside the White House on the eve of the election demanding that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder respond to the stripping away of American rights that began under George W. Bush and accelerated when Obama took office in 2008.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



Thomas Hedges

The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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One Year Later: Lessons Learned From Occupy Wall Street

Occupiers say the movement is about building connections, creating alternative media sources and learning to cope without government.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



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How Charity Can Be Deadly to the Disabled

A wheelchair innovator says the charity model does more harm than good for the 55 million paraplegics in the developing world.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


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