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“The Big Short” and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Government, Politics with 33 Comments
“The Big Short” and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

The only way to contain Wall Street’s excesses is by taking on its economic and political power directly – with reforms so big, bold, and public they can’t be watered down. Starting with busting up the biggest banks, as Bernie Sanders proposes.

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Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

Mass surveillance has “badly shaken writers’ faith that democratic governments will respect their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” according to a January 2015 PEN America report based on the responses of 772 writers from fifty countries. Reporting for Common Dreams, Lauren McCauley covered not only the PEN America report, but also a July 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch indicating that US journalists and lawyers increasingly avoid work on potentially controversial topics due to fear of government spying.

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U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015 Under Command of Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Obama

Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Military, Politics with 190 Comments
U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015 Under Command of Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Obama

Last year, under the auspices of a Nobel Peace Prize-Winning President, the U.S. dropped over 23,000 bombs on Muslim-majority countries.

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Maine Congressperson Seeks to Address Hunger & Food Waste in Important New Bill

Maine Congressperson Seeks to Address Hunger & Food Waste in Important New Bill

Nearly 7 million U.S. households struggle with hunger. Yet Americans throw away 40 percent of our food—the equivalent of $165 billion each year—according to the National Resources Defense Council. That’s why U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) has introduced H.R. 4184, the Food Recovery Act—a bill to address food waste.

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Bernie Sanders Promises to Immediately Break up the Big Banks If Elected

Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Government, Politics with 13 Comments
Bernie Sanders Promises to Immediately Break up the Big Banks If Elected

Speaking in downtown Manhattan, presidential hopeful calls to break up ‘too big to fail’ big banks and reinstate Glass-Steagall.

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What You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Government, Policies, Politics with 143 Comments
What You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

Do you think gun control will make our communities safer? The author deciphers the details of Obama’s executive order on gun control.

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At Stake in 2016 Election: We Must End the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

Posted by on January 4, 2016 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
At Stake in 2016 Election: We Must End the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

America has succumbed to an endless loop in which incredible affluence deciphers into political influence and power, which creates significantly more riches, and considerably more influence and power. The author thinks this vicious cycle must end in the 2016 election, here’s why.

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The Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals Threatening Ordinary People in 2016

Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
The Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals Threatening Ordinary People in 2016

Corporate media failed to cover the dangers of business-friendly trade deals in 2015, despite growing grassroots opposition to such pacts—and increasing public awareness about their contents. Will 2016 be the year looming toxic trade policies catapult into the mainstream? It seems there is a widening set or people who hope so.

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$10 Vouchers Are Giving Low-Income Families Access to Fresh Produce

Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Government, Politics with 53 Comments
$10 Vouchers Are Giving Low-Income Families Access to Fresh Produce

Many people earning poverty wages have a difficult time purchasing fresh produce, but that is all changing with a Washington, D.C. program that gives people $10 vouchers to use at their local farmers’ market which are only good for fruit and vegetables.

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California Politicians Could Soon be Forced to Wear Logos of Top Corporate Donors

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Government, Politics with 34 Comments
California Politicians Could Soon be Forced to Wear Logos of Top Corporate Donors

A newly proposed law would require Californian legislators and candidates to sport the emblems of groups that donate money to their campaigns.

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Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money

Posted by on December 26, 2015 in Government, Politics with 10 Comments
Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has quietly released a new advisory opinion that will make it even easier for candidates and their staffers to solicit for super PACs donations.

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10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

Posted by on December 24, 2015 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So here are 10 reasons to feel good about 2015.

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Pentagon and NATO Encircle Russia & China (Project Censored #13)

Pentagon and NATO Encircle Russia & China (Project Censored #13)

In service of corporate capital and with vested interests in the regions’ natural resources, the Pentagon and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have been encircling Russia and China with military bases and missile defense systems, Bruce K. Gagnon reported

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Fact Checkers: Donald Trump Literally Hasn’t Made One True Statement

Posted by on December 22, 2015 in Government, Politics with 265 Comments
Fact Checkers: Donald Trump Literally Hasn’t Made One True Statement

Trump could go down as the most pathologically dishonest political candidate in American history, which is impressive given our nation’s rich history of lying politicians.

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The Creeping Villainy of American Politics – Chris Hedges

Posted by on December 22, 2015 in Government, Politics with 4 Comments
The Creeping Villainy of American Politics – Chris Hedges

The heinous American politics is gradually fueling the Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim ‘virus’ from racist hatemongers. Chris Hedges weighs in on the issue.

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