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Sen. Bernie Sanders: “One family, the Walton family of Wal-Mart, owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans.”

Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Politics with 1 Comment
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “One family, the Walton family of Wal-Mart, owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans.”

One family, the Walton family of Wal-Mart, owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans. In terms of income distribution in 2010, the last study done on this issue, the top 1 percent earned 93 percent of all new income while the bottom 99 percent shared the remaining 7 percent.

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The Last Leftist: Remembering Howard Zinn

Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Politics with 0 Comments
The Last Leftist: Remembering Howard Zinn

There was once a radical left in the United States. Back then, it was common to hear on college campuses and in respectable left-wing publications that liberals and the Democratic Party were the enemies of freedom, justice, and the people. Democratic politicians who expanded welfare programs and championed legislation that aided labor unions were nonetheless regarded as racists, totalitarians, and mass murderers for their reluctance to defend the civil rights of African Americans, for their collusion with capitalists, for their use of police powers to repress dissent, and for their imperialist, war-making policies. There was widespread left-wing rejection of the liberal claim that government was good, and many leftists spoke of and stood for a thing they called liberty.

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Obama Extends Warrantless Wiretapping; Judge Napolitano: ‘It’s Absolutely Unconstitutional’

Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Politics with 0 Comments
Obama Extends Warrantless Wiretapping; Judge Napolitano: ‘It’s Absolutely Unconstitutional’

President Obama signed into law an extension of the federal government’s sweeping powers to conduct warrantless wiretapping, which Judge Andrew Napolitano says “is absolutely unconstitutional.’

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Chris Hedges on Gun Rights, Obama’s Empire, and Serious Revolt

Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Politics with 6 Comments
Chris Hedges on Gun Rights, Obama’s Empire, and Serious Revolt

Abby Martin interviews Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Chris Hedges, about activism and journalism, Obama’s presidency, the death of the liberal class and the second amendment.

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Obama’s CIA Nominee- Bush-Era Torturer?

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Politics with 0 Comments
Obama’s CIA Nominee- Bush-Era Torturer?

John Brennan isn’t getting as much attention as Chuck Hagel, but he should. Why would Obama nominate someone with a history in Bush-Era torture and drone strikes on civilians?

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California Man Argues He Can Drive in Carpool Lane with Corporation Papers, Challenging Legal Doctrine of Corproate Personhood

Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Politics with 2 Comments
California Man Argues He Can Drive in Carpool Lane with Corporation Papers, Challenging Legal Doctrine of Corproate Personhood

“Your honor, according to the vehicle code definition and legal sources, I did have a ‘person’ in my car. But Officer so-and-so believes I did NOT have another person in my car. If you rule in his favor, you are saying that corporations are not persons. I hope you do rule in his favor. I hope you do overturn 125 years of settled law.”

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8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Economy, Politics with 0 Comments
8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Most tax credits drop straight to the bottom line – it’s why companies like Enron considered its tax compliance section a “profit center”. A few hundred billion dollars of tax expenditures is a major carrot to offer. Surely, a modest hike in income taxes for people who make more than $400k in income and stupid enough not to take that money in capital gain would be worth trading off for the few hundred billion dollars in corporate pork. This is what the fiscal cliff is about – who gets the money. And by leaving out the corporate sector, nearly anyone who talks about this debate is leaving out a key negotiating partner.

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How Corporate Tax Credits Got In the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Politics with 1 Comment
How Corporate Tax Credits Got In the Fiscal Cliff Deal

The “fiscal cliff” legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren’t the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff’s edge — they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week.

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No Details Allowed on Al-Awlaki Drone Killing

Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Military, Politics with 0 Comments
No Details Allowed on Al-Awlaki Drone Killing

Anwar Al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, was killed in a drone strike. Under what circumstances? We aren’t allowed to know, the Freedom of Information Act apparently doesn’t apply. Why not? Cenk Uygur explains.

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Drone War Escalates; Blowback Breeds New Enemies

Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Military, Politics with 1 Comment
Drone War Escalates; Blowback Breeds New Enemies

The constant bombings by American drones of Yemenis, Pakistanis, and other civilians is creating more enemies for the U.S. It is a deadly development known as blowback.

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