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Friday, July 21, 2017

Indentured Servitude Gets A 21st-Century Makeover

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Indentured servitude is back in a big way in the United States, and conservative corporatists want to make sure that labor never, ever again has the power to tell big business how to treat them.

Idaho, for example, recently passed a law that recognizes and rigorously enforces non-compete agreements in employment contracts, which means that if you want to move to a different, more highly paid, or better job, you can instead get wiped out financially by lawsuits and legal costs.

In a way, conservative/corporatists are just completing the circle back to the founding of this country.…

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Hotelier-In-Chief: Here Are The Trumps’ New Hotels

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.
by Derek Kravitz, ProPublica, Alan Huffman, special to ProPublica, and Matt Drange, Forbes

Last August, Mississippi’s governor introduced a local hotel developer to then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a $1,000-per-plate private fundraiser in Jackson. The developer, Suresh Chawla, had long been a campaign donor to the governor, Phil Bryant.

At the fundraiser, Chawla told Donald Trump and his son, Donald Jr., about his latest project: a boutique hotel in Cleveland, Mississippi, the home of a new museum devoted to the Grammy Awards.

Donald Trump told Chawla to “think grand,” according to Chawla.

Two weeks later, Chawla donated $50,000, roughly half to Trump’s campaign and half to the Republican National Committee.…

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