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Friday, February 23, 2018

Kushner Companies Will Fight Transparency In Court

Jared Kushner’s family real estate company has backtracked on its effort to have a lawsuit filed against it by tenants of its Baltimore-area apartment complexes moved to federal court, after a judge ruled that this transfer would require it to reveal the identities of its investment partners.

February 10, 2018

Tip Thievery, Codified — By Donald Trump

Fourteen years later, I could still write that column about tip jars in too many restaurants and party centers across the country. I know this because when I see a tip jar, I almost always ask an employee who gets to keep the money in it. I am long accustomed to that soft and often nervous response: Management either skims the tips or steals all of them.

February 9, 2018

Exposing Our ‘Populist’ President As A Naked Plutocrat

Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and prevaricating, so he reflexively tries to puff up his credibility with an extra dose of bluster: “No really, trust me, I never lie…” In fact, just in the past year, Trump’s documented whoppers rank him as the lyingest president in U.S. history. And that included Nixon!

February 9, 2018

Trump Hotel Pranked: ‘This Place Is A Shithole’ [VIDEO]

Trump Hotel in downtown Washington DC got a surprise makeover last night—with the expletive President Donald Trump has used to describe developing world countries beamed onto its outer walls. Video posted on Twitter shows the words “This Place is a Shithole” projected onto the walls of the hotel Saturday night, alongside poop emojis, and an arrow pointing at the establishment’s arched entrance.

January 15, 2018

This Is What The Planet Would Be Like Without Trees

Forests account for nearly 30 percent of the world’s surface. That’s a staggering 3.04 trillion trees, each of which are continually remoistening our atmosphere, filtering the air we breathe and combating climate change by storing carbon and providing shelter for countless species of wildlife.

January 15, 2018

Call It The ‘Who Cares About Consumer Safety Commission”

He has also re-nominated Boston attorney Dana Baiocco to the commission. Baiocco represented Yamaha in lawsuits brought by the families of boys injured while riding all-terrain vehicles. Baiocco’s husband, Andrew Susko, was involved in defending Ikea against three lawsuits filed by families of children who died after the company’s dressers tipped over on top of them.

January 12, 2018

Exposed: Chevron Has A Secretive Drilling Site In The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

It’s the middle of the frigid, long midnight at Tapkaurak Point, a spit of gravel curling out into the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Up in the middle of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest remaining wilderness area in the U.S., the sun set weeks ago and won’t peek above the horizon until the middle of January.

January 12, 2018
Deutsche Bank, Trump

Trump Administration Gives Lucrative Waiver To Trump’s Bank

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.

January 11, 2018
Robert Mueller

Wolff: White House Fears Mueller Probing Trump Finances

The author of the explosive tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House suggested the investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election had raised questions over whether Mueller’s reach would extend to the president’s finances.

January 10, 2018

Corporations Stealing Online Identities To Push Their Political Agenda

Forget Russian fake news for a moment. Another extremely consequential privacy-breaching, identity-theft hack is undermining our democracy and almost certainly being perpetuated by corporate America.

January 10, 2018
Kushner companies

Kushner Real Estate Company Investigated By SEC

The SEC issued a subpoena to the company, Kushner Companies, requesting information regarding its use of the EB-5 program, in May of 2017. The investment-for-visa program offers immigrants green cards in exchange for an investment of at least $500,000 to a select group of U.S. businesses.

January 8, 2018

Trashed: Inside The Deadly World Of Private Garbage Collection

Shortly before 5 a.m. on a recent November night, a garbage truck with a New York Yankees decal on the side sped through a red light on an empty street in the Bronx. The two workers aboard were running late. Before long, they would start getting calls from their boss.

January 7, 2018
inequality in america

Inequality Is Feeding America

With the labor market tightening, why don’t they just hop down the street to another franchise offering a better deal? Many try that, only to be rejected again and again, unaware that most fast-food chains have hidden within their franchising contracts “no-hire agreements,” prohibiting one franchisee from hiring another’s employees.

January 6, 2018
bath bomb

Claire’s Kerfuffle Rattles Consumer Confidence

As the mother of a fashion-conscious 9-year-old girl, I’m quite familiar with the bows, bobbles and bath bombs sold in Claire’s, a retail haven for the tween and young teen set. Imagine my dismay, then, when I heard a news report alleging that Claire’s was selling makeup laced with asbestos, a dangerous carcinogen.

January 5, 2018
Minnesota nature

How A Chilean Billionaire Could Poison A Minnesota Wilderness

Trump’s Interior Department is reinstating two 1966 leases, written before today’s federal environmental laws, that could allow a Chilean mining company to build a giant copper-and-nickel mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northern Minnesota.

January 5, 2018
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump Caught Accepting Bribes From Foreign Governments Through “Gifts” To His Hotels

Foreign governments are openly funneling millions of dollars to Donald Trump and expecting favors from his White House by using his international hotels and resorts as a cover for bribery. McClatchy has uncovered a series of transactions between foreign governments and the Trump Organization that have occurred over the first year of his presidency.

January 3, 2018

Who Would Pay $26,000 To Work In A Chicken Plant?

Yeom, now 46, had landed in South Carolina in 2015 after researching how to immigrate to the United States. At the time, he was living in Daejeon, a technology center about 90 miles south of Seoul and worried about the future of his two young daughters in Korea’s high-pressure education system, where many children spend additional hours each day in private “cram schools.”

January 2, 2018
Patriots Stun Falcons in superbowl

Legalize Sports Betting

If a Martian arrived today, of course, she would deduce that in this country, betting on sports is not forbidden but mandatory. In practice, it’s as American as Dunkin’ Donuts. March Madness costs businesses an estimated $4 billion a year in lost productivity, and it’s not because employees waste time singing their fight songs.

January 1, 2018

Trump Golf Course A Huge Failure As Business Drops 500 Percent Below National Average

Donald Trump put a golf course in the heart of New York City, slapped his name on it, and thought it would be a guaranteed money maker. Instead, just two years after the opening of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx, people are staying away in droves.

December 31, 2017

Legal Pot Begins In California, Already The World’s Largest Marijuana Marketplace

The world’s largest legal marijuana economy gets underway on January 1, as California’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana commerce goes into effect. It’s been legal to possess and grow small amounts of weed since shortly after votes passed Prop 64 in November 2016, but as of New Year’s Day, we see the unleashing of what is expected to be a $7 billion a year state pot industry.

December 31, 2017
Trump Tax Returns

Trump Has Spent A Third Of His Presidency Grifting To Make Himself Richer

The campaign to make money out of his position is unprecedented in American history and marks a shift to a crass set of behaviors that debase the office. Throughout 2017, Trump has spent over 100 days at Trump-owned properties, including 40 days at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, and 40 days at his Mar-a-Lago luxury resort in Florida.

December 30, 2017
Breakfast and Beer

Celebrate! Good Brew Is Beating Busch Swill

Now that breakfast is out of the way… beer! Last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev mounted a multimillion-dollar coup on America. Not on our country, but on its name. For six months, the beer behemoth expropriated our nation’s name for a tacky advertising campaign…

December 28, 2017
Ross, Trump

Commerce Official Holds Stake In Putin-Connected Firm

The chief of staff for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Wendy Teramoto, still owns a stake in a shipping company tied to associates of Vladimir Putin, despite the fact that her former role as a board member for the same company prompted six Senate Democrats to request an investigation into her apparent conflicts of interest last month.

December 22, 2017

Republicans Just Made It A Lot Harder For Restaurant Workers To Fight Big Chains

On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board, led by Trump appointee Philip A. Miscimarra, undid an Obama-era ruling that protected workers, including subcontractors, from labor law violations. In an unsurprising move, all three Republicans on the Board voted together to undo the rule, while the two Democrats opposed them.

December 16, 2017

The Great Scamazon

As you’re doing your holiday shopping this season, think about this: While big brand names travel hither, thither and yon to play Milk the Taxpayer, Amazon is totally rewriting the rules of the taxpayer subsidies game, super-sizing their piles of public money without even having to go door to door.

December 14, 2017