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Thursday, November 23, 2017
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FCC Obstructs Probe Of Illegal Telecom Lobbying

In typical corporate double-speak, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that removing price-gouging barriers would “benefit consumers,” because, “instead of [websites] being flyspecked by lawyers and bureaucrats, the internet would once again thrive under engineers and entrepreneurs.”

November 23, 2017

Pesticide Makers Seek To Protect Poisons By Silencing Scientists

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled his own scientists to prevent an agriculture ban of a DowDuPont pesticide that causes brain damage in children, and now pesticide manufacturers have their sights set on undermining federal protections for endangered animals like the whooping crane.

November 22, 2017

Budget Chief’s Door Open For Corporate Lobbyists And Far Right

One of President Donald Trump’s top cabinet officials has met with a long list of lobbyists, corporate executives and wealthy people with business interests before the government, according to calendars the Trump administration fought to keep secret.

November 22, 2017
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Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Is A Loser: Report

After Trump refused to condemn the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville this summer, 19 charities such as the Red Cross and Bethesda Hospital Foundation, canceled their events at the resort, with some taking their business to one of his adversaries, The Breakers…

November 20, 2017
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Defaulted Federal Loan Official Resigns After Pro Publica Report

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed. The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary…

November 16, 2017

How GOP Tax Bill Would Screw Gig Economy Workforce

The Republican tax bill now in Congress would imperil many of the last century’s hardest-won labor rights for workers by building a new legal wall between businesses and so-called gig economy workers that absolves management of many obligations owed to employees, according to law school professors tracking the bill.

November 16, 2017
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Is Fox News Running The Trump Justice Department?

“I don’t want to be Chicken Little, but, you know what, this is what happens in authoritarian countries like Turkey and Russia, that when a party takes power, they start criminally investigating their opponents,” CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin warned this morning.

November 15, 2017
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A Wide-Open Door For Pesticide Lobbyists At The Agriculture Department

Teams like Adcock’s, created under an executive order by President Trump, had been taking heat from Democratic lawmakers over their secrecy. What little was publicly known suggested that some of the groups’ members had deep ties to the industries being regulated.

November 15, 2017

Sacrificing Wildlife For Oil Is A Fool’s Bargain

Were the U.S. facing a national emergency (which we weren’t back then, either), we’d be having a different conversation. Not only is America now far less dependent on energy imports but also it’s become an exporter. And note that there’s currently very little rending of garments over the price of gas.

November 14, 2017
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Advertisers Fleeing Fox’s Hannity

HelloFresh, Hubble Contacts, the Society for Human Resource Management, Hebrew National, ReddiWip, Untuckit, and Volvo have joined a growing list of companies that have distanced themselves from Sean Hannity’s Fox News program…

November 14, 2017
Kushner, Trump, Nepotism

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Engaged In ‘Unethical’ Helicopter Use: Report

Unnamed officials told Newsweek that President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner used a helicopter owned by a Trump business for a personal vacation. Their use of the private aircraft “blurs the line” between the White House and the Trump family’s personal business interests, according to the officials, and appears to be unethical.

November 10, 2017
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Washington’s Real Uranium Scandal

As Republicans have launched a trumped-up investigation into Hillary Clinton’s tenuous connection to the 2010 sale of a uranium company, those same Republicans are preparing to hand over protected public land to uranium mining companies.

November 10, 2017

The Big Banks Are Committing Major Crimes Against Our Climate

At the start of next week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.N.’s negotiating body on climate change, will meet in Germany to discuss next steps after the historic agreement by 195 countries to curb global climate change to 1.5° Celsius, or 2° at most—an agreement whose only logical conclusion is that the world cannot afford expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

November 3, 2017

Why Does Amazon Get Corporate Welfare?

Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the man of unbounded ambition who founded Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” He’s considered a model of tech wizardry for having totally reinvented retail marketing for our smart-phone, globally-linked age.

November 2, 2017
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Maryland Investigating Kushner Real Estate Practices

The office of the Maryland attorney general is investigating the management practices at the many large apartment complexes in the state that are owned and overseen by Kushner Companies, the family company of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner.

November 1, 2017
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Could Wilbur Ross Be The Next Trump Official Targeted In The Mueller Probe?

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against international lobbyist and Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, and pleading by Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, cast long shadows over other top Trump administration officials, starting with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose previous financial deals involved the European money-laundering hub of Cyprus.

October 31, 2017
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Financial Interests Lobbied Pence Before V.P. Cast Key Vote

Vice President Mike Pence this week cast the deciding vote to kill a federal rule protecting consumers’ right to file class action lawsuits — delivering a big win for a financial industry trade association that has been directly lobbying him on the issue, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times.

October 29, 2017
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Trump’s Tax Cut Will Fetch Him A Yuuuge Check

Based on public statements by Trump, his surrogates and top Republican tax writers on Capitol Hill, what is coming is a tax-cut plan for billionaires. The Trump tax plan focuses on cutting the taxes of those who are self-employed or who own businesses while sticking it to wage and salary workers, even those earning quite generous salaries.

October 26, 2017
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The Charges Against Weinstein And O’Reilly Need Sorting

It was reported over the weekend that O’Reilly reached a $32 million settlement earlier this year with former Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl. She alleged that he had forced her into a sexual relationship. That’s $32 million! Hollywood producer Weinstein’s payouts to his accusers generally fell into the more modest $80,000 to $150,000 range.

October 25, 2017

Is White House Carving Up Puerto Rico For GOP Cronies?

A $300 million contract to restore electricity across storm-ravaged Puerto Rico has been given to a Montana-based company that has never handled a project of this magnitude and has existed for just two years. The Washington Post reports that Whitefish Energy is based in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

October 25, 2017

It Happens All The Time: Hollywood, Washington, The Old South

The free-fall from movie pharaoh to industry pariah brought a breeze of vindication. Weinstein’s life crumbled in such cinematic style that a plot point was born: a flood named #MeToo. The hashtag sprang up for legions of women who vividly reported sexual assault and harassment. They voiced their experiences online, breaking silences on social media.

October 22, 2017
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Pressure Mounts On Insurance Companies To Consider Their Role In Opioid Epidemic

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote to the companies after an article by ProPublica and The New York Times found that insurance companies sometimes favor cheaper, more addictive opioids over less addictive, but more expensive, alternatives.

October 20, 2017

How ‘Pinkwashing’ Took Over The Breast Cancer Crusade

Breast cancer is the darling of corporate America, with pink ribbons adorning everything from handbags to handguns. Corporations put a pink ribbon on their products to boost sales and build their brand. And it works—sales go up and profits increase. Unfortunately, despite 25 years of pink ribbon marketing, breast cancer diagnoses have not gone down.

October 17, 2017
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Major Media Companies Profiting From ‘Trump Bump’

Donald Trump took his penchant for calling news outlets and their reports “fake news” one step further on Wednesday when he called for NBC’s license to be challenged after NBC published a story saying Trump called for a “tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.” Though NBC and networks may be worried right now, in reality, they’ve profited since Trump’s campaign began.

October 16, 2017
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How Big Pharma Created The Opioid Epidemic

Over a 40-year career, Philadelphia attorney Daniel Berger has obtained millions in settlements for investors and consumers hurt by a rogues’ gallery of corporate wrongdoers from Exxon to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. But when it comes to what America’s prescription drug makers have done to drive one of the ghastliest addiction crises in the country’s history, he confesses amazement.

October 14, 2017