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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
business

Why Higher Techie Incomes May Bring Lower Quality Of Life

With the prosperity came a crisis of homelessness and crushing housing prices for those with moderate incomes.

May 20, 2018
U.S. President Trump looks on following swearing-in ceremony for Defense Secretary Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington

Seeking Revenge, Trump Pushes Postal Service To Double Amazon’s Rates

The president is reportedly going outside the normal process to target a company he explicitly links with a critical publication.

May 19, 2018

Federal Agency Investigating Age Bias At IBM

After a ProPublica story spotlighting IBM’s practices in shedding older workers, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission consolidated age discrimination complaints against the company from around the country.

May 18, 2018
gamble poker

Sports Betting Will Complete The Gambling Revolution

Over the past generation, the United States has undergone a gambling revolution. A pastime once seen as the sordid province of mobsters, grifters and wastrels has become an all-American form of fun.

May 18, 2018
Kushner, Trump, Nepotism

Qatari Entity May Bail Out Kushner Company

The senior adviser to the president comes under scrutiny for his family business — again.

May 18, 2018
trump

Trump’s Rescue Of Chinese Telecom Fails Smell Test

I was just getting used to America First, even if it may have a little Russian dressing and a lot to answer for. How did that become Make China Great?

May 17, 2018
Mitch McConnell

Trump Nominates Unqualified McConnell Brother-In-Law To Oversee Pensions

Trump’s embrace of cronyism has led him to nominate Gordon Hartogensis, brother-in-law of Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao, to run a government agency for which he has no prior experience.

May 16, 2018
Trump, Russia

Qatari Investment Official Confirms Trump Tower Meeting

The investor’s spokesperson said he met Trump’s team but not Michael Flynn.

May 16, 2018
Rohit Chopra

New Commissioner Urges FTC To Get Tough On Rogue Corporations

Citing lax treatment of corporate malefactors, Rohit Chopra calls for the FTC to impose more significant penalties when companies violate its orders.

May 15, 2018

Freeing Predators To Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone

The mortgages looked like easy money but were actually booby-trapped contracts loaded with high fees and exploding interest charges. They often transformed what could have been manageable setbacks into foreclosures.

May 12, 2018
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) closes the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Workers Lose: Qualcomm Buys Back Stock, Lays Off 1500

Republicans promised their tax scam would benefit workers, but tech giant Qualcomm is laying off 1,500 employees while lining the pockets of its Wall Street investors.

May 12, 2018

GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

May 11, 2018
koch brothers

Patience And Secrecy In The Kochs’ Complex Conspiracy

And now, that sickness has grown more virulent, confronting us in the form of a complex, sophisticated web of efforts funded by brothers Charles and David Koch and their billionaire buddies who share the same set of extreme…

May 7, 2018
The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo

West Virginia Will Again Pay Steep Price For Energy Boom

It was a warm Monday afternoon in late February. Thousands of teachers, public school employees and supporters rallied on the steps of West Virginia’s Capitol building, on the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston. Schools in all 55 counties were closed again. Teachers, cooks and janitors were in the third day of a strike. They wanted pay raises and a fix to the skyrocketing cost of their health insurance.

April 28, 2018
steak raw meat fat

The Losing Fight Against Fake Meat

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, however, is appalled that new forms of protein are being sold under names such as Beyond Beef and Impossible Burger. Vegetarian and vegan substitutes for meat have gained a significant share of the market, partly because of health considerations and partly because of aversion to killing harmless animals for food. But the livestock group fears that consumers are being cruelly misled.

April 27, 2018
Kaepernick

Tapes Reveal NFL Owners’ Mixed Emotions About Trump And Race

Trump was most likely referring to Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the pregame national anthem. He did this to draw attention to racial oppression and inequality in the U.S., and he was soon joined by dozens of other players — most, but not all, of them black.

April 26, 2018
A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region October 31, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo - RTSMVQ1

Pruitt’s Latest Outrage: Weakened Regulation Of Deadly Coal Ash Pollution

In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected “statistically significant” amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the waste generated from burning coal.

April 22, 2018

From Starbucks Debacle, An Overdue Dialogue

I’ve never been enthusiastic about wretchedly overpriced coffee — my daughter was introduced to Starbucks by a friend — and the recent arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks did nothing to endear me to that chain of coffeehouses. Perhaps the best thing that can be said for the entire episode is that the video provides another opportunity for white Americans to understand the routine indignities that are part and parcel of black life.

April 21, 2018
Koch network

How Trump Obediently Advances The Koch Brothers’ Agenda

Billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch were caught taking a victory lap to celebrate their own success in getting the Trump administration to deliver on their wildest dreams. The Kochs have profited handsomely from businesses that are massive polluters. Their companies produce more climate pollution than even major oil companies like Chevron and Shell.

April 21, 2018
Trump, Obamacare, Congress

After Caving On Sanctions, Trump Says He’s ‘Tough’ On Russia

Trump reiterated his claim on Wednesday that “there has been nobody tougher than me” on Russia, just days after he publicly undermined his own administration’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Trump made the remarks at the end of a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday evening.

April 19, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington

CNN: White House Assured Russians Of No New Sanctions

A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement over the weekend.

April 19, 2018
Michael Cohen

The Company Michael Cohen Kept

If you’ve seen video or images of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, they’ve probably been set in locations that exude power and importance: Cohen berating a CNN anchor in a TV studio, for example, or striding across the sleek marbled interior of Trump Tower, or more recently, smoking cigars in front of Cohen’s temporary residence, the Loews Regency Hotel on Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

April 19, 2018
trump

How Millions In Campaign Donations Enrich Trump Personally

“President Donald Trump’s U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015,” McClatchy reported on Monday. “But it was Trump’s campaign itself that spent the biggest chunk by far — about 90 percent, or $13.4 million.”

April 17, 2018
Fake news inspired gunman to discharge weapon in a crowded D.C. restaurant

Facebook Clearly Won’t Fix Itself

Zuckerberg this week at the Senate hearing on Facebook’s failures regarding privacy, fake news and foreign interference in elections: “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook. I run it. And I’m responsible for what happens here.” Well, that makes us feel a whole lot better. Zuckerberg wisely dressed up for the grilling but still issued kid-in-a-T-shirt apologies.

April 15, 2018
Mulvaney

Mulvaney Crippling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, who is supposed to be enforcing federal regulations to protect the most vulnerable among us, is instead asking Congress to weaken the bureau by giving Congress control of its funding and mandating that the bureau’s major rules need Congressional approval. Mulvaney is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee…

April 12, 2018