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Some “old” news for a newly elected Congress

November 18, 2014
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Sam Pizzigati Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated either. How, for instance, do we define income? Everyone agrees, of course, that anything anyone collects from a paycheck should count as income. As should any interest collected from a bank account or any profits from the sale of an asset. But what about the money an employer shells out to cover an employee’s health insurance premiums? Or contributes into an employee’s 401(k)? Should these dollars be counted as income for the employee?" (11/17/14)

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Kenyans protest attacks on women for wearing miniskirts

November 17, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"Nearly 1,000 people stormed the streets of Nairobi Monday to protest several recent incidents of men publicly attacking women and stripping them naked for wearing a miniskirt. Both male and female protesters -- some dressed in miniskirts -- held signs and chanted 'Shame on you,' as they marched to the site of one of the attacks and then to police headquarters, demanding an end to violence against women, the BBC reported. The mother’s group Kilimani Mums organized the demonstration after a video of one of the attacks on a busy street in Nairobi went viral on social media last week, inciting anger across the country." (11/17/14)

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Judge: Cohen’s ex-wife can ask him about insider trading

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Billionaire Steven A. Cohen can face questions about insider trading at his hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors from lawyers representing his ex-wife in a civil lawsuit against him, a U.S. judge said on Monday. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska at a court hearing in Manhattan ruled that lawyers for Patricia Cohen can ask Steven Cohen during a Dec. 10 deposition about any 'prior bad acts that are alleged to be untruthful,' including any alleged role he had in fraudulent schemes." (11/17/14)

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MA: Man, 79, charged in pot bust challenges search

November 17, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992. The driver, Marshall Dion, told police he was a retiree from Tucson who was living off his $690-per-month Social Security check. He also said he had left his drug-dealing days behind, but federal authorities say he was still going strong at age 78 as a key player in a large marijuana operation. In his truck, police found $828,220 in cash. Now, Dion's lawyer is arguing that the police stop and search of his truck were illegal, and everything found as a result cannot be used against him." (11/17/14)

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How badly do Republicans want tax reform?

November 17, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"If there's one major issue on which everyone in Washington seems to believe the White House and congressional Republicans might be able to agree to do something ambitious in the next two years, it's tax reform. A significant overhaul of the tax code hasn't happened in many years, and there are some areas of agreement between the two sides. Republicans supposedly want to show they can govern as the party in control of Congress, and President Barack Obama would like to obtain at least one significant legislative achievement in his second term. Big business, which has the ear of both parties, is eager for it. So is it going to happen?" (11/17/14)

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Syria: Assad regime faces renewed scrutiny for Hariri assassination

November 17, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"An international tribunal in The Netherlands is hearing testimony this week that, once more, seeks to implicate Syria in a high-profile assassination nearly a decade ago that changed the political landscape in Lebanon and continues to reverberate today. As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struggles to remain in power amid a grueling civil war of more than three years, the ghosts of the past could yet emerge to link his regime to the assassination of Rafik Hariri, an iconic former Lebanese premier who died with 21 other people in a massive truck bomb explosion in central Beirut on Valentine’s Day 2005." (11/17/14)

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Zimbabwe: Joyce Mujuru denies plotting to kill Mugabe

November 17, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Zimbabwe's vice-president says she is taking legal action against state-owned media for linking her to an alleged plot to kill President Robert Mugabe. Joyce Mujuru said she had ordered her lawyers to restore her "political standing" after being falsely accused of treason and corruption. The Sunday Mail newspaper reported that a hit-man had planned to kill Mr Mugabe so that Mrs Mujuru could take power. Last month, Mr Mugabe, 90, said he did not plan to step down." (11/17/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30084574  

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DEA thugs troll NFL teams for painkillers

November 17, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"US federal agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team doctors and trainers on Sunday as part of an ongoing probe into painkiller drug abuse, the US media reported on Sunday. The inspections included questioning and bag searches of medical staff by the Drug Enforcement Administration in co-operation with the Transportation Security Administration. DEA officials were expected to question a half dozen teams on Sunday, including the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Washington Post reported. Some of the searches were conducted at US airports." [editor's note: The DEA monitoring overuse of Big Pharma's painkiller poisons, instead of busting pot smokers? A step somewhat in the right direction, but ... - SAT] ((11/17/14)

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This isn’t the mass grave you have been looking for

November 17, 2014
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The Nation Blog
by Greg Grandin  

"They have found many mass graves. Just not the mass grave they have been looking for. The forty-three student activists were disappeared on September 26, after being attacked by police in the town of Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. A week later, I set up an alert for 'fosa clandestina' (Spanish for clandestine grave) on Google News. Here’s what has come back: On October 4, the state prosecutor of Guerrero announced that twenty-eight bodies were found in five clandestine mass graves. None of them were the missing forty-three. On October 9, three more graves. None of them contained the missing forty-three." (11/17/14)

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You can’t build a better Internet out of red tape

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Jack Shafer  

"The net neutrality crowd’s fundamental worries can be boiled down to this: They believe that if the Federal Communications Commission leaves the Internet largely unregulated, the leading Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon will take advantage of their growing powers to: (1) fleece customers and websites (and services) with new charges and fees; (2) reduce commercial innovation and competition by ghettoizing new sites and services that won’t pay their new tolls; and (3) censor content that doesn’t serve their corporate masters. ... And the great Internet dream will die." [editor's note: A good analysis, and without the hysteria on either side of the discussion - SAT] (11/14/14)

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Nancy Pelosi forgot about fact-checking

November 17, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Comrade Carolyn Lochhead has an interesting blog about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi railing that reporters ask her about whether she should retire because he’s a woman. From the blog, Pelosi asks, 'What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell, when they lost the Senate three times in a row, lost making progress in taking back the Senate three times in a row, "Aren’t you getting a little old, Mitch? Shouldn’t you step aside?"' The reason it didn’t come up, the San Francisco Democrat said, was that McConnell is a man. But really, reporters have every reason to ask Pelosi about retiring because the minority leader either was caught in a lie or has a very bad memory." (11/14/14)

 

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Wall Street, the real winner of the midterms

November 17, 2014
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David Sirota In These Times
by David Sirota  

"No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month’s gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry. From Illinois to Massachusetts, voters effectively placed more than $100 billion worth of public pension investments under the control of executives-turned-politicians whose firms profit by managing state pension money. The elections played out as states and cities across the country debate the merits of shifting public pension money—the retirement savings for police, firefighters, teachers and other public employees—from plain vanilla investments such as index funds into higher-risk alternatives like hedge funds and private equity funds." (11/14/14)

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Surprise: Whole Foods not world’s greatest employer

November 17, 2014
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The Nation The Nation Blog
by Michelle Chen  

"With its dazzling array of exorbitantly priced eco-friendly products, Whole Foods Market fosters a love-hate relationship with customers who’ve gotten hooked on its cornucopia of guilty-liberal indulgences. But the company’s labor relations are even more sour, as workers grow increasingly frustrated that their workplaces aren’t nearly as progressive as the green-branding rhetoric. Going beyond the usual grumbling about hipster commercialism, some rank-and-file workers are challenging the management to live up to the company’s purported values when it comes to treating its workers fairly." [editor's note: This could get interesting, with the alliance with the Wobblies (among the more legitimate union concepts initially) - SAT] (11/14/14)

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The political is very personal

November 16, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"As President Obama prepares to take executive action on immigration reform, Republicans are once again being torn apart. You can look at it as a battle between their heads and their hearts, with their heads understanding that doing things like shutting down the government or even impeaching Barack Obama would in fact end up being good for Obama and terrible for them, while their hearts cry for satisfaction, wanting only to beat their tiny fists against the president they despise so much." (11/14/14)

http://prospect.org/article/political-very-personal  

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Okinawa US base move in doubt after governor elections

November 16, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"An opposition candidate is set to win the governor elections on Japan's Okinawa island, leaving the future of a US air base there uncertain. Exit polls project victory for Takeshi Onaga. Mr Onaga opposes plans, approved by the Prime Minister, to move the base to a less populated part of the island. Instead, he wants the Futenma airbase removed from the island completely. Okinawa is home to about 26,000 US troops. Many residents associate the US bases with accidents and crime." [editor's note: Could this be the first of many overseas US bases to shut down? - SAT] (11/16/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30074445  

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DC strikers demand “more than minimum” for federal workers

November 16, 2014
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Should our government be for good jobs with good wages and benefits, the things most of We the People want in our lives? Or should it be for bad jobs, low wages, no benefits -- the very things that a wealthy few have become known for, just so they can pocket that pay difference for themselves? In other words, who is our government for? The broad masses of regular, working people or a very few already-wealthy people? President Obama has used executive orders to boost the minimum wage and raise workplace standards for employees of federal contractors." [editor's note: A better question might be whether federal contractors should have "good jobs with good wages and benefits," given that taxpayers pay for their work - SAT] (11/14/14)

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Nothing to lose, Obama pushes ahead on immigration

November 16, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Immigration must be a frustrating subject for President Obama. He’s been battling Republicans (those in Congress, and those trying to take his job in 2012) for years. But now, one senses a sort of serenity about immigration for Obama. He never has to run for election again. And the newly-powerful GOP on Capitol Hill has yet to sort itself out on a clear immigration policy and message -- not least because it has at least three US Senators with strong presidential ambitions (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul)." (11/16/14)

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CA: Parents lie on survey to identify English learners

November 16, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Nieves Garcia came from Mexico at age 6 and spent most of her elementary school years in California classified as an 'English learner' even after she had picked up the language. Now a 32-year-old mother, she didn't want her daughter labeled the same way and subjected to additional testing. And so she lied. When Garcia signed up her daughter for kindergarten, she answered a standard four-question survey by saying her family spoke only English at home, even though her husband doesn't speak the language." (11/16/14)

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Report: Warming climate may fuel more lightning

November 16, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Rising global temperatures may cause a big jolt in the number of lightning strikes in the United States over the rest of the 21st century in the latest example of extreme weather spawned by climate change, scientists say. Researchers forecast on Thursday that lightning strikes will increase by about 50 percent by 2100 in the continental United States because thunderstorms will become more explosive in the coming decades thanks to a warming planet." (11/13/14)

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NY: Court awards strippers $10.8 million in back wages

November 16, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"Dancers at a strip club are due more than $10 million in back wages and tips, a federal judge ruled Friday after the dancers sued to be paid at least a minimum wage. And additional claims are headed for trial in the class action case, meaning there ultimately could be further awards to roughly 1,900 women who worked at Rick's Cabaret in Manhattan between 2005 and 2012. ... The dancers got no steady wages, instead paying a fee to the club to perform there and in return getting paid by customers. The customers put up $20 for each personal dance and fees starting at $100 for 15 minutes of entertainment in semi-private rooms." (11/16/14)

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FL: Residents upset at construction of “monkey farm” near Everglades

November 16, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Unhappy at the idea of sharing their rural county with 3,200 macaque monkeys destined for research labs, a group of Florida residents have gone to court to try to stop the building of a breeding facility for the primates. Some inhabitants of Hendry County, better known for producing beef cattle and sugar cane, are complaining they only recently learned that the project was signed off in 2012 and is now under construction about a mile from their neighborhood. ... The monkey farm, as residents call it, would be the third breeding facility in this south central Florida community near the Everglades swamps." [editor's note: Ah, so unhappiness at the idea of "sharing" is grounds for action now? Cool. I'm unhappy at the idea of "sharing" "my" county with anyone who supports the state. Now get the f--- out! Yeah, I didn't think so - TLK] (11/16/14)

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The truth about Anonymous’s activism

November 14, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Adrian Chen  

"This past August, as the outcry grew over the killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the hacktivist collective Anonymous took up the cause. On August 14, an Anonymous member posted a YouTube video calling for a 'National Day of Rage' to protest the shooting. ... Ferguson was a hit to Anonymous’s reputation as masked Internet superhero that saves the day. Luckily, Anonymous's own hero came to the rescue: the anthropologist Gabriella Coleman." (11/13/14)

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Keystone may be resolved with (shock!) Democratic capitulation

November 14, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"The current Democratic effort to help Mary Landrieu win her runoff election by scheduling a quick vote on the Keystone XL pipeline has to be one of the most politically idiotic moves in recent history. As I argued yesterday, not only is it guaranteed to fail in its goal of helping Landrieu, it gives Republicans a huge policy victory while getting nothing in return. Runoff elections have extremely low turnout, and the only way Landrieu stands a chance is if she can convince lots of Louisiana Democrats to go to the polls to save her. This kind of me-too policymaking (I'm just as pro-oil as Republicans are!) is about the last thing that'll pump up Democratic enthusiasm." (11/13/14)

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Obama has to work immigration to win immigration

November 14, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"The words 'deportation relief' jumped out at me from Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog, 'Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration.' Those two words seem so benign compared to 'amnesty' (the preferred usage in the GOP lexicon), but that is their meaning. President Obama has been dangling a promise to issue an executive order to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation before the end of the summer; the order would be so big, an aide boasted, that Republicans may try to impeach Obama. Then the White House had to revise the promise, with a new plan to act after the election. This is a pledge the White House should delay again. As a lame-duck Congress convenes, it would be a big mistake for the president to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants with the stroke of a pen." (11/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p234f45  

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Purdue president: More college students should have internships

November 13, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"College graduates who had internships or relevant part-time jobs while in college felt better prepared for success in life, according to the latest findings from the Gallup-Purdue Index. Forty-eight percent of graduates with related internships or work agreed that college 'prepared me well for life after college.' Among those without such activities, only 19 percent felt as well prepared. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says it’s important to measure such outcomes because 'it’s time for higher education to document the value of the very expensive product it’s offering,' he says in a Monitor phone interview." (11/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plrppfg  

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