Posted in Analysis Banks

The SEC Undermined a Powerful Weapon Against White-Collar Crime

Now the lawyer who wrote the rules that gave Wall Street insiders a big financial incentive to report crimes to the SEC is suing the government for changing them. by Lydia DePillis Thursday, January 14, 2021…

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Posted in Banks Debt Investigations

A lender sued thousands of lower-income Latinos during the pandemic. Now it wants to be a National Bank.

Oportun, which lends in only a dozen states, applied for a bank charter late last year. Consumer and Latino civil rights groups are pushing back, citing the findings of a joint investigation by ProPublica and The…

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Posted in Border Wall Pro Publica

The Trump administration keeps awarding border wall contracts but doesn’t own the land to build on

The government’s strategy of awarding contracts before acquiring titles to land in Texas has led to millions of dollars in costs for delays. Things could get even more complicated if President-elect Joe Biden stops border wall…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Investigations Wealth

Most profitable US companies fired workers, enriched shareholders during pandemic

“This is a global crisis but the big companies are not treating it as one—they haven’t skipped a beat.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 While the Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding economic crisis…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Amid mounting progressive pressure, Congressional leaders reportedly planning to include direct payments in relief package

“I will not vote for a Covid package that doesn’t include survival payments and unemployment relief for the American people. It’s a red line,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 16,…

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Posted in Opinion Politics

Mitch McConnell wants to let corporations kill you without consequence

This is beyond immoral. This is ghastly, and should have been at the top of every news story in America for the past six months. by Thom Hartmann Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Probably the most under-reported…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Passage of Corporate Transparency Act is Huge!

by Wade Rathke December 12, 2020 Pearl River   Big props to Congresswoman Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY) who has been resubmitting the Corporate Transparency Act every session of Congress since 2009 for staying on the case until…

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Posted in Analysis Government OtherWords

Corporations paying lawmakers to outlaw protest is a crime against democracy

More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We need to push for “Protesters’ Bills of Rights” in state legislatures to codify the right to protest. by…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News

Climate movement takes on big oil at the Hague

‘Historic Moment’ Friends of the Earth vs. Shell  “This is actually ‘the People versus Shell,’ a company that has got away with greenwashing for too long.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Representing…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Wade Rathke

Rent-to-own, same ol’ or something different?

by Wade Rathke December 3, 2020 Little Rock   Don’t misunderstand me, we want to believe, we really do. Several years ago, the ACORN Home Savers Campaign worked in a half-dozen cities trying to bend the…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Rogues gallery of corporate liars

by Wade Rathke Saturday, November 21, 2020 Pearl River   We should all know the name, Thomas Midgley? He was a chemist for General Motors almost one-hundred years ago, when General Motors and Rockefeller’s Standard Oil…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

Rapid testing is less accurate than the Government wants to admit

Rapid antigen testing is a mess. The federal government pushed it out without a plan, and then spent weeks denying problems with false positives. by Lisa Song  Monday, November 16 The promise of antigen tests emerged…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News Rent Freeze

Amid deadly and intensifying pandemic, and massive unemployment, Kushner-owned company moves to evict hundreds of tenants

“We don’t need slumlords running our country—we need to cancel rent and ensure that housing is a human right.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, November 5 An apartment company co-owned by President Donald Trump’s senior…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations Journalism News

Facebook attempts to shut down research exposing ‘political disinformation’ in ad practices, watchdog fights back

“Rather than combat the rampant disinformation and hate on its platform, Facebook has decided to go after the people who are helping voters understand who is trying to influence their votes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in First Peoples News Food News Reveal

Conflict beef from Nicaragua feeds US market amid pandemic

By Nathan Halverson, Reveal October 21, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

The Elders call for surge in global cooperation to combat ‘current disarray’ set off by Covid-19, climate crisis

“Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strain on the multilateral system and cruelly exposed its failings. A fresh approach is urgently needed in 2021 with an unrelenting focus on justice and equality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Columns Health Care Hightower OtherWords Prescriptions

Why your CVS prescription is taking so long

The drug store giant’s CEO has been cutting corners while rewarding himself handsomely. By Jim Hightower Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Sometimes I don’t know whether to weep uncontrollably, laugh hysterically, or just throw up. I recently…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Courts Justice

Critics say DOJ settlement not nearly enough for Purdue Pharma’s deadly role in opioid crisis

‘Prosecute the Sackler Family’ “Today’s guilty plea comes too late for the millions of lives that Purdue’s crimes destroyed over the past decade.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The Justice Department announced Wednesday…

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Posted in Health Insurance Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

“Trumpcare” does not exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google cash in on misleading ads for “garbage” health insurance.

The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part. by Jeremy B….

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment First Nations News

Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: Stop abetting ‘climate-wrecking’ tar sands sector or expect more resistance

“Join us putting the proverbial nail in the coffin of these dying unneeded industries.” — Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 A group of Indigenous women and their allies…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Oil giant refreezing rapidly melting permafrost to keep arctic drilling alive

The effort represented such “mindless idiocy” for many that 350.org ran a “help us out with this caption” contest in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, October 19 Reporting out Monday detailing how oil giant…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke While we were looking elsewhere

Are corporations picking more pockets as government snoozes?

by Wade Rathke October 15, 2020 New Orleans,  Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe I just woke up with a manic pandemic depression about the current pandemic depression? Maybe it’s always like this, and I haven’t noticed it…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

Disney fires 28,000 workers during stock buyback spree

“It appears that—prior to, and during the pandemic—Disney took good care of its top executives and shareholders—and now is hanging its front-line workers out to dry.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Sen. Elizabeth…

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