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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Taxes Wealth

The Secret IRS files: Trove of never-before-seen records reveal how the wealthiest avoid income tax

ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing. by Jesse…

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G7 Countries Reach Deal on 15% Global Minimum Tax Rate for Multinational Corporations
Posted in Corporate Taxes Economy News world

G7 countries reach deal on 15% global minimum tax rate for multinational corporations

One critic of the agreement said that “by settling for anything less than a 25% tax rate, the G7 is telling their citizens and the world that they’re willing to keep the race to the bottom…

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National Public Radio's new headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE opened on March 25, 2013, in the NOMA district in Washington. (Photo by Bill Clark/Getty Images)
Posted in Columns Guest Column Journalism

NPR at 50 – Straying from its civic mission?

by Ralph Nader This month [May, 2021] is the 50th anniversary of National Public Radio (NPR). Knowing about my work back then with other advocates, to persuade Congress to pass legislation creating NPR and PBS, (which…

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New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference announcing a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA on August 6, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images)
Posted in News

In blow to NRA, Federal Judge dismisses group’s bankruptcy case

“Toast baby, toast.” “The NRA’s bankruptcy was deemed to be bad faith, much like every promise and statement the organization has made for decades,” said one group working to end gun violence. “The NRA cannot escape…

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A new report finds that 51 of the nation's 100 biggest low-wage employers manipulated their rules to boost executive pay while offering their workers few safeguards against the pandemic and resulting economic meltdown.(Image: Institute for Policy Studies)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Wealth

Corporations rigged rules to boost pandemic pay of CEOs

“By inflating executive compensation while their workers struggled during a pandemic, corporate boards have strengthened the case for tax penalties on huge CEO-worker pay gaps.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 11, 2021   Dozens…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

WHO declares Covid mutation found in India a ‘variant of concern’ for global health

“I think what we’re seeing is more transmissible,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 10, 2021 The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

FTC warns the AI industry: Don’t discriminate, or else

The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats? by  Ryan Calo, University of Washington Saturday, May 1,…

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A sign thanking nurses at the South Entrance of Maine Medical Center on May 12, 2020 in Portland, Maine. (Photo: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Posted in Labor News Nurses

Nurses at Maine’s largest hospital vote to unionize

‘A Dream Come True’ “It’s a new day for nurses and patients across Maine.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   Registered nurses at Maine’s largest hospital have voted to form their first…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

Shhhh, they’re listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution

by   Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania April 29, 2021   Companies could soon tailor what they try to sell you based on the mood conveyed by the sound of your voice. CSA-Printstock via Getty Images  …

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Posted in Taxes Wealth

719 billionaires now own four times more wealth than poorest 165 million Americans combined

“Congress should act to restore taxes on the wealthy and limit further democracy-distorting concentrations of wealth and power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, April 15, 2021 After seeing their fortunes surge during the deadly coronavirus…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

A hard look at the Amazon Bessemer union election – Part I

by Wade Rathke April 10, 2021 Pearl River The results of the union election at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are finally tallied and the scorecard by the numbers was 1798 voting NO to be…

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks to the media on the company's sustainability efforts on September 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Posted in Labor News Worker Safety Workers

NLRB says Amazon firing of workers illegal retaliation

The workers are demanding better climate, labor policies. “It’s clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out,” said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. by…

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Posted in Columns Republicans Wade Rathke

Grand Old Party (GOP) vs. Party of Trump (POT)

by Wade Rathke March 10, 2021 New Orleans    No matter what, it seems that when we are talking about Trump, it’s all about the money. In the latest stop on his revenge tour, his lawyers…

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Posted in Corporate Taxes Energy News

‘Don’t patronize me’: Katie Porter tears Into oil exec for claiming his industry doesn’t get special tax breaks

“The wonderful Rep. Katie Porter provides a signal moment in congressional history. And it’s a sign of the weakening position of the oil industry—no deference to these liars any longer.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday,…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

No energy regulation equals rip-offs

by Wade Rathke March 9, 2021 New Orleans   Picture this, if you will. The crippled power grid in Texas triggered by the polar vortex bringing freezing temperatures and snow, left millions without power and others…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations

Meatpacking industry fought feeble Covid-19 safeguards under Trump

“These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, March…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Wealth

As US mourns 500,000 lives lost, report shows billionaires added $1.3 trillion to their fortunes during pandemic

“It is unseemly that billionaires have experienced such gains as we mark a half a million lives lost and millions more who have lost their health, wealth, and jobs.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, February…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Green New Deal

Media reaction: Texas ‘deep freeze’, power blackouts and the role of global warming

This week, a blast of Arctic air has engulfed much of the central US, bringing freezing conditions and record low temperatures to many states. by Josh Gabbatiss, Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief Texas, in particular, has been…

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Posted in Democracy News

Leading digital rights group warns section 230 reform bill will boost Big Tech while crushing smaller sites

“This bill, as written, would have enormous unintended consequences for human rights and freedom of expression,” warned Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Saturday, February 6, 2021 A leading digital rights…

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Posted in Business Investigations News Public Safety

Congressional report reveals manufacturers ‘knowingly’ sold toxin-tainted baby food

“This is what happens when you let the food and chemical companies, not the FDA, decide whether our food is safe to eat.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, February 5, 2021 Leading baby food manufacturers…

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a publicly owned hospital delivering good care at lower prices than most others and still makes money ― yet the county is selling the hospital to one of the state’s biggest health care systems. (Andrew Craft for KHN)
Posted in Analysis Hospitals

If this self-sufficient hospital cannot stand alone, can any public hospital survive?

In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

As fears grow over Covid vaccine delays, watchdog asks: ‘Why are we allowing Big Pharma’s patents to artificially limit supply?’

“It’s just wrong that big business is deciding who gets vaccinated, with zero transparency. We must scrap patents and massively scale up production globally.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 “Could you patent…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Plastic

Planet Plastic

The vast tonnage of this trash increases every minute, with an afterlife lasting centuries. by Jim Hightower, Other Words January 27, 2021 What do your toothbrush and your running shoes have in common? Plastic. We now…

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