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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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman speaks during an interview on CNBC on January 28, 2021. (Photo: CNBC/YouTube Screengrab) 
Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Taxes

‘Cry me a river’: Sanders hits back as billionaire investor whines about potential tax hikes

“Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 As…

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Rioters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, seeking to intimidate politicians into overturning the presidential election
Posted in Op/Ed Politics Republicans

Death threats and intimidation of public officials signal Trump’s autocratic legacy

by Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton Thursday, January 26, 2021 As the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump approaches, federal officials are investigating threats to attack or kill members of Congress. This comes in the…

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Posted in Abuse of power Accountability SCOTUS

‘That’s insane… He still has the money’: SCOTUS tosses emoluments lawsuits targeting Trump

One watchdog critic angered by the court’s decision said, “Congress must act now to ensure that no future president can profit off the presidency.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, January 25, 2021 The U.S. Supreme…

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Posted in Columns Hightower

The other Capitol mob

Much to the embarrassment of major corporations, their political donations were traced to the mayhem of January 6. By Jim Hightower January 20, 2021 You can’t poke into any issue in Congress without stumbling over sacks…

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Posted in Accountability Health Care Investigations

Trump’s pardons included health care execs behind massive frauds

Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News January 22, 2021   At the last minute, President Donald Trump granted pardons to several individuals convicted in huge Medicare swindles that prosecutors alleged often harmed or endangered elderly and infirm…

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Posted in Banks Economy News Poverty

As economic suffering grips regular Americans, Wall Street behemoths ready feast of stock buybacks

“We’re going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently,” said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 22, 2021 For millions of regular Americans, the end of 2020 was marked…

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Posted in Accountability News Politics

Trump grants clemency to Bannon on final day of Presidency

‘Even Nixon Didn’t Pardon His Cronies on the way out’: “Amazingly, in his final 24 hours in office, Donald Trump found one more way to fail to live up to the ethical standard of Richard Nixon.”…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Let’s prepare a Texas welcome for the NRA

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I realize that talking about guns and their giant conservative enabler, the National Rifle Association, will have many of you thinking that we’re talking about the siege at the US Capitol…

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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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