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Daily Kos: Republicans block Bring Jobs Home Act, protecting companies that outsource jobs

Daily Kos: Republicans block Bring Jobs Home Act, protecting companies that outsource jobs | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

by LAURA CLAWSON, Daily KOS

 

Senate Republicans filibustered the Brings Jobs Home Act Thursday. The bill, which would eliminate incentives for companies to move jobs overseas and create incentives to bring jobs to the United States from overseas, was blocked by 42 Republicans; Scott Brown and Olympia Snowe voted with Democrats to advance it. [MORE]


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President Eisenhower warned us of coming military industrial complex

Dwight D. Eisenhower exit speech on Jan.17,1961. Warning us of the military industrial complex.
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As Evidence Mounts, DC Insiders Worry About Holder's Inaction On Wall Street Crime | OurFuture.org

More and more Washington insiders are asking a question that was considered off-limits in the nation's capital just a few months ago: Who, exactly, is Attorney General Eric Holder representing? As scandal after scandal erupts on Wall Street, involving everything from global lending manipulation to cocaine and prostitution, more and more people are worrying about Holder's seeming inaction - or worse - in the face of mounting evidence.

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Sworn Declaration of Whistleblower William Binney on NSA Domestic Surveillance Capabilities

Sworn Declaration of Whistleblower William Binney on NSA Domestic Surveillance Capabilities | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
The NSA has the capability to do individualized searches, similar to Google, for particular electronic communications in real time through such criteria as target addresses, locations, countries and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names,...
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WikiLeaks Reopens Channel For Credit Card Donations, Dares Visa And MasterCard To Block Them Again

WikiLeaks Reopens Channel For Credit Card Donations, Dares Visa And MasterCard To Block Them Again | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

After 18 months of having its funding nearly completely cut off by a payment industry blockade, WikiLeaks says it’s finally found a new workaround that allows it to receive credit card donations. And after a legal victory against Visa in Iceland, the group is literally daring the card companies to shut down payments to his site again.

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Republican Congressman Gloats About Bill To Enable Animal Torture

Republican Congressman Gloats About Bill To Enable Animal Torture | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
Representative Steve King (R-IA), who is the sponsor of an amendment to the House Farm Bill that is both astonishingly hypocritical and devastating to food safety laws that protect millions of Americans from illness, recently gave an interview to...
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Rep. Speier blasts ‘cancer’ of unaddressed military rapes

Rep. Speier blasts ‘cancer’ of unaddressed military rapes | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday said she was “sick of waiting for action” while she delivered her 23rd speech on the House floor condemning sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military.

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HSBC admits laundering money for drug cartels, terrorists and rogue states - video

David Bagley, HSBC's head of compliance since 2002, resigns in front of the permanent subcommittee of investigations, which subjected Europe's biggest bank to a humiliating interrogation...
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Bachmann's former campaign chief -- shame on you, Michele

Bachmann's former campaign chief -- shame on you, Michele | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

by Edward Rollins, writing for FOX News

 

I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.


Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.

 

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level. (Joe McCarthy falsely made claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies inside the State Department in the early 1950’s. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to "condemn" McCarthy on two counts.)

 

Senator John McCain, an American hero, stood on the floor of the Senate Wednesday and condemned Mrs. Bachmann, if not by name then by her actions:

 

“These allegations about Huma and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant."
The Republican Party, which John McCain led as our nominee in 2008, is going to become irrelevant if we become the party of intolerance and hate. The party founded by Abraham Lincoln was a party that fought slavery and intolerance at every level. [MORE]

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VIDEO 8mins: CNN Debate on Drug War: Ethan Nadelmann

CNN does a debate on the war on drugs. Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance debates Kevin Sabet, who formerly worked in the Drug Czar's office.

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The Elites Are Unanimous: Lower Everyone's Wages and Standard of Living -- Except They Don't Say it Out Loud | Economy

The Elites Are Unanimous: Lower Everyone's Wages and Standard of Living -- Except They Don't Say it Out Loud | Economy | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
America's 1% are in harmony on the matter that concerns them most -- who gets the biggest slice of the pie.
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Super rich hold $32 trillion in offshore havens

Super rich hold $32 trillion in offshore havens | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

by Chris Vellacott, Reuters

 

Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.

 

The study estimating the extent of global private financial wealth held in offshore accounts - excluding non-financial assets such as real estate, gold, yachts and racehorses - puts the sum at between $21 and $32 trillion.

 

The research was carried out for pressure group Tax Justice Network, which campaigns against tax havens, by James Henry, former chief economist at consultants McKinsey & Co.

 

He used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and central banks.

 

The report also highlights the impact on the balance sheets of 139 developing countries of money held in tax havens by private elites, putting wealth beyond the reach of local tax authorities.

 

The research estimates that since the 1970s, the richest citizens of these 139 countries had amassed $7.3 to $9.3 trillion of "unrecorded offshore wealth" by 2010.

 

 

Private wealth held offshore represents "a huge black hole in the world economy," Henry said in a statement.


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Obama, Romney set aside campaign rhetoric to mourn shooting victims

Obama, Romney set aside campaign rhetoric to mourn shooting victims | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
President, GOP challenger say they are saddened by the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., and praying for the victims and their families.
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Stop-And-Frisk Police Tactic Spreading

Stop-And-Frisk Police Tactic Spreading | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
The New York City Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic is spreading. In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee is considering “edgy” police tactics to increase pat-downs of people suspected of carrying firearms and other weapons.
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On America's Shadow Wars in Africa

On America's Shadow Wars in Africa | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

Here’s an odd question: Is it possible that the U.S. military is present in more countries and more places now than at the height of the Cold War? It’s true that the U.S. is reducing its forces and giant bases in Europe and that its troops are out of Iraq (except for that huge, militarized embassy in Baghdad). On the other hand, there’s that massive ground, air, and naval build-up in the Persian Gulf, the Obama administration’s widely publicized “pivot” to Asia (including troops and ships), those new drone bases in the eastern Indian Ocean region, some movement back into Latin America (including a new base in Chile), and don’t forget Africa, where less than a decade ago, the U.S. had almost no military presence at all. Now, as TomDispatch Associate Editor Nick Turse writes in the latest in his “changing face of empire” series, U.S. special operations forces, regular troops, private contractors, and drones are spreading across the continent with remarkable (if little noticed) rapidity.

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US Police Practices Fuel HIV Epidemic

US Police Practices Fuel HIV Epidemic | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
Police in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco are confiscating condoms from sex workers and transgender women, undermining health department campaigns to reduce HIV, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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Woman Arrested for Bringing Water to Animals in Scorching Heat

Woman Arrested for Bringing Water to Animals in Scorching Heat | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
I was driving home past a farm with very thin horses without water. I stopped my car and got out and all the farm animals, goats, chickens, ducks, miniature horses called to me...
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Police arrested actors for spilling custard, say Olympic protesters

Police arrested actors for spilling custard, say Olympic protesters | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
Former Games commissioner says 25 officers took performers away in handcuffs at demonstration against sponsorship...
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Campaign finance after Citizens United is worse than Watergate

Campaign finance after Citizens United is worse than Watergate | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

The new campaign finance order puts the corruption of the 1970s to shame.

 

by RICHARD L. HASEN, Slate.com

 

How does the brave new world of campaign financing created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision stack up against Watergate? The short answer is: Things are even worse now than they were then.

 

The 1974 scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon was all about illegal money secretly flowing to politicians. That’s still a danger, but these days, the biggest weakness of our campaign finance system is not what’s illegal, but what’s legal. As Dan Eggen of the Washington Post put it, “there’s little need for furtive fundraising or secret handoffs of cash.” The rules increasing allow people and corporations with great wealth to skew public policy toward their interests—without risking a jail time, or a fine, or any penalty at all. It’s an influence free-for-all.  [Read More.]


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Monsanto's Roundup: Good or Bad?

Monsanto's Roundup: Good or Bad? | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
Terrence Ingram suspects that the destruction of his beehives may be related to his study against Monsanto's Roundup and his proof that Roundup kills bees.

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Col. Ann Wright: America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound - Truthdig

Col. Ann Wright: America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound - Truthdig | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it
The FAA has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace.

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Libor fraud exposes Wall Street’s rotten core

Libor fraud exposes Wall Street’s rotten core | Politics, Truth & Justice | Scoop.it

True financial services reform demands accountability.


by ELIZABETH WARREN, nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts


The Libor scandal is more than just the latest financial deception to come to light. It exposes a fraud that runs to the heart of our financial system.


The London interbank offered rate is a benchmark for a range of interest rates, and the misdeeds making headlines have to do with how those rates are set. If insiders can manipulate the basic measurement of a loan — the interest rate — there is rot at the core of the financial system.


The British financial giant Barclays has admitted to manipulating the rate from 2005 to at least 2009. When the bank made a bet on the direction in which interest rates would turn, the Barclays employees who submit data for calculating interest rates would fake their numbers to help Barclays traders win the bet. Day after day, year after year, bet after bet, Barclays made money by fixing bets for its own traders.


We don’t know who else was fixing bets. Other big banks, including some of the largest in the United States, are under investigation. Barclays doesn’t appear to have acted alone, and it is clear that its fixes weren’t secret deals by rogue traders. Traders put requests to manipulate the rates in writing and even joked about delivering champagne to those who helped them.


It is also clear that many of those who didn’t have a fixer — including consumers, community banks and credit unions — lost money. Barclays padded its bottom line by taking money from everyone else. It won when it shouldn’t have won — and others lost when they shouldn’t have lost. The amount of money involved is staggering. On any given day, $800 trillion worth of credit-related transactions are linked to Libor rates. [MORE]

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