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Banksters: A Story of crime and punishment

Thursday, August 6, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Big story from that razzle-dazzle place called "El Casino Grande" – otherwise known as Wall Street.

Four massive financial conglomerates –JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays, and the Royal Bank of Scotland – have... [read more]

Corporate crime supported by a whirligig of legal favoritism

Wednesday, August 5, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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This is odd: America's laws to deter corporate crime actually force victims to help subsidize the criminals.

Follow the bouncing ball here: First, a court orders a corporation to pay... [read more]

Hello Congress: Meet your poverty-wage food servers

Tuesday, August 4, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Back in 2008, Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein declared: "There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like a business."

Thus, the chairwoman of... [read more]

Don't TPP on me

Monday, August 3, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Like some Vaudeville shtick, Barack Obama keeps blathering that a huge flaw in his global trade scam doesn't exist – but then the flaw hits him in the face like a big cream pie.

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Willie's Reserve

Friday, July 31, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land – including full legalization and/or commercialization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, DC – who better than... [read more]

Proud "partners" corporatize our parks

Thursday, July 30, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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While we Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service, America's so-called "leaders" are aggressively commercializing our parks, converting these jewels of the common good into just another corporate cash cow.

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A thousand cuts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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While our presidents praise America's magnificent national park system, they're not maintaining them. Bill Clinton, for example, spoke of how lucky he was to have Hot Springs National Park as a childhood playground. Yet he... [read more]

Insiders aiding online, off-shore loan sharks

Tuesday, July 28, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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When it comes to pursuing their prey, sharks are master maneuverers. Loan sharks, that is.

These days, this usurious species goes by the less threatening name of "payday lenders." But they... [read more]

13 Democratic senators say “Nuts to you.”

Monday, July 27, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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By a one-vote margin, the US Senate passed “fast-track” authority, in June to expedite passage of the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which will export beaucoup more of our country’s middle-class jobs. That’s the kind of... [read more]

Doug Hughes: Protecting democracy from plutocrats

Friday, July 24, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The price of liberty is said to be eternal vigilance. But just being watchful rarely does anything to stop the theft of our rights. Instead, the real price of liberty is open defiance – the... [read more]

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