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The sleaze, guilt, and punishment of Don Blankenship

Monday, December 14, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Don Blankenship didn't get what he deserves in his federal trial, but he definitely deserves what he got.

"Guilty," declared all 12 West Virginia jurors who pondered the charge that... [read more]

Can craft beer drinkers defeat the beer monopolists?

Friday, December 11, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Everybody in BeerWorld, listen up: This Bud's for you!

Or so we're told by the excitable executives of Anheuser-Busch InBev. It's the conglomerate maker of Budweiser and dozens of other brands,... [read more]

Coca-Cola's corrosive corporate ethos

Thursday, December 10, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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If your car's battery terminals are corroded, just open a can of Coca-Cola. Coke will dissolve corrosion, making your battery connections spiffy clean in a jiffy!

Ironically, however, Coca-Cola can't seem... [read more]

Guess who's pushing for prison reform?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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"Too many people are behind bars that don't belong there," declared a group demanding major reforms to America's throw-'em-all-in-jail, mass imprisonment policies.

For nearly 50 years, politicians and prosecutors have pushed... [read more]

Why has nefarious corporate behavior become so commonplace?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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As a raker of muck, it's my job to root out the nefarious doings and innate immorality of the corporate creature.

But I'm in danger these days of being rendered... [read more]

Rafael and Ted Cruz: Like father, like son

Monday, December 7, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Memo to future presidential candidates from Ted Cruz: (1) If you're going to issue an autobiography to promote your campaign; and (2) if your book highlights your father's heroic adventures in the 1950s Cuban revolution... [read more]

Building monopolies, one merger after another

Friday, December 4, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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There's a new surge in the corporate urge to merge.

Not long ago, monopolies, duopolies, and oligopolies were not only frowned upon by our public watchdogs, but aggressively challenged, and even... [read more]

How Budweiser locks out free enterprise competitors

Thursday, December 3, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The word "free" in "free enterprise" is not an adjective, it's a verb – as in, let's "free up" the enterprise of small businesspeople who're locked out of the marketplace by monopoly power.

... [read more]

Another corrupt for-profit college exposed

Wednesday, December 2, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The nation's for-profit, private college industry is a study in horribles.

Start with the fact that it actually calls itself an "industry" – excuse me, but education is not an industrial... [read more]

The real story of Ted Cruz's "heroic" daddy

Tuesday, December 1, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Ready or not, it's time to go Cruzing again!

I realize that it can be frightening to travel through the dark, dangerous corridors of Ted Cruz's mind, making stomach-turning hard right... [read more]

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