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Do Last Week's Midterm Results Mean the TPP's Inevitability?

Do Last Week's Midterm Results Mean the TPP's Inevitability?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has long been the boogeyman hiding under America's bed. The TPP, which was written to favor corporations over local domestic law with deregulations, was kept at bay by Democrats in the Senate. Unfortunately, something happened last week that significantly hurt those Dems' ability to fight the international "trade agreement" boogeyman.
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Michael Brooks
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Back to the No Future: Wealth Bottoms Out to 1986 Levels for 90% of Americans

Back to the No Future: Wealth Bottoms Out to 1986 Levels for 90% of Americans
Just in case you need a reminder of how lopsided the economy has become, a new paper from economists at the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley shows the bottom 90 percent of American families are no wealthier than they were in 1986. While the top one percent have seen their share of wealth steadily grow, the vast majority of Americans are making due with less.
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America's Most Unequal County: Where the Top 5% Makes 88 Times What the Lowest 20% Does

America's Most Unequal County: Where the Top 5% Makes 88 Times What the Lowest 20% Does
The nation's most massive inequality can be located in one very expected New York City community. The numbers show that the top 5 percent of households in Manhattan earned 88 times as much as the poorest 20 percent.
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The 1% Richer, Income Inequality Worse, Once Lies and Tax Dodging Put into Equation

The 1% Richer, Income Inequality Worse, Once Lies and Tax Dodging Put into Equation
Income inequality is bad enough as it is on the books. However, the actuality might be even worse than we thought because of the wealthy's incredibly adept and hush-hush use of tax evasion. The new report out of 'Bloomberg' is astonishing.
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Exxon CEO Nets 3% Raise, Now Earns $28.1M Per Year

Exxon CEO Nets 3% Raise, Now Earns $28.1M Per Year
The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. received compensation worth $28.1 million last year, a 3 percent increase over the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company regulatory filing. Most of Rex W. Tillerson's compensation was in the form of stock awards, which the largest U.S. oil company valued at $21.3 million when they were granted.
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Capt Obvious Reports: 1% Increasingly Impacting Elections, Undercutting Political Parties

Capt Obvious Reports: 1% Increasingly Impacting Elections, Undercutting Political Parties
Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, leaving political parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns. In a handful of key Senate races, the biggest and loudest players so far are well-funded groups that don't answer to any candidate or political party. That can make it hard for voters to know who is responsible for hard-hitting TV ads and other "messaging."
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Charles Babington
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Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy

Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy
When the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision last week, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political reality it is. The Court found that big money in politics and the influence and access to elected officials that it obtains is not sufficiently corrupting to trump the so-called First Amendment rights of the richest Americans.
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KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws

KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws
A committee in the Democratic-majority Kentucky House of Representatives voted down Republican proposals to make Kentucky a right-to-work state and to exempt school construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
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NASA Study: 1%'s Greedy Resource Grab Could Trigger End of Civilization Within 15 Years

NASA Study: 1%'s Greedy Resource Grab Could Trigger End of Civilization Within 15 Years
A new study backed by NASA warns that, much like the Romans and Mayans before us, our elite power brokers may be driving us towards a cliff as the 1% vacuums up wealth and natural resources. Although the study is largely theoretical, the new report is just one of many warning that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a "perfect storm" within 15 years.
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New Definitions for a New World: 'Koch Brothers Capitalism'

New Definitions for a New World: 'Koch Brothers Capitalism'
By labeling a type of capitalism, the action implies that there are other kinds of capitalism. And that means that capitalism doesn't have to be the way people like the Koch Brothers are making it. So, what is Koch Brothers Capitalism and can America survive its reign?
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