DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator

Chaz Bolte for We Party Patriots Published February 26, 2015 - 9:32am

An investigative report from NBC Bay Area writers Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, and Felipe Escamilla discovered several systematic failures with the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program that has resulted in botched or falsified several whistleblower cases. Among their main sources is Darrell Whitman, an agency investigator, who now considers himself a whistleblower after calling out the agency. Whitman is a five-year veteran of OSHA in its District 9 office which covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and Guam.

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Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Hiked the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

Carl Gibson for The Contributor Published February 26, 2015 - 8:54am

The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article.

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Willie Soon Attacks Funders of Climate Denial for "Lack of Courage"

Brendan Montague for DeSmogBlog Published February 26, 2015 - 5:36am

The aerospace engineer working at the the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was caught out telling his fossil fuel industry funders his research papers and U.S. Senate evidence were “deliverables”. The controversy made the front page of the New York Times and now his employer has launched an investigation into the ethics of his secret funding.

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Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

California Labor Federation for Calitics Published February 25, 2015 - 4:48pm

There's trouble brewing in Washington D.C. for American workers. In the coming weeks, our congress will decide whether or not to pass Fast Track legislation that will allow trade deals to be made behind closed doors and without any oversight from the people most impacted: American workers.

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14 Inspiring African-American Women Fighters For Civil Rights and Gender Equality

Blog for Choice for Blog for Choice Published February 25, 2015 - 3:00pm

In honor of Black History Month, we've put together a list of just a few of the countless African-American women who have led the struggle for civil rights and gender equality.

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As Oil Prices Collapse, North Dakota Considers Weakening Standards on Radioactive Drilling Waste

Sharon Kelly for DeSmogBlog Published February 25, 2015 - 8:56am

As the collapse of oil prices threatens North Dakota's shale drilling rush, state regulators are considering a move they say could save the oil industry millions of dollars: weakening the state's laws on disposing of radioactive waste.

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This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, Minnesota's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

Carl Gibson for Carl Gibson Published February 24, 2015 - 5:00pm

When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton inherited a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, the soon-forgotten Republican candidate for the presidency who called himself Minnesota's first true fiscally-conservative governor in modern history.

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The Corporate Debt to Society: $10,000 Per Household, Per Year

Paul Buchhiet for The Contributor Published February 24, 2015 - 9:12am

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney once tried to make a $10,000 bet on live television. It seemed obnoxious at the time, but perhaps Americans should be more willing to have millionaires and billionaires put their money on the table.

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