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When A 'Tax Bonanza' Is Actually A Huge Corporate Tax Break

By Dave Johnson/Common Dreams
Shouldn't the tax-dodging corporations pay what they owe - and pay a fine for tax-dodging - instead of getting a huge tax break?

Posted on October 29, 2016

Snowden: 'Journalists Are A Threatened Class' In Era Of Mass Surveillance

By Nika Knight/Common Dreams
"Things are pretty bad for our side. For the government's side, it's never been easier."

Posted on October 27, 2016

AT&T Spying On Americans For Profit

By Nadia Prupis/Common Dreams
Customers trusted AT&T with some of their most private information, and the company turned around and literally built a product to sell that information to as many government agencies and police departments as they could.

Posted on October 26, 2016

Watch Out For The Coming Corporate Tax-Break Trickery

By Dave Johnson/Common Dreams
Guess who wins with "revenue-neutral" "corporate tax reform?" (Hint: Not you.)

Posted on October 25, 2016

Why Companies Like Wells Fargo Ignore Whistleblowers

By Elizabeth C. Tippett/The Conversation
High-profile corporate frauds like these all seem to follow the same pattern.

Posted on October 24, 2016

ACLU Demands Secret U.S. Court Reveal Secret U.S. Laws

By Nadia Prupis/Common Dreams
"The people of this country can't hold the government accountable for its surveillance activities unless they know what our laws allow."

Posted on October 21, 2016

Fake News And False Flags

By John Jewell/The Conversation
Recent articles about the firm Bell Pottinger are a stark reminder of the power and pervasiveness of PR in today's media landscape.

Posted on October 20, 2016

Obama's New Era of Secret Law

By Nadia Prupis/Common Dreams
"Pretty stunning."

Posted on October 19, 2016

Abducted, Tortured And Held 14 Years Without Trial, Gitmo Diary Author Finally Free

By Lauren McCauley/Common Dreams
One of Guantánamo's longest-held detainees, Slahi's transfer comes 14 years after he was first brought to the offshore U.S. military prison, where he was held without charge or trial. In his critically-acclaimed memoir, the 44-year-old electrical engineer recounted his "endless world tour" of CIA black sites in Jordan, Afghanistan, and eventually Cuba, where he was abused and tortured.

Posted on October 18, 2016

The Rock Sent Us To War And Other True Tales Of Deception

The Grand Pantomime
We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie. They know we know they lie. They don't care.

Posted on October 17, 2016

Fact-Checking Trump & Clinton On The Billionaire's Tax Break

By Alec MacGillis/ProPublica
Misleading insinuations from both.

Posted on October 14, 2016

How Fidelity's Owners Get Richer At Everyday Investors' Expense

By Tim McLaughlin/Reuters
A private venture capital arm run by the firm's family gets first crack at lucrative investment opportunities.

Posted on October 13, 2016

Rahm & Obama's American Way

By Justin Elliott/ProPublica
President Obama promised to fight corporate concentration. Eight years later, the airline industry is dominated by just four companies. And you're paying for it, thanks to Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on October 12, 2016

U.S. Sold Arms To Saudi Arabia Despite War Crime Implications

By Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay/Reuters
State Department officials were privately skeptical of the Saudi military's ability to target Houthi militants without killing civilians and destroying "critical infrastructure" needed for Yemen to recover.

Posted on October 11, 2016

Human Rights Groups To Obama: Time To Follow Through On Drone Promises

By Deirdre Fulton/Common Dreams
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is arguing in U.S. federal court that its drone program and practices are beyond the reach of . . . U.S. courts.

Posted on October 10, 2016

Renaming Trump Plaza

Have a little fun, Chicago . . .
We bid on the Olympics and all we got was this lousy plaza.

Posted on October 7, 2016

Study: 32 Illinois Fortune 500 Companies Holding At Least $147 Billion Offshore

By The U.S. Public Interest Research Group
The chief culprits: Abbvie, Abbott Laboratories, Mondelez, Caterpillar and McDonald's.

Posted on October 7, 2016

U.S. Labor Department: States Are Failing Injured Workers

By Michael Grabell/ProPublica
Those hurt on the job are at "great risk of falling into poverty" because state workers' compensation systems are failing to provide them with adequate benefits.

Posted on October 5, 2016

"Wraparound" Services Are Not The Answer

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
We're not going to "non-profit" our way out of poverty, housing affordability and economic injustice.

Posted on October 4, 2016

In Wells Fargo Case, News Really Did Happen To An Editor

By Stephen Engelberg/ProPublica
Reporters view editor-generated stories as the bane of their existence, and not without reason. Random events and pet peeves are not often a great starting point for serious stories.

Posted on October 3, 2016

Gary Johnson Fails To Clear Exceptionally Low Bar

By Deirdre Fulton/Common Dreams
"So, what's the game plan here? To make it clear that Donald Trump isn't the most ill-informed presidential candidate?"

Posted on October 1, 2016

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Cricket vs. Brexit.
POLITICS - Corporate Spies Like Us.
SPORTS - Why Was This Game Even Scheduled?

BOOKS - Postdictatorship Argentina.

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