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Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average Illinois Small Business $5,789 A Year

By The Illinois PIRG Education Fund
Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals avoid paying an estimated $147 billion in state and federal income taxes by using complicated accounting tricks to shift their profits to offshore tax havens.

Posted on November 30, 2016

These Chicago Professors Make More Than A Thousand Bucks An Hour Peddling Mega-Mergers

By Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott/ProPublica
The economists are leveraging their academic prestige with secret reports justifying corporate concentration. Their predictions are often wrong and consumers pay the price.

Posted on November 29, 2016

Three Common Arguments For Preserving The Electoral College - And Why They're Wrong

By Robert Speel/The Conversation
The Electoral College does not lead to rural areas getting more attention - and there is no legitimate reason why a rural vote should count more than an urban vote in a 21st-century national election anyway.

Posted on November 28, 2016

In An Ugly Election Result, Hate Surges Online

By A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke/ProPublica
"We're coming out of a very divisive election where white supremacists felt emboldened by the public discussion. They feel like they have a champion in the highest office."

Posted on November 26, 2016

How Journalists Need To Begin Imagining The Unimaginable

By Eric Umansky/ProPublica
We really have to figure out how to tell the truth and not just report the facts.

Posted on November 24, 2016

How The Alt-Right Got Here

By George Michael/The Conversation
The candidacy of Donald Trump enabled a disparate collection of groups - including white nationalists - to coalesce around one candidate.

Posted on November 23, 2016

Jared Kushner Isn't Alone: Universities Still Give Rich And Connected Applicants A Leg

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica
Ten years after his book showed how the wealthy buy college slots for their kids at the expense of more deserving students, Daniel Golden writes that the problem has only gotten worse.

Posted on November 22, 2016

The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting On Trump University

By Sarah Smith/ProPublica
By 2010, 150 people had filed complaints with 22 states about Trump University, which had earned a rating of D- from the Better Business Bureau.

Posted on November 21, 2016

The Truth Behind Jared Kushner's Acceptance Into Harvard

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica
"His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not."

Posted on November 19, 2016

In Segregated Classrooms, Students Struggle To Understand A Trump Victory

By Sierra Mannie/The Hechinger Report
At schools like Siwell that serve mostly black and Hispanic students, kids can't understand how a candidate who received an endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan could have won.

Posted on November 17, 2016

The U.S. Does A Lousy Job Of Tracking Hate Crimes

By A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke/ProPublica
More than 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies don't report hate crimes at all to the FBI as part of its annual national survey of crime in America.

Posted on November 16, 2016

Dear Media: Stop Normalizing Trump

By Deirdre Fulton/Common Dreams
Here come the beat-sweeteners.

Posted on November 15, 2016

After U.S. Election, Retirement Security Heads For A Crash

By Mark Miller/Reuters
A surprise in store for Trump voters - and collateral damage for the rest of us.

Posted on November 14, 2016

About Those Election Maps . . .

By Mark Newman
Large portions of the country are actually quite evenly divided.

Posted on November 12, 2016

America Just Elected A President Who Made This Mass E-Mail Necessary

New leader of the free world spurs need for instructions on how to report violence, threats and acts of intimidation.

Posted on November 11, 2016

Inside Aleppo's Nightmare: Why We Must Act

By M. Zaher Sahloul/The Conversation
Shedding tears about the pictures of the injured children of Syria is not enough.

Posted on November 10, 2016

U.S. Manufacturing Economy Fails Employers And Workers

By Timothy Aeppel/Reuters
A third of factory floor workers collect some form of public assistance such as food stamps.

Posted on November 5, 2016

Falling Prices, Borrowing Binge Haunt Midwest 'Go-Go Farmers'

By P.J. Huffstutter/Reuters
In all, about one in three U.S. farms raising grain and other row crops, not including cotton, last year were categorized by the department as "highly leveraged" or "very highly leveraged," meaning their debts equaled at least 41 percent of assets.

Posted on November 4, 2016

Documents Reveal U.K. Involvement In Secret U.S. Drone Campaign 'Kill List'

By Nika Knight/Common Dreams
"The U.S. drone program, conducted in the shadows, has killed hundreds of civilians without any accountability. The British government has questions to answer over its own involvement in this secret war and how much responsibility it bears for those deaths."

Posted on November 1, 2016

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Cricket vs. Brexit.
POLITICS - An Odd Call From Bermuda.
SPORTS - All Is Not Forgiven, Bears.

BOOKS - Turning Points Of The Civil War.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Baxter's IV Bag Shortages.


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