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Yes, Racism Is Rooted in Economic Inequality

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Hillary Clinton is an astute campaigner. In a Facebook Q&A the other day, she was asked about the Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley at the Netroots Nation conference earlier this month. The inquirer, a ...

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The Failure — and Future — of Democracy In Europe

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Europe’s proven plenty capable at regulating lightbulbs and vegetables. But it’s failed utterly at making democratic decisions about money. By Vojko Volk There’s at least one reason we should be grateful to the Greek people for exposing the European Union’s ...

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2nd Scottish independence referendum ‘inevitable,’ says Salmond

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A second referendum on Scottish independence is “inevitable,” former First Minister Alex Salmon has said amid fears the union is “hanging by a thread.” The ex-Scottish National Party (SNP) leader said the government’s failure to live up to the ‘No’ ...

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Racism, economic inequity parallel issues in US: Democratic candidate

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says racism is a problem parallel to income inequality in the US after he was criticized for focusing only on economic issues. “We have to address both” institutional racism and economic inequality to combat poverty in ...

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You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers

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Ronnie Cummins On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, ...

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Criminal investigation sought into Clinton’s private email account

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The Justice Department has been asked to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive government information with the use of a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, according to a report. The request ...

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The Value of Protest

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As a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, my first reaction to hearing about Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest at Netroots Nation was disappointment.  This looks bad, I thought.  Bad for Bernie, who is the only presidential candidate with any chance ...

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As Cuban Flag Rises in U.S. Capital, ‘Antiquated Policies’ Still in Place

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The ‘removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade… the return of occupied territory in Guantánamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba,’ must come next, said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez by Nadia Prupis The Cuban embassy on Monday officially ...

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Iran nuclear conclusion ‘bad for Israel,’ US presidential candidate says

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Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker says the conclusion of Iran’s nuclear talks is bad for Israel and he would call the agreement off should he become US president. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, the Wisconsin governor described the ...

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Sanders Putting Pressure on Clinton in Democratic Contest

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But Bernie Sanders is always there. Garnering the largest crowds of the presidential race. Raising millions of dollars, more than nearly every other candidate of either party. And boasting a following that can only be described as intense. Over the ...

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Watchdogs Reveal Chamber of Commerce ‘Blowing Smoke’ for Big Tobacco

"[T]he U.S. Chamber and its AmCham affiliates have joined the tobacco industry in fighting effective tobacco control policies in multiple countries—often without filly disclosing that they are working with the tobacco industry—implying that the full force of the U.S. business community is behind these efforts and that economic harm could result if countries move forward," states the report. (Photo: Raxon Rex/flickr/cc)

New report sheds light on joint efforts to undermine public health protections against tobacco by Sarah Lazare A new report sheds light on the shadowy and coordinated efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the tobacco industry to use intimidation, ...

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Clinton: Military options against Iran ‘not off the table’ if necessary

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US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says all options, including military options, are not off the table should Iran violate the terms of a nuclear deal with the world powers. In a statement on Tuesday, the Democratic candidate said she would ...

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Judge Slams ‘Frivolous’ Government Appeal; Pledges to ‘Move Fast’ on Guantánamo Tapes Release

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WASHINGTON – A federal judge has slammed the Obama Administration’s stalling over the release of 32 force-feeding tapes from Guantánamo Bay, calling the Government’s prior appeal ‘the most frivolous I have ever seen.’ In a hearing this morning in Washington ...

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Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?

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I’ve gotten a fair bit of correspondence complaining that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hasn’t said anything recently in support of the human rights of Palestinians. Of course, Sanders isn’t talking a lot about a lot of things that a ...

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Neocon war criminal Hillary Clinton wants your trust

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US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has dismissed the idea that the American people do not see her honest and trustworthy to take the White House, insisting that they “should and do trust” her. “I have every confidence that during ...

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TTIP in the EU: Rejecting Democracy at Every Turn

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Polly Jones (Common Dreams) – After many twists and turns, MEPs decide today what sort of Transatlantic Trade and Investment deal (known as TTIP) they want the European Commission to negotiate on their behalf with the USA. Negotiations were launched with ...

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A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for the Zionist war machine

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International lawyer Barry Grossman believes that voting for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton means voting for “the Israeli hard right and the US war machine.” Grossman made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday when asked about Clinton’s ...

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Fewer people in US proud to be American: Poll

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Fewer people in the United States consider themselves to be “extremely proud” to be an American compared to a decade ago, according to a new survey. While most people – 54 percent – consider themselves “extremely proud” to be American, ...

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Memo to Media: Ask Trump If He’s a ‘Serial Racist’

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Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams) – It’s easy to laugh off Donald Trump’s fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. And easy to poke fun, as Jon Stewart did, at Trump’s grudging admission that some Mexican immigrants might be “good people.” But ...

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TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence of Concerted Attack on Democracy

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A WikiLeaks analysis shows how 52-nation Trade in Services Agreement threatens both net neutrality and personal data privacy Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – One day after it leaked a trove of documents related to the massive, pro-corporate Trade in Services Agreement ...

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Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen’s Approaching Famine?

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UN official warns country of 26 million ‘one step’ from mass starvation (Common Dreams) – With Yemen on the verge of famine, and civilians paying a devastating toll in the relentless Saudi-led bombing campaign, one key question emerges: Will the U.S. ...

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A Short History of the Neocon ‘Clean Break’

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To understand today’s crises in Iraq, Syria, and Iran one must grasp their shared Lebanese connection. This assertion may seem odd. After all, what’s the big deal about Lebanon? That little country hasn’t had top headlines since Israel deigned to ...

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Clinton campaign calls Benghazi panel a ‘charade’

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Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has denounced the House Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack as a “charade.” In a video released on Wednesday, the Clinton campaign accuses the committee and its Republican chairman of wasting taxpayer ...

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The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

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The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet.  So it’s hardly surprising, when ...

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Cuban embassy a ‘slap in the face’ of Israel: GOP senator

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the Obama administration’s decision to reopen the US embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana, is a “slap in the face” of Israel. The senator from Texas made the remarks on Wednesday night, hours after President ...

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French Asylum for Snowden and Assange Would Send ‘Clear Message’ to US

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(Common Dreams) – French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would “absolutely not be surprised” if whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received asylum in France. “It would be a symbolic gesture,” Taubira told French news channel BFMTV on Thursday, adding ...

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The Vileness of the Clintons

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‘Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour? When the storm is ended shall we find How softly but swiftly they have sidled back to power By the favor and contrivance of their kind?’ – Rudyard Kipling, Mesopotamia ...

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Message to Congress on Trade and Inequality: Wake Up, ‘Trickle-Down’ is Dead!

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(Common Dreams) – The debate over trade is red-hot these days. Proponents in Congress are revving up this week to push through their ‘Plan B’ after a grassroots uprising took them by surprise earlier this month and defeated ‘Plan A’, which ...

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Is this democracy? Senate ignores wisdespread outrage against Fast Track

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Today the Senate voted 60 to 37 to jump a procedural hurdle on the path that will send Fast Track trade promotion legislation to President Obama for his signature. Senators voted for the bill that will facilitate the later approval ...

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1984 Arrives Thirty Years Late: Say Goodby to Privacy Forever if This Bill Passes

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(Common Dreams) – Legislation called “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” has been introduced in both houses of Congress. Nice name, no? Don’t you think you should have “the right to know before you go” to a college ...

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How To Respond to the Oligarchy

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The longer I live, the more fascinated I am by two things. One is how much control I have over so many issues and events. The other is how little control I have over so many issues and events. The ...

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Free Trade Deals: Just Another Dirty Secret of the Government

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“The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is not a secret”, according to President Obama. “Any member of Congress can look at it”. True, but no notes, no pictures, no copies, no discussion. So, of course TPP is not a secret, most everyone ...

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Despite the Spin, Hillary Clinton Bows Down to Wall Street Overlords

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(Common Dreams) – “Perfect! Perfect!” exclaimed a woman looking around at the Four Freedoms Park on New York City’s Roosevelt Island as a large crowd waited for Hillary Clinton to announce her presidential candidacy last weekend. And so it was. Secretary ...

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Video: Bilderberg 2015 Media bosses keep journalists quiet. Nazi Banks Replace Nazi Tanks TonyGosling On RT

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http://rt.com/news/266947-bilderberg-police-protests-journalists/ https://soundcloud.com/rttv/media-bilderberg Credits: “We’re given the minimum information and … Via Youtube

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Hillary Clinton not trusted in swing states: Poll

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A new poll by the Quinnipiac University has indicated that a majority of swing state voters think Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for the 2016 US presidential election, is untrustworthy for the job. The poll suggests that the former secretary ...

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Bilderberg Harassment of Free Press Journalists

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Bilderberg uses the same security as the G7, just on a slightly different alp. So why don’t the lavish state resources extend to allowing free press reporting? By Charlie Skelton The Guardian The clock has struck midnight. The dream is ...

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Sanders to Clinton: The Time to Come Clean on TPP, Fast Track is ‘Right Now’

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Calling out Clinton for being wishy-washy on the TPP, Sanders says: ‘If she’s against this, we need her to speak out.’ (Common Dreams) – With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about to formally kick off her presidential campaign with a ...

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Don’t Expect Clinton, GOP Candidates to Work for Social Justice

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(Common Dreams) – My car’s bumper sticker reads “I’m ready for Oligarchy: the choice is clear. There is none.” It’s a truism that under our system, no one can be nominated or can win the presidency who isn’t a shill for ...

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The Illegality of NATO

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Violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles In recent years, participation in NATO has made European countries accomplices in US efforts to achieve global hegemony by means of military force, in violation of international law, and especially in ...

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As Fast Track Vote Approaches in House, Democrats May Have Last Word

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The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on the contentious legislation that could grant President Barack Obama increased power to speed so-called “trade” deals through Congress, and its fate is still up in the air as ...

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Election Coffers Fill Up as Campaign Finance Laws Go Unchecked

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As 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns get underway, candidates are already raking in unprecedented amounts of donations—and being accused of violating campaign finance laws, according to new reports. But the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency in charge of regulating campaign ...

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US has ‘democracy problem': NYC mayor

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The United States is confronted with a “democracy problem,” which might be solved through reforming national voting laws, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says. “We have a democracy problem in this country, we have declining voter turnout,” de Blasio ...

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Netanyahu is Disconnected from Reality

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This writer has commented before on the increasing desperation of Israel to cling to some sense of legitimacy, as it continues policies of racism, oppression and genocide. Any nation indulging in such horrific practices, as Israel does against any and ...

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Bizarre and ironic, war criminal Netanyahu demands global boycott of ISIS ‘products’

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RINF EDITOR’S NOTE: The war criminal wants us to stop boycotting Israel and instead reject products from ISIS.. how he expects the world to do this, when in fact ISIS doesn’t produce any products, is a mystery. In a bizarre ...

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The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

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The hit parade of failed arguments should convince any fence sitters that this is a bad deal. Dean Baker (OtherWords) – As Congress gets ready to vote on whether to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), its proponents are making weaker and ...

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G7 conference to take place behind wall of high security

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By Gustav Kemper (WSWS) – The so-called leaders of the free world will meet for the annual G7 conference on June 7 and 8 in a hermetically sealed high-security zone. The event will be held at Elmau Castle, a luxury resort in ...

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Ron Paul and the Political Theatre

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Students in the state’s official propaganda institutions learn about the wonders of the ­­democratic process, so called, throughout their years of formal study. But the truth is on full display during a presidential election season. These are not wise statesmen, ...

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Charles Kennedy dies, aged 55

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Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his Scottish home aged 55. No cause of death has been made public but police are not treating it as suspicious. His family has issued a statement, saying they ...

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Clinton Memo Reveals How They Convince Rich Liberals to Fund Them

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“It is no secret that Sec. Clinton is fair-left and not far-left,” says internal memo. But what do her centrist supporters really want to talk about? Jon Queally (Common Dreams) – Would you like to know the kind of strategic thinking ...

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WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 ”Bounty” for Leaked Drafts of Secret TPP Chapters

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Democracy Now! – Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number ...

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Poll: Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy

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Most people in the United States now have an unfavorable view of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and believe she is not honest and trustworthy, according to a new poll on the 2016 race for the White House. Clinton’s favorable ...

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Will Hillary Clinton Abolish the Prison State Her Husband Created? Don’t Count on It.

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As the front-runner for the democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has been saying all the right things and making all the right moves. At an April 28 Columbia University forum on Criminal Justice, Hillary Clinton gave a passionate speech calling ...

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‘A Step in the Right Direction': US Removes Cuba from Terror List

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Move signals continued restoration of diplomatic ties, but economic sanctions will remain in place (Common Dreams) – The U.S. has formally removed Cuba from its list of “state sponsors of terror,” the State Department announced on Friday, signaling one more step ...

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Corporate Media Accused of Parroting Fear-Mongering over Patriot Act

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(Common Dreams) – With key provisions of the USA Patriot Act nearing a long-awaited expiration date, there remains one last adversary to take down in the fight for privacy rights: the corporate media. The most recent case is the New York ...

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Is US Trade Rep a Wall Street Crony? Groups Demand Transparency.

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Public interest watchdogs say Americans deserve to know what US top trade negotiator Michael Froman ‘has been privately saying to big banks’ (Common Dreams) – Noting deep ties between the country’s top trade negotiator and Wall Street banks, ten groups representing ...

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Under Shadow of Trade Deal, US Pesticide Lobby Pressured EU to Dump Toxic Pesticide Rules

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Report details how corporate lobbyists mobilized to stop the EU from regulating hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts (Common Dreams) – Under pressure from the U.S. and agrochemical industry lobbyists and amid ongoing negotiations for a ...

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Ireland Makes History: First Country in the World to Vote for Gay Marriage

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(Common Dreams) – The results are in: Ireland has officially become the world’s first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. With a final count of 62.1 percent voting yes, with a total turnout of 60 percent, marriage equality is ...

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Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

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At least one small slice of the American public looks forward to the non-stop, sleazy political advertisements set to inundate viewers during the 2016 elections: media executives and their investors. Peter Liguori, the chief executive of Tribune Company, said earlier ...

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The Murder of JFK

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For some time now, I have been analyzing American history in the light of what I have called structural deep events: events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, are mysterious ...

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If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

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It is not often that members of Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. But negotiations over fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in recent months have given elected representatives the chance to voice their opinions ...

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Monsanto Wants to Move to Switzerland. Why Is Obama Doing It Favors?

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(Common Dreams) – The longstanding principal goal of U.S. trade policy is to advance U.S. economic interests. So, why is the Obama administration fighting so hard to help Monsanto – a company that is openly trying to slash its taxes by moving ...

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Gift to Multi-National Corporations as Senate Pushes Fast Track Forward

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A final vote on Fast Track trade authority could come as soon as Thursday afternoon (Common Dreams) – Thumbing its nose at the wide swath of constituencies and civil society groups that oppose corporate-friendly trade deals, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday ...

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Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics

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Most people we might think of as being on the American left don’t generally embrace the idea of “American exceptionalism.” There is one apparent exception to this unexceptional point of view, however, at least in some corners of the American ...

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US threatens not to sign nuclear deal with Iran due to inspection of military sites

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Washington has threatened not to sign a final nuclear agreement with Tehran unless the Iranian government gives full access to its military sites and nuclear scientists. “If we don’t get the assurances we need on the access to possible military ...

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Dear God, Please Just Say No To Gov. Bobby Jindal

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(Common Dreams) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal yesterday announced he is praying over his decision whether to run for president.  Yesterday he also issued an executive order yesterday supporting discrimination against marriages by Louisiana gay and lesbian citizens, minutes after a ...

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Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True

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Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Neb., would have been 90 years old today. As the #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to grow in strength like the perfect storm, the prescient words of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik ...

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Let The Public Read The Completed Parts Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership

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(Our Future) – Basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are under public dispute. Fast track must not be approved until this is cleared up. We the People deserve to know what is being voted on with fast track. The Dispute ...

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Secrecy and Democracy Are Incompatible

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It is obvious, almost by definition, that excessive governmental secrecy and true democracy are incompatible. If the people of a country have no idea what their government is doing, they cannot possibly have the influence on decisions that the word ...

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The Clintons peddle populism while raking in corporate cash

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By Patrick Martin (WSWS) – Hillary Clinton has launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination with a flurry of populist demagogy, claiming to fight for the interests of “ordinary Americans.” But financial disclosure forms filed May 15 with federal election officials ...

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Canada’s Plan To Make Boycotting Israel a ‘Hate Crime’ Is Stupid and Counterproductive

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(The Independent) – I’ve never been keen on boycotts. The one against Italy for invading Abyssinia didn’t work. Nor did the arms blockade on Spain. I’m still not sure that boycotting South Africa really brought down apartheid. I rather suspect that ...

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Rubio denounces Hillary Clinton ‘a defender of the status quo’

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US Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio has denounced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “a defender of the status quo”. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Rubio said Democratic presidential candidate Clinton was not suitable for the ...

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William & Mary Honors War Criminal

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Nothing better illustrates the extent to which the United States has turned its back on the rule of law than when the likes of Condoleezza Rice are asked to address graduates and receive doctoral degrees honoris causa at university commencements. Ms. ...

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Obama’s Trade War Against Warren Wounds His Party – and His Legacy

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Well, this is awkward. A few days ago President Obama literally laughed off Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s concern that his so-called “fast track” provision, which would limit Congressional power regarding trade deals for the next six years, endangers 2010’s Dodd/Frank financial ...

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Senate Intelligence Chair to Constituents: I Don’t Care What You Think

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Mark Jaycox (EFF) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HR 2048, the USA Freedom Act last week. The bill is an attempt by lawmakers to rein in the NSA and fix the infamous “business records program,” which uses Section 215 ...

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Revealed: Four Clinton Foundation Trustees Charged or Convicted of Financial Crimes

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Shocking revelations show that at least four members of the Clinton Foundation board of directors have either been charged or convicted of financial crimes, including bribery and fraud. This newest, startling revelation is just one more of many in Peter ...

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Political solution to Syria crisis against actual US policy: American activist

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US President Barack Obama is calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis but at the same time Washington is also arming militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, an American activist in Maryland says. Myles Hoenig ...

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Snowden cost US control of ‘geopolitical narrative’ – former NSA official

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Mass surveillance was necessary after 9/11, but not expanding the law to authorize it was a “strategic blunder” that landed the agency in hot water after the Snowden revelations, a former NSA counsel told the agency. “In the wake of ...

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​Nevermind: Jeb Bush walks back comment about authorizing Iraq invasion

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A few days after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq even if he knew there were no weapons of mass destruction, the potential 2016 presidential candidate reversed his position. “Knowing what we ...

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ABC News anchor admits to donating $75,000 to Hillary Clinton

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ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, a contribution he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the “Clinton Cash” controversy.

The ex-political adviser for former president Bill Clinton contributed $25,000 a year in 2012, 2013 and 2014, according to CNN Money.

ABC News initially reported that Stephanopoulos had donated $50,000, but the anchor later acknowledged his $25,000 gift in 2012.

Stephanopoulos never disclosed his contributions, even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book "Clinton Cash," which claims foreign governments and interests groups donated to the Clinton Foundation to curry favor with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.

Prior to joining ABC News, George Stephanopoulos served as communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to former president Bill Clinton. 

“I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply,” Stephanopoulos said in a statement on Thursday

“However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation,” he added.

Prior to joining ABC News, he served as communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to President Clinton. He also served as communications director on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton has officially launched a vigorous campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the 2016 elections, seven years after a bitter defeat to President Barack Obama.

Clinton was the secretary of state during Obama’s first term and his primary opponent before that in the 2008 presidential election.

In a video on her campaign website on April 12, the former first lady said she wanted to be a champion for ordinary Americans fighting their way back from tough economic times.

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Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have to Change How the Media Reports’

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For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them. 2) He loves the poor so much he does everything in his power ...

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The Tragic End of the Woman Bill Clinton Exploited As Poster Child for Gutting Welfare

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We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act—also called “welfare reform”—which was passed by President Clinton working with the Republican-controlled Congress. This welfare reform law changed the terms of federal aid to the poor. Among other things, ...

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Tories ‘at war’ with BBC? Future of state broadcaster unclear under Conservatives

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(RT) – Following the appointment of license-fee skeptic John Whittingdale to the cabinet on Monday, the UK’s right-wing press have sent out a flurry of front pages declaring the government is already ‘at war’ with the BBC. Whittingdale has long been ...

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Harper Government Threatens BDS Supporters with Hate Crime Charges

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Rights groups say newly revealed policy change is meant to “scare” critics of Palestinian oppression Lauren McCauley (Common Dreams) – The Canadian government is threatening to charge those participating in boycotts of Israel with a hate crime, CBC revealed on ...

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NJ governor spent $300k on groceries, drinks

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Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a potential candidate in the 2016 presidential race, has spent around $300,000 of taxpayer money during the last five years on food, drinks and desserts, according to a new analysis. Researchers at ...

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Edward Snowden warns data retention laws are ‘dangerous’

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Former US National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden has delivered a damning verdict on Australia’s new data retention laws, saying they are “radical” and “dangerous,” telling Australians “regardless of whether or not you’re doing anything wrong, you are being watched.” ...

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Jeb Bush Admits He Would Have Invaded Iraq Based On Lies Just Like His Brother

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In this clip from the Kelly File, Jeb Bush declares that he still would have invaded Iraq based on the “faulty intelligence” that was available at the time, and that he would still have done it knowing what we know now. It’s ...

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France demands legalisation of recreational cannabis

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cSporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis. Crowds of protesters, many dressed ...

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Voting fraud? George Galloway launches legal battle over election defeat

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Former MP George Galloway has launched a legal challenge over his defeat at Thursday’s general election and claims to have evidence of “malpractice” in postal voting. Galloway won the Bradford West seat in a 2012 by-election but lost it to ...

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Why on Earth Is Obama Promoting TPP with Global Exploiter Nike?

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Today President Obama is giving a speech promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Paradoxically, he’s chosen to give it at Nike headquarters in Oregon. Nike isn’t the solution to the problem of stagnant wages in America. Nike is the problem. It’s true that over ...

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Netanyahu appoints Ayelet Shaked who called for genocide of Palestinians as Justice Minister in new government

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to appoint Ayelet Shaked as justice minister in his fourth government. Shaked is a Member of Knesset (MK) representing the far-right HaBayit HaYehudi (“Jewish Home”) party. She is known for her extreme, ultranationalist views. ...

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Senate passes Iran review legislation

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The US Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation which would make it possible for Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

The legislation approved on a 98-to-1 vote on Thursday will allow for a 30-day review of any final agreement with Iran.

During the reviewing period, President Barack Obama would be able to waive those Iran sanctions, which were imposed by the executive branch. However, the president would have to leave in place sanctions that Congress had previously drafted.

The measure would also force the Obama administration to certify, on a regular basis, that Iran is abiding by the terms of any nuclear deal.

According to the White House, President Obama would sign the legislation into law if it also passes the House, which is likely to approve it next week.

Shortly after the Senate passed the legislation, House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement supporting the bill.

"This important, bipartisan legislation will ensure that Congress has a role in reviewing any potential agreement regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program," Boehner said in a statement.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said “we’re worked hard to create a great bipartisan balance. And we have an opportunity to do something that is a landmark piece of legislation.”

“No bill, no review. No bill, no oversight. The American people want [Congress] on their behalf to ensure that Iran is accountable,” Corker added.

Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill "offers the best chance for our constituents through the Congress they elect to weigh in on the White House negotiations with Iran."

The only Senator who voted against the bill was Republican Tom Cotton who is an ardent opponent of talks with Tehran. Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leaders in March warning any nuclear deal would be unlikely to last beyond Obama's second term in office.

On April 3, Republican Senator Tom Cotton said he will leave no stone unturned in order to sabotage a final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany -- reached a landmark framework agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland.

The two sides are set to start drafting a final accord, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is expected to come until the end of June.

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Snowden Statue Freed! Plus, Activist Artists Avoid Criminal Charges

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Snowden bust, installed under cover of darkness on April 6 and swiftly removed by cops, will now be displayed in Brooklyn art gallery by Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – Activist artists who surreptitiously installed a 100-pound bust of NSA whistleblower Edward ...

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The Clintons and Their Banker Friends the Wall Street Connection (1992 to 2016)

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The past, especially the political past, doesn’t just provide clues to the present. In the realm of the presidency and Wall Street, it provides an ongoing pathway for political-financial relationships and policies that remain a threat to the American economy ...

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Wall Street Titans Who Crashed Global Economy in 2008 Go Big for TPP

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As billionaire class and financial elites push corporate-friendly pact, new data shows empty promises and ‘job-killing’ reality of previous agreements (Common Dreams) – Even as millions and millions of Americans—represented by thousands of labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith, Internet ...

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Bill Clinton Puts Blame for Family’s Scandals on Accountant

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Bill Clinton put the blame for his foundation’s foreign donor scandal on the accountant who filed its taxes in his Monday interview with NBC News. “There was no attempt to hide [donations],” Clinton said from Kenya. “The guy that filled out ...

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Citing Corporate Takeover, UN Official Calls for Halt In Secret Trade Talks

‘We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots,’ said Alfred de Zayas, UN independent expert A United Nations official has called for a moratorium on secret negotiations over a United States-European ...

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The battle between American-Jewish political donors heats up

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Jonathan Cook With potential candidates for next year’s US presidential elections starting to declare their hand, the chief donors on both sides of the political divide appear to have one issue uppermost in mind: Israel. Among Republican hopefuls, there has ...

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Brother of Hillary Clinton’s Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, JUNE 21 ** Tony Podesta, Pennsylvania campaign manager for John Kerry, is shown at his office Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in Washington.  Despite their contrasting backgrounds and personal styles, Guy Ciarrocchi, Pennsylvania campaign manager for George Bush, and Podesta will play instrumental roles in shaping strategy, recruiting volunteers and signing up voters for their candidates in a close race in one of the most important battleground states in this year's election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: PX208

Anthony “Tony” Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market. Tony is the brother of John Podesta, former top climate change adviser ...

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Hypocritical Tory MP Under Fire For Betraying Voters

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(RINF) – Another Tory MP is facing criticism for betraying voters in Stevenage, UK. As part of his election promise in 2010, conservative MP Stephen McPartland guaranteed voters that if elected, he would take the role seriously and be a ‘full time’ ...

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While you’re paying attention to Hillary, Bill Clinton is being discreetly bribed

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If you’re interested in watching how money influences politics, you would be smart to not only track who Hillary accepts campaign contributions from, but just as importantly who is lining Bill’s pockets as well. In looking ahead to a likely ...

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