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No, Sanders’ Secret Service Detail Isn’t Costing ‘Taxpayers’ $38,000 a Day

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When Nuclear Plants Expire: Stick the Taxpayers With the Bill (and the Waste)

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Helicopter trip to fetch governor’s wallet during marriage spat may cost taxpayers $4,000

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‘Two hotdogs and a tax return, please’: Taxpayers may now send cash to IRS...

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‘Kick in the teeth’: Michigan taxpayers might pay $2.7mn in Flint legal fees

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Property crash fears prompt banks to offload risk onto taxpayers

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UK banks looking ever more precarious and now most risky in the developed world

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Video: Warren Investigation Finds Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for $10 Trillion in...

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Outrage as Brussels demands extra €519m from UK taxpayers

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Why are American taxpayers paying for Israel’s crimes against humanity?

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$200 million of HSBC’s settlement will come from taxpayers

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If The Clintons Are Worth 50 Million, Why Do They Get Nearly A Million...

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Corporate Contractors’ Heavy Burdens on Taxpayers

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Taxpayers to pay £528,000 for Illegal Bilderberg Meeting

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The Fed transfers bank losses to taxpayers by inflation

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Apple, Microsoft hoard cash — US taxpayers pay the bill

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Michelle Obama’s Vacation Extension May Cost Taxpayers at Least $200K

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The Great Italian Auto Bailout – Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers

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Google’s ‘misunderstanding’ saves its execs millions on private jet flights at taxpayers’ expense

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Bailout of GM cost US taxpayers $10.5bn

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How Much of JP Morgan’s $13 Billion Fine Will Taxpayers Pay?

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F-35 repairs cost taxpayers millions

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Wall St. and the ‘Triple-Fucking’ of US Workers, Taxpayers

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What We Could Do With a Postal Savings Bank: Infrastructure That Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers...

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the nation's second largest civilian employer after Walmart. Although successfully self-funded throughout its long history, it is currently...

What We Could Do with a Postal Savings Bank: Infrastructure that Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers...

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the nation's second largest civilian employer after WalMart. Although successfully self-funded throughout its long history, it is currently...

What We Could Do with a Postal Savings Bank: Infrastructure that Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers...

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the nation’s second largest civilian employer after WalMart. Although successfully self-funded throughout its long history, it is currently struggling to stay afloat. This is not, as sometimes asserted, because it has been made obsolete by the Internet. In fact the post office has gotten more business from Internet orders than it has lost to electronic email. What has pushed the USPS into insolvency is an oppressive 2006 congressional mandate that it prefund healthcare for its workers 75 years into the future. No other entity, public or private, has the burden of funding multiple generations of employees who have not yet even been born.

The Carper-Coburn bill (S. 1486) is the subject of congressional hearings this week. It threatens to make the situation worse, by eliminating Saturday mail service and door-to-door delivery and laying off more than 100,000 workers over several years.

The Postal Service Modernization Bills brought by Peter DeFazio and Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, would allow the post office to recapitalize itself by diversifying its range of services to meet unmet public needs.

Needs that the post office might diversify into include (1) funding the rebuilding of our crumbling national infrastructure; (2) servicing the massive market of the “unbanked” and “underbanked” who lack access to basic banking services; and (3) providing a safe place to save our money, in the face of Wall Street’s new “bail in” policies for confiscating depositor funds. All these needs could be met at a stroke by some simple legislation authorizing the post office to revive the banking services it efficiently performed in the past.

Funding Infrastructure Tax-free

In a July 2013 article titled “Delivering A National Infrastructure Bank . . . through the Post Office,” Frederic V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, addressed the woeful state of US infrastructure. He noted that the idea of forming a national infrastructure bank (NIB) has had bipartisan congressional support over the past six years, with senators from both parties introducing bills for such a bank:

An NIB would provide a means to channel public funds into regional and national projects identified by political and community leaders across the country to keep the economy healthy. It could issue bonds, back public-private partnerships and guarantee long-term, low-interest loans to states and investment groups willing to rebuild our schools, hospitals, airports and energy grids. An NIB with $10 billion in capital could leverage hundreds of billions in investments.

What has blocked these bills is opposition to using tax money for the purpose. But Rolando asks:

[W]hat if we set up the NIB without using taxpayer funds? What if we allowed Americans to open savings accounts in the nation’s post offices and directed those funds into national infrastructure bonds that would earn interest for depositors and fund job-creating projects to replace and modernize our crumbling infrastructure?

A post office bank . . . would not offer commercial loans or mortgages. But it could serve the unbanked and fund infrastructure projects selected by a non-partisan NIB.

The Unbanked and Underbanked: A Massive Untapped Market

The “unbanked” are not a small segment of the population. In a 2011 survey, the unbanked and underbanked included about one in four households.  Without access to conventional financial services, people turn to an expensive alternative banking market of bill-pay, prepaid debit cards, check cashing services, and payday loans.  They pay excessive fees and are susceptible to high-cost predatory lenders.

Globally, postal banks are major contributors to financial inclusion. Catering to this underserved population is a revenue-generator for the post office while saving the underbanked large sums in fees. Worldwide, according to the Universal Postal Union, 1 billion people now use the postal sector for savings and deposit accounts, and more than 1.5 billion take advantage of basic transactional services through the post. According to a Discussion Paper of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs:

The essential characteristic distinguishing postal financial services from the private banking sector is the obligation and capacity of the postal system to serve the entire spectrum of the national population, unlike conventional private banks which allocate their institutional resources to service the sectors of the population they deem most profitable.

Expanding to include postal financial services has been crucial in many countries to maintaining the profitability of their postal network.  Maintaining post offices in some rural or low-income areas can be a losing proposition, so the postal service often cross-subsidizes with other activities to maintain its universal network.  Public postal banks are profitable because their market is large and their costs are low.  The infrastructure is already built and available, advertising costs are minimal, and government-owned banks do not reward their management with extravagant bonuses or commissions that drain profits away.  Profits return to the government and the people.

Wall Street Is No Longer a Safe Place to Keep Our Money

A postal bank could have appeal not just to the unbanked but to savers generally who are concerned about the safety of their deposits. Traditionally, people have deposited their money in banks for three reasons: safety from theft, the convenience of check writing and bill paying, and to earn some interest. Today, not only do our bank deposits earn virtually no interest, but they are not safe from theft – and the prospective thief is Wall Street itself.

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) in Switzerland has mandated that “systemically important” banks come up with “living wills” stating what they would do in the event of insolvency. The template set out by the FSB is for these too-big-to-fail banks to confiscate their creditors’ funds and convert them to bank equity or stock. Legally, “creditors” include the depositors. In fact depositors compose the largest class of creditors of any bank.

In 2009, President Obama agreed along with other G20 leaders to be bound by the regulations imposed by the FSB, giving them the force of law. This agreement should properly have been a treaty, subject to the approval of two-thirds of the Senate; but the deal was sealed on a handshake, ostensibly to prevent another Lehman-style banking collapse. Thus the next time JPMorganChase or Bank of America finds itself on the wrong side of a massive derivatives bet, it can avoid insolvency by recapitalizing itself with our deposits. Both JPM and BOA hold over $1 trillion in deposits and over $70 trillion in derivatives; and with the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the banks have been able to merge these operations. The FDIC deposit insurance fund has only $32 billion in it to cover losses for the entire country.

For guaranteed safety, we need a network of publicly-owned banks devoted solely to taking deposits and providing check-cashing services – no gambling with deposits allowed. The US Post Office can safely and efficiently provide the infrastructure for such a banking network, as it did from 1911 until 1967. The post office is ubiquitous, with branches in every town and community.

A Proven Model

Postal banking systems are also ubiquitous in other countries, where their long record of safe and profitable public banking has proved the viability of the model. The mother of all postal banks was in Great Britain in the 19th century. The leader today is Japan Post Bank (JPB), now the largest depository bank in the world. Not only is it a convenient place for Japanese citizens to save their money, but the government has succeeded in drawing on JPB’s massive deposit base to fund a major portion of the federal budget. Rather than using its deposits to back commercial loans as most banks do, Japan Post invests them in government securities. That means the government is borrowing from its own bank and its own people rather than from foreign bondholders.

That is the basic idea behind the national postal savings and infrastructure bank. The deposits of the nation’s savers can be invested in government securities that are in turn used for rebuilding the nation. It is a win-win-win, providing a way to save the post office while at the same time protecting our deposits and rebuilding our decaying roads and bridges without dipping into taxes. It is also a way to vote with our feet, moving our money out of an increasingly risky and rapacious Wall Street into a network of publicly-owned banks that serves rather than exploits us.

Another Option: Rescind the Prefunding Requirement

Another alternative for putting the USPS in the black, of course, is simply to rescind the healthcare pre-funding requirement that put it in the red. The mandate to fund healthcare 75 years into the future appears so unreasonable as to raise suspicions that the nation’s largest publicly-owned industry has been intentionally targeted for takedown. Why? Is it because competitors want the business, or because private developers want the valuable postal properties that are being systematically sold off to meet its now-crippled the budget?

In a revealing exposé in the September 18th East Bay Express, Peter Byrne provides evidence that C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE), the company holding the exclusive contract to negotiate sales for the $85 billion postal real estate portfolio, has sold off 52 postal properties for at least $79 million less than their fair market value. Worse, the buyers included its own business partners and shareholders, including Goldman Sachs. CBRE is chaired by Richard C. Blum, the husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a family Byrne says has a history of accessing public pension funds to make private investments (citing here and here).

The post office has been made to look inefficient and obsolete, as if public enterprises are incapable of generating public revenues; yet the postal service has been both self-funding and profitable for over two centuries. If we refuse to allow our government to make money through public enterprises, we will be destined to bear the burden of supporting government with our taxes, while we watch countries such as China, Korea and Japan, which do allow public industries, enjoy the fruits of that profitable and efficient arrangement.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her 200-plus blog articles are at EllenBrown.com.

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When it comes to interactions between regular citizens and police on the street, the police hold all the cards. They can, and often do, act however they want. One of the few meaningful mechanisms for restitution if you are a victim of police misconduct is to sue for damages. The costs of these lawsuits and payouts add up, and bad police behavior takes a toll not only on our civil liberties, but also on a city's budget.

It's worth mentioning that lawsuits against the police rarely result in million-dollar payouts for victims, are difficult to win, and represent only a fairly small slice of total reports of police misconduct. Also, the reported costs of settlements and judgments to victims often exclude fees paid to attorneys representing the city, so in many cases the real numbers are higher.

This list doesn't include every example of police misconduct or every study about how much it costs, but below are some recent instances of reports that detail just how much money police misconduct costs taxpayers. The point here isn't to argue that people shouldn't sue cops. They should, if they have a good case. The cops should simply give people fewer reasons to sue them.

1. Chicago

Lieutenant Jon Burge is in many ways the posterchild for police brutality. He oversaw a torture regime at the Chicago Police Department from 1973-1991 that included 64 other cops directly and an untold number of police who were aware of what was going on. According to a recent report, over 100 African Americans were allegedly tortured under his watch.

As the Chicago Reader reported in 2003, charges against Burge and his crew included “electric shock, suffocation, burnings, attacks on the genitals, severe beating, and mock executions.”

Burge was eventually prosecuted by the US attorney and sentenced to four and a half years for perjury, though according to the report the Cook County State Attorney never prosecuted any officers for torture or for covering it up. The “blue code of silence” plays a large role in perpetuating corruption.

The report, by the University of Illinois at Chicago, claims that corruption and abuse of power are rampant problems in the Chicago Police Department. The authors looked at CPD corruption dating back to 1960, and conclude that  “[t]oleration of corruption, or at least resigned acceptance, appears to be the order of the day for at least the past 50 years.”

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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

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Part of an exhibit at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

By Zack Kopplin

According to so-called education reform advocates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his Foundation for Excellence in Education, school vouchers, which allow parents to direct state money to private schools of their choice, are essential because “families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs.” From Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, to Newark, N.J.’s Democratic Mayor Cory Booker, these programs are backed by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they enjoy the support of powerful interest groups such as the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the American Federation for Children.

Voucher programs have been established in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and they are spreading as Texas and Tennessee attempt to create ones of their own. As the use of vouchers has expanded across the country in recent years, new questions have arisen that extend beyond concerns about their appropriateness and legality. We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving vouchers have to meet those same requirements? Should private institutions be allowed to ignore state science standards and teach their students creationism while receiving taxpayer money? Does learning about biblical creation, rather than evolution, really help to meet students’ needs?

I first investigated the relationship between creationism and voucher programs after reading an AlterNet article in June about Eternity Christian Academy in Louisiana. Now removed from the state’s voucher program, the school was using the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum to teach students that the mythical Loch Ness Monster existed and somehow disproved evolution. As I looked further into Louisiana’s program, I found that there wasn’t just one school but at least 20 private ones getting vouchers and thus receiving millions of taxpayer dollars. After reviewing my research, New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist James Gill wrote that “vouchers have turned out to be the answer to a creationist’s prayer.”

This isn’t just a Louisiana problem. It seems clear that the U.S. is facing a national creationism epidemic. In an exposé I wrote posted by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, I identified hundreds of additional voucher schools in nine states and the District of Columbia using dozens of different creationist curriculums. These schools are receiving tens of millions of dollars, and maybe even hundreds of millions, to teach religious beliefs in violation of state science standards. With 164 such campuses, Florida’s John M. McKay Scholarships for Students With Disabilities Program contained the highest concentration of creationist voucher schools I was able to uncover. Indiana, which has been marketed as the “gold standard” for voucher accountability, has at least 37 such schools teaching creationism. A couple of its campuses proudly advertise that their students are taken to the Creation Museum on field trips. So far, I’ve discovered 311 creationist voucher schools across the country.

Those 311 schools are not the only taxpayer funded institutions teaching creationism. There are likely hundreds more. Although many are difficult to find, either because they don’t have websites or don’t advertise their creationist curriculum, lots of voucher schools fit the profile of creationist campuses that are already known. On top of this, two states, Arizona and Mississippi, have voucher programs but don’t release the names of participating schools. Officials with the Arizona Department of Education confirmed to me that every private school in the state is eligible to participate in the program, and since I’ve identified private creationist schools there that could be involved, there is little doubt that Arizona is funding some of them. I believe it’s a safe bet that every school voucher program in the country is financing creationism.

These campuses would be shut if they were subject to the same standards as public institutions. The courts have shot down the teaching of creationism and intelligent design with public money over and over again, so why are we letting taxpayer funded private voucher schools teach them? The scientists and educators who devised both state science standards and the national common core standards knew creationism was pseudo-science that would not help American students get the education they need to succeed in a global, 21st century economy. That’s why we don’t teach creationism in public schools. Taxpayers should be outraged that their hard-earned dollars are enabling the mis-education of private school students.
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The annual cost of the Queen is now 69p per person, as figures show that...

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

Photo by www.ice.gov | Public Domain This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It...

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

Photo by www.ice.gov | Public Domain This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It...

Prosecute Blair govt officials at ICC after torture report – ex-diplomat Craig Murray (VIDEO)...

Craig Murray, the only British civil servant to express written concerns over UK complicity in...

Seymour Hersch questions media narrative on Salisbury poisoning — RT UK News

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersch has questioned the UK government’s official line on the motives...

Did Israel Inspire Trump’s Family Separation Policy?

This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter...

BBC gives UK spy network some nice PR at taxpayer expense — RT UK...

A recent BBC video saw the state-funded broadcaster chat to the deputy director of the...

Leading Russiagater touts new revelations by Mueller — RT US News

Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) has advertised forthcoming revelations within the Trump-Russia probe led by Special Counsel...

Cover-up? Twitter reacts to report that UK government will buy Skripal’s house — RT...

The house of Sergei Skripal will be purchased by UK taxpayers, according to officials cited...

FBI may have meddled with Mike Flynn case evidence – US congressman — RT...

US congressman Mark Meadows has suggested that the FBI may have meddled with evidence in the...

As May picks the NHS over defence, is the UK government really worried about...

Theresa May’s insistence that the MoD keeps costs low in favor of pumping more cash...

Fawning Theresa May bowing to prince sparks mockery online — RT UK News

A tweeted picture of Prime Minister Theresa May curtseying to the duke of Cambridge was...

Fawning Theresa May bowing to prince sparks mockery online — RT UK News

A tweeted picture of Prime Minister Theresa May curtseying to the duke of Cambridge was...

Billionaire Branson’s Virgin Care successfully sues NHS for £2m in public money — RT...

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care group has successfully sued the NHS, after losing out on...

Can the FBI Be Independent?

When President Donald Trump appointed Atlanta lawyer Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as the director of the FBI, my initial reaction was not...

Billionaire Branson’s Virgin Care successfully sues NHS for £2m in public money — RT...

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care group has successfully sued the NHS, after losing out on...

Billionaire Branson’s Virgin Care successfully sues NHS for £2m in public money — RT...

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care group has successfully sued the NHS, after losing out on...

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Although the New York Times says that President Donald Trump lies vastly more than did President Barack Obama, the...

Russiagaters aim high and miss again with fresh attempt to link RT to election...

Democratic lawmakers have finally managed to expose RT’s extensive efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential...

More Assaults on the Rule of Law

Scapegoating Iran

Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation...

Trump launches new barrage at ‘bragging’ Trudeau & ‘unfair’ Europe — RT US News

US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over “dishonest and weak” Justin Trudeau for threatening to...

America’s Big-Brother ‘News’ Media

America’s aristocratically controlled ’news’ media hide the basic reality — that America’s trillion-dollar annual federal military expense is a taxpayer-subsidization of U.S.-headquartered international corporations,...

Cheating Workers Out of Wages Is Easier Than Ever

Jara Neal Willis, a nurse at a hospital in Texas, usually clocked in a few minutes before the start of her shift and stayed...

Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Health Care

Veterans have made enormous sacrifices for the United States. The rest of us should ensure that they lead prosperous lives after their service. Affordable, high-quality...

Focus on Pruitt’s Scandals Obscures Environmental Degradation Under Trump

Focusing on a $43,000 phone booth (Washington Post, 4/16/18), not on the $60 trillion that unchecked climate change is projected to cost (Nature, 7/25/13). Scott...

Progressives Sound Alarm Ahead of Tuesday House Vote on ‘Bank Lobbyist Act’

Progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups are sounding alarm on Monday ahead of the U.S. House's vote on a financial deregulatory bill dubbed the "Bank...

Taxpayer-Funded Mercenaries Serving Both U.S. & Foreign Aristocracies

Eric Zuesse The U.S. military is by far the most-respected of all institutions in America. But the U.S. military of today is actually not only...

The best anti-royal wedding tweets — RT UK News

Royal wedding mania has hit fever pitch as royal enthusiasts descend on Windsor to pitch...

UK could save £900mn from cannabis legalization, drug minister silent as husband’s weed op...

The UK would save £900 million from the legalization of cannabis as it would cut...

Trump: Making America Dread Again

Donald Trump is a well-known, self-described germaphobe. Unfortunately, he is not concerned about other Americans’ exposure to germs and disease. With leading infectious disease...

Israel, Ukraine, and U.S., Crack Down Against Press

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, May 16th, Russian Television reported recent crackdowns against the press, on the part of both Ukraine’s Government and Israel’s Government. One...

America Spends About Half of World’s Military Expenditures

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker The National Priorities Project headlines “U.S. Military Spending vs. the World” and reports: “World military spending totaled more...

Workfare for the Private Equity Crew?

(Photo: PeopleImages / Getty Images) The Republicans in Congress are again pushing the idea that we have to make people work for benefits like food...

US will promise N. Korea’s Kim Jong-un it will not seek regime change –...

The US will have to assure North Korea it won't seek to undermine its leader Kim...

USDA lab killing ‘hundreds’ of kittens by ‘incineration’ as part of study

Hundreds of kittens are bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat and then killed by incineration at a...

Work in the Private-Law Society

Trump’s environment czar Pruitt in trouble over ethics — RT US News

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who is under scrutiny for his lavish...

Raising the Flag on Ryan Zinke’s Corruption

The media’s been swirling around the many scandals involving Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, and rightfully so. But there’s another scandalous member of...

Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises

In just a few months, we’ve seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. Stingy state budgets are...

Can Bean Counters Save the World From Trump?

They call people like us “bean counters”—the soulless ones beavering away in some windowless accounting department, the living calculators who don’t care about desperation...

Rapper’s Story Shows How Progressive Prosecutors Can Reform Probation and Parole

Meek Mill is free—for now. Probation and parole should be designed to get people back on track—not ensure they end up back in jail. In and out...

Nation’s Richest — Including Trump — About to Enjoy $17 Billion Windfall Thanks to...

(Photo: Pixabay) As the US's largest Wall Street banks continue to count the billions they've already raked in thanks to the Trump-GOP tax law, a government report published Monday...

Why Interest Rates Are Rising

The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could...

Might Trump Ask Israel to Fund America’s Invasion-Occupation of Syria?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On 16 April 2018, the internationally respected analyst of Middle-Eastern affairs, Abdel Bari Atwan, headlined about Trump’s increasingly overt...

Govt officials splash £10mn of public cash on business flights in midst of austerity...

While Tory policies thrust austerity on the British public, two government departments have come under...

Five Tax Myths Debunked

Tax Day has come and gone. Maybe you have a big bill from Uncle Sam or maybe you got a fat refund. Either way,...

IRS payment website crashes on tax day – Russia to blame? — RT US...

It’s that time of year that all Americans love: tax day. Fortunately, for some of those...

Death By a Thousand Tax Cuts

Every year at this time, US taxpayers (who bother to read news) are treated to a parade of stories about taxes and tax policy....

Trump’s Executive Order on ‘Welfare’ Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled “Reducing...

World War III Is Not Imminent

By Michael S. Rozeff April 14, 2018 ...

First Images of US-Led Strikes on Damascus Emerge

Apr 14, 2018 By Henrik Palmgren | redice.tv The first images and videos have emerged on social media showing the strikes...

Betsy DeVos Needs an Education on Ethics

Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, imperiousness, and incompetence? Answer: Betsy DeVos. She’s Donald Trump’s multi-billionaire education secretary, who hates public education...

In OtherWords: April 11, 2018

It’s Tax Day this week. In OtherWords, Lindsay Koshgarian has some stunning facts about where your tax dollars go: the military. Or, more specifically,...

Farage brands London crime epidemic Sadiq Khan’s ‘mess’ as Mayor widely criticised — RT...

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying London's...

Tillerson splurged $12mn on consultants as part of State Dept overhaul plan – report...

Consultants costing up to $300 an hour were engaged as Rex Tillerson tried to revamp the...

It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen

We’re helping fight someone else’s war in Yemen — and the blood is on our hands. Since March 2015, the United States has supported a...

US State Dept spent $9mn on Soros-backed ‘meddling’ in Albanian politics — RT US...

Documents released by the State Department under a FOIA lawsuit show that almost $9 million in...

In OtherWords: April 4, 2018

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. In OtherWords, my colleague Jessicah Pierre explains that the late civil rights leader’s...

EPA Rolls Back Fuel Efficiency Standards at the Request of Automakers

In what comes as a surprise to absolutely no one following the current administration, today EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a redetermination of the appropriateness of...

UK funding 33,000 teachers promoting jihad & martyrdom in Palestine schools, minister admits —...

Millions in UK taxpayer money being spent on helping Palestinians is also funding schools teaching...

Under GOP Tax Law, Top 1% Get Extra $33,000 per Year. The Poor? $40

Demonstrators against the Republican tax bill rally outside the US Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 30, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb /...

Trump fires Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin — RT US News

US President Donald Trump has apparently fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and says he is...

Lucrative Dealing in the Age of Austerity

Photo by Funk Dooby | CC BY 2.0 CounterPunchers such as Michael Hudson and Rob Urie have long informed its readers about what goes on...

Yorkshire Ripper needs white stick to get around jail after botched op leaves him...

The Yorkshire Ripper is now completely blind after an operation to restore his eyesight went...

How the Military Controls America

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly...

Jewish Federations Act as Israel Lobbyists

Is it a charity or political fundraiser for a right-wing foreign government? People need to take a look at Canada’s Jewish Federations. Together the United Jewish...

Billionaires Won’t Save the World — Just Look at Elon Musk

Will Mars save humanity? Or will our savior be billionaire Elon Musk? Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, humbly believes we don’t have to...

Critics slam record offshore oil lease sale — RT US News

The Trump administration has held the biggest lease sale of oil and gas in US history....

Accumulated Evil of the Whole – Consortiumnews

Brushing aside warnings that he was about to unleash Armageddon in the Middle East, George W. Bush launched an unprovoked attack...

Pelosi-Style Limousine Liberalism Won’t Save the Democratic Party

US House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks during a weekly news conference March 1, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex...

US lawmakers push Trump to spend more on Russian ‘propaganda fight’ — RT US...

The State Department has a $120-million war chest to counter ‘Russian propaganda’ but that’s not enough...

Mnuchin spent $1mn of govt money using USAF as airline – watchdog — RT...

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent almost $1 million on military liaison flights for himself and...

21 Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary?Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m...

Trade Wars and Diminished Credibility

As Jonathan Swift once noted: “There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.”That’s the operative motto for all things Trump, one that makes...

Why Super-Rich Rush to Buy Nuclear-Proof Bunkers

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The rush amongst the super-rich started after the key event of 2014; this single stunning event suddenly sparked that...

The Rise of the New McCarthyism – Consortiumnews

From the Archive: On March 9, 1954, Senate Republicans criticized Joe McCarthy’s overreaches and took action to limit his power, marking...

Trump and California at war — RT US News

A major conflict between California and Donald Trump, who has just sued the liberal state over...

One Thing Democrats and Republicans Apparently Agree On: Deregulating Wall Street

Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the run on Bear Stearns, the investment bank that collapsed under the weight of toxic subprime mortgages....

Putin Explains Why Russia’s New Weapons Can’t Be Stopped by ABMs

Eric Zuesse In a “Russia Insight” TV interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin that was uploaded to youtube with English subtitles on March 10th, NBC’s...

To Stop War, Do What Katharine Gun Did – Consortiumnews

Legendary whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg’s advice to stop current and future wars is simple: do what Katharine Gun did, writes Norman...

Establishment alarmed as Trump threatens to gut US ‘democracy promotion’ racket — RT US...

The foreign policy establishment in Washington is crying foul after the Trump administration proposed to cut...

Corporations Are Spending Their Tax Cut — on Themselves

Remember last year when Donald Trump and his congressional Trumpeteers bragged that their “yuge” tax cut for corporations would spark a “yuge” corporate spending...

State Dept has $120mn war chest for Russia-bashing – and ex-envoy McFaul wants to...

There is $120 million in funding for “countering Russian propaganda” stashed somewhere in the State Department....

How Liars in U.S. ‘News’-Media Build on Lies in U.S. ‘News’

Eric Zuesse (originally published abridged by Strategic Culture Foundation) The means by which the vast majority of Americans are deceived to believe fake ‘news’ that’s...

‘Some men have a uterus’ tweet lands Planned Parenthood in a storm — RT...

Nationwide birth control charity Planned Parenthood sailed into a perfect Tweetstorm when its Indiana and Kentucky...

Senate to Vote on Ending U.S. Role in Yemen Civil War

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation that would remove U.S. forces from hostilities...

UK spent £1.75 billion on airstrikes in Iraq & Syria since 2014 – report...

The UK has spent £1.75bn ($2.44bn) on air and drone strikes in Iraq and Syria...

South Carolina wants to outlaw saggy pants — RT US News

A new law in South Carolina would make it unlawful for people to expose skin or...

Protect Kids – LewRockwell

U.S. propaganda cites NATO’s PR agency’s confirmation that “evidence is overwhelming” Russia manipulated U.S....

Eric Zuesse “There’s no possible way you can say that didn’t happen,” says Ben Nimmon, of the Atlantic Council, which was set up by...

Conservative Riders Would Unleash More Big Money In Politics

Now that Congress and the White House have reached a deal on the topline budget numbers, lawmakers are beginning to finalize appropriations bills to...

The Three Global Super-Powers

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are currently three global super-powers, three nations that lead the world: China, Russia, and U.S. After World War II,...

War Spending Will Bankrupt America

“Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion...

E-Verify – LewRockwell

The UK’s Hidden Hand in Julian Assange’s Detention

Photo by Billy Bob Bain | CC BY 2.0 It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assange’s effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean...

What’s in Trump’s 2019 budget? — RT US News

The White House 2019 budget proposal offers the Pentagon and the president’s immigration agenda a generous...

The UK’s Hidden Role in Assange’s Detention

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assange’s effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In...

Your guide to top anti-Russia think tanks in US & who funds them —...

Countering Russia has become a lucrative industry in Washington. In recent years, the think tank business...

Donald Trump v. the Spooks – Consortiumnews

From the Archive: Just before Trump took office last year, ex-British intelligence officer Annie Machon wrote about the battle he was...

Foreign Office’s ‘ridiculous’ hijab-wearing idea attacked by anti-extremist think tank — RT UK News

The Foreign Office decision to hand out free hijabs on World Hijab Day has been...

The Case for Nationalizing Elon Musk | By Kate Aronoff

On Tuesday, Elon Musk launched some stuff into space. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket was shot into the Solar System, tailed by a Tesla...

The 20 Big Promises to Trump Voters That He’s Broken in Just One Year...

1. He told you he’d cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more. You bought it. But his new tax...

No, Big Corporations Shouldn’t Get Tax Breaks to Create Jobs

Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy. The...

The War in America’s ‘Democratic’ Party

Over Whether to Go to War Against Russia Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 23rd, Joe Biden virtually threw his hat into the 2020...

A Rigged Game Only Amazon Will Win

In September, the giant retail monopolist Amazon announced its intention to build a second corporate headquarters in Someplace, North America. Where’s that? Aha, that’s the...

In OtherWords: January 24, 2017

We’re fresh off a brief government shutdown, brought on in part by the president’s move, months ago, to revoke the DACA program that protects...

New Jersey spent $42mn settling crimes committed by police — RT US News

Local authorities in New Jersey have spent $42 million in taxpayer money to settle allegations of...

Tory MP calls for pupils to learn UK national anthem to aid integration, create...

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell is calling for ‘God Save the Queen’ to be taught in...

Don’t Give the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a Single Dime, Mulvaney Tells Fed

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, walks back to the White...

Shutdown for the Trumpiversary: A Ghastly Symmetry

(Photo: Joe Brusky) Perfect. Right? Just perfect. The one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration could not have happened any other way. A choreographer could not mark it,...

France to offer UK Brexit olive branch… in exchange for migrants & money —...

Britain could be backed into a corner and forced to take on more migrants and...

Some Questions – LewRockwell

New York sues oil giants to fund climate change defenses — RT US News

Plans by the City of New York to sue and divest $5 billion worth of pension...

Trump Already Fading into Irrelevance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org This will be a nonpartisan commentary about U.S. politics, as viewed by an American historian who is disgusted with...

Trump wants $18bn for border wall in exchange for DACA – report — RT...

President Trump is reportedly asking Congress for a total $33 billion to fund his wall and...

The law that’s freeing UK’s ‘worst rapist,’ while other petty criminals face indefinite terms...

Many are asking why the UK's ‘worst sex offender’ - a cabbie believed to have...

Did pro-EU Remain campaign break rules on Brexit referendum spending? — RT UK News

Remainers have been accused of unlawful coordination during the 2016 Brexit referendum. Although Brits voted...

Peers enjoy taxpayer-subsidized perks – even after they retire — RT UK News

Peers are facing a backlash for continuing to enjoy taxpayer-funded perks even after they retire...

Help for Struggling Millionaires is on the Way

Photo by Timothy Krause | CC BY 2.0 It isn’t easy being a millionaire these days, especially if you’ve got less than $20 million. Fortunately,...

Why are Trump’s troops training ISIS terrorists?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When Donald Trump ran for the U.S. Presidency, his biggest foreign-affairs promise (which he copied from Ted Cruz) was...

Honduras: Solidarity With Teachers and Others Fighting for Democracy | Chicago Teachers Union

WASHINGTON - We all know we are under assault on a million fronts here in Chicago and in the U.S.. Sometimes that makes it...

Apocalypse Now: 2017 Was Another Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

by John W. Whitehead / December 28th, 2017 Everyday the future looks a little bit darker. ― Alan Moore, Watchmen Nothing has changed. Just our luck that 2017...

‘Restore Houses of Parliament or risk another Grenfell disaster,’ warns Black Rod — RT...

The Houses of Parliament are at risk of a Grenfell-style “inferno” if they are not...

Not So Fast, We the People | Further Column

In another small, telling step away from pesky participatory democracy - and a predecessor who kinda actually seemed to believe in it - the...

‘Russiagate’ Is Actually Israelgate — Trump as Agent of Israel, Not of Russia

Eric Zuesse The Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s main evidence thus far in his “Russiagate” probe is not actually about possible Russian collusion with Trump to...

US Govt dished out $17mn to settle discrimination claims, 700K for House lawmakers —...

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 20:50 Newly released documents show Congress has paid out more than...

GOP Tax Plan Would Give 15 of America’s Largest Corporations a $236B Tax Cut:...

In "further proof that the Republican tax bill is a massive giveaway to the largest corporations in the country," a new report (pdf) prepared...

White House axes online petition tool to build new one — RT US News

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 02:38 Edited time: 19 Dec, 2017 02:47 The White House temporarily...

Stephen Hawking hails treatments for neglected tropical diseases — RT UK News

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 13:41 Edited time: 15 Dec, 2017 08:29 The world is...

Why Did the News-Media Hide This Important Fact?

Eric Zuesse On December 13th, the following news-story was distributed for publication to virtually all U.S.-and-allied major (and many minor) newsmedia, but it was published...

The GOP’s False Promises Emerge as Tax Bill Enters Reconciliation

In a political nail-biter, the GOP finally passed their tax reform bill in the Senate -- thanks in large part to a number of late-entrance amendments and lofty promises....

Green Party Blasts FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules, Demands Public Ownership of Internet...

WASHINGTON - The Green Party strongly condemned the Federal Communications Commission's decision on Thursday and called for a national movement demanding restoration of Net Neutrality rules...

Trump's Regulators: Eager Servants of Oil and Gas, at Our Expense

(Photo: Babs; edited: LW / TO)   Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Eleven months...

POLL: By 2-to-1, Americans Oppose Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A reliable scientific poll of 2,000 Americans, taken during 1-6 November 2017 — just a month before U.S. President...

Still Waiting… A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars? | By Andrew Bacevich

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The...

Trump Continues Obama’s Wars Against Democracy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org U.S. President Trump’s bold support for the apartheid dictatorship of Israel against that theocratic-racist nation’s non-Jews, fits into a...

British aid for Syria being funneled to extremists… again — RT UK News

The UK government has suspended a foreign aid project in Syria amid allegations that funds...

Anti-Europe Nigel Farage under fire for saying he will still take £70k EU pension...

Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 12:13 Edited time: 5 Dec, 2017 07:53 Former Ukip leader...

Mueller’s Russia probe has cost millions – DOJ — RT US News

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russiagate” probe cost US taxpayers $3.2 million in the first six months,...

America’s Electoral Choices: Liberal Fascism versus Conservative Fascism

Eric Zuesse In U.S. elections between the two political Parties for federal offices — Congress, and the Presidency — the choice that’s offered to the...

Millionaires don’t blow their cash on ‘booze & women’ – Republican senator — RT...

Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 13:54 While defending his government’s plan to scrap so-called ‘death taxes’...

Some Recent Reasons to Distrust American-Allied ‘News’Media

Eric Zuesse Only enough of the openings of these articles are included here so as to indicate the gist, about the rape of the public’s...

Here Are the Four Biggest Lies Trump Told in His Final Tax Scam Sales...

President Donald Trump traveled to Missouri on Wednesday to deliver a final sales pitch for his party's deeply unpopular tax bill before it hits...

Be Aware of the Dark Side of Sports Media

The sports pages of major newspapers, such as the Washington Post,are thriving while other sections of newspapers such as business sections or book review...

Backlash as Prince Harry announces he is about to marry a TV star —...

Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 16:07 News that Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle...

The Best-Laid Plans – LewRockwell

By Gary North GaryNorth.com November 25, 2017 ...

‘The Nuclear Enterprise Is on Autopilot’

Janine Jackson interviewed William Hartung about nuclear overkill for the November 17, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Queen Elizabeth II is worth more than Vodafone, Barclays & Tesco — RT UK...

Sitting on her throne, a chopper out back and private security out front, dripping in...

Under GOP Plan: Wealthy Foreign Investors Get Windfall, Working Class Stiffed

If the Senate Republicans' latest version of their tax overhaul bill passes, foreign investors will receive a financial benefit nearly three times larger than...

All Evidence Shows #GOPTaxScam Is Horrible. Only Question: Can It Be Stopped?

While informed critics and experts say they are now "running out of adjectives to describe how horrible" the GOP's House and Senate tax plans...

How the U.S. Aristocracy Deceive the U.S. Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The progressive former Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman wrote at Forbes, on 22 July 2014: Another year has passed with...

Sen. Warren, Small Business Owners Say: Stop Pretending Tax Plan Helps Small Business |...

WASHINGTON - For months, Republican leaders in Congress have promoted their tax plan as a benefit to small business and Main Street communities. Senator...

What Real Tax Reform Could Look Like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it's no wonder. Working class Americans pay a much greater share of their...

Trump names former pharma boss to lead Health & Human Services — RT US...

Published time: 13 Nov, 2017 16:11 Edited time: 13 Nov, 2017 16:12 US President Donald Trump...

US spent $5.6 trillion on wars since 9/11 – study — RT US News

Washington has expended a whopping $5.6 trillion on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan since...

Nation That Says It Can’t Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on...

Protesters converge outside of the Internal Revenue Service on tax day in lower Manhattan to protest tax dollars being spent on the military...

3 times the royals got trolled — RT UK News

The Duke of Cambridge has warned of the toll that social media can take on...

Is this justice? Here’s a list of those who HAVE and HAVE NOT been...

Cuts to the UK legal aid system have prompted a Great British backlash after it...

Tax reform deadline may be in jeopardy, as Senate & House GOP split on...

Senate Republicans have unveiled their version of the tax overhaul bill, but must now find common...

US Congress to spend $4.6 bn for ‘reassuring NATO allies’ as anti-Russia hysteria mounts...

Members of the House and Senate, seizing on the anti-Russia climate engulfing Washington like a fog,...

Tory minister ‘sorry’ for holding undisclosed meetings with Israeli govt while ‘on holiday’ —...

Published time: 6 Nov, 2017 17:28 International Development Secretary Priti Patel has apologized for holding...

Ground invasion of N. Korea ‘only way’ to secure its nukes with certainty –...

A ground invasion of North Korea is the only way to eliminate its nuclear weapon sites...

Instead of $2 Trillion Corporate Tax Cut, GOP Could Give Average American Families $17,000...

Americans have expressed doubts that the GOP's tax plan would benefit them in a meaningful way -- even if they're in the segment of...

Instead of $2 Trillion Corporate Tax Cut, GOP Could Give Average American Families $17,000...

Appearing on CNN Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argued that the $1,182 that Republicans spent the day touting as the money average American families...

Greece Today

Graffiti at Corinth Harbor. Photo: Kenneth Surin. I am in Greece, attending a conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.   I was...

Latest attempt to reform unelected House of Lords still doesn’t meet public demand —...

Published time: 1 Nov, 2017 15:40 Edited time: 1 Nov, 2017 15:57 It’s the largest...

The Definition of American Insanity by William J. Astore – Antiwar.com Blog

Here are two items this morning from FP: Foreign Policy (foreignpolicy.com), which provides a daily summary (Situation Report, or SITREP) of news items related...

The staggering cost of ‘War on Terror’ — RT US News

The ‘War on Terror’ has cost US taxpayers at least $1.46 trillion since September 11, 2001,...

Wealth over work, $28,684 to $1

by Gerald E. Scorse / October 31st, 2017 On September 27th, media reports outlined the tax plan hammered out in secret by the GOP’s so-called...

Jail bankers who caused 2008 financial crisis, says ex-PM Gordon Brown — RT UK...

Millionaire bankers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis should be stripped of their bonuses and...

NATO Criticism of Russia’s Ukraine Policy Is Answered by Putin

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A NATO supporter criticized Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for Russia’s Ukraine policy, on October 19th, at the Valdai Discussion...

The GOP Declares War on "Abortion Bonds"

There may be no more amorphous political phrase in the English language than "taxpayer-funded abortion." The term originally appeared along with the Hyde Amendment to prevent insurance from covering...

While Trump Opens National Parks to Fossil Fuel Drilling, Fee Hikes Would Lock Out...

  The National Parks, heralded by one former director as containing "the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health," may soon be...

Trump’s Hate-Iran Campaign

Eric Zuesse On October 19th, the far-right Foundation for Defense of Democracy (FDD) held a “National Security Summit” which featured as speakers both Donald Trump’s...

Reposting Amazon Press Releases at Bezos-Owned Washington Post

What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Amazon. (Washington Post, 10/19/17) A matter of huge political import is taking place...

While Trump Opens National Parks to Fossil Fuel Drilling, Fee Hikes Would Lock Out...

The National Parks, heralded by one former director as containing "the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health," may soon be...

GOP lawmaker defends ‘provocative’ comments — RT America

Georgia Representative Betty Price, wife of former Health Secretary Tom Price, has defended herself for suggesting...

3 Things the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know

The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) website at https://www.irs.gov has a staggering 118,000 pages. And you’d think with that much information available for public consumption,...

Macron accuses UK of ‘bluffing’ over threats of no-deal Brexit — RT UK

French President Emmanuel Macron has accused UK politicians of “bluffing” over a “no-deal” Brexit option....

Britain’s most tattooed man wants all extreme body mods legalized (VIDEO) — RT UK

Britain’s most tattooed man says the law on extreme body art is totally out of...

An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate | By

For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you.” And each time, they count on us...

West Point, Air Force Academy rocked by scandals, former professors criticise leadership — RT...

Cadets at two major US military academies are currently under criminal investigation as former professors at...

The Fed’s Massive Bubble – LewRockwell

By Tyler Durden Zero Hedge October 16, 2017 There shouldn’t be a Federal Reserve, but it exists, and...

California forces pet stores to sell rescue animals with groundbreaking legislation — RT America

Published time: 15 Oct, 2017 16:39 California has passed legislation making it the first state to...

The Rich Get Richer Still

The Trump tax proposal is appalling (if utterly unsurprising).  It is immoral and it is bad economic policy.  It will make the rich richer,...

Sanders: To Lift 'Outrageous' Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All

In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and futute generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders...

Watch Live: Sanders Says Time Is Now To Lift Burden of Debt With Tuition-Free...

In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and futute generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders...

’80 Percent of the Benefit Is Going to the Richest 1 Percent’

Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about the Republican tax plan for the October 6, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

This Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like

The 49ers, still protesting. Getty ImagesWe're getting some tired of the racist, hollow, divisive, diversionary claptrap about "disrespecting our soldiers, our Flag or our...

As Pruitt Calls for End of Incentives, Trump Intensifies 'War Against Wind and Solar'

In addition to being slammed by green groups for the climate-killing rollback of the Clean Power Plan, EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Monday stirred...

Trump’s Tax Plan Helps Wall Street Not Main Street

Sharmini Peries: A general consensus is emerging that Trump’s tax plan, which he presented last Wednesday will benefit mostly the country’s upper classes and...

UK parliament proposes new ‘backup’ House of Commons chamber in case of terror attack...

Published time: 9 Oct, 2017 19:03 A parliamentary commission has given initial approval for a...

Wall Street Bailout: Latest Updated Report

Eric Zuesse The latest of the U.S. Government’s updates on the status of the Wall Street bailout is 151 pages long, and highlights from it...

Clark Kent aka Scott Pruitt

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s . . . . The mystery is solved. The mystery is why does Scott Pruitt think he needs...

US House panel approves $10bn for Mexico border wall

A House panel has approved legislation to provide a total of $15 billion for construction of...