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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.

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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.”

Top Chicago officials have allowed (or created) a culture of impunity for officers. A separate study the authors cite claims only “19 of 10,149 (or less than 2%) civilian complaints of excessive force, illegal searches, racial abuse, sexual abuse and false arrests between 2002 and 2004 led to police suspensions of a week or more.”

Over the last decade, police misconduct lawsuits against the city and out-of-court settlements “have cost taxpayers several hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when all levels of government have to cut services and raise taxes,” according to the University of Illinois report. Defending cops against litigation has cost Chicago more than $82.5 million since 2003, and “Jon Burge cases have cost local taxpayers more than $53 million since 1998.”

2. New York

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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

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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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What austerity? Taxpayer-funded £369mn Buckingham Palace renovation approved

Funding for the renovation of Buckingham Palace has been approved by MPs, and it will...

Dept of Interior to lease 73mn acres of Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling

Published time: 9 Mar, 2017 03:20Edited time: 9 Mar, 2017 09:43 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed...

At Oil-Friendly States' Behest, Pruitt Cancels EPA Methane Emissions Inquiry

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday fulfilled environmentalists' fears with a gift to the oil and gas industry, in the form...

Donald Trump’s Deepest Fraud

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org U.S. President Donald Trump came into office promising to “drain the swamp” of corruption, and to restore the American...

Trump Boosts Most Wasteful Department, Reduces All Others

Eric Zuesse On February 27th, Reuters headlined “Trump seeks 'historic' increase of 9 percent in U.S. military's budget” and reported that "Trump will ask Congress to boost...

'1930s-style gangsters': 7 police officers indicted and arrested on federal racketeering charges

Seven Baltimore police officers arrested for allegedly abusing their power now face federal racketeering conspiracy charges,...

To help refugees, stop arming terrorists – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Published time: 1 Mar, 2017 23:05 Representative Tulsi Gabbard called again for the US to stop aiding...

In OtherWords: March 1, 2017

Last night, Donald Trump gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress. Many pundits have praised the speech for showcasing a more...

Nobody Needs a Lecture on Morality from Paul Ryan

For nearly half a century now, America’s middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen. Indeed, during the recession, the...

NATO’s Strange Addition of Montenegro

Exclusive: Official Washington’s New Cold Warriors are painting NATO’s admission of tiny Montenegro in the stark black-and-white colors of a...

More govt cuts ordered despite UK public services being at ‘tipping point’

Government departments have been ordered to find extra spending cuts from their day-to-day budget in order to save £3.5bn by 2020. David Gauke, the chief...

Cash-strapped Royal Navy cancels annual air show to focus on counter-terror ops

Published time: 27 Feb, 2017 17:21 Britain’s Royal Navy is so strapped for cash that it...

Trump interrupts CEOs’ meeting to regale them with ‘hole in 1’ golf story (VIDEO)

Published time: 23 Feb, 2017 22:23Edited time: 25 Feb, 2017 13:15 President Trump interrupted a meeting with...

Trump cuts US debt by $12bn in his first month in office, accuses media...

The US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he managed to decrease the US total public...

Wall Street Sodbusters

I love the names: Bobcat Farm, Golden Eagle Ranch, Long Prairie, Ten Mile Farm. They conjure up Americana, the old homestead, and our rich...

16 CEOs urge Congress to pass ‘big & bold’ tax reform, including border tax

Top executives from 16 major companies joined together in a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill,...

Five Ways to End CEO Pay Subsidies

Ordinary US taxpayers are subsidizing excessive CEO pay through a variety of channels. These five reforms could help end these perverse incentives for executive...

Boris Johnson launches £700mn aid fund to ‘thwart Russia’s Europe takeover’

Amid criticism of Russia’s ‘soft power’ in Eastern Europe, Britain is now itself spending hundreds...

UKIP says Britain should slash its foreign aid budget

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is calling for an 80 percent cut to the foreign...

IRS won’t care what your tax return says about Obamacare mandate

The IRS will no longer reject tax filings of those who do not have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in direct...

Penis ring removals a growing problem for London fire service

London Fire Brigade has laid bare the financial cost of kinky sex sessions gone wrong...

NAFTA Has Harmed Mexico a Lot More than Any Wall Could Do

President Trump is unlikely to fulfill his dream of forcing Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the United States' Southern border. If it...

Renewables Are Doomed

By James Delingpole Breitbart February 10, 2017 We’re on the verge of a new energy revolution. Except it’s the exact opposite of the one the “experts”...

UK losing £300mn in aid fraud every year, and doesn’t even know it –...

The UK is losing up to £300 million ($377 million) per year to foreign aid...

Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

There’s a lot of misdirection going on these days. Anybody whose head hasn’t been spinning over the last couple of weeks has probably been...

In OtherWords: February 8, 2017

We’ve got a good one for you this week. For starters, my colleague Domenica Ghanem offers a lovely personal story about growing up Muslim in...
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Video: Who’s behind Turkey’s terrorism, on Turkish TV in English, Yaz Boz, Tony Gosling,...

Did Canadian taxpayers foot Islamic State's recruitment bill? http://www.redressonline.com/2016/11/did-canadian-taxpayers-foot-islamic-states-recruitment-bill/ ... Via Youtube

Robots could take 250,000 public sector jobs by 2030, think tank warns

Robots could soon replace up to 90 percent of the British government’s administrative staff, sparking...

‘Personal involvement’: Lockheed credits Trump with lower F-35 price tag

Ninety new F-35 fighter jets will be delivered to the US government and its allies at...

Will Trump Have the Guts to Stand Up to Drug Companies?

President Trump and other Republicans have talked about the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. Recently, Trump said (rightly) that Big Pharma is “getting away...

Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great Again — for Polluters

In this video essay, Bill Moyers takes on President Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record...

Nigel Farage calls LBC radio show to attack EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt live

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage went head-to-head with the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator and one-time Belgian premier Guy Verhofstadt on...

Trump's Muslim Ban Is Dangerous and a Distraction

On January 27, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to make good on his promised Muslim Ban. One of the primary provisions...

5 Ways Indian Country Can Resist Trump’s Chaos

How does Indian Country survive the Donald Trump era? The new administration is only a few days old, and already the chaos of the...

A Timely Book for the Trump Era

Pivot to AsiaAmerica is no longer a superpower and every American election produces presidents with no idea where the problems lie: The reality is that...

Halting Invasion Will Pay for Trump’s Wall 4x Over Every Year

The Third World invasion costs American taxpayers at least $113 billion every year, a figure which will pay for the expected $20...

‘One rule for rich, another for everyone else,’ say MPs slamming British tax system

The failure by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to get tough with Britain’s super rich...

Break Up the US

I think it is excellent that we have this split. I think it is showing everybody that this notion about one nation and so...

Trump’s First Test on Taxes

Donald Trump’s voters have high hopes that he’ll boost the economy and protect jobs for those who’ve been left behind after three decades of...

Down the Rabbit-Hole to Trump’s Victory

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are several key reasons why Donald Trump won, such as that he achieved a 1,405,004 nationwide popular-vote victory in...
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Video: Money well spent? Royal Navy $1.7mn Russian fleet escort mission

A Royal Navy operation to monitor a Russian fleet of warships as it sailed through the English Channel last year cost taxpayers £1.4 million...

Broke Royal Navy spent £1.4mn escorting Russian fleet through English Channel

A Royal Navy operation to monitor a Russian fleet of warships as it sailed through...

Trident whistleblower tells RT he ‘witnessed 4 unreported missile test failures’

Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly leaked details about a number of serious test fire issues aboard Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine fleet a whole year...

Donald Trump v. the Spooks

Exclusive: President-elect Trump is in a nasty slugfest with U.S. intelligence agencies as they portray him as a Russian tool...

Daytime Juvenile Detention and Propaganda Centers

The Buffalo Public School system has been in the press lately.  Sadly, little of what has been said has illuminated the most salient truths...

The Thorniest Policy-Question that President Trump Will Face

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A decision must be made at the start of Donald Trump’s Presidency on one issue, which will shape both...

Election called as Northern Ireland power-sharing government collapses

Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government has collapsed triggering a second election in eight months as fall...

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

President Barrack Hussein Obama delivered his farewell address in Chicago last Tuesday night. Honesty is not an Obama Virtue Obama wasted no time uttering his trademark lies....

Private Prisons Are Poised for a Comeback Under Trump. Here’s How to Reform Them.

Just a few months ago, things were looking very bleak for the private prison industry. In mid-August, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a...

Final Obama Shot at Brain Enhancement

During a tumultuous period of turnover of federal agencies just prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United...

Britain gave human rights abuser Bahrain £2.1mn ‘stability’ funding in 2016

Bahrain’s record on human rights must affect the annual £2 million of UK funding given...

Obamacare Repeal = $7 Million Tax Cut for Nation's Richest 400 People

Repealing Obamacare, which Republicans on Friday appear closer to doing, would deliver a sizeable tax cut for the rich, a new report shows. Released Thursday...

Corbyn Is Right On Bosses’ Pay

A Maximum of 20 Times The Wage Of Their Lowest-Paid Worker by Adnan Al-Daini / January 13th, 2017 The Leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn,...

Sleep deprivation, scaring with dogs, force feeding: Torture allegations as Gitmo turns 15

Exactly 15 years ago, the first inmates were transferred to the infamous Guantanamo prison, with the...

IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of working-class & poor families

With tax season looming, more than 40 million low-income American families will not be getting their...

California murderer becomes first US prisoner to have state funded sex change surgery

A 57-year-old California transgender prisoner serving a life sentence for murder has become the first US...

All the ways RT ‘influenced’ American politics ‒ it’s not what the ODNI thinks

The US intelligence community has released the unclassified findings of its investigation into what it says...

'Modern-day slave labor': ACLU calls plan for inmates to build Trump's wall 'unconstitutional'

A Massachusetts sheriff has offered his inmates to President-elect Donald Trump to help build the proposed...

Healthy debate? Sanders' giant Trump tweet prop sparks photoshop battle (VIDEO, PICTURES)

In a passionate defense of affordable healthcare, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders used a giant cardboard cut-out...

Britain’s foreign aid budget is ‘exporting the dole’ to poor Pakistanis, says Tory MP

A senior Tory MP has compared a foreign aid program that hands money directly to...

9yo taken out of school after teacher assigns essay ‘calling him a bully’

Parents of a fourth grader in New Mexico are embroiled in a legal battle with their...

Dystopian Donald: The Future According to Trump

Can you doubt that we're in a dystopian age, even if we're still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in...

Shkreli's scheme to boost drug price on display in Senate report

US senators have labeled "the hedge-fund model of drug pricing" employed by the likes of Turing...

In OtherWords: December 21, 2016

It’s giving season, which means we’re probably going to see some headlines soon about major year-end gifts from prominent billionaires and millionaires. Those gifts often...

Will Obsolete Systems Be Replaced With The $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan?

To stimulate the economy, create new jobs and generate new GDP requires an injection of new money. Borrowing from the bond markets or off-balance-sheet...

The Spirit of Christmas

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed...

US Kids Keep Getting Dumber

The U.S. Department of Education has just released it’s latest ranking of international education systems (Program for International Student Assessment – “PISA”) and performance...

Draining the Swamp: A How-To Guide

When President-elect Donald Trump talked about “draining the swamp,” it evoked the way Bernie Sanders talks about how the system is rigged. Many Americans...

Rex Tillerson and Exxon Spent Big on Climate Change Denial While Misleading Public, Evidence...

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's likely choice to be America's top diplomat as Secretary of State, has spent years funding climate change denial and underwriting...

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’

American lawmakers have introduced a so-called Stop Arming Terrorists Act that aims to protect US taxpayers’ dollars from being spent on supporting...

The US Is Funding Terrorists in Syria

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) may have more sense than all the other democrats (and most republicans) in congress put together. Ms. Gabbard appeared on the...

Previously-hidden VA medical center quality ratings exposed – report

The Department of Veterans Affairs hid quality ratings for nearly 150 of its medical centers, but...

Election recount halted in Michigan, Stein plans appeal

A federal judge in Michigan has ordered the halt of a statewide recount effort inspired by...

Female police officers ‘felt up’ by drunken Brits while on patrol

A new parliamentary report on Britain’s “enormous” alcohol problem has cast light on cases of...

New Navy Ship Leaking Tax Dollars

Exclusive: The New Cold War with Russia provides a stronger budgetary lifeline for the Military-Industrial Complex than the War on...

Bitcoin wallet service ordered to give IRS 3 years of user data

A California federal court judge has called on Coinbase Inc., a bitcoin wallet service, to give...

NZ- Sponsorship period for immigrants' parents doubles

Immigrants will have to support their parents financially for a decade if they are approved to settle in New Zealand, under new...

The Case for Free Trade

The Free Market 1, no. 1 (Fall 1983) In 1981 the Federal Register published a declaration from President Reagan: “I determine that it is in...

German Tax Victims Forced To Pay Hillary Bribe

They should just alert us to the nature of politics, why we don’t want political decisions being made in these kinds of areas, why...

Trump and the Fed

REUTERS: Is it reasonable to expect to see a return to a 3 to 4 percent pace of U.S. economic growth under Trump’s policies; if...

Trump’s Peace Democrat

Two weeks after Donald Trump’s shocking upset of Hillary Clinton, the imperious and imperial neoconservatives and their liberal interventionist understudies may finally be losing...

Trump tax plan helps ultra wealthy, businesses more than middle class, hurts single parents

Republicans in Congress will likely enact President-elect Donald Trump’s tax plan within the first 100 days...

Tax Tips for a Donald Trump Presidency

Newly elected president elect of the United States Donald Trump along with his congress controlled by Republicans have already stated that tax reform is...

EpiPen maker refuses to testify to Senate on $465mn settlement

EpiPen maker Mylan is declining to show up in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to address its potential $465 million settlement with the...

Legalize cannabis to end Britain’s ‘embarrassing’ drugs policy, say MPs

Cannabis should be legalized to bring British drugs policy out of the “dark ages” and put it in line with other Western countries, a...

Queen’s elite Guards regiments are badly short of soldiers – MoD figures

Manpower in some of Britain’s elite Guards regiments, which protect Buckingham Palace, has fallen so dramatically that only a few hundred junior infantrymen can...

Obama’s Nonexistent Legacy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org “Trump did more than any democrat to deflate the neocon/neoliberal agenda that liberals themselves screamed was fascist when Bush...

The Senseless Death of Tobeka Daki: Auctioning Health and Life to the Highest Bidders

Tobeka Daki died this week. And she shouldn’t have. Tobeka lived in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and was the mother of two sons....

Sanders, Warren Not ‘Genuine Progressives’–Says Washington Post

If you want to be progressive, don’t be like this guy, says the Washington Post (11/14/16). The Washington Post editorial page (11/14/16) decided to lecture...

The Noose that Obama Had Wanted to Hand to President Hillary to Hang...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION This will be a summary, update, and extension from, a 25,000-word masterpiece of historical writing: the obscure, little-noticed, but...

UKIP misspent £400,000 of EU cash on Brexit & election campaigns, leaked audit shows

UKIP misspent almost half-a-million euro of EU funds on helping boost its Brexit campaign and...

Commies Order Vegan Pizza

5 Years ago my business partner Hunter Lewis asked me if I wanted to develop AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. I ‘d write about the phenomenon of crony...

Tools of the Oligarchy

Who are the anti-Trump protesters besmirching the name of progressives by pretending to be progressives and by refusing to accept the outcome of the...

Dear President-Elect Trump

President-Elect Trump, more policy tweaks, more promises of more government free money and more symbolic gestures won’t fix anything. Though I am just another powerless...

EpiPen manufacturer posts $119 mn losses over price-gouging settlement

Mylan, the company that manufacturers the EpiPen, posted third-quarter losses when it set aside over $465...

Tory austerity ‘systematically’ violated rights of disabled Britons – UN

The United Nations has accused Britain’s Conservative government of violating the human rights of disabled...

Is this person our new President?

Here’s Why Hillary Won’t Allow Her Corporate Speeches to be Published Eric Zuesse (update added 8 November 2016) In a previous report, I indicated "Why Hillary Clinton’s...

Cubs World Series Win Demonstrates Sports Teams Do Not Need Publicly Funded Stadiums

When the Chicago Cubs closed out a thrilling 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians in extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series...

This Is No ‘Cold War’; It’s Far Worse Than That.

World War III — the first (and final) nuclear war — has never been so likely as it is now. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at...

‘Hounded’ soldiers launch legal challenge against UK military over Iraq abuse claims

War veterans who claim they have been hounded over allegations of abuse have launched their...

How to Contact the People Who Sent Militarized Police to Standing Rock

Police face off against protesters occupying a bridge immediately north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on...

EpiPen price hikes increase Pentagon drug budget over 1,000% in 8 years – report

New analysis shows Pentagon pharmaceutical spending on EpiPens jumped over 1,000 percent in eight years to...

Duke of Westminster given millions in public cash for grouse moor – investigation

English grouse moors, including one owned by royalty, have been shored up with millions of...

An Appetite for Action on Tax Reform

In a few short weeks, this election will be over, and the task of governing will fall on the winning candidate and the reshuffled...

Aristocracy’s Immunity From Prosecution Disturbs TARP’s I.G.

Eric Zuesse For the very first time, on October 25th, a high federal official, the “SIGTARP” or Special Inspector General for the TARP program that...

Royal Bank of Scotland accused of corrupt practices with small business investors

Jean Shaoul A cache of emails leaked by a whistleblower confirms previous allegations that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) deliberately destroyed the livelihoods of...

Exposed: AT&T working with government to spy on you

Telecommunications giant AT&T is spying on Americans for profit and helped law enforcement agencies investigate everything from the so-called war on drugs to Medicaid...

Obama urged to block extradition of autistic British hacker Lauri Love

British lawmakers are calling on US President Barack Obama to halt the extradition of Lauri...

Nuclear Annihilation

Twenty-five years is a long time to get back to where you started, but two-and-a-half decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it...

Why Brookings Institution & The Establishment Love Wars

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s recent (at least since 2003) penchant for invasions of countries that haven’t invaded us (such as Iraq in...

Under Trump or Clinton economic plans, US national debt would grow

Tax and economics plans from Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton would both raise the...

Prop. 51 Versus a State-Owned Bank: How California Can Save $10 Billion on...

(RINF) - School districts are notoriously short of funding – so short that some California districts have succumbed to Capital Appreciation Bonds that will cost...

Govt money-saving scheme cost more than it saved – report

A government shared services scheme that officials hoped would save £400 million (US$490 million) per...

Freezing in Iceland

During the 2008 economic crisis, Iceland’s government froze offshore accounts held by foreign investors in that country’s currency, the krona. Recently, the government of...

DOJ files charges against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County’s notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio is about to see the criminal justice system from the...

Whether to Go to War Against Russia

Whether to Go to War Against Russia Is Top Issue in U.S. Presidential Race Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The United States government has already declared...

Syria, the UK and Funding the “Moderate armed opposition”

A document produced last December by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, headed: “UK Non-Humanitarian Aid in Response to The Syria Conflict”, makes interesting...

MoD to buy £3bn armored vehicle fleet from Germany – report

The British Army is set to buy up to 800 infantry vehicles from Germany at...

In Africa, Repeating Our Past Mistakes

The desert town of Agadez in Niger is currently best known as a stop on the people-smuggling route between West Africa and Europe, but...

Chris Christie can be prosecuted for Bridgegate, judge rules

The Bridgegate scandal just won’t go away for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. A judge has...

Totally Private, Tax-Free Gold Storage?

In the last few days, gold has been on a losing streak. Last Tuesday, gold prices fell by $42 per ounce – 3.3% –...

Key Neocon Calls on US to Oust Putin

Exclusive: A prominent neocon paymaster, whose outfit dispenses $100 million in U.S. taxpayers’ money each year, has called on America to...

Bosses discriminate against ex-soldiers – see them as mentally unstable & poorly trained

Military veterans are twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians due to poor training...

Bring Back the Cold War

Pundits have declared a “New Cold War.” If only! The Cold War was a time when leaders focused on reducing tensions between nuclear powers....

‘Poverty Is a Product of the Institutions We Have in Society’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed Alice O’Connor on the politics of the War on Poverty for the September 30, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

Hammond praises Osborne’s economic legacy… then tears up Tory manifesto

Chancellor Philip Hammond sang the praises of his predecessor George Osborne at the Conservative Party...

Bring Back the Cold War

Pundits have declared a “New Cold War.” If only! The Cold War was a time when leaders focused on reducing tensions between nuclear powers....

Why Both Clinton & Trump Are Corrupt

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org In order to overcome the partisanship on both sides of this U.S. Presidential contest, the corruption of both of...

Bring Back the Cold War

Pundits have declared a “New Cold War.” If only! The Cold War was a time when leaders focused on reducing tensions between nuclear powers....

I’m a Bernie Sanders Voter: Here’s Why I’ll Vote Trump

By Eric Zuesse Sometimes, things in politics are the opposite of the way they seem. The Presidential contest between the ‘liberal’ Hillary Clinton’ and the...

Why Does U.S. Gov’t. Donate $38B to an Enemy Nation?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On September 13th, the AP headlined "Israel to get $38 billion in US military aid over 10 years”, and they called...

Saudi prince & Queen Elizabeth handed £900K EU taxpayer-funded subsidies

A Saudi prince and the Queen have been named in a list of wealthy landowners...

Education Department Terminates Agency That Allowed Predatory For-Profit Colleges to Thrive

The Education Department announced last week that it is stripping the powers of one of the nation's largest accreditors of for-profit schools. The...

Money for rogue landlord crackdown being used to arrest tenants instead

Millions of pounds’ worth of government funds earmarked to combat rogue landlords is being used...

Republicans Issue Good News About Obamacare

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org To Republicans, good news about Obamacare (the American President’s ‘legacy’ healthcare-reform program, called officially “The Affordable Care Act”) is...

U.S. Public Don’t Care if Politicians Lie

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Everybody knows that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are inveterate liars; but, do Americans really care? The vast...

Three Big Lies that Pervade America’s ‘News’ Media

(This news-report was submitted to virtually all U.S. national ‘news’ media, almost all of which are the very same ‘news’ media that hide these...

Philip Giraldi on Israel Getting the Biggest US Aid Package In History

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice met with her Israeli counterparts yesterday to sign an historic aid deal that will...

What’s Behind the Latest Government Scam

“The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes...

Our Post-September 11 Fifteen Years’ War

(Photo: DVIDSHUB / Flickr) On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its...

Switzerland: 90% of Invaders “Vanish”

Up to 90 percent of nonwhite invaders pretending to be refugees vanish after reporting to asylum centers in Switzerland, it has emerged....

Ex-undercover cops to challenge police chiefs over ‘psychiatric damage’

Former undercover police officers have lodged a series of complaints with Scotland Yard, with some...

£4bn to kick UK politicians out of parliament… for 6yr refurbishment

Plans to move British MPs and peers out of parliament for six years while the Palace of Westminster is being repaired could...

House Expects Friday Vote on 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Opposed by Saudis

Reports out of the Republican leadership say that the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, is expected to...

Israeli minister says Brits will ‘pay the price’ for ‘anti-Semitic’ boycotts

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is in London this week meeting British officials hoping to agree on a joint plan to tackle Boycott,...

Presidential Politics and CEO Pay

Politicians love to beat up on overpaid CEOs. In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Republican presidential candidate John McCain lashed out at executives...

In OtherWords: September 7, 2016

It’s been more than 130 years since the first Labor Day was celebrated to honor the achievements of American workers. But not everyone got...

Drone swarms for combat & surveillance ops top Britain’s military wishlist

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a competition to see who can come up...

ITT Tech announces full closure after sanctions, 40,000 students affected

For-profit higher education company ITT Technical Institutes is ceasing operations in response to a series of...

Hillary must ‘cut all ties’ with discredited Clinton Foundation, Bernie Sanders warns

Hillary Clinton should “cut all ties” with her foundation if she wins the election, Bernie Sanders...

EpiPen fallout: Clinton vows to hold drug makers 'accountable' with oversight board

Amid uproar over a 500-percent price increase for allergy treatment EpiPen, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says...

We Need Secession and Nullification

In his new book Nullification: Reclaiming Consent of the Governed, Clyde Wilson pinpoints the folly and futility of “presidential politics” – of hoping against...

The 10 Worst US Presidents

A few days ago, I posted my list of the top ten worst U.S. presidents on my Facebook page. People who are familiar with my...

Why Are We Paying $300 for an EpiPen That Holds Only $1 Worth of...

In 2007, the wholesale price of the EpiPen in the US was $57. Less than a decade later, the life-saving drug now...

David Cameron’s final shameless scam: Political allies get 25% pay rise

Former prime minister David Cameron offered inexplicable pay rises to his special advisers mere months before they were given post-Brexit ‘golden handshakes.’ According to figures...

Another for-profit college in trouble: ITT Tech sanctioned by government

After years of scrutinizing recruitment and loan practices of ITT Technical Institutes, the US Education Department...

California May Abolish the Death Penalty

California voters will get a chance to abolish the state’s expensive and flawed death-penalty system, a step that could reduce...

We Don’t Know If the Department of Defense Is Actually Providing Security

The U.S. Army has been falsifying its accounting records to the tune of $6.5 trillion for the year, according to a recent...

Can BBC win back Scotland’s trust 2yrs after ‘anti-independence bias’?

BBC News is working hard to restore its reputation in Scotland amid lingering distrust of...

‘Hot Check Division’ court jails cancer patient for bounced check

Bank fees alone are often enough to discourage people from writing checks they can’t cash, but...

EpiPen maker offers discount after public outrage

Makers of the EpiPen auto-injector said they would offer a 50 percent discount after public outrage...

Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?

As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success. But...

Colleges Are Lunatic Asylums

As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us all. Hampshire College...

Pins ‘n’ needles: First heroin free-use zone endorsed in Seattle

As the nation battles an opioid epidemic, one city wants to try something radical. Seattle’s Heroin Task Force has endorsed creating a safe heroin...

Justice Department to phase out private prisons citing safety concerns

In a few years there will be no private prisons in the US. Following a damning...

The Bloody Evil of George Soros

Excerpt from Contagion:The Betrayal of Liberty; Russia and the United States in the Post-Cold War Era adapted for lewrockwell.com ……..Spooked out of Russia after the...

Videos Surface of a Death in Custody the LAPD Didn't Want Released

Early on the afternoon of June 4, 2012, Vachel Howard was handcuffed to a bench inside the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th...

More About a U.S.-and-Allied Hoax Against Assad

UPDATE OF: U.S. Gov’t. Refused U.S. Entry to Jihadist It Employs for Overthrowing Assad Eric Zuesse, updated from his original post at strategic-culture.org On August 18th,...

Bread and Circuses: The F-35 Buzzes Over Chicago

Jared Labell is executive director of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Founded in Chicago, Illinois ...

Far-right Britain First banned from every mosque in England & Wales

Campaigners for the far-right nationalist party Britain First have been banned from mosques across England...

Demolish the State

By Sacha V. Lew Rockwell uses just 162 pages to demolish the idea that we need the State. Covering every important aspect of the State...

Obama gave $1bn to private prisons, bypassing law amid 2014 immigration crisis – report

The Obama administration bypassed public bidding laws to seal a $1 billion deal with the largest prison company in the US, all to handle...

British military spends £91mn on ‘advice’ while service families live in squalor

Just weeks after it emerged soldiers are living in squalid army-issue accommodation, new figures show the Ministry of Defence (MoD) spent £91 million of...

Gangster toddlers? Secretive CA gang database included 42 profiles for 1yo children

An explosive state audit of a secretive California gang database used by law enforcement showed 42...

‘You Don’t Get the Full Picture of What a Devastating Trade This Is’ –...

Janine Jackson interviewed William Hartung about US arms sales for the August 5, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. William Hartung:...

‘Rampant sexism, money-grabbing & cover-ups’ rife among UK police, says former chief constable

A “sexist, money-grabbing” and “boys’ club” culture among senior officers plagues Britain’s police forces, according to former Northumbria Police chief Sue Sim. Speaking to the...

To Stop Climate Change, Don’t Just Cut Carbon. Redistribute Wealth.

 (Photo: Friends of the Earth International / Flickr) This year’s Democratic platform has the fingerprints of progressive movements all over it. A $15 minimum wage,...

Mr. Truman or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb

The pilot of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress flying above Hiroshima August 6, 1945 named the bomber he commanded after his mother, ...

EDL stages demo in Nottingham, hardly any supporters turn up (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

There appeared to be excitement among far-right activists in the run up to a protest...

Wake up: These Unneeded Instruments Can Wreck Mass Destruction

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently advanced a clean energy plan which mandates that New York transition half of its energy needs to...

New Jersey education dept. nullifies majority votes, allocates $32mn+ for school expansion

Overriding two voter referendums, the New Jersey State Board of Education granted nearly $33 million to...

U.S. Gov’t. Refused U.S. Entry to Jihadist It Employs for Overthrowing Assad

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A four-minute video that was posted to youtube on April 29th documents that the U.S. government has been lying about an...

Public Roads as Tesla’s Private Test Track

Logic – let alone reasonableness – is not one of the government’s stronger suits. There are many examples of this, but here’s a newsie...

Is Solar Energy Really Too Expensive?

In order for solar power to compete with other forms of energy, the conventional thinking goes, it needs to become way cheaper. Installing rooftop solar...

Israel to US: ‘Give Us More!’

Washington is preparing to increase US aid to Israel by billions of dollars, with a ten-year ironclad agreement that couldn’t...

I’m Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying?

Acclaimed author and vice-president of the American Anti-Imperialist League, Mark Twain, popularized the expression, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and...

Flint Officials Profited While Water Crisis Raged

Federal officials approved mortgages worth more than $11 million for Flint, Michigan homes bought after it was discovered the city’s drinking water contained dangerous...

British officers stay on 5-star luxury superyachts while soldiers live in ‘flea-infested’ squalor

While British soldiers fear for their children’s health in squalid flea-infested housing, UK taxpayers are...

'Maori rights' removed from Auckland plan

Corporate Maori interests have taken a blow this week after controversial legislation involving culturally significant sites has been removed from Auckland's new...

How Much Do Shady Financial Practices Cost You, Exactly?

(Photo: geralt / Pixabay) The United States' financial system is broken for all but a few at the top -- that much is...

Hillary Clinton’s Platform Lacks a Firm Footing

Domestic success is predicated on a certain degree of peace. (Photo: Flickr/CSIS) Hillary Clinton has some impressive goals for the United States. And it is...

American History in 30 Minutes

Someone recently posed these questions to me: “Jack, isn’t there some way you could say America is the greatest nation on earth? I mean,...

Obama vetoes bill capping expenses of former presidents at $200k a year

Taxpayers will continue to foot big bills for former presidents after Barack Obama vetoed new laws...

£18mn investigation into historic child sex abuse case delayed again

A public inquest into the alleged child abuse crimes of the late Lord Janner has...

Milestone: We’ve Just Dropped Our 50,000th Bomb on ‘ISIS’

In August, 2014, the US-led “coalition” began bombing Iraq and Syria to, in the words of President Obama, “degrade and...

Missing from the Debate: U.S. Aid to Israel

The U.S. is offering Israel $40 billion in aid over the next 10 years. Pictured: Israel Defense Forces special operations. Some Yiddish words will live...

Wall Street Angry that Trump Says Restore Glass-Steagall

Eric Zuesse On July 18th, Rob Nichols, the President of the American Bankers’ Association, which is controlled by the mega-banks, struck back against Republican Presidential...

Helicopter Money

The Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester is a clueless apparatchik and Fed lifer, who joined the system in 1985 fresh out of Barnard and Princeton and has imbibed in...

TPP: Top Lobbyist Says TPP Will Probably Become Law Soon After Nov. 8th

Eric Zuesse Rufus Yerxa, the top lobbyist for the National Foreign Trade Council, told World Trade Online, on July 12th, that he believes "there is enough...

Yes, You Can Be a Witness Against Yourself

As a US citizen or permanent resident, you are forgiven for the belief you have the right to remain silent. “Pleading the fifth” (amendment), is...

For the Senate, Transparency Is a Slow Process

Last week, the books closed on the second quarter of fundraising for this year's congressional candidates. On July 15, the latest campaign-finance reports...

From Cops to Clinton: Impunity Corrupts

Wednesday, two shocking videos of police officers fatally shooting civilians (Alton Sterling and Philando Castile) surfaced. The day...

NATO Summit Meeting, on July 8-9

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org All NATO leaders are meeting together at a crucial July 8th-9th Summit in Warsaw, to agree regarding what to...

Clinton Backs Monsanto’s Case

That to Be Anti Monsanto Is to Be Pro Global-Warming Eric Zuesse On June 27th, I reported Hillary Clinton’s having privately told GMO industry lobbyists, on...

Revolving Doors, Robust Rolodexes, and Runaway Generals

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Here’s an oddity: Americans recognize corruption as an endemic problem in much of the world, just not in our...

Crumbling roads take me home: New Jersey declares state of emergency over infrastructure

After counting the potholes on the New Jersey Turnpike, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency over the condition of the Garden State’s...

Whom do we blame for our troubles?

A natural progression has arisen 40 years after billionaires laid plans for a cultural revolution, in large part by using fake organizations of philanthropy...

Senate passes Puerto Rico financial rescue bill to Obama for signature

The US Senate passed a bill to financially rescue Puerto Rico, which is mired in debt....

It’s Official—California Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in November

A broadly-backed initiative to legalize marijuana in the country's most populous state will be on the California ballot in November. The secretary of state's...

Trading Places: Neocons and Cockroaches

Exclusive: Neocons want a new Cold War – all the better to pick the U.S. taxpayers’  pockets – but this reckless talk...

Did UK govt spend £10mn keeping Jack Straw & MI6 chief out of court...

Keeping Iraq war-era Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and former MI6 boss Mark Allen out of...

Here’s Why Hillary Won’t Allow Her Corporate Speeches to be Published

Eric Zuesse (update added 8 November 2016) In a previous report, I indicated "Why Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speeches Are Relevant”, but not what they contained. The...

Michigan welfare recipients passing drug tests with flying colors

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is learning a lot about the drug habits of welfare recipients. After...

Wikileaks believes Brexit will lead to ‘scrapping’ of Assange warrant

Wikileaks hopes its founder Julian Assange will soon end his four-year-long self-imposed exile in a...

Non-military federal agencies have more firearm authority than entire US Marine Corps ‒ report

The militarization of local law enforcement in America has long been documented, but a new report...

$10,000, 80 MPG

It’s interesting that the car That Makes Sense – economically and functionally – gets almost no press while cars that don’t (like the Tesla...

Mass Exodus?

Last month, lawmakers in Massachusetts approved a constitutional amendment that will lead to the departure of many of the state’s wealthiest and most productive...

London police lied about stats to get taxpayer money, probe finds

Police officers from London’s Met who ran an intelligence operation that infiltrated hundreds of political groups exaggerated the success of their work, according to...

Is Orlando the New 9-11?

Last week America was rocked by the cold-blooded murder of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Unlike the terrorist attacks of...

Liberty & drug tests for all: Lawmaker seeks to drug screen the rich

While some lawmakers want to require drug screening and testing for welfare and other assistance program applicants, this idea has inspired one US congresswoman...

Foreign Engagement Versus Aggression

by Edward S. Herman / June 16th, 2016 The double standard in the media’s treatment of U.S. plans and actions (“us”) and those of  our...

Million dollar A/C: Louisiana spends over $1 million to avoid cooling death row

Louisiana has spent $1,067,000 on legal fees fighting an order to install air conditioners for three...

Congress, Obama call for a Financial Control Board for Puerto Rico

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Rafael Azul On June 11, US President Barack Obama devoted his weekly...

George Soros Is Preparing For Economic Collapse – Does He Know Something That You...

Michael Snyder Why is George Soros selling stocks, buying gold and making “a series of big, bearish investments”?  If things stay relatively stable like they...

Helping Mideast friends blend in? Pentagon seeks homemade AK-47s

US Special Operations Command is seeking domestic producers of old Soviet weapons, including the iconic AK-47...

Upstart Parties Crash the Ball in Spain

A failure by the left to unite in Spain and the Eurozone will open the door for Europe’s resurgent far right. For the past quarter...

MoneyGrab: Delaware sued by 21 states over unclaimed checks

The state of Delaware is going to court against 21 other states over charges of mishandling...

The Iraq Inquiry: A Government U-Turn and an “Apology” from Tony Blair

It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. You don’t just invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests. —...

‘Quasi-Government’ Groups Are Using Federal Funds To Advance Anti-Trump Agenda

The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese and Alex Pappas contributed to this report. Left-wing groups are using taxpayers’ money to advance a “misleading” anti-Donald...

Good News About Central Governments

I suppose we’ve all overdosed on hearing “Freedom isn’t free!” for the past few days. Your humble scribe is pleased to report that freedom...

Chicago mayor dodges witness stand as whistleblowers settle lawsuit against city

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not have to testify about an alleged “code of silence” in...

Slush funds, secrets and splurges: How Pentagon budgets keep getting bigger

Despite unprecedented levels of funding, the US Department of Defense says it is not getting enough...

The State of the Left: Many Movements, Too Many Goals?

The Sanders campaign has proven a couple of important things about today’s political reality in the United States. 1)    A substantial number of Americans...

'You can’t trust Cameron': Brexiteers back Army minister Mordaunt over Turkey EU claims

After Prime Minister David Cameron suggested Tory minister Penny Mordaunt was lying over Turkey’s prospects...

Sweden Joins NATO’s Emerging War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse Sweden, which historically has been a ‘neutral’ country between the U.S. and Russia, is joining the NATO buildup against Russia, allowing NATO to...

First Deposition Released on Clinton Email Case

Eric Zuesse U.S. Ambassador Lewis Lukens’s sworn testimony in the case of Hillary Clinton’s privatization of the U.S. Secretary of State’s email is the first...

US still uses floppy disks to control nuclear bombers & ballistic missiles

Three-quarters of federal agencies’ IT budgets go on operation and maintenance rather than upgrades, and some...

America’s Cosmic Tax Gap

The folks working for the federal government can do some incredible things. Over at NASA, for instance, they’re now putting the finishing touches on the...

Brits hit by cyber theft could be forced to foot bill as banks shirk...

Brits who use online banking services vulnerable to criminal hackers could be made liable for...

EU ‘violates international law’ by failing to tackle corruption, says justice minister

The European Union is failing to take steps to tackle the “corruption” and “systemic fraud”...

Hammering for Peace

Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two friends who were in town for a Mennonite church gathering focused on the...

Ignore Commencement Speeches

This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable but has increasingly become toxic in recent...

Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlers

For years American taxpayers have been bankrolling Jewish-only illegal settlements in the West Bank with hundreds of millions of dollars funneled through tax-exempt non-profit organizations...