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Category Archive for 'Corporate Statism'

I was pretty stunned the that an Atlanta NBC affiliate had produced a report regarding  secret meetings of Georgia Legislators and members of ALEC along with known lobbyists in a Savannah hotel. For the most part, Atlanta local television journalism is about shootings, child abductions, weather, reports on bad traffic and, of course, sports. If […]

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The country of Vietnam wants to make baby formula more affordable for its citizens. American trade negotiators think that’s a bad idea. The measures are among more than a dozen public interest policies adopted by governments involved in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the U.S. considers “barriers to trade,” according to the latest […]

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As much as I enjoy Jon Stewart, he doesn’t really hold a candle to John Oliver: Because Oliver always draws the line between outrageous situations and the political actors who created them. Because Oliver urges you to contact your legislators and get something done. This segment, exposing the abuses of contract farming in the chicken […]

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Yes, this is what several people have told me. Let’s hope it stays this way: President Barack Obama doesn’t have the votes at this point to win U.S. House passage of legislation that would expedite approval of trade accords, a Democratic leader in the chamber said. Obama has sought the trade-promotion authority legislation, largely backed […]

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Republicans want to pay for an assistance program for workers whose jobs are lost through TPP by… taking the money out of Medicare! Nice! Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times explains: Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it’s a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it’s most […]

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Michael Wessel is a former Obama campaign trade adviser who says, yes, Elizabeth Warren is right to be worried about the TPP. He cites the unprecedented secrecy of the Obama administration which makes it impossible for him to share his criticisms. Via Politico: “You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not […]

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Remember, it’s the House that is more likely to stop it. Alan Grayson says they don’t have the votes to pass it. I guess we’ll find out soon: In the House, the stakes are different and the terrain more tricky, which makes the outcome less certain for reasons as ancient as the Constitutional Convention and […]

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We want the big guys behind the meltdown, not these little fishes: NEW YORK (AP) — An investment banker at a Manhattan firm and his father were charged in court papers unsealed Thursday with using inside information to earn over $1 million illegally by trading in securities of five health care companies. The charges including […]

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UPDATE: Still not enough votes in the House. Alan Grayson keeps saying it won’t pass the House. I hope he’s right, because we don’t have the votes to hold the Senate: WASHINGTON — Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to push ahead with votes on President Barack Obama’s trade deals. The agreement came after Democrats […]

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As I pointed out several times, Republicans have been hacking away at Amtrak funding for decades — because they would rather privatize the lines, and we know how well that always works out. But this time, they have incredibly bad timing and you need to let your Congress critters know what you think: As investigators […]

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