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Category Archive for 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'

I am happy that, after all this time, Gary Webb’s amazing investigative work will finally be vindicated — but sorry the journalism establishment helped push him to suicide: Kill the Messenger, an actual film coming soon to a theater near you, is the true story of Sacramento-based investigative reporter Gary Webb, who earned both acclaim […]

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They not only want to rob us blind, they want us to think highly of them for doing it: The nation’s largest banks and debt collectors are worried that if you learn what people are saying about them, you might like them less. And that wouldn’t be fair, they say. The financial sector is fighting […]

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Let too many of the wrong kind of people vote, and you could lose power: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today halted early voting in Ohio scheduled to begin Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices blocked an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus that would have […]

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Thanks, austerity hawks! The Census Bureau’s latest headline numbers on income, poverty and health insurance received wide coverage: The poverty rate fell in 2013 while real (inflation-adjusted) median household income was little changed and the share of Americans without health insurance coverage fell. Here’s a look behind the headlines, courtesy of my Center on Budget […]

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Happy to see this happening: The Vatican said on Tuesday that it had placed under house arrest and opened criminal proceedings against one of its former ambassadors, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who has been accused of sexually abusing boys he met on the street while serving in the Dominican Republic. It is the first time the […]

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I mean, Jesus Christ! Who hires people like this? A 10-year-old boy attending a Tularosa, N.M., Intermediate School’s Career Day expected it to be fun and educational, but instead he ended up in the emergency room. The boy, identified as R.D., blacked out after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when struck by a police officer’s […]

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Almost 40 years ago, I was working in my brother-in-law’s pizza and ice cream shop on the Main Line. (In case you don’t know, this is where a lot of the Philadelphia area’s 1% live.) One day, an older guy came in with his two little grandkids, a boy and a girl. The girl was […]

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Rolling Stone with a really good look at how and where the Koch brothers make their money. Read it!

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Thanks, Wall Street! Time to expand Social Security: The 25 largest U.S. public pensions face about $2 trillion in unfunded liabilities, showing that investment returns can’t keep up with ballooning obligations, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The 25 biggest systems by assets averaged a 7.45 percent return from 2004 to 2013, close to the expected […]

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*Here’s what the headline refers to. This is Pam Geller’s hate group putting up these disgusting ads. Geller is the wingnut blogger who, through her batshit crazy blog “Atlas Shrugged”, devotes her life (and makes nice bit of cash doing so) attacking the usually-imaginary “Islamic threat.” Everything is a jihad, she attacks at fever pitch, […]

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