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Hillary Clinton's wealthy donors revealed in Panama Papers

Names in the Panama Papers link Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fresh off a big win in New York, and her husband, former president …

How the Kleptocrats’ $12 Trillion Heist Helps Keep Most of the World Impoverished

An investigative economist has crunched 45 years of official statistics to discover just how much kleptocrats have plundered from 150 mostly poor …

Economics

‘Our economic system is designed to fail’ – Ron Paul

A new Harvard University poll shows that 51 per cent of young adults aged 18-29 oppose capitalism in its current form.<p><b>RT:</b> <i>Do you think this poll is</i> …

How Trump trumpets conspiracy theories

Donald Trump did it again on Tuesday, stating something from a highly questionable source as if it's fact.<p>In the past, his claims have come from fringe right-wing web sites and false social media memes. This time it is coming from the National Enquirer.<p>He credulously cited an Enquirer story about a …

Donald Trump

The White House Will Sit Down With The Dudes Who Toked Up Outside It Today

Just a nice chat about why weed is labeled one of the most dangerous substances on earth.<p>Just a few weeks after staging a huge smoke-in at the White House gates, cannabis law reform advocates are getting a meeting with the Obama Administration today.<p>DC Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) co-founders Adam …

Cannabis

Is it time to revise our federal drug laws?

In a letter this month to inquiring lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration quietly announced that it will decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana “in the first half of 2016.” The move excited legalization advocates and reminded everyone else of how convoluted our drug …

Cannabis

'The most hated man in America' bought the secret Wu-Tang Clan album

When it was announced that Wu-Tang Clan's ambitious, one-of-a-kind secret album "Once Upon A Time in Shaolin" — of which only a single copy was produced — had been sold for millions, the immediate question was: to whom?<p>Private auction house Paddle8, which spent six months discreetly vetting offers …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

World Trade Center

There's a crazy conspiracy theory that the Rothschilds sank the Titanic to set up the Federal Reserve

On Friday I stumbled across a tweet sent in reply to a prominent finance parody account on Twitter. It featured the black-and-white image of three men and the Titanic.<p>The text on the photos named Benjamin Guggenheim, Isa Strauss (actual name Isidor Straus), and David Astor as three wealthy men who …

Five Supreme Court cases to watch that could make history

Last year the<p>Supreme Courtdecided several momentous cases involving some of America's most contentious topics, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare. The new term, which begins Monday, is also full of controversial cases that could help shape the emerging identity of the Roberts court and …

Same-sex Marriage

The Fed is about to attempt the greatest monetary experiment in history

For years, everyone involved with investing has wanted to know: When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?<p>But there’s another important consideration that isn’t asked nearly enough: <i>Can</i> the Fed raise interest rates?<p>That query is more than academic. With the US economy looking increasingly …

Federal Reserve

Congress's Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis

10 Cities With The Widest Gap Between The Rich And Poor

The nation’s wealthiest residents have controlled a disproportionately large share of all income for many decades. In 2001, however, that proportion became a majority share. Since 2007, the shares of income controlled by the wealthiest and poorest 20% of households have steadily diverged. In other …

Where Pope Francis Goes Horribly Wrong With His Economics

Much of what Pope Francis says in his latest encyclical, <i>Laudato Si</i>, is entirely in line with standard Catholic socio-economic teaching. Sadly, that’s so much the worse for standard Catholic socio-economic teaching, as at the heart of it there’s a couple of assumptions that are simply entirely …

Economics

How Qatar got so rich so fast

At the same time, Switzerland has announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.<p>Allegedly awful conditions for migrant workers along with 120-degree summers always made Qatar seem like an odd fit for host.<p>With the new investigation and multiple accusations of …

The Strange Case of the Forgotten Gitmo Detainee

Abu Zubaydah was tortured and waterboarded by the CIA—but his troubles really began when his case arrived in a D.C. courtroom.<p>Since being seized in a raid in Pakistan in 2002, Abu Zubaydah has had his life controlled by American officials, first at secret sites where he was tortured, and since 2006 …

Cybercrime

A dark cloud is hanging over the Oscar-winning Snowden documentary

"Citizenfour" includes extensive footage of filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald meeting with the former NSA contractor in Hong Kong.<p>The film sets the stage for Snowden's collaboration with Poitras by telling the story of NSA whistleblower William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the …

“It’s pure authoritarianism”: Glenn Greenwald exposes the link between Baltimore’s uprising and the NSA

Award-winning journalist tells Salon why the erosion of civil liberties at home and abroad is interconnected<p>It got lost in all the hubbub of the uprising in Baltimore, as well as the addition of a few more candidates to the 2016 presidential election, but according to reports from multiple sources …

Steve Blank On Why Most Startups Fail, And It's Got Nothing To Do With Technology

When well-known entrepreneur Steve Blank took the stage at Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters last week, it felt a little like a rock star was in the house. The audience was chock full of current and aspiring startup founders, many of them engineers (this was Qualcomm’s stage, after all….).<p>Blank is …

Startups

Latest on police-custody death: More protests in Ferguson

11 p.m.<p>Protesters have returned to Ferguson a day after looting, fires and gunfire broke out during demonstrations over the death of a black man who …

Justice

House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups.<p>The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations …

Tom Steyer

Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty …

Sanctions

NRA speaker says he has proof that Islamic extremists are invading American cities

Spoiler: He doesn’t<p>At the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, TN, over the weekend, a man who claims to have 25 years of experience in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels said that he has firsthand knowledge of so-called Muslim "no-go zones" in the United …

White House agrees to give Congress a say on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering …

The White House