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Hillary Clinton’s Mega-Donors Are Also Funding Jeb Bush

Racetrack owners, bankers, and chicken kings: Meet the ultra-rich bankrolling the Bush and Clinton dynasties. A special report by Vocativ and The …

Government

Rand Paul Earns Endorsement From Conservative YouTube Star (But He Can’t Vote Until 2020)

Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign just picked up the endorsement of a young conservative YouTube star, CJ Pearson.<p>Pearson, is the 12-year-old conservative political commentator who first gained national attention with a viral video asking “President Obama, do you really love America?”<p>Two weeks …

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John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

In his recent Oscar acceptance speech John Legend gave light to the impact of mass incarceration on America by stating <i>"We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850.</i>" By saying this while accepting an …

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas • Read the leaked document here<p>Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a …

Surveillance

No, Mr. Netanyahu! We Won't Let You Drag the U.S. into War With Iran!

<i>American Jews are Asking Our non-Jewish Neighbors To Stand With us Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's alliance with American Militarists.</i><p>We have a big problem: the Israeli Prime Minister wants to drag the US into a proxy war for Israel against Iran, and Jews are likely to get the blame when …

Time to Get Real on Jobs, Wages, and Growth

There's been a lot of economic recovery talk lately, but most people will probably tell you that things still aren't that great. Most Americans -- 99 percent of them or so -- are still struggling. Economic inequality is soaring, social mobility is declining, earnings at most income levels are …

NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens

While you were drinking eggnog on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents detailing instances of improper surveillance on U.S. citizens in the last 12 years.<p>The batch of documents, stretching from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second …

Put the evil bastards on trial: The case for trying Bush, Cheney and more for war crimes

The evidence for the prosecution is clear. Human decency requires putting the Bush administration on trial<p><i>“There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture</i> …

U.S. Wealth Gap Hits Record High

Never in the 30 years since the the Federal Reserve first starting collecting wealth data has the divide between the rich and everyone else been so large, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.<p>The wealth gap in the U.S. last year was the biggest since at least 1983, according to …

Is there life on Mars? We are tantalisingly close to being able to say: ‘Yes’

Unusual clusters of methane on the Mars could be being produced by biological organisms, Nasa say<p>Since William Herschel spotted polar ice caps on Mars in the mid-17th century, astronomers have speculated that life could exist on a planet which seemed so similar to Earth.<p>But when probes began to …

Methane

Curiosity rover's discovery of methane ‘spikes’ fuels speculation of life on Mars

Nasa’s robotic rover, Curiosity, has detected fluctuating wafts of methane on Mars, fuelling speculation that the gas may be coming from a form of life on the red planet.<p>An instrument on the six-wheeled robot measured mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or …

Congress Lit the Fuse to the Next Financial Disaster

Last week, a massive, steaming heap of a bill made up of what amounts to nearly a year's worth of legislation, along with other garbage in the form of riders that were too noxious to pass on their own, was jammed through Congress under the guise of keeping the government open. Members were given …

Drug companies shake their rattlebag at the poor

Fay Schopen (Opinion, 12 December) cheerleads what she considers the American ease of pill-popping. Even a casual glance at the medicating patterns in my country reveal that the poor, and people of colour, especially children, are those that are prescribed the most pills. And this is not because …

Our Democracy Is Dying

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. …

Why America Is Starting to Agree on Marijuana

Marijuana has always had a strange way of bringing people together--inspiring sudden friendships in the back rows of concerts, crossing boundaries of age and class, and even forging an unlikely bond between a <i>New York Times</i> columnist and her "marijuana miyagi." Jazz legend Louis Armstrong sums it up …

Elizabeth Warren is really angry about Dodd-Frank change

Elizabeth Warren came out swinging against a Capitol Hill compromise that she says undermines protections established after the financial crisis.<p>She blasted a change to the government funding bill as "the worst of government for the rich and powerful." Major banks lobbied for the provision, which …

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

On Thursday night, the US House passed the omnibus spending bill - backed aggressively by President Obama and GOP leadership - to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. The yes votes prevailed 219 to 206 …

Chris Rock’s economic bombshell: What his “riots in the streets” prediction says about the American Dream

Comedian reveals what it means to be rich today — and how little the average American really understands about it<p>I’ve already written a bit about Chris Rock’s must-read interview with Frank Rich and, as much as I enjoy the comedian’s work, I didn’t expect to be returning to it quite so soon. But …

Here's Why 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Still Thrive In America

WASHINGTON -- It was a sunny and clear Tuesday morning in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sitting in the kitchen of my girlfriend's apartment, I was eating a bowl of cereal -- Honey Nut Cheerios, I still remember -- and browsing the web before making the 15-minute drive to campus for class.<p>I was looking for …

The death of working-class politics: How the wealthy conquered Congress and abandoned blue-collar America

As Congress gets richer and richer, research proves that it’s leaving the rest of us behind<p>Congress is rich. The average net worth in Congress is a bit more than $6 million, while the median net worth is $1 million. To put that in context, $4 million in net worth is enough to put someone in the top …

Afghan Poppy Crop Reaches All-Time High Despite $7.6 Billion In U.S. Spending

Afghanistan just produced a record poppy crop despite massive $7.6 billion in U.S. counternarcotics spending since the war there began, a new report from an independent watchdog found.<p>The value of opium poppy produced in Afghanistan spiked from $2 billion to $3 billion from 2012 to 2013, according …

Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage

Young people and their future families are being bankrupted. Here’s a radical response to the heist of the century<p>Recently, news broke that Rolling Jubilee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of debt, purchased $4 million in private student loan debt and forgave all of it, …

Banker who financed 9/11 mastermind now funding terrorists in Syria and Iraq

A terrorist financier from Qatar is at the centre of a jihadi network linking him to al-Qaeda fighters in Syria and Iraq<p>An al-Qaeda financier jailed for his role in funding the mastermind behind 9/11 is once again raising money for Islamist terrorists after being freed by the Qatari authorities, …

Robert Reich: The Reagan revolution is killing America’s middle class

The former secretary of labor explains why the economy will never benefit from the rich having more money<p>I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped Seattle enact the first $15 per hour minimum wage in the country.<p>Other cities and states should …

Wall Street billionaires lose lawsuit over 2008 Fannie and Freddie bailout terms

Judge rules US Treasury has the right to claim all profits of housing giants as they march towards certain death<p>Holder didn’t send a single banker to jail. Is this justice? How to save the housing market: save Fannie and Freddie Housing relief program threw homeowners into the grinder<p>A trio of …

From 9/11 to ISIS: The massive failure of U.S. intelligence

Taxpayers are pouring $68 billion annually into 17 intelligence outfits. Why do they seem to offer anything but?<p>What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the …

First Ebola patient diagnosed in US won’t be treated with ZMapp

The Ebola patient in Dallas will not be given ZMapp, the experimental drug used to treat several international aid workers and medical staff, including at least two Americans, because stocks have run out.<p>ZMapp is one of the drugs that is being rushed into trials in the epidemic, along with other …

Russia at U.N. accuses U.S., allies of bossing world around | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia used its annual appearance at the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday to accuse the United States and its Western allies of bossing the world around, complaining they were attempting to dictate to everyone “what is good and evil.”<p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei …