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When American Presidents Protect Foreign Governments...

If a blockbuster new report from Newsweek is any indication - a Donald Trump presidency would be one giant conflict of interest.

The problems stem from Trump's massive business empire - the Trump Organization.

We Have All Won An Oligarchy and Lost A Democracy

Here's a thought experiment for you. Ask yourself, "When was the last time I heard any conversation at all about the role of corporations in America in the American public media?"

In the abstract, it seems like a silly question. So let me rephrase it:

Yet More Tribal Land Under Threat

The battle lines for the next fight to protect sacred tribal lands are being drawn in Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah.

Why Hillary Clinton Is In Serious Danger Of Losing To Trump

This election should be a cakewalk, but Hillary Clinton is in serious danger of losing to Donald Trump.

Although she still has about a 5 point edge in some national polls, the monster lead she had over Trump late in the summer has all but vanished.

How To Take On the Banksters

Senator Elizabeth Warren took Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf to task yesterday, and she pointed out that nothing will change on Wall Street or in the boardrooms of America's banks until we start prosecuting executives who oversee fraud.

She's right, but to avoid scandals like this one, we also need to fundamentally change the way that corporate executives get paid.

Climate Denial is the Triumph of the Powell Memo

As climate change rapidly spirals out of control, big business is preparing for the inevitable.

According to a new study from the environmental organization CDP, at least 1,300 corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Disney, and Microsoft, either have an internal carbon pricing plan or are about to put one in place.

The thinking here is simple.

Why the Media is About to Deliver Us Into Trump's Hands

According to the most recent polls - Donald Trump is now leading Hillary Clinton in the critical swing states of Ohio and Florida.

New Genus Of Bacteria Found In Fracking Wells

Deep underground in America's shale formations, researchers at the Ohio State University have just discovered a new genus of bacteria.

Pipeline Being Built Near "Chernobyl On The Hudson"

Located just 25 miles north of New York City, the Indian Point nuclear power plant long been a source of worry among nuclear activists, who think that it could cause a Fukushima-style disaster right here in the U.S.

Republicans, Proudly Serving the 1% Since the Gilded Age

On Wednesday night, Donald Trump did something that sounded downright progressive.

At an event outside of Philadelphia, he proposed a national child care plan under which child care expenses would be tax deductible and all American mothers would get six weeks of paid maternity leave.

Why Won't the Media Push Back Against Liar Think Tanks and Experts?

Matt Lauer was publicly roasted last week after he failed to hold Donald Trump to account during the "Commander in Chief Candidates Forum", but Lauer isn't the only media personality - or "news person," whatever that means these days - who needs to step up his game and press guests to tell the truth.

Electing Trump to Stop Corruption is Like Smoking to Cure Cancer

Don't believe a word Donald Trump says about getting money out of politics -- he's part of the problem, and his apparent bribe of Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi highlights it.

Although this scandal has been overshadowed by all the drama surrounding Hillary having the flu, emails, the Clinton Foundation, etc., it's actually a really big deal.

Donald Trump & Gov. Rick Scott Love Polluters

Donald Trump announced recently that he will do away with the EPA - to help out family farms, of course!

But the truth is - abolishing the EPA would only help big polluters like the Koch Brothers.

Hillary's Mental Health Agenda And Trump

Contrary to what you might think by watching cable news - Hillary Clinton is - in fact - running for president - and she's using the opportunity to put out same very detailed policy proposals.

Don’t Buy the Hype -- The TPP Won’t Secure America

As President Obama prepares to make his big lame-duck push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he's narrowed his sales pitch for the deal down to two basic arguments, and he made both of them during an interview this weekend with CNN.

The first argument the president is making in favor of the TPP is, of course, the idea that it's going to be great for the American economy.

Why Chelsea Manning Is Going Free


In his eight years in office President Obama has waged a devastating war on whistleblowers, prosecuting more people under the Espionage Act than every single president - combined.

But that war on whistleblowers took a possible step towards armistice today when the President commuted the prison sentence of former US Army private Chelsea Manning.

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