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Secrecy Over TPP Fuels Growing Opposition in Congress

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams May 5, 2015   Secrecy Over TPP Fuels Growing Opposition in Congress More and more lawmakers joining opposition to corporate-friendly trade deal over lack of transparency   The back-room push for the corporate-friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact may be backfiring on its supporters, as more and more lawmakers in […]

Support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dropping in response to the lack of transparency over the controversial deal. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc)

Arbitration Fairness Act Would Reinstate Consumers’ Right To Sue In Court

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist May 1, 2015   Arbitration Fairness Act Would Reinstate Consumers’ Right To Sue In Court   (Brian Turner)   Companies have been taking away your right to sue them when they screw up for years, using small, hidden clauses to require mandatory binding arbitration instead. After years of consumer groups voicing […]

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Fight Over Domestic Spying Heats Up in Congress with ‘USA Freedom Act’

By Jon Queally Common Dreams April 29, 2015   Fight Over Domestic Spying Heats Up in Congress with ‘USA Freedom Act’ With Patriot Act reauthorization quickly coming down the pipe, fight over surveillance reform represented in competing congressional bills     A bipartisan bill, designed to rein in the bulk collection of the private communications […]


More Than 50 Groups Joins Forces in Calling for Export-Import Bank’s End

By Melissa Quinn The Daily Signal April 21, 2015   More Than 50 Groups Joins Forces in Calling for Export-Import Bank’s End     With less than 70 days before the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires, a coalition of groups has formed in opposition to the agency’s reauthorization. More than 50 organizations joined forces to urge […]

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Future Indictments Related to Export-Import Bank Likely, Agency Watchdog Says

By Melissa Quinn The Daily Signal April 16, 2015   Future Indictments Related to Export-Import Bank Likely, Agency Watchdog Says   As lawmakers debate whether to extend the life of the highly contested Export-Import Bank, the agency’s chief watchdog said today it’s likely more indictments could be issued as a result of more than 31 investigations […]

Fred P. Hochberg Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States

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Wall Street’s War On Americans: First Scapegoat, Then Rob

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Paul Craig Roberts.org April 12, 2015   Wall Street’s War On Americans: First Scapegoat, Then Rob   Richard Wolff explains how scapegoat economics works: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30032-scapegoat-economics-2015 The economic dissolution of the West is the story I document in The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism. Michael Hudson explains that having looted everything […]


Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Has Mighty Lobbying Power on Its Side

By Clark Mindock OpenSecrets.org April 9, 2015   Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Has Mighty Lobbying Power on Its Side   The proposal to fast track trade agreements made by the Obama administration and overseas partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership — said to be the biggest trade agreement in history, surpassing NAFTA — has created a dynamic […]

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