by on March 17, 2018
As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 US midterm elections, it had a problem. The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and wooed his political adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, with the promise of tools that could identify the personalities of US voters and influence their behavior. But it did not have the data to make its new products work. So the London-based firm harvested private in...
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by on March 17, 2018
President Trump’s lawyer called on the Justice Department to immediately shut down the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, in the wake of the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Attorney John Dowd said in a statement that the investigation, now led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, was fatally flawed early on and “corrupted” by political bias. He called on Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees that probe, to shut it down...
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by on March 16, 2018
This story of 1.) DONALD TRUMP, 2.) VLADIMIR PUTIN, and their operatives is exceedingly complex, so I ask readers’ patience in going through this historic tale of political cunning and intrigue, conspiracies and crimes. 1990s: Laying Foundations Russian mafia “boss of bosses” 3.) SEMION (Semyon) MOGILEVICH makes moves in North America. Throughout this piece, remember that MOGILEVICH, also known as “the Brainy Don,” has an economics degree and is famous for designing elaborate financial...
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by on March 15, 2018
Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are fasting to pressure Wendy’s to join a breakthrough fair-food program that’s raised wages and made workplace harassment obsolete. Workers and supporters rally outside the offices of Wendy’s board chair Nelson Peltz in New York on the first day of the Freedom Fast, March 12, 2018.  What if you were running a major fast-food chain that had to get its tomatoes from somewhere, and you came across a program that had ended sexual harassment ...
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by on March 15, 2018
Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are fasting to pressure Wendy’s to join a breakthrough fair-food program that’s raised wages and made workplace harassment obsolete. Workers and supporters rally outside the offices of Wendy’s board chair Nelson Peltz in New York on the first day of the Freedom Fast, March 12, 2018.  What if you were running a major fast-food chain that had to get its tomatoes from somewhere, and you came across a program that had ended sexual harassment ...
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by on March 15, 2018
Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are fasting to pressure Wendy’s to join a breakthrough fair-food program that’s raised wages and made workplace harassment obsolete. Workers and supporters rally outside the offices of Wendy’s board chair Nelson Peltz in New York on the first day of the Freedom Fast, March 12, 2018.  What if you were running a major fast-food chain that had to get its tomatoes from somewhere, and you came across a program that had ended sexual harassment ...
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by on March 15, 2018
They Were Born for This Moment Dahlia Lithwick’s take on the impact of teenagers from Parkland, Florida after yet another mass school shooting is a flawed Bob Dole read on the power of education. The most telling moment that this misreading of why America seems to embrace these teenagers comes here: Despite the gradual erosion of the arts and physical education in America’s public schools, the students of Stoneman Douglas have been the beneficiaries of the kind of 1950s-style public ...
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by on March 11, 2018
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN told a gathering of progressive lawmakers Friday that seeing her colleagues vote to advance a Wall Street deregulation bill this week was a “stab in the heart.” This week, 16 Senate Democrats voted for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. It’s a cleverly misnamed bill that would peel back regulations on 25 of the 32 largest banks in the country, removing a slew of consumer protections while relaxing stress tests and other reporting requi...
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by on March 10, 2018
In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt proposed constitutional amendments to guarantee Americans’ fundamental economic rights. It was never adopted—and today, is more necessary than ever. Here’s an adaptation of his program for our time. Economic mobility has drastically declined since the 1940s. Unemployment and underemployment are persistent problems, especially for stigmatized groups who are subject to discriminatory exclusion from employment opportunities. In today’s economy, the American ...
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by on March 5, 2018
Some representatives of the nation’s most influential social movements took the stage during Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, in what was arguably the largest moment of visibility for their causes. Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, indigenous rights and immigrant rights were among the movements represented, during rapper Common and pop singer Andra Day’s performance of their Oscar-nominated song, “Stand Up for Something.” At a highpoint of the performance, Patrisse Khan-Cullors of BL...
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by on March 5, 2018
Some representatives of the nation’s most influential social movements took the stage during Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, in what was arguably the largest moment of visibility for their causes. Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, indigenous rights and immigrant rights were among the movements represented, during rapper Common and pop singer Andra Day’s performance of their Oscar-nominated song, “Stand Up for Something.” At a highpoint of the performance, Patrisse Khan-Cullors of BL...
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by on March 2, 2018
The findings, while limited, point in one direction: Gun control can save lives. For decades, the federal government, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has made it very difficult to answer a question at the heart of American public health and safety: Does gun control work? The answer is hugely important given that guns killed nearly 39,000 Americans in 2016 alone. But after research on gun violence in the 1990s found that firearms do not — contrary to NRA talking poin...
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