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Paint Companies' Brazen Scheme to Get Californians to Pay for Their Crimes

On February 14, the Supreme Court of California declined to review a multimillion-dollar state appeals court ruling against three of this country’s largest paint manufacturers and, predictably, their attorneys immediately pledged to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, the giant paint companies had already launched a plan to get much quicker relief; they are going to purchase an election.

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Trump's Statement on Alleged Abuser Rob Porter: 'Him-He-Him-Him-He-He-He-He-Him-He-He-He-He'

Something was glaringly absent from President Donand Trump's first public remarks about the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who stepped down Wednesday after multiple reporters published photos and detailed allegations that Porter had abused his two ex-wives.

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Trump Cites Fake FBI Terror Plots to Justify Muslim Ban

On Monday March 6, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its second attempt at a Muslim Ban. While it is impossible to justify a ban that is fundamentally rooted in animus towards Muslims, Trump tried to rectify his previous executive order’s most glaring problems. For example, the new ban will not apply to legal permanent residents or people who currently hold valid visas.

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Campus Workers Unmask Scheme to Privatize All Tennessee Property

Every state has a procurement office. Have you checked what yours is up to?

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Georgia Muslims Smeared As "Enemies" for Trying to Build a Mosque

Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents, accusing them of being "enemies" and "infiltrators."

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Police Killing of Teenager Andy Lopez Ignites Latino Community and Youth

The killing has outraged Latinos and the broader community here of 160,000, located in California's wine country one hour north of San Francisco, where thousands — many of them teenagers in middle school like Lopez — have streamed into the streets in recent days calling for new police laws and the swift punishment of officer Erick Gelhaus, an Iraq war veteran and former sergeant who was a known advocate of using deadly force in conflict situations.    

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U.S. Bancorp Oligarch Devotes Free Time to Dismantling Minnesota Orchestra

What do bank executives who make $19 million a year do in their spare time? They do the same thing they do in the hours they spend in their executive suites. They squeeze America's middle class.

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Why High School Students are Walking Out

In late May, thousands of Philadelphia high school students walked out of their schools and marched on City Hall to protest a proposed austerity budget that would categorically eliminate extracurricular activities, libraries, and guidance counselors. As a former high school teacher in North Philadelphia, I was not surprised in the least to see Philadelphia high school students acting boldly to bring attention to an injustice. As a historian who studies the ways that local battles over education affected municipal, regional, and national politics in the 1970s, I was also not surprised to see local government officials lacking real alternatives to solve the problem. So far, the major proposed policy solutions to the crisis are 1) Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposal to sharply raise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol (about $2 per pack on cigarettes and a 10 percent increase in the city’s tax on alcoholic beverages) and 2) Superintendent William Hite, Jr.’s call to end seniority rights for teachers.

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Labor Takes on the Money Power of Hotel Chains Across 15 Cities

Contracts expire in 2010 for 45,000 hotel workers in ten cities and, on July 22, several thousand supporters demonstrated across the US and Canada. This time Hyatt Hotels were targeted because "Hyatt wants to take more away and lock workers into recession contracts even as the economy rebounds," according to the union UNITE-HERE, AFL-CIO.

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