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Brand name riggers of the justice system

Practically every national brand name you've ever heard of now slips predatory arbitration provisions into their customer terms-of-service agreements and/or employment agreements. Not only do these sneaky inser... Read more...
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A third way

You don't hear much about it, but there is another path to justice for some consumers who've been wronged by a corporation: Small claims courts. These are relatively simple, inexpensive, and quick do-it-your... Read more...
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Are drones watching you?

Find out here. Are your local or state police using drones? Which ones? How many? At what cost? For what purpose? Do they have rules for preventing abuses? MuckRock.com is a useful new open government webtool t... Read more...
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The boss man gets bossier

CITIZENS UNITED not only unleashed the Big Dogs of corporate money in this election, but it also unleashed mad-dog corporate bosses to tell employees how to vote. Prior to that Court ruling, corporate funds cou... Read more...
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Mitt’s Millionaire Club

During his infamous, surreptitiously videotaped, $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Florida, Romney was full of disdain for poor people "who pay no income tax." He didn't mention, however, the most interesting fact ... Read more...
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Why Congress is so popular

Demonstrating the depth of his insight into the problems of low-wage workers, GOP Rep. Bill Young of Florida recently "discussed" the issue with a voter in St. Petersburg. Appropriately enough, the exchange bet... Read more...
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“Fracking” by any other name…

You'll be pleased to know that academics at such public-spirited institutions as Louisiana State University are dealing with the problem of fracking. The problem with the word, that is. After conducting a pu... Read more...
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A fracking Obamination

doing awfully well these days with their supposed "enemy" Barack Obama. The industry appeared to lose a round to opponents in May when a much awaited ruling from Obama's Interior Department came down. It req... Read more...
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Et tu, Obama?

On Feb. 7, Barack Obama jettisoned his principled opposition to the Court's elevation of Big Money over people by okaying the creation of his own SuperPAC, Priorities USA Action. His rationale was that he could... Read more...
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A real reform

What if drug marketers had to tell us the details of every under-the-table payment (aka bribes) that they make to doctors? Well, here's good news: One of the pluses in Obama's healthcare reform law, is that the... Read more...