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Focus On The Facts – 07.10.17

Guest was Trish Negron. Discussed the Ratlines set up by Hillary, the CIA and Dyncorp for child sex trafficking, organ harvesting, and arms and drug trafficking in countries across the globe and the US and the details from her investigation with George Webb and Jason Goodman into the Awan brother’s spy ring in Congress and the murder of DNC staffer …

Deirdre Fulton – ‘Enough to Make Me Gag’: Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have come out swinging against a heavily lobbied healthcare bill they say has been “hijacked” by Big Pharma. The 21st Century Cures Act, poised to pass the House on Wednesday and the Senate soon after, would ostensibly advance medical innovation with increased funding for initiatives like Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer …

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01:  A general view of a 'Speedy Cash' cash loans shop on Brixton High Street on November 1, 2012 in London, England. The recession has changed the face of the UK's high streets, which have seen a boom in bookmakers, discount stores, charity shops, cheque cashing (payday loans) and pawnbrokers as cash-strapped Brits struggled with their finances.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

MICHAEL J. SAINATO – How the Payday Loan Industry is Obstructing Reform

In June 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new guidelines to protect consumers from payday loan traps. These traps help perpetuate the cycle of poverty and prey on individuals in low income communities who are unable to obtain loans from a bank. The multi-billion-dollar payday lending industry has garnered influence with both Republicans and Democrats in order to inoculate itself from …

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Rosalind S. Helderman and Michelle Ye Hee Lee – Inside Bill Clinton’s nearly $18 million job as ‘honorary chancellor’ of a for-profit college

The guest list for a private State Department dinner on higher- education policy was taking shape when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a suggestion. In addition to recommending invitations for leaders from a community college and a church-funded institution, Clinton wanted a representative from a for-profit college company called Laureate International Universities, which, she explained in an email to …

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Medea Benjamin – Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois

If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the  Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true. The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi …

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Geroge Lakoff – Understanding Trump’s Use of Language

Responsible reporters in the media normally transcribe political speeches so that they can accurately report them.  But Donald Trump’s discourse style has stumped a number of reporters. Dan Libit, CNBC’s excellent analyst is one of them. Libit writes: His unscripted speaking style, with its spasmodic, self-interrupting sentence structure, has increasingly come to overwhelm the human brains and tape recorders attempting …

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Patrick Martin – Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans

Bill and Hillary Clinton made $10.6 million in income in 2015, according to tax returns released by the Democratic presidential campaign Friday. This placed the Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of US families. Fewer than 30,000 US families made as much as the Clintons last year, a further demonstration of how far the former “first family” has advanced since …

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Rob Kall – Assange Confirms: Murdered DNC staffer was Wikileaks’ source

In July, DNC staffer Seth Rich was gunned down in northwest D.C.  Police said his murder may have been the result of a robbery.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is saying there is more to the story. In an interview with a Dutch media outlet known as Nieuwsuur on Tuesday, Assange admitted that Rich, a staffer in the voter data department of the DNC, was Wikileak’s source within the organization. Read more

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Pam Martens and Russ Martens – Wikileaks Emails Bring New Attention to Hillary Victory Fund “Money Laundering” Charges

The problem with conspiracy theorists is that, quite frequently, the theorists lack adequate imagination. That seems to be the case when it comes to the Democratic National Committee’s behind-the-scenes machinations to muscle Hillary Clinton into the White House while plotting against her main challenger, Bernie Sanders. That conclusion stems from the trove of 20,000 DNC emailsdumped into the public sphere by Wikileaks last …

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Thomas Palley – Betrayed Again, This Time By Unconvincing Arguments For The TPP

Voters of all stripes have recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as another betrayal of working people, and they have resoundingly rejected it. Despite that, President Obama continues to push it, to the extent of possibly seeking passage in a “lame duck” session of Congress. President Obama’s pushing of the TPP is recklessly irresponsible politics that benefits Donald Trump, who is …