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Adam Johnson – Democrats Have Better Grammar Than Republicans, Study Reveals

Democrats convinced they are smarter and better educated than their Republican friends and family may be right after all—at least in terms of being able to speak the English language properly. A new “study” [3] done by the grammar app Grammarly examined the Facebook comments of the supporters of all major Presidential candidates and noticed some startling patterns. According to USA Today: Supporters commenting …

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Dear Janet Yellen, Here Is All You Need To Know About The US Economy: True Unemployment Is Over 12%

One of the great mysteries surrounding the US economy is the seemingly inexplicable discrepancy between the plunging unemployment rate on one hand, which at 5.1% in August was the lowest since April of 2008 – a data point which on the surface would suggest virtually no slack in the labor force –  and the crawling pace of growth of the …

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Andre Damon – Wages for low-income workers collapsed under Obama

With the approach of the 2016 elections, the Democratic Party and its trade union allies are once again ramping up their efforts to fraudulently posture as advocates of working people. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have called for raising the federal minimum wage, while the Obama administration has made much ado about a set of trivial changes to …

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Peter Lee – Making Sense of China’s Stock Market Meltdown

I suppose much of the journo commentariat was born since 2008 and therefore has no memory of TARP, Too Big To Fail, or Jamie Dimon rolling around naked inside a gigantic vat of taxpayer money, so there has been a considerable amount of handwring about how the CCP defiled the purity of the stock market by flinging a trillion or so …

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Paul Rogat Loeb – Youth Vote at Record Low — Here’s How to Reverse the Trend

The numbers are dismaying. According to a new US Census report, only 20% of eligible 18-29-year-olds voted in 2014. It was the lowest turnout in 40 years, below even 2010’s doleful 24%. Mid-term youth turnout is always low. But these numbers suggest a generation profoundly disconnected from the electoral choices that will help shape their world. Yet the decline need not …

A summer without jobs for America’s youth – Andre Damon

This summer, only about one in four US teenagers will hold a job, down from one in two fifteen years ago. The decline in employment for teenagers is a major component of the mass joblessness that continues in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Despite six years of what has been officially billed an economic “recovery,” the share of …

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ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment By Jim Naureckas

After the Senate joined the House of Representatives in granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements,National Public Radioaired one report (Morning Edition, 6/25/15) on the legislative action that paves the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other corporate-friendly international deals. The report, by correspondent Yuki Noguchi, had three sources: Business Roundtable president John …

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10 Reasons the TPP Is Not a ‘Progressive’ Trade Agreement by Ralph Nader

“We have an opportunity to set the most progressive trade agreement in our nation’s history,” it states on BarackObama.com, the website of the president’s “Organizing for Action” campaign. One must seriously question what President Obama and his corporate allies believe to be the definition of “progressive” when it comes to this grandiose statement. History shows the very opposite of progress …

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors – Stan Sorscher

Last week, President Obama’s credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck. The President’s best remaining pitch was his promise of strong enforceable standards for labor and the environment. Last week, that collapsed in a breath-taking display of cynicism. On May 8, President Obama went to Nike in Oregon, to insist that TPP would fix the broken promises of past trade …

Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement – It Isn’t – Dave Johnson

This is a message to activists trying to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Stop calling the TPP a “trade” agreement. TPP is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a “trade” agreement. “Trade” is a good thing; TPP is not. Every time you use the word “trade” in association with the TPP, you are helping the other side. “Trade” is a propaganda …