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Andrea Germanos – New TPP Leaks Reveal US ‘Pandering to Big Drug Companies,’ Threatening Innovators

New leaks of the negotiating text of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement reveal that the Obama administration is pushing forth radical proposals that critics say will threaten to harm consumers and innovators while rewarding big drug companies and “extremist copyright” policies. Negotiators for the 12-nation trade pact failed last week to reach a final agreement at their meeting in …

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Anger as Hurricane Sandy victims have to pay back emergency aid with interest – David Millward

Thousands of families whose homes were destroyed by¬†Hurricane Sandyare being ordered to repay some of the compensation they received from the government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is not only demanding interest on what it says were overpayments, but Washington is ready to call in debt collectors to recoup the cash. That is not the only blow faced by …