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TOM PHILPOTT – Trump Eyes Ex-Agrichemical Exec to Fill His Final Cabinet Post

When Indiana’s then-Gov. Mike Pence needed to appoint a new director of his state’s agriculture department back in 2013, he dipped right into the corner offices of the global agrichemical industry. His pick, Ted McKinney, then the director of global corporate affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a division of pharma giant Eli Lilly, had previously been an executive on the government …

The Art of the Autocrat

Last week, Trump made a deal with Carrier (and its parent, United Technologies) to keep 800 jobs in Indiana rather than sending them to Mexico. Indiana agreed to give Carrier $7 million in tax breaks, and Trump assured United Technologies that its $6 billion a year in military contracts would be secure. Then Tuesday morning Trump attacked aerospace giant Boeing …

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Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

Last Thursday President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis. “Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our workers,” Trump told The New York Times. “The free market has been sorting it …

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Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

About 20 miles southeast of South Bend, Indiana, straddling US highway 6, lies the farming village of Nappanee, population 6,692. The town has the distinction of being the only municipality in the United States with a name in which each letter is repeated once. Nappanee is also known as the “southern gateway to Indiana Amish country.” A few miles north of the …

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Leid Stories—Lots to Talk About? Talk About It on “Free Your Mind Friday!”—09.16.16

It’s our weekly gathering for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and what you have to say—about the news and issues of the day or about anything—is the “star” of the show. Call 888-874-4888 and free your mind! Download this episode (right click and save)

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Michael Snyder – Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 08.15.16

Today, Vince is joined by artist, public educator and community organizer,Thomas Frank. Thomas is leading the research team that’s examining the situation in East Chicago, Indiana, where over 1,500 residents and students are being forced to move from their homes and schools as a result of lead and arsenic poisoning.

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Nick Surgey and Calvin Sloan – Revealed: AARP Is Funding ALEC

AARP, the non-profit seniors organization that exists to promote the financial security, pensions and healthcare of those over 50, is secretly funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization whose bills have acted against the interests of ordinary Americans, including retirees and their families. The Center for Media and Democracy has learned that AARP has recently joined ALEC, and …