September 2015

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Big Donors Seek Larger Roles in Presidential Campaigns

From the New York Times:  … In an election cycle that is already on track to break spending records, and with few limits on contributions to “super PACs” and other outside groups, big donors have never been more important. No longer satisfied with sitting on the sidelines and writing big checks, many of them are eager to play larger roles in the campaigns. They expect their views to be heard quickly and their concerns taken seriously, sometimes creating headaches and potential awkwardness for the campaigns and super PACs, which must tend to the contributors and their seemingly endless suggestions and …

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Bloomberg Poll: Americans Want Supreme Court to Turn Off Political Spending Spigot

Americans may be sharply divided on other issues, but they are united in their view of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed a torrent of political spending: They hate it. In a new Bloomberg Politics national poll, 78 percent of those responding said the Citizens United ruling should be overturned, compared with 17 percent who called it a good decision. “Wow. Wow. I’m stunned,” said David Strauss, a constitutional law professor who teaches at the University of Chicago. “What it suggests is that Citizens United has become a symbol for what people perceive to be a much larger problem, which …

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Sanders vs. Clinton: Who Has the Best Plan for America’s College Students?

The differences between the college financing plans offered by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are important – both for their impact on the middle class, and for what they tell us about the candidates and their governing philosophies. Elementary and high school education is correctly seen as the bridge to a better future for young people. It is offered to all, at no cost, because we understand that society does better when the individuals within it do better. When we made elementary school and high school free in the 1800s, the United States was a largely agrarian nation.  The benefits …

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Why do drug companies charge so much? Because they can.

Turing Pharmaceuticals … raised the price from $18 a pill to $750, a more than 40-fold increase, and this past week it sent its brash chief executive, Martin Shkreli, out to aggressively defend the new cost.
A course of treatment for toxoplasmosis is…


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What it looks like when a bank goes out of its way to avoid minorities

According to federal prosecutors, Hudson City Savings Bank opened few branches in black and Hispanic neighborhoods around the New York and Philadelphia regions where it does much of its mortgage business. It placed few of its loan officers in these communities. It worked with hardly any mortgage brokers there, either. And its marketing was mostly elsewhere, too. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau jointly ordered the bank to pay about $33 million to make amends for these patterns, in one of the largest “redlining” settlements the government has ever reached. The case, though, is notable not just for the size of the bank …

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Leisure Inequality: What the Rich-Poor Longevity Gap Will Do to Retirement

Certainly, retirement has become more democratic since Social Security was passed in 1935, guaranteeing a stable income to all retired Americans. And cleaner air, cleaner water, and anti-smoking campaigns have greatly increased life expectancy. But while the National Academy’s research doesn’t establish causal links, it demonstrates an insidious new form of inequality that has serious implications for retirement security—including Medicare, Social Security, and pensions—and long-term care.

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Global Warming

From: John I’m ashamed at how people treat their home, Earth. This big corporate capitalism that Americans love so much is ruining this country (and the world for that matter) and is the worst thing…


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Sanders Spotlights Seniors in New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Focusing on critical issues for seniors, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday blasted outrageous price spikes by drugmakers and pressed for Congress to pass his plan to strengthen and expand Social Security. In remarks prepared for a keynote speech at a Democratic Party dinner here, Sanders said Medicare must be allowed to negotiate with drug companies to bring down costs to consumers and taxpayers. He also said Americans who pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs should be allowed to purchase medicine from Canada and other countries. Sanders also called for strengthening and expanding …

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Bernie vs. Trump in Phoenix

By: Penelope Padmore Recently, I took part in two political rallies which happened in Phoenix, Arizona. The two candidates could not be more different. The first one to arrive in town was Donald Trump. His…


Why we must listen to Pope Francis

By: Bernie Sanders “If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our…