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‘Right to Work’ Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages

‘Right to Work’ Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages

Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Contradicting arguments typically used to advance so-called Right to Work legislation, new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that wages and benefits are actually lower in states with such anti-worker laws on the books. The paper, released as part of EPI’s Raising America’s […]

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Published on Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Common Dreams staff The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules, angering environmentalists and cities across the state. Conservative state lawmakers have been working hard to halt a growing anti-fracking movement since lastNovember, when voters in the […]

In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations

In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations

Published on Friday, April 03, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer As California Governor Jerry Brown this week instituted the state’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water usage to combat its historic four-year drought, environmental activists are pointing out two glaring exemptions from the order: the fossil fuel and agriculture industries. Brown’s mandate, announced Wednesday, directs cities […]

The Cost of a Cure: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

The Cost of a Cure: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

by Charles Ornstein ProPublica, March 29, 2015, 10 p.m. This story was co-published with the Washington Post. Medicare spent $4.5 billion last year on new, pricey medications that cure the liver disease hepatitis C 2014 more than 15 times what it spent the year before on older treatments for the disease, previously undisclosed federal data […]

TPP Opponents Mobilize as Powerful Forces Seek to Ram Through ‘Fast Track’ Trade Authority

TPP Opponents Mobilize as Powerful Forces Seek to Ram Through ‘Fast Track’ Trade Authority

Published on Monday, March 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer With Congress “dangerously close” to ramming through trade promotion authority, or Fast Track, by mid-April—in turn smoothing the way for passage of corporate-friendly trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership—lawmakers and activists are scrambling to sway key figures in the debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]

What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren

What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren

Published on Friday, March 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer What could she possibly be doing right? According to exlusive reporting by Reuters on Friday, big Wall Street banks are so upset with Elizabeth Warren’s call to “un-rig” the economy and proposals for stronger financial regulations that discussions are underway about withholding campaign contributions to […]

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

Published on Monday, March 23, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Canada’s spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of cyberwarfare tools, revealed in news reports on Monday, that rivals that of the United States’ National Security Agency. Documents initially leaked to the […]

A Stress Test For The New York Fed

A Stress Test For The New York Fed

by Jake Bernstein ProPublica, March 10, 2015, 3:03 p.m. Lately, a debate has erupted among Congress, bankers and the media about whether the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has accumulated too much power since the financial crisis and needs to be reined in. Outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher has suggested the New York […]

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, announced Tuesday that it—alongside a host of civil liberty advocates, news outlets, and privacy rights organizations—has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its […]

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