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January 17 2014

08:00

What The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Mean For Washington

kuow.org - By Ross Reynolds, Marcie Sillman, Hannah Burn - Jan. 17 (Opinion) - Ross Reynolds talks with Eric Shinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, about how he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement will benefit Washington. Meanwhile, Marcie Sillman speaks with Labor Representative Stan Sorscher at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) Stan Sorscher. He explains why he believes the TPP will hurt Washington.

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December 25 2013

08:00

Editorial: The Global Cancer Burden - NY Times: Editorials

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Dec. 25 (Editorial) - Editorial: The Global Cancer Burden

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December 02 2013

08:00

Deflating German Excuses

New York Times - By By SIMON TILFORD, JOHN SPRINGFORD - Dec. 02 (Opinion) - Germany's trade surplus beyond Europe adds to pressure on the euro zone.

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November 23 2013

08:00

A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess

truth-out.org - By Sam Pizzigati - Nov. 23 (News Report) - Swiss corporations currently compensate their top execs more generously than any other nation in continental Europe. At pharmaceutical giant Roche, CEO pay runs 236 times the firm’s lowest wage. At Nestle, the divide spreads 188 times.

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November 19 2013

08:00

7 Brilliant Designs That Are Saving Lives

Wired - By Tim Brown - Nov. 19 (Special Report) - Let's take a minute to praise drip tape. You can find it at your local gardening center—thin, perforated plastic strips that deliver water directly to a plant's roots. Drip tape is one of the biggest advancements in farming of the past 80 years, radically reducing the water industrial farmers need and enabling our food supply to skyrocket. We take it for granted because, like many great designs, it is so simple and commonplace. But it depends on a pressurized water supply. Millions of farmers in the developing world, where drip irrigation is impossible, must carry water cans on their backs—painful, scarring labor.

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November 15 2013

08:00

Putin Beats EU as Finland Rediscovers Soviet-Era Trade: Economy

Bloomberg - By Kati Pohjanpalo - Nov. 15 (News) - Finland, which lost its biggest trading partner when the Soviet Union collapsed, is now pegging its export recovery on Russia.

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November 09 2013

08:00

Switzerland's 1:12 Initiative: Why Executives Are Worried

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November 06 2013

08:00

A Full-Frontal Assault on Democracy in Europe and the United States

AlterNet - By George Monbiot - Nov. 06 (News Analysis) - The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections. Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.

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November 04 2013

08:00

Public schools woo foreign students to boost ranks

seattletimes.com - By Clarke Canfield - Nov. 04 (Special Report) - Faced with declining enrollments and shrinking revenues, public school districts from Maine to California are seeking out students from overseas, particularly China, to attend their high schools. At least two public schools in Maine have 10 tuition-paying Chinese students in classes this year, and the superintendent in Millinocket is the latest to set his sights on China. It's a growing trend: Other schools are doing the same in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Washington

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October 27 2013

07:00

Saudi women drive in protest with little problem

Washington Post - By Abdullah al-Shihri, Aya Batrawy - Oct. 27 (News) - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — More than 60 women across Saudi Arabia claimed they drove cars Saturday in defiance of a ban keeping them from getting behind the wheel, but they faced little protest from police in their push to ease restrictions on women in the kingdom. ...

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October 15 2013

07:00

World Bank support for China solar and wind power may have cost U.S. jobs

Washington Post - By Howard Schneider - Oct. 15 (Special Report) - As investment in alternative energy rebounded in 2011, U.S. wind and solar companies found stiff new competition — Chinese firms dominating the green industries that American officials looked to for growth. ...

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07:00

House Republicans challenge bipartisan Senate deal to avert default

theguardian.com - By Tom McCarthy - Oct. 15 (Breaking News) - Flirting with default: House GOP offer dead before arrival in Senate.

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October 09 2013

07:00

Debt ceiling deadline is biggest threat to U.S. economy

CBS News - Oct. 09 (News Report) - A debt limit crisis could mean chaos for financial markets and cause interest rates to double on new mortgages, credit cards, student loans and auto loans

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07:00

Boehner and the Medical Device Tax

FactCheck - By Eugene Kiely - Oct. 09 (Fact Check) - House Speaker John Boehner exaggerated when he said the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax in the Affordable Care Act “is costing us tens of thousands of jobs that are being shipped overseas.”

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October 08 2013

07:00

Threat of Default Turns Impasse in Washington Into a Global Fear

New York Times - By Steven Erlanger - Oct. 08 (Opinion) - Default Threat Makes Impasse in Washington a Global Fear

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October 02 2013

07:00

143-year-old law has lawmakers treading gingerly during shutdown

CNBC - By Steve Liesman - Oct. 02 (News) - Administration officials now live in fear of a 19th-century law that could get them fired, penalized or even imprisoned if they make the wrong choices while the government is shut down. The law is the Antideficiency Act, passed by Congress in 1870 (and amended several times), which prohibits the government from incurring any monetary obligation for which Congress has not appropriated funds.

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September 20 2013

07:00

Hedge fund billionaire: Fed's move 'fantastic' for the rich - NBC News.com

NBCNews.com - By Robert Frank - Sep. 20 (News) - The Federal Reserve isn't just inflating markets. It's also shifting a massive amount of wealth from the middle-class and poor to the rich, according to billionaire hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller. In an interview on "Squawk Box," the founder of hedge fund Duquesne Capital said that the Federal Reserve's policy of quantitative easing was inflating stocks and other assets held by wealthy investors like himself. But the price of making the rich richer will be paid by future generations. "This is fantastic for every rich person," he said Thursday, a day after the Fed's stunning decision to delay tightening its monetary policy. "This is the biggest redistribution of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the rich ever." "Who owns assets—the rich, the billionaires. You think Warren Buffett hates this stuff? You think I hate this stuff? I had a very good day yesterday."

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September 16 2013

07:00

Gains from Trade? The Net Effect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on U.S. Wages - TPP-2013-09.pdf

Center for Economic and Policy Research - By David Rosnick - Sep. 16 (Investigative Report) - Recent estimates of the U.S. economic gains that would result from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are very small — only 0.13 percent of GDP by 2025. Taking into account the un-equalizing effect of trade on wages, the median wage earner will probably lose as a result of any such agreement.

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September 09 2013

07:00

Multinationals Are Scheming to Build a 'Corporate Death Star' That Will Zap Democracy Across the Planet

AlterNet - By Dave Johnson - Sep. 09 (Special Report) - I am sounding the alarm. Right now governments and the giant multinational corporations are engaged in writing a treaty that would overrule national laws that try to rein in what these giant corporations can do to us.

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07:00

India in Reverse

New York Times - By The Editorial Board - Sep. 09 (Editorial) - Editorial: India in Reverse

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