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It’s Getting Worse: The IRS Now Audits Poor Americans at About the Same Rate as the Top 1%

May 30, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Every year, the IRS, starved of funds after years of budget cuts, loses hundreds more agents to retirement. And every year, the news gets […]

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Walgreens, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, has long endured criticism because it refuses to stop selling cigarettes, even as it fills prescriptions for cancer patients. Now it has come up with a new way to profit from cancer. In a program called Feel More Like You, which debuted nationally in March, Walgreens cosmetic consultants advise […]

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Russia's Gazprom Resumes Buying Turkmen Gas After Three-Year Halt

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it has resumed imports of natural gas from Turkmenistan that it stopped three years ago. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said on April 15 that “supplies are taking place.” Turkmenistan’s state natural gas company Turkmengaz also confirmed the move. No details were given about the amount of gas that Russia […]

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Progressives Demand Democrats Prioritize People Over the Pentagon

April 15, 2019           |                                       

The current political brawl over next year’s budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex […]

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IMF Deal for Ecuador Paved Way for Assange Arrest

April 11, 2019           |                                       

In a pair of announcements that are certainly not coincidental, the Ecuadoran government allowed the arrest of Julian Assange from their embassy within London, and almost immediately thereafter was granted a long-sought $10 billion+ deal from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). These two matters had been closely linked in reports in recent months. It has […]

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Shadow Wars author Andrew Feinstein discusses new research showing that the US sold 70 billion dollars worth of arms to the Saudi Coalition for its war in Yemen, currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis The post US Provides Three out of Five Weapons Saudi Arabia Used in Yemen (Pt 2/2) appeared first on The Real […]

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$7 Billion in Equipment Looted From Former US Base in Afghanistan

April 2, 2019           |                                       

The US handed over the Camp Kearney base in Paktika Province to the Afghan government in 2014, with an estimated $8 billion in equipment still inside. Today, the estimation is that about $1 billion worth of equipment is left. So what happened between then and now that cost the site about $7 billion? Mass looting. […]

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UPDATE: On Thursday March 28, Maryland’s Legislature has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would gradually raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15/hr in 2025, or 2026 for small businesses. The compromised bill passed the Maryland’s legislature with a veto-proof majority. The House of Delegates approved the bill by a vote of 93-41 […]

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U.S. Lawmakers Rip Trump’s Proposal For Massive State Department Funding Cut

March 28, 2019           |                                       

U.S. lawmakers from both parties have ripped President Donald Trump’s plan to drastically cut funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Representative Eliot Engel, Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on March 27 that Trump’s proposal was “dead” on arrival in Congress. “This budget…signals to the […]

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Croatian Journalists Rally Against Censorship

March 2, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — BTA Bank, the financial institution that was once Kazakhstan’s largest bank and is now at the center of a multinational legal fight, has confirmed it hired U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer to help recover assets that were allegedly laundered in the United States. The confirmation came after Michael Cohen’s surprise revelation, made […]

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Turkey Says Talks To Buy U.S. Patriot Missiles Continue, Despite Spat Over Russian System

March 1, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — BTA Bank, the financial institution that was once Kazakhstan’s largest bank and is now at the center of a multinational legal fight, has confirmed it hired U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer to help recover assets that were allegedly laundered in the United States. The confirmation came after Michael Cohen’s surprise revelation, made […]

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America’s healthcare system is a national disgrace. By almost every relevant metric, our system is the worst or nearly the worst among all rich countries. We are the only wealthy country to permit tens of millions to go uninsured. Far more people in the United States report skipping care because of cost issues than other […]

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he be impeached by the House? Will he be convicted by the Senate? Will he pull a Richard Nixon […]

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he be impeached by the House? Will he be convicted by the Senate? Will he pull a Richard Nixon […]

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Pakistan Fighters Escort Saudi Crown Prince Into Islamabad

February 18, 2019           |                                       

Pakistan sent fighter jets to greet the plane of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ahead of a high-profile visit on February 17. After arrival in Islamabad, the prince said Saudi Arabia had signed investment agreements totaling more than $20 billion with Pakistan.

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