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Direct payments to individuals are an important piece of any reparations program. Ultimately, a sound program of reparations for black Americans must include a substantial direct payment to each eligible recipient. This piece is a response to “Universal Policies, Not Reparations, Are Needed To Counter Racism’s Effects” and “The 2020 Candidates Are Dodging the Reparations Question.” […]

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Last month, in a Pittsburgh parking lot following a conference on type 1 diabetes, three women stood crying. Two of them, mother and teenaged daughter, had just handed a stranger, 25-year-old Michelle, three shopping bags full of insulin pump supplies. Michelle was overwhelmed. She knew they were meeting that day so that the mother and […]

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On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in — on a gurney on my way to the ER. That only makes the siren, loud as it is, all the more alarming. I fell. The pain, its location and intensity, suggests I’ve probably […]

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Riverboat Gambling Eyes a Move to Dry Land, Sports Teams Backing Sports Betting and Other Quiet Expansions

April 25, 2019           |                                       

The Argosy Casino riverboat gambling complex on the Mississippi River in Alton, Illinois. (John Badman/The Telegraph via AP) Chicago’s professional 1. Momentum is building for expanding gambling in Illinois State senators quietly passed a bill April 11 that would allow the state’s riverboat casinos to relocate anywhere in Illinois, The Daily Line reports. If the […]

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Google ScreenWise: Consenting to Surveillance Capitalism

March 29, 2019           |                                       

Google has further blurred the lines of corporate invasion of privacy with the introduction of Google Opinion Rewards, a survey app for Android and iOS users that allows them to earn “rewards.” In exchange, Google gets access to the phone screens and web browser windows of those who use the app. Rather than fool regular […]

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has ordered the Syrian government to pay $302 million in damages for the murders of journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in a 2012 artillery strike. The decision, issued on Wednesday, marks the first time in the seven-year conflict that a court has declared Syrian forces loyal to the […]

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Everybody in Chicago’s Mayor’s Race Says They Want Ticket Reform

January 25, 2019           |                                       

Gery Chico, a former head of the Chicago and state school boards, said he would eliminate the city’s controversial speed and red-light camera program and reassess all city fees and fines. “The city’s traffic enforcement has numerous problems and needs to be overhauled,” his campaign said. Bill Daley, former White House chief of staff and […]

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Paul Manafort submitted his filing arguing that he didn’t intentionally lie when he lied repeatedly to Mueller last fall. The structure of the filing largely tracks that of Mueller’s submission last week, though it appears to have a more substantive introduction to his discussions of a peace deal with Konstantin Kilimnik, resulting this organization: Payment […]

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Outsourced and Forgotten: No Relief for Federal Contract Workers

January 17, 2019           |                                       

William Barr Is a Trojan Horse Born Disposable: Trump’s War on Youth In Facing Mass Extinction, We Must Allow Ourselves to Grieve Outsourced and Forgotten: No Relief for Federal Contract Workers Public Takeover of PG&E: A Radically Common-Sense Proposal Mitch McConnell Begins to Feel the Heat for Government Shutdown at Home As the government shutdown […]

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Denver, Colorado teachers move closer to strike action By J. Cooper 15 January 2019 filename]denv[/filename] As 33,000 Los Angeles teachers began walking picket lines on Monday, simmering anger over continuing underfunded education, poor pay, diminishing pensions and chronic teacher shortages is already beginning to come to a boil in other school districts around the US. […]

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Federal employees received pay stubs with nothing but zeros on them Friday as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. All told, an estimated 800,000 government workers missed their paychecks for the first time since the shutdown began. Employees posted pictures of the pay stubs on […]

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Federal Workers Face Grim Prospect of Lengthy Shutdown

December 27, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON — Three days, maybe four. That’s how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he’s struggling. So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a minimum-wage contractor sidelined from his job as an office worker at the Interior Department, was worried. […]

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ING To Pay $900 Million For Failing To Prevent Financial Crime

September 4, 2018           |                                       

Dutch bank ING has agreed to pay fines and other payments of 775 million euros ($900 million) after admitting “serious shortcomings” in executing policies to prevent financial crime, including bribe payments by an international telecommunications provider to an Uzbek company. “Clients for years were able to make use of ING bank accounts for criminal activities […]

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