July 28, 2014

Disgraced Coal Baron Don Blankenship Rebrands As A Libertarian Activist

Don Blankenship receives a shoe shine at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Among visitors to Freedom Fest, a libertarian convention in Las Vegas, you might miss the aging Don Blankenship amid other middle aged attendees and a swarm of college students in three piece suits. Blankenship, wearing a bowling shirt and tan slacks, moves from panel to panel carrying a tote bag filled with free schwag — of
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July 25, 2014

Post-Corinthian: Gates, Gingrich, Graham, Fake “Susan and Dave” Aren’t Done Opposing For-Profit College Rules

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Are “Susan and Dave” a for-profit college student, or the parents of a for-profit college student?  From the comments they posted on two different websites this week, seems like, both.  Actually, it seems like a lie, perpetrated by a wealthy industry that will say or do anything to keep tapping billions in taxpayer dollars, even as it
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July 24, 2014

Leading Civil Rights Groups Just Sold Out on Net Neutrality

Comcast chief executive Neil Smit (left) and LULAC executive director Brent Wilkes (center). Smit has been tapped to lead the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Last Friday, just before the Federal Communication Commission closed its comment period for its upcoming rule on “network neutrality,” a massive coalition of Asian, Latino and Black civil rights group filed letters arguing that regulators should lay off of Internet Service Providers regarding Title II reclassification and accept FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s original plan. In other words, something
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July 21, 2014

This veteran says: Obama rule would help students and taxpayers

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I am a veteran who served in the US Army and the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Last week the Boston Globe published an editorial entitled, “Obama chooses wrong path to reform for-profit colleges,” and I am furious. As a former student who was misled by not one but two of the country’s biggest for-profit colleges,
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July 18, 2014

No Coordination? GOP Super PAC Tied to WV Candidate Alex Mooney

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When the Supreme Court opened the doors to unlimited corporate influence in campaigns with the Citizens United ruling, there was a small caveat in the ruling to prevent corruption: groups raising outside funds could not legally “coordinate” with candidates. Candidates begging for unlimited donations, would, after all, constitute corruption. As recent history has shown, these
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July 15, 2014

U.S. Senator Welcomes Climate Deniers to Help GOP Capture Congress

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If Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate this year, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a lawmaker famous for his belief that the entire body of climate science research is a “hoax,” will take control of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which oversees matters relating to pollution and environmental problems. So it should
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July 14, 2014

Greenpeace ‘Founder’ Patrick Moore Not a Founder at All

Greenpeace USA protest in rubber boats against test navigation of the 189,000 DWT Supertanker San Diego at Puget Sound, defying the Coast Guard ban for spectators.

For more than 20 years now, industry lobbyist Patrick Moore has touted himself a “co-founder” and sometimes even a “founder” of the global environment group Greenpeace. But a document making the rounds shows that Moore’s claim to be a founder or a co-founder of Greenpeace is simply not true. A letter from 1971 shows Patrick Moore applying to take part
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