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Fewer people expected to shop Cyber Monday

December 1st, 2014  |  Source: USA Today

Taking advantage of earlier and longer promotions this season, fewer shoppers were in stores or purchasing online over the holiday weekend compared with last year, a trend that's expected to continue into Cyber Monday.

The National Retail Federation expects about 127 million people to shop online Monday, down from about 131 million who planned to shop online last year on Cyber Monday.

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Iran nuclear talks, in home stretch, still face obstacles

November 21st, 2014  |  Source: CS Monitor.com

Iranian distrusts US intentions – and fears that it will make irreversible decisions in exchange for only temporary sanctions relief.

VIENNA — More than 30 months of Iran nuclear talks are coming to a frenetic diplomatic climax before a Monday deadline.

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Seven of the 30 largest corporations in US paid more to their CEOs than they did in taxes

November 19th, 2014  |  Source: The Guardian

Taxes?    No problem.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally earned $23.2m last year while Ford got a tax refund of $19m.

This most recent gap between executive pay and taxes is part of an alarming trend reflecting a generous corporate tax code


Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War

November 18th, 2014  |  Source: Daily Beast

The American campaign against the Islamic State is being largely fought from the sky. And even that aerial effort is being shortchanged, military insiders tell The Daily Beast.


‘Fixed Fortunes’: Corporate Donors Spent $5.8B on Political Influence, Received $4.4T in Financial Benefits

November 17th, 2014  |  Source: Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation is releasing “Fixed Fortunes,” a groundbreaking analysis and dataset of the money the biggest corporate political donors put into campaigns and lobbying and what they get in return. 


Google develops site to help combat illegal fishing

November 13th, 2014  |  Source: FT

Google has waded into one of the most politically fraught environmental issues with a free tool that gives anyone with an internet connection the power to track down illegal fishing boats that experts say are causing up to $23bn in economic losses each year.


Congress to vote on Keystone pipeline in high-stakes challenge to Obama

November 13th, 2014  |  Source: The Guardian

Senate and House of Representatives schedule votes to support controversial pipeline, hours after president announced historic emissions deal with China

Both chambers of the US Congress will vote on a bill to approve the controversialKeystone XL pipeline in the coming days, in what could amount to an immediate challenge to Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce global carbon emissions.


The Untapped Value of Overseas Experience

November 11th, 2014  |  Source: Strategy + Business

How skilled return migrants can be your company’s agents of change.


Fighting Poverty: A Team Sport

November 10th, 2014  |  Source: HuffPo


The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

November 6th, 2014  |  Source: Rolling Stone

VNN is very happy to see Matt Taibbi  return to his regular beat @rollingstone

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