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Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance

December 21st, 2014  |  Source: The Guardian

The online retailer is the latest tech giant to leave the right wing lobbying group over its position on climate change

Ebay announced on Thursday it’s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of the lobbying group’s views on climate change. The online marketplace is the latest technology firm to part ways with the rightwing organization over environmental concerns.


Fifa hits new low after Michael Garcia resignation

December 18th, 2014  |  Source: BBC

As the sun set over the Atlas Mountains, and the sound of the evening call to prayer drifted across the city, all seemed calm.

At Marrakech's finest hotel, La Mamounia, famous for being Winston Churchill's favourite bolt hole, Fifa's top executives - the select few who run world football - were checking in ahead of their final meeting of the year.


Newtown two years on: More guns, more school shootings

December 15th, 2014  |  Source: CS Monitor.com

Two years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., school shootings in the US continue at the rate of nearly one a week. Most Americans think the main problem is mental illness, not lack of gun control.


ALEC is Back and Ready to Resume its Conservative Agenda

December 3rd, 2014  |  Source: Bloomberg

About 500 state legislators from across the country will pour themselves cups of coffee and file into conference rooms of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Washington on Wednesday to talk about cutting taxes and killing regulations. This is Legislating 101, brought to you by corporate America. 


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 $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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