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Iraqi soldier

Is the Fall of Kirkuk Iran’s Answer to Trump?

In a lightning advance, Iraqi forces captured the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces on Monday, sending thousands of civilians fleeing.The fighting between two US-trained and -equipped forces that have been central to the war against the Islamic State was a slap in the face to US foreign policy. US-supplied Iraqi tank knocks over Read More

Social Security

Equifax Hack Shows Need for Social Security Number Overhaul

Equifax is answerable to its customers, the lending institutions — not the people of the United States. And that’s a real problem.Two problems have emerged. The first is safeguarding consumers’ private information. The second is coming up with processes to allow consumers to quickly restore or repair their private information when, not if, it is Read More

Felix Sater

Key Figure in Trump-Russia Saga Dodges Legal Bullet

One of President Donald Trump’s associates had some good news yesterday. Felix Sater, the subject of a recent in-depth piece by WhoWhatWhy, had a tax fraud claim against him tossed out of court.Following a brief oral argument, Manhattan state court judge Justice Charles E. Ramos dismissed the $70-million tax fraud claim against Sater.Sater is in Read More

Duke Energy

Op-eds Endorsing Atlantic Coast Pipeline Came From Big Power, Activists Charge

As we reported last April and May, a controversial 550-mile pipeline crossing Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina is roiling Virginia politics — right in the middle of a hotly contested gubernatorial race.The pipeline to bring natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to consumers in Virginia and North Carolina has drawn the opposition Read More

Donald Trump, Taxes

Curious Coincidences in IRS Trump Audit

Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has long been a subject of conjecture. To that, we’d like to add a related mystery: Why did the IRS begin auditing Donald Trump in 2002? Why that year in particular? Donald Trump’s finances were always complicated and fertile ground for the IRS, yet, it only began Read More

United Auto Workers

A Sad Anniversary for Organized Labor

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the last nationwide strike seen in the US, when the Union of Automobile Workers (UAW) walked out on General Motors. The previous national strike the UAW had called had been in 1970 when the unions’ power and membership was at its height. The strike in 2007 only lasted two Read More

Equifax Data Breach

How to Keep Safe after the Equifax Cybersecurity Breach

The recent Equifax cybersecurity breach, now the worst known cyberattack to date, changes everything for a huge number of Americans. Are you worried about how this affects you? You should be. The worst-case scenario of this data breach, from identity theft to adulterated finances and more, will take years to recover from. There is no Read More

Village Voice

The Village Voice’s Death by a Thousand Cuts

When word broke late Tuesday that the Village Voice would end its six-decade print run, it provoked dutiful hand-wringing on social media by fans of the counterculture icon. At the same time, the emotional power of the elegies was strained by a recognition that sadness at the paper’s end was motivated not by excitement over Read More

Unite the Right

GOP Quickly Running Out of Time to Dump Trump

One headline today read, “Republicans in Despair After Trump’s Disastrous Week.”It brought to mind heated conversations I had years ago with Republican aides on The Hill, folks I have known from when I reported on such things back in the 80s and 90s.Those conversations were sparked by the first signs of trouble: the Tea Party Read More

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