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TPP: The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in History (Russ)
So says Chris Hedges. It is pretty amazing that this controversial agreement is not the subject of more public discussion.
The Little Known Death Squad that Killed US-based Journalists with Impunity (Michael)
PBS documentary links spree of unsolved journalist murders to anti-communist militia that operated in US with high-level government support
GOP Long Shots Bet it All on An Early Small State (Russ)
Actually a pretty good strategy in such a volatile presidential race for the Christies, Jindals, etc.
FCC Hands Silicon Valley Big Win Over Consumers (Klaus)
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it would not make it more difficult for Internet companies to track what their users do online.
Children Sleeping or Trying To (Gerry)
After looking at these photographs of young Syrian refugees and reading the starkly factual captions, you may not sleep so comfortably.
The Donald’s SNL Dud (Russ)
Interesting take on what went wrong on Trump’s Saturday Night Live appearance and what it tells us may be wrong with how we handle elections and candidates.
How Does Your State Rank for Integrity? (Trevin)
The Center for Public Integrity has completed its 2015 State Integrity Investigation, using “extensive research to grade the states based on the laws and systems they have in place to deter corruption.” No state scored higher than a C, and eleven failed. The resulting interactive chart shows how all 50 states scored in 13 different categories.