Media Hit Archive

Is the United States becoming a plutocracy? With the manifestly unqualified but immensely rich Donald Trump serving as the nation’s first billionaire president, it’s not hard to draw that conclusion.  And there are numerous other signs, as well, that great wealth has become a central factor in American politics. … Read the full article at History […]

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Merger Mania

July 16, 2019

When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “unwarranted influence” wielded by the “military-industrial complex,” he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of Lockheed Martin. In a good year, it now receives up to $50 billion in government contracts, a sum larger […]

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday that if President Donald Trump truly wants to engage in good-faith negotiations over Iran’s ballistic missile program, his administration must stop selling tens of billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other U.S. allies in the Middle East. … Read the full article at […]

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How do you build a movement? How do you connect people across race and religion and identity in order to create a united coalition? This is the work of Rev. Dr. William Barber II, one of the best and most important political voices in America right now. He has dedicated his life to the fight […]

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The median wealth of Black Americans will plummet to zero by 2053, if things remain as they currently are. … Read the full article at the Grio.

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Chuck Collins, director for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good, joins KPFA’s the Sunday Show to discuss tax reform and federal spending. Listen to the interview here.

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There is one issue that many Democratic presidential candidates seem eager to discuss this election season: how to close the persistent wealth gap between white Americans and communities of color. … Read the full article at WGBH.

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — The Coast Guard released dramatic bodycam video Thursday showing officers pursuing and boarding a semi-submersible drug-smuggling vessel in international waters to seize thousands of pounds of illegal narcotics, a small victory in a war against drug trafficking that experts say is far from over. … Read the full article at CNY […]

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You can have a glamorous six-figure salary, advanced degrees, and an executive title at a large corporation and still be impacted by the negative net worth virus that is prevalent in black communities. According to The Road to Zero Wealth report published by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies, the median wealth of black Americans […]

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There is one issue that many Democratic presidential candidates seem eager to discuss this election season: How to close the persistent wealth gap between white Americans and communities of color. … Read the full article at PRI.

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U.S. sanctions against Cuba are hurting millions of working class Cubans and the economy. Netfa Freeman joins Watching the Hawks to discuss. … Watch the full interview here.

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The free trade myth

July 9, 2019

So-called free trade deals, like the proposed, post-Brexit US-UK arrangement, are designed to maximize US corporate profits and privatize resources in other nations, including land, water, services, and intellectual property. They have less to do with trade and more to do with lowering standards in third countries so that US corporations can benefit from tax […]

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently voiced opposition to reparations for the descendants of slaves, has slave owners in his Alabama family line — with two ancestors owning at least 14, according to a report. … Read the full article at the New York Post.

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Over the past few months, bricks of cocaine with a street value of millions have been washing up in eastern coastal provinces in the Philippines. In the latest incident, seven suspected cocaine bricks were found floating near a beach in Quezon province on Sunday. … Read the full article at BBC.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to the descendants of American slaves, has a family history deeply entwined in the issue: Two of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, U.S. census records show. … Read the full article at NBC News.

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