The TPP Handshake (Electronic Frontier Foundation via Flickr)
07 Oct 2015

TPP: Supposed Free Trade Agreement To Expand Copyrights And Patents

The TPP is being sold as a “free trade” agreement to facilitate the flow of goods and services across borders, but a big part of it does the exact opposite.

Ben Bernanke participates in a discussion at the Ford School in 2003 (via Ford School on Flickr)
06 Oct 2015

Former Fed Chair Bernanke Says Bankers Should Have Been Jailed For ’08 Crash

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who engaged in his own questionable conduct while head of the Fed, has now said that individuals should have gone to jail for engaging in the financial crimes that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Bernanke’s statement came last week during a book promotion

Activists hold lighted signs reading "STOP TPP" on March 5, 2015. (Flickr / Backbone Campaign)
05 Oct 2015

TPP Agreement Announced, Setting Up Battle In Congress

Congress becomes the last hope of stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership, where passage is not guaranteed despite fast track authority.

Elizabeth Warren (jacquelinesarah on Flickr)
02 Oct 2015

Brookings Firing Exposes Rift Between Elizabeth Warren And Hillary Clinton Supporters

Robert Litan’s resignation from the Brookings Institution exposed some fault lines within the Democratic Party.

File: A close-up of the backwards 'R' logo on the side of the Toys 'R' Us ferris wheel in New York City's Times Square on February 1, 2013. (Flickr / Thomas Hawk)
01 Oct 2015

Toys ‘R’ Us Misuses H-1B Temporary Foreign Worker Visas To Outsource Jobs

Toys ‘R’ Us, and other major corporations, are misusing the H-1B Visa program to train foreign workers then fire Americans when those jobs move overseas.

Photo by Mike Mozart
30 Sep 2015

Workers Sue Monsanto After Herbicide Cited As Causing Cancer

In what could be the beginning of a tidal wave of litigation, a U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits against agribusiness giant Monsanto for health problems related to the use of the company’s blockbuster weed killer Roundup. The lawsuits accuse the company of knowingly putting an

The U.S. Labor Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C., photographed on May 4, 2005. (Wikimedia Commons / Ed Brown)
29 Sep 2015

[UPDATE] Brookings Institution Under Fire For Wall Street Shilling

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Brookings Institution, the well-known think tank, helped Wall Street block a rule revealing potential conflicts of interest in retirement investment advice.

Donald Trump gestures with his hands as he speaks at a podium during a July 16, 2015 appearance in Laconia, New Hampshire. (Wikimedia Commons / Michael Vadon)
28 Sep 2015

Donald Trump Claims He Will Break Up NAFTA And Increase Taxes On The Rich

In an interview that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes and a press conference today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump struck a seemingly populist tone on trade and taxes with promises to dump unfavorable trade deals and increase taxes on the wealthy.

Inside a Volkswagen (funeralbell on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

Disgraced Volkswagen CEO Could Leave Company With $67 Million

A job well done? On Wednesday, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned after it was revealed that Volkswagen had been engaging in a large scale program to cheat on pollution emissions tests. The discovery led to a recall order for 11 million cars and triggered investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency

BNY Mellon building (via Mentatmark on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

No Disclosure Of Foreign Participants In Corruption Probe Of BNY Mellon

Last August, the SEC reached an agreement with BNY Mellon wherein the bank paid $14.8 million to settle charges that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by hiring unqualified interns in exchange for continued access to an unnamed “Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund.” Not only was the sovereign wealth fund involved in the corruption not named, neither where the two officials who asked for jobs for their relatives.