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Donna Edwards: The rich ‘have a responsibility’

Kicking off the “Take Back The American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C., Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) told the crowd that “We must have in this country, once again, an FDR moment,” in which the haves take more responsibility for the have-nots because, she said, “They have gained their wealth on…

Roseanne Barr: Behead bankers who don’t give up wealth

Comedienne and actress Roseanne Barr told RT’s Max Keiser Saturday that bankers should each give up all but $100 million of their personal wealth or face decapitation. Barr explained that she had spoken at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in September. “I ended up speaking there to announce my candidacy…

GOP mega-donor Koch brothers’ company tied to global criminal misdeeds

By Zeke Miller A just-published bombshell article in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine implicates Koch Industries, the company controlled by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch, in dozens of criminal acts around the globe over the past three decades. According the report, company officials have been caught paying bribes to win contracts, trading with Iran…

Anonymous: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ now in 30 U.S. cities

In a brief video published to YouTube this week, a masked member of hacktivist group “Anonymous” claimed the “99 percent” movement behind “Occupy Wall Street” has now spread to 30 U.S. cities ahead of a series of nation-wide actions. “Everyone, everywhere, will be occupying their towns, their capitals and other…

New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed. A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that…

NYC construction union brings $7 million corruption suit against developers

A New York City metalworking union has filed a RICO suit, alleging corruption and wrongdoing, against the major developers who they say are denying workers fair wages and benefits. In addition to the suit, however, union leaders say they aim to rehabilitate the public’s perception of unions. The union, Metallic…

Tearful Amanda Knox pleads for freedom

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) – American student Amanda Knox made a tearful plea on Monday to be acquitted of murdering her British roommate during a brutal erotic game, saying she was paying with her life for a crime she did not commit. “I am the same person I was four years ago,” said Knox,…

California insurer won’t pay for breast cancer drug

(Reuters) – Health insurer Blue Shield of California has decided not to pay for Roche Holding’s drug Avastin to treat breast cancer after health advisers said it was not safe or clinically beneficial. Blue Shield of California, an insure with around 3.3 million members, said in a notice posted on…

Radical proposal: Massive debt relief to kick-start economy

By Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than three years after the financial crisis struck, the economy remains stuck in a consumer debt trap. It’s a situation that could take years to correct itself. That’s why some economists are calling for a radical step: massive debt…

Koch brothers’ firm hid subsidiary’s violations of criminal law

In May 2008, the compliance and ethics manager of Koch Industries discovered that a French subsidiary of the privately-held firm had been paying bribes to gain contracts. As described in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, she promptly notified her supervisors, who found evidence that the business director of…

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