NBC’s Seth Meyers To Bernie Sanders: A Lot of Things You Believe “Majority of Americans Believe”

In which Bernie Sanders also answers the question about egads “socialism.” This is five minutes worth watching–as millions did.

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Anti-TPP Top Dem Rosa DeLauro: POTUS “is in bed with the multinational corporations”

The gloves are off, the sides have been clearly drawn. It’s the president, the Republican Party and business versus the people, workers, labor and most of the Democratic Party. And a top House Democrat, who is at the forefront whipping the votes against fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership, is making it clear: the president stands with multi-national corporations against workers.

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MURDER CHARGES Against Rana Plaza Owners Who Killed 1,137 Human Beings

I have written often that the only way we stop the killing of workers and the widespread thievery of billions of dollars is to put executives in jail. Fines are complete nonsense and a cost of doing business. Take away their liberty and you start to get their attention. Uh, hello. Attention. Just on The […]

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Fast Track NYT Megaphone Gets Louder–And Dumber

I guess it’s a no-brainer to point out that The New York Times is basically in the tank for so-called “free trade” (I need to underscore I’ve always written “so-called” going back to NAFTA because these deals have nothing to with “free trade” theory, at least if you bother to read David Ricardo). The paper […]

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TPP/Fast Track Figleaf of “Enforcement”, Warren Wasn’t Tough Enough & AFL-CIO Goes Tough

I meant to write this up a couple of weeks ago when Elizabeth Warren released a report called, “Broken Promises: Decades of Failure to Enforce Labor Standards in Free Trade Agreements” but, well, stuff got in the way. But, here’s a hint: there will always be a spineless Democrat who gives you a chance to come back to an important topic. And that topic is: trade enforcement never works, it’s a scam and should not be allowed to be used as a reason to vote for fast track or any of these so-called “free trade” deals.

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Financial Transactions Tax Springtime Version

I’ve written about this a lot: the financial transactions tax. And now a little update, via Bernie Sanders’ campaign. He’s for it. Duh. To pay for college for everyone.

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TPP/Fast Track: Hell, Yes, Labor Will Primary YOU…Dems Whine About, Finally, Labor Pressure

Oh, seriously. Democrats are whining about, heaven forbid, a bit of pressure from unions to actually vote correctly on fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Grow up–and if you can’t cast a vote for workers, go be a lobbyist.

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$20. An. Hour: Want A Good Reason To Vote For Bernie? Democrats Aren’t Serious About Minimum Wage

A confluence of two ideas: the Democrats are not being serious about hiking the minimum wage AND Bernie Sanders makes a more formal presidential campaign announcement today. These are connected ideas.

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Inequality Globally At Record Highs: OECD (Alert: POTUS/Chipolte Eaters…This Is Why TPP Is Wrong)

Sometimes, you just got to connect the dots–even when the stuff is so obvious and screams out with the truth. In this case, some evidence on why these so-called “free trade” agreements are so destructive, though, I have to say I chuckled when I read that the very forum consisting of the planet’s wealthy countries has discovered, shockingly, that global inequality is at record levels.

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The Fast Track 13 Traitors: Picture Eye Candy Of Senate Democrats Who Voted To Screw Workers

This is a picture I’d turn into a “Wanted” poster, maybe circulate in every election district in the 13 states represented by these folks. It says it all–thanks to the AFL-CIO.

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BREAKING: Fast Track PROCEEDS In Senate, No Thanks To Some Democrats

The Senate has voted to proceed to debating fast track, which essentially ensures its eventual passage. The vote is still taking place but with 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and pass the motion, there are already 62 votes SUPPORTING THE MOTION to proceeding. Final vote 62-38 (Vote specifics in a moment).

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POTUS, Are We “Making This Stuff Up” On TPP When THIS Happens? Are You OK When Americans Get Sick?

I’ve previously written that the president is a coward, hiding behind Nike and a whole host of other corporate sponsors in his pitch to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership. Probably the lowest he’s gone is accusing people of “making stuff up”, specifically when it comes to the view that, oh, pshaw, the TPP and so-called “free trade” deals will not undermine American regulations.

So, Mr. President, what dismissive comments can you conjure up now, in light of YESTERDAY’S undermining of an important food safety regulation because of the very secretive and corporate-friendly trade deals that TPP is a bad seed of? When Americans eat tainted meat, fall sick and die, what will you say?

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TPP: Insider Says Elizabeth Warren (& Bernie Sanders) Right On Secrecy And How Bad The Deal Is

From inside the belly of the beast on trade comes an illuminating view on the secrecy around the Trans Pacific Partnership. From an insider. Who knows. And he says: Sens. Warren and Sanders, and a whole host of others, are right on the mark about the secrecy.

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TPP/Fast Track, Don’t Let YOUR Rep Be Bought By “Burial Insurance” AKA “RETRAINING”

Now it boils down to this: can the White House and its corporate supporters find a sliver of votes in the House to pass fast track and, close on its heels, the Trans Pacific Partnership? To do that end, the president and his allies are going to rely on tried-and-true phony promises conjured up by Bill Clinton and Robert Reich when they squeezed NAFTA through by a handful of votes in 1993–the Clinton-Reich playbook is back on display again.

Today’s false promise: retraining.

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NOT BREAKING: CEOs Are Still Pigs At The Trough, Ripping Off Shareholders And Workers

Yeah, so, this is decidedly NOT new. CEOs are raking in vast riches yet again, using the usual confidence schemes they’ve used for a few decades. While inequality grows, it’s still really, really good times in the CEO suite.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, If You Vote For Fast Track, You Must RESIGN As DNC Chair

The gloves have to come off when it comes to individual members of Congress who vote for “fast track” and the Trans Pacific Partnership. I’m talking seriously funded primaries in 2016. I’m going to start laying out the case for specific challenges (and a little plan is percolating in my brain) and I know there will be a debate about this.

BUT…a no-brainer has to be this: Debbie Wasserman Schultz cannot vote in favor of “fast track”–which she has declared her support for–and remain head of the Democratic National Committee. Impossible.

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