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1   Link   FBI agents' lewd behaviour revealed in disciplinary reports
Sending naked pictures to an ex-boyfriend's wife, bugging the boss' office and using company phones to send explicit 'sext' messages between colleagues are not activities often associated with America's highest level of law enforcement.

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2   Link   The Untouchables
FRONTLINE investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped prosecution for any fraud related to the sale of bad mortgages.
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3   Link   Moyers - Amgens sweet senate deal
Bill talks to U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) about the Senate’s costly giveaway to the world’s largest biotechnology firm.
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4   Link   Senator Michael Rubio resigning after two years on California State Senate
Rubio has officially accepted a position with Chevron Corporation to serve as manager of California government affairs and his decision comes the day he was scheduled to introduce a bill that proposed changes to the landmark California Environmental Quality Act. Rubio said "family comes first."
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5   Link   "Senator Sherrod Brown Drops a Bombshell in Mary Jo White’s Hearing," by Pam Martens
Americans learned for the first time on March 6 of this year that the highest law enforcement agent in our country, Attorney General Eric Holder, weighs economic interests when deciding whether to enforce our Nation’s laws against criminal wrongdoers like the too-big-to-fail banks.
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6   Link   Was the U.S. Justice Department Sold to the Highest Bidder
When we read the lawsuits involving Wall Street – firms colluding with each other, document shredding, lawyers’ hiding evidence, decades of deceiving the American people, strong arm tactics, deceptive trade associations – it all has a familiar ring. It should. Wall Street is following in the footsteps of Big Tobacco.

And there’s one more common bond that
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7   Link   Massive Leak of Offshore Account Documents Reveals How the Global Rich Hide Their Money
Thousands of individuals are implicated in abusing more than 120,000 offshore companies in 170 countries to evade taxes and shield shady business from view.
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8   Link   America Is Ruled by Billionaires, and They Are Coming After the Last Shreds of Our Democracy
America is a plutocracy through and through -- what are we going to do about it?
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9   Link   When a Congressman Becomes a Lobbyist, He Gets a 1,452 Percent Raise (On Average)
Selling out pays. If you’re a corporation or lobbyist, what’s the best way to “buy” a member of Congress? Secretly promise them a million dollars or more in pay if they come to work for you after they leave office. Once a public official makes a deal to go to work for a lobbying firm or corporation after leaving office, he or she becomes loyal to the future employer
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10   Link   ANALYSIS: When a Congressman Becomes a Lobbyist, He Gets a 1,452% Raise (on Average)
Selling out pays. If you’re a corporation or lobbyist, what’s the best way to “buy” a member of Congress? Secretly promise them a million dollars or more in pay if they come to work for you after they leave office.
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11   Link   Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.
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12   Link   Pete Peterson's long campaign against the national debt
One of the best-known advocates for deficit reduction is Maya MacGuineas. She heads two groups Peterson supports, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and more recently, the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She hosted a kickoff event for the newest one last summer.
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13   Link   Penny Pritzker as an example of the criminality of our elites
President Obama is nominating his top fund raiser, Penny Pritzker, to be Secretary of Commerce. Incredibly - perhaps I should write, sadly - the announcement is causing hardly a stir among the liberal and progressive blogosphere. At the very least, Greg Palast's May 4, 2013 post at Smirking Chimp, Billionaire Bankster Breaks into Obama’s Cabinet, should be going viral.
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14   Link   Global Power Project: Identifying the Institutions of Control
The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today's global power oligarchy.
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15   Link   Global Power Project, Part 1: Exposing the Transnational Capitalist Class
The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today's global power oligarchy. By studying the relationships and varying levels of leadership that govern our planet's most influential institutions — from banks, corporations and financial institutions to think tanks, foundations and universities — this project seeks to expose the complex, highly integrated network of influence wielded by relatively few individuals on a national and transnational basis. This is not a study of wealth, but a study of power. ist-class#sthash.4HDifoYM.dpuf
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16   Link   Ten Things We've Learned About The NSA From A Summer Of Snowden Leaks
Here are a few highlights from what we’ve learned so far in the Summer of Snowden.
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17   Link   Freedom Cannot Exist Alongside a Massive Surveillance Industrial Complex: They Are Incompatible
Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, heads an organization that knows, from history, that a government allowed to spy with few limits will inevitably use them to control resistance to the elite status quo. The distance from tracking alleged Al-Qaeda terrorists to monitoring climate change activists is only a change of target, not a shift in technology or perhaps even a dramatic change in collected data. Once a massive spying apparatus is in place that functions with minimum oversight, who is to keep it from being used for domestic and political and economic agendas in the name of combating terrorism?
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18   Link   Muckety Map: State Policy Network
State Policy Network has strong connections to conservative establishment. Organize regionally, rather than nationally, and you sometimes can build a massive power base before the opposition notices.
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19   Link   STINK-TANKS: Something Stinks in Our State Houses
The State Policy Network (SPN) is a web of so-called “think tanks” that push a right-wing agenda in every state across the country. Although many of SPN’s member organizations claim to be nonpartisan and independent, an in-depth investigation by non-profit, non-partisan investigative reporting groups the Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now reveals that SPN and its affiliates are major drivers of the right-wing, ALEC-backed agenda in state houses nationwide, with deep ties to the Koch brothers and the national right-wing network of funders, all while reporting little or no lobbying activities.
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