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Protesters hit the streets against TPP as signing looms


 

RT America | February 4, 2016

Thousands of global trade activists are protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial and still secretive trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries due to be signed in New Zealand. RT’s Manuel Rapalo takes a look at the controversy.

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Going Dark: FBI scare tactic proved to be pure bunk


 

RT America | February 4, 2016

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society just published a report entitled, Don’t Panic, which debunks the myth of the FBI’s latest scare tactic, Going Dark. The FBI is asseting that their inability to execute search orders is due to technology company’s crypto, and that this poses a great threat to our national security. The Resident breaks down what’s really going on with Going Dark. Follow The Resident at http://www.twitter.com/TheResident

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An Idiot’s Guide to Prosecuting Corporate Frauds


FBI building. (photo: AP)
FBI building. (photo: AP)

 

David Dayen | The Intercept | Reader Supported News | February 4, 2016

ay you’re the newly elected president of the United States, and you want to make prosecuting corporate crime a top priority.

Where do you start? Here would be good.

A new group called Bank Whistleblowers United have just pushed out a comprehensive plan they think would put the executive branch back in the business of enthusiastically identifying, indicting, and convicting financial fraudsters — restoring accountability while protecting the public.

The cumulative credibility of the group’s four founders is extremely strong. Richard Bowen is the Citigroup whistleblower who unsuccessfully warned top management about the rotten condition of loans inside mortgage-backed securities. Michael Winston spoke out about similarly corrupt practices at non-bank mortgage originator Countrywide. Gary Aguirre, a Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, was fired for refusing to let a Wall Street banker out of an insider trading investigation.

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Florida: Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies For 2016 Ballot


NORML | February 4, 2016

Orlando, FL: Floridians will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment this November that seeks to permit the physician-authorized use and distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Proponents of the measure, United for Care, collected more than the 683,000 signatures required to place the measure on the November ballot, the Florida Division of Elections confirmed last week.

The ballot measure, entitled the “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” will appear before voters as Amendment 2.

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North Carolina under suspicion of voter suppression with new ID laws


 

RT America | February 4, 2016

New laws across nearly 20 states might make voting for many more difficult. They include a number of voter ID laws in North Carolina that critics say are specifically used to target black and Latino voters. RT’s Simone Del Rosario reports on the controversy.

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‘Steel workers, unions are going to work to fight against TPP’ – labor leader


 

RT News | February 4, 2016

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has garnered minor criticism from politicians, but has seen major resistance from labor leaders, with unions being loud and active in raising their concerns over the impending international trade deal. RT’s Ed Schultz speaks with Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul and President of United Steelworkers International Leo Gerard to get the bigger picture on why unions are fighting.

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Signing Polluter-Friendly TPP Trade Deal Is Gambling Away Our Future


TPP protesters. (photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
TPP protesters. (photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

 

Michael Brune | EcoWatch | Reader Supported News | February 4, 2016

t a convention center and casino in Auckland, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, setting the clock ticking for President Obama to send the deeply flawed deal to Congress for approval.

For years, the Sierra Club has reported on and campaigned against the TPP’s threats to our air, water, climate, families and communities.

The U.S. Trade Representative is gambling away our jobs, our clean air and water, and our future by pushing the polluter-friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership, so it only makes sense that it was signed in a casino and convention center. Signing the TPP is Russian roulette for our economy and our climate.

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New Safe Harbor Data “Deal” May Be More Politicking Than Surveillance Reform


EU and American flag. (photo: AP)
EU and American flag. (photo: AP)

 

Jenna McLaughlin | The Intercept | Reader Supported News | February 4, 2016

obbyists, government officials, and technology executives celebrated news from Strasbourg on Tuesday morning that the European Commission and the United States had reached an agreement to reinstate the free flow of massive amounts of data between companies in the United States and the European Union, safeguarding users’ privacy at a new level.

But while some cheered the new agreement, dubbed the “Privacy Shield,” and thanked negotiators for providing “certainty” to businesspeople who deal in big data, many were quite a bit more skeptical of its success and said they would reserve final judgment until the agreement is formally spelled out on paper, which could take weeks or months.

The Article 29 Working Party — a data protection authority set up the European Parliament — said on Wednesday morning that it was pleased an agreement had been reached, but expressed concerns about the commitment of the United States — especially regarding the scope of its surveillance activities and relevant legal remedies available to all people. The party said it would not formally weigh in until the text of the agreement surfaces, and assigned a new deadline to release it: the end of February.

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Des Moines Register Calls for Audit of Sanders-Clinton Result in Iowa


Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)

 

Ben Kamisar | The Hill | Reader Supported News | February 4, 2016

he Des Moines Register is calling for a “complete audit” of the Iowa Democratic caucuses in light of concerns by Bernie Sanders about the razor-thin margin.

“Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips,” the Register’s editorial board writes Wednesday night.

“That’s fine. We can take ribbing over our quirky process. But what we can’t stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error,” it wrote.

Hillary Clinton edged out Sanders by just 0.2 percentage points, a margin the Register notes would trigger recounts in other states. Sanders’ campaign has said it is working with its Iowa staff to confirm those results, which the party certified early Tuesday morning.

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