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'Enough to Make Me Gag': Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway

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[Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to fight 21st Century Cures Act 'because I know the difference between compromise and extortion.' *RON*]

Deirdre Fulton,Common Dreams, 29 November 2016

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have come out swinging against a heavily lobbied healthcare bill they say has been "hijacked" by Big Pharma.

We Demand That The Washington Post Retract Its Propaganda Story Defaming Naked Capitalism and Other Sites and Issue an Apology

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[It matters plenty when corporatocratic mainstream media (Washington Post is owned and operated by Amazon's Jeff Bezos) contributes directly to the fake news epidemic. *RON*]
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism, 5 December 2016.

As the lawyers like to say, res ipsa loquitur. Please tweet and circulate this letter widely. You will notice that our attorney Jim Moody is a seasoned litigator who has won cases before the Supreme Court. He has considerable experience in First Amendment and defamation actions. Past high profile representations include Westomoreland v. CBS and defending Linda Tripp.

I also hope, particularly for those of you who don’t regularly visit Naked Capitalism, that you’ll check out our related pieces that give more color to how the fact the Washington Post was taken for a ride by inept propagandists, particularly our introduction to our spoof PropOrNot.org site, which uses the PropOrNot project as an example of sorely deficient propa…

Democracy Against Neoliberalism

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[The mainstream media is flooding its outlets with 'the sky is falling' pieces about how Italy and Europe and - God help us, banking!!! - will fall apart now that Renzi has been forced out of power. It is important to recognize, as this article explains, that Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform was politically illegitimate in method and antidemocratic in content. We should celebrate its rejection. *RON*]
Cinzia Arruzza, Jacobin Magazine, 5 December 2016
Listening to the media, you would think that yesterday’s Italian referendum results were yet another victory of right-wing populism against democracy. The situation, however, is much more complex than this, and the No victory is a victory for democracy and for the defense of social rights worth celebrating.

Bernie Sanders’ New Book Offers a Roadmap for Progressives to Challenge the Establishment

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[Our Revolution brims with the same righteous indignation and relentless optimism that drew bigger and bigger crowds to his rallies. It does, however, contain much the same policy information as last year's 30% cheaper book Jonathan Tasini (2015) The Essential Bernie Sanders and his Vision for America. But, either way, they're worth looking at if you want to see what policy choices are involved in a truly progressive platform. *RON*]

Steve Early & Rand Wilson, In These Times, 5 December 2016
'We need to push the Democratic Party to once again be the party of the people.'

Bernie Sanders’ segue from presidential candidate to barnstorming author was seamless. In between the Democratic National Convention in July and hitting the stump this fall to boost Hillary Clinton’s stock in battleground states, Sanders cranked out a 450-page book, which hit bookstores November 15. The author was not far behind, with sold-out appearances from …

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

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[Corporate welfare queens at the Pentagon have buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste, according to findings by Bob Woodward at The Washington Post. *RON*]

By Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward, Washington Post, 5 December 2016


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The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.

Time-Lapse: 72 Hours of Air Pollution in Shijiazhuang

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[Smog in northern China hits maximum AQI reading at some monitoring stations. *RON*]

Wang Yiwei, Sixth Tone, 5 December 2016

Much of northern China has been shrouded in heavy smog since the beginning of December, prompting nine cities to issue red alerts, and affecting at least another 50 cities across seven provinces.

This latest smog attack triggered the first use of the so-called unified warning system by the local governments in China’s national capital region, which includes Hebei province and the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin.