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Jacques Derrida on American Attitude. If Banks Paid Their Full Taxes, We Could Rehire All 132,000 Teachers Laid Off During The Recession — Twice. By Zaid Jilani on March 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm "If Banks Paid Their Full Taxes, We Could Rehire All 132,000 Teachers Laid Off During The Recession — Twice" Today, hundreds of people from Make Wall Street Pay, one member of a larger Main Street Movement that seeks to defend the American middle class, shut down a Bank of America branch in Washington, D.C. over the bank’s tax dodging.

In 2009, the bank used loopholes in the tax code to avoid paying a penny of taxes. The protesters, many of them homeowners who had been abused by the bank’s mortgage policies, were outraged that the nation’s biggest bank was paying less taxes than they were in 2009. Last week, National People’s Action and the Public Accountability Initiative, both of whom are organizing the Make Wall Street Pay protests, put out a report, “Big Bank Tax Drain.” Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs. 60 Minutes America's real job-creators...who can't afford to create any jobs.

Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs

In the war of rhetoric that has developed in Washington as both sides blame each other for our economic mess, one argument has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact: Rich people create the jobs. Specifically, entrepreneurs and investors, when incented by low taxes, build companies and create millions of jobs. And these entrepreneurs and investors, therefore, the argument goes, can solve our nation's huge unemployment problem — if only we cut taxes and regulations so they can be incented to build more companies and create more jobs.

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich. Obama Finally Talks Drone War, But It's Almost Impossible to Believe Him. President Obama doesn’t like to talk about how he uses drones to kill suspected militants — including American citizens.

Obama Finally Talks Drone War, But It's Almost Impossible to Believe Him

Explanations about who gets picked for remote-control death and who does the picking are left to underlings and aides. Just a few days ago, for example, Obama blew off a local Cincinnati television reporter who asked the president about his “kill list.” Dear White People. Thanks to your overwhelming support we have SURPASSED our initial goal of $25K towards pre-production funds BUT WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR FINISHED!

Dear White People

This is a million dollar production and the more money we raise the sooner we can get this movie completed and in theaters! Let your voices be heard. What I Didn't Find in Africa. By Joseph C.

What I Didn't Find in Africa

Wilson 4thPublished: July 6, 2003 Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. Rape on the Reservation. To Our Faithful Users: Current's run has ended after eight exciting years on air and online.

Rape on the Reservation

The Current TV staff has appreciated your interest, support, participation and unflagging loyalty over the years. Your contributions helped make a vibrant place for discussing thousands of interesting stories, and your continued viewership motivated us to keep innovating and find new ways to reflect the voice of the people. We now welcome the on-air and digital presence of Al Jazeera America, a new news network committed to reporting on and investigating real stories affecting the lives of everyday Americans in every corner of the country.

You can keep up with what's new on Al Jazeera America and see this new brand of journalism for yourself at. New Policy On Deportations Allows Some Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants To Stay. WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced on Thursday it will do a case-by-case review of deportations, allowing many undocumented immigrants without criminal records to stay in the United States indefinitely and apply for work permits.

New Policy On Deportations Allows Some Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants To Stay

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will send a letter on Thursday to Senate members who had asked for details on how the agency would prioritize its immigration enforcement. The policy change is meant as a framework to help prevent non-priority undocumented immigrants from "clogging the system," senior administration officials said on a conference call with reporters Thursday.

First, the agency will look at its pending immigration cases and close the low-priority cases, so immigration courts can focus on the most serious ones, administration officials said. White House Window Reportedly Hit By Bullet: Secret Service Says Ballistic Glass Stopped It. WASHINGTON — A man with an apparent obsession with President Barack Obama has been arrested in Pennsylvania after the Secret Service discovered two bullets struck the White House while the president was away, authorities said Wednesday.

White House Window Reportedly Hit By Bullet: Secret Service Says Ballistic Glass Stopped It

One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters of the executive mansion but was stopped by ballistic glass. The arrest of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, came days after reports of shots fired on Friday night near the White House while Obama and his wife Michelle were on a trip to California and Hawaii. The president has since traveled on to Australia, second stop on a nine-day Asia-Pacific tour, and the White House had no comment on the unfolding events. World Tonight: US and Pakistan: allies or enemies? How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali.

On 12 October 2012, the UN Security Council voted unanimously in favour of a French-drafted resolution asking Mali’s government to draw up plans for a military mission to re-establish control over the northern part of Mali, an area of the Sahara bigger than France.

How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali

Known as Azawad by local Tuareg people, northern Mali has been under the control of Islamist extremists following a Tuareg rebellion at the beginning of the year. For several months, the international media have been referring to northern Mali as ‘Africa’s Afghanistan’, with calls for international military intervention becoming inexorable. Calling the shots: a US Special Forces soldier training Malian troops in Kita, May 2010. A People's History of the United States. US court lifts stem cell research ban - Americas. A US federal appeals court has ruled that government funding for embryonic stem cell research can go ahead, handing a major victory to President Barack Obama's administration.

US court lifts stem cell research ban - Americas

Friday's ruling reverses a previous decision that said the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines was in violation of a 1996 law that prohibits the use of taxpayer's money to pay for research that destroys human embryos. Opponents of human embryonic stem cell research, including many religious groups, find such research unacceptable - tantamount to abortion - because human embryos must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells.Stem cells come from days-old human embryos and can produce any type of cell in the body - ideally meant to replace diseased cells. CIA and ISI: Programmed to deceive. Why Are Great Teachers Leaving the Classroom? - Education. Making it simpler to remove bad teachers from the classroom has been a hot topic in education reform, but policy-makers might want to shift gears and spend more time ensuring effective teachers stick around.

Why Are Great Teachers Leaving the Classroom? - Education

According to a McKinsey study, 14 percent of teachers leave after one year, and 46 percent leave the profession before their fifth year. However, in nations with the highest results on international tests, the teacher turnover rate is only 3 percent. So what's happening with American teachers that makes them leave the classroom in droves? Mass psychosis in the US. Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux. Waiting to die: Cervical cancer in America. New York, NY - Cervical cancer is a hotly-debated political topic in the United States right now - a debate fuelled largely by Republican presidential contenders.

The cancer is caused by strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted. As a result, discourse on cervical cancer centres around whether or not newly available vaccines to prevent the disease encourage promiscuity. 5 Reasons Why American Riots Will Be the Worst in the World. I wrote an article called 5 Places Not To Be When The Dollar Collapses. A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe - Chris Hedges' Columns. Spencer Pratt: Celebrity Inc.: The Truth Behind Kim Kardashian's Divorce. Paul Ryan's Office Calls Cops On Jobless Protesters. Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office, according to the protesters and police. Don Lemon Calls Out Michele Bachmann, Thanks Sarah Palin. Gingrich Puts a Price on His Family Values : He sheltered his $4-million book bonanza from his struggling, non-trophy ex-wife.

The news that Newt Gingrich will receive $4 million from Rupert Murdoch's publishing house must have been greeted with dismay by his former wife, Jacqueline, down in Carroll County, Ga. Newt had pulled a fast one. Recall Scott Walker Headquarters. Part 2: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head With Bill O'Reilly. Part 1: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O'Reilly. Infographic: What Congress Would Look Like If It Really Represented America - Politics. America is getting more and more diverse—for instance, our Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade alone—but you'd never be able to tell it by looking at our Congress.

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Police brutality. Death penalty. The Koch Brothers - People & Power. US 'hate groups' bolstered by Obama's election. Seriously, What Is the Deal with These Idiots Who Hate Muslims? - Culture.