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News & Views | 11/6/17


Sen. Bernie Sanders

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In what the Guardian called "the most prominent political response to the leak in their opening 24 hours," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the trove of more than 13 million documents detailing offshore dealings "shows how these billionaires and multinational corporations get richer by hiding their...


Jared, Ivanka, Wilbur and Rex

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
After the Paradise Papers revealed two top members of the Trump administration—Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—have used tax havens to conduct business, Common Cause's president noted, "These latest revelations are part of a disturbing pattern of Trump administration officials seeking to hide their links to Russian business interests and members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle."

by Julia Conley, staff writer
A new study shows that the plan is set up to benefit the wealthy even more over time—while the vast majority of most Americans will see a gradual erosion of their own advantages.

South Korean protesters take part in an anti-Trump rally in front of the U.S. Embassy on November 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump will visit South Korea on November 7 as a part of his Asian tour. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
As President Donald Trump continues his bellicose rhetoric towards North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his trip to the Asia-Pacific region this week, organizations from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan on Monday demanded an "urgent pivot towards peace" and called on their leaders to rein in the militarization that could lead to "catastrophe." Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ, said, "Washington is forcing a trilateral military alliance and provocative war drills on Tokyo and Seoul that threatens North Korea and the region." 

by Jon Queally, staff writer
While President Donald Trump was ripped by critics for predictably announcing that the mass shooting in Sutherland, Texas on Sunday that left 26 people dead does not represent a "guns situation," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was receiving widespread applause for speaking with impassioned frustration about the failure of U.S. lawmakers to address the "epidemic" of gun violence and murder that has gripped the nation in recent decades.

by Julia Conley, staff writer
Factory workers in Turkey resorted to creative and desperate measures in recent days to draw attention to their fight for the wages they have earned working for Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer with stores around the world. Shoppers in Zara stores all over Turkey have found notes inside clothing, reading in Turkish, "I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn't get paid for it."

by Jon Queally, staff writer
From members of Trump's cabinet to the British Royal Family, document dump of offshore dealings shows how political leaders—joined by wealthy celebrities and the ultra-rich—shelter their assets, keep shady relationships secret, and game the tax systems of nations around the globe.

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by Isaiah Poole
Read this and then pick up the phone and call your member of Congress to say "Enough."

by Bernie Sanders
In the year since his election, Trump has repeatedly reneged on his promises by supporting the interests of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working families

"So who exactly can antiwar activists or foreign policy skeptics of any sort rally to? If more than 70 years of recent history is any indication, Congress simply can't be counted on when it comes time to stand, be heard, and vote on American wars."

by Danny Sjursen
War Without War Powers (the Not-So-New American Way)

by Lorraine Chow
The 477-page National Climate Assessment, which was mandated by Congress and reviewed by 13 federal agencies, conflicted with President Trump's notorious stance on global warming as a "hoax."

by Paul Buchheit
Conditions getting better? Only in the minds of capitalists who don't want their comfortable lives disrupted by a rebellion among their billions of victims.

by Richard Eskow
Why are Democrats still fighting the Battle of 2016? Aren't there better things to argue about? As it turns out, there are.

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