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The truth about 'class war' in America

Republicans claim, in Orwellian fashion, that Obama's millionaire tax is 'class war'. The reality is that the super-rich won the war

Republicans and conservatives always fight back against proposals to raise taxes on corporations and rich individuals by making two basic claims. First, such proposals amount to un-American "class warfare", pitting the working class against corporations and the rich. Second, such proposals would take money for the government that would otherwise have been invested in production and thus created jobs. Neither logic nor evidence supports either claim.

Phone hacking: Lib Dems back tougher action against media

Liberal Democrats have unanimously backed a call for beefed-up sanctions against media owners and journalists who act unethically, including prison sentences for those who get data by unlawful means. In the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, Lib Dem delegates debated an emergency motion listing a wide-ranging set of measures defending "responsible journalism" but bearing down hard on illegal and intrusive behaviour by sections of the press.

Ex-Publisher Sues L.A. Times for $13 Million

The former publisher of the Los Angeles Times Magazine claims The Tribune Co. fired and defamed him for objecting to the newspaper's decision to save money by stopping distribution of its Sunday magazine to low-income and minority neighborhoods, while charging them the same price as "the white affluent subscribers." Steven Gellman is suing the Tribune Co., the Los Angeles Times and Scott Pompe, the Times' senior vice president for advertising and targeted media.

AP, newspapers to redeem their share of coupon business with mobile app iCircular, starting today

The Associated Press and most major newspaper companies today rolled out a test run that offers one of their healthiest revenue sources -- preprinted inserts -- in a mobile format. Can the bargain-hunting and planning/shopping experiences be squeezed down to small-screen format? Will customers stand up and cheer? Or yawn that their geo-specific couponing needs are pretty well taken care of already by the stores’ own sites and other earlier-to-market competitors?

Five Things All the GOP Candidates Agree On. (They’re Terrifying.)

By the very nature of political journalism, the attention of those covering the 2012 Republican presidential nominating contest tends to be focused on areas of disagreement between the candidates. But there are a host of other issues where the Republican candidates are in too much agreement to create a lot of controversy during debates or gin up excitement in the popular media. No. 2 on the list: anti-unionism.

Corporations Are Not People

A movement builds to fight corporate rule and amend the Constitution.

Corporations, in the Supreme Court-sanctioned guise of people, hold our democracy in thrall. Their vast wealth underwrites the campaigns of federal and state legislators. Dependent for their political survival on corporate largess, most politicians are pushed into becoming servile apologists or eager shills. And in a political system where profit-driven corporations control both the nation’s dominant political parties and the legislative agenda, it is unlikely that any policy initiatives that disadvantage corporate interests will thrive.

America's Lost Decade

Batting .000 in '00s, US sees lost decade.

Have you ever seen "The Apotheosis of George Washington"? It's a fresco painted on the ceiling of the Rotunda of the US Capitol, at the very center of the American republic. It was painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1865, when the Capitol was being completed at the end of the Civil War. I was reminded of it during the debate at the Reagan Library on Sept. 7, when Rick Perry, now the leading Republican presidential candidate, rejected the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change.

The GOP is using a Boeing case to antagonize organized labor

Late last week, 230 House Republicans and eight Democrats passed the "Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act." In truth, the bill is an act of government interference into an ongoing law enforcement case. And rather than protect jobs, the bill actually would put jobs at risk and leave workers exposed to punitive actions by corporations trying to avoid their legal obligations.

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