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Watch What It’s Like to Live Amidst Industrial Hog Farms

As I showed recently, the United States is emerging as the world’s hog farm—the country where massive foreign meat companies like Brazil’s JBS and China’s WH Group (formerly Shuanghui) alight when they want to take advantage of rising global demand for pork. (If t [...]

Guantanamo Lawyers’ Alarmingly High Cancer Rate Sparks Military Investigation

Originally published at MintPress News. GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Despite promises to close the detention center during Barack Obama’s presidential run, the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base remains open. And now it appears those detained at the controversial site aren’t the only ones  [...]

Federal prosecutors indict Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia on corruption charges

Chaka Fattah It’s the end of the line for Rep. Chaka Fattah. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors indicted the Philadelphia Democrat and several top associates on a broad array of corruption charges. Fattah had long been under investigation and now he faces 29 counts of wrongdoing th [...]

Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah Just Got Indicted. Here’s What He’s Accused Of.

The Department of Justice dropped 29 federal racketeering charges on Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and a handful of close associates this morning, claiming that he diverted campaign and charitable funds to cover the cost of a failed mayoral run and to pay off his son’s student loans. In [...]

Koch network strikes new deal to share voter data with RNC-aligned firm

The arrangement will provide the eventual GOP presidential nominee with a voter file enriched by Koch-backed political groups. Go to Source : Koch network strikes new deal to share voter data with RNC-aligned firm

Bernie Sanders’ "Southern Strategy:" The Practical Meets the Magical

There’s an interesting article up at Bloomberg Politics by Arit John that asks and only partly answers a pretty good question: what’s Bernie Sanders doing spending time in the Deep South at this stage of the Invisible Primary? He’s drawing big crowds, as he always seem [...]

Joe Biden’s Republican Cheerleaders

Office of United States Senator Joe Biden/Wikimedia Commons It’s no secret that a lot of Democrats are taking a rooting interest in Donald Trump’s Godzilla routine and the chaos it is causing in the GOP presidential nominating process. But hard as it is to contemplate any a [...]

Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global war [...]

What’s happened at the IRS after five years of slashed budgets

The Internal Revenue Service has slashed its staff by up to 30 percent in some key offices. Investigations of individual tax fraud have plummeted by 43 percent, and by 58 percent for delinquent businesses. Re-checks of background investigations for employees with security clearances — [...]

Pope Francis Against the World

Peak Pope, a condition of exhaustion with Pope Francis and his public presence, has come and gone a couple of times during his short papacy. The first came back in the spring of 2014, w Go to Source : Pope Francis Against the World

The Trump campaign trademarked ‘Trumpocrat’

Donald Trump and his satellite family members/organizations/businesses have, over the years, owned a really impressive number of trademarks. He owned “The Board Room,” which was a trademark for reality television shows. “The Art of the Travel Deal,” which appea [...]

Here is what President Trump’s Cabinet will look like

Somehow, I didn’t know that Mama Grizzly Radio existed, probably because I live on one of the coasts and not in Real America, which includes Alaska despite it being on a coast. The network touts itself as offering “Sarah Palin news 24-7″ — a slate that includes [...]

Another day, another video hit job on Planned Parenthood. Apparently the strategy here is to release new videos every three or four days an [...]

Pa. Congressman Fattah indicted on corruption charges from 2007 mayor’s race

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), a onetime rising star who came to Congress 20 years ago as a next-generation reformer, was charged Wednesday with racketeering related to an off-books $1 million loan to his unsuccessful campaign for Philadelphia mayor in 2007. The Justice Department charged [...]

By coincidence, a new article in Health Affairs confirms an offhand guess I made a few days ago. I wrote, “I happen to think the slow [...]

One thing Donald Trump is doing very right

I’ve been deeply skeptical and critical of Donald J. Trump, presidential candidate.  And I continue to have grave doubts as to whether he will actually stay in the race all the way until voters start voting next February. But, there is one thing that Trump deserves real credit f [...]

Let me now praise Donald Trump

I’ve been deeply skeptical and critical of Donald J. Trump, presidential candidate.  And I continue to have grave doubts as to whether he will actually stay in the race all the way until voters start voting next February. But, there is one thing that Trump deserves real credit f [...]

Michael Bay Made a Movie About Benghazi and It Looks Insane

Anthropomorphic stick of dynamite Michael Bay, the director of The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and four Transformers movies (also Pain and Gain—don’t forget Pain and Gain!), has made a movie about the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Lib [...]

Jackie Calmes has written a paper for the Shorenstein Center titled: They Don’t Give a Damn About Governing: Conservative Media’ [...]

Hospitals Are Only Safer Than Home Births if You’re Poor

Over the past few decades, many developed countries have experienced sharp rises in home birth rates. While the number of home births in most of these countries remains low, the trends are striking. For example, home births in the U.S. increased by almost <a href="http://www.ncbi. [...]