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Feds Open Banks for MMJ Business

The 420 Times | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Obama administration just said yes to banking for marijuana businesses in cannabis-legal states.

Dem Congressman Says He'd Be 'Happy' To See Holder Go

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

After the U.S. Justice Department's marijuana crackdowns, spying on reporters and aggressive prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, it seems A...

In The Public Interest : Four Reasons Lawmakers Are Scrutinizing How Companies Turn Settlements From Wrongdoing Into Tax Write Offs

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The oil giant BP paid for cleanup and compensation for their massive Gulf oil spill, and rightfully so. But was this a "necessary and ordinary cost of doing business" that deserved a $10 billion tax break? I think most of us would respond with a resounding, "no!"

Two Major Lawsuits Filed Against ExxonMobil for Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

As the Mayflower lawsuits proceed and the Keystone XL northern half decision approaches, Mayflower can serve as a teachable moment as it applies to Keystone XL. Or it can serve as just yet another lesson not learned. Class begins now.

Feds Cracking Down On Foreclosure Auction Conspirators

AP | By PAUL ELIAS | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At the height of the financial crisis, bargain hunters would gather each week on county courthouse steps to bid on foreclosed p...

Dems Ask Feds To Probe Key Christie Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Democrats are betting against Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to privatize the state lottery, saying the initial Mega Millions the state is ex...

Lufthansa Unit Caught Up In Bribery Scandal

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

* Lufthansa unit BizJet provides aircraft maintenance * Four insiders allegedly offered bribes to get contracts * Two de...

Chevron in Ecuador: U.S. Oil Company Spies on Latin American Country to Escape Multi-Billion Court Judgment

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Karen Hinton

Reports of China's involvement in spying on U.S. corporations have generated debate in this country about how to punish its government and prevent the theft of valuable American trade secrets. But what if it were the reverse? What if a U.S. corporation spied on a sovereign nation?

Sheldon Adelson's Company Admits To 'Likely' Corruption

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2013 | Business

March 2 (Reuters) - Las Vegas Sands Corp said it "likely" violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which outlaws the bribery of foreign o...

Behind Bars Simply For Being Poor

The Christian Science Monitor | Katy Reckdahl | Posted 12.20.2012 | Money

The teenager opened her neighbor's unlocked car, grabbed the iPhone off the armrest and ran home, a few doors away in her downtown neighborhood here. ...

Two Reports, One Conclusion: Do More to End Homelessness

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

On December 10, Human Rights Day, two national reports were released. The two reports paint a disturbing picture of human rights in the U.S. -- but also offer reason for hope.

HSBC's $2 Billion Fine 'Trivial'

Reuters | Carrick Mollenkamp and Brett Wolf | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business

(Reuters) - HSBC has agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine to settle a multi-year probe by U.S. prosecutors, who accused Europe's biggest bank of ...

Mississippi Town Sued Over 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Federal civil rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Meridian, Mississippi and other defendants in which they accuse city officials of operating ...

SPLC Sues Alabama Education Department For Refusing To Release Latino Student Attendance Data

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Education after the agency refused to release public records det...

Mitt Romney's Overseas Fight

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Working to broaden his popularity among military veterans, Republican Mitt Romney's campaign has sent letters to election officials i...

Frontal Assault on the Big Banks?

Mike Lux | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

While I would have preferred the first legal action taken by the securities fraud task force to have involved a perp walk, the strategy N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pursuing is an interesting one that has some promise.

BofA Settles Allegations Of Mortgage Discrimination

Reuters | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business

* Said to demand extra documents from disabled borrowers * Payments of $1,000-$5,000 to be offered * Review of 25,000 ap...

When It Comes to the DoJ and Wall Street, Don't Call It "Justice"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why is the Attorney General, along with others in the Administration, arguing against indicting Wall Street bankers?

Justice Department Accuses BP Of 'Gross Negligence' In 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green

* Botched well pressure test indicates BP gross negligence-US lawyers * BP's actions unworthy of 'middling size company'-US lawyers ...

Defiant Guitar CEO Claims $300,000 Settlement Necessary To 'Avoid Further Damage'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business

On Monday, federal prosecutors announced a deal has been reached between the government and Gibson Guitar Corp., resolving a criminal case against the...

WATCH: Photos Show NASTY Conditions Continue At Miami-Dade Jails

Posted 06.15.2012 | Miami

Through photos of roaches, backed-up urinals, molding walls and unsanitary holding cells, a corrections officer says the living conditions at Dade Co...

Amid Bribery Scandal Walmart Encourages 'Integrity' At Employee Rally

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

* Wal-Mart international executives cheer on employees * Talk of Mexico bribery scandal largely avoided * Wal-Mart share...

Killing Democracy One Vote at a Time

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Voter ID restrictions work for the rich. They've got birth certificates and photo driver's licenses and passports. Or they can send a servant or secretary to apply for the documents. And the more rabble removed from the polls, the more weighty the votes of the wealthy.

Mexico Unlikely To Investigate Walmart Bribery Allegations

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2012 | Business

MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Reuters) - Nearly half of Mexico's state prosecuting authorities said on Tuesday they had no immediate plans to investigate a...

Nikki Haley Pursues Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

St. Andrews Patch | Hal Millard | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

Haley, Wilson, Harrell, and Bright all argued that photo IDs are required for a wide array of things, from signing up for Medicaid, to purchasing cert...