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  • Guarantee of High Ratings Draws TV Networks toward Media-Hungry Trump over Media-Finicky Clinton

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    Some network officials concede that Trump can be unreliable, reversing himself on policies from one interview to the next. But they also say that Clinton — who is more reluctant to give interviews to print outlets than to television — is less comfortable interacting with the media, sometimes keeping her out of the conversation. Still, the presence of Trump can be irresistible, especially in an election where viewership and advertising rates have soared, generating tens of millions of dollars.   read more
  • Murder Charges Filed Against U.S. Officials by Family of Innocent Pakistani Man Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    His brother describes Azam as an "innocent man" and a father of four who was the family's sole breadwinner. "In our view, both the (officials) who ordered and those who executed the drone strike are responsible for (killing) a man who had nothing to do with terrorism, who was a non-combatant," said Azam's uncle. He said his nephew's death had broken the family, and that as well as caring for his children, Azam was supporting a disabled brother and his mother, who is blind.   read more
  • Corpses Found in New York Mass Graves Raises Questions about Nation’s Body Donation Operations

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    One died in her multimillion-dollar apartment. Another left $1.3 million to charity. A third was an opera costume designer. All three donated their bodies to medical science, and eventually served as cadavers for first-year medical students. All three had signed forms that promised cremation and the disposal of their ashes by the medical school “in an appropriate and dignified manner.” So how did their dissected corpses end up instead in mass graves for the unclaimed and indigent?   read more
  • Appointing More Women to Corporate Boards Results in Higher CEO Salaries

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    An analysis of CEO pay at 100 large companies last year found that companies with greater gender diversity on their boards paid their chief executives about 15 percent more than the compensation dispensed by companies with less diverse boards. In dollars, this translated to approximately $2 million more in median pay last year among these companies. The median pay among the chief executives overseeing the companies whose boards had more gender diversity was $15.7 million last year.   read more
  • Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wilson Masilingi?

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    Masilingi attended a UN conference on biodiversity in 1992 and was one of the representatives from smaller nations who accused the U.S. of blocking their proposals to protect the environment. He was brought into the government in 1998 as the minister for good governance, where he investigated corruption and fraud in government and business. Masilingi was named his country’s first ambassador to the Netherlands in 2013, where he served until assuming the post in Washington.   read more
  • Billionaires on the March to Control Dissemination of News

    Monday, May 30, 2016
    Billionaires don't become billionaires by being passive about their interests. Peter Thiel has devoted his almost unlimited means to lawsuits that promise to shutter a news organization he doesn't like. His campaign is in keeping with the pledge his favored candidate for president, Donald Trump, made to ease barriers to lawsuits against journalists. It's the flip side of the media realm’s new coin. Many fellow billionaires gained control of news organizations by buying them or starting them.   read more
  • National Institutes of Health Approves Experiments to Reactivate Brains of Dead People

    Monday, May 30, 2016
    If they can successfully reanimate parts of the upper spinal cord, where the lower brain stem is located, there’s a possibility that they could kick start vital body functions such as breathing and heartbeats. "This represents the first trial of its kind and another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime," said Bioquark CEO Ira Pastor. Once they’ve been granted permission from the families, the researchers will treat their 20 clinically dead patients over a six-week period.   read more
  • Lives of U.S. Military Rape Victims Ruined by “Personality Disorder” Labels Given Them in Discharge Papers

    Monday, May 30, 2016
    The report found that many rape victims suffering from trauma were unfairly discharged for a “personality disorder” or other mental health condition that makes them ineligible for benefits. The consequences are far-reaching, impacting employment, child custody, health care, disability payments, burial rights – virtually all aspects of life. Such a discharge “has been correlated with high rates of suicide, homelessness, and imprisonment."   read more
  • Civil Rights Groups Question Motive of Louisiana’s Enactment of Hate Crimes Law to Protect Police

    Monday, May 30, 2016
    The new law set off a debate over whether it was really needed to protect officers, or whether it was an effort to dilute the basic meaning of hate crimes and to undermine the movement protesting the use of force by the police. “Hate crimes law is based upon a history of discrimination against certain groups of people, and a bill like this just tries to water down that reality, because there is not a history of discrimination against police...” said NAACP's Ernest Johnson.   read more
  • Climate Change Denier Trump Cites Global Warming as Reason to Build Wall to Protect His Luxury Golf Course

    Monday, May 30, 2016
    Donald Trump wants to build another huge wall, this time to keep out the rising seas threatening his luxury golf resort in Ireland. He has called climate change a "con job" and a "hoax." But Trump Golf Links cites global warming in seeking a permit to build the nearly two-mile-long stone wall. "Donald Trump clearly cares more about the fate of his golf courses than the health of the millions of families already affected by the climate crisis," said the Sierra Club.   read more
  • Connecticut Oversight Agencies Failed to Investigate Years of Abuse and Neglect in Group Homes for Disabled

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    In Connecticut, the Dept of Developmental Services is supposed to pass on alarming reports— those that might suggest abuse — to a state agency. But the federal investigation found that the oversight system failed at almost every level. A review of 152 “critical incidents” where residents came to harm found the state failed to follow up on 99% of incidents that should have raised “reasonable suspicions of abuse or neglect,” and that hospital staff failed to do so in all but one of 310 ER visits.   read more
  • 44% of Americans Over 50 Plan to Take Social Security before Retirement Age

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    Among those with incomes under $50,000, 58% say they feel more anxious than secure about the amount of savings they have for retirement. People with higher incomes appear less anxious, but still 40% of those with incomes of $100,000 or more worry whether their savings will be sufficient. Alison Cowen said she doesn't see any path for her to retire--ever. "I just don't have enough to live on for the rest of my life." The poll said a quarter of workers over 50 say they never plan to retire.   read more
  • Senate Republicans Block Obama Rule Protecting Retirement Investment Clients from Financial Advisers

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    The new regulations require advisers who charge commissions to sign a promise that they will act in the client's best interests, earn "reasonable" compensation and disclose information about fees and conflicts of interest. At stake are about $4.5 trillion in 401(k) accounts and more than $7 trillion in IRAs. Some brokers rip off investors by pushing them toward higher-cost investments like variable annuities or riskier options such as real estate investment trusts.   read more
  • U.S. Government Ignored Wind Farm’s Adverse Impact on Endangered Sage Grouse, Court Rules

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    Judge Marsha Berzon said that the Bureau of Land Management conducted no surveys to determine whether sage grouse were present at the project's proposed site during the winter months and relied on data from surveys conducted at lower elevations.. "A fundamental flaw infects this reasoning," Berzon said. "The inaccurate information and unsupported assumption materially impeded informed decision-making and public participation."   read more
  • Belize’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pat Andrews?

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    While running Scotiabank’s operations in Belize, Andrews was involved in several charities benefiting the country’s children. In 2007, he was named Canada’s honorary consul in Belize. In 2014, Andrews was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to community and banking. His nephew, Patrick Jason Andrews, is also involved in the country’s politics but as a senator in the rival Peoples United Party, and was a television host.   read more
  • Statue of Liberty and Stonehenge among Landmark Sites Called Vulnerable to Climate Change Effects

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    Stonehenge eroding under the forces of extreme weather. The city of Venice slowly collapsing into its canals. The gradual flooding of the Statue of Liberty. Images like these, familiar from Hollywood climate-catastrophe thrillers, were evoked by a report released Thursday. That report highlights 31 sites in 29 countries that have already felt some impact from climate change, including well-known tourist destinations like Easter Island and Yellowstone National Park.   read more
  • Obama Signs Bill to Remove Offensive Names for Minority Groups from U.S. Laws

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups. President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including "Negro" and "Oriental" on Friday, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with "African American" and "Asian American." The bill removing the terms passed the House in February and the Senate last week. No one in either chamber objected.   read more
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