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TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grass-Roots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing


Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

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U.S. Press Once Again Declines to Call White Terrorism in Kansas, Nevada, White Terrorism


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We had the horrible day-before-Passover attack on two Jewish community facilities outside Kansas City, Kan., allegedly committed by a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, which left three people dead.

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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box


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Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear how exactly the money was spent.

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U.S. Sent CIA Director as Ambassador to Tehran After CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democratic Government


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The decision of the Obama administration and the resolution passed by Congress barring entry to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations has angered Tehran and provoked demonstrations in Iran.

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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly


At a recent Pentagon news conference, the AFRICOM commander assured reporters that the U.S. “has little forward presence” in Africa. Just days earlier, however, the men building that presence told a very different story to some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet. And the story was of war.

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: R Is for Rentier


Race to the bottom: A term for dog-eat-dog competition by which countries compete by cutting wage levels so as to produce in the cheapest market, not by raising wages and labor productivity.

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Greenland’s Ice Cap Is Becoming Unstable


Greenland is losing ice at an accelerating rate. The development suggests the edges of the island’s ice cap may be unstable.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies (VIDEO)


In “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: P Is for Ponzi


Parasitism: In biology, parasites develop a strategy of gaining control of the host’s brain in order to obtain nourishment by masquerading as its natural progeny or as a part of its body. For economies, the brain in question is the government.

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The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing


Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps. And the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

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