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Scott Martelle


Scott Martelle
Scott Martelle

Veteran journalist Scott Martelle has written books on the Ludlow Massacre, the Red Scare clampdown on civil liberties, the history of Detroit and...


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Justice? JPMorgan to Pay $2 Billion to Make Madoff Case Go Away

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Notably, none of the bankers who recognized that JPMorgan was profiting from handling Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme will face charges. Welcome to justice, Wall Street style.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE

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As Goes Colorado, So Goes the Nation?

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, formerly opposed, now reportedly backs loosening some restrictions on marijuana use by medical patients, as support for legalizing pot grows like, well, a weed.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE

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Score a Victory for the Poor and for Constitutional Rights

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A federal court ruling in Florida this week that drug testing low-income applicants for public assistance is unconstitutional could set the stage for a larger challenge to the political scapegoating of the poor. Could we be seeing the swing of the pendulum?

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE
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Why Are Wages Low? Blame Workers for Not Knowing They Are, in Fact, Workers

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The anti-union movement won the battle of self-perception. Union-friendly blue-collar workers have been supplanted by white-collar office drones who don’t see themselves as candidates for unionization because they don’t really see themselves as workers, author Edward McClelland argues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE

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Want a Faster Internet Connection? Try Any of 31 Other Countries

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The United States has fallen behind competing nations in the speed of its Internet infrastructure. There’s more than faster movie downloads at stake. And yes, there are sleazy corporate stances muddying up the issue.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE

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We Know the NSA Spies on Us—but on Whom Specifically? And Why?

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Author Seth Rosenfeld, whose book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power” explored the federal government’s domestic spying programs of a generation ago, calls for a new incarnation of the Church Committee to mine the extent of present-day domestic spying. But can this Congress focus on truth ahead of political spin and gamesmanship?

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Obama Signs NDAA, Maintaining Indefinite Detention Provision

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In an odd juxtaposition, Obama signed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday while criticizing Congress for abridging the constitutional separation of powers, yet is unconcerned about the violation of individual constitutional rights contained in the law.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

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Scott Martelle
Scott Martelle

Veteran journalist Scott Martelle has written books on the Ludlow Massacre, the Red Scare clampdown on civil liberties, the history of Detroit and the story of the century-long search for John Paul Jones’ body. His latest book “The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth” was published in 2015.

He’s also spent time on the picket line, tended bar, hung drywall, and covered presidential campaigns. Some of those pursuits were more honest than others.  Martelle is now an editorial writer for the LA times and a co-founder of The Journalism Shop, a group of journalists available for freelance assignments.

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