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Forty-eight states have launched a major antitrust investigation targeting Google

Excerpt: Search and advertising giant Google and its parent company Alphabet are about to face more regulatory scrutiny, but this time from the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology, World Commmunity
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Tired of Amazon’s greedy politics and bad business practices? Diversify your shopping!

Excerpt: If the prospect of diversifying your shopping and reducing your dependence on Amazon is appealing to you, then have a look at this guide of alternatives that we have put together.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PCC rebrands: Cooperative drops “Natural Markets” for “Community Markets”

Excerpt: For decades, PCC (the Puget Con­sumers Coop­er­a­tive) has been a fix­ture of Seat­tle and more recent­ly the greater Seat­tle met­ro­pol­i­tan area, pro­vid­ing organ­ic food from local farms, ranch­es, bak­eries, and dairies. When we need food for an event, such as our annu­al Win­ter Hol­i­day Par­ty, NPI turns to PCC. Since 1998, when PCC adopt­ed the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians are hungry for meaningful corporate tax accountability, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: NPI's research has confirmed that there's an extraordinary appetite for meaningful accountability that spans the ideological spectrum and every demographic group imaginable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ecommerce giant Amazon to buy Whole Foods grocery chain in blockbuster deal

Excerpt: If this deal goes through, Amazon will -- almost overnight -- become a major player in the brick and mortar retail industry. It already dominates ecommerce.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Barack Obama announces his administration has rejected Keystone XL

Excerpt: Flanked by Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden and Sec­re­tary of State John Ker­ry, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma announced today that his admin­is­tra­tion has — after a lengthy and repeat­ed­ly delayed review process — reject­ed oil giant Tran­sCanada’s appli­ca­tion to build the Key­stone XL pipeline across the U.S.-Canada bor­der. “Now, for years, the Key­stone [XL] Pipeline has occu­pied […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, World Commmunity
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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Deter­mined to make the ter­ri­ble impli­ca­tions of the Cor­po­ra­tions Unit­ed and McCutcheon deci­sions look tame by com­par­i­son, the Supreme Court ruled this morn­ing that because it believes cor­po­ra­tions to be peo­ple, an arti­fi­cial for-prof­it enti­ty like Hob­by Lob­by is enti­tled to reli­gious lib­er­ty, and so it does not […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, Litigation, World Commmunity
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Michael King’s embezzlement demonstrates why progressive and Democratic organizations need strong internal controls

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, King Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors charged Michael Wal­ter King, the for­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the now-defunct Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cam­paign Com­mit­tee (SDCC) with six counts of theft fol­low­ing a six month inves­ti­ga­tion, in which Seat­tle police found that King had stolen more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars from the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus to fund his […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Meta
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LIVE from Seattle: Huge turnout for final scoping hearing on Gateway Pacific Terminal

Excerpt: This after­noon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers, Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Ecol­o­gy, and What­com Coun­ty (the co-lead agen­cies) are hold­ing the sev­enth in a series of scop­ing meet­ings to deter­mine how to best pro­ceed with an envi­ron­men­tal impact state­ment for the pro­posed Gate­way Pacif­ic Ter­mi­nal and Custer rail­road spur at the Wash­ing­ton State Con­ven­tion […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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What greed and instant gratification look like: Inside a Georgia Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Excerpt: Through­out the past week, in hon­or of Thanks­giv­ing and in protest of Black Fri­day, we’ve been tak­ing a crit­i­cal look at exces­sive con­sumerism and the con­se­quences it por­tends for our­selves as a soci­ety and plan­et Earth. We’ve cov­ered the plight of Wal-Mart’s under­paid and poor­ly treat­ed work­ers (some of whom have gone on strike), talked […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Stay home and sleep in this weekend: The Black Friday madness isn’t worth it (literally!)

Excerpt: This week­end is Thanks­giv­ing week­end, tra­di­tion­al­ly one of the longest week­ends of the year (owing to Thanks­giv­ing always falling on a Thurs­day). It’s also tra­di­tion­al­ly the begin­ning of the Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son, and is thus a very impor­tant time of year for retail­ers. Since the turn of the cen­tu­ry, major retail chains have gone to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rush Limbaugh loses another station and more than a dozen more national advertisers

Excerpt: Let’s keep the pres­sure on! Anoth­er sta­tion has just can­celed Rush: AM 1420 WBEC [Pitts­field, Mass­a­chu­setts]  releas­es state­ment regard­ing the removal of Rush Lim­baugh from the air­waves Due to the inap­pro­pri­ate remarks made by Rush Lim­baugh regard­ing San­dra Fluke, the man­age­ment of AM 1420 WBEC has made the deci­sion to remove the Rush Lim­baugh Show […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus’ entire board of directors resigning to make way for new leadership

Excerpt: Months after the Olym­pus’ ex-CEO-turned-whistle­blow­er began demand­ing their res­ig­na­tions, the entire board of direc­tors of the scan­dal-rid­den Japan­ese elec­tron­ics mak­er is final­ly step­ping down, the com­pa­ny said today. “[A]ll the cur­rent direc­tors and cor­po­rate audi­tors express their inten­tions to resign at the end of the extra­or­di­nary gen­er­al share­hold­ers meet­ing and have sub­mit­ted let­ters of res­ig­na­tion […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus must rid itself of the crooks/yes men who betrayed its shareholders and customers

Excerpt: Ten years ago, cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca was rocked by a series of account­ing scan­dals that destroyed one of the world’s largest account­ing firms (Arthur Ander­sen) and led to the pas­sage of the Sar­banes-Oxley Act (Sar­box, or some­times sim­ply referred to as SOX). A num­ber of well-known Amer­i­can com­pa­nies — notably Enron, Tyco, Adel­phia, and World­Com — […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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