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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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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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I‑1183, if implemented, could generate $81 million plus in annual sales for Costco

Excerpt: Ever since Cost­co and its exec­u­tives first start­ed mak­ing noise about dereg­u­lat­ing and pri­va­tiz­ing our state’s liquor con­trol sys­tem, it’s been appar­ent that their dri­ving moti­va­tion for push­ing pri­va­ti­za­tion is because they want our state’s liquor stores’ busi­ness for them­selves — not because they think “get­ting the state out of the liquor busi­ness” (which is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bank of America unilaterally amends deposit agreements for Pacific Northwest customers

Excerpt: Finan­cial “ser­vices” giant Bank of Amer­i­ca, which has been stag­ger­ing through 2011 under the weight of bad debt inher­it­ed from acqui­si­tions like Coun­try­wide, has begun inform­ing cus­tomers in Wash­ing­ton and Ida­ho that it is chang­ing the deposit agree­ments for per­son­al accounts in both states, NPI has learned. The changes will take effect on Octo­ber 14th, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Department of Justice files suit to block AT&T/T‑Mobile merger

Excerpt: This news may come as as a nasty shock to Wall Street (which is used to sweet-talk­ing reg­u­la­tors into get­ting what it wants) but to us, it is a very pleas­ant and wel­come sur­prise: The Depart­ment of Jus­tice today filed a civ­il antitrust law­suit to block AT&T Inc.’s pro­posed acqui­si­tion of T‑Mobile USA Inc.  The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s time for the United States of America to downgrade Standard & Poor’s credibility

Excerpt: Almost imme­di­ate­ly after Stan­dard & Poor’s revealed on Fri­day that it was down­grad­ing the Unit­ed States’ cred­it rat­ing to AA+ from AAA, the deci­sion became fod­der for crit­ics of the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion. Among the loud­est crit­ics are the bevy of 2012 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, who have tried to blame Amer­i­ca’s eco­nom­ic woes on the Demo­c­ra­t­ic […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Right wing economic liberty myths simply don’t square with reality

Excerpt: Part of our work here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute is to pro­vide you, our read­ers, and fel­low pro­gres­sive activists with infor­ma­tion that can be used to counter the talk­ing points lies, half-truths, and decep­tion par­rot­ed by con­ser­v­a­tive talk radio hosts, talk­ing heads and polit­i­cal oper­a­tives. Here are two cas­es where the truth is entire­ly […]
Written by:Ken
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U.K. police chieftain resigns as his officers arrest Murdoch confidante Rebekah Brooks

Excerpt: Things just got worse for for­mer News of the World edi­tor Rebekah Brooks: Rebekah Brooks has been arrest­ed by police inves­ti­gat­ing alle­ga­tions of phone hack­ing by the News of the World and alle­ga­tions that police offi­cers were bribed to leak sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan police said a 43-year-old woman was arrest­ed at noon on Sun­day, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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News of the World phone hacking scandal finally claims career of Rebekah Brooks

Excerpt: Rebekah Brooks, the for­mer News of the World edi­tor who was sub­se­quent­ly pro­mot­ed to a high-rank­ing posi­tion with­in News Cor­po­ra­tion, has belat­ed­ly announced her res­ig­na­tion, bow­ing to sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure from Par­lia­ment, the pub­lic, and even the com­pa­ny’s share­hold­ers: Brooks announced her deci­sion to News Inter­na­tion­al staff in Wap­ping just before 10am on Fri­day, say­ing her […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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FBI to investigate possible wrongdoing by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation

Excerpt: Good news: The Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion is report­ed­ly launch­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing by Rupert Mur­doch’s News Cor­po­ra­tion, only hours after Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Peter King fol­lowed sev­er­al senior Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tors in ask­ing the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to look into the mat­ter. In response to requests from mem­bers of Con­gress and at least one […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netflix subjects customers to “price change”; opt-out required to avoid paying 60% more

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, Net­flix sent out an email to its mil­lions of cus­tomers dis­clos­ing that it has decid­ed to raise its prices, effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly for new cus­tomers and effec­tive in Sep­tem­ber for exist­ing cus­tomers. The announce­ment, also post­ed to Net­flix’s blog and its Face­book page around the same time, has since drawn tens of thou­sands of com­ments, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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News Corporation drops bid for BSkyB, citing overwhelming public opposition

Excerpt: Vic­to­ry! Rupert Mur­doch’s media group News Cor­po­ra­tion bowed to pres­sure from the pub­lic and par­lia­ment on Wednes­day and with­drew its bid to take full con­trol of pay-TV com­pa­ny BSkyB. All three main polit­i­cal par­ties were poised to call on News Corp to aban­don its offer in a vote in the House of Com­mons lat­er on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senator Jay Rockefeller wants U.S. probe of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation

Excerpt: U.S. Sen­a­tor Jay Rock­e­feller of West Vir­ginia, who chairs the Sen­ate’s Com­mit­tee on Com­merce, Sci­ence, and Trans­porta­tion, called today for the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to inves­ti­gate pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing by Rupert Mur­doch’s News Cor­po­ra­tion (and its many sub­sidiaries) in the Unit­ed States. Rock­e­feller is among the first elect­ed lead­ers in the Unit­ed States to weigh in on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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