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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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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Rupert Murdoch’s empire in crisis following News of the World closure

Excerpt: Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World may have printed its final edition yesterday, but the fallout from the unethical and likely illegal activities of its former employees continues to swell. The phone-hacking scandal is beyond a headache for Rupert Murdoch – it’s become a crisis that is threatening his entire media empire. Here’s a roundup […]
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Grays Harbor Paper: 1993-2011

Excerpt: Grays Harbor Paper, which has for years supplied the Harbor/100 paper that we at NPI use for our everyday printing needs, announced yesterday that it is shutting its doors permanently and laying off two hundred and forty people in the process. GHP’s president, Patrick Quigg, released a statement attributing the shutdown to the following major […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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