Daily Archives: May 21, 2014

Behind the Koch Brothers: New Book Spills the Secrets of Nation’s Most Powerful & Private Dynasty


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Published on May 21, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – Charles and David Koch have funneled millions of dollars to conservative candidates and causes over the last four decades while working tirelessly to open the floodgates for money in politics. The Koch brothers’ net worth tops $100 hundred billion, currently tying for fourth on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans. Their rise to becoming two of the nation’s most powerful political figures is explored in the new book, “Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.” The story is based on hundreds of interviews with Koch family and friends, as well as thousands of pages of legal documents. We are joined by the book’s author, Daniel Schulman, a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine.

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Koch Brothers Exposed: The Chilling New Documentary Republicans Don’t Want You to See


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Published on May 21, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – There is a chilling new documentary about the billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch, that some Republicans do not want you to see. On Monday, Republican Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan tried to block an event at the Capitol unveiling the film, “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition.” Miller claimed the documentary could violate House rules and “cross the line into partisan politics.” She unsuccessfully argued that showing the documentary was an inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded facilities. On Tuesday evening, the film event proceeded as planned. The updated documentary shows how the Koch brothers have used their vast fortunes to oppose government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security as well as obstruct efforts to raise the minimum wage, tackle climate change and expand voting rights. We are joined by the film’s director, Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films.

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Russia, China Sign Gas Deal Worth $400 Billion

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Published on May 21, 2014

China signed a long-awaited, 30-year deal on Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth 400 billion US dollars in a financial boost to the diplomatically isolated Russian President Vladimir Putin. (May 21)

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Debate: As FCC Votes on Internet’s Future, What’s the Best Way to Protect Net Neutrality?

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Published on May 15, 2014

UPDATE: FCC Moves Forward with Two-Tiered Internet Plan
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The Federal Communications Commission is voting today on new rules that may effectively abandon net neutrality, the concept of a free and open Internet. The FCC proposal would let Internet providers charge media companies extra fees to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their products and content. Under previous regulations struck down earlier this year, providers were forced to provide all content at equal speeds. Just steps from the vote, demonstrators have set up an “Occupy the FCC” encampment calling for federal regulators to reclassify broadband service as a public utility, which would allow for the requirement of net neutrality rules. The CEOs of 28 U.S. broadband providers and trade groups have asked the FCC not to classify broadband as a utility, arguing that regulating broadband would “impose great costs, allowing unprecedented government micromanagement of all aspects of the Internet economy.”

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Copy of Ralph Nader on How to Dismantle the Corporate State

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Published on May 21, 2014

Ralph Nader, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, joins Thom Hartmann on his new book.

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Copy of Glenn Greenwald: US Corporate Media is “Neutered, Impotent and Obsolete”

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Published on May 21, 2014

Glenn Greenwald reflects on the Pulitzer Prize, adversarial journalism and the corporate media’s response to his reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents. “We knew that once we started publishing not one or two stories, but dozens of stories … that not just the government, but even fellow journalists were going to start to look at what we were doing with increasing levels of hostility and to start to say, ‘This doesn’t actually seem like journalism anymore,’ because it’s not the kind of journalism that they do,” Greenwald says. “It doesn’t abide by these unspoken rules that are designed to protect the government.”

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