Smokescreen: Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

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April 20, 2014
Even without tobacco, the poorly regulated devices may pose unique dangers
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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter-Advocate for Justice

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter-Advocate for Justice feature image
April 20, 2014
Wrongly convicted of murder by an all-white, famous ex-boxer became advocate for other prisoners.
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Dorje Khatri, Union Leader, Killed on Everest

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April 20, 2014
Dorji Khatri, Sherpa union leader, among those killed in Everest Avalanche. Sherpa guide anger over working conditions continues to rise.
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Not Just the Long-Term Unemployed

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April 20, 2014
There’s a significant labor economics literature that argues that job-to-job transitions are a major driver of wage growth for workers. If the number of people moving directly from one job to another is in decline, that’s a bad sign for wage growth, as well as inflation and monetary policy. This appears to be undertheorized and not discussed enough in academic or policy discussions.
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Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

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April 20, 2014
Some argue that the broadband market already has been carved up into a cartel, so blocking the acquisition would do little to bring down prices. Washington should examine a larger question beyond whether the deal is good or bad for consumers: Is it good for our democracy? We haven’t needed to ask this question for more than a century because America hasn’t experienced the present concentration of economic wealth and power in more than a century.
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Big Profits in Not-for-Profit Charter Schools

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April 19, 2014
Charter schools have a very definite purpose in America today. Profits. BIG PROFITS. Non-profit charter school administrators make some very heady profits. Operating non-profit charter schools can be very profitable for charter school executives like Eva Moskowitz. She earns close to a half a million dollars a year ($485,000) for overseeing school programs that serve 6,700 children, yet is opposed to teacher unions and paying rent to have her schools in public buildings
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Did Israel Steal Uranium from the U. S.?

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April 19, 2014
Last month newly released U.S. government documents shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair - the story that won't go away - the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant. Nearly 50 years have passed since the events in question. It is time to level with the public.
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Chris Christie Broke State Pension Laws

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April 19, 2014
Recipient of New Jersey pension deal housed charity run by Gov. Christie's wife. "Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this," Michael Moore.
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Season of Emancipation

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April 19, 2014
During this week of Passover, one of the most sacred of Jewish observances, commemorating the deliverance of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, it behooves us to remember that captivity in many forms for many people continues.
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Charlie Chaplin would have been 125 April 16

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April 19, 2014
Most people know Charlie Chaplin, whose 125th birthday was April 16, as a giant figure in the history of film. Chaplin's films were as funny as they were deeply revelatory of the human condition. His raucous cinematic assault on fascism, discussed here, helps enrich our understanding about what made this clown one of our most sublime and important artists.
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Playing for Change: 'Clandestino'

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An Oud master in Morocco, gypsies in Budapest, strings and vocals from Manu Chao form a Global Roots Reggae-Latin jam

Book: 'Kill Anything That Moves'

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Nick Turse on the reaction to his book about the atrocities committed by American troops during the Vietnam War

Portside Labor

Some N.O. Charters Begin Exploring Teachers Unions

April 20, 2014
http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/8940741-171/some-no-charters-begin-exploring
The New Orleans Advocate
For New Orleans, the debate over charter schools and teachers unions has always been an either-or proposition. The Orleans Parish School Board voided the city’s union contract after Hurricane Katrina, and charter schools began taking over rapidly thereafter. Now, New Orleans is beginning to find out if this hard divide between charters and unions is really necessary, or if the two can somehow learn to coexist.