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Baby formula industry was primed for disaster long before key factory closed down

The closure of the Similac factory may have lit the fuse for the nationwide shortage, but a combination of government policy, industry market concentration and supply chain issues supplied the powder

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After massive public outcry, IRS ditches plans for facial recognition

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Federal lawmakers joined with advocacy groups that argued requiring biometric information to access records online is a “creepy and disturbing strike” at privacy and security


Extremist groups flock to ‘siege’ protest of Canada’s capitol

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Similar protests to the so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ are reportedly being planned in the U.S. and throughout Europe


The panic over ‘critical race theory’ is merely the latest tool of Republican elites

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Why a disparate group of billionaires, GOP politicians, televangelists, media outlets, and white supremacist militias have found common cause around a new and exciting moral panic


Sanders calls on Democrats to divide spending bills into components to force GOP accountability

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After failure of massive Build Back Better Act, Vermont senator advocates passing parts of it individually


Remote instruction is back in some areas, even as the digital divide never disappeared

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School districts have stocked up on computers but broadband access remains a problem as a Covid surge sends some systems remote


Anti-LGBT groups trying to re-brand their ideas as health care

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Oxfam report: Billionaires ‘had a terrific pandemic,’ everyone else not so much

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The 10 richest people in the world saw their fortunes grow at a rate of over $1.2 billion per day since the pandemic hit nearly two years ago


Economic inflation harms lower-income people the most

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Poorer families can’t cut back on essentials like food, even as prices have gone up across the board


The privilege of staying home: Covid and the highly skilled workforce

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Remote working during the pandemic allowed once-mobile skilled workers to choose immobility, with possible long-term impacts on future work and migration patterns


Union battles at Amazon and Starbucks are hot news – which can only be good for the labor movement

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Private-sector workers are turning back toward unions for help as the pandemic has made Americans more appreciative of good working conditions


Media elites have missed the damage caused by free trade, and how millions felt betrayed by Democrats

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Journalist Farah Stockman discusses her new book on the meaning of work, and how educated elites have ignored the problems of others


GOP members of Congress keep trying to take credit for pandemic relief they voted against

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Democrats passed nearly $2 trillion in aide to states and businesses, are they letting Republicans take the credit for it?


Newspapers’ lawsuit against Facebook and Google shows courts may be best for reining in tech abuses

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An online ad marketplace stripped of surveillance can thrive, but it will not happen without government intervention


Medicare’s open enrollment is open season for scammers

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Complaints are rising from seniors tricked by private insurance companies selling Medicare Advantage and drug plans


Christian supremacists will not be satisfied with overturning Roe v. Wade

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Conventional centrist pundits were wrong to say the GOP would never come for abortion rights, and Christian supremacist activists many other plans


Texas GOP activist says Second Amendment gives right to own nuclear weapons

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Pro-gun absolutism reaches its inevitable conclusion


Vaccine patent waivers would be more effective at stopping covid variants than travel bans

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Getting residents of low-income countries vaccinated is the best way to stop new SARS-CoV2 variants


Ethiopia on the brink as crisis threatens ‘peace and stability’ of region

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Concern has recently turned to the risk of starvation for hundreds of thousands of people cut off from supplies


Indigenous people are more likely to be crime victims, we need better data to know how much

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After centuries of law enforcement discrimination, many Native Americans do not report crimes as often; and when they do, they are often misclassified as white


Technology alone cannot solve the problems of social media

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David Adams, founder and publisher of OSNews, discusses the cyclical nature of technology and the implications of computing’s return to the network


 

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