Thursday, October 30, 2014

The middle class can’t afford to live in liberal cities

Mitch McConnell's Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company

Before the Ping May, a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship's chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about 90 pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation.

The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell's in-laws, the Chao family.

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Philadelphia Laundry Workers File Wage Theft Lawsuit

Laundry workers at Olympic Linen and Laundry Services filed a class action lawsuit against the company for "underpayment of minimum wages and overtime pay."  In conjunction with the suit, the Philadelphia Joint Board/Workers United (PJB/WU) launched CLEAN Philly, a campaign to end worker abuses and wage theft in industrial laundries in the Philadelphia metro area.

Counter-terrorism bank will give cash to combat extremism

Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund grants will back small-scale projects aiming to discourage radicalization

Ferguson leaks from grand jury were result of Twitter hack, says prosecutor

St Louis County prosecutor leading investigation into Michael Brown’s shooting death says woman’s Twitter account was hacked

UW-Madison campus unions protest for higher staff wages