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Undernews: April 6, 2013

Undernews: April 6, 2013

Since 1964, the news while there's still time to do something about it

THE PROGRESSIVE REVIEW

Senior Swedish judge praises Assange

The housing cost of squestration

Obama deserts Democratic policy for nearly 80 years

Apple encryption stumps DEA

Great moments with Hillary Clinton

Judge orders morning after pill to be over the counter for all ages

Even Democrats are wary of Obamacare

Abortions now free. . . in France

Offshore tax havens costs average taxpayer over $1000 a year

Hundreds of NY fast food workers walk out

Massive leak of offshore financing schemes

The health crises of famous people

Professor: Why Teach for America can't recruit in my classroom

Common Core wants kindergarteners to write :"explanatory reports" and demonstrate "algebraic thinking"

Obama's incompetence on healthcare

Wisconsin voters oppose ALEC and governor on schools

Schools cheating on tests confirmed in 37 states and DC

Sea lion pups washing up on California shore in alarming numbers

On the other hand.. .

Maine guards shown torturing prisoner on video

45 years ago in Memphis

Canadian province hires Obama and Kerry campaign aides to work for pipeline

Where pot is legal. . . in one map

Why self publishing works now

Quotes

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra

Pocket paradigm

The ultimate irony of the conservatives is that they pretend to be a bastion of Christian politics when, in fact, they are comprised in no small part of despoilers, usurers, war-mongers, hypocrites, idolaters and groupies of false prophets - all of whom are frowned upon by the book they pretend to follow. And their opponents, who are more faithful to the words the conservatives only quote, are often such good Christians that they never say a mumblin' word about it all.- Sam Smith

Stats

In the 1950s, corporations paid nearly a third of the federal government’s bills. Last year, corporate income taxes accounted for less than a tenth of Uncle Sam’s total revenue.

Furthermore. . .

Majority of Senate supports gay marriage

A brief history of applause

Possible FBI directors come with baggage

Pot decriminalized in RI

David Simon Of 'The Wire' On The U.S. War On Drugs

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