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The Press’s Rotten Values Were Embraced by the Whole Country (The Guardian)
We all have to do better in the future, not just newspapers.
ALEC Exposed (The Nation)
A trove of documents reveals the vast procorporate strategy of this powerful right-wing group.
Meet The Indonesian Workers Who Make Your Nikes: 50 Cent Hourly Wages, Beatings, And Humiliation (ThinkProgress)
More than a decade ago, shoe giant Nike came under fire for its use of sweatshop labor in the production of its products. Most of the criticism focused on its Indonesian workforce, where workers, largely young women, were forced to labor under harsh conditions and abusive supervisors. A new investigation conducted by the Associated Press appears to find that poor conditions persist in many of Nike’s factories.
Who Doesn’t Pay Federal Income Taxes (Legally) (NYT)
That so many taxpayers pay no federal income tax is a direct result of Republican policies, an economist writes — but the more troubling issue is how many of the well-off pay no tax.
Betty Ford, Pioneer (NYT)
Betty Ford’s historical importance may well have been greater than her husband’s.
Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine