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This would of course happen in DC…where the appeasement of those making food and bussing tables for the political elite is most desirable. Nonetheless a good story, given that even walmart’s threats were unable to kill the bill. Bottom line: Companies with over $1 billion in annual corporate sales and using facilities over 75,000 square feet will be forced to add a few extra dollars per worker per hour to the payroll budget.

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Ex-NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has disclosed his first set of documents outlining Australia’s role in NSA surveillance programs, picking out four facilities in the country that contribute heavily to US spying.

The locations of dozens of the US’s and associated countries signal collection sites have been revealed by Snowden, who leaked classified National Security Agency maps to US journalist Glenn Greenwald, which were then published in the Brazilian newspaper “O Globo.”…

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CHICAGO (July 1, 2013)—Today Hyatt Hotels Corporation and UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada, announced a national agreement that resolves longstanding disputes between the two organizations. The agreement creates a framework for the company and the union to work together moving forward. Both UNITE HERE and Hyatt hailed the pact as a positive step…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders  introduced the Restore Our Privacy Act to put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly track telephone calls by millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing…

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On Friday afternoon, a federal judge temporarily blocked a new law in Alabama that would have forced most of the health clinics in the state to stop providing abortion care. HB 57 was set to take effect on Monday, but Friday’s ruling delays that deadline until July 18.


Alabama’s law would impose burdensome regulations on the state’s last five abortion clinics. Clinic buildings will need to make unnecessary and expensive renovations to their facilities, like widening their doorways, and abortion doctors will need to obtain admitting privileges from local hospitals. These restrictions are the exact same type of laws that are forcing abortion clinics in other states to close their doors. And they’re the same measures that thousands of activists in Texas are currently protesting

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The City of Oakland and Alameda County have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit by paying out $1.025 million to 152 people arrested in 2010 while protesting the leniency of sentence for a white transit officer who shot dead an unarmed black man.

City Council members voted to approve a settlement of $850,000, Oakland City attorney’s spokesman Alex Katz said, while Alameda County will pay out $175,000 to put a class action lawsuit filed by the National Lawyers Guild to rest…

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The US has gone from ‘model of human rights’ to manipulator of internet rights, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party wrote. China has struck back at the US over its allegations that Beijing allowed NSA leaker Edward Snowden to leave Hong Kong…

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