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For the first time in world history, the 10 highest paid CEOs in the US all received more than $100 million a year in direct compensation, and two of them took home billion dollar paychecks.

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When they aren’t attacking the President’s healthcare plans or the Democrats’ efforts to increase the minimum wage, the Tea Party can be found engaging in disgusting racism at all levels.  This has been their go-to issue ever since the first Koch check was cashed. Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio joins with blogger and author Chauncey DeVega to talk about this.

Crossposted from Ring of Fire.

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President Obama has canceled a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a day after tensions were raised by Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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A recently-published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) finds high levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in aquifers overlying the Barnett Shale formation in northern Texas, near active natural gas wells. Researchers found that the chemical and metal levels exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) maximum limits for drinking water standards in wells located within about two miles of fracking sites.

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Once considered unlawful under California state law, a legal opinion by San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Thomas J. Owen says that city-owned banks refutes that unlawfulness. The City of San Francisco has been toying with the prospect of instituting a city-owned bank for about 10 years, City Supervisor John Avalos said in June.

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Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 12:00 PM PDT

Revenge of the BP Barbies

by Ring of Fire

In the weeks after Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010, but before the oil and tar balls began washing ashore, BP sent out into the coastal communities of the Gulf Coast an army of young, female marketing reps to handle the scared, angry mobs of locals worried about their businesses and homes.

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Climate change-induced sea ice melt is causing the starving deaths of polar bears, according to renowned bear expert, Dr. Ian Stirling. Over the last year, warming temperatures have reduced the amount of Arctic sea ice to record lows. A lack of sea ice means a lack of seals, and, for polar bears, no access to their food source.

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A recent study from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll found that 73 percent of Democrats “say that Congress needs to pass new laws to protect the public from gun violence.” Sixty-five percent of Republicans don’t think so.The study also found that 44 percent of Republicans think an armed war against the government is a good idea.

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A young girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a Louisiana juvenile detention center guard, and now the parish is defending against a lawsuit filed by the woman, which began last month. At 14-years-old, the now 20-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was repeatedly raped by prison guard Angelo Vickers, who is currently serving a 7-year sentence after pleading guilty to molestation of a juvenile.

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A young girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a Louisiana juvenile detention center guard, and now the parish is defending against a lawsuit filed by the woman, which began last month. At 14-years-old, the now 20-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was repeatedly raped by prison guard Angelo Vickers, who is currently serving a 7-year sentence after pleading guilty to molestation of a juvenile.

Read the full story here at Ring of Fire.

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The battle over fair wages in America has been heating up, and Congress may soon take up the issue of increasing the minimum wage.  But before they do, we have to get past all of the spin from conservative media outlets about minimum wage earners. Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio discusses this with author and syndicated columnist David Sirota.


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