Larry Summers explains Washington to Elizabeth Warren

Larry Summers explains Washington to Elizabeth Warren in one sentence:

“In the spring of 2009, after the panel issued its third report, critical of the bailout, Larry Summers took Warren out to dinner in Washington and, she recalls, told her that she had a choice to make. She could be an insider or an outsider, but if she was going to be an insider she needed to understand one unbreakable rule about insiders: ‘They don’t criticize other insiders.'”

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Does Meditation Have Health Benefits?

Does Meditation Have Health Benefits?“The Healthy Geezer” answers questions about health and aging in his weekly column. Question: Does meditating have any real health benefits? Answer: Meditation definitely reduces stress. And too much stress is bad for your health. There is some research that indicates meditation may help with: Allergies, anxiety, asthma, binge eating, cancer, depression, fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, pain, sleep difficulties and substance abuse.

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Injury to Corporate Reputation Not Enough to Justify Sealing Court Case

Public Citizen Press RoomApril 16, 2014 Fourth Circuit: Injury to Corporate Reputation Not Enough to Justify Sealing Court Case ‘Company Doe’ Sued to Keep Complaint Out of Federal Database Designed to Warn Consumers of Faulty Products WASHINGTON, D.C. – Holding that injury to corporate reputation doesn’t justify sealing a court case, an appellate court today inCompany Doe v.

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Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main StreetAward-winning journalist Matt Taibbi is out with an explosive new book that asks why the vast majority of white-collar criminals have avoided prison since the financial crisis began, while an unequal justice system imprisons the poor and people of color on a mass scale.

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Defense Council’s Video Catches 5 Cops Lying on Witness Stand “Many, many, many, many times

Defense Council’s Video Catches 5 Cops Lying on Witness Stand “Many, many, many, many times”In a ‘Perry Mason’ moment, a video played in court contradicts police officers who testified their drug arrest was proper April 15, 2014By Steve SchmadekeChicago Tribune One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in…

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Consumers may be barred from suing General Mills for ‘liking’ company on Facebook

​Consumers may be barred from suing General Mills for ‘liking’ company on FacebookReuters / Brendan McDermid Under a new privacy policy, Fortune 500 corporation General Mills claims that anyone who has received anything from it that can be deemed a benefit – even agreeing to “like” it on Facebook – withdraws rights to sue the company.

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“We are in great danger”: Ex-banker details how mega-banks destroyed America

“We are in great danger”: Ex-banker details how mega-banks destroyed America“It no longer matters who sits in the White House,” former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins writes in her new book ” All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.” “Presidents no longer even try to garner banker support for population-friendly policies, and bankers operate oblivious to the needs of national economies.

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Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy

​Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – reportReuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.

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Meditation Has the Power to Influence Your Genes

Meditation Has the Power to Influence Your GenesIn a groundbreaking discovery, a collaborative team of researchers from Wisconsin, Spain, and France reported in December 2013 the first evidence of specific molecular changes at a genetic level following a period of mindfulness meditation. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard J.

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