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Are conservative think tanks breaking lobbying laws?

November 14, 2013 - The State Policy Network -- a national alliance of right-wing think tanks funded by businessmen including the Kochs of Koch Industries, the Waltons of Wal-Mart, and Art Pope of Variety Stores -- is driving a corporate agenda in state legislatures. So why they aren't reporting their lobbying activities?

Where healthcare's bare bones are buried

November 11, 2013 - Big insurance companies -- with the encouragement of penny-pinching employers like Wal-Mart -- created the substandard health insurance plans that are being eliminated to comply with the minimum coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

After a pause, Walmart strikes back

July 31, 2013 - The Arkansas-based retail giant is disciplining and firing workers who participated in a strike in June. While the firings are almost certainly illegal, congressional Republicans have declawed the national labor board, leaving it without a quorum to conduct business.

Secret TPP deal would void democracy

July 10, 2013 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade agreement written with help from the likes of Walmart and Halliburton -- would enhance corporations' power to sue governments over laws they don't like, increase pressure for fracking, and make job-killers like NAFTA look puny. Congress will soon debate whether to fast-track it.