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Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens

ibtimes.com — DAVOS, Switzerland -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told International Business Times.

Supreme Court Will Hear Death Penalty Case, But Not in Time to Save 3 Lives

truthdig.com — The high court on Friday agreed to hear a case testing the humanity of Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol. But in a 5-4 decision along party lines, the court agreed to let three Oklahoma executions take place before the case is heard.

T-Mobile Now Offers Fancy Phones on Bad Credit, But There’s a Catch

truthdig.com — For the first time, a carrier is selling expensive phones and tablets with zero-percent interest to customers with terrible credit. Shoppers still have to qualify by paying a year's worth of T-Mobile bills on time.

Big Tax Bills for the Poor, Tiny Ones for the Rich

truthdig.com — American politics are dominated by those with money. As such, America's tax debate is dominated by voices that insist the rich are unduly persecuted by high taxes and that low-income folks are living the high life. Indeed, a new survey by the Pew Research Center recently found that the most financially secure Americans believe "poor people today have it easy."

What Is the GOP thinking?

truthdig.com — There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape. I'm not kidding.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Isn't Secret, Says US Official, But Access To Text Is Highly Restricted

ibtimes.com — DAVOS, Switzerland -- The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the U.S. and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy -- but don't ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted. Nevertheless, U.S.

Blackstone Group's Stephen Schwarzman Says More Money Won't Improve Public Education

ibtimes.com — DAVOS, Switzerland -- Stephen A. Schwarzman, the billionaire CEO of private equity investor Blackstone Group, said Friday at the World Economic Forum that funding is not a key factor in fixing or improving public schools. He also said unpaid labor could help improve public schools.

Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous

salon.com — American politics are dominated by those with money. As such, America's tax debate is dominated by voices that insist the rich are unduly persecuted by high taxes and that low-income folks are living the high life. Indeed, a new survey by the Pew Research Center recently found that the most financially secure Americans believe "poor people today have it easy."

Billionaire Currency Trader George Soros Warns Against Investing Public Pension Money In Hedge Funds

ibtimes.com — DAVOS, Switzerland -- Another towering figure in the financial industry is warning major pension systems to beware of investing retiree money in hedge funds. During a Thursday meeting at the World Economic Forum, billionaire investor George Soros cited management fees charged by hedge funds in arguing that steering billions of dollars of public employees' money into such products is imprudent.

Rich Kids In Low-Income Countries Get Most Of The Public Education Money: UN

ibtimes.com — DAVOS, Switzerland -- A new United Nations report finds that almost half of public education resources spent in low-income countries of the developing world goes to benefit just 10 percent of the best-educated students, who tend to come from affluent families.
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Jan 27, 2015

And P.S. - governors panicking and overreacting with martial law-style moves is not “competence.” It’s the opposite.

Jan 27, 2015

Places like Denver/Chicago have big storms all the time & dont panic. Christie/Cuomo & NY media panicked. Maybe they should learn from us.

Jan 27, 2015

Cable TV news is basically by and for NY/DC folk, so a moderate storm was presented as a life altering event. Pretty predictable.

Jan 27, 2015

“We start, though, by looking at the political implications of snow.” - a non-ironic sentence actually written by the NYT today.

Jan 27, 2015

Expecting another 26 press conferences from Cuomo & Christie to show who is in command and “competent” in the face of a mild snow sprinkle.

Jan 27, 2015

Cannon looking out over snowy Salzburg from inside the fortress instagram.com/p/yWqpMpCEpy/

Jan 27, 2015

Huge snow in Salzburg. Nobody freaking out. All trains/buses running #Perspective instagram.com/p/yWnoAgiEmO/

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