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House Dems To Obama: No Deal!

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Robert Reich – Commonwealth Club

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Robert Reich discusses his new book Aftershock: The next economy and America’s future.

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Robert Reich – How Unequal Can America Get? (2008)

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Goldman School of Public Policy Board of Advisors Dinner

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The Real News – Unions – Bill Fletcher Jr. and Frank Hammer

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Lauren Kelley – The 6 Most Shocking Cases of Police Stun-Gun Abuse

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From AlterNet:

The 6 Most Shocking Cases of Police Stun-Gun Abuse

By Lauren Kelley

Some of the most egregious examples of taser abuse by police around the country, illustrating why the willy-nilly increase of taser use is terrible for citizens.

December 7, 2010

Take a police force that’s notorious for its use of excessive force, add a massive arsenal of tasers, put those weapons in the hands of low-level patrol officers, and what do you get?

If you guessed “an awful mess of civil rights abuses and safety concerns,” then, unfortunately, you’re correct. A new report from the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police misconduct cases in the city, has found that incidences of taser use by Chicago police officers increased by nearly 350% over the past year in the wake of the department’s decision to more than double its taser arsenal in the name of “increasing officer safety” and “defusing trouble.”

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