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Today's Teamster News 06.17.13

France lifts block on EU-US trade negotiations  Euronews   ...France has lifted it’s objection to trade talks between the European Union and the United States, clearing the way for the world’s most ambitious free trade agreement...
G8 summit: exclusion zone extended in Northern Ireland  The Guardian   ...With Black Hawk attack helicopters already deployed in the lakeland area to protect Barack Obama and the other G8 leaders, and a ring of steel erected to prevent demonstrators getting anywhere near the summit, the security forces in Northern Ireland are also intensifying pressure on dissident republicans...
New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean  Institute for Policy Studies   ...Fix the Debt member corporations stand to gain as much as $173 billion in windfalls if Congress adopts their proposal for a territorial tax system...
Student loans are big business for government, bringing billions in profit  Detroit Free Press   ...The U.S. government projects to make more money off student loans this fiscal year than ExxonMobil, Apple, J.P. Morgan Chase or Fannie Mae made on their respective businesses last year, a new analysis shows...
Former Bank of America workers allege it lied to home owners  Reuters   ...Six former Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) employees have alleged that the bank deliberately denied eligible home owners loan modifications and lied to them about the status of their mortgage payments and documents...
As Public Concerns Grow, Congress Spooked Over Spying  truthout   ...The American people are growing increasingly concerned about reports of domestic spying. And Congress isn’t sure how to respond...
How Tea Party Favorite Rick Scott Helped Cook Up a Sweetheart Deal for His Florida Friends  Vanity Fair   ...Scott is calling for a major realignment of the state policy on insurance to address a far-fetched scenario. And what is the solution? Why, enrich the private insurance companies with state money! And guess who has been receiving large campaign contributions from one of the biggest winners of Scott’s largesse?...
Pew Center: Ohio barely created any jobs in past twelve months  Plunderbund   ...Ohio ranks 47th in private sector job creation over the past month when you measure by percentage increase in new jobs (which is a fairer way to measure as it accounts for differences in population)...
Bills to dissolve Michigan schools in financial trouble are put on fast track  Detroit Free Press   ...Three districts — Buena Vista, Inkster and Pontiac — were cited during a legislative hearing Tuesday as being likely candidates for dissolution...
Mo. bill lets banks compete with payday lenders  Associated Press   ...A bill pending before Gov. Jay Nixon would raise the fees that Missouri-based banks could charge for short-term, cash advances — a move intended to make it worth their while financially to start offering such products...
California high-speed rail gets a green light  McClatchy   ...California’s high-speed rail project can start rolling without waiting for potentially time-consuming approvals from a federal board...

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