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News, Feature Our Most Corrupt Tax Breaks: 10 Loopholes to Close Right Now

Our Most Corrupt Tax Breaks: 10 Loopholes to Close Right Now

Illustration by Justin Renteria A year ago Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, studied the tax returns of 280 corporations. What it found was a Beltway version of a Mafia protection scheme. From 2008 to 2010, at…
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News, Feature For-Profit Colleges: Predators in the Ivory Tower

For-Profit Colleges: Predators in the Ivory Tower

Illustration by Vlad  Alvarez. Bobby Ruffin Jr. was only 14 when a recruiter from Ashford University called. The Birmingham, Mich., boy thought he'd clicked on a link promising help finding money for college. It was actually a lead generator…
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News, Feature They Were Kings: The Feds Attack the Internet Poker Industry

They Were Kings: The Feds Attack the Internet Poker Industry

Illustration by Jesse Lenz. When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel you can do it again. You have faith that your luck will turn. Perhaps it's delusion. But for a professional poker player, self-confidence…
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Music, Cell phones: the future of music broadcasting

Cell phones: the future of music broadcasting

There's no shortage of challengers to iTunes' hegemony. In September, MySpace opened its new music storefront, and Best Buy purchased Napster to dip into online music retailing. In August, Rhapsody formed a partnership with MTV/Viacom to help market its subscription…
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Music, Hear This From Russia with Love: Auktyon's avant-rock

From Russia with Love: Auktyon's avant-rock

The latest wave of introspective songsters (Feist, Kate Nash, etc.) sounds so very fastidious, all glaringly shiny-pleasant with studio sheen. So it's incredibly refreshing listening to the latest offering from Mia Doi Todd, Gea (on her own City Zen label).…
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Music, Greed catches up with the major labels

Greed catches up with the major labels

It's always darkest before the dawn. This could be said about the music industry, only the phrase is historically uttered by the guy who lives through the night, while at the moment the major labels are bleeding like a hemophiliac…
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Music, Down Again

Down Again

Melbourne, Australia's Dirty Three has been making music for nearly a dozen years, forging melancholy instrumentals that shudder with the weight of their emotional heft. For those raised on rock without much exposure to classical music, the ability to convey…
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