The passing scene – August 14, 2015

Will Trans Pacific trade deal go up in smoke over anti-tobacco proposal? by Adam Beshudi for POLITICO.

The latest word is that Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators have agreed to exclude the tobacco industry from provisions giving corporations the right to sue governments before private tribunals.  Tobacco companies have successfully sued countries under other trade agreements over restrictions on cigarette sales and advertising.  This is a deal-killer for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and others from tobacco-growing states.

Torturing Chelsea Manning in Prison by Stephen Lendman for Counterpunch.

The imprisoned whistle-blower is being repeatedly put in indefinite solitary confinement.  His offenses include using a tube of toothpaste past its expiration date.

The 10 Trump Rules by Barry Lefsetz for The Big Picture.

Donald Trump understands how American politics has changed, and the other candidates don’t.

Is There Anything Progressive About Hillary’s Economic Plan? by Dean Baker for The Hankyoreh (via Counterpunch)

Experience shows that targeted tax breaks are an ineffective way to alter corporate behavior or create jobs.

Election 2016: Jeb Bush Leveraged Political Connections for Clients and Allies After Leaving Florida Governorship, Emails Show by Andrew Perez, David Sirota and Matthew Cunningham-Cook for International Business Times.

A Long Look Back at Jimmy Carter’s Presidency by David Macaray for Counterpunch.

The Economic Inequality in Academia by Richard Goldin for Counterpunch.

The LA Times takes down Ted Rall by Derf Backderf for Derfblog.

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean by Brian Merchant for Motherboard.

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