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WEEKEND HEADLINES, 11/27 & 11/29/15 *** New figures show the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world, while ranking ninth worst in social spending. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States imprisons 760 of every 100,000 citizens, more than five times the OECD average *** A new survey of the wealthy class in the United States has found that more than 40 percent of millionaires do not feel rich, despite their seven-figure wealth *** A new report suggests the FBI may have violated the law 40,000 times since the September 11 attacks in its use of the USA PATRIOT Act and other surveillance powers. Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show that from 2001 to 2008, the FBI reported nearly 800 violations of surveillance law and the Constitution. Based on the rate of reporting of violations, the EFF estimates the actual number of FBI violations is much higher *** New figures show a surge in corporate donations to top House Republicans over the past two years. According to the Washington Post, major healthcare companies have given Republican leaders at least $5 million since 2009. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor received some $6 million in corporate money during the 2010 midterms, including $2.4 million from the financial industry. Overall, finance records show corporations from fields including banking, insurance, energy and agribusiness have given their biggest donations to Republicans heading the committees overseeing their industries *** New figures show a major increase in suicides among members of the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve. According to the military, suicides by reserve and National Guard soldiers almost doubled to 145, from 80 deaths the year before. For active-duty troops, the number to take their own lives fell slightly to 156 from 162 in 2009 *** More later...


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