What The Lever Reported This Week:
• Billionaires Are Bankrolling Judges’ Luxury Travel —Two deep-pocketed conservative organizations paid to send federal judges on 251 trips in 2021 and 2022 — far more than any other source.
• The Political Street Fighters Of Israeli Soccer — A soccer rivalry between an idealistic fan-owned club and a powerhouse’s racist hooligans reflects Israel’s continuing march towards right-wing extremism.
• Largest U.S. Teachers Union Allows Private Equity To Prey On Educators — The National Education Association’s benefits arm is pushing high-fee, poorly performing retirement plans run by a firm accused of fraud and mismanagement.
• As The Climate Summit Closes, A Single Sentence Offers Hope — The Dubai climate conference may have handed activists a new tool.
• YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: White House To Slash Drug Prices — Plus, Google suffers a big antitrust defeat, New York’s private colleges could lose wasteful tax breaks, and Massachusetts says goodbye to natural gas.
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Stuff To Watch Or Listen To:
• LEVER TIME: How Big Oil Buys The News — David Sirota speaks with climate journalist Amy Westervelt about how the fossil fuel industry launders their image through the use of sponsored ‘advertorials.’
• MOVIES VS. CAPITALISM: It’s A Wonderful Life (w/ Melanie Vesey) — The MVC team explores the theme of American idealism in Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life.