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Company sinks & sues soldiers

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits…

Wal-Mart is addicted to welfare

NATIONAL — Wal-Mart’s rapid expansion in the United States has been fueled by extensive use of public money. The world’s largest privately owned corporation received more than $1.2 billion in tax breaks, free land, infrastructure assistance, low-cost financing and outright…