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Overdrafts: The Banking Penalty That Just Won’t Die

Despite the 2010 update to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, which was intended to protect customers from ghastly overdraft fees, customers who for whatever reason fail to get the necessary protection—and complicated contract language on the part of banks is certainly one of them—are still getting plowed with high penalties when they overdraw.

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The Tea Is Getting Weaker

Uh-oh! Some people are looking over the right shoulders of the Republicans who rode into the House of Representatives on the tea party wave of 2010. And they don’t like what they’re seeing.

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Census Shows Nearly Half of Americans Are Struggling Financially

The general gist of findings from the 2010 census may not be shocking, but the actual numbers detailing the growing problem of the shrinking middle class in America are: Nearly half of all Americans qualify for the poor or low-income categories, making income inequality an issue that now splits the nation down the middle.

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Obama’s Contradictory U.N. Speeches

On Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. His message—that Palestinians should return to the peace negotiations of 1979—seemingly contradicted his speech from a year ago.

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Study: To Win Votes, Motivate Your Base

Numbers from a recent Pew Research Center study contradict the conventional thinking on independent voters. Independents are not moderates who can be swayed to the right or left with appeals to moderation and centrism, but “disaffected political partisans” ... (more)

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BP Points to Thriving Tourism to Reduce Settlement Payments

Just over one year out from the BP oil spill that wreaked havoc up and down the Gulf Coast, the tourism industry there is so far having one of its best summers in years. BP is latching on to the good news, using it to argue in a court filing recently ... (more)

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2010 Bloodiest Year Yet in Mexico

Estimates now place 2010 as the bloodiest year yet in Mexico’s ongoing war against the drug cartels. Drug-related conflict led to the deaths of more than 15,000 people last year as the government and cartels continued to do battle across the country.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: On American Exceptionalism

This New Year’s Eve special edition of “Left, Right & Center” finds our four show regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley—riffing on the topic of American exceptionalism and all its attendant hazards and potential positives.

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O’Donnell Accused of Dipping Into the Campaign Till

Christine O’Donnell raised a record $7.3 million in her 2010 bid to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate, but allegations about how she spent that money and funds from previous campaigns have led to a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors and the FBI. ... (more)

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Closed Door

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Obama’s Strong Finish

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Haiti Wraps Up an Unkind 2010

It’s been quite a year for Haiti. With election turmoil, a cholera epidemic and manifest misery almost a year after one of the most destructive earthquakes of recent times, Haiti still awaits reconstruction and many of the aid dollars promised to help it recover.

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California Count Off by 1.5 Million?

State officials say that federal nose-counters overlooked 1.5 million California residents in the 2010 census, a mistake that could ultimately cost the state billions of dollars in federal money over the next 10 years and even a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

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New Year’s Day

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Person of the Year Zuckerberg

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2010: The Year’s Best Books

The holiday season is in full swing, as evidenced by such familiar signs as relentless media-enabled appeals to base consumer urges, assorted gatherings of people who may or may not be happy to be in each others’ presence, candles, gifts and, in the online world, listicles.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

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Murkowski’s Miracle on Ice

Officials are still counting and campaigns are still jockeying, but it looks like Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled off a minor political miracle by winning a write-in campaign after getting bounced from the GOP ticket by tea party upstart Joe Miller.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

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A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Litchfield

Connecting the Dots on the Great Disconnect

The nation is dividing into ever-more-irreconcilable niches—like fans of competing teams, rather than members of a greater whole with shared purpose.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Rank-and-File Frustration

“Why don’t they fight back?” That’s the question I’ve been hearing from the Democratic Party’s stunned and dispirited base.

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AP / Chitose Suzuki

The Elites Are Having a Tea Party

Taxes are the best weapon against the kind of self-perpetuating Ivy League elitism so despised by the tea party.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Republicans Repeal Health Care at Their Peril

Election Day exit polls showed that the health care bill is not nearly so widely despised as right-wing propaganda suggests—and that its demise is certainly not the highest priority of voters.

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Do Only Conservative Victories Count?

In 2008, the largest number of voters in American history gave the Democrats their largest share of the presidential vote in 44 years and big majorities in the House and Senate.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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In Politics, Money Isn’t Everything

Much has been made of the $4 billion spent in the midterm elections, including $140 million of Meg Whitman’s own money, but spending, as Ms. Whitman found out, does not equal victory. Sharron Angle spent more per voter than any other candidate—about $97—and still lost.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


When Liberals Attack

Glenn Greenwald of Salon and Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC share a lot of views, but the two got into a shouting match over the value of conservative Democrats in the aftermath of the tea party holocaust. Here the two hash out their differences, with a little “West Wing” digestif.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Promises, Promises

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Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Wanted: Mojo All Around

In his only interview since the GOP rampage, with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” President Obama was reasonable, analytical, professorial—but also uninspired and uninspiring.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Brave New PacMan

Robert Greenwald and the crew over at Brave New Films have come up with a fun way to handle election hangover.

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AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


Why Pelosi Wants to Stay

I spoke with Nancy Pelosi less than 24 hours before she announced she wanted to stay on as Democratic leader, and everything she said made clear that she’s not ready to allow millions of dollars in Republican attack ads to drive her from public life.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


Canada Reports Huge Jump in Immigration

Canadian immigration officials have reported a huge increase in the number of requests for Canadian citizenship in the past 24 hours, with more than 55 million such inquiries pouring in since late Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A Speaker Who Stood Out

Amid the wreckage of Tuesday’s GOP rampage, there’s one person for whom I feel awful: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She’s losing her job not because she does it poorly, but because she does it so well.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


From Uprising to Hostile Takeover ... and Back Again

At the end of this $4 billion We-Didn’t-Start-the-Fire-worthy vaudeville known as the 2010 election, what do we have to show for it?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


When Democracy Doesn’t Work

In one of Tuesday’s most disturbing election results, the losing candidates didn’t even have opponents.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


A Third Party?

It may not get much done, but the first session of the 112th Congress, convening in January, will be fun to watch.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE



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David Sirota Tells Conservative Democrats to Go Fuck Themselves

The columnist and radio host, who appears on this site every week, has issued a salty rant over the conservative Democrats and pundits who are already blaming liberals for their party’s losses.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


Leader of the Revolution

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The Bums

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The Tea Party and the Midterms

The fleeting thrill of ousting a particular elected official (or even dozens of them) ultimately will not bring much comfort to anyone inspired by more than mere partisan fury.

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Blue Dogs Get Taken to the Pound

We will inevitably hear that the lesson of Tuesday’s election is that the Democrats need to move to the right. That thinking, in 1994, led to the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats. But the Blue Dogs went down hard Tuesday. Nearly half of the Blue Dogs running lost.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


And Now for the Next Battle

President Obama allowed Republicans to define the terms of the nation’s political argument for the past two years and permitted them to draw battle lines the way they wanted. Neither he nor his party can let that happen again.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Message for the Day After

Good afternoon. Well, we got thumped. I’m disappointed, but I continue to believe that our actions were necessary and correct.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


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