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Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

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Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

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Russell Simmons, OWS Crusader

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons has thrown in as one of the high-profile 1 percenters to support Occupy Wall Street, speaking and tweeting his allegiance since the movement’s early days. There are even rumors that he may be one of the power players involved with a shadow affinity group ... (more)

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The Free Internet Could Soon Die—Is Anyone Watching?

Something called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could radically alter the way we share information and ideas online by empowering the FCC and a few corporations to give us what commentator Elliot Cohen explains would be our version of China’s Internet censorship.

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‘Super Committee’ Fails to Overcome Republican Dogma

There are people on the right capable of arithmetic, but anyone who calls for revenue out loud is branded a heretic in Republican circles, where tax cuts are not a matter of policy but of faith.

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It’s a Flipped Bird, It’s a Pain, it’s ...

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The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

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Occupy Congress

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Gov’t Shutdown Crisis Averted (Again)

All right, members of the 112th United States Congress, if you keep saying you’re about to have a total political meltdown and then nothing happens, we’re going to stop believing you. Once again, the fearsome government shutdown was avoided Thursday when squabbling factions on Capitol Hill ... (more)

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The Easiest Way to Cut the Deficit

Here is a surefire way to cut $7.1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Do nothing.

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DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Where Does Occupy Go From Here?

The program to oust the Occupy Wall Street movement from its sites of occupation is now under way. The Occupied, who own the police, have grown tired of the Occupation.

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Study: Nearly Half of Congress Members Are Millionaires

The shiny ideal of representative democracy starts dimming a bit when one considers factors and figures like those charted in a new study about U.S. Congress members’ personal finances. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 249 current members are millionaires—that’s about 47 percent. (more)

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Report Claims Rep. Bachus Capitalized on Financial Meltdown

It’s already bad to think of a congressman cashing in on his insider knowledge of impending economic catastrophe, as Alabama’s Rep. Spencer Bachus stands accused of doing, but it’s all the more darkly ironic given his role as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

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Super Committee Thanksgiving

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Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters

Something amazing happened: For 10 whole seconds, the local reporter on my TV screen actually talked about the realities of the recession.

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The War Against the Poor

We’ve been at war for decades now—not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising.

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Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street

If the New York mayor only read the fine news service that carries his name he could not claim that “It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis.”

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And the Worst Natural Disaster Is …

An article in The Lancet argues that earthquakes are particularly devastating when compared with other natural disasters. Earthquakes “frequently affect populous urban areas with poor structural standards” and they impair emergency responders. Shifting tectonic plates killed more than 780,000 people in the last decade. (more)

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Do No Harm

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Matt Taibbi Tells Michael Bloomberg to Sex Himself

The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” (more)

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3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


Have and Have-Not Nation

The hard-right conservatives who dominate the Republican Party claim to despise the redistribution of wealth, but secretly they love it—as long as the process involves depriving the poor and middle class to benefit the rich, not the other way around.

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The Worst Generation

Looking at the newspapers this morning, I noticed that Tom Brokaw was making a speech in New York. It made me wonder if he was working on a sequel to his books on "The Greatest Generation." This one might be called "The Worst Generation." Us.

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Colbert to Alabama: I Told You So

What happens when migrant workers in Alabama decide that the state’s labor laws make it too risky to keep doing the grueling work nobody else is willing to do? Answer: They leave.  (more)

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AP / Jay Finneburgh

Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed

It is class warfare. But it was begun not by the tear-gassed, rain-soaked protesters asserting their constitutionally guaranteed right of peaceful assembly but rather the financial overlords who control all of the major levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

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AP / Andrew Burton

Let Them Eat Keller

Funny, he doesn’t look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are “bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street,” it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

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The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

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Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

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Occupy Sesame Street

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Schumer Sees Democrats Hanging On to Senate

Is Sen. Charles Schumer still a member of the reality-based community? The top Democrat confidently predicted on Wednesday that his party would retain control of the Senate in the 2012 election, despite having to defend way more seats than the Republicans. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Bags $3 Million

The consumer advocate is off to a great start in her bid to defeat the other Democratic primary challengers and Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown to retake Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Warren raised $3 million in the last quarter—double Brown’s haul.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

The occupation movement is an effort to take our country back. This is a goal the power elite cannot comprehend. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t understand what is happening. They are deaf, dumb and blind.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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The Week Politics Changed

American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on.

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Stopping the Insanity

Like most people living through this jarring age of economic turbulence and political dysfunction, you can probably recall a moment in the last few months when you thought to yourself that our lawmakers and corporate leaders are all crazy.

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AP / Jason DeCrow

What Do They Want? Justice

How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country?

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American Government’s Indifference to Popular Protest

If political news doesn’t have to do with the presidential race and Barack Obama’s war with Congress, it’s not important.

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Robert Reich Points a Way Out of the ‘Jobs Depression’

Government—the purchaser of last resort—must intervene to revive a sickly economy when consumers and businesses can’t do it on their own, says the award-winning political economist Robert Reich. (more)

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

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Senate OKs Compromise Funding Deal

Senate leaders struck a compromise late Monday on the issue of disaster relief funding that is likely to avert a federal government shutdown, the third such threat this year. (more)

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Rana Ossama (CC-BY-SA)

Dispatches From Cairo: Who’s the Bad Wolf Today?

The view from Cairo is like a kaleidoscope of images of struggle crises hope despair joy misery loyalty betrayal beauty ugliness. The forces of light and darkness compete across a range of shifting shades.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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From Top to Bottom, Supercommittee Is in the War Lobby’s Pocket

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “supercommittee,” because it is made up of equal parts Republican, Democrat, House and Senate) was set up to cut $1.5 trillion from the budget. Though military enthusiasts make a great show of worry for defense spending, they have little to fear ... (more)

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Congress Trainer

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No End in Sight for a Family’s Agonizing Guessing Game

Relatives of a paratrooper fear they will never know why the 19-year-old woman was stabbed to death, even though one Army court-martial has been held and another is about to begin.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Racial Divide Is There and Waiting

As was the case in 2008, the racial divide in American society is a huge obstacle to President Barack Obama’s chances of electoral victory in 2012.

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White House / Pete Souza

The Fight-Back Plan

The GOP and its upper-crust patrons have been waging an undeclared but devastating war against middle-class, working-class and poor Americans for decades. Now they scream bloody murder at the notion that long-suffering victims might finally hit back.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace

Wright says Barack Obama came to him in 2008 and asked, “ ‘You know what your problem is?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ ”

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White House / Pete Souza

Unhappy Democrats Threaten Obama Jobs Bill

At a moment when President Obama desperately needs Democratic solidarity, there is no reservoir of good will from which he can draw.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE


Where Are the Compassionate Conservatives?

We heard plenty of contradictions, distortions and untruths at the Republican candidates’ tea party debate, but we heard shockingly little compassion—and almost no acknowledgment that political and economic policy choices have a moral dimension.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE


Preserving Life (Unless It’s Uninsured)

Watching the Republican presidential candidates and their agitated tea party supporters at the CNN/Tea Party Debate, an ordinary citizen might feel confused.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

One Betrayal Too Many

With a record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, it’s getting too late to give President Obama a pass on the economy.

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