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Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs—both the underbanked and the U.S. Postal Service itself.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



Brains Lost in Mail—Postal Bank Bunkum

As a card-carrying progressive, I’m told I must never write about Sen. Elizabeth Warren unless I first shout, “Warren akbar!”—Liz is Great!—while bowing reverentially toward Boston.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



Is Elizabeth Warren Stepping Into Sharkskin?

The respected Massachusetts senator wants “to turn post offices into loan-sharking bodegas in low income neighborhoods,” investigative reporter Greg Palast writes at Reader Supported News.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Post Office Banking Plan Gains Public Support

A new poll finds significant backing for expanding the post office’s offerings to include financial transactions, with 44 percent of those surveyed favoring the idea.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Wants to Save the Post Office by Having It Replace Payday Lenders

Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed a proposal by the United States Postal Service’s inspector general over the weekend that could prevent the poor from having to shell out billions of dollars in fees and maybe even save the post office from sinking.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE


What Is Elizabeth Warren Going to Do in 2014?

Had enough of Sen. Elizabeth Warren? We haven’t either. Here’s a must-watch interview in which she discusses her plans for the new year and talks about how politics are rigged against people trying to make a difference.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren to Republicans: ‘Are You Kidding Me? We Have People Out There Who Are Suffering’

The Senate failed to pass a jobless insurance extension Tuesday thanks to Republican obstruction, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren believes the time is still ripe to start fighting back.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The Resurgent Progressives

The re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Aims to Stop Employers Discriminating Against the Poor

Citing “basic fairness” as motivation for introducing a bill that would prevent employers from using credit reports as criteria when hiring a new employee, Warren, along with six other senators, is once again fighting battles for the disadvantaged. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is busy assuaging Wall Street’s fears about populism.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks

The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.” But what’s truly behind this resentment toward Warren? Fear, of course.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE


Why Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Elizabeth Warren’s country. Hillary Clinton just lives in it. Why Wal-Mart should be worried. Truthdigger of the Week Jeremy Hammond is sentenced to a decade in prison, and we get an update on the Philippines.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE


Why Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Elizabeth Warren’s country. Hillary Clinton just lives in it. Why Wal-Mart should be worried. Truthdigger of the Week Jeremy Hammond is sentenced to a decade in prison, and we get an update on the Philippines.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren: ‘Make No Mistake, There Is a [Retirement] Crisis’

After The Washington Post mocked the idea of Americans facing a looming retirement crisis, the inimitable senator from Massachusetts took to her chamber’s floor to remind us that talking about Social Security benefits isn’t about “math, [it’s] about our values.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



Will Democrats Side With Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren?

Unfortunately for the former secretary of state, the Democrats’ 2016 presidential candidate will likely be someone who aims to keep Wall Street in check; as many as 87 countries possess drones in some form; meanwhile, teens’ interests have veered from clothes to phones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Is Not Celebrating End of $24 Billion Shutdown

The senator is relieved that government services are once again available to everyone. But she’s not tipping a glass to the end of a shutdown by a “reckless faction in Congress that took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end,” she wrote in an email to supporters.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren on the Government’s Hostage Tactics on Birth Control (Video)

As the government was on the verge of shutting down, the Massachusetts Democrat exclaimed Monday that she was in a “state of disbelief” because Republicans have decided the “single most important issue facing our nation” is women’s access to birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Slams the Corporate Court

“You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a speech Sunday to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Four Questions for Fed Chair Candidates

In our view, the president’s nominee for Fed chair must be committed to improving the lives of working Americans who are still struggling through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. To that end, we have four questions.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren for President?

She has been a United States senator only since January, but could Elizabeth Warren be considered a formidable Democratic contender in the next presidential election? A new poll suggests the answer might be “yes.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The True Cost of Paying McDonald’s Workers a Livable Wage

How much more would you have to pay for a Big Mac or Dollar Menu items in order for low-income workers at the fast food giant to make a livable wage? A University of Kansas researcher does some number crunching to find out.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Whom Does Sen. Warren Want to Head the Fed?

Since taking office earlier this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, has been a staunch consumer advocate, a champion of the middle class and a thorn in Wall Street’s side, which is why we should pay close attention to whom she’s backing to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Warren Balks at Student Loan Deal That Would Give ‘Outrageous Profits’ to Government

“We should not go along with any plan that demands that our students continue to produce huge profits for our government,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, wrote in an email to supporters Tuesday. “Making billions and billions in profits off the backs of students is obscene.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



Controversial Abortion Law Blocked, ‘The View’ Skewers Ken Cuccinelli, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey speak up about “stand your ground” laws in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin and an embattled aide to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul resigns.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


CNBC Hosts Try to School Sen. Warren on Financial Regulations, Fail Miserably

Some smug CNBC hosts learned the hard way that it’s never—repeat never—a good idea to argue with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over financial regulatory issues, especially on legislation that she herself has proposed.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Win, Liz Cheney to Run for Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Attorney General Eric Holder condemns “Stand Your Ground” laws and Jeremy Scahill stops by “The Colbert Report” to discuss President Obama’s drone strike policy.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure

The guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world’s economy is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Quiet Gender Revolution

American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed. Take the discussions of the 2016 presidential election which, as a matter of habit, we have begun even before the end of the first year of the current president’s second term.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE



Senators Introduce New Glass-Steagall, ‘Motorcyle’ Abortion Bill Passes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Koch brother campaigns to get rid of the minimum wage and the Texas woman who was silenced by state lawmakers while testifying against a restrictive abortion bill gets “the last word.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Pressures Senate GOP, Florida May Have Banned Computers, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Texas Republicans say is the real reason Gov. Rick Perry won’t run for re-election next year and watch what happens when a woman bravely calls out Texas lawmakers over the state’s abominable anti-abortion measure.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Howard Dean, Andrew Cuomo Join Speculative List of 2016 Candidates

Although at least one super PAC has already formed to oppose Hillary Clinton’s unannounced 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic Party is not without other talented politicians, some of whom are also considering a run.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Opposes Obama Nominee, Lawmaker Urges Gender-Role Class for Kids, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a third GOP senator throws her support behind legalizing gay marriage and a Democratic lawmaker takes a major step to end corporate personhood.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Supreme Court Warning

The Massachusetts Democrat vocalized concerns that the Supreme Court is being captured by corporate special interest groups during a speech at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?

Only one proposal promises relief for millions of students whose loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent this July—Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Asks White House for Transparency, Christie Slow Jams the News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration reform bill threat and the circumstances in which Ann Coulter thinks the Republican Party “deserves to die.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Shows Up McConnell, California Fights Back Against Wal-Mart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including former RNC Chairman Michael Steele weighs a political comeback and Rep. Darrell Issa gets some pushback from his own party after calling the White House’s spokesman a “paid liar.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Heckled During Speech, Warren Lands a Book Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why an Oklahoma senator thinks federal disaster relief to his state after a deadly tornado is unnecessary and John McCain gets all maverick-y again.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Sen. Warren Grills Jack Lew on Too Big to Fail Banks

At a Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday, the Massachusetts senator got the best of the Treasury secretary as she pressed him on whether the government should cap the size of big banks or break them up.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Gillibrand’s Student Loan Proposal Follows Warren’s Lead

The Democratic senator from New York has proposed legislation that would allow holders of student debt to refinance their loans at lower interest rates, a move that could save tens of millions of borrowers a combined $14.5 billion in the first year.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren Demands Answers, Republican Hypocrisy Called Out, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert celebrates the IRS scandal and a Florida mayoral candidate touts an endorsement from Jesus.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment

How astonishing to have a public servant who actually cares to inform the public about the inner workings of the system of crony capitalism that has wedded big government with big business.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE


Students as Important as Big Banks, Elizabeth Warren Says in Bill Introduction

The senator’s first piece of stand-alone legislation is aimed at giving students who take out federally subsidized loans the same interest rate the big banks get when they borrow from the government. Student loans rates are set to go up to 6.8 percent July 1. Meantime, the big banks responsible for plunging the economy into a recession a few short years ago pay just 0.75 percent

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Rips Bank Regulators, McConnell Secretly Recorded, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Dick Cheney says the U.S. is in “deep do do” and Bernie Sanders and Grover Norquist spar over President Obama’s awful budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Sanders, Sherman Introduce Legislation to Break Up ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks

Wall Street sees no need for more regulations of course, but unfortunately for Main Street Americans still reeling from the last financial crisis, President Obama may turn out to be the banking industry’s biggest ally.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Fed Chairman Bernanke: ‘I Agree With Elizabeth Warren 100 Percent’ on Big Banks

If Bernanke’s stance is any indication, Sen. Warren, who was just sworn in this January, is already having a positive impact on Washington.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren Debunks GOP Talking Points on Minimum Wage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues her crusade against big financial institutions and businesses, this time tearing apart an argument by a restaurant owner who testified before a Senate panel Thursday that raising the minimum wage would force businesses like his to fire employees.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE



Democrats Demand Answers From Obama, Warren Blasts Republicans, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sarah Palin announces her next book project and Iran mulls a lawsuit against Hollywood.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Crusades Against Big Banks, NYC Soda Ban Struck Down, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details of a bipartisan agreement on immigration and the reason Donald Trump is willing to help the White House financially.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


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