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Despite Subsidies, Class Sizes Rise in California Schools

Most of California’s largest school districts are increasing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, eroding the most expensive education reform in the state’s history.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Afghanistan Speech Obama Should Give (but Won’t)

President Obama will undoubtedly address the American people on whatever decision he makes about the war in Afghanistan. Every sign indicates that it will not sound like this.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


When Voters Disrupt the Tea Party

Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing anti-government crowd directly, the government-haters lose.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / SEIU International

Kucinich: Why I Voted No

Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the landmark health reform bill, which he says “continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America’s manufacturing and service economies.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


We Are What We Trade and How We Trade It

The rules governing what we buy and sell are now playing such a decisive role in almost every major policy that we ignore them at our peril.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE



dearcinema.com

Magic Bomb Wand Would Be Funny if It Didn’t Kill People

What’s wrong with a $60,000 wand that can detect explosives and truffles from up to a kilometer away? Nothing, if it works. The U.S. military, technicians, journalists and people with eyes have been trying to get Iraqi officials to see reason, but that doesn’t bother one Gen. Jabiri, who says ... (Continued)

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Best Justice That Money Can Buy

It is somewhat late in the day to lament the politicization of the judiciary, a condition that has always existed, but extravagant campaign contributions have now perilously altered the landscape.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



Angel City Press

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times

The Chandler family’s L.A. Times practically invented one of the great American cities. This is the story of the paper’s fall toward mediocrity.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Opium, Rape and the American Way

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Poppy Trade Blurs All the Lines

The opium poppy was introduced to Afghanistan more than 2,300 years ago by the armies of Alexander the Great. His forces were eventually driven out, like those of every would-be conqueror since. The poppy has proved more tenacious.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Gerbil

Blue Dog Fundraising Dries Up

The Blue Dog Coalition’s political action committee took in just $12,500 in September, from a total of three donations. The group raised $1.1 million between January and June. Could it be the steadfast opposition to health care reform, or perhaps the perception among donors that the conservative Democrats just won’t be able to deliver?

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Rafiq Maqbool

War Is a Hate Crime

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



Rich Germans Want More Taxes

While America’s super rich are coping with bailouts and bonus envy, a group of well-to-do Germans, led by a brewery heir, has delivered a petition demanding a 5 percent wealth tax—on themselves. Imagine if Pete Coors demanded that the government spend more of his money on “ecology, education and social justice.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE


Wall Street ‘Crimes’ Need Better Policing

Slashing bonuses at bailed-out companies is like arresting jaywalkers while ignoring the bank robbery that’s happening in broad daylight down the block.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Archive

‘Get Motivated’ With George W. Bush

The 43rd president is reinventing himself as a motivational speaker. He earned his credentials, the New York Daily News jokes, by “inspiring millions to vote Democratic.” Wifey Laura also signed on for a few git-r-done seminars. The power couple will doubtlessly be showered in cash for their trouble.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Blinded by Reform

The Obama administration has committed serious money to education reform, but many of the Department of Education’s big ideas are flawed.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Worry About Us Seniors

You can’t go wrong in politics giving money to seniors, but it’s the poor and hungry—often kids—who need $250 checks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ItzaFineDay

Trick or Treat for Climate Change

Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are stepping up the pressure by staging elaborate stunts.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Lord Jim

A Down-and-Out Route for Rush

Rush Limbaugh, are you ready for some football? Um, I guess not.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Samory Santos

Looking for a Middle Class

The challenge of our time is to re-create America as a middle-class nation. [This is Marie Cocco’s last column.]

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / I.Gouss

Dow Hits 10K, You Can Go Back to Work Now

Put down your pitchforks and pick up the champagne. Boom times are here. The Dow is over 10,000 for the first time in a year. What’s that? Real unemployment is at 17 percent, and they’re foreclosing your house? Stop being such a communist and party!

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bribe, Vote, Repeat

The votes of lawmakers are so routinely purchased by corporations that it takes a scandal of unusual proportions to generate news coverage.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


Night of the Living Deadbeats

Zombies have made a pop culture comeback. It might have something to do with all the undead banks and the bankers whose careers live on after the economic apocalypse they caused.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


Stimulation Without the S-Word

So now we know: The economic stimulus plan passed by Congress at the beginning of the year was not big enough.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

The Missing Health Care Debate

One way to give people a good deal on their health care is the so-called public option. A better way is the kind of strong regulation that isn’t even being discussed.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ilkerender

Treasury Foils Cultural Exchange With Cuba

The New York Philharmonic was all set to fly into Cuba and jam, until the Treasury Department decided the patrons footing the bill couldn’t go. That’s pretty insulting to Cuba, considering that the same posse of musicians and rich people was cleared for a trip to North Korea.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Pressures Senate on Public Option

Like a reluctant Sisyphus, the president is still pushing the public option up Capitol Hill. According to a report in the L.A. Times, Obama has been trying to sell moderate Democrats on the idea. That’s no easy task, as many have taken gobs of money from the private health industry and coincidentally oppose meaningful reform.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



pagetutor.com

Pox Americana: The Real Cost of Bailing Out Wall Street

In the 20th century, smallpox killed more people than all of that bloody century’s wars combined. It cost $300 million to eradicate the disease. What might have been achieved with the $4 trillion we gave Wall Street?

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


Making Tragedy Out of Farce

The Senate Finance Committee’s health care debate has given Michael Moore hours of footage for his next cinematic assault on the system.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


A Question of Health—and Equality

My favorite moment so far in the health care debate was when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl argued against mandating maternity benefits as part of a basic insurance coverage. “I don’t need maternity care,” he blurted out. At which point, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow quipped, “I think your mom probably did.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / gregwest98

House Votes to Pay Nation’s Bills, Tosses In a Bit for Itself

The House of Representatives decided it was worth keeping this whole America thing going, and passed a temporary spending bill while lawmakers hammered out the usual long-term budgets. The new funds will help keep the Postal Service afloat and expand House office budgets by 8 percent.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Amber Bressler

Veterans Still Waiting for GI Bill Money

It was a nice idea while it lasted: The new GI Bill promised veterans who wanted to go to college money for tuition, books and living expenses. More than 277,000 signed up for the program, which was supposed to kick in Aug. 1. Many are still waiting for their checks.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Charity Should Begin With Charities

If the uninsured can’t count on the do-gooders to help them, where else can they turn?

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Health Reform Money Is Aimed at Red States

Sen. Max Baucus’ health care plan would shift massive amounts of tax money away from traditionally blue states.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


John Edwards
AP / Kathy Willens

The Worst Type of Cad

If widely reported revelations about John Edwards’ childbearing affair are true, then the two-time presidential candidate is simply a bad person with no redeeming social or political value.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Olympia Snowe
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Talk of Bipartisanship Is Now Thoroughly Warped

All of the health bills on offer, even the supposedly “liberal” House bill, are already centrist compromises built on a private health insurance market. Above, Olympia Snowe, who may turn out to be the single Senate Republican voting for reform.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



The New Press

Business Goes to School

Business leaders are eager to meddle in education but rarely take responsibility for the root of education’s problem—economic despair and mind-numbing mass media.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


Wall Street Is Still Playing the Odds

I’m as pleased as anyone else to see a rising Dow, but somebody needs to slap the incipient grin off Wall Street’s face.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



California Emergency Management Agency

Homeland Security Spending Marked by Waste, Shoddy Oversight

Records show that communities across California had difficulty managing millions in anti-terrorism grants handed out by Congress after Sept. 11.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


President Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Insurance Stocks Rise After Obama Speech

Remember President Obama’s reference during his health care address to “Wall Street’s relentless profit expectations”? Well, those expectations were apparently met by that same address. Insurance company stocks got a boost from the speech, which foreshadowed the death of the public option and promised to deliver millions of currently “irresponsible” customers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


Full Text of the President’s Speech to Congress

The president’s speech to Congress on Wednesday was not without surprises, including a Ted Kennedy-inspired appeal to the “character of our nation” and a rowdy (and democratically elected) heckler. Here is the full text.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


The United States of Plutocracy

Since the 1970s, the nation has been in a dizzying downward spin in the effective purchase of public office by corporations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


States Ignoring Stimulus Welfare Fund

Congress created a $5 billion emergency fund for needy families that can be used to immediately create jobs or pay rent for families facing eviction, but many states say they can’t afford to take advantage of the windfall.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


stocks
Flickr / Katrina.Tuliao

Wall Street Comes Up With a Great Idea for the Next Recession

The geniuses on Wall Street have found another way to gamble and call it investing. Forget about mortgage-backed securities (wouldn’t that be nice?). Life insurance securitizations are the new hotness on Wall Street. And the fun part is, they make more money when you die faster.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Corporate Flag
Illustration courtesy of Adbusters

It Could Be the End of Our Democracy as We Know It

Radical is too small a word to describe the extent to which the Supreme Court will turn our political system upside down if it decides to let corporations directly fund campaigns.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives Pay the Price for Confusing a Party With a Movement

Washington’s labor, environmental, anti-war and anti-poverty groups spent millions electing a Democratic president and Congress and were promptly stabbed in the back. So why are they still loyal?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Jack Dempsey

Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire

Voices of change, who speak in powerful and yet unfamiliar words, are on their way to Pittsburgh. They will cry out to defy the heads of state, bankers and finance ministers meeting there for the G-20.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / nikoretro

How About ‘Cash for My Crap Mortgage’?

Forget about replicating the success of the surge in Iraq: Whoever came up with “cash for clunkers” should be put in charge of everything. The clunkers program ended Monday—under budget—after moving almost 700,000 new fuel-efficient cars through an auto industry in the grip of rigor mortis. To put things in perspective, the whole program cost less than 2 percent of AIG’s bailout.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Who Is Obama Playing Ball With?

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with a top executive from UBS, a bank that sheltered wealthy tax dodgers while hardworking U.S. taxpayers were bailing it out.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


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