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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

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The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

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Evolution

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Majority of Americans Have No Ability to Save

Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to nothing in emergency savings, a survey released by Bankrate.com shows.

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California’s Minimum Wage Sky Falling

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Oct. 17: The Day the Money Runs Out

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has written House Speaker John Boehner to warn that unless Congress raises the debt limit, the United States of America is going to start bouncing checks.

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Wealth Disparity

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Why Obamacare Is a GOP Nightmare

To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government—and perhaps even refuse to let the Treasury pay its creditors—in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.

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Obama’s Friends in Low Places

If you still require to be disabused of Obama’s pretend populism, consider his close ties to Wall Street’s more rotten executives.

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Pig Heaven

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Income Monopoly

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Obama Needs to Stand His Ground

Republicans in the House are like a bunch of 3-year-olds playing with matches.

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AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The People Win as Lawrence Summers Trades Power For Wealth

Poor Lawrence Summers, he doesn’t get to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, aka the czar of the world’s economic order.

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Lawrence Summers Will Not Chair the Federal Reserve

Over the screaming objections of members of his own party, President Obama seemed determined to appoint Wall Street groupie Lawrence Summers to head the most important bank in the country. On Sunday, Summers “reluctantly” withdrew his name from consideration for the post.

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One Man’s Brave New World

A well-regarded economist has written a new projection of a world of machine-driven alphas and lesser beings. The book is a smart and cruel projection of the world he sees coming. In fact, he thinks it is already here.

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Mr. Burns

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New Record: Richest Americans Took Half of All Income in 2012

A new study has concluded that the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans have never in the last century taken a larger slice of the income pie.

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Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

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Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

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How Wealth Breeds Narcissism

Though it may already seem obvious that richer people are generally more entitled than poorer ones, a new study reveals there’s psychological evidence to support this assessment.

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Berlin Embraces Bitcoin

Germany is the first country to make an official decision about the status of the online currency. The nation’s Finance Ministry acknowledged Bitcoin as “private money” and a “currency unit,” which means it can be taxed when used commercially, but not so for personal purposes.

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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

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A Civics Lesson From America’s Education Debate

Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here’s one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

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America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Spitzer Spends Millions on His Own Campaign

The former New York governor has given $3.65 million of his own money to campaign for a role in New York city government we didn’t realize was all that exciting.

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The Creative Destruction of Misguided Ideology

What happens when the insurance industry so touted by the conservative movement starts saying things that wholly contradict that movement’s talking points?

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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

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Pennies at the Register, Dollars in the Paycheck

Is it really true that higher wages would be devastating for individual consumers? The answer, it seems, depends on your definition of “devastating.”

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Summers Loving

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Middle Out Economy

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Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

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American Economic Diplomacy

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Detroit

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Energy Market Manipulation

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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.

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Corporate Citizenship a Dying Concept

The conviction is new that the exclusive purpose of the business corporation is to profit its professional managers and stockholders.

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How Cash Secretly Rules Surveillance Policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Agency’s unprecedented mass surveillance?

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College Student Debt

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The ‘B’ Word: Republicans Fan the Flames of Ageism

With millennials up for grabs and Democratic front-runners getting older, boomer bashing is all the rage in politics.

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James Cameron Thinks Hollywood Studios Are Messing Up 3-D

“Avatar” was the international blockbuster that made 3-D movies commonplace in American multiplexes. Its director and multi-dimensional filmmaking’s leading evangelist, James Cameron, ought to be happy. He’s not.

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Fed Chief Bernanke

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Border Security Industry

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Endless

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Crumbling Infrastructure

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Private Colleges

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Is the Sky Falling?

Three heavyweight writers have concluded that America is in slow and inevitable decline.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


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