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AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


Hard Times and Homeless Kids

With the number of kids living below the poverty line closing in on 25 percent, homelessness and hunger are becoming normal for American children, as illustrated by this “60 Minutes” report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



The Laird of Oldham (CC-BY)

Britain to Seize Gadhafi’s Billions

The British treasury suspects that Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his government have more than $30 billion stashed in the U.K., and British authorities are prepared to seize those assets in an effort to force the dictator to step down.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from Mr. T in DC

The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



Daniel X. O'Neil (CC-BY)

Rahm Emanuel, the Next Mayor of Chicago

President Obama’s former chief of staff will take his talents—and epithets—to Chi-town. Rahm Emanuel, who took so much money from the financial industry that David Sirota labeled him a “Financial Industry Cyborg,” scored an impressive victory in Chicago’s mayoral race, despite the fact that he moved back only when he decided to run.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Unintended Consequences

House Republicans voted to increase the number of abortions, raise federal health care costs and swell the welfare rolls.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

Huffington’s Plunder

The sale of The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, and the tidy profit made by principal owner and founder Arianna Huffington, who was already rich, is emblematic of the new paradigm of American journalism.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Dan Edelstein

House Blocks Funds for FCC Net Neutrality Rules

House Republicans have succeeding in amending a spending bill to deny the FCC money to implement new (and heavily gutted) network neutrality regulations. That’s right: banning a government agency from using government money to do government work.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



How the Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



nosha (CC-BY-SA)

Goldman Sachs Under Pressure to Return $2.9 Billion Windfall to Taxpayers

Critics of the financial chop shop, of which there are many, would like to see Goldman Sachs return billions in taxpayer dollars paid out to cover a $20 million bet. The huge payout was passed through AIG, orchestrated by then-Chairman Timothy Geithner’s New York Fed, and publicized by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



Giorgio Monteforti (CC-BY)

How to Be a Billionaire

All you have to do to be a billionaire is to have an idea. John A. Paulson had an idea, and in 2010 his idea made him $5 billion. (more)

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


From Quality to Quantity—and Maybe Back Again

Amid last week’s flood of business news, one story stood out as reason to hope for more than just a momentary uptick in your 401(k): Apple, you may have heard, announced record first-quarter profits.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama’s presidency. Many things will not be exactly as they appear.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont Weighs Constitutional Amendment to Ban Corporate Personhood

On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Meat-Cleaver Budgeting

Republicans who feign attacks of the vapors and fainting spells over the big, scary deficit would be more convincing if they didn’t begin with the insane premise that defense spending should be sacrosanct.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


Fudging the Facts on Health Care and Deficits

Data sets and out-year projections may make everybody’s eyes glaze over, but without accurate information, the end result of legislation is disaster.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Petros Giannakouris

Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE


Washington Loves a Paradox

In a Washington circus that features as many morons as oxymorons, we have self-described deficit hawks who promote tax cuts, alleged war opponents who back war escalations and supposed anti-government conservatives who press to expand the National Security State.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


Darrell Issa, Step Away From the Corporations

When it comes to food safety, as with airline safety, mine safety, pick an industry: Regulations save lives.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / TheTruthAbout (CC-BY)

Gag Me With a Banker

Having learned nothing from his midterm drubbing, President Obama is reportedly considering making JPMorgan Chase executive William Daley his chief of staff. Because what this administration needs is more sympathy for the hooligans on Wall Street.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Nick Bygon (CC-BY)

‘The Left Has Nowhere to Go’

“The more outrageous the Republicans become, the weaker the left becomes,” Ralph Nader said when I reached him at his home in Connecticut on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


A Snow-Filled Glimpse of America’s Future

“Welcome to the New Normal.” Those words should be displayed at New York’s airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast’s latest “snowpocalypse.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



YouTube / Christine4Senate

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)

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Ludovic Bertron (CC-BY)

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


Award Recognizes Uncompromising Change-Makers

As the freshly shellacked president cuts deals with a triumphant Republican Party, the annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship was awarded to two uncompromising activists.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


Opportunity in a Tax Deal

President Obama’s tax deal offers him a relatively painless way to wriggle out of his most irresponsible campaign promise: to permanently extend the so-called middle-class tax cuts, the middle in this case amounting to 98 percent of households.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


Cancun, Climate Change and WikiLeaks

Critical negotiations are under way in Cancun, Mexico, under the auspices of the United Nations to reverse human-induced global warming, and the United States is engaged in what one journalist called “a very, very dirty business.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


One-Man Fire Brigade

Ben Bernanke may or may not succeed in saving the economy, but at least he has the courage to try—and the honesty to tell the truth. The same cannot be said of our elected officials.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Grinch Who Stole Washington

Why did Republicans go to the trouble and expense of winning the midterm elections?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Robert Mihaly (CC-BY-SA)

New Data Show Extent of Fed’s Free Money Programs

Thanks to Bernie Sanders and the new financial regulation passed by Congress, we’re learning more about the Federal Reserve’s $3.3 trillion bailout of Wall Street in 2008. It turns out the Fed lent money ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin

The Pentagon Gets What It Wants

“If the Pentagon wants something, the logic goes, then it must be necessary,” writes Gregg Easterbrook in a recent examination of military waste. As a result, military spending has jumped 119 percent since 2001, 68 percent if you exclude the two wars fought in that time.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore

Health insurance executives at an industry strategy session on how to respond to Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff,” says whistle-blower Wendell Potter.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Widener

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. We must take to the streets, armed with the tiny acts of truth and kindness that throughout history have exposed the oppressor’s cruelty.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


To Deter Crime, Get Tough on Wall Street

What would happen if the criminals who destroyed the economy were thrown in jail—or the electric chair? We’ll never know.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Lacie Babenco (CC-BY-SA)

GM’s Big Day

The troubled, bankrupted, bailed-out, reinvented automaker had a record day on Wall Street, potentially raising $23.1 billion, and the White House is breathing a sigh of relief. But as the BBC’s Paul Adams cautions, it will be a while before the taxpayers get their money back.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


The Earmark Sideshow

The facts about earmarks—and the deficit, for that matter—are so simple that even the dumbest birther should be able to understand.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


Saying Goodbye to Compassionate Conservatism

The real point of the tea party may be to get the GOP to say goodbye to the idea of a compassionate conservatism and to Bush’s peculiar but real brand of multiculturalism.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / rikkis_refuge (CC-BY)

Republicans Give Up Pork

Senate Republicans have agreed not to use earmarks, the bacon delivery system favored by many a senator. It’s a party decision, but there’s movement for a floor vote banning earmarks altogether, and the White House and some Democrats are on board.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


Runaway Military: A Raw Deal at Half the Price

I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: Slash defense spending along with everything else.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP

The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum

The country suffers an impoverishment of ideas and analysis at a moment when we desperately need radical voices to make sense of the corporate destruction of the global economy and the ecosystem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


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


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.

Posted on Nov 12, 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.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


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