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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



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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



Flickr / Tracy O (CC-BY-SA)

In Politics, Money Isn’t Everything

Much has been made of the $4 billion spent in the midterm elections, including $140 million of Meg Whitman’s own money, but spending, as Ms. Whitman found out, does not equal victory. Sharron Angle spent more per voter than any other candidate—about $97—and still lost.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


Why Pelosi Wants to Stay

I spoke with Nancy Pelosi less than 24 hours before she announced she wanted to stay on as Democratic leader, and everything she said made clear that she’s not ready to allow millions of dollars in Republican attack ads to drive her from public life.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


When Democracy Doesn’t Work

In one of Tuesday’s most disturbing election results, the losing candidates didn’t even have opponents.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Gisela Giardino (CC-BY-SA)

Federal Reserve Finds $600 Billion in the Couch

Trying to follow the amount of money the Federal Reserve has pumped into the economy (and the banks) can be truly mind-boggling, and it’s not getting easier. (continued)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


And Now for the Next Battle

President Obama allowed Republicans to define the terms of the nation’s political argument for the past two years and permitted them to draw battle lines the way they wanted. Neither he nor his party can let that happen again.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Why the Rest of Europe Isn’t Happy With France and Germany

The European Union’s leaders, Germany and France, decided Oct. 30 to try to change the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. This is a highly charged and divisive move.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Message for the Day After

Good afternoon. Well, we got thumped. I’m disappointed, but I continue to believe that our actions were necessary and correct.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



The Phantom Left

The American left is a phantom. It is conjured up by the right wing to tag Barack Obama as a socialist and used by the liberal class to justify its complacency and lethargy.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


No Final Victories

It was just four years ago that the Democratic Party began its comeback in what now seems like another country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


The Rise of Sewer Money

In New York, there is a traditional name for the kind of anonymous cash now cascading into the American electoral process.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


What If? So What?

What if President Obama and the Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill had pushed through an authentic, righteous, no-holds-barred progressive agenda, perhaps with a thick overlay of pitchfork populism?

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Admits to Taking Cash From Iran

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration had been secretly accepting millions of dollars in cash from the Iranian government. Sketchy! And on Monday, Karzai owned up to his part in the clandestine funding program ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


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