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It Takes Power to Control Power

Discredited as the financial powers are, their wealth alone continues to provide them with wildly disproportionate influence over the political process.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



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‘You Shall Not Pass’

It seems the GOP’s “make sure nothing happens in government” approach is still going strong, with Senate Republicans blocking an effort by Democrats to begin debate on widely popular legislation to regulate the nation’s financial system.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


Titan Over Wall Street

Perhaps Obama could have scored more popularity points if he had ordered a few financiers to be led out of the Cooper Union auditorium in handcuffs.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Goldman Sachs

Read a full transcript of Robert Scheer discussing with readers his latest column, the crooks at Goldman Sachs and the prospects of financial reform.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


Why Financial Reform Will Be Easier Than Health Care

For the first time in Obama’s presidency, Republicans are uncertain as to whether resolute opposition to a Democratic idea is in their political interest.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


4.5 Steps to Building a Better Filibuster

My approach on the filibuster is the same as Bill Clinton’s on affirmative action: mend it, don’t end it. Here are four and a half steps to a better filibuster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Flies In to Give Sen. Boxer a Boost

The president didn’t mince words Monday during a Los Angeles fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s bid for re-election, warning “she might not win this thing.” One poll has Boxer about even with the competition, which has yet to be decided by state Republicans. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Eradication of Trust

American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and it’s not hard to understand why.

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Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

America’s greatest intellectual says, “The mood of the country is frightening. The level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions is not organized in a constructive way. It is going off into self-destructive fantasies.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Supreme Court Choice We Can Believe In

Imagine Eliot Spitzer without the baggage. Throw in an impeccable résumé and a knack for busting Wall Street and you’ve got the man Obama should nominate to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the Financial Crisis

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column, the financial meltdown and its enablers with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Have a Real Debate About the Court

A serious debate on “constitutional issues” might reveal our fundamental differences: Republican extremists would use the Supreme Court to prohibit every social and political advance since before the Civil War.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Do Tea Party Numbers Warrant All the Fuss?

Assuming a new CBS News/New York Times poll is accurate, tea partyers are older, whiter (just 1 percent are black), angrier and better-educated than your average American. And if you count only those who have actually gone to a rally or given money, you’re talking about 4 percent of the population. (continued)

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



No Way to Treat a Senator

There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason. There is something dangerous going on in the Republican Party when he is vilified for it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court Obstruction

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Senate Standoff on Unemployment Inches Toward Resolution

Four Republicans, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, broke ranks Monday to help Democrats move an extension of unemployment benefits forward. The Dow may be over 11,000 again, but real unemployment is hovering around 17 percent, close to an all-time high.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


Running Against Washington

Ohio’s U.S. Senate campaign offers an excellent preview of what this fall’s midterm elections will be like: Everyone in the race wants to be an outsider, everyone pledges to break with politics as usual, and everyone is talking about jobs.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


In Defense of Chairman Mike

With attacks pouring in from both the left and the right, won’t someone at least pretend to take Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s side?

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Americans Still Blame Bush for the Economy

The Harris Poll asked a couple of thousand Americans who, if they had to pick just one, was most to blame for the economic clusterfudge, and they chose George W. Bush, followed by Wall Street. Only 4 percent picked Fed Chair Ben Bernanke.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Karl Rove Stumps for the Census

A rash of big-government paranoia has Republicans worried that some constituents won’t participate in the census, thereby depressing conservative representation in the House. Enter Karl Rove, James Madison fan and pitchman for the 2010 census.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama, Meet Sisyphus

President Obama’s health care victory marked the beginning of a new phase in the administration’s political struggles, not a final triumph.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Campaign Donors Prefer Democrats

It costs about $1.36 million to win a seat in the House of Representatives and about twice that in the Senate. Democrats are finding that when it comes to raising that kind of cash, it’s good to be in the majority.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Obscure Pronunciation of ‘Nuclear’ Breaks With Tradition

In what some are calling the boldest move of his presidency, Barack Obama broke with a time-honored tradition observed by several U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, by pronouncing the word nuclear as it appears in the dictionary.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE



Polyglot Edition

Today on the list: The language everyone in the world is learning, YouTube’s original sin and whither the SEC?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Sunny Charlie Crist’s Rain Cloud

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now the underdog in a tough Senate primary, longs for a political world that seems to have vanished.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Voyeurism and Sexual Intimidation Have No Place in Business

Turns out the Republican National Committee staffer who accompanied a group of donors to Voyeur, a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, and then turned in an expense account seeking reimbursement for the nearly $2,000 tab, was a woman.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



History Frowns on Health Care Challenges

Historian Stanley Kutler puts the health care legal challenges by 14 state attorneys general in their proper historical context: The attorneys may be hoping for an assist from a radical and conservative Supreme Court, but such a decision would overturn centuries of law going back to John Marshall in 1821 and earlier.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Plays Rough at Recess

In alleged retaliation for Republican stonewalling, President Barack Obama will bypass the Senate and make recess appointments to 15 high-level administration jobs. For context, George W. Bush made more than 170 such appointments; Bill Clinton made nearly 140.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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How Long Can GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party Death Threats?

Let’s not pretend anymore that the tea party movement is harmless. Even Sarah Palin is making comments that could have lethal consequences, such as “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!”

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Difference Between Liberalism and Progressivism

Even as the word progressive is now ubiquitous, a perverted form of liberalism has almost completely snuffed out genuine progressivism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Conservative Fired for Speaking Truth to Limbaugh?

The Washington Post, among others, is reporting rather matter-of-factly that conservative commentator David Frum (who, as a Bush speechwriter, coined “axis of evil”) has been fired by the American Enterprise Institute for criticizing the Republican approach to the health care fight. (continued)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Right-Wingers Who Cried Wolf

Going too far for Bill O’Reilly is going very far indeed, but the madness of the conservative reaction to the health care bill has yet to abate.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care’s New Nullifiers

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems determined to use an attack on health care reform to bring us back to the 1830s.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Edition

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children, and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Take Two Doses of Caution and Call Me in 2014

No one really knows how such sweeping changes to the health care system are going to play out.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE



‘Health Care Reform Is Law’ Edition

Why are Scandinavians so good at murder mysteries? Was Cleopatra really hot? Plus: Stealing your water and the secret deal Obama made to kill the public option.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


Set Pfizers to Stun

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Yes, They Made History

The passage of health care reform provided the first piece of incontestable evidence that Washington has changed.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



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The Health Care Hindenburg Has Landed

As politicians go, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is about as good as they get, but he is still a politician. And so he signed on to a bill that will do nothing to ameliorate the suffering of many Americans, will force tens of millions of people to fork over a lot of money for a defective product and, in the end, will add to the ranks of our uninsured.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


In Texas, History Isn’t What It Used to Be

If you were the state responsible for George W. Bush being elected president, you’d throw out your history books, too.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



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House Passes Health Care Reform

After a long day of dealing and debate, the Democrats passed health care reform by a slim vote of 219 to 212.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


What’s the Matter With Democrats?

Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


‘Kumbaya’ No More

No matter what the Democrats attempt or how they go about it, Republicans are going to complain, obstruct and attack. It’s hard to fathom why that took so long to sink in.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Score One for Skepticism

Democrats are delighted with the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of their health care bill, but the Republicans have good reason to be skeptical.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



Privacy Is Dead Edition

The many legal ways your boss is probably spying on you, Stephen Baldwin’s latest crusade, and the famous photo even professional journalists don’t recognize—all this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


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