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2012: Bonuses for the Bull

While profits tripled and layoffs commenced in the banking industry last year, Wall Street divided at least $20 billion in gifts made of cash and stock among its employees.

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Big Banks Have Found Another Way to Rip You Off

Meet the major banks’ newest partner: payday lenders, the owners of those check cashing stores that offer short-term loans with interest rates that sometimes exceed 500 percent.

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Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

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Staying Stupid: Why the ‘Hip’ Young Republicans Can’t Change Their Party (or Themselves)

Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP —frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as “the stupid party”—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

At a Senate hearing Thursday, Elizabeth Warren exposed and shamed regulators for failing to prosecute banks that played a leading role in the financial crisis.

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president’s nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

It’s Good to Be a Goldman

Here’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, and while we’re at it, take this obscenely huge bonus for having wrecked the economy.

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The President of Perpetual War

Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama’s political formula should be obvious.

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Kerry Calls Out Johnson, Zuckerberg Plans Christie Fundraiser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama naming a new SEC head and Joe Biden dispensing some interesting earthquake advice during a Google+ “Fireside Hangout.”

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We the Peephole

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‘It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way’

“How do you expect this to play out over the next few years?” host Thom Hartmann asked economist Michael Hudson on “The Big Picture” this week. “That’s what everybody’s wondering,” Hudson replied. “The economy is going to shrink and shrink and shrink, and the question is whether people are going to go out in the streets ... or whether there’s going to be an actual response saying it doesn’t have to be this way.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

I suppose that he can’t be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Bailouts Will Continue Until the Big Banks Are Broken Up

TARP—the infamous Troubled Assets Relief Program that bailed out Wall Street in 2008—is over. The Treasury Department announced it will be completing the sale of the remaining shares it owns of the banks and of General Motors. But in reality it’s not over.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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State of Fear

The security and surveillance state, recently released FBI documents show, monitors even mainstream dissenters and is determined to shut down all organized resistance to corporate rule. The goal: an encompassing system of pervasive fear and overt intimidation.

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AP/Elise Amendola

Cerberus Collected Ex-Government Opportunists

How fitting that Dan Quayle, a bumbling excuse for a vice president of the United States, should end up as a top executive of a $20 billion private equity firm mired in controversy.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 READ MORE


Coaches Over the Common Good

This is the microcosmic lesson of the University of Colorado’s recent decision to pay a new football coach $2 million a year. The move - and the reaction to it - is a perfect illustration of America’s values, or lack thereof.

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Leader of Revolution

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Hemlock

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Pig

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Election 2012

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Crony Capitalism’s Power Couple

Where are Phil and Wendy Gramm hiding now that UBS, like Enron before it, has been nailed by the G-men?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



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New York Stock Exchange Operator to Be Sold for Billions

The owner of the “icon of American capitalism” is being sold to an Atlanta-based derivatives company for $8.2 billion as Wall Street’s trademark practice of high-energy verbal trading gives way to the digital kind.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

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AP/Michael Probst

Reports of Publishing’s Death Are Exaggerated

Some people think the book business in on its last legs. But others think it isn’t a business at all.

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AP/Mark Lennihan

A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes

Reports in the business press tout a prime participant in the great banking hustle as a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary.

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Having ‘Skin in the Game’

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s new tour de force book “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder” is a frame-of-reference altering work that a Wall Street Journal reviewer confessed he would have to read “again and again”

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



Another Victory for Warren, a Hollywood Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s response to the GOP’s latest “fiscal cliff” offer, Sarah Palin’s apology on Fox News and a “Simpsons” character explains the fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE


Wall Street Compensation

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White House / Pete Souza

Will Timothy Geithner Lead Us Over or Around the Fiscal Cliff?

If “pragmatic deal maker,” as The Wall Street Journal describes Geithner, means someone who believes any deal with Republicans is better than no deal, and deficit reduction is more important than job creation, we could be in for a difficult December.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Cracks in the Anti-Tax Wall

We’re seeing the first signs in years that on the question of taxation—one of the fundamental responsibilities of government—the GOP may be starting to recover its senses.

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CEO’s Demand Austerity to Fix Budget, Not End to Corporate Welfare

A group of corporate CEOs that contributed to the burgeoning deficit crisis want the poor and elderly to largely pay for the mess the greedy Wall Street fat cats helped create.

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Warren’s Wall Street Fight, Obama’s Thanksgiving ‘Pardon,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic congressman’s resignation and why Joe Scarborough is apologizing to Nate Silver.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Michael Moore Makes Requests of the President

There seems to be little reason to believe that Barack Obama listens to any of the advice his left-wing critics offer him, but Michael Moore’s suggested list of priorities for the president’s second term might be useful in measuring Obama’s performance in the months and years to come.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sandy Huffaker

The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below.

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AP/Matt Rourke

Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama’s Second Term Is Our Responsibility

Election night was a heck of a party, but morning in America already feels too much like a hangover.

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Inner Peace

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Time to Get Crazy

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The Three Biggest Democratic Takeaways From Election 2012

It’s not too early to draw some lessons. Regardless of what happens Tuesday, Democrats should have three big takeaways from the 2012 election.

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Vote for the B-

I have been a harsh critic of the president, but a vote for Barack Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer.

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The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

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Why I’m Voting Green

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Not-So-Hidden Obama Agenda

Everywhere you turn, President Obama is accused of not offering a clear second-term agenda. It’s not surprising that Republicans say it, but you also hear it from quarters sympathetic to the president. But how true is the charge?

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


How Obama Can Smoke Out Mitt

President Obama should propose that the nation’s biggest banks be broken up and their size capped, and that the Glass-Steagall Act be resurrected.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Susan Walsh

Daniel Ellsberg Urges People in Swing States to Vote for Obama

The famed whistle-blower has been a sharp critic of the president, but he says a Romney/Ryan administration would be “catastrophically worse.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



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If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My President

Barack Obama must have done something right, or the hucksters at Goldman Sachs wouldn’t hate him so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


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