Suddenly the headlines are filled with talk of an impending "fiscal cliff," a series of tax and budget changes which the news pages say is an impending catastrophe and which the editorial pages are urging Washington lawmakers to prevent.
I've always loathed this jerk, but he is always one of those guys who is wiling to come right out and defend the indefensible, so you have to give him a sort of credit: Transcript via Think Progress:
When Van Jones took to the stage as the closing keynote speaker for the Netroots Nations conference Saturday afternoon, he began with the obvious.
The New York Times' Keith Bradsher reports that China's domestic economy has been stumbling of late due to a slowdown in construction and a sluggish retail market.
Last Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker kept his job, but with a high price tag.
All those millions that America's billionaires are pouring into super PACs, where do they come from? We can trace a huge chunk of that political cash to the truly massive tax cuts our richest now enjoy. How massive? Over $25 billion a year -- for our most affluent 400 -- massive enough for you?
The elites who make policy, write about it, have dinner parties where they cluck their tongues about it, mostly have good-paying jobs, health care and secure retirements.
As I mentioned Friday in "Real Jobs At Stake" I attended a blogger meeting with Rhode Island's Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
I attended a blogger meeting with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to talk about Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition that has formed to help win the coming fight over the expiring Bush tax cuts.
Plenty of things have been bothering me in the wake of the Wisconsin recall election.
Perhaps the best strategy for avoiding having to settle for a bad "grand bargain" on the federal deficit that would shortchange the pillars of economic security for struggling households is to jump off the feared "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year and push Congress into negotiating a new budget p...
We've reported frequently on the abusive labor practices and suicides at Apple's Foxconn factory in China. Essentially, Apple outsources the production of its iPad and iPhone to a massive
It sounds like hype to say it, but underwater homeowners can change the course of history.
There were rumblings that Thursday's Netroots Nation keynote address by Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general and the head of an Obama administration task force on Wall Street fraud, was going to be disrupted by protestors.
I'm at the Netroots Nation 2012 conference in Providence.
Originally posted at Capital Gains and Games.
There is some good news in the fight for homeowners and against the big banks. Homeowners who are facing foreclosures because of unfair and often illegal practices by the major financial Goliaths are learning how to organize, how to shame bank executives and how to get local media attention.
Appeared in the June 25, 2012 edition of The Nation. Co-written with Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Democracy lost in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker kept his job only after outspending the recall movement 8 to 1. And that doesn’t even count the millions spent by secretive third-party groups.
Ray Bradbury, whose death at the age of 91 was announced today, played an important role for an entire generation of kids like me.
Scott Walker survived his recall. In case you were wondering whether our democracy is totally fucked, read this about the last minute ads that poured into Wisconsin:
As I read more about the student movement in Quebec, known as the "Maple Spring" or the
Two weeks of virtually non-stop prote
The attack on public-employee unions in Wisconsin is in the news because of the large Egypt-style turnout of supporters at the state capital (70,000 on Saturday!), and the dramatic theater effect of Democ
Wisconsin’s capitol continues to reverberate with the sound and fury of workers and students united — against the 'Mubarak of the Midwest' and the wealthy he so diligently shields from any inconvenience.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has launched an all-out attack on public-employee unions, proposing to take away the right to collective bargaining. He has threatened to use the National Guard to put down any action by state workers in response.
That Gov. Scott Walker survived the recall in Wisconsin is a tragic setback for the stunning citizen’s movement that challenged his extremist agenda in Wisconsin. Its implications are likely to be exaggerated by the right, and underplayed by progressives. Here are some thoughts on its meaning.
Senate Republicans this afternoon voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220), yet another petty political move designed to stick it to the Democrats and eject President Obama from the White House.
The new CBO report is out, and it's a huge disappointment. Their report misrepresents both our nation's economic situation and the range of policy solutions available to the Federal government.
It's almost a shame that Americans are paying very little attention to the GOP's "Pledge To America.
This week on The Breakdown we reviewed our nation's ongoing financial mess with Firedoglake's David Dayen, talked with housing superheroes from the Home Defenders League, and prepped for the Wisconsin governor's recall with journalist Amanda Terkel and activist Melissa Ryan.
A pro-labor column in a major newspaper? I'd better look out my window and see if pigs are flying down the street. Nope, they're not! Hell hasn't frozen over. And hey, monkeys aren't even coming out of my butt! In today's NY Times Joe Nocera writes, in Turning Our Backs on Unions,
Originally published at Capital Gains and Games. Alan Greenspan would have been proud of the Ben Bernanke-coined “fiscal cliff.”
Everyone is talking jobs and saying nothing.
At the June 18-20 Take Back the American Dream conference, we'll organize to stop Simpson-Bowles from passing Congress in the December "lame duck" session. Hear Robert L. Borosage, Van Jones and Melissa Harris-Perry on "Winning in November – So We Can Win in December and Beyond" and hear Rep.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s reaction to high unemployment is creepy. During an interview with CBS reporter Jan Crawford last week, Romney smirked as he mentioned that unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 39 months.