A Creepy Student Essay Contest – Wall Street’s War For Young Minds

It may be the creepiest student competition in history. Foreclosure.Com's essay contest may be trivial compared to what Wall Street's doing to undermine our educational system and manipulate our thinking, but it reflects the same warped set of values.
Richard Eskow
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Push To Get Heidi Hartmann For Labor Secretary

The Campaign for America’s Future ‘s Roger Hickey today joins a long list of leaders who are calling on President Obama to name Heidi Hartmann, the founder and president of […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Atlas Shrugged For Dummies

John Nichols compiles a list of quotes from some of the "Randiest" members of congress (and I'm talking about people who have the hots for a dead Russian romance novelist.) But then he features one who makes even the Rand lovin' Paul Ryan look like a casual reader.
Digby
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The Kids Are Alright, But the GOP May Not Be

The GOP is perhaps just beginning to digest the message of the 2012 election; in which the demographics of their coalition can be summed up as old, white, wealthy, and […]
Terrance Heath
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Fine Lines On Immigration Reform

Josh Holland has a nice succinct rundown on the possible roadblocks to the immigration reform effort.
Digby
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No, The Sequester Is Not Really Going To Take Place (And Ryan Knows It)

I hope everyone understands that when Paul Ryan said they were going to leave "entitlements" alone and the sequester would take place that it was a form of political trash talk before the negotiation, right? Nobody really believes that either side will allow defense cuts of that magnitude to take pl...
Digby
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Read My Lips: Yes New Taxes

Last week, 11 European nations forged ahead to create a new tax while American Republicans walked backward into a no-new-tax trap. On Jan. 22, the European Union gave 11 member […]
Leo Gerard
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Smart Talk On The Next Austerity Disaster

The United States is in the midst of the most protracted unemployment crisis in modern history, and for vast segments of the population, the recession has never ended. Wages are […]
Robert Borosage
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Video: ‘We Have To Continue The Filibuster Fight’

The fight for filibuster reform does not stop with what MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz on Thursday dubbed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “fail-ibuster.” Communications Workers of America President […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Say It Ain’t So, Chuck: Don’t Back Down On Social Security

A report in The Hill newspaper last night suggested that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) may be floating a proposal that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. If Sen. Schumer's proposal was accurately reported, the senator could not be more wrong.
Roger Hickey
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Tactical Retreat In The Budget Wars

When it comes to beating back extremists, I'm all in favor of living to fight another day, so the idea of kicking the can down the road on some horrible debt deal never seems like the worst thing that could happen.
Digby
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From Seneca Falls, Selma, And Stonewall … Forward

Four years ago, my husband and I opted to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration from home. The very likely reality of spending most of the day outdoors, standing in the cold, […]
Terrance Heath
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Wal-Mart, Armstrong Seek Redemption Without Remorse

Oddly, the top international cyclist – Lance Armstrong – and the top international retailer –Wal-Mart – revealed last week that they have much in common. No, not doping. It’s their […]
Leo Gerard
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Obama’s Running Room – And Ours

President Barack Obama won a tactical victory on New Year’s weekend by forcing Republicans to raise taxes on the top 1 percent, but he has far bigger challenges to address—and […]
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