The Rise of the Bankster Landlord

One of the most startling trends to come out of the wreckage of the 2007-2008 financial crisis is the explosion of Wall Street firms buying up and renting out property all across the country. This is insane -- it’s a recipe for disaster.

Chiding CEOs at Walgreens and Other Corporate Defectors

How does it feel to be the CEO of a “defector corporation”? Do such executives face the opprobrium of society as they enjoy the fruits of this land that has given them so much? So far, apparently not. But that may be changing.
Richard Eskow
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Rich Rats Hijacked Our Democracy

Rich brat billionaires and giant transnational corporations have hijacked our political system. And make no mistake about it; when rich people or corporations invest money in politics or politicians, they expect a financial return.

Hillary’s Sister Souljah Moment

For Hillary Clinton, the 2016 challenge will be to reassure voters that she is on their side. To overcome the fact that she's Wall Street's favorite candidate, perhaps she should seek out her own Sister Souljah moment.
Robert Borosage
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What I Learned From My Minimum Wage Job

Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
Terrance Heath
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GOP Plays “Snake Line” Politics With The Child Tax Credit

As is usually the case with the conservative extremists who dominate the House, when it says it is about to "improve" something, that's the signal that for a lot of struggling families, things are actually about to get worse.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Corporations that “invert” park their assets, staff and sales in the U.S. But with their sham overseas addresses, they won’t pay taxes on foreign income to the country that protects them.
Leo Gerard
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America’s Border Crisis of Conscience

In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 60 bodies lie in a heap on the floor of a morgue – the body count for just one day. Can we in good conscience send children back there – when we helped create the conditions they are escaping?
Terrance Heath
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Manufacturing a Middle Class with Quality Jobs

At Netroots Nation, Rep. Dan Kildee showed he "gets it" about manufacturing. "Facts should invade a conversation [about] this 20-year experiment with unbalanced trade agreements. We need to hold Democrats' feet to the fire."

Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

Activists huddled over coffee to plot new ways of defeating metaphorical “snakes” while other attendees networked over drinks as they sought to climb career ladders.
Richard Eskow
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Warren 2014 Is More Important Than Warren 2016

People should pay attention to what Sen. Elizabeth Warren is saying on the 2014 campaign trail regarding policy matters, how she is saying it, which candidates are following her lead, and gauging how well her message works.
Bill Scher
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Wingnut Week In Review: Plane Paranoid

Thank heaven for American wingnuts’ short attention span. The apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine gave everyone a brief respite from the usual sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic rantings.
Terrance Heath
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Arrested for Being Too Poor To Afford Child Care

There's no margin of error for low-income working parents. There's no “plan B,” because there's barely enough resources for “plan A.” If just one thing goes wrong, “plan A” crashes and burns, taking the rest of someone’s life with it.
Terrance Heath
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The Republican Immigration Position Just Got More Ridiculous

Boehner's attempts to blame Obama's lack of trustworthiness for the failure of passing immigration reform were completely phony. He trusts Obama just fine. It's the anti-immigrant bigots in his party whom he doesn't trust.
Bill Scher
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Waking Up To Our Broken Education Policies

Those tempted to jump into the fray of the education debate should be aware they're late to the scene and way behind the narrative. Grievances with adequate, equitable funding and lack of democratic control are driving the debate.
Jeff Bryant
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The Democrats’ Middle Class Jump-Start

House Democrats released their 2014 election year agenda Wednesday. It received virtually no news coverage. But it represents a first step in defining the terms of the election for voters on the vital issue of the economy.
Robert Borosage
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The Latest Crack in Our Broken Immigration System

It takes the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency an average of seven years to grant immigrants green cards. Some undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.
Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde
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Disabled Americans: Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?

Republicans are raising alarms about Social Security’s disability trust fund. But a staff member for one senator admits seeking to use the issue "to catalyze a broader discussion" about cutting Social Security benefits.
Richard Eskow
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North Carolina’s Moral Freedom Summer

They’ve outed the extremist governor and legislators who have cut taxes for corporations and the rich, while raising taxes on low-income people. Now, Moral Mondays is going after political kleptocrats in their districts.
Jim Hightower
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Julian Castro Must Now Uphold Fair Housing

One of Juliàn Castro’s first official acts as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should be to make concrete the Department’s duty to promote fair housing throughout its programs and activities.
Alan Jenkins
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