House of Cads: Netflix Show Plays Ransom Drama With Taxpayers

A show about rough Washington politics gets rough in real life, demanding that Maryland taxpayers fork over more subsidies or else it will move its filming operation to the state that will allow the biggest tax ripoff.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Report Reveals The Unequal States Of America

In 26 out of the 50 states, the top 1 percent have seized all of the income growth since the end of the Great Recession. Income inequality is not just a feature of certain regions or economic sectors.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?

David Sirota this week broke the story that conservative financier John Arnold, who is on a campaign to dismantle state public pension programs, has given $3.5 million to PBS to finance a series on "The Pension Peril."
Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Excuse To Block Jobless Benefits Not Only Disgraceful, But Dumb

Sens. Dan Coats and Rob Portman joined a filibuster of emergency jobless benefits because they could not attach a provision that would force recipients for take any job that was offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Transportation Funding Search Could Go Off Track

There are danger signs that an effort to open up more money for better roads and public transportation will reward the corporate tax-dodging the administration and a majority of Americans want to eliminate.
Isaiah J. Poole
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A March In North Carolina For The Soul Of America

There is a growing populist resistance to the conservative extremist agenda, and Saturday's Moral March on Raleigh was designed to launch the next phase of a nationwide push-back against tea-party Republicans.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Keep The Heat On The Senate To Renew Jobless Benefits

Senators – particularly Republicans – need to be flooded with calls this afternoon and Monday from members of the public who say, "End the stalling. Vote to reinstate emergency jobless benefits now."
Isaiah J. Poole
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On Key Progressive Policies, Obama Has A Mandate

The latest polling shows President Obama wins, and Democrats in Congress will win, with a progressive populist economic agenda. And they need not shy away from highlighting Republican obstruction and wrong-headed priorities.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Shame On Congress For Its Criminal Neglect Of The Jobless

Congress this week assaulted the jobless in two ways – by leaving Washington without reviving long-term jobless benefits that expired last month and by passing a budget that does virtually nothing to boost job creation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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This Trade Fight Is Against ‘Global Apartheid’

The president of TransAfrica explains why the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership warrants the involvement of all people who care about racism, economic justice and human rights.
Isaiah J. Poole
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ALEC Needs To Let The Sun Shine In

Why would the ALEC network of right-wing state lobbyists want to kill off incentives for using solar energy? Could it be the heavy investment in fossil fuels by one of ALEC's chief funders, the Koch brothers?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Those Stock Buybacks Are Costing Us Jobs

If you haven't been able to get a raise in your low-wage job, or if you've had a hard time getting a job at all, those stock buybacks could be a major reason why.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Lower Corporate Taxes Do Not Equal More Jobs

A new report shows that most of the "job creators" in today's economy are paying some of the highest corporate taxes, while the companies that are paying little or nothing in corporate taxes are the ones that are slashing their payrolls.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Put ‘Full Employment’ Back On The National Agenda

The phrase "full employment" is treated as something that would be uttered only by wild-eyed radicals. It's time to mainstream the term. That's why a new book by economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein is so important.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Elephant That’s Blocking The Road To Economic Growth

Corporate participants at a major transportation summit today must address the elephant in the room: the tea-party extremists that many of them bankrolled who block the infrastructure investments they are clamoring for.
Isaiah J. Poole
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USA Today Sides With the Public Pension Wrecking Crew

USA Today offers the latest entry in the race to punish public-sector workers for successfully retaining the benefits that used to be broadly available to private-sector workers.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Ryan Gets 700,000 ‘No’ Votes on Social Security Cuts

We helped deliver a petition to House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan signed by more than 700,000 people calling for "no grand bargain in exchange for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts."
Isaiah J. Poole
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Winning Isn’t The Only Thing. It’s About Movement-Building

Terry McAuliffe's win in Virginia, even though it was a decisive defeat of a tea party hero, doesn't offer a template for rebuilding the electoral framework for progressive reform. That's the real challenge of 2014 and beyond.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Website Glitches Right-Wingers Aren’t Railing About

While the nation has been fixated on the problems with HealthCare.gov and as conservatives spin them, a similar computer meltdown has been taking place largely off the radar of most households.
Isaiah J. Poole
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ALEC and TIAA-CREF Join The Assault On Public Pensions

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council has jumped into the conservative effort to dismantle public pension systems in a big way. So has TIAA-CREF, which markets the kind of plans that ALEC wants states to move to.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why Janet Yellen Should Be Confirmed As Fed Chair

The nomination not only breaks a glass ceiling, but places at the helm of the Fed a person who is "committed to both sides of the Fed's dual mandate" to drive unemployment downward as well as keep inflation low.
Why Janet Yellen Should Be Confirmed As Fed Chair
Isaiah J. Poole
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Time For Speaker Boehner to Let The House Speak For Itself

At least 23 House Republicans and 200 Democrats would vote for a "clean" continuing resolution that would allow federal agencies to reopen without preconditions. But House Speaker John Boehner is refusing to allow that vote.
Isaiah J. Poole
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