Ted Kaufman is Angry About Wall Street Injustice. Are You?

Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, one of the great heroes in the fight for financial reform, doesn’t pull any punches in reacting to a report highlighting a lack of zeal in prosecuting Wall Street foreclosure fraud.
Richard Eskow
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A Fair Shot: The Democrats’ Populist Message

As Senate Democrats rolled out their "Fair Shot for Everyone" agenda, Republicans were arguing that Obama's populist message had failed with swing voters. But populism hasn't failed; it just hasn't been tried yet.
Robert Borosage
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How Education ‘Reform’ Perpetuates Racial Disparity

The media noticed new data showing that a child’s education destiny is strongly determined by race. But few people bothered to ask how and why overt racial disparity came about – and what to do to change it.
Jeff Bryant
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What Everyone Is Missing About The Obamacare Deadline

Under the law, for 2014, we don't have a complete individual mandate. This year's penalty for being uninsured is relatively light. Not so next year, and even less so the year after that.
Bill Scher
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Washington Conservatives, Leave The States Alone!

Why won't the professional conservative movement listen to these "instruments of self-government," these "laboratories of democracy," these "centers of innovation"?
Bill Scher
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Beware Anything Called Corporate Tax “Reform”

You should pay attention because there is big money involved — really, really big money that could be used for roads, courts, schools, health care and all the other things government does to make our economy and our lives better.

Directly Destroying Democracy

The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.
Leo Gerard
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The Cost of Empire, in Ukraine and At Home

At a time when so many Americans are struggling economically, our nation continues to pay a steep price for its global empire – and in more ways than one. Case in point: The delay in a vote on renewing emergency jobless benefits.
Richard Eskow
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Extra Effort Unrewarded

President Obama signed an executive order last week to require employers to pay more workers overtime, to stop corporations from devaluing both hard work and the important American tenet that extra effort should be rewarded.
Leo Gerard
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Can a Great City Overdose on Billionaires?

The chase after the super rich is leaving the world’s choicest cities nastier places to live for anyone without a grand fortune. Any city “in thrall to money and greed,” one newspaper warns, is inviting “nightmarish consequences."

Just Listen To The First 5 Minutes

If you are like me (and who isn't?) you will be absolutely fascinated by these two audio tracks. Seriously. Just listen to the first five minutes, then I'll tell you what they are about.

No, Romney and Palin Were Not Right About Russia

Romney's complaint was that Obama wasn't supporting long-range missile defense systems over Russian objections. But Bush did support them, and the same thing happened.
Bill Scher
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An Oscar Shutout For Financial Fraud

Here's a final question before Sunday night's relatively unmemorable Academy Awards gala fades from memory. Why were the only two films to deal with financial scams also the two surprise shut-outs of the night?
Richard Eskow
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A Tax Turnabout in the Ranks of the Right

A prominent conservative in Congress has released a tax reform package that actually will not leave the rich significantly richer. Should progressives be grateful for small blessings — or suspicious? Or both?

A Dirty Word Gets Clean

If 43% of Democrats are now willing to call themselves liberal, it is obviously no longer a shameful label. I don't know why, but 43% of one of the major parties is a big constituency. It's a plurality, and it's growing.
Digby
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Money Can’t Buy Votes

Vulture capitalist Tom Perkins revealed his plan to crush the uppity 99 percent and make America what he would he would call a decent place for billionaires. He believes billionaires should get a vote for every dollar they pay in taxes.
Money Can’t Buy Votes
Leo Gerard
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Making Washington Work

Yes, Republicans are furiously obstructing all they can, and this Congress may be end up being one of the least productive in history. But don't throw in the towel on immigration or minimum wage.
Bill Scher
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An FDR Birthday Wish: Unapologetic FDRs for Tomorrow

FDR was an unapologetic liberal, a believer in the ability of government to channel the goodness of people for the betterment of all. On the occasion of Roosevelt’s birthday, let’s agree to stop apologizing for government.
An FDR Birthday Wish: Unapologetic FDRs for Tomorrow
Richard Eskow
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Give America A Raise: Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama's SOTU called on the Congress and corporations to give Americans a raise. The president challenged Republican obstruction. But he seems to think the economic crisis is behind us. That won't be an easy sell.
Robert Borosage
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