Right-Wing Plan To “Take Back America”: Obama Is Hitler!!

For six years the Campaign for America’s Future organized the annual Take Back America conference, the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country. At the conference progressives came together […]
Brian Dockstader
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GDP: Taking Aim at the Stat that Bamboozles

A conservative world leader and two world-famous economists who challenge conservative world leaders have joined up to call for a totally new global economic yardstick. And they want that yardstick […]

The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 5

“The fundamental truth about health care in every country is that national values, national character, determine how each system works.” Prof. Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton Professor & Health Care Economist “I […]
Terrance Heath
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The Big G20 Demonstration

The big “Bail Out The People” demonstration marched through Pittsburgh. There were somewhere between 3-5,000 people. They were peaceful. There was a contingent of anarchists, wearing masks of various types, […]

The Only Alternative is the Status Quo

Senator Rockefeller summed up the state of health reform when he said, “There is no alternative to the public health insurance option, the only alternative is the status quo.” But, […]
Alex Lawson
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Enforcing the Rule of Trade Law on Illegal Paper Imports

My union, the United Steelworkers (USW), and three paper manufacturers will have free traders and editorial boards across the nation sputtering, spitting and name calling again this week. They started […]
Leo Gerard
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The Failure To End “Too Big To Fail”

The facts, as Wall Street insider-turned-investigative journalist Nomi Prins laid them out Thursday in her talk at the Economic Policy Institute, are a damning indictment of the performance of our […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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G-20 – Getting Down To Business

Today the world leaders attending the G-20 Summit get down to business. The main issues are economic restructuring to prevent another collapse, addressing trade imbalances, and discussions of climate change […]

G-20 Promises: What They Mean

The G-20 Summit is wrapping up today. We can compare its performance to promises made in advance. Leaders discussed financial markets, of course, but they also made promises about jobs […]
Eric Lotke
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G20 Thursday — The Issues

I am in Pittsburgh for the G20. The big issues here are, Economic restructuring to prevent another collapse, including regulation of banks, with banker pay a key component of what […]

Anti-ACORN Crusade Backfires In Irony (Updated!)

I have been restraining myself from writing a post about ACORN for some time now. It isn’t that I haven’t had plenty of thoughts about the faux scandal and the […]
Brian Dockstader
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G-20 Facts: Accounts out of Balance

Source: BEA Today is the first day of the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh. Because the G-20 nations represent 80 percent of world trade, it makes sense to look at America’s […]
Eric Lotke
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The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 4

…[Q]uality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same […]
Terrance Heath
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A Firm Stand, Not A Cave-In

It’s always amazing to see the bald-faced capacity of the right to spew the intellectual fatuousness that whenever a president’s decision aligns with the interests of unions and workers, he’s […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Great Recession: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

The world economy is growing; stock markets are up; talk of recovery, not world depression, fills the business pages. As the leaders of the 20 leading economies gather in Pittsburgh […]
Robert Borosage
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Public Option Drama Lingers As Finance Committee Meets

The Senate Finance Committee began its formal drafting of its version of health care reform. And after the initial round of opening statements, we still don’t know where the votes […]
Bill Scher
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Steel City: Forgotten But Not Gone

In the lead up to the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, mainstream media are telling half a story. Everyone seems to agree that heavy industry is a thing of the past. […]
Eric Lotke
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Protect Insurance Companies PSA

Finally, we see some of Hollywood’s A-list actors get on board this incredibly important issue. It is time we stand up and defend insurance company profits! Protect Insurance Companies PSA […]
Alex Lawson
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Obama Immigration Policy: Record Arrests

New data just came in from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2009 the U.S. government reported 67,994 new […]
Eric Lotke
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Who Are They Listening To?

Last week the New England Journal of Medicine published a poll that showed 63 percent of doctors support giving people the choice of a public health insurance option. This morning, […]
Alex Lawson
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Obama Health Care Push Turning Tide In Purple Virginia

Little noticed today — why spoil a good “health care is in trouble” narrative? — is the new Washington Post poll that shows the President’s renewed push for reform is […]
Bill Scher
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The G-20: Lessons from Pittsburgh

The G-20 Summit is in Pittsburgh later this week. Leaders from the 20 countries that collectively represent two-thirds of the world’s population, 80 percent of world trade and 90 percent […]
Eric Lotke
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The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt 3

“I don’t understand you Americans. You blow billions on a useless war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and billions more to bail out banks that nearly bankrupted the world economy, but […]
Terrance Heath
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The Angelides Commission: Tell America What Happened

Today the new Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, modeled after the New Deal-era Pecora Commission, begins its investigation into possible misconduct by the financial sector causing last year’s market meltdown. Campaign […]
Robert Borosage
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Pecora II Meets, Grassroots Mobilizes

In their first meeting Wednesday, members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission—often characterized as the second coming of the Pecora Commission that investigated the causes of the Great Depression—clarified how […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Measure of Our Progress

In the previous post, I included a quote from Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Inaugural Address. We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country’s interest and concern; […]
Terrance Heath
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Obama Plans to Reform Economy, Not Just Health Insurance

Let’s go back, just for a minute, to a time before screaming teabaggers, before Republicans decided to kill health insurance reform as a means to politically destroy this country’s first […]
Leo Gerard
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