Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

A rare event: Tim Russert of Meet the Press heard the calls of the people asked a Watchdog question. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked, since our intelligence now says […]
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Conservative Obstruction: Part 57

The bold clean energy bill that passed the House yesterday was blocked in the Senate today by yet another filibuster from the conservative minority. The bill had majority support from […]
Bill Scher
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Who Ya Gonna Call?

First, Bush’s Katrina hotline is disconnected. Now, for his new mortgage hotline, he gives out the wrong number. Pathetic, but appropriate, as his mortgage rate freeze plan is so severely […]
Bill Scher
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Meet a Billionaire Paying a Lower Tax Rate Than You

It wasn’t fair of me yesterday to pick on just hedge fund managers for lobbying to protect their discount income tax rate, instead of closing that loophole to pay for […]
Bill Scher
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The Disconnect

The disconnect between certain folks in Washington with the rest of the country is striking. With most Americans unhappy with the state of the economy, (despite the best efforts of […]
Bill Scher
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Cost of Doing Business

Markets self-regulate, conservatives tell us. Just get government off our backs, companies tell us (after we pocket whatever subsidies we can grab). The Washington Post reported Tuesday on the safety […]
Robert Borosage
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Energy Bill Gets Better

In what, quite frankly, is a bizarre turn of events, the energy bill going to the House floor today will be even stronger than reported earlier. The bill now includes […]
Bill Scher
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How Bush Helped Create the AMT Problem

President Bush is continuing to attack Congress for not yet passing legislation to prevent the Alternative Minimum Tax from making millions of Americans unfairly pay a greater than necessary share […]
Bill Scher
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No Time For Cynicism on Energy

One of the reasons why I wrote yesterday’s post on the energy bill deal was in anticipation of articles like today’s in the New York Times. …despite the tougher 35 […]
Bill Scher
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Small Step, Big Victory on Energy

A majority in both houses of Congress, reflecting the desires of the American people, wants to shift the direction of our energy policy away from the fossil fuel past and […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Dizzying highs and agonizing lows for the Watchdog this Sunday. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace didn’t ask Karl Rove about his lie regarding the Iraq war authorization vote. […]
Bill Scher
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Bloggingheads.tv: The Week In Blog

I’ve been doing a regular segment on Bloggingheads.tv with Conn Carroll (now with the conservative Heritage Foundation) called “The Week In Blog.” Among other topics, we discussed the recent GOP […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Heartland Presidential Forum Tomorrow

As I blogged earlier, tomorrow offers a rare event: The Heartland Presidential Forum, featuring real people asking candidates questions about real issues that affect working families and impoverished Americans. If […]
Bill Scher
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

David Brooks, Lou Dobbs, and their massive egos may not realize this, but we do not have to choose between their flawed economic visions for American and the world. But […]
Bill Scher
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There They Go Again

The Republican CNN/YouTube debate lasted over two hours Wednesday night. But once more, we learned nothing about what the candidates would do about the economic straits we are in. Not […]
Robert Borosage
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Psst! What About the Damn Economy?

Do we have to wait for soup lines in Shaker Heights before we have a serious debate on the economy? In the last two Democratic debates, not one question was […]
Robert Borosage
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Warning: Real Questions For Candidates Ahead

Normally, having lots of candidate debates is good for democracy, giving voters ample opportunity to see ideas tested, assertions fact-checked, and proposals detailed. But while this presidential primary season has […]
Bill Scher
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Immigration And American Values

One of the black holes in our national discourse is the right’s revival of old-style nativism in its approach to the current immigration debate — replete with its scapegoating, demonization, […]
Hugh Upton
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Yes Nancy, You Have One Toy Tester

On Saturday, the Washington Post solicited reaction from the Consumer Product Safety Commission about our tragic and shocking new video — showing Barbie contracting lead poisoning from Ken and demanding […]
Bill Scher
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“Drunken Hookup Barbie” Calls for Nord’s Resignation

ABCNews.com today spotlighted our “Toxic Toys” video featuring the tragic tale of Ken and Barbie, which calls for the resignation of acting Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Nancy Nord. ABC headlines […]
Bill Scher
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The “Invisible Hand” Goes Toy Shopping

This weekend was our son’s fifth birthday, and we tried something different for his birthday party this year: no toys. Instead we had a book exchange. Each kid brought a […]
Terrance Heath
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Find The Missing Word

Today, acting Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Nancy Nord issued a press release titled, “CPSC Delivers the ABC’s of Toy Safety,” which includes “CPSC’s Top Safe Shopping Tips.” But these tips […]
Bill Scher
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The Poor. The Struggling. The Hedge Fund Managers.

On Saturday’s weekly presidential radio address, George Bush admonished “Congress” for not yet passing legislation temporarily fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The decades-old law was initially designed to prevent […]
Bill Scher
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Shall We Help Big Oil Get Bigger?

Over the past seven years, crude oil prices have exploded from around $30 a barrel to nearly $100. With prices that high, you don’t need to give an oil company […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Fox News Sunday had a landmark Watchdog day, not only asking this week’s question about Huckabee’s past ethical violations, but also asking last month’s Watchdog question about Huckabee’s deeply flawed […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Mississippi Hypocrisy

A $3.7 billion program that channels federal money to local communities for projects designed to improve blighted areas and help produce jobs has been in the Bush administration crosshairs almost […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Real Health Care Solutions

Editor’s Note: “The 2008 election campaign is almost sure to be a health care election — even before we’ve done much organizing at all,” said America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey […]
Roger Hickey
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Out of Gas

I think these two videos speak for themselves. One is from the US Chamber of Commerce (via Open Left), offering its ominous vision for the future if Congress passes legislation […]
Bill Scher
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It’s Your Money

Newsflash: For seven years, George Bush has collected your taxes, and spent your money. He may have collected those taxes in a more unfair manner than in the prior decade. […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another 0-for-3 day for the Watchdog. Neither Secretary of State Condi Rice nor Sen. John McCain were asked if the continued White House support for Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf shows […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Apologies for a belated Weekend Watchdog post, as I’m back from a vacation and long flight delay. But as usual, on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air […]
Bill Scher
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Fed Up With Wild-East China

There’s more proof of the political potency of the “toxic trade” theme among voters in a poll just completed by Democracy Corps. Asked to choose from a list of concerns […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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David Sirota Joins CAF

We’re thrilled to announce that David Sirota, a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and New York Times bestselling author, debuts today as a senior fellow and blogger for the Campaign […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The substitute Watchdog gave something of a break to the chattering Sunday morning class. George Stephanopoulos and Tim Russert took advantage of it. Chris Wallace didn’t. Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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And Your Point Is?

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill is not going away. House leaders announced that they are bringing another SCHIP bill to the floor this week, with minor changes but […]
Bill Scher
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