Bitter? Of Course. Here’s Why

Honest discussion about the roots of working-class angst and how to address it has gotten seriously burned in the firestorm of controversy fanned around comments by Sen. Barack Obama that […]
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 […]
Bill Scher
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Government Is The New Black

Two weeks ago, I criticized the McCain campaign for claiming it was proposing solutions for the housing crisis, while refusing to offer any policy ideas. But after some supporters chided […]
Bill Scher
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Paying the Bush War Bill, Defaulting on Our Future

It’s almost a shame that the subprime mortgage bonanza burned out before the sun finally sets on the George W. Bush administration. After all, they managed to lure Americans into […]
Terrance Heath
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Occupying Iraq Is Just Like Occupying … Alabama?

Earlier this week, I mentioned that the conservative blog RedState is trying to pressure the traditional media to treat critiques of John McCain’s embrace of a 100-year occupation of Iraq […]
Bill Scher
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Brain-Dead Trade Debate

The economy is tanking. Gas is headed to $4 a gallon. One in ten homes are “under water,” worth less than their mortgages. The International Monetary Fund predicts up to […]
Robert Borosage
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Would You Close Your School To Pay For Iraq?

When Gen. David Petraeus testifies today about the status of the Iraq occupation, I’ll be thinking about my neighborhood elementary school. Because the Bridge Street School in Northampton, Mass., may […]
Bill Scher
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100-Year Occupation = 100 Years of War

Conservatives continue to complain when people bring up Sen. John McCain’s support of a 100-year military presence in Iraq. We don’t want 100 year of war, they insist. They just […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Despite an attempt to take a bigger bite, the watchdog came up short once more, going 0-for-5 on the Sunday shows. On Meet the Press, Sen. Bob Casey was not […]
Terrance Heath
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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 […]
Terrance Heath
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Exhausting Race (Part 1)

We are all, as Sean Gonsalves wrote, morally exhausted from dealing with and talking about race. But, to borrow from an old spiritual, we have little choice but to “run […]
Terrance Heath
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A Lot of Fat In The “Pig Book”

It’s an annual Beltway ritual. The group Citizens Against Government Waste releases the “Pig Book,” detailing all the so-called “pork” coming out of Congress. Outrage is ginned up over all […]
Bill Scher
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Getting What You Pay For

Well, that didn’t take long. Ya gotta admire people who know how to get results, and get them fast. For that reason, I’ve got to take my hat off to […]
Terrance Heath
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Profiting Off Debt

I feel like I see ads for the deceptively-named “Free Credit Report” more and more and more, as if the worse the economy gets, the more companies seek to prey […]
Bill Scher
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So You’ll Be Giving Back Those Oil Subsidies Then?

At yesterday’s House Energy Independence and Global Warming committee hearing, oil executives railed against proposals to invest in renewable energy. In particular, ExxonMobil executive J. Stephen Simon said, “government mandates […]
Bill Scher
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Two Kinds of Americans: Us Versus Them (Part I)

The old joke goes that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world, and those who don’t. […]
Sara Robinson
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Privatizing Our Security, Wasting Our Money

In the final debate of the 2000 presidential campaign, Vice-President Al Gore argued he would spend more on defense than his opponent. Then-Gov. George Bush retorted, “If this were a […]
Bill Scher
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Those GOP Scandals Just Keep Coming

"I will restore honor and integrity to the White House." – George W. Bush It’s low-hanging fruit, I know, but after reading yesterday’s news, I had to chuckle to myself. […]
Terrance Heath
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A Bailout for America?

Bear Stearns has been rescued, and its shareholders have been placated. Wall Street has several invigorating injections of billions of tax-payer dollars. Now that a great deal of public wealth […]
Terrance Heath
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows disappoint once again, going 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not asked about how the increase in Iraqi sectarian violence squares […]
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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10 days That Changed Capitalism

By Rob Johnson and Robert Borosage The world has changed.  The market fundamentalism that has dominated our economics over last three decades has been unmasked as a sham, deemed useless […]
Robert Borosage
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Great Moments In Straight Talk

After Sen. McCain’s speech on the credit crisis, our own Robert Borosage wrote: “John McCain delivered what was billed as a major policy address on the crisis – and advocated….essentially […]
Bill Scher
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Gallup gets it wrong

A brand new Gallup poll reports: “Americans prioritize protecting the environment over economic growth by 49% to 42% — but this seven-point margin is near the low of the past […]
Eric Lotke
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Conservatives Targeting Medicare

Over at Beat The Press, economist Dean Baker spots more disinformation from the Bush administration to undermine our pillars of retirement security: Bush Appointees Use Trustee Position to Advance Political […]
Bill Scher
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Decoupling Education & Upward Mobility

Like some middle class kids in my generation, education was a high priority. In my house it was emphasized as the doorway to upward mobility. (The idea of learning for […]
Terrance Heath
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The Anti-Liberal Media Strikes Again

The New York Times “Caucus” blog asserts: “There’s also the matter of whether Senator Obama is too liberal to bring about the change and bipartisan unity he speaks about.” Has […]
Bill Scher
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It’s not the French; it’s US

Our McCain ad struck a chord, eliciting both reason and vitriol. It strikes me that it is worth being clear what the ad says and doesn’t say. Other than the […]
Robert Borosage
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Read The Speech

Pat Buchanan’s latest rantings, put in their place by Isaiah, are merely the starkest evidence of a conservative effort to undermine the objective of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic “A More […]
Bill Scher
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The Society of the Owned: Moral Hazards

Part Seven of a Series Imagine that you’ve come upon two people who have somehow fallen into a very deep hole, which neither of them can climb out of on […]
Terrance Heath
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Pat Buchanan’s Racist Rant

MSNBC has another Imus problem, and his name is Pat Buchanan. In fact, the racist drivel that Buchanan has recently penned (posted on Human Events, among other places) is arguably […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Holding guests accountable for their past statements proved too much for the Sunday shows, which went 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not […]
Bill Scher
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