Obstruction Alert: Renewable Energy Stalled in Senate

A stubborn conservative minority in the U.S. Senate in December stood in the way of sensible energy legislation that would shift tax breaks away from Big Oil, which doesn’t need […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Society of the Owned: Caught in the Middle

Part Four of a series. Let’s return, once more, to our metaphorical intersection from parts two and three of the series. Except, where we once imagined a doomed pedestrian just […]
Terrance Heath
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Sour Notes on Social Security

Like an “American Idol” reject, John McCain keeps warbling George W. Bush’s greatest flops. The latest is Social Security privatization, a proposal so roundly rejected by the American people when […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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One in Nine: Conservatism’s Strange Fruit

One in 100 is bad enough. One in nine is a full-blown national tragedy — one aided and abetted by conservative ideology. You know, if you’ve read today’s headlines, that […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Society of the Owned: Deeper In Debt

Part Three of a series. Let’s return to our metaphorical street corner from the previous post, because to understand the current economic crisis it might help to consider how many […]
Terrance Heath
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Health Care Reforms Americans Want

It’s rare that Americans speak up and speak clearly about what we want, and that Washington has in hand a plan that delivers it. In its latest issue, Consumer Reports […]
Terrance Heath
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Progressives: Take Back America!

This song, recorded and produced by Campaign for America’s Future, is adapted from Willie Nelson’s anthem “A Peaceful Solution.” Nelson welcomed people to re-record the song in their own styles, […]
Anne Thompson
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another weak performance for the Sunday shows, failing to ask the key Watchdog queries. Neither CBS’ Face The Nation or Fox News Sunday pressed McCain’s top campaign aides about their […]
Bill Scher
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The Society of the Owned: Under the Bus

Part Two of a series. Consider this scenario. You’re standing at a busy street corner when you see someone about to step off the curb right into the path of […]
Terrance Heath
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Pete Seeger: Changing the World With Song

Folk singer Pete Seeger’s book, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” includes a tribute to the people who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that recalls the spirit of […]
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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Green, the Color of Good Jobs

The union movement is turning green. Not with envy, but with an escalating sense that the nation must work to address climate change and that we must be part of […]
Tula Connell
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The Mad, Mad Middle Class

You may not agree, as Sara Robinson provocatively suggests, that the country is primed for revolution. But there is no doubt that large numbers of middle-class people are mad, really […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution

“Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy There’s one thing for sure: 2008 isn’t anything like politics as usual. The corporate media (with […]
Sara Robinson
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The Society of the Owned

Part One of a series. When George W. Bush first spoke of “the ownership society,” he led most Americans to believe, and many did believe, that he was talking about […]
Terrance Heath
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows strike out again for the Watchdog. Not only did Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace fail to press Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell on the White House […]
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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Where’s the Love for Our Veterans?

The nation’s legions of homeless or near-homeless veterans make a mockery of all of those “support the troops” bumper stickers and other symbols of faux patriotism conservative blowhards like to […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The failure that is the Bush Administration is so stark that even Fox News Sunday can’t look away, scoring one for the Watchdog. Host Chris Wallace asked President Bush that […]
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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Bush: Peace and Prosperity at Stake

President Bush addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington today, and, according to the White House, he told the group that our “peace and prosperity” are at stake […]
Robert Borosage
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Katrina on the Potomac

There are natural disasters and man-made disasters. There are those who look upon the aftermath of disaster and see things as they should be. We call them conservatives. As I […]
Terrance Heath
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Behold the Coming Progressive Sea Change

David Frum, noted neocon and former Bush adviser, who is generally wrong about just about everything, just penned a lament for the Financial Times on the coming “Democratic sea-change.” This […]
Robert Borosage
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What Should the Next President Read?

Our friend Bill Moyers is asking an interesting question: “What’s the one book you wish the winning presidential candidate would take to the White House?” For the next few hours, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obstruction Again: GOP Minority Blocks Stimulus

Once again, an obstinate Republican minority in the Senate vetoes the majority will, this time on a stimulus package that had bipartisan legislative and broad public support. Forty senators voted […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Super Tuesday Analysis: Bryant Park Project

NPR’s Bryant Park Project had me on today to analyze the Super Tuesday’s results, along with Dan McClaughlin of RedState.com. I offered that even if a Clinton-Obama race becomes protracted […]
Bill Scher
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Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part I

2008 is shaping up to be the election year that we finally get to have the Great American Healthcare Debate again. Harry and Louise are back with a vengeance. Conservatives […]
Sara Robinson
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Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part I

2008 is shaping up to be the election year that we finally get to have the Great American Healthcare Debate again. Harry and Louise are back with a vengeance. Conservatives […]
Sara Robinson
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Bush’s 2009 Budget Shouldn’t Be Ignored

As a detailed outline of how the government will spend your tax dollars in fiscal year 2009, which starts October 1, the budget submitted to Congress by President Bush on […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows score one for the Watchdog, actually asking a relevant question for Sen. John McCain. When on Face The Nation, Sen. McCain proposed we “eliminate the AMT [Alternative […]
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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The Gas Price Rebate

Economic data have you down? The net loss of 17,000 jobs in January. Wages continuing to fail to keep up with higher prices. Just the latest evidence of an economy […]
Bill Scher
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1,900 Years of Salmonella

(With apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.) It began with Veggie Booty. Or rather, I should say, it ended with Veggie Booty. As was my habit, I’d tossed it into the […]
Terrance Heath
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A Very Basic Failure

Everyone has heard at least one “health care nightmare” story, like the death of 17-year-old Nataline Sarkysian hours after her insurance company approved coverage a liver transplant after repeated denials. […]
Terrance Heath
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Smirk of the Union: The Show’s Over; Shelve the Sequel

The old routines don’t work anymore. The presidential smirk seems sheepish. The threats seem like bluster. No one really listens anymore. Even George W. Bush seemed almost giddy that he […]
Robert Borosage
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