The Society of the Owned: Hazardous Morals

Part Eight of a Series Remember subprime mortgages? They’ve been nudged out of the headlines by gas prices lately, but they — and the crisis catalyzed by the collapse of […]
Terrance Heath
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Behind the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

What we’ve been calling e. coli conservatism is a major factor in the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes that has led to at least 228 illnesses and one suspected death. The […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Out-of-Touch Campaign To Make $200K Middle-Class

Earlier this week, I noted that media stars Charlie Gibson and Maria Batriromo have pushed the idea that households earning $200,000 are not wealthy, even though they are in the […]
Bill Scher
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Reaching Out To Clinton Voters

Both the Obama and McCain campaigns see a need to reach out to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s predominantly female hard-core supporters. There is growing pressure on Obama to deliver a speech […]
Bill Scher
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Jason Furman and Obamanomics

The appointment of Jason Furman as economic policy director for the Barack Obama presidential campaign has caused a stir. Furman was executive director of the Hamilton Project, a project created […]
Robert Borosage
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Bobby Jindal: Worse Than Katrina?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is on a path to finish the job Hurricane Katrina started, destroying the public infrastructure that served, however imperfectly, poor and working-class New Orleans residents. Jindal, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Conservatives Addicted to Big Oil

After passing last month a penny-ante compromise bill on energy, Senate leaders finally launched a real confrontation over the direction of our energy policy. And the Senate conservative minority was […]
Bill Scher
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On the Economy Debate, The Gloves Come Off

Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama opened the general election fight, taking the gloves off against the “tired and misguided [economic] philosophy that has dominated Washington for […]
Robert Borosage
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Orders of Magnitude

I had the privilege Tuesday morning of attending a hearing by Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on the issue of America’s decaying […]
Eric Lotke
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Your Liberal Media: “Not Rich” Edition

One of America’s most well-known “business” journalists believes that households who earn more than $200,000 a year are “not rich.” In reality, they make up the top 3.5% of all […]
Bill Scher
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Lesson Not Learned On The Gas Tax

Last month, Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton effectively tried to tag-team Sen. Barack Obama on the gas tax, with the two advocating a summer suspension of the gas tax, […]
Bill Scher
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$4 Gas and One Failed Quick Fix

Last month, Democrats and Republicans released competing energy bills. The only thing they agreed on was a temporary suspension of filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, although estimates said it would […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Not fair to say the Sunday shows were bereft of issues on Sunday, yet they still flinched from the tough questions and went 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. No supporter of […]
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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Let’s Hear A Debate On the Oil Speculators

Here’s a question for the town hall debates that Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are talking about having: What will you do to reign in oil speculators who are […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog: Open Thread

It’s that time again. Time for the watch to patrol the Sunday shows, on the look-out for a relevant question — should one get through. Which ones should get through? […]
Terrance Heath
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Triangulation Kicked Out Of The Public Square

At several points in the presidential campaign, I noted the unity among Democratic voters and candidates on the issues, a unity around a populist progressive
Bill Scher
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McCain’s Faulty Pork Radar

The Huffington Post reported last night on Sen. John McCain’s inaccurate claim that he supported “every” investigation into the response to Hurricane Katrina: Appearing at a press conference in Louisiana […]
Bill Scher
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The Debate Ahead

The first speeches of the general election campaign were delivered last night. With the exception of the environment, where McCain is trying to develop a moderate-sounding message, the speeches preview […]
Bill Scher
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Riding the Bush Roller-Coaster

Just as amusement parks build roller-coaster rides with ever more dramatic dips and twists, the Bush administration and conservative lawmakers have succeeded in building a roller-coaster economy where family incomes […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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History

Image details: Obama Holds Final Primary Night Event In St. Paul served by picapp.com I can only think of one moment in my memory that compares to this. It was […]
Terrance Heath
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Conservative Spin Still Shaping Coverage of Global Warming

As the Senate considers the Lieberman-Warner global warming bill this week, we’re finally seeing some media coverage of the policy debate. Sadly, but predictably, we’re still seeing conservative spin infect […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog, as the obsession with the Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee largely pushed out coverage of issues. No Clinton or Obama surrogate was […]
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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Open Thread: Weekend Watchdog

As the weekend approaches, it’s time for the Weekend Watchdog to resume patrol! Before we learn what politicians are scheduled to appear on the Sunday shows, what questions do you […]
Bill Scher
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When Insurance Companies Control Your Choices

“Choice” has long been a conservative buzzword (except when it comes to reproductive freedom) but the real policy question is rarely between whether or not we have choices, but whether […]
Bill Scher
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Global Warming is Happening NOW

It’s not news that we’re already feeling the impacts of global warming. As we noted in Making Sense, global warming has contributed to wildfires burning hotter and longer. the record […]
Bill Scher
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Havana Hypocrisy

Pledging to not liberalize trade with Cuba remains for most candidates one of the de facto requirements for getting elected, and even though any thinking person can easily grasp the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Trains, Buses and Bikes, Oh My!

Last week, Isaiah reported on the 7% increase in mass transit ridership, and also how limited that increase is. Because the Bush administration did nothing to make mass transit more […]
Bill Scher
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States Hooked On Casino Snake Oil

Casino became legal in more than 30 states because they were sold as economic growth engines and poverty fighters. Wrong. Casinos on tribal land have not reduced the crushing poverty […]
Bill Scher
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Memo To Candidates: Issues Matter

Today, the Omaha World Herald published the following op-ed of mine, exploring why the attacks on Sen. Barack Obama failed to derail his path to the nomination, and failed to […]
Bill Scher
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The War Inside

Picture by jcolman If my dad were alive, I know he’d be hanging the flag in front of our house, where it would stay for the remainder of the weekend. […]
Terrance Heath
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Vacation Travelers Thrown Under the Bus

The American Public Transportation Association is projecting a 7 percent increase in the number of tourists taking public transportation this summer, thanks to stratospheric gasoline prices. According to the transit […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Pin The Blame

Seems like every time gas prices shoot up, Big Oil CEOs are summoned to Capitol Hill for a ritual hazing. It’s appropriate. We taxpayers are supporting Big Oil with billions […]
Bill Scher
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Dear Congressional Conservatives

I probably shouldn’t be giving you advice, but maybe because I’m a progressive, I can’t see someone in crisis without having a desire to help if I can. Besides, a […]
Terrance Heath
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Channel Your Road Rage

Another Memorial Day, another stressful spike in gasoline prices. With most Americans denied access to convenient mass transit options and affordable alternative fuels, we’ll be forced to pay through the […]
Bill Scher
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A Fighter, and a Friend

Living in D.C., you can’t help; crossing paths with some famous political names. In fact, you get used to it. But, as with most things, you never forget your first. […]
Terrance Heath
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