The New Senate Global Warming Deniers

If you wanted to get progressives more excited about the clean energy and climate protection bill that passed the House last week, you might be inclined to point to Phaedra […]
Bill Scher
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2044 on FireDogLake

I’ve blogged about my novel, 2044, here and here. 2044 is a future tale that starts where George Orwell’s 1984 left off. The problem in 2044 isn’t Big Brother and […]
Eric Lotke
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Wrong About Ricci

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Ricci v. DeStefano, the New Haven firefighters case. While the Court’s decision was disappointing in many respects, it preserved employers’ […]
Alan Jenkins
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Pecora Commission To Be Named This Week?

Word is circulating in Washington that members for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will be named this week. The commission is supposed to resemble the 1930s Pecora commission that dug […]
Bill Scher
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Madoff: Fall Guy or First of Many?

Bernard Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history. The punishment seems to fit the crime…. But there […]
Eric Lotke
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2044: The Novel Comes True

Remember a while ago I wrote about my new novel, 2044? 2044 starts where George Orwell’s 1984 left off. The problem isn’t Big Brother and the leviathan government. The problem […]
Eric Lotke
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Working America Rallies Behind Climate Bill

It took a very long time to end the fallacy that you can’t protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time. But that day has come. The […]
Bill Scher
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End Health Disparities With Health Care For All

The debate over health care reform has taken a particularly worrisome turn. Suddenly we’re in a place where passing something kind of like reform may be more important than getting […]
Terrance Heath
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Downsizing for Fun, Profit, and Chaos

Behind every defective U.S. private enterprise, suggests a surprising new report from inside Corporate America, sits a top executive effective at grabbing for windfalls. Corporate takeover deals that pay off […]

‘Incomes Surge’? Furloughs Tell A Different Story

I suspected there was something being left unsaid when the headlines began streaming this morning that personal incomes in May surged 1.4 percent. And, indeed, there was. It is in […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wanna Strengthen The Climate Bill? Get This One Passed.

As Mother Jones recently chronicled, the environment community is fractured on the House clean energy and climate protection bill, though the bigger pieces — Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense C
Bill Scher
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Broken Health Care: What It Really Costs Us

Sometimes, when you're up to your chin in alligators, it's hard to focus on the fact that there's a big, broad, alligator-free world waiting somewhere out there, beyond the edge of the swamp.
Sara Robinson
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Obama Makes An Important Trade Move

The Obama administration has announced that it will bring its first trade case against China in the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has launched a case against China […]
Steven Capozzola
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Gut-Check Time on Shackling Wall Street

The administration has rolled out its financial reform plan, which the president accurately calls the “the boldest set of reforms in financial regulation in 75 years.” Rep. Barney Frank, the […]
Robert Borosage
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Mythbusting An Insurance Lobby Attack Ad (Updated!)

This morning my breakfast was ruined, ruined by an anti-health care reform ad on TV. Now I’ve seen innumerable slimy, disingenuous attacks ads in my days, but for some reason […]
Brian Dockstader
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Obama’s Chance To Stand Up To China

President Obama will get an opportunity in the coming weeks to show American workers that he has the mettle to get tough with China when that country flouts the basic […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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RNC’s Michael Steele Becomes A Union Man

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele appears to be suffering from philosophical identity confusion. He’s got an organization named United STEELE Workers Union, white hardhat emblem and all, collecting members for […]
Leo Gerard
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Proving We Can Afford Public Plan Choice

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has been doing his best to block the most critical element of health care reform—a public health insurance option that can keep private insurers honest. Behind […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Firing Back on Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism

It’s been a wild couple of weeks for those of us in the wingnutology business. Our services have been in tremendous demand as the mainstream media tries to sort out […]
Sara Robinson
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The U.S. and India: Trading Jobs For Problems

I’m torn. On one hand, a wonderful event is taking place today, the annual U.S.-India Business Council “Synergies Summit” in Washington, DC. It is a high-powered business summit in the […]
Eric Lotke
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Financial Reform: Up To Us To Change The Game

There’s a reason why lawbreakers don’t get to negotiate the terms of their punishment or their parole. There is no bartering to be done between the protectors of law and […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Private Muscle And The Public Option In Health Care

We’re headed into the end game for health care reform. The president has put himself in the arena. The insurance lobby is unleashing the scare campaign. A strong bill will […]
Robert Borosage
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Business Mandate Good For Business

As the health care debate heats up, it becomes clearer why most politicians flinch from tackling major reforms, and why it’s so difficult to engage grassroots citizens to influence policy […]
Bill Scher
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Missing Luke

I learned last week that my friend and law school classmate Luke Cole had died in a car accident while vacationing with his wife in Uganda. Luke was an incredible […]
Alan Jenkins
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Memo to the Right Wing: Put Up or Shut Up

Dear Conservatives: Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war? Just answer the […]
Sara Robinson
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Made in America: Corporate PR, Not Practice

   Big Business wants it both ways: It wants to wrap itself in the ol’ red, white and blue while feeding the decline of the U.S. economy through its actual […]
Tula Connell
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Threat To Capitalism

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched yesterday “a sweeping national advocacy campaign … to defend and advance America’s free enterprise values in the face of rapid government growth and attacks […]
Eric Lotke
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Wall Street Journal Throws Citi Under The Bus

I stopped reading The Wall Street Journal editorial page when it soared off into wingnuttery, writing tomes on the imaginary conspiracy to off Vince Foster and other fantasies. The news […]
Robert Borosage
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Say ‘No Way’ To Third Way’s Health Care Hybrid

Third Way, an organization of so-called centrist Democrats, is promoting what it calls a “hybrid” proposal for a health insurance public plan option that it says progressives should be able […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Cap and Save (the Economy)

To rescue the global economy from reckless power suits, we just may need a ‘maximum wage.’ So say Australia’s top labor leaders and a fairly daring cohort of MPs in […]
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