New Signs Of A Middle-Class Collapse

A hearing in late July on the middle-class squeeze by the congressional Joint Economic Committee did not get much attention at the time, but a warning at that hearing by […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Losing to China Where It Matters

Somewhat buried in the news this week was a forecast by Global Insight, a U.S. consulting firm, that China would overtake the United States as the leading global manufacturer in […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Trashing Our Government On Their Way Out

Yesterday, the Bush Justice Department announced there would be no prosecutions for the illegal political hiring that went on the Justice Department (link via Knitting Liberally). And, the Bush Interior […]
Bill Scher
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The Great Corporate Tax Heist

Remember the old Steve Martin routine on how to make a million dollars and not pay taxes: “First, make a million dollars… Second, don’t pay taxes.” Turns out Martin’s joke […]
Robert Borosage
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Confront Rising Drug Prices

The outlook for prescription drug costs, and for health care costs generally, continues to be ominous. Price increases of more than 100 percent for certain prescription drugs means it is […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Making A Wave When You Can

Over the weekend, I found myself listening to the theme song from the 1970s TV show “Good Times,” because, yes, I have that kind of time on my hands. The […]
Alan Jenkins
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Country Legend Tom Russell Predicts The Future

Country legend Tom Russell, known for being one of the pioneers of Americana music, last year responded to the anti-immigrant frenzy with a brilliant song, “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall?” […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows strike out again, going 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. The biggest whiff goes to Face The Nation, which allowed Karl Rove to punditize at will, as if he […]
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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This Week In “Insurance Company Rules”

After the Health Care for America Now coalition unveiled it’s brilliant “Insurance Company Rules” video (below) — elegantly depicting how insurance companies regularly try to make up rules as they […]
Bill Scher
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Proof We Can Go Green. Now.

The Dell computer company just announced a milestone. It is now a carbon-neutral business. And by powering itself with clean energy, Dell is saving money. The Wall Street Journal blog […]
Bill Scher
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Why We Don’t Shoot Back

Drew Westen and Mike Lux both have cogent and persuasive posts up that deftly explain — and raise the alarm about — the timidity that’s recently settled into Sen. Barack […]
Sara Robinson
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The Audacity of Contempt

Take gas prices, the most pressing issue on the minds of Americans. Offer a blatant ploy that in fact won’t help — but will profit Big Oil. Pocket over a […]
Robert Borosage
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Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

It was another 0-for-3 weekend for the watchdog, though Speaker Pelosi successfully resisted a grilling on drilling. It was Nancy Pelosi who shone brightest this Sunday on ABC’s This Week, […]
Terrance Heath
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The Chicago Cubs/Sam Zell Tax Dodge

Sam Zell, an idiosyncratic real estate magnate, is making quite a name for himself these days as the man who is gutting the newspaper chain that owns the Chicago Tribune […]
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 […]
Terrance Heath
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The Second Coming of Barack Obama

Obamaone1by dollarsandsense123 Having apparently decided that the hole isn’t nearly deep enough yet (which is to say: they haven’t struck oil, but they do seem have located a big fat […]
Sara Robinson
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Wal-Mart’s Amped-Up Anti-Worker War

Wal-Mart’s war against workers has reached a new low, based on information published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. The newspaper not only reports that “thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Held Suspect

I don’t remember how old I was the first time it happened. I couldn’t have been more than ten years old. We were in Philadelphia — my mother, my younger […]
Terrance Heath
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Headlines You Won’t See: Americans Support Clean Energy

Pollsters keeping asking this summer about coastal drilling, and support has certainly risen in the wake of a coordinated conservative propaganda campaign and the absence of an effective coordinated response. […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatives Keep Saying “No” To New Energy (And Old Energy)

Conservatives keep saying progressives only say “No” when it comes to energy. But in reality, congressional leaders have repeatedly supported legislation to invest in generating clean American enegy, supporting energy-efficiency […]
Bill Scher
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Prohibitive Prescriptions

You can tell a lot about a person by what in their medicine cabinet. A quick peek during a trip to the bathroom and the nosy neighbor could find out […]
Terrance Heath
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The Roots of Obstruction

Like Rodney Dangerfield, this Congress doesn’t get much respect. Americans rate it slightly above sludge, but below George Bush, the least admired president in the history of polling. McCain strategists […]
Robert Borosage
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127,000 Want Rove in Contempt

If Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives go forward with a floor vote to hold ex-White House chief of staff Karl Rove in contempt of Congress, a petition drive […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why LA Rocks Steady

Los Angeles rocked and rolled its way through a 5.8 earthquake shortly before noon today. In California, that’s considered a good middling-size shake — enough to throw stuff off bookshelves, […]
Sara Robinson
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YouTube Ad Calls the Health Insurance Industry’s Bluff

Campaign for America’s Future, in conjunction with the new campaign Health Care for America Now, captures the health insurance industry failing to deliver on its promise to listen to citizens’ […]
Anne Thompson
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