What Iowa Voters Want

We don’t know who will win the Iowa caucuses, but we do know what Iowa voters want. As the leading Democrats seek to eek out a final lead, each delivered […]
Bill Scher
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Over a $100 Barrel

When the price of oil broke $80 a barrel more than three months ago, I noted that George W. Bush ran in 2000 on a pledge to drive down oil […]
Bill Scher
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“Who’s Minding The Store?”

On Friday, PBS’ The Newshour caught up with our old friend Nancy Nord, the toy industry’s good friend heading up your Consumer Product Safety Commission. And she was in full […]
Bill Scher
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The Danger of Compromise

It’s understandable that congressional Democrats would go ahead with an energy bill that raises auto fuel-efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon, after conservatives filibustered bolder renewable energy provisions. They […]
Bill Scher
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Sunday Shows Bat .001 on Global Warming

Since we began our Weekend Watchdog feature eight months ago, we’ve called on the Sunday shows to ask questions about global warming and clean energy seven times. Not once have […]
Bill Scher
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We Write Letters

After California’s insurance regulator charged Blue Shield with illegally dropping health coverage for more than 200 of its customers, Institute for America’s Future’s own Diane Archer wrote a letter to […]
Bill Scher
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Record-Breaking Obstruction: How It Screwed You

On this historic yet soon-to-be infamous day of record-breaking conservative obstruction, our “Block and Blame” report (PDF) reminds me of Sen. Trent Lott’s all-too-candid words from April, “The strategy of […]
Bill Scher
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The Mortgage Crisis: Yet Another Conservative Failure

On Sunday, ABC’s This Week failed to hold Alan Greenspan accountable for his role in the mortgage crisis. But today, the New York Times did, picking up where Salon.com left […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another sorry day for the Sunday shows as they go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Despite last week being the week when Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]
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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New Book on How Progressives Can Win

As we head into a critical political year, a new compelling book has laid out the road map for progressive victory: Bob Creamer’s “Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight. […]
Bill Scher
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Obstructionpalooza

Quite a week for progress-haters. President Bush vetoes, for the second time, health insurance for millions more kids. The conservative minority in the Senate (and oil-drenched Dem Mary Landrieu) scraped […]
Bill Scher
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Shared Responsibility For the Mortgage Crisis

Over at the Huffington Post, market analyst (and 1990s dot-com bubble puffer) Henry Blodget asks the inevitable conservative question about the mortgage meltdown: …in what universe is it fair and […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

A rare event: Tim Russert of Meet the Press heard the calls of the people asked a Watchdog question. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked, since our intelligence now says […]
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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Conservative Obstruction: Part 57

The bold clean energy bill that passed the House yesterday was blocked in the Senate today by yet another filibuster from the conservative minority. The bill had majority support from […]
Bill Scher
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Who Ya Gonna Call?

First, Bush’s Katrina hotline is disconnected. Now, for his new mortgage hotline, he gives out the wrong number. Pathetic, but appropriate, as his mortgage rate freeze plan is so severely […]
Bill Scher
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Meet a Billionaire Paying a Lower Tax Rate Than You

It wasn’t fair of me yesterday to pick on just hedge fund managers for lobbying to protect their discount income tax rate, instead of closing that loophole to pay for […]
Bill Scher
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The Disconnect

The disconnect between certain folks in Washington with the rest of the country is striking. With most Americans unhappy with the state of the economy, (despite the best efforts of […]
Bill Scher
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Cost of Doing Business

Markets self-regulate, conservatives tell us. Just get government off our backs, companies tell us (after we pocket whatever subsidies we can grab). The Washington Post reported Tuesday on the safety […]
Robert Borosage
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Energy Bill Gets Better

In what, quite frankly, is a bizarre turn of events, the energy bill going to the House floor today will be even stronger than reported earlier. The bill now includes […]
Bill Scher
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How Bush Helped Create the AMT Problem

President Bush is continuing to attack Congress for not yet passing legislation to prevent the Alternative Minimum Tax from making millions of Americans unfairly pay a greater than necessary share […]
Bill Scher
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No Time For Cynicism on Energy

One of the reasons why I wrote yesterday’s post on the energy bill deal was in anticipation of articles like today’s in the New York Times. …despite the tougher 35 […]
Bill Scher
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Small Step, Big Victory on Energy

A majority in both houses of Congress, reflecting the desires of the American people, wants to shift the direction of our energy policy away from the fossil fuel past and […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Dizzying highs and agonizing lows for the Watchdog this Sunday. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace didn’t ask Karl Rove about his lie regarding the Iraq war authorization vote. […]
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Bloggingheads.tv: The Week In Blog

I’ve been doing a regular segment on Bloggingheads.tv with Conn Carroll (now with the conservative Heritage Foundation) called “The Week In Blog.” Among other topics, we discussed the recent GOP […]
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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Heartland Presidential Forum Tomorrow

As I blogged earlier, tomorrow offers a rare event: The Heartland Presidential Forum, featuring real people asking candidates questions about real issues that affect working families and impoverished Americans. If […]
Bill Scher
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

David Brooks, Lou Dobbs, and their massive egos may not realize this, but we do not have to choose between their flawed economic visions for American and the world. But […]
Bill Scher
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There They Go Again

The Republican CNN/YouTube debate lasted over two hours Wednesday night. But once more, we learned nothing about what the candidates would do about the economic straits we are in. Not […]
Robert Borosage
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Psst! What About the Damn Economy?

Do we have to wait for soup lines in Shaker Heights before we have a serious debate on the economy? In the last two Democratic debates, not one question was […]
Robert Borosage
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Warning: Real Questions For Candidates Ahead

Normally, having lots of candidate debates is good for democracy, giving voters ample opportunity to see ideas tested, assertions fact-checked, and proposals detailed. But while this presidential primary season has […]
Bill Scher
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Immigration And American Values

One of the black holes in our national discourse is the right’s revival of old-style nativism in its approach to the current immigration debate — replete with its scapegoating, demonization, […]
Hugh Upton
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Yes Nancy, You Have One Toy Tester

On Saturday, the Washington Post solicited reaction from the Consumer Product Safety Commission about our tragic and shocking new video — showing Barbie contracting lead poisoning from Ken and demanding […]
Bill Scher
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“Drunken Hookup Barbie” Calls for Nord’s Resignation

ABCNews.com today spotlighted our “Toxic Toys” video featuring the tragic tale of Ken and Barbie, which calls for the resignation of acting Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Nancy Nord. ABC headlines […]
Bill Scher
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The “Invisible Hand” Goes Toy Shopping

This weekend was our son’s fifth birthday, and we tried something different for his birthday party this year: no toys. Instead we had a book exchange. Each kid brought a […]
Terrance Heath
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Find The Missing Word

Today, acting Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Nancy Nord issued a press release titled, “CPSC Delivers the ABC’s of Toy Safety,” which includes “CPSC’s Top Safe Shopping Tips.” But these tips […]
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