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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Breaking The Law, Snubbing the Supreme Court

Last year, the Supreme Court ordered the Bush administration to follow the law and treat greenhouse gas emissions as pollution under the Clean Air Act. And the Bush administration quickly […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

It looks like the watchdog did a little better this weekend, almost going 1-in-3 when — thanks to Sen. Chris Dodd bringing it up on Fox News Sunday — Sen. […]
Terrance Heath
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Time to Get Real

The California Supreme Court connected human rights to reality last week when it ruled that same-sex couples have the same right to marry that heterosexual couples have. The court majority […]
Alan Jenkins
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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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Take It–The 2008 Ask a Working Woman Survey

  A woman who spends years in medical school emerges to take her place alongside a panoply of male physicians—who, on average, make 38 percent more than she does. Female […]
Tula Connell
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Chasing the Rainbow: Can We Capture It?

I flashed back to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign, which aimed to build a “rainbow coalition” of working-class people based on progressive populist economic policies, earlier this week […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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America Will Be …

I knew as soon as the California Supreme Court marriage ruling was posted, that I would read the whole thing. I started reading it at my desk, after it was […]
Terrance Heath
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