Demanding An Afghan Exit Strategy … Politely

When progressive House Democrats were blocked from a floor vote on their proposal requiring an exit strategy for our Afghanistan military mission, and several in turn voted against funding for […]
Bill Scher
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Build More Autos Overseas: Marginalize More U.S. Families

The economic structure of Jim Henson’s cartoon realm called Fraggle Rock reflects our own. In one HBO episode, the industrious, hard-hatted Doozers prepare to leave the rock, which would have […]
Leo Gerard
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Revenge Of The Plastic

A bill that will clamp down on some of the most egregious practices of credit card companies is rushing toward final passage in the Senate, and the industry—and its conservative […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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I Pledge to Buy a Made-in-U.S. Car

I pledge that soon I will buy a new, fuel-efficient car—built in America by United Auto Workers members. I’m asking YOU to take this pledge with me and get others […]
Roger Hickey
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390 Years Minus 100 Days … And On, Pt. 5 of 5

Coming to terms with race and resolving racial disparity in America feels like an insurmountable, unfinished task, because it is unfinished. The work was started and abandoned, started and abandoned […]
Terrance Heath
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An Icy Oasis from the Great Meltdown

Amid our world’s economic wreckage, today’s New York Times marveled, at least one developed nation seems to be doing just fine. That nation — little Norway — actually grew economically […]

Change Policy, Change Behavior

As a parent, I’m familiar with the powerful effect that even the threat of a “change in policy” can have on behavior. It can bring troublesome, annoying, or even hazardous […]
Terrance Heath
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More Evidence For Reining In Credit-Card Companies

The Senate is expected to vote either later today or Friday on a credit-card reform bill. As debate continues on that bill—and as President Obama ratchets up the pressure with […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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GM to American Workers: Pay for Your Own Execution

The proposition General Motors has presented to the United Auto Workers and American taxpayers in its latest restructuring plan is simple: You must pay for your own execution. GM, which […]
Leo Gerard
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Good deficit, bad deficit.

Obama has introduced his budget, and people are hyperventilating about the deficit. Piling “debt on the backs of our kids and our grandkids,” declares House minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). […]
Eric Lotke
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Wrong Way Steny

Wrong Way Riegels became a football legend when Roy Riegels, captain of the California football team in the 1929 Rose Bowl picked up a fumble and rumbled the wrong way […]
Robert Borosage
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Will The Senate Stop The Credit-Card Loan Sharks?

In Poultney, Vt., a small town near Lake St. Catherine near the Vermont-New York border, “Walter” had been running a small business during the summer for 43 years—until a rectangular […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 4 of 5

Now, what did he do that for? That was my first thought when our newly-minted attorney general reached for his own rhetorical handful of elephant, as in the previous examples. […]
Terrance Heath
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A Victory For Accountability

The decision by the House of Representatives on Wednesday to follow the Senate and vote for an independent commission to investigate the causes of the financial crisis is a significant […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Did Derivatives Drive the Meltdown?

A World Bank economist is suggesting we need to concentrate less on the complexities of high finance and more on the noxious simplicity of our deeply unequal income distribution. Our […]

House Says Yes To Financial Crisis Probe

Two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the creation of an independent panel that would investigate the causes of the current financial crisis, the House of Representatives has […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Bus Ride To Save American Manufacturing

Assembly-line workers and Michigan communities aren’t the only ones with a stake in a strong U.S. auto manufacturing industry. More than 7.2 million paychecks are tied to U.S. autos, ranging […]
Steven Capozzola
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The Subprime Rogues Who Bought Congress

A Center for Public Integrity report released today, “Who’s Behind the Financial Meltdown,” spells out how 25 of the country’s largest financial institutions fueled the subprime mortgage market that precipitated […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Corruption Is Dangerous to Your Health

“And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. […]
Robert Borosage
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Financial Crisis Investigation Closer To Reality

Progressives who have been campaigning for an independent commission to expose the causes of today’s financial crisis are about to score a major victory as early as Wednesday in the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama’s Wrong Note

During the presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama spoke eloquently about race in America and its continuing relevance to our national progress. But at the press conference marking his first 100 […]
Alan Jenkins
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390 Years Minus 100 Days … And Counting

In many ways, the discussion of race in America, particularly as it relates to today’s issues (the economy, health care, education), brings to mind the parable of the blind men […]
Terrance Heath
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390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 2

National Urban League head Mark Morial recently described the state of black America today as “the best of times and the worst of times.” He’s right. The inauguration of the […]
Terrance Heath
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Nowhere Man

“He’s a real nowhere Man, Sitting in his Nowhere Land, Making all his nowhere plans For nobody.” These lyrics to “Nowhere Man,” written and recorded in 1965 by John Lennon […]
Leo Gerard
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390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 1

Many people — including the president himself — have mentioned the absurdity of judging Obama’s success at cleaning up messes that were decades in the making, based on his first […]
Terrance Heath
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We Saved The Estate Tax

Congress passed the budget resolution for 2010 yesterday. The biggest progressive policy victory has already been well reported: the ability for Congress to use budget rules to pass health care […]
Bill Scher
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The Far Right’s First 100 Days: Shifting Into Overdrive

Somewhere back in February, about three weeks into the Obama Administration, everybody on the left suddenly noticed that there was something different going on with the conservatives. The outrageous screeds […]
Sara Robinson
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Obama’s Grade at 100? What About Our Grade?

Grading a president after 100 days always strikes me as presumptuous. The only real grade is an incomplete. And as good teachers will tell you, letter grades—as opposed to written […]
Robert Borosage
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At The 100-Day Mark, Climate Is Losing

At the 100 Day mark of the Obama Era, climate protection is behind health care for all. This shouldn’t be and isn’t a contest. Solving both domestic crises is critical […]
Bill Scher
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The Financial Warning Almost Everyone Ignored

The warning, in retrospect, could not have been any clearer. It led to this unambiguous headline on CNN.com on September 17, 2004: “FBI warns of mortgage fraud ‘epidemic‘.” Assistant FBI […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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In Faceoff With Banks, “The Government Has Blinked”

Economist Simon Johnson, in an interview Friday on “Bill Moyers’ Journal,” makes the case for why the nation needs a tough, independent inquiry into the financial crisis similar to the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Can’t Ship Out Those Green Jobs

We’re giving up Styrofoam cups here at our building in Washington, D.C. Also doing an energy audit and taking a few other steps as a start toward making our building […]
Tula Connell
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Senate Backs Financial Crisis Investigative Panel

Momentum toward a Pecora Commission-style inquest into the roots of the financial crisis got a boost from the Senate on Wednesday when it approved an amendment to a financial fraud […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Geithner Plan: Another Subsidy For The Rich?

The Obama administration this week got a warning shot across its bow against structuring a bank resuce plan that would amount to yet another taxpayer subsidy of the wealthy. It’s […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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