Making It In America

Washington’s special genius is for gridlock. As we’re seeing in the health care debate, the entire system is designed to frustrate action — even when Democrats have a popular president, […]
Robert Borosage
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Getting Mad At The Fed—And Getting Even

Normally, working-class people don’t think much about the Federal Reserve and, as a recent article in The New York Times suggests, the Federal Reserve doesn’t spend much time thinking about […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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We Need More Health Care Debate! = Filibuster

Today for the second day in a row, the President made formal remarks exposing the true agenda of the “don’t rush health care” posse: “I understand that some will try […]
Bill Scher
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Making It In America: A Key Progressive Objective

The widespread frustration with this nation’s perceived lack of urgency and focus on industrial policy was captured well in Monday’s New York Times article on the subject, which contained this […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama v. Jindal. Round 2. Health Care. It’s Not Pretty.

Five months ago, Republican rising star Gov. Bobby Jindal was tapped to formally respond to President Barack Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress. Jindal’s fact-challenged speech, dismissive of […]
Bill Scher
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From Tax Breaks to Tax Hits

In the struggle for a less unequal America, could the House health care surtax on the wealthy turn out to be a game-changer? The push to overhaul the system that […]

How the Right Works: Pay for Principles

Some stories don’t really require elaboration. This from Politico’s Playbook this a.m. The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for […]
Robert Borosage
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Stronger Trade Policies From Obama’s Trade Representative

In Pittsburgh today, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the Obama administration will take a more aggressive approach to supporting American industrial workers through greater protection of labor rights […]
Steven Capozzola
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Harry Alford’s Condescension

The right-wing blogosphere is abuzz over the supposed smackdown between Sen. Barbara Boxer and Harry C. Alford, who portrays himself as an “African American and a veteran” who is insulted […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Choice: Second Stimulus Or ‘Lost Decade’

It’s worth slogging through the minutes of the June Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting. Read the deliberations of the Fed board members and staff and you see an economic […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Let The Financial Inquest Begin

Now that congressional leaders have named the members of the Financial Services Inquiry Commission—what is often referred to as the "Pecora Commission"—we are going to see once again who is […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Thank You Sarah Palin

Thank you Sarah Palin, for crystallizing the choice facing us on climate and energy. With her Washington Post oped, Sarah Palin is taking her position as the most popular Republican […]
Bill Scher
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Hobbled, We’re Losing The Global Energy Race

When the U.S. added modest “Buy American” provisions to the February stimulus bill to help keep (some) U.S. assistance in the U.S. economy, people cried foul.   — “A classic protectionist […]
Eric Lotke
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For the Health of the Nation: Ensure a Public Option

Just days ago, America celebrated her birthday with fireworks, spontaneous renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and chants of, “We’re Number One!” In a crucial area, health care, the chant […]
Leo Gerard
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You Get The Recovery You Pay For

From the beginning of this economic crisis, policy makers seem to have forgotten (or perhaps learned too well) a basic economic rule. It’s one I used to have paraphrased in […]
Terrance Heath
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USA Today Can’t Read Its Own Health Care Poll

A new USA Today/Gallup poll confirms the public supports health care reform paid for with a progressive tax plan. The paper reports: “By 56%-33%, those surveyed endorse the idea of […]
Bill Scher
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Beyond Kyoto: Time to Switch Targets?

To curb climate change, suggests a new report from a top-notch global scientific team, we really ought to start focusing on rich people, not rich nations. The world’s most influential […]

Don’t Tax Benefits

Americans are demanding health care reform that guarantees them quality, affordable insurance, reduces the burden of health costs on employers and individuals and provides backup coverage through a public health […]
Roger Hickey
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Rapping Without Health Insurance

Try telling Maureen Yancey that health care reform is too expensive for the country to tackle right now, or that we should leave everything to the private insurance market. Yancey […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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What Religious Progressives Bring To The Party

I spent several days over last weekend as a volunteer webworker covering the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Salt Lake City. These annual confabs are always a highlight of the […]
Sara Robinson
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Building a Clean Energy Economy: The IMPACT Act

The Waxman-Markey Clean Energy and Security Act squeaked through the House of Representatives late last week (219-212). Although some expressed doubts, many people consider the bill a terrific breakthrough and […]
Eric Lotke
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Symbolic Blather: Washington’s Congenital Disease

This Congress potentially could be the most productive in over 40 years. It has passed the largest recovery plan in the nation’s history. It extended health care to millions of […]
Robert Borosage
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It’s More Than Madoff

I scoffed when Bernie Madoff,through his  lawyers, asked for a twelve year sentence in his fraud case. What some people think they can get away with pales only in comparison […]
Terrance Heath
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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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