Your Health Care May Decide The 2008 Election

Now we’re in the presidential campaign’s silly season. The primaries are over; the conventions yet to come. Americans are tuning out politics and dialing in baseball and the Olympics, vacations […]
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Wall Street Socialism

This weekend, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former head of the Goldman Sachs investment house, provided us with a perfect demonstration of Wall Street socialism. He announced that the Bush administration […]
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They Rob You With a Fountain Pen

“As through this world I’ve wandered, I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a gun; And some with a fountain pen. Woody Guthrie Look out folks, […]
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McCain Pledges Allegiance to NAFTA

Arizona Sen. John McCain continues his rousing campaign tour of the swing states of NAFTA this week. He will celebrate July 3 in Mexico City after a jaunt through Colombia […]
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Time for a Grand Inquest into Bush’s High Crimes

One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s first acts upon taking the gavel was to rule impeachment off the table. She wanted Democrats to focus on challenging the president on the […]
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A New U.S. Strategy in the Global Economy?

America’s banker isn’t happy. At the World Trade Organization, China’s representatives call on the U.S. to halt the decline of the dollar that has contributed to the rising price of […]
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Jason Furman and Obamanomics

The appointment of Jason Furman as economic policy director for the Barack Obama presidential campaign has caused a stir. Furman was executive director of the Hamilton Project, a project created […]
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On the Economy Debate, The Gloves Come Off

Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama opened the general election fight, taking the gloves off against the “tired and misguided [economic] philosophy that has dominated Washington for […]
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Rebranding Republicans

“We’re going to give you the change you deserve.” —House Minority Leader John Boehner That’s not a threat; it’s a promise—from the Republican congressional leaders. Really. Led by perpetually tanned […]
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A Little Love for Big Oil

Oil companies report record profits. Gas is headed towards $4 a gallon. A caravan of more than 100 truckers rallied in Washington Monday to protest diesel fuel prices already over […]
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David Broder: The Democrats’ Worst Nightmare

David Broder’s April 24 Washington Post column on Arizona Sen. John McCain, entitled “The Democrats’ Worst Nightmare,” concludes with this little nugget: “Yet, in pointing to those vulnerabilities in her […]
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Brain-Dead Trade Debate

The economy is tanking. Gas is headed to $4 a gallon. One in ten homes are “under water,” worth less than their mortgages. The International Monetary Fund predicts up to […]
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10 days That Changed Capitalism

By Rob Johnson and Robert Borosage The world has changed.  The market fundamentalism that has dominated our economics over last three decades has been unmasked as a sham, deemed useless […]
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It’s not the French; it’s US

Our McCain ad struck a chord, eliciting both reason and vitriol. It strikes me that it is worth being clear what the ad says and doesn’t say. Other than the […]
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Bush: Peace and Prosperity at Stake

President Bush addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington today, and, according to the White House, he told the group that our “peace and prosperity” are at stake […]
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Behold the Coming Progressive Sea Change

David Frum, noted neocon and former Bush adviser, who is generally wrong about just about everything, just penned a lament for the Financial Times on the coming “Democratic sea-change.” This […]
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Smirk of the Union: The Show’s Over; Shelve the Sequel

The old routines don’t work anymore. The presidential smirk seems sheepish. The threats seem like bluster. No one really listens anymore. Even George W. Bush seemed almost giddy that he […]
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Stimulus Deal: the Bane of Bipartisanship

Barbara Ehrenreich memorably called the talk about the stimulus “clitoral economics.” And that was before we got screwed. The stimulus deal just announced is being praised more for its existence […]
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Keep Dancing, Chuck

“As long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing.” These now-immortal words of former Citibank President Charles “Chuck” Prince were uttered in […]
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Conservative Judges to Enron Retirees: Drop Dead

Remember the Enron employees who watched their retirement savings evaporate as the Enron ponzi scheme, chaired by George Bush’s best buddy, “Kenny Boy” Lay, went up in smoke? The conservative […]
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It’s the Recession, Stupid

It ain’t sexy, I know, but a word about the economy and the presidential debate. Wall Street banks are holding a fire sale; employment is down, holiday sales tanked. Burdened […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Health Care Fight, Round One

President Bush’s veto today of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill marks the first round in a national fight about health care. The president chose the special interests of […]
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Subverting Majority Rule

The Republican obstruction campaign continues. Yesterday, the Republican minority in the Senate filibustered and blocked two measures that had majority support in the House, and bipartisan majority support in the […]
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A Time To Lead

It is time for decision on the Iraq debacle. The White House is demanding more money to keep the troops in Iraq. The Bush folks have shown their public relations […]
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Don’t Call It An Accident

Three lives are lost and counting in the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah. The flamboyant, camera-hogging mine owner, Bob Murray, has called this a “once in a lifetime” accident, like […]
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Challenging The Right’s Obstruction Strategy

“The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail … and so far it’s working for us.”   —Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss.    Roll Call, April 18 A partisan minority […]
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Wrong On The Right

The corporate wing of the Democratic Party – the Democratic Leadership Council—will meet in its “National Conversation” this weekend in Nashville. The press is already noting that while all of […]
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Expose The Obstructionists

Americans elected a new Congress to get things done. But the conservative minority has chosen a strategy of obstruction in the Senate. They have used the threat of a filibuster […]
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Matthews and Coulter: No Shame

Desperate TV producers, caught in a competition for ratings, are clearly without shame. Chris Matthews, a knowledgeable and experienced commentator, is under ratings pressure at MSNBC. The result is a […]
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Progressives Have The Mojo Now

The Take Back America Conference this year drew 3,000 leaders and activists from 40 states, 150 speakers, a bloggers’ boulevard and radio row larger than ever, and an energy that […]
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Take Back America: ‘This Is Our Time’

These are opening remarks at the fifth annual Take Back America Conference in Washington, a meeting of 3,000 leaders and activists from across the country and across the tribes of […]
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Bank Shot: Bush Shafts Enron’s Victims

Wall Street’s investment banks just got another one step closer to making defrauding investors an accepted line of business. And Enron’s employees who lost their pensions and the small investors […]
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Ending a Failed Occupation

Congress has just voted to fund the war for another year — $100 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan. How could that happen when two-thirds of the public are opposed to […]
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Funding The War: Life and Death, Not Texas Hold ’em

President Bush forced Democrats to “fold,” the press reports. He vetoed the Iraq funding bill that set a deadline for getting U.S. troops out of the war. The Republican minority […]
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