Interview on Financial Reform, Santa Barbara Talk Radio

Did an interview this morning on Hannah-Beth Jackson’s radio show, Progressive Talk Radio in Santa Barbara.  The topic was the current state of financial reform in Washington.    Click on […]
Richard Eskow

American Wind Turbines Sound Like Freedom

The sound that American wind turbines produce as their giant, breeze-propelled blades whip around is a distinctive: Neh-neh-neh-neh-neh-neh. The anticipation is that those energy-generating, whirling arms would create a whooshing […]
Leo Gerard

Congress on Jobs: Bad Policy, Pathetic Politics

The unemployment crisis is startling to looking a lot like the gusher in the Gulf, except that where there may not be much political leaders can do about that, there […]
Terrance Heath

Will Wall Street Reform Be Gutted By A Technicality?

The tough derivatives overhaul proposed by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has emerged as the key fight in Wall Street reform. That status is well-deserved. Despite Lincoln’s record as a stooge […]
Zach Carter

We Won’t Be Sister Souljah’d, Lanny Davis

Corporate lobbyist Lanny Davis, former legal counsel for President Clinton, is launching his own firm next week, and he is previewing his tactics with a slimy and erroneous diatribe against […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Speaking of ‘Stupid Things’: Senate Blocks Jobs Bill

Oh, the irony. As Defense Secretary Robert Gates was on Capitol Hill today telling a Senate appropriations subcommittee that Congress has to approve a $33 billion supplemental war funding request […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Jobs Deficit: What Can Be Done Now

In his column concerning last month’s jobs number, George Will does a nearly "Noonan-eque" job of spreading disorientation and doubt about what government should do— if anything — about chronic […]
Terrance Heath

No Clear Rallying Cry From Obama? Too Bad. Get To Work.

As you can see in today’s Progressive Breakfast, interpretations of the President’s speech ranged widely. Carbon cap is dead. Or alive. Serious push for other clean energy standards and investments. […]
Bill Scher

Obama’s Speech – The Carter Context

“The moral equivalent of war.” Tonight President Obama will talk about the Gulf oil catastrophe, and, hopefully, overall energy and climate policy. A look back at President Carter’s fight over […]

Listening to the Mayors

By and large, mayors are pragmatists. They’ve got snow to remove and potholes to fill, schools to run and crime to fight. Literally and figuratively, they must keep the trains […]
Alan Jenkins

Greed Explains the Disasters and the Lying Afterwards

As oil mucked the Gulf of Mexico and families mourned 11 dead rig workers, BP officials proclaimed that the corporation’s priority always was safety. This tracked the tack taken by […]
Leo Gerard

The Unbearable Lightness of Reading Dana Milbank

Feel free to read Dana Milbank if that sort of thing appeals to you, but don’t imagine for a minute that you’re learning anything. That would be like studying the […]
Richard Eskow

Climate Vote Shows Gulf Gusher Changed Nothing In Senate

If you thought one of the biggest oil spills in history would automatically propel strong legislation to cap carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis, think again. Democratic Senate leaders […]
Bill Scher

Steelworkers, Wind Manufacturers Team Up

The United Steelworkers (USW) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today announced a a joint ‘Framework Agreement’ to create a ‘Partnership for Progress’ to accelerate the development and deployment […]

The Conference Committee Must Strengthen Wall Street Reforms

Conference Committee negotiations on Wall Street reform begin today, with several key battles still unresolved. Thanks to intense progressive pressure, those negotiations are going to be televised live. You can […]
Zach Carter

Liveblogging AFN Press Conference On JOBS

Bob Borosage introduced Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO, who said, “Saving and creating jobs is the path to reducing the deficit.” Progressive tradition in America means the same today as […]
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