Banksters Renew Their Extortion Threat

The banking industry renewed its extortion threat against Congress today: If you create an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency that is not beholden to the banking industry, we’ll make American […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Pelosi: No Deficit Reduction Without Job Creation

On a conference call today with economists who blog and folks who blog on the economy, Speaker Pelosi sought to bridge the gap between progressive proponents of public investment to […]
Bill Scher

H1N1 & My Famiy

We’d talked about it earlier in the week, but hadn’t really made a definite decision to go. Then, Sunday morning I came downstairs to find this Washington Post story on […]
Terrance Heath

China: Smart Intern, Stupid Question

A really smart student intern I’ve had the privilege of working with (Jonathan Flack, GWU 2010) asked a really stupid question. “Why,” he asked, “Do we give China everything it […]

China is Unhappy with Spy Label

The Associated Press reports that China has criticized last week’s U.S.-China Commission (USCC) report for asserting that Chinese spies are aggressively stealing U.S. secrets. Beijing warns that the report is […]
Steven Capozzola

The Insincerity Of The Public Option Haters

When Sen. Joe Lieberman first announced he would filibuster any health care bill with a public option, I noted that he lied, falsely calling the public option an “entitlement program” […]
Bill Scher

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Copenhagen Preview

Today, President Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with the Copenhagen climate summit two weeks away and their two nations very far apart on any climate agreement. Any […]
Bill Scher

The Week in Blog: Conservatives v. CBO

During this week’s edition of The Week In Blog on, Matt Lewis and I discussed blog reaction to the unveiling of the Senate’s health care reform legislation, and how […]
Bill Scher

Easy Choices

The first time I heard it, I did a double-take, because I thought I heard it wrong. The second time I heard it, I rolled my eyes. The third time […]
Terrance Heath

Watchdogs And Lapdogs On Financial Reform

There was a major victory for accountability this week in the financial reform fight, but there was also a demonstration that when it comes to protecting the profits of bankers […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — Finally

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets it. No wonder she drives the wingnuts batty. With the Senate befuddled by the antics of Joe Lieberman and Max Baucus on health care and […]
Robert Borosage

Labor Exec Shows How To Demolish Banking Industry Facade

The banking lobby, as corporate lobbies are wont to do, can build a wonderful Potemkin village of consumer delights, where a defanged government beholden to business interests smiles as unfettered […]
Isaiah J. Poole

An American in Paris, and Beijing, and London…

During a series of trips through Europe and Asia that I completed last week, I was reminded that the Americans with Disabilities Act really is the Americans with Disabilities Act, […]
Alan Jenkins

Conservative’s Race to Oblivion, Pt. 2 of 3

Michelle Bachman’s “Superbowl of Freedom” (or “Bachmannalia”) was not the first protest with such attention grabbing signage, but merely the latest. September saw Glenn Beck’s 9/12 marchers descend upon Washington. […]
Terrance Heath

Back To Our Old Ways On Trade?

This just in from Reuters: U.S. trade deficit widened in September. The U.S. trade deficit widened in September by an unexpectedly large 18.2 percent, the most in more than 10 […]

What We Want From A White House Jobs Summit

President Obama’s team made it clear months ago that he will brook no talk of a “second stimulus” at a time when the first stimulus is under significant criticism—from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Conservatives’ Race to Oblivion, Pt. 1

I’ve used this quote (attributed to Maya Angelou) before: “When people show you who they really are, believe them.” I guess in periods of tremendous change people really reveal who […]
Terrance Heath

Tripping in China: Barack Obama’s Challenge

This week, Barack Obama trips to China as part of an eight-day trip to Asia. The White House paints a full agenda: Afghanistan, human rights, North Korean nukes, climate change, […]
Robert Borosage

Shorter Media: CBO, What CBO?

All summer, traditional media reporters hyperventilated at every preliminary Congressional Budget Office estimate of draft health care bills.
Bill Scher

Trade and Creating Jobs

In the Wall Street Journal today, White House Hopes Trade Can Bolster Labor Market. By increasing exports to rapidly growing countries like China and India, the U.S. could put a […]

A Do-It-Yourself Giant Does It to Workers

Amid double-digit joblessness, two top U.S. corporations cut still another mega merger deal that enriches execs and tosses workers, by the thousands, out onto the street. You don’t have to […]

A Momentous Step

The following statement was released by Roger Hickey and Diane Archer The Campaign for America’s Future declares our strong public support for the “Affordable Health Care for America Act of […]
Roger Hickey

Hell No! We Won’t Send Our Tax Dollars to China

Taking candy from a baby: A consortium of Chinese and American companies goes to Washington and announces plans to build a $1.5 billion windmill farm in West Texas using $450 […]
Leo Gerard

Thank (Or Spank) Your Congressperson

The conventional wisdom in Washington is that Saturday night’s historic vote for health care reform, including a public health insurance option, was that it was a “tough vote” — that […]
Bill Scher

The Morality of Health Care Reform, pt. 6

(The sixth in of a series of seven.) Nothing in Common If the cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words is true, then a couple of images might […]
Terrance Heath
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