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Andrew Rich

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The Obama Majority's Boulevard of Broken Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 11:24 AM

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I walk alone
--Green Day

Add Matt Damon to the list. The political activist-actor was a prominent supporter of candidate Barack Obama in 2008; in February, 2011 he lost...

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The Message to Progressives

(29) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 1:41 PM

This post originally appeared at New Deal 2.0

What message did voters send to progressives in last night's election results? Many have mentioned voter anger. But more important than any anger expressed were feelings of raw, sincere anxiety. Worry about the future of employment, stable retirements, and the...

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2 to Go: Letter to the FCIC

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 11:14 AM

Today, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, established by Congress to investigate the causes of the financial market collapse, will hold its first public meeting. The choice in front of us is stark. The public is concerned and rightfully so. Will we take this opportunity to find out what caused the...

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Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission: Summoning the Ghost of Ferdinand Pecora

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Ferdinand Pecora, the tough New York prosecutor who took on Wall Street following the collapse of the Great Depression, wrote in his 1936 memoirs:

"Legal chicanery and pitch darkness were the banker's stoutest allies."

The ghost of Ferdinand Pecora -- and indeed, of Franklin D. Roosevelt himself -- can be...

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Obama/FDR: The Video Mashup

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 2:09 PM

In recent weeks, countless commentators have compared Barack Obama to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Not only did they both assume the presidency at similarly bleak moments in our nation's history, but they also both saw the opportunity to adopt a new approach to solving the problems at hand.

Check out this...

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