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Entries by David Sirota from 02/2009

The Untold Daschle Story: The Blacklisting of Progressive Economics

| Posted 02.03.2009 | Politics

Though Obama won on promises to challenge Wall Street, there has been a calculated effort to stack the administration with the very Wall Street Democrats who created the problems he lamented.

VIDEO: Bush SEC Holdovers Cite Exec Privilege In Stonewalling Congress About Madoff Scandal

| Posted 02.04.2009 | Politics

This is cross-posted from, where we are continuing our ongoing reporting on the financial crisis and the government's response to it. ...

A Team of Zombies, and Zombies Defending Zombies

| Posted 02.06.2009 | Politics

Obama's national security team includes not a single opponent of the Iraq War. It is chock full of Bush administration political appointees who are -- somehow -- being held over.

Energy Taxes' Faustian Bargain

| Posted 02.09.2009 | Green

There's a big unintended consequence of these tax proposals if they aren't structured correctly -- they can politically strengthen the fossil fuel industry.

The Coalescing Opposition to "Extraordinary Politics"

| Posted 02.11.2009 | Politics
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While we can't afford to waste time, we also can't afford to pass bad policy and potentially waste billions of dollars. We need to err on the side of a slightly slower pace, and reject "extraordinary politics" in service of kleptocracy.

Our Addiction to Fake Outrage

| Posted 02.13.2009 | Politics

In a country where about half the population has smoked pot, we're expected to be ragingly angry that Phelps went to a party and hit his friend's bong. What a sad joke on so many levels.

On Canada Trip, Obama Floats a Discredited NAFTA Canard

| Posted 02.19.2009 | Politics

Obama looks like he's starting to prioritize the Washington status quo on trade over real change.

The Media Business: It's the Perspective, Stupid

| Posted 02.23.2009 | Media

You can create a pretty sizable audience in a cost-effective manner if your publication's perspective is what we can call The Rest of Us -- a perspective focusing on how public policy affects ordinary people.

MSNBC's 10pm Slot: How About a Populist Progressive?

| Posted 02.25.2009 | Politics

My friend and fellow writer Chris Bowers launched a formal campaign to ask MSNBC to consider me for the slot, and now I'm asking for your help.

Nationalization: It's Not Scary, It's All Around You

| Posted 02.26.2009 | Politics

Before we get scared about the prospect of nationalization, let's remember: nationalization already pervades far more than the banking industry -- it's all around us.