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After graduating from Oberlin College and Princeton University's Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (MPA 1975), Les
co-founded and currently directs two non-profit educational
organizations: The Labor Institute (1976) and the Public Health
Institute (1986). He designs research and educational programs on
occupational safety and health, the environment and economics. Leopold is the author of Runaway Inequality: An Activists Guide to Economic Justice: (Labor Institute Press, 2015), How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Financial Elites get away with siphoning off America's Wealth (John Wiley and Sons, 2013), The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It, Chelsea Green Publishing, June 2009, and The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

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Why Do Progressives Cling to Hillary?

(1203) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:53 AM

As the primaries move into their final act, Sanders supporters confront a perplexing question: How could so many progressives vote for Hillary over Bernie?

After all, you would think that progressives would race toward the first self-declared socialist in American history who actually has a chance at becoming the...

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Would Hillary Overthrow a Government Run by Bernie?

(109) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:18 AM

Let's try a thought experiment.

Imagine for a moment that a Bernie-like leader was elected the president of a Latin American country and that the U.S. feared he would adopt policies that were hostile to American corporate interests. Further imagine that Hillary became the president of the U.S. Would...

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Does the Hillary, Bernie Battle Matter That Much?

(65) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:33 PM

Tension are flaring as the New York primary approaches. The candidates are getting tough with each other, and their supporters are getting even tougher. The New York debate was almost too painful to watch.

But is the fighting really that warranted? Is there something at stake that runs deeper than...

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Hillary's Inability to Grapple With Inequality Is Making Her Vulnerable to Bernie in New York

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:35 AM

Establishment politicians running for high office live and breathe elaborate focus group-tested lines. In time, they become those lines. But every now and then, extreme political pressures can force a few unscripted words to slip through. And when that happens, we gain a rare glimpse of the candidate's deeper understanding...

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NY Daily News Claims FDR Unfit to Be President: "No Concrete Plans, Only Platitudes"

(180) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 7:27 AM

[The following is an imagined 1932 New York Daily News editorial board interview with Franklin Roosevelt during his presidential campaign. The Daily News comments below derive from the editorial board's interview with Bernie Sanders on April 1, 2016. The Roosevelt statements are taken primarily from his

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Is Hillary Clinton Running Away From Political Reality?

(1087) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 6:12 AM

Team Hillary should be extremely worried.

It's not just that she has suffered landslide losses in the past five caucus states. It's that she's overwhelmingly lost the youth vote of all colors, everywhere, and she'll never get it back.

[This Wisconsin poll just in: Sanders leads Clinton...
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Think Again Hillary Democrats: 10 Reasons Why She Could Lose this Fall

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 7:12 AM

The media tells us that Hillary has a lock on the nomination. That news should make her supporters extremely nervous, and not because the prognosticators have been wrong so many times already. All Democrats should worry because her major policy and character flaws could leave us with a Republican president...

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Does Trump Have More in Common With Hillary Than Bernie?

(53) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 7:23 AM

Trump is attacking the established order from the right while Bernie is attacking it from the left. Democracy is in danger!

So goes the mainstream media message as the cameras pan to scuffles between Trump and Sanders supporters. Increasingly the campaigns are portrayed as a threat to basic American institutions...

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Hillary's Wall Street Speeches: The Bootleg Tapes

(260) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 5:29 AM

[After eight debates and countless speeches, Secretary Clinton has repeatedly shared her views on Wall Street, trade and job creation. Once we parse through the focus group-tested lines, we can find clues about how she relates to the financial sector and the power it wields over our economy.

The...

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Hillary's Wall Street-Friendly Economic Plan Costs Her Michigan

(163) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 5:47 AM

Billed as a major populist economic address, Hillary Clinton put forth her jobs program in Michigan.

Wall Street is smiling. Team Hillary is crying.

Her program fits perfectly within the neoliberal framework as she focuses on how to use public funds and policies to promote private sector gain. There...

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Why Hillary Could Be a Lot More Vulnerable to Trump Than Bernie

(40) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 5:27 AM

Cousin Jeff worries that a vote for Bernie is a vote for a Republican sweep in the fall. Iris, a veteran of peace campaigns, fears another George McGovern debacle (losing 49 states to Nixon in 1972.) And Jacques, a radical artist, is certain that a self-declared socialist can't possibly become...

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The Biggest Difference Between Hillary and Bernie? The Real Steps They Will Take to Address Runaway Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 1:48 PM

No one can deny that economic inequality is accelerating. In 1980, the average top 100 CEOs earned $45 for every dollar earned by an average worker. Today, the gap is an astounding $844 to 1.

But there is significant controversy about the impact of runaway inequality on American society...

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How America's Super-Rich Are Draining the Poor of a Longer Life Span

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 5:27 AM

The American people have a deep sense of fairness. We are angry about the dramatic rise in the pay gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker -- a gap which has widened from $45 to $1 in 1970 to a whopping $844 to $1 today. (Please see...

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Krugman Attacks Sanders for Economic Study Produced By Clinton Supporter

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 4:31 PM

Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist, Nobel laureate and defensive linebacker for Team Hillary, is accusing the Sanders campaign of voodoo economics. He attacks an independent economic analysis of the Sanders agenda produced by economist Gerald Friedman. That questionable study shows incredibly high gains in jobs, employment...

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Something's Happening But You Don't Know What it Is: Do You Mr. Krugman

(100) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 4:12 AM

Paul Krugman, Team Hillary's ace New York Times columnist, simply cannot find a kind word for Bernie Sanders or his idealistic supporters.

"Sorry, but there's nothing noble about seeing your values defeated because you preferred happy dreams to hard thinking about means and ends. Don't let idealism veer into...
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Missed Debate Question: Where Do You Stand on the Killing of Rickey Ray Rector?

(14) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 5:59 AM

The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?

This is not ancient history. Rather, it is a vital case study in political morality. This life and death decision...

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Hillary Not Truthful About Wall Street Speaking Fees

(1086) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 4:39 AM

Anderson Cooper: "But did you have to be paid $675,000 [for three speeches to Goldman Sachs]?"

Hillary Clinton: "Well, I don't know. That's what they offered."

Hillary is veering from the truth when she suggests her $225,000 per speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was "what they...

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Will Team Hillary Play the Race Card?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 6:08 AM

As the pressure mounts, the Hillary campaign may try to isolate Bernie Sanders from African-American and Hispanic voters.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently floated the first trial balloon when he put forth an unsubstantiated claim expressly designed to promote tensions between class and racial justice...

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After Bernie Wins, Then What?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 7:03 AM

Look, politicians respond. If the people are asleep and not involved, they respond to the lobbyists and donors. But when people speak up and fight, if you want to survive [as a politician], you have to respond. My job is to activate people to fight for their rights and to...
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Clinton/Krugman Defend 'Hardheaded Realism'... and Plutocracy

(59) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 2:49 PM

In theory, there are a lot of things to like about [Sanders'] ideas. But in theory isn't enough. A president has to deal in reality. I am not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in real life. Hillary Clinton, 9/21/16
The...
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