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Matt Stoller

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Lazy Corporate Monopolies Are Why America Can't Have Nice Things

(329) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 6:25 PM

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Throughout much of the United States, cell phone service is terrible (so is broadband, as Susan Crawford shows). And not just in rural or sparsely populated areas, but cell phone calls routinely drop in major metropolitan areas. You can't use...

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Eight Corporate Subsidies in the Fiscal Cliff Bill, From Goldman Sachs to Disney to NASCAR

(193) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Throughout the months of November and December, a steady stream of corporate CEOs flowed in and out of the White House to discuss the impending fiscal cliff. Many of them, such as Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, would then publicly come out and talk about how modest increases of tax...

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The Federal Reserve of Oil

(15) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 11:54 AM

Spending a lot of time in DC can make you a cynic, but the thing about power is that you can never really keep up with just how cynical power brokers actually are. I think my favorite example of cynicism comes from a man intertwined with the politics of oil,...

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Van Jones says that stagflation is the key threat to the next President's administration. #

- Matt Stoller, tweeted July 20, 2008


Raise your hand if you want to know why Gore praises Newt Gingrich, the organizer of drill drill drill. #

- Matt Stoller, tweeted July 19, 2008


Raise your hand if you want to know why Gore praises Newt Gingrich, the organizer of drill drill drill. Or why he praises Joh ... #

- Matt Stoller, tweeted July 19, 2008


Pelosi is just talking to the cspan cameras, filibustering. #

- Matt Stoller, tweeted July 19, 2008


kos makes the important point that Obama went back on his word about FISA #

- Matt Stoller, tweeted July 18, 2008


watching mark begich, jeff merkley, debbie cook, adam siegel at energize america panel. Wow. #

- Matt Stoller, tweeted July 18, 2008

Want to See Sexism? Try Calling Your Opponent a Ditz and Joking About Clinton's Death

(97) Comments | Posted June 2, 2008 | 11:29 PM

I know there's a good amount of anger at the sexism in the media, and it's pretty raw. But do you want to see sexism, overt sexism, used by the GOP? Check out this ad Congressman Dave Reichert ran against progressive Democrat Darcy Burner in 2006.

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Obama's Consolidation of the Party

(70) Comments | Posted May 8, 2008 | 10:39 AM

This piece relies on rumors going around donor and activist circles. It is cross-posted at OpenLeft.

Brownsox at Dailykos blogs.

Over 1.25 million Indianans voted yesterday for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary.

Over 1.1 million Indianans voted for Jill Long Thompson...

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And Al Gore Helps John McCain into the White House

(110) Comments | Posted April 18, 2008 | 5:58 PM

So John McCain is moving towards a more moderate position so he can build himself up for the general election. And the way he is doing it is quite fascinating if not surprising.

First, his advisers can...
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Democratic Candidates Offer Their Questions for Petraeus

(53) Comments | Posted April 7, 2008 | 6:18 PM

3500 people and more than 50 Democratic congressional candidates have endorsed a Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, a plan validated by retired Generals, national security experts, and profiled in both the Washington Post and Dailykos (and mentioned on This Week with George Stephanopoulos). This...

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What Corruption Looks Like

(20) Comments | Posted January 15, 2008 | 4:38 PM

What I love about corruption in DC is that it's just so damned tacky.


Al Wynn is running in Maryland's fourth Congressional district for reelection against progressive challenger Donna Edwards. Wynn sat in Congress for fifteen years with...

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Hillary Clinton's Lobbyist Driven Telecom Plans

(47) Comments | Posted January 10, 2008 | 7:06 PM

Excuse me for a second while I delve into something substantive.  I've written about Obama's transformative proposals on media and contrasted them to Hillary Clinton's 'Connect America' plan to expand broadband access, which is based on a private-public partnership model called Connect Kentucky.  Well, it turns out that...

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Net Neutrality Wins Iowa

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2008 | 5:18 PM

Cross-posted on OpenLeft

In mid-November, Barack Obama laid down some truly remarkable and transformative proposals for the internet, including a strong embrace of net neutrality.  Edwards also put out a series of similar policy ideas embracing openness and net neutrality, chiming in during the very imporant

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Time to Dismantle the War and the Constitution of Television

(58) Comments | Posted December 6, 2007 | 3:42 PM

Cross-posted on OpenLeft.

One of Wes Clark's best expressions is 'we can do it because we are doing it'. And after wallowing in some frustration over mistakes progressives have made, I'm coming around to the view that we are working hard to end the war. Whether you are working...

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Waking Up to a Working Republican Majority

(188) Comments | Posted August 9, 2007 | 5:08 PM

This post is cross-posted on OpenLeft, a strategy site for progressives.

I'm beginning to explore an idea that I'm not entirely sold on, which is that in the House, while Democrats are in control, there is effectively a Republican working majority. If true, this has a number of implications,...

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Action Item: Senator Reid, Don't Legitimize Fox News

(16) Comments | Posted March 5, 2007 | 4:33 PM

Over the past week and a half, many of us have been engaged in a very public conversation with the Nevada Democratic Party leadership on their choice to have Fox News host a Presidential forum in August in Nevada. 3500 of you sent emails to Nevada State Party Chair Tom...

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The Progressive Convulsions Start

(22) Comments | Posted March 3, 2007 | 12:14 PM

With the announcement that Lieberman is going to give the Democratic radio response to Bush on Walter Reed, it's pretty well confirmed that progressives are shut out of the Congressional halls of power.  First it was Feingold's defunding proposal being poleaxed, then Hoyer winning the Majority Leader contest, then...

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