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Obama's Drug Strategy All Talk, No Walk

Posted May 13, 2010 | 13:03:37 (EST)

Barack Obama's Office of National Drug Control Policy released its National Strategy for Drug Control this week. While the strategy was spun by Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske as one focusing on prevention and treatment over enforcement and criminal prosecutions, the amount of money spent proportionally is the same...

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Union Exemption From Excise Tax Is a Bad, Bad Idea

Posted January 14, 2010 | 15:16:46 (EST)

Jane Hamsher explained last night that unions have a tentative deal for a way out of the excise tax: exempting health care plans protected by collective bargaining agreements. That means union plans that cross the $23,000 threshold won't be taxed.

TPM backs up this story with Rep. Rob Andrews...

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Bank of America's Employees: The Other Side of the Financial Crisis

Posted July 1, 2009 | 16:14:49 (EST)

The reports are damning.

For the first time, Bank of America workers are speaking out about how the bank's practices hurt customers and employees.

According to the Associated Press, Bank of America "encouraged" its employees to "burden consumers with debt and enroll them in high-fee programs." Fed up with...

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CNBC Fail: Iran elections = Employee Free Choice Act?

Posted June 17, 2009 | 16:33:54 (EST)

CNBC isn't exactly a shining example of responsible journalism. The financial news network has been ridiculed for enabling the financial crisis with flawed reporting and fawning coverage of failed CEOs.

Well, CNBC is at it again. Yesterday, CNBC's Jim Cramer and Erin Burnett made a ridiculous, irresponsible statement. Cramer...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce <3s Bank of America

Posted June 12, 2009 | 15:04:54 (EST)

Yesterday the U.S. Chamber of Commerce saw fit to stand up for Bank of America's disgraced ex-Chairman and current CEO Ken Lewis. Lewis testified to the House Oversight Committee about the bank's purchase and subsequent bleeding of Merrill Lynch.

It's no secret that Ken Lewis set his sights on...

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Burger King Backs off Opposition to Employee Free Choice Act

Posted February 24, 2009 | 18:11:35 (EST)

This week, under pressure from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) activists and allies like Brave New Films, Jobs with Justice, and the Coalition for Social Justice, Burger King scrambled to respond to allegations that it lobbied against the Employee Free Choice Act, while...

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Contrast on the Hill: Country Club CEOs vs. Working People

Posted February 5, 2009 | 16:12:54 (EST)

Here's what you saw today if you're a Member of Congress. 

This afternoon, more than 2,000 working people rallied outside the Senate in support of an important part of our economic recovery: the Employee Free Choice Act.  At that rally more than 1 million cards signed by...

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Wal-Mart Gets a Makeover So It Can Fight Economic Recovery

Posted December 30, 2008 | 08:21:46 (EST)

'Twas the night before Christmas when Wal-Mart told the world it decided to settle 63 lawsuits to the tune of as much as $640 million; most of those lawsuits alleged that Wal-Mart "underpaid its employees."

So what prompted the usually greedy Grinch to give more than half...

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Time To Investigate Wal-Mart's Anti-Democrat Electioneering

Posted August 12, 2008 | 11:34:39 (EST)

When the news broke earlier this month that Wal-Mart started organizing its store supervisors against Barack Obama and other pro-worker candidates who support the Employee Free Choice Act, there was widespread outrage -- and rightly so.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

"The...
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Survey Questions from Hillary Clinton's Web Polling

Posted December 12, 2007 | 08:37:31 (EST)

This survey is just for research purposes. It is not for fundraising purposes and you will not be asked for any money during the survey. The survey is strictly confidential, and your answers will be combined with many others whose opinions we want.

Do you consider yourself a...

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Clinton Polls Her Email List

Posted December 12, 2007 | 01:43:09 (EST)

The Clinton campaign's recent poll of its online supporters through polling firm Penn Schoen and Berland Associates is a sign that the campaign is integrating traditional political tactics into its Internet strategy. Political campaigns have always contacted donors and potential supporters via phone polls or direct mail appeals to find...

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A Tale of Two Direct Mail Campaigns: Dodd's Low-Dollar Outreach Vs. Romney's Search For High Rollers

Posted December 5, 2007 | 18:19:21 (EST)

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

Fundraising emails Chris Dodd and Mitt Romney's campaigns sent this week, similar in that they highlighted donors' communiques to the respective campaigns, differed greatly in their core audiences and the dollar amount of the ask. Dodd's campaign highlighted donors who'd given...

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