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The Great American Divide

Bruce Berlin | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Bruce Berlin

Our country is more divided than it's been in a very long time, quite possibly since the Civil War. This great rift has been growing for many years. W...

We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For

Bruce Berlin | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Bruce Berlin

While the 2016 election cycle is about to end, our work as engaged citizens is just beginning. I believe this election, regardless of who wins, has finally awakened the American people to the fact that we are responsible for the state of our union.

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

Opening the Closed Political Culture

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The headline, from the Los Angeles Times, hit me like a sucker punch: "Voters' 'Bernie or Bust' efforts persist despite Sanders' vow not to be another...

Under the Influence? The Ethics and Optics of Obscene Speaking Fees

Dawn Morais | Posted 04.26.2016 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Chris Matthews, and others less hostile, but apparently as morally clueless as he pretends to be, appear to be having a hard time understanding why Hillary Clinton's obscenely high speaking fees are a very bad thing.

Slow Down, Big Money

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 04.20.2017 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Recently, in Shakespeare's As You Like It , the language seemed to accelerate to shrill inhuman interchanges accompanied with much brilliant physical...

How ‘Citizens United’ Is Helping Clinton Win The White House

The Center For Public Integrity | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton fashions herself as the ultimate general in a war against big-money politics....

The Need for More Like Bernie Sanders: Alternative to Government Of, By and For the Corporations

Michele Swenson | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Unlimited money in politics and the corporate control over our government that it buys have totally subverted U.S. democracy.

The Past and Future Truths in the Democratic Party

Steven G. Brant | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

Bernie Sanders' "honesty" comes from a new system of truth. Hillary Clinton's "honesty" comes from the old. It's up to each of us to choose which system we want this election to give us. We have a choice.

Democracy Trumped

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.27.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Democracy has been seriously weakened by the role of big money on one flank, and by massive voter cynicism about politics and government on the other. In a national security crisis with no easy solutions, it is a sitting duck for a demagogue like Trump.

Hillary Set To Move Past Prelims With Roosevelt Island Address (Are the Clintons Cynics or Realists?)

William Bradley | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The Clintons like to sail pretty close to the wind to gain advantage in all circumstances. If we haven't learned that about them by now, we haven't le...

Can Big Data Subdue Big Government?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

What if, as disruptive innovation has done in so many cases, there was a way to detect suspect behavior and expose it in real time?

Cultural Contradiction: America the Brilliant -- and Banal

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Our current political system has advanced at something close to glacial speed since about 1860 when the Republicans fielded their first presidential candidate (Abraham Lincoln). Since that time, there has been precious little change in how politics has been done.

Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? In the face of all these assaults on the working and middle class, there are many movements but no Movement. The Occupy movement, which gave us the phrase, "The One Percent," was too hung up on its own procedural purity to create a broad movement for economic justice. This vicious circle can be reversed, as it has been reversed at moments in the American past. As that noted political consultant Joe Hill put it, as they were taking him to the gallows, "Don't mourn, organize."

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

GOP Off to the Races Early

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party and the political media world are already off to the 2016 horse races. It is way too early for any real analysis of the public's mood, but that doesn't stop the oddsmaking within the Beltway. After all, the Democratic nomination race is setting up to be a snoozer, so why not get started obsessing over the Republican race?

The Budget Deal: This Is Who They Are

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Consider these the early slush of the coming Republican winter, the first returns on investment for their donors. Tucked into the 1,603-page bill to fund the government -- that no legislator will read -- are cankerous riders, foreshadowing what is to come.

Tell Congress to Reject Deal Allowing Rich to Buy More Elections

Erik Ose | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.

One Community Beat Big Money on Election Day. Here's How They Did It.

Josh Silver | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Josh Silver

On Election night, 2014, as campaign spending records were shattered and Jon Stewart declared "Money" the big winner, the people of Tallahassee, Florida lit a beacon of hope for the rest of the nation. Voters in Florida's capital city overwhelmingly approved an extraordinary ethics and campaign finance reform ballot initiative that fights money in politics corruption, reclaims local government for the people, and provides a path to victory for national reform efforts. The victory was the opening salvo of a new strategy to break through gridlock at the federal level by passing tough new anti-corruption laws in cities, counties and states across the country -- emulating the successful efforts pioneered by marriage equality and marijuana decriminalization advocates in recent years.

Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich.

Big Banks Have License to Steal -- You Can Help Stop It

Robert Weissman | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The big banks want an effective license to steal. And they are counting on you to give it to them. You would never knowingly agree to any such thing,...

Asking the Right Questions on Citizens United

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

If Republicans want to defend the rights of corporations and billionaires to spend unlimited, secret money in campaigns, then they should say so. But they do not get a free pass to defend unlimited, secret political spending by sidestepping the question and pretending that Democrats are attacking our nation's First Amendment.

Is There a Billionaire Cancellation Effect?

Robert Weissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The Republicans have their billionaires, the Democrats have theirs. What's the big kerfuffle about campaign spending, right? Wrong.

'Nuns On The Bus' Aren't Afraid To Take On The Koch Brothers

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hi...

The Five Reasons People Blow Their Money

Don McNay | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Bad habits, bad advisers, lack of knowledge. People who spend more than they make will not suddenly be "cured" when they get a lump sum of money. In fact, whatever problems they had will now be magnified by having more money to get in more trouble with.