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Next Sunday: Protest at Right-Wing Billionaires' Secret Summit near Palm Springs

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A broad coalition of consumer, community, labor, environmental, student, civil liberties, and faith-based groups are sponsoring a rally in Rancho Mira...

The Koch Brothers' Climatologist

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Russ Baker

The other day, USA Today ran an article reporting that 2010 had tied 2005 as the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. But what really caught my eye was who they chose to question the significance of the news.

The Greenspan Hornet

Robert Brenner | Posted 10.03.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

By day, Alan Greenspan is a mild-mannered Federal Reserve chairman. But by night, he fights a never-ending battle against government regulation and oversight.

Yale Political Union debates "Resolved: Government should not provide for the poor" with Cato Institute's Michael Tanner

Yale Political Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yale Political Union

On Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 2010, the Yale Political Union debated "Resolved: Government should not provide for the poor" with Cato Institute's senior fel...

The Two Politicos

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

I am tired of the hubris of non-educators, who use tactics from their own realms to leverage change in schools, in order to then leverage change in other political and/or economic arenas.

Do We Need A Tax Bracket For The Super-Rich?

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Should someone who makes $400,000 a year pay the same effective tax rate as someone who makes $40 million a year? In a recent CNBC spot, two analysts ...

A Mosque at Ground Zero and the Source of American Greatness

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

The debate over the proposed building of an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from "Ground Zero" has resulted in off the charts displays of demag...

Legislative Prospects for Immigration Reform: An Interview With Marshall Fitz

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

I spoke with Fitz to explore the current context in the Beltway. We discussed the congressional politics on immigration in 2007 and 2010 and the significance of Latino voting patterns for the prospects of immigration reform.

Climate Skeptic Pat Michaels Admits 40 Percent of His Funding Comes From Oil Industry

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Notorious climate skeptic Pat Michaels of the CATO Institute finally admitted openly on CNN this weekend that 40 percent of his funding comes from -- wait for it -- Big Oil.

The Diseased Security of Denial

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


New York Times 'Climategate' Editorial a Reminder That Media Have Failed Miserably Covering Climate Science

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

Why did the media that covered Climategate not question the fact that the allegations about the integrity of climate science was coming from a network of climate deniers and oil-industry funded skeptic groups?

Clueless Mainstream Media Misses the Real Immigration Reform Story

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Fernando Espuelas

Aside from a few token Hispanic journalists sprinkled through the broadcast and cable networks like pepper on mashed potatoes, the country's largest minority group is basically invisible.

Passing the Sword

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Two summers ago, I blogged with great concern about a statement made by Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court's landmark Second Amendment opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller. Since the Heller decision, many gun rights commentators have used Scalia's construct to link the need for unfettered access to firearms with a right to engage in political violence against the Obama administration. Now, the same five-justice majority as in Heller determined that the holding applies to the states.

Mexico and the U.S.

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ray Suarez

Is Mexico a country of stronger institutions, more fidelity to the rule of law, as some claim? Or is it still the stereotypical home to corruption, cops on the take, and a slap on the wrist for politically-connected defendants?

SWAT and the Drug War: License to Kill

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?

Denial-a-palooza 4: Annual Climate Denier Conference of Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

In what has become an annual non-event, the Heartland Institute will gather the who's-who of the global warming denial network together in Chicago thi...

Flat Tax Lessons From Bulgaria

GlobalPost | Douglas H. Paal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SOFIA, Bulgaria �" American economist Alvin Rabushka keeps the flags of about 30 nations�" mostly post-communist countries like Bulgaria and Slova...

Home Buyer Tax Credit Likely To Cost Taxpayers $100K Per Home: Calculated Risk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Recent indications that demand for housing is lagging, Calculated Risk writes, are "no surprise and suggests that the extension and expansion of the h...

Patrick Michaels, Most Credible Climate Skeptic, Gets Money From Big Polluters

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Patrick Michaels has more credibility than your average climate skeptic. Michaels is actually a bona fide climate scientist. As such, he's often quote...

US Treasury's Gold Valued: US Gold Reserves Total $288 Billion, According To Market PRICE

Washington Post / Big Money | Martha C. White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Buried in the Treasury's International Reserve Position report is an intriguing bit of math. The document details the total amount, by weight, of the ...

Introducing Your Token Republicans

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

There will inevitably be moments when this site's readers will want to kick us straight to mandatory diversity training -- maybe you'll even post a little nasty gram of a comment. We welcome the dialogue.

Withdraw from Afghanistan with a Public, Negotiated Timetable

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A timetable for withdrawal should be a core provision of an agreement negotiated by the United States with the Afghan government.

National Association of Manufacturers Blasts ... American Manufacturing?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Why is America's National Association of Manufacturers echoing the Cato Institute's views against American manufacturing? Has this organization lost its way? Do NAM members know about this?

Pop Goes The Compensation Bubble

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Doubts about the federal government's ability -- and willingness -- to reign in excessive executive compensation have persisted since October of last year. Now, the tables have turned.

Healthcare's Public Option: Dean vs. Burgess (VID)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

I have a sinking feeling that by the time the Senate has its turn, the public option will resemble a poor combination of Medicare and Medicaid.