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Taking on the big banks is not just another issue. These TBTF banks have the capacity to crash our economy any time they get greedy and make a bad decision, and they suck trillions of dollars out of productive investment in Main Street businesses.
This is a pretty straightforward cap-and-trade proposal very similar to the one currently in place to control acid rain. In fact, there was a time when members of the GOP were the most enthusiastic advocates for cap-and-trade.
NEPA's common sense approach to foster discussion and collaboration about major development projects has worked well to protect our national treasures and resources. NEPA works as it stands, and it should stay that way.
Breaking up these huge banks that are too big to fail, jail, or be regulated seems to be the only option on the table right now and Senator Brown, along with Senator David Vitter, is leading the effort to do just that.
This is the ultimate Big F'ing Deal: the nation's top prosecutor openly admitting that some people and institutions are so big, wealthy, and powerful that it is the policy of the United States to hesitate to prosecute them no matter how terrible their crime.
The Justice Department's budget documents prominently quote Thomas Jefferson: "The most sacred of the duties of government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens." The attorney general just told Congress and the country that this principle no longer applies to very large financial institution.
If we want a society of smaller and medium-sized firms, we can have it -- there are no constitutional constraints. We need a strong antitrust regime and stronger antitrust laws, and the capacity to enforce those laws located in people who aren't tied into the oligopoly.
There was a lot of typical surface chatter yesterday -- the sequester, the Pope, BW (Bob Woodward), BW (Business Week), Groupon -- but under the surface something far more important was happening.
These champions return to our country and see games of a different sort going on - elected officials stooping to the worst kind of politics, spreading fear and misinformation about immigrants, and enacting harmful anti-immigration policies.
While on the Senate floor Senator Reid recently noted, "If this flood of outside money continues, the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they just bought the country."
The letter signed by 23 state Attorneys General in support of the National Rifle Association's bill to nationalize concealed carry of handguns suggests that, for those public officials, pandering to the gun lobby is far more important than doing the job they were sworn to perform.
In a major victory for public health and the environment, the Senate defeated three dirty amendments on Thursday.
Weiner is not irreplaceable. He represents an overwhelmingly Democratic district in which there is no shortage of bold and outspoken progressives who could continue the positive contributions Weiner has made in Congress.
To me, in the wake of Weiner's foolishness, the big question is: How will the Democrats proceed without one of their most steadfast and articulate spokesmen in Washington?
Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.