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How Many Jobs Has Deregulation Cost Us, Sen. Shelby?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Politicos like Richard Shelby should be forced to tell the truth when they claim they have an idea that will "protect jobs." And if their real motivation is just to make it harder to protect the American people ... well, they should be forced to disclose that, too.

Pan Am: A Dream Takes Flight (Part IV)

Helen Davey | Posted 10.07.2011 | World
Helen Davey

Pan Am was the airline that practically invented aviation. It pioneered air navigation and communications, and its list of "firsts" in the industry is awe-inspiring. Known as the "Queen of the Skies," it was the benchmark by which all other airlines were judged.

Why Conservatives Punish Their Victims: A Lesson From Arizona

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

So far from God, so close to the Republican National Committee When some Simpsons characters took refuge in the local church after a hurricane, the c...

Conversation With Jeff Madrick, Author of Age of Greed (Part One)

Lynn Parramore | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Lynn Parramore

"Greed always exists. It rises and falls with the times. But when it's unchecked by government, self-interest rises to a level of greed that overwhelms the economic invisible hand."

The GOP Has Gone From the Party of No to the Party of F You

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The Republicans repeatedly say "F you" to everyone in this country except for the elite wealthy and big corporations. The party has moved so far to the right, its core policies are far out of the American mainstream.

Phone Deregulation Hitting Low-Income Families Across Country, but Advocates Stall Bill in New Jersey

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Technology
Nathan Newman

While media hype is often focused on broadband, there are still millions of Americans, especially the elderly, who depend solely on a landline phone for their connections to the outside world.

Rhymes for Our Times

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Ten quick ones from the boys at Limerick & Verse... A chicken with stars in her eyes Cut miscreant farms down to size. "A journalist hen?!" They...

Republicans Push To Deregulate Environment At State Level

New York Times | | Posted 06.16.2011 | Green

Weeks after he was sworn in as governor of Maine, Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite, announced a 63-point plan to cut environmental regulations, inclu...

Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

We are still saddened today at the senseless loss of life in the Triangle fire. We are still galvanized by the call for workers' rights in its aftermath. But I'm also struck by those who refuse to learn the lessons this tragedy can teach us.

Analysis of a Meltdown: Why Everyone Should See Inside Job

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Its impact speaks to the unique power of film to relate a compelling story in under two hours, and have it hit you like a sledgehammer.

And the Academy Award for Cowardice Goes to...

David Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Morris

As the successful prosecutions of Savings and Loan executives in the early 1990s proves, the federal government has the tools to prosecute those responsible for our economic mess. It simply lacks the inclination or courage to do so.

Blame Wall Street, Not Hard Working Americans, for the Pension Funds Fiasco

William S. Lerach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William S. Lerach

What came from this era of de-regulation? Increased competitiveness, economic growth, wealth and prosperity? No -- instead we got repeated waves of financial fraud and wealth destruction.

Personal Integrity Is The Best Preventative

Brad Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Unrestrained self-interest and greed, mixed with hubris, is a recipe for global financial disaster. I propose a radical solution: a return to religious virtues and personal integrity.

Greedy Bastards

Laura Mola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Mola

Greed means excess, bastard I don't think I need to explain. The word expresses my frustration at folks who don't give a damn how they harm others. Th...

Earth Activism: What We Don't Want

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Names Major CFPB Regulator | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, House Republicans cemented plans to slash the budget for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, setting up a major f...

Zach Carter

Republican Amendment Would Strip Funds For Obama 'Czars,' Plus Elizabeth Warren | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are ramping up efforts to hamstring the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One key amendment to the GOP's 2011 ...

The Case Against Bubbles

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

It seems the wise thing to do is to resist enthusiasm for any new innovation. That's not to say that technological bubbles will not emerge. But why encourage a very dangerous process?

From Toilet to Planet: A Brief Journey of Survival

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

Wherever you may live, think of your part of the hemisphere as a bowl, but instead of looking inside as one student did in his toilet bowl, look outside, up toward the sky and think, what have we dumped there?

Why the Republican Attack on "Job-Killing Regulations" Is Dumb

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The reason we have continued sky-high unemployment has nothing to do with excessive regulation. There was no sudden outpouring of federal regulation in 2007 before the economy tanked and millions lost their jobs.

Fannie's Scandalized, Freddie's Dead -- and the Next Financial Meltdown May Have Already Started

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's an idea: Let's give hundreds of billions of dollars in government-backed guarantees to private banks so they make a fortune writing mortgages without any risk to themselves. Hey, what could go wrong?

The Wall Street Empire Strikes Back

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission just released its report, and it's already under attack by the Four Horsemen of the Economic Apocalypse: the Ideologue, the Lobbyist, the Think-Tanker, and the Politician.

Reality Checks: 10 Economic Benchmarks for the State of the Union and GOP Response

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There will be a lot of talk about the economy tonight. If you find that your mind's getting lost in vagaries and theories, here are 10 benchmarks that provide context for tonight's speeches.

The State of the Union Is: Appalling

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Americans are broke and job prospects are the lowest they have been in 80 years. That's it. Nothing else matters, and public opinion polls bear this out.

The F Word: Obama's Deregulation Dance With Wall Street

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

With a new Republican Congress, it was only a matter of time before some politician vowed to get rid of regulations. We just didn't think it would be Barack Obama.