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Dictionary, Please: Wall Street's Wallison Doubles Down on Doublespeak

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

The Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission tried to undermine that group's work by attempting to ban phrases like "Wall Street" from its final report. Now they are trying to explain away their behavior.

Zach Carter

Democrats Push New Foreclosure Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Several key House Democrats are circulating a letter urging support for new regulations that would crack down on what critics say are rampant foreclos...

The Soviet GOP: There's Something Red About This Whitewash

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warmowski

Some younger readers might need a refresher course in the workings of a thing called the Soviet Union. Republican apologists for Wall Street are doing their best to provide one.

The Contrarian: Why Labels Are Good for Us

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

"No Labels" is ultimately destructive because it squelches debate and it suppresses the truth in the name of compromise, congeniality, and cooperation. It is a one-way political weapon.

Shahien Nasiripour

Financial Crisis Panel In Turmoil As Republicans Defect; Plan To Blame Government For Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The four Republicans appointed to the commission investigating the root causes of the financial crisis plan to bypass the bipartisan panel and release...

False Choices: Senator Warner's Plan to Adopt a Regulation, Drop a Regulation

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

The presumption that we've got lots of useless regulation in place plays off of years of conservative rhetoric about how regulatory red tape is choking American business. But this idea is divorced from reality.

A Short and Clear Guide to What a Midterm Vote Really Means

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.

How Bad Could It Be? A Non-Voter's Guide to the Future

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

With the elections coming up in less than a week, prophesies of doom and gloom for democrats are filling the news sites. News sites love bad news, and...

Charles Koch & David Koch, Billionaire Brothers, Bankroll Tea Party

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much les...

Shadow Elite: Truthiness in the Twitter Era

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The insidious and deceptive self-branding that used to be confined to the corporate world is now also used by political message-makers, aiming to create a look and feel that consumers identify with intuitively.

Will Inside Job Start a Popular Rebellion?

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Inside Job cuts through the fog of disinformation and punditry to expose the truth about a catastrophic event, clarifying for the everyman the financial meltdown of 2008 that wrecked the lives of millions.

Crony Capitalism: Wall Street's Favorite Politicians

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

All 21 senators who voted with Wall Street on the bailout and financial reform are Republicans, and Republicans raked in over 90 percent of the total campaign contributions.

A Landmark Week for Health Reform -- But Let's Remember Health Care's Larger Purpose

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Medicine has always been grounded in humanitarian ideals, as reflected in codes of ethics. The humanitarian roots of American medicine are evident in our many hospitals named for saints.

GOP's "Pledge" to Rob the Middle Class: No Jobs, No Health Care, No Security

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

Here's the bottom line: the GOP "Pledge for America" will raid your money to make their rich patrons even richer. The middle class will continue to wither away, and those who manage to hold on will be worse off than ever.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Nominee Doesn't Believe Deregulation Led To Financial Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9 to 0 on Tuesday morning in favor of Lew's nomination and referred him ...

The Republican Purge

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

The purge began when Obama got elected. One by one even mainstream Republicans have adopted more radical language and attitudes in an attempt to survive politically.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam: Government Contracting -- A Free Market Farce

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The deep scandal of government contracting goes far beyond the actions of a handful of bad actors and products that can seen and touched. It is systemic, insidious, potentially damaging to national security -- and perfectly legal.

Boehner's Attack on Regulation Runs Afoul of Lessons From BP and Katrina

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

Instead of mindlessly repeating the conservative shibboleth that free markets are good and regulation is bad, lawmakers would be better off examining why the current system is not working.

Frank Rich Takes On The Billionaire 'Sugar Daddies' Backing The Tea Party

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. ...

Deregulation, the Forsaken Panacea for Climate Change

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Sunil Sharan

America is stuck. Yet deregulation, a concept all but renounced by the country a decade back in the wake of California's energy crisis, holds the potential to unlock the gates to climatic heaven.

'Third World America': 11 Books Predicting The Collapse Of The Middle Class (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann and Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Third World America": as Arianna says in her video about the book, it's a tough phrase to swallow when it comes to how we perceive America's powerful...

Krugman's Takedown of Ryan Demonstrates How Conservatives Are at War With the Middle Class

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Beginning with the Reagan administration, and reaching its fullest realization under George W. Bush, conservatives have systematically been acting to redistribute wealth from the middle class upward.

Harsh Realm: The Legacy That Meg Whitman Invokes

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As she shatters all spending records in her attempt to defeat Jerry Brown, billionaire Republican Meg Whitman has a role model in mind. He's her campaign chairman. And, as fate would have it, he is responsible for California's structural budget deficit.

The Stealthy Deregulation of Energy

Wallace Turbeville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace Turbeville

A colleague with an encyclopedic knowledge of the economy told me recently that he did not have a good feel for energy deregulation. My friend thought its obscurity may have been planned by the industry.

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...