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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.

The Anti-Regulators Are the "Job Killers"

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William K. Black

The anti-regulators subverted the rule of law and allowed elite frauds to loot with impunity. Why isn't the new House leadership investigating that disgrace as one of their top priorities?

For the Right: A Regular Deregulation Celebration

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

When it comes to regulating, the Right is downright irregular. Now that Republicans control the House, they're hell-bent on further deregulating cor...

GOP Climate Change Deniers Running For House Energy Committee

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Energy Committee is seeing an intense leadership fight, as four different Republicans are vying to take over the influential post from Democ...

ReThink Interview: Charles Ferguson, Director of Inside Job

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

People interviewed in Inside Job claim that finance professionals deserve their money. But can someone rationally argue that someone earning $30 million/year works 1,000 times harder than someone earning $30,000/year?

Macrowikinomics: The Citizen Regulator: Increased Citizen Participation Adds Muscle to Traditional Regulatory Systems

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Tapscott

Transparency is not a substitute for better regulation by national governments and international institutions, but more disclosure and increased civic participation would definitely add significant muscle to traditional regulatory systems.

Corporate Junk Economics Return to Capitol Hill

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Rather than providing a platform for presentation of a corporate wish list, Darrell Issa should be subjecting corporate claims to the withering scrutiny he promises for the Obama administration. These claims collapse under examination.