The shutdown is the story of the moment. But there are also other real things going on in the real world that have huge consequences for, yes, real people -- and the media shouldn't ignore those other stories.
While most Americans already think Congress is doing a bang up job preventing itself from solving the nation's problems, the Court will hear a case on the second day of its new Term that could make it even harder for Congress to address one particular issue: the corrupting influence of money in politics.
The contrast between tea party extremism and populist progressives could not be more telling. Both are based in part on the anger tough times stir up, but these two movements are moving in opposite directions.
Every day thousands of women ask themselves that question when their feet start hurting. Is it my shoes or is it my feet?
It's no surprise that Warren's speech has drawn fire from the right. What is surprising is the weakness of the conservative response, which, in turn, demonstrates the air-tight case Warren has made about the pro-corporate trend at the Supreme Court.
Even after pointing out how Occupy fell short and how a little agreed-upon focus might have prolonged the movement and allowed it to grow strong, Occupy did succeed spectacularly at their basic goal: changing the American conversation about the economy.
"It's time to turn America right side up!" AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka exhorted those in attendance at the labor alliance's quadrennial convention in Los Angeles on Monday.
"We come to work on time, do what the manager says, and help make money for a billion-dollar company. If we all walk out, they don't make that money. So all we want is that equal respect. We help them, now they have to help us."
Reinstating the act wouldn't instantly fix everything that's wrong with our system, but it sure would be a much-needed start -- just don't count on it ever happening.
When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.
Think about what it would say that Hillary Clinton -- or Elizabeth Warren -- won the nomination despite not being the only woman in the race. Such a development would be tremendous for gender equality in this country. How about for the Democratic Party?
The next Fed chair will have an opportunity to get our economy back on track and to help rebuild America's middle class. But that will require the right temperament and a willingness to take on Wall Street CEOs when necessary.
Is Larry Summers smart? Maybe, given that he became one of the youngest tenured professors at Harvard at age 28. But so what?
Open Debates will be a game changer in our political process -- ensuring that questions get asked that the public actually cares about. What starts in Massachusetts will hopefully become the norm for local, state, congressional, and even presidential debates in the future.
A generation from now, will good grades be enough to get you a good life? Is that already a fiction? Will you merely re-live the struggles of your working or lower or middle-class family, and never, ever get ahead?
Ordinary people are still just important to being the driving force for free market discipline today as they were in 2009. You can never have too much transparency when looking at "boring banks."