The fact is that Congress does not need some sort of invitation from the White House in order to do their job. To take affirmative action toward addressing our nation's problems, Congress should put aside its letterhead and stop writing letters to the President and federal agencies asking them to take action.
David Nasaw's biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, entitled The Patriarch, raises familiar memes about the patriarch of the Kennedy clan: how he prowled ar...
Some pundits assert that in doing so he was taking his eye off the ball. We would argue quite the contrary. Putting jobs and wages in the direct line of sight is exactly what needs to be done to move the economy forward in a manner that benefits the middle class and average Americans.
Larry Summers has an op-ed up in the Washington Post this morning in which he repeats the very wrongheaded idea that the tar sands in Canada will be exploited with or without the Keystone XL pipeline.
Silicon Valley thrives on disruption; academia thrives on tradition. That's a recipe for tension.
A homogenous and self-perpetuating elite is a bad thing for any society, and particularly for the United States. Alone among nations the U.S. envisions itself as the place where citizens can and should rise as far as their combination of talents and hard work can take them.
When the dust settles after November 6th, we'll return to the status quo ante where big finance and huge corporations continue to define what's possible in Washington.
Don't sit it out. Don't try to convince anyone Obama has magically transformed us - just tell them four years is simply not enough time to undo all the hurt caused by biggest economic crash since the Great Depression and the biggest military blunder/lie in our history.
The Pentagon and the Obama Administration are heatedly debating the weaponization of Larry Summers.
It's an uphill climb for Obama to even mildly criticize Mitt Romney for being a vulture capitalist given his lack of accomplishment in holding anyone on Wall Street accountable for the economic carnage they wreaked.
Over the last thirty years, in parallel with deregulation and the rising power of money in American politics, significant portions of American academia have deteriorated into "pay to play" activities. No where is this more pronounced than in the realm of economics.
Fun as it may be to beat up on the arrogant Jamie Dimon for the $2 billion-plus derivatives fiasco at JPMorgan Chase, this is like blaming the lion that ate the kid who got too close to its cage at the zoo, rather than going after the guy who allowed such an unsafe cage to be built.
Once again the 'bipartisan' consensus in Washington, fueled by an intoxicating brew of conventional wisdom laced with campaign cash, has repealed some of those 'cumbersome regulations' that do nothing of value -- nothing, that is, except prevent catastrophes.
I think a basic job requirement of leading a major international development institution is that you have an expansive view of human potential. I think the record shows that Larry Summers does not meet this standard, and therefore he is not qualified to lead the World Bank.
Choosing Larry Summers would be a mistake, one that could shortchange millions of women and girls all over the world.
It's hard to imagine the Obama administration is on the verge of making a similarly outrageous pick to head the Bank, but that seems to be the case. What's the matter with Larry?