In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist.
Speaking as a Jewish atheist, I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the pope's appeal to me to make common cause with him for peace. A sus órdenes, Pope Francis. Count me in. The verdict of history has been decisive. Stalin was wrong. The pope is a powerhouse.
We had bipartisan support for environmental stewardship and a dozen nonprofits were created around that time pursuing green goals. What happened then?
Every time a Honda Civic owner fills his tank, he hands $7.30 to Wall Street. A Ford Explorer driver is even more "generous" -- she provides them with a cool $10.41.
The big fluctuations in the price of crude oil over the last several weeks gave fresh evidence of the ever increasing influence of speculators on the price every day Americans pay for gasoline. Why isn't the government stepping in?
Native Americans have long faced police harassment and illegal voter challenges in South Dakota. Those problems may soon be over because South Dakota has no plan to provide any voting at all in this fall's election.
Compromised and unrecognizable at its time of death, the bill was a hideous deformation of its former self. Perhaps sifting through the autopsy report will save the life of the next climate bill.
Why is it that so many of the heroic leaders who have pushed the Obama administration to be more steadfastly progressive on financial issues just happen to be female?
Interestingly, there is a short, 39-page bill before the Senate that would allow us to save nature and get paid substantially for doing it. It is the CLEAR bill. It's simple, it works, and it pays you.
Starting the process of reining in the banks is the antidote to the bailout and to future bailouts -- both politically and in terms of better policy. And it's Republicans and Wall Streeters who are trying to kill it.
The Democrats' financial reform bill is weak tea that doesn't fix the problem of too big to fail megabanks or prevent the next cycle of boom, bust and bailout.
The first news I read this morning was a very depressing New York Times editorial. Here's what I learned from the sobering statistics in this ...
Public outrage at the tragedy in the Gulf may finally break the fossil fuel industry's special interest stranglehold on Washington.
We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...
Thursday night's passage of Wall Street reform is an event to be celebrated, but several key issues remain in play as the House and Senate iron out differences between their respective versions of the legislation.
Quick overview: Larry Summers -- wrong about the risks; didn't see the last crisis coming. Nouriel Roubini -- right about the risks; predicted the last crisis. Who are you gonna believe?