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Filmmaker Goes Undercover to Expose Corporate Links to the Tea Party (VIDEO)

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kevin Grandia

Taki Oldham examines the role corporate-funded grassroots groups (known as 'astroturf') have played in the recent health-care and climate debates and their central role in the tea party movement.

Brown and Whitman Face-Off: Many Differences, Few Surprises

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

We could perhaps see Whitman as the unfailingly organized schoolmarm, and Brown as the rebel rousing student. Perhaps their only area of agreement is that California is in a bind.

Whose America Is That?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Nothing about the content of the Pledge to America is surprising -- it's the same Bush-era economic agenda that got us into the mess we're in today.

Vichy Revisited: Sarkozy Versus the Gypsies

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michele Langevine Leiby

There can be no justification for treating the Roma any differently from other EU citizens. Specifically targeting them for expulsion clearly contravenes EU law.

Michelle Obama's Mortgage

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sunil Adam


The Vital Role of Allies

Ronnie Kroell and Stephanie A. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Kroell and Stephanie A. Jones

We all have the ability, as well as a calling, to be allies to marginalized populations. With being a U.S. citizen comes a responsibility and a duty for supporting civil rights for all.

XM/Sirius' POTUS Channel May Be The Last Refuge of Balanced Political Journalism

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

The only thing worse than governing by opinion poll is reporting by it. From the 1940s CBS Radio, then CBS Television was the ratings darling of ne...

Koch Brothers Called Out for Waging War Against Obama

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ritz

This is not the first time questions have been raised about Koch Industries' involvement with and funding of the extreme right wing and climate science denial.

The Recession Generation: Congress Must Act Now to Prevent Long-Term Damage

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The Great Recession has plunged us into very bad times. The Recession Generation -- the workforce of our future -- will pay the price.

Sex Party Promises 'Real Action' For Australians

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Australian Sex Party on Tuesday promised to spice up campaigning for next month's elections with a manifesto "unlike Australia had ever seen befor...

The Public is Ready for Clean Energy Legislation, Is the Senate?

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Jonathan Cohn, writing at his new must-read blog, has a fascinating piece on the policy implications of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

The Role of Race, Poverty and Equal Opportunity in Education Reform

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

We must first recognize that racial inequality in our schools ultimately harms our shared national interest, and then develop a 21st century approach to learning that can address the challenges facing our schools.

Showdown in Senate Meets Showdown in Streets

George Goehl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
George Goehl

Today, thousands of Americans -- workers and small business owners, students and retirees, clergy and veterans, are forcing a Showdown on Wall Street, marching directly to the scene of the crime.

Don't Tread on Me (But Feel Free to Tread on My Neighbor)

Mike Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Larsen

How is it that Arizona (Arizona!) is cracking down on people who aren't from there? Have you ever been to Arizona? Nobody is from there.

Plurality of Americans Skeptical of Pro-Drilling Congressional Candidates

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

The latest NBC/WSJ poll includes a number of interesting findings. Dave Weigel and Alex Seitz-Wald both took note of BP's extremely low favorability ...

Republican Opinions on Environmentalism have Shifted Drastically in the Past 10 Years

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

In honor of Earth Day, Gallup has just released polling showing how American's opinions of the environmental movement have changed in the previous ten...

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Historic Speech on Corporate Influence in Government (VIDEO)

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Whitehouse proposes the attorney general step in and clean house of all regulatory agencies to insure the integrity of the personnel to make sure they are not taken over by corporate interests.

There are Reasons to be Pessimistic about Climate Legislation

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Maggie Fox of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection has an opinion piece in Politico in which she repeatedly laments the pessimism many have expre...

Tales From the Census Trail: KT's Bit

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
KT Boyle

I saw the recession's effects on small town America when I took the test to become a Census worker, and found myself in a room full of businessmen and soccer moms in suits, most over age 40.

Offshore Drilling Most Popular Among Republicans, Elderly, White and Wealthy

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

When President Obama announced recently that he'd open new coastal areas to offshore drilling, there was considerable speculation as to what the polit...

The Senate Lets Unemployment Benefits Expire

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Now that federal unemployment benefits have expired, it is entirely appropriate to be dismayed by Senator Coburn's willingness to cut off lifeline assistance for unemployed people.

On Measuring the Cost of Health Care Reform

Ben Arnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Arnon

Republican after Republican says the health care bill will cost trillions, but the monetary and emotional costs of avoiding reform must be factored into the equation.

Social Innovation for Low-Income Communities: Turning Risk Into Reward

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Laracy

Social innovations are catalysts that bring together creativity, expertise and a relentless focus on results to solve problems and dramatically improve performance across the country.

Health Care Advocates: We Can't Let Up Now

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Important change does not come easily. But it marched forward in Washington on Sunday. The vote in the House of Representatives in favor of health c...

Is Senator Graham Looking for an Excuse to Bail on Climate Legislation?

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

Will Senator Graham join Republicans in an orchestrated, anti-health care legislation tantrum or continue working for clean energy legislation?