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A Medieval Solution for a Medieval Screw-up

William Dietrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William Dietrich

We need an order of knightly business people today, an outside organization in our democratic capitalist system which has credibility, morality, and higher purpose.

Whose Internet Is It?

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

First, we had the Supreme Court affirming the free speech rights of corporations. Now we have the DC Court of Appeals telling us Comcast owns the Int...

Just Say: "Wall Street Reform"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If necessary, Democratic officeholders and candidates should practice in front of a mirror. Say "Wall Street reform" one hundred times, and when you're speaking in public, it'll leap to your lips.

Larry Summers: 'Senator Kaufman Is Exactly Right'

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Johnson

The coming legislative debate will clearly divide people into "for" and "against" our massive global banks that have so manifestly gone bad. For the last time: Which side does the president really want to be on?

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone was looking for a healthy bounce in Obama's poll numbers after health reform passed. This bounce has either failed to materialize yet, or is so gradual it likely won't end up being called a "bounce."

Put Public Safety First

Felton Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Felton Newell

As a criminal prosecutor in California, I and others who work in the criminal justice system share the frustration of victims of crime who feel like the state government has failed us again.

Weekly Pulse: "Racist" Tanning Tax and Other Absurd Objections to Health Care Reform

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger While President Obama signed the final piece of the health care reform bill into law on Tuesday, oppon...

Health Reform, Hallelujah!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Health reform had passed the Senate, and then had passed the House. Then, it needed to pass the Senate again, which it would have done, except that Ted Kennedy picked a bad time to die.

Preferential Voting: Another Democracy Lesson from Australia

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Democracies benefit from people expressing themselves freely and openly. I mentioned previously that a successful democracy is one where people vote ...

President Obama Now Looks and Acts like FDR

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The comparison of then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the height of the presidential campaign was hype...

Friday Talking Points [117] -- Piece Of Cake

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! Into the cake mix that was this week went triumphant House votes, Senate votes, and then even another House vote, just for good luck. We...

Who's Afraid of the Bark? We Need Some Bite!

Janis Bowdler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janis Bowdler

We had rules of the road during the bubble years, but there was no reliable enforcer. Regulators sat on their hands while consumers were put through the wringer.

Republicans Embrace "Party of No" Label

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Republicans continue their tantrum once the Senate passes the reconciliation bill, it's going to be a lot easier for Democrats to convince independents that they, the Democrats, are the adults in the room.

Health Reform Post-Mortem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In order to get anything done this year, things are going to have to move a lot faster than health reform moved. The pace has to be stepped up from "glacial."

The Banks and Derivatives Trading and Senator Blanche Lincoln

Robert Davey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Davey

Why are bank lobbyists even allowed to talk to legislators in an attempt to influence the content of the law? And why are those conversations allowed to remain private?

Predatory Mortgage Lending is Still Legal

Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter G. Miller

With all the yelling and screaming in Washington regarding financial reform the fact remains that predatory lending remains perfectly legal and will b...

Can Democrats Govern?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The slogan "Elect a lot of Democrats so that we can stop the Republican agenda, and waste a lot of time fooling around with things we can't pass" just isn't going to cut the mustard.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

System Corrections

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Sometimes we can find laughs in obscure places. An example would be the "Corrections" section of a newspaper, particularly one of those high and migh...

Duty and Honor

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Very few of my Senate colleagues from the 1970s became lobbyists. By the time I retired from office in the later 1980s, not only former senators but also their wives and sons and daughters were joining or forming lobbying firms.

Democratic Senate Candidates Running on the Public Option

Mike Nellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Nellis

Democratic Senate candidates in Arkansas and North Carolina are taking a populist tone as they start campaigning on the public option.

Obama's Bipartisanship Quest: Bad for Jobs, Health Reform?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Art Levine

Now that President Obama is finally embracing reconciliation and seeking at long last to fire up his base in support of health reform, it's worth ask...

Slay the Sacred Tax Cow: It's Time to Say No to Wasteful Tax Credits

Sima Gandhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sima Gandhi

Scrutinizing and cutting wasteful tax expenditures is a necessary part of fiscal planning. And leading states are showing that it's doable.

Immigration Reform Now: An Emotional Plea to Obama

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aladdin Elaasar

Her words reduced us to tears. Beatrice Vasques, a 15-year-old born in LA, came home from school one day to find her mom arrested and deported by immigration officers.

Requiem for a Lightweight President

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There are slim grounds to expect a forthright reform agenda ever to emerge from the Oval Office. The moment has vanished -- whether November brings a rout or just a defeat.