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Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

When Will Prosecutors Begin to Be Held Accountable for Their Misconduct?

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Prosecutors are the most powerful actors in our criminal justice system. Failure to respond to abuses of power is an enormous threat to public safety and to the integrity of our criminal justice system.

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

"The Consequences of Inaction"

Mike Nellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Nellis

I want to pass along the Kansas Democratic Party's petition calling on Congress to enact real health care reform.

It's Time To Lead, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's legislative style has been to vaguely define what he's for, introduce a plan that is quite obviously open to lots and lots of negotiation, and then sit back and let Congress work it out.

I'm Sick of Hearing About the Poor, Poor Millionaires

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have to get over their knee-jerk reaction to being labeled "tax and spenders" by their opposition. If higher taxes for millionaires are the way to pay for healthcare reform, then let everyone know it, and know why.

Sam Stein

White House Sends Health Care Message: More Needs To Be Done

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The message from the Obama White House as it pertained to health care reform was repeated ad-nauseum on Sunday: The president still wants bills out of...

Health-Care Reform: What I Saw Today on Capitol Hill

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

We were united in our praise of Sen. Dodd and other members of the Senate for making history by passing the first health-reform bill out of a congressional committee.

False Confessions: What Would It Take to Make You Confess?

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

Most people find it hard to understand how anyone could ever confess to a crime they did not commit. But it happens over and over again. False confessions are a well-documented reality.

Obama and Bright Lines in the Sand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama again refused to give a strong defense of the public option himself. By doing so, he just dug the hole deeper. What exactly does Obama stand for in the health care debate?

Trying to Fix the Broken 401(k) System

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Garrett Johnson

Representative George Miller is waging a lonely war against powerful enemies. He's trying to reform the 401(k) system, a system that most on Wall Street don't want reformed.

Goodbye/Hello 11 "Iran's Clerics Give Green Ray Of Light And Hope To Opposition"

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patt Cottingham

There is clear evidence that within the Islamic republic there is a growing movement away from the denial of a people's rights toward transparency and truth.

Democrats Sell Out on Healthcare

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

Drug companies showed a profit of 80 billion dollars last year while the health care industry collected 13 billion in profits. Life is good, and they are spreading all those billions around to the Democrats.

Addressing the Convergence of Crises

Tri Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tri Robinson

When you look at the scope of the world's problems today, the environmental crisis is not one that can be addressed singularly. It is the linchpin of so many different crises.

An Ad Script for Teddy Kennedy on Healthcare Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the debate about healthcare reform, why are the loudest voices in the room the ones who seemingly are against all reform? Where are the champions ...

The Real Danger of Tobacco Legislation

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

"Mr. Pringle, you claim your product's not addictive, but didn't you sign this memo: 'Once you pop, you can't stop'?"

U.S. To Unveil Regulatory Reform Plan June 17: Reuters

Reuters | Karey Wutkowski and Rachelle Younglai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration plans to unveil on June 17 its sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, according to a source familiar with thinking a...

Obama Fuel Standards To Be Announced

AP | KEN THOMAS and PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to propose the first-ever national emission limits for cars and trucks as well as average mileage requ...

Education Reform's Big Stake

Marc Lampkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Lampkin

As we approach the 55th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the reality is there are still great inequities in the quality of education delivered to students.

Embrace the Possible: A New Direction in New York

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Aborn

Treatment of drug users is the most effective use of tax dollars to reduce illicit drug use and related crime, while mandatory sentencing is the least effective.

Hilarious Video: Health Insurance Companies Ruining Your Love Life?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Insurance companies want to do everything they can to stop us from having a public choice because they like having a monopoly and driving up costs (and their profits). And they'll win, unless you help us stop them.

Change FICO Credit Scoring to Stimulate Economy and Address Housing and Banking Crisis

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ronald B. Robinson

Republicans are proposing a 4% home mortgage Ponzi scheme that's the modern day version of "40 acres and a mule." It's every bit the false promise that dashed the hopes of ex-slaves after the Civil War.

Extra! Extra! Schools Not Cause of Current Economic Crisis!

Gerald Bracey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerald Bracey

Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, schools have been the scapegoat of choice for any social crisis, real or imagined.

President Obama: Sign New Emancipation Proclamation to Free Us From Debt Slavery and Free-up the Economy

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronald B. Robinson

Mr. President, help us create "a more perfect Union" from the "bottom-up." You can be the Lincoln of our times and free us from the greed and "top-down" bondage that has brought us here.

Get Ready to Rumble: The Fight for the Next Economy Begins

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Forget about a new era of bipartisan consensus and get ready to rumble. We're headed into pitched battles that will succeed only with massive popular mobilization.