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Robert Reich

What Obama Must Demand from Congress on Health Care

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Addressing Congress is a good idea, but Obama can't rely solely on his exceptional rhetorical skills. He'll need to twist arms, cajole, force recalcitrant members to join him, and threaten retribution if they don't come along.

The Guns of August: How the Republican Right Fired on Health Care

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The most important difference between America's Democratic left and Republican right is that the left has ideas and the right has discipline.

Ted Kennedy's Passing: An Inestimable Loss

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Most Americans will never know how many things Ted Kennedy did to make their lives better, how many things he prevented that would have hurt them, and how tenaciously he fought on their behalf.

Grandparents Day Hijacked by the Health-Care Debate? Awesome!

Gary Drevitch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gary Drevitch

There are more grandparents than ever, and more of them are directly caring for their grandchildren than at any time in our recent history. And yet -- no parades, no telethons, not even a zero-down, interest-free auto sale.

Paul Krugman: We Are In Economic "Purgatory" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's upbeat comments Friday that the U.S. economy is on the cusp of recovery, economists Paul Krugman and R...

Robert Reich Calls For 'March on Washington' in Support of Public Option

Politico | Fred Barbash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Reich, the former Labor secretary, scholar and commentator, called Tuesday for a "march on Washington" on Sept. 13 --"Grandparents Day" -- in s...

White House Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy: Robert Reich

wallstreetpit.com | Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last week, after being reported in the Los Angeles Times, the White House confirmed it has promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will ba...

Healthcare and Food Policy: Part of the Same Conversation

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The critics of single-payer are either paid to tell you this, or are brainwashed by the multi-million dollar lobbying and advertising paid for by insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Weekly Audit: Bigger Than "Too Big to Fail"

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The Media Consortium

Congress should be writing regulations to curb risk in the financial system as fast as bankers are paying themselves bonuses. They're our representatives, after all, and it's our money.

Shattering the Right vs. Left Prism Once Again: The Wall Street Journal Goes After Goldman and the Bank Bailout

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

We've now reached the point where the only people defending the administration's Wall Street policies are the people benefiting from them -- or their good friends, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers.

Sam Stein

Reich: Obama "Over-Learned" From Clinton (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In crafting health care legislation, the Obama White House may have "over-learned the lesson of the Clinton years," giving too much deference to Congr...

The National Debt: Another Finanical Crisis in Slow Motion?

Jill Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jill Schlesinger

The so-called "rich" can't be taxed enough to mitigate the coming wave of inflation, nor will increasing taxes on them pay for everything that's currently on the table

Robert Reich Economist Interview: Reich Is Pessimistic On Recovery

The Economist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

IN OUR lead story this week we say that the worst thing for the world economy would be to assume the worst is over. In order to reinforce our gloom, D...

With Friends Like These...Robert Reich's "Mistakes" on Employee Free Choice Act

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

EFCA backers were no doubt thrilled to hear the only liberal on CNBC mimic conservative falsehoods on employee free choice.

Sam Stein

"Fire Ken Lewis": Robert Reich Backs Push (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Labor Secretary and occasional adviser to the president Robert Reich, alongside a coalition of progressive organizations, has launched a new pu...

A Short Citizen's Guide to Kooks, Demagogues, and Right-Wingers On Tax Day

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Tax day typically attracts a range of right-wing kooks, all of whom tell us how awful we have it. Here's a citizen's guide responding to the predictable charges.

The Left isn't Leaving Obama -- Yet

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

Pundits have criticized last week's announcements on the new bank bailout and Afghanistan. Yet, a crack up of the Democratic coalition or fracturing of the progressive movement it is not.

How Geithner Can Bow Out Gracefully

Larry Arnstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Arnstein

Finding a ring of high class hookers in Washington is like going outside and throwing a rock, in pretty much any direction.

America Does Not Trust Geithner, Summers to Regulate Wall Street

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

American taxpayers now own 80% of AIG. They'll be paying back the government, and paying off the bonuses, with our money. There is no reason to be tiptoeing around these people.

Sam Stein

Krugman, Reich, Take Obama Up On Stimulus Advice

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, Barack Obama let it be known that when it came to formulating a stimulus bill, all ideas were welcome -- whether they came from the bowels ...

Phasing Out of Transition and Into the Book Business

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Leaving transition work, I find myself a lot more hopeful about generally progressive policy coming out of the Obama administration than some of my friends in the progressive blogosphere.

Bush Punts Auto Industry to Team Obama; UAW Concedes Even More

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

This "agreement" is just another part of the recent "Bush/Cheney Revisionist History Farewell Tour." It was created to fail, just as long as that failure didn't happen while Bush was still president.

US Recession May Be Worst Since World War II

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bloomberg News reports that the massive job losses in the U.S. last month signal the nation may be headed towards its worst recession since World War ...

Obama: Elixir or Delegator?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

It takes wisdom to seek counsel and courage to take a stand. We know Mr. Obama has courage, that he'll act when he thinks the time has come. We can only hope that he sees the time is here.

The Lure of Keynesianism

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The way out of our crisis is to limit further the influence of government over the economy, so that even if someone could afford to buy political influence, there would be very little to sell.