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Should Companies Obey the Law If Breaking It Is More Profitable?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Indeed, if (in the sagacious words of Spiderman: The Movie) "with great power comes great responsibility," then the unprecedented power of today's large corporations places on them corresponding responsibilities to people affected by their actions.

Robert Reich: 'Trickle Down Economics Is Bunk, It Always Was'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich can think of three reasons to raise taxes on the rich. He needs less than that number of minutes to explain them. ...

Zombies and Mayans and Socialists, Oh My!

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.04.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

Invest in duct tape, night vision goggles and stores of non-perishable foodstuffs. Instruct your children in the science of zombie slaying (it takes a head shot). Distrust your neighbors. Hoard firearms. Get with the times or the times will get you.

Below the Fold: Suicide, Satire, Plagiarism, and a 12-year-old girl

Richard Zombeck | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Richard Zombeck

A wrap-up of stories and posts you might have missed or overlooked -- the ones below the fold.

The Republicans' Masterful and Insidious Prey on America's Founding Fears and Stories: Part III

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

We won't solve all of our thorny problems through a better understanding of unconscious forces alone. But we also will not solve them through all of the appeals to so-called rational policies and thinking alone! Unfortunately, conservatives understand this far better than liberals.

The Republicans' Masterful and Insidious Prey on America's Founding Fears and Stories: Part II

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

Until liberals are able to help forge new stories that define the America of the future, they will always be at a severe disadvantage in winning the hearts and souls of Americans.

Want to Lower Gas Prices to $3.00, Now? Tax the Oil Speculators, Now

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

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.

We're Coming for You, Rosie: Chelsea and Rosie's Tiny Thoughts

Danny Woodburn | Posted 04.17.2012 | Weird News
Danny Woodburn

No Rosie, don't discuss this with other Little People (we're scary) or even a therapist, you've got Chelsea ("Did-you-do-one -- NO!") Handler in the house. Chelsea is at the forefront of small thinking. Well, we are a very funny group of people.

Clinton: 'Liberal' PBS Smear

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This nearly four-hour documentary by Barak Goodman, a long-time "American Experience" producer and director, is a smear job, though more the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach than a straight-ahead takedown.

How Campaign Finance Reformers Are Fighting Citizens United

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

Two years after a controversial Supreme Court ruling lifted many restrictions on political spending, America's campaign finance laws have officially become a joke.

America's Mobility Problem

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The truth is, we've become a nation of narcissists. For many Americans -- particularly Republicans -- the core value is not "E pluribus unum" but rather, "What's in it for me?"

What I Want From Candidate Obama: Action, Not Promises

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

Why rely on the commitments of someone who received our wholehearted support in the election of 2008 and then tabled them upon moving into White House? Our support for 2012 should not require blind faith.

An Offer to the President

Robert Reich | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

We heard what you said last week about the dangers of the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top. We agree. And many of us are prepared to work our hearts out to get you reelected -- as long as you commit to doing what needs to be done in your second term.

Washington Disconnect Perpetuates Wealth Shift Upward

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Instead of presenting a grand vision for job creation and economic stimulus, President Obama has consistently capitulated to Republicans' faux deficit narrative.

Stop the Austerity Train Wreck!

Robert Reich | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

2011-11-18-supercommitte.jpgThe biggest question right now on Planet Washington is whether the congressional supercommittee will reach an agreement. That's the wrong question.

PHOTOS: 10,000 Crowd Sproul Plaza At Occupy Cal

AP/The Huffington Post | Garance Burke and Terry Collins | Posted 11.16.2011 | San Francisco

By Garance Burke and Terry Collins, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Anti-Wall Street activists began rebuilding their tent encampment on ...

The Corporate Pledge of Allegiance

Robert Reich | Posted 01.08.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

If the Supreme Court and the GOP insist big corporations are people and want to treat them as American citizens, then why not demand big corporations take a pledge of allegiance to the United States? Here is what it might look like.

Washington Pre-Occupied

Robert Reich | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Until we reverse the trend toward inequality, the economy can't be revived. But the biggest question in our nation's capital right now has nothing to do with any of this.

The Occupiers' Responsive Chord

Robert Reich | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The old view was anyone could make it in America with enough guts and gumption. As Herman Cain still says "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." But Cain's line isn't hitting a responsive chord.

Who Is Elizabeth Warren?

Harlan Green | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Let us listen to Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts Senator in her campaign to reoccupy Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. The principles she espouses to restore the middle class will actually restore economic growth as well, if carried out.

The Krugman/Stiglitz Army Is on the March (and It's Too Late for Michael Bloomberg to Stop It)

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Whether or not the the #Occupy Wall Street protesters explicitly adopt policy proposals or only generate political energy for the spirit of them, the Krugman/Stiglitz Army is at last on the march.

Zach Carter

WATCH: Occupy Wall Street Protests Ignite Progressive Political Fire In Washington | Zach Carter | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations inspiring scores of similar protests nationwide, a progressive conference in the nation's cap...

Six Reasons Why Both Political Parties Are "Econitwits"

Jane White | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Jane White

How are we going to get unemployed Americans back to work? The GOP wants to lower taxes and decrease regulation because it thinks we're stifling innovation. The Dems want to spend tax dollars on infrastructure and other public works projects.

Widening Income Inequality Bad For Economic Growth: IMF Report

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

The widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else in the United States may be hindering a broader economic recovery, according to a new study. ...

Robert Reich: Obama Must Be More Aggressive With Republicans

AP | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says President Barack Obama needs to be more aggressive in confronting Republicans and shou...