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Bill Clinton's Message Resonated in 1992. Hillary's Message Is Not.

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

For Bill Clinton, the political stars were aligned perfectly in his favor in 1992. The Democratic Party and the country were ready to gravitate to a centrist who would challenge traditional liberal orthodoxy. Contrariwise, Hillary is swimming against the political tide.

New CEO of Major Anti-Poverty Nonprofit Started Life on a Virginia Tobacco Farm

Local Initiatives Support Corp. | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Maurice Jones, who rose from a small-town tobacco farm to become a leader in government and business, has been chose to head the Local Initiatives Sup...

Hillary's Wall Street Speeches: The Bootleg Tapes

Les Leopold | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

The real story will be revealed only if she releases the transcripts from the three speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs for which she was paid $675,000. Her unwillingness to do so strongly suggests she has something to hide. What did she really say? Here's a reconstruction.

Accidental Presidencies

William O'Rourke | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
William O'Rourke

Donald Trump isn't the surprise frontrunner he's made out to be. He is the result of a long trend line, heading downwards, in American politics.

The Lessons of Repealing Glass Steagall

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 11.11.2016 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

Protecting the American people from another devastating financial crash and the economic wreckage it causes begins with reflecting honestly about the past and trying to learn the right lessons.

CDFIs Growing Our Economy

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

CDFIs do not always get the public attention they deserve, but without them, communities and people in need would have one less reason for hope.

Three Rich Treasury Secretaries Laugh It Up Over Income Inequality

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Three of the world's richest and most powerful people (and Timothy Geithner) had a good laugh over income inequality earlier this year. Former Treasu...

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly

Climate Change and ISIS -- Fighting Multiple Existential Threats

Andrew Winston | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

The reality is we don't have the luxury of dealing with everything in succession -- as a society, we have to tackle multiple threats simultaneously.

Elizabeth Warren Responds To Anthony Weiner's Revolving Door Defense

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

When former Congressman Anthony Weiner -- a Democrat from New York -- dismissed my concerns about the Wall Street-Washington revolving door, it was business as usual.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Stressed: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Money
Danny Schechter

New York, New York: Ok, I have to admit it, I feel as my faith in economic justice is being tested with these stress tests. Truth is, I am becoming m...

Zach Carter

Janet Yellen's Not So Progressive Past | Zach Carter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following President Barack Obama's failed effort to install his former economic adviser Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chairman, Janet...

Wall Street's Rap Sheet Tells a Harrowing Story

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In recent years, we have developed an unhealthy habit of blaming the borrower, but there are two parties in every financial contract -- and the lender is almost always the more experienced, more sophisticated, and more powerful of the two.

Obama, Summers and the Collapse of Trust

Jerome Karabel | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Obama's choice of Summers as chair of the Fed would deal a devastating blow to what little is left of the public's faith that the government will serve the common good and not the ultra-rich. For Summers is the perfect symbol of the insider's game that now dominates Washington.

False Arrest: Does the Revolving Door Make Wall Street Reform Impossible?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Where these people will go after government is hard to predict, but the odds are pretty high that they will return to their corporate, and highly profitable, roots.

Obama's Boys Club

The New Republic | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Of all the charges and counter-charges that have been aired so far in the reality show known as “America’s Next Fed Chairman,” none is more expl...

Larry's Conflicts

Harry R. Lewis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Harry R. Lewis

Summers should not be given another role in which his self-importance can threaten the welfare of the people he should be serving. He has proved too many times that he cannot stop playing to win the smartness game, no matter how great the risk of collateral damage.

The Rebirth of George Packer, The Unwinding of David Brooks

Jim Sleeper | Posted 09.02.2013 | Media
Jim Sleeper

David Brooks' own political ideology has failed him time after time, he has fled to social science in fruitless, often embarrassing forays, and, when those failed, into preachy invocations of Edmund Burke and Reinhold Niebuhr.

Donors Cancel Fundraiser For Pro-Gun Dem Senator

Ryan Grim | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

Wall Street donors canceled a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) after New York City Mike Bloomberg urged Democrats to withhold campaign cash ...

Mark Gongloff

The Real Reason You Should Be Worried About Jack Lew | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business

There are some misunderstandings out there about Jack Lew, Obama's pick to run the Treasury Department, which is what you get with a relative cipher l...

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

I suppose that he can't be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

There Is No Santa Claus and Bill Clinton Was Not an Economic Savior

Dean Baker | Posted 02.24.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The truth is often painful but nonetheless it is important that we live in the real world. Just as little kids have to come to grips with the fact that there is no Santa Claus, it is necessary for millions of liberals, including many who think of themselves as highly knowledgeable about economic matters, to realize that President Clinton's policies sent the economy seriously off course. In Washington it is common to tout the budget surpluses of the Clinton years as some momentous achievement, as though the point of economic policy is to run budget surpluses. Of course the point of economic policy is to produce an economy that improves the lives of the people in a sustainable way. Clinton badly flunked this test.

Christina Wilkie

Millionaires Demand Congress Raise Estate Taxes | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A coalition of three dozen ultra-wealthy progressives, including billionaire Warren Buffett, former President Jimmy Carter, philanthropis...