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It's the 'Public' Not the 'Option' in 'Public Option' That Counts

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

The "public option" provision to be traded off was perhaps the only place in the bill where the rights and interests of the 'public' are publicly recognized.

Will Republicans Ever Have a Viable Alternative to the Public Option?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The House health care overhaul bill passed not because Democrats prepared a good proposal but because Republicans showed an amazing inability to present a viable alternative.

"Black Tuesday" and "Happy Days Are Here Again" at 80

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert S. McElvaine

In what must rank as one of the most ironic coincidences in history, "Happy Days Are Here Again" was recorded on the day that was to be called "Black Tuesday" and become synonymous with the with the onset of the Great Depression.

Michael Moore Asks: What Would Jesus Do?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Roman Catholic Priests are the surprising voices of clarity and conviction in Michael Moore's new film Capitalism: A Love Story. They aren't ambivalent -- they characterize capitalism as evil.

Wall Street's 10 Biggest Lies of 2009

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

Not only are we richly rewarding those who wrecked our economy, but also, we have to put up with hundreds of fabrications about how the big banks got us here. Here is my biggest, fattest lies list for 2009.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Osborne

Nontroversy feeds on empty, twisted brains. In this case, a general unfamiliarity with the language of scientific banter allows the "climategate" nontroversy to overwhelm the consensus on global warming.

Lessons For US Economic Policy From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Newsweek | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The abrupt and miserable end of the socialist experiment--it all happened so fast, with East Germany getting absorbed into West Germany on Oct. 3, 199...

Republican Leaders Join In Honoring New Rotunda Statue Of Radical Socialist Woman

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A woman whose name we all know was a proud Red, a committed Socialist, and an unapologetic Wobbly. And now she's not only buried in the National Cathedral, she's got her own statue in the Capitol.

Limbaugh Lauds (Socialist) Medical Care in Hawaii

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

According to Rush Limbaugh, the health care reform that may be passed by Congress is socialism. Yet, it bears a striking resemblance to the same system that just treated him in Hawaii.

Tiger Should Take More Than "Indefinite" Leave, He Should Take Swedish Parental Leave

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nathan Hegedus

Tiger would do well here in Sweden. For Swedes' sense of privacy and reserve far outstrips their distaste of all things porn and sleaze.

WSJ: AIG CEO Ready To Quit Over Pay Constraints

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — After just three months as head of battered insurer American International Group, Robert Benmosche has threatened to leave his post as he...

What Olympia Snowe's Support Could Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By supporting a moderate bill in committee, Snowe has made the GOP, or at least part of it, relevant again; succeeding where Michael Steele, John Boehner, Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh and others have failed.

Bill O'Reilly: A Socialist in Denial

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

In an emotional outburst, Bill O'Reilly condemned Dick Wolf and NBC for a recent Law and Order episode. What is essential is that in his core views on immigration, O'Reilly is a hard-core socialist.

21st Century Socialism's Impact on Latin American Economic Performance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of the avalanche of oil wealth, the Latin America's petro states have generally failed to invest adequately in local infrastructure or keep pace with the rising levels of expectation among their populations.

Conservatives/Republicans Have "New Rules" for President Obama

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

New Rule: Don't engage in the outrageous, unethical practice of inviting your friends and donors to use the bowling alley at the White House. Instead give them no-bid contracts like we did for Halliburton.

Afraid of Socialist Healthcare in America? It's Already Here

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

Any health care system that does not provide unlimited care to everyone employs rationing.

A Government Takeover of the Government

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

As we had our holiday dinner together, my kids asked me why billions can be spent on an expanding war, bailing out the auto industry and the banks, but when it comes to health care, people are afraid of a "government takeover."

News Flash: Medicare Didn't End Freedom in America!

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

The most outlandish arguments against health care reform aren't new. When Medicare was fought, cries of socialism and the end of freedom were rampant.

It's Amazing What's Considered Radical These Days

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

The House passed health care reform on Saturday night. I can't believe it's been this hard. How far has the Right (and the Left) moved to the right? Bear with me as I take you into the past.

A Right to Health Care Is a Public Option

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The public option for health care is far from death's door. But it is our job to convince Democrats, that the sine qua non of health care is the public option.

Michael Moore & Me

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Capitalism helps create an entrepreneurial spirit. But on the other hand, especially since the Reagan era, what we have seen in this country is an unfettered type of cowboy capitalism.

My Brother Loves Glenn Beck, But I Still Love My Brother

Suz Redfearn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suz Redfearn

My brother rolled into D.C. from Boston on a chartered bus, arriving in the dark outside a Marriott. I scanned the pack of fairly nondescript folks ...

Oh, Now You Care

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

Shame these outraged citizens weren't taking it to the streets during the Iraq War. We could have used their righteous indignation when Rumsfeld threw millions of Saddam's money at militants.

The Big Bailout of '08: Hindsight Is Blind

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Maybe Michael Moore's anti-capitalist screed is actually an interesting nexus where right and left converge in hatred of the system that rewards failure and lets the bad guys run the next iteration of the machine.

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Documents Radio/TV Diva Gertrude Berg Popular from Great Depression Through McCarthy Era

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg underscores a unique moment in our history when the Jewish experience crossed over into households composed of African Americans and Midwesterners, as they all listened to The Rise of the Goldbergs.