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A Trump Presidency Exposes The Real Face Of Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the wake of the election, it wasn't shock based on pollsters' errors that got to me. Somewhere deep inside, I simply didn't believe that, of all countries on this planet, the United States could elect a narcissistic, celeb billionaire.

Senator Tight With Special Interests Traveled The World On Their Dime

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — There used to be something very special in the air for North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R), and it had a lot to do with the interests ...

Want To Know Who’s Raising Money For Trump? Well, You Can’t.

The Huffington Post | S.V. Dáte | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump held a high-dollar fundraiser in Chicago last week. Then another two in Michigan. And then another one in New Jersey on Sa...

Where the (GOP) parties at?

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Ashley Balcerzak, Emma Baccellieri and Viveca Novak Republican National Convention attendees probably won't be limiting their stay in Cleveland ...

Donald Trump's Breathtaking Flip-Flop On 'Self Funding'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Monday met privately with New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a top GOP fundraiser who previously supported former presid...

Are We Creating Joyless Young Adults?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Last week we met with a student who is applying to middle school. We wanted to get to know this sincere and funny 12-year-old boy. We asked him, "What do you like to do in your free time?" He looked to the ceiling and seemed at a loss on how to respond...

Why the DNC's Plan to Shoehorn Hillary into the Nomination Will Backfire

Brian Tyler Cohen | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Brian Tyler Cohen

What makes the DNC's decision even more offensive and obtuse is the fact that a central and widely accepted platform of this entire election season is campaign finance reform, rejecting the use of corrupt money in politics, and overturning Citizens United.

Tax-Dodging Microsoft Should Not Be Honored at SOTU

Frank Clemente | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Frank Clemente

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be sitting in the House gallery as an honored guest at the State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight. By all rights, he be should sitting before a Congressional committee instead, answering for his company's blatant tax avoidance.

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

Stunning Health Benefits of Cotton Candy Proposed

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The controversy and clamor attached to the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee would seem to suggest that something that radical had been proposed. But that's not quite the case.

10 Foolproof Hacks for Uncovering Your Unique Skills to Start a Business You'll Love

Sarah Peterson | Posted 08.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Peterson

This post was originally published on Unsettle.org Can I tell you a secret? For a long time, I believed there was nothing I was specifically goo...

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

An Executive Order the Left and Right Can Agree On

Charlotte Hill | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Turn on the TV, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a news story about Americans uniting across ideologies. One idea, however, has risen above the fray to achieve practically unheard-of heights of public support. An incredible 97 percent of Americans agree: the time has come to end government corruption in America.

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

Real-Life Frank Underwoods

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We'll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series which features him.

Fake Kentucky Senate Candidate Is Brutally And Hilariously Honest

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

Represent.Us, an organization that seeks to "end the culture of legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics," has put up fake candida...

Hillary's Candid Motto for Democratic Party: 'Represent Banks'

Jeff Cohen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

Her remark is an apt credo for a party leadership that has spent the last quarter-century serving corporate power as persistently as it spews out empty rhetoric about "the needs of working families."

J Street Will Win, Without Congress

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations' decision to ban J Street demonstrates, if there was any doubt, that the Israel lobby is nearly identical to the gun lobby.

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.

Liberals Should Fight Like Hell for Single Payer Health Care

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Ladies and gentlemen, one cannot provide true reform, change we can believe in, or dramatically improved health care with bills that are insurance industry productions, passed with political payoffs, compromising our highest ideals.

'Everyone Else Running for Mayor Is Owned'

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

I have always been attracted to rich, improbable candidates because they are often the tellers of inconvenient truths. The reason is simple. They have nothing to lose. They have no interest groups to offend.

Which Side Is the Government On?

Mike Lux | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Senators Warren and Brown are making a huge difference, showing us that if we get a real live two-fisted fighter for working families in the ring on our behalf, it matters. That is why I decided to get involved in helping Rick Weiland run in South Dakota.

Why Big Money Still Won in 2012

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

“We got way too excited over money in the 2012 elections,” Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein argued at a conference on money in politics at Yal...

The Age of Neo-feudalism: A Government of the Rich, by the Rich and for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Members of Congress, entrusted to represent the best interests of the average American, instead play out a stilted, ineffective soap opera on our TV screens, complete with phony discussions of fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings which take the place of real proposals for meaningful change in the country.

Why I Created the Democracy Fund

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Pierre Omidyar

As a first generation American who came to this country when I was still young, I continue to be inspired by the founding vision of the American republic and believe that through innovation, dialogue, and bipartisan reform we can take steps that will help us realize that vision.