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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 politic...

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.

Credit Card Tricks and Traps: How We Were Charged a De Facto Rate of 119,100 % on our TJX MasterCard!

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 01.13.2013 | Money
Myriam Miedzian

Two years after the implementation of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, not much has changed.

Majority of K Street Lobbyists' Former Capitol Hill Staff

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.12.2013 | DC
David K. Rehr

Newly released data from the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University reveal, for the first time, that nearly 55...

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

Landmark Research Released on How Washington Lobbyists View Federal Lobbying Disclosure Laws

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
David K. Rehr

What is HLOGA's aim? How does it affect advocacy? These questions seem to resonate more by the day.

Pander Bears

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

We have plenty of debate on whose budget numbers are fishy (Romney's) and on whether to bring about deficit reduction by slashing social spending to pay for even more tax cuts (Romney) or whether to have a mix or budget cuts and tax increases on the wealthy (Obama.) Of the two positions, Obama's is both the more sensible and intellectually honest. But the Democrats are mistaken when they argue that the deficit needs to be cut any time soon. With the economy weak, we certainly don't need $2 trillion in spending cuts as Obama proposes; if anything, we need more stimulus spending.

Money in Politics: From Bad to Worse

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Nick Penniman

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Back in 2000, I worked with Arianna at the Shadow Conventions because she and I shared a passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. We thought the problem was bad then; it's rotten now. And neither party seems any more genuine about addressing it. The business of governing has been slowly replaced by the businesses that govern. And those businesses, for the most part, either seek to rig laws to their own advantage or to maintain the status quo. So what it comes down to is this: Unless we generate a massive, history-making surge in the fight for reform we are likely, in another 12 years, doomed to having an even more dire conversation about our fading republic -- about a country that is a shadow of its former self.

What's the Difference?

Daron Acemoglu | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Daron Acemoglu

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Though the policies advocated by Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed on the surface, their implications and their constituencies may be much more similar.

Who Pays for the Parties?

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.06.2012 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe growing influence of money in politics threatens to corrupt our representative form of government, where the people -- through their votes -- are supposed to make the decisions.

Are Republicans 'Crazy?' Not If You Follow the Money

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

2012-08-28-scblog2.png You can call all of this disgusting, or venal, or corrupt. But crazy? Not on your life. Critics should stop describing it that way and start calling it what it really is: the prostitution of democracy to the highest bidder.

Special Interests Tip the Scales of Justice in Favor of Corporations

Billy Corriher | Posted 10.30.2012 | Crime
Billy Corriher

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Judges are supposed to be independent, fair arbiters of justice. In the Citizens United era, however, judges will increasingly face a choice between the law and special interests that can spend unlimited sums on their re-elections.

Dictatorship of Dollars

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

President Obama and Democratic leaders, voters, workers and donors must understand with brutal clarity that: Republicans, right-wing billionaires who...