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Indie Music Memo To FCC: We Need A Level Playing Field Too

Rich Bengloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rich Bengloff

Just like the free exchange of ideas, freedom in the arts requires equal access for players of all sizes. When it's up to fans, demand for independent music increases dramatically.

Why Does Britain Keep Adopting The Wrong Ideas From The US? Asks UK Commentator

The Independent | Mary Dejevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

What is it about American ideas that Britain, and New Labour Britain in particular, finds so seductive? Oh, I know how fertile their think-tank cultur...

"What to Do About Hamas?" Three Options, None of Them Very Good

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shadi Hamid

Thomas Friedman writes that "America's goal has to be a settlement in Gaza that eliminates the threat of Hamas rockets and opens Gaza economically to ...

The 'Market' Isn't So Wise After All

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Frank

By and large the free-market medicine men seem determined to learn nothing from this awful year. Instead they repeat their incantations and retreat deeper into their dogma.

The New York Times Wrong-Headedly Propagandizes for an Obama Gasoline Tax

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

A better solution would be a "free market" variation of the gas rationing program that served the nation so well in World War II, bringing a shared sense of mission and dignity to the home front.

Increasing Agreement on Carbon Taxes -- Goodbye 2008 Conventional Wisdom

Dan Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Rosenblum

This convergence of opinion from Left and Right signals an extraordinary opportunity to obtain bipartisan support for a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

My Virtual Gift List for This Holiday Season

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Now that you can give crap to people without actually having to give them anything in reality, here is my virtual gift list for this holiday season.

Mad about Madoff: the Lessons to Learn

Dave Belden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Belden

If cleaned up, Ponzi-free, derivative-free capitalism comes out of Madoff scandal, then good may yet come of his madness, and of our system.

Why Are Congressional Democrats Giving in to Bush on the Auto Bailout?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

You would think that winning the White House and overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress would instill some backbone into Democrats on Capitol Hill. You would, of course, be wrong.

The Inspired Auto Bailout Of Tom Friedman's Dreams

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Tom Friedman's column today bemoans the lack of foresight and innovative thinking in Detroit. While the topic isn't particularly new -- can you think ...

Can Carbon-Taxers and Cap-and-Traders Unite to Price Carbon?

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

We find the practitioners of this dismal science in the midst of a wonky civil war. They are divided into two camps: those who favor a carbon tax and those who prefer cap and trade.

The Faulty Presidential Control Obsession

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

If Obama were a different type of leader-in-the-making, he would choose nonthreatening novices to ensure his being in charge. But isn't that "decider" routine part of what we were trying to end?

U.S. Troops To Stay in Iraq Until 2012?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What exactly does the Iraqi parliament's troop withdrawal agreement change in the fundamental relationship between Iraq and the United States? The answer is: nothing.

Kissinger Unplugged

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Thomas Friedman's depiction of someone who "could candidly talk back" to President Nixon is not the Kissinger we know from his taped conversations with his president.

GM Goes Grassroots. A Son is Torn.

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Brewer

I'm the Internet Director (a brand new type of occupation) for the Energy Action Coalition (a brand new type of organization) and today you're the Planning Administrator of a GM Manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, TN.

Tom Friedman: We Need "Overwhelming Force" To Green The Economy

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

New York Times columnist and Hot, Flat and Crowded author Tom Friedman spoke at the CORE: club last Friday night on the energy crisis facing the Unite...


Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

As a man whose very humanity is a complex blend of national and racial identity, Obama has the look of a person who transcends the old categories we must now discard.

Arianna on BBC Newsnight to Discuss Barack Obama's Win

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday, where she discussed the results of the presidential election with Christopher Hitchens and Thomas Friedman.

Pay It Backward--The Greatest Wealth Transfer in History

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Larry Gellman

For the last 20 years, I've been hearing that we're in the midst of the Greatest Wealth Transfer in History. The slogan has remained the same but both the beneficiaries of the wealth have changed.

What to Read While Waiting for Election Day: Thomas Friedman's Flat, Hot, and Crowded

Elaine Petrocelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elaine Petrocelli

As Friedman told our audience of liberal Marin County recyclers, the Green Revolution has been no revolution at all. It's been more of a party -- no one is sacrificing.

The Other Reason "Green Collar Economy" Became a Best Seller

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

What will our future economy look like? What would be my role in it? Politicians on the world stage, professors, plumbers, and just about everyone else, it seems, want to know.

David Letterman's Global Warming Rant: "We Are Dead Meat" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"We are dead meat," said David Letterman last night in the midst of a lengthy rant on global warming. He blamed a lack of leadership over the last sev...

America Must Focus On Strengthening Its Capacity For Innovation

New York Times | Thomas Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On Wednesday, The New York Times on the Web flashed a headline that caught my eye: "U.S. to Unveil $1 Billion Aid Package to Repair Georgia." Wow, I t...

What the Heck Is Biodiversity? And Why Should We Care?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We should care about biodiversity because it is increasingly threatened as we keep encroaching on natural habitats and polluting our air, water and soil.

W. is not Batman

Bart Motes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bart Motes

The extreme right has a fetish for justifying their contempt of American institutions via tenuous comparisons to fiction. Most recently, in the Wall S...