5:57 PM, 04/29/15
Congressman Investigated By Feds Now Gets Paid By Feds To Lobby Congress
For those who don't remember, the Flash Crash was when the stock market lost almost nine percent of its value from its opening level, with most of this decline occurring in a five-minute period. The market quickly recovered most of this loss. But the crash did reveal something extraordinary.
In the next 10 years, the middle class's share of the total economic pie will continue to shrink, while the share going to the very top will continue to grow. But the current trend is not preordained to last, and only the most rigid technological determinist would assume this to be our inevitable fate.
We've never faced this problem as a nation, and not just on one single level, either. Like all things Clinton, it's complicated.
CEOs and other business leaders have to stand up for all of their stakeholders -- employees, customers, partners, shareholders and local communities -- and recognize that they are part of a larger ecosystem. Issues ranging from climate change and global health to food production and education impact every business.
The next decade is decisive because trajectory counts for so much; if we bend it now, we may slide the car to a halt with just the front tires hanging off the cliff. But if we sail on for a few more years, it's pretty clear we're fast and furiously going airborne -- that's what happens when, say, Arctic permafrost starts to melt in earnest, releasing clouds of methane.
This is one smart cookie. He has always been able to find ways to keep the hard conservatives happy, and yet speak to the concerns of a much broader swath of voters. It's what made him a successful governor in Arkansas
I remain optimistic that one day we will see a world where leaders look beyond the next electoral cycle or the next shareholder meeting. Where we collectively realize that we do not live in a zero-sum world where someone's gain automatically comes at another's expense.
PEPFAR continues to be crucial in the fight against HIV/AIDS because it addresses the global need for access to life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention medications. It's my hope that Congress holds steady in its commitment to PEPFAR, and ending this disease once and for all. Our work is not done.
What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.
We should demand balance. Trade partners should agree to actually "trade" with us, not just sell to us. We should also balance the interests of working people, the environment and other stakeholders with the interests of businesses in our trade negotiations.
It's time to chart a diplomatic roadmap in another region with long-festering hostility: the Korean peninsula. On May 24, International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, I will be one of 30 women from 15 countries who will engage in a historic march from North to South Korea, crossing the Demilitarized Zone.
While the OCO shenanigans were the most egregious example of irresponsible budgeting in the HASC bill, they were far from the only one. As usual, members added funding for items that the Pentagon didn't even ask for, in order to pay for a wide array of pet projects.
Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department prepared for battle. In response to a local march, the BPD did what any self-respecting police department in post-9/11 America would do: it declared war on the protesters.
Although there were numerous investigations into the supposed causes of the Flash Crash, including by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, none have been very convincing. Those lingering doubts have now been disturbingly confirmed.
The more active America's foreign policy, the more the U.S. has to spend on the military: the "defense" budget is the price of Washington's foreign policy. American military personnel and contractors die. Enemies are created. A national security state develops.
There's no telling what sort of blood lust this whole Bernie Sanders situation could unleash in our household and I'm betting your family is struggling with the same sense of unease. I've put together some answers to use when fielding common questions from your kids.
Special elections often get a lot of media attention and political pundits certainly prognosticate about the meaning of the results. But don't be fooled by the political clamor, special elections are actually pretty typical contests.
This week, the Republican presidential field is going to double, from three candidates to six. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio have all previously officially announced their candidacies, and this week they will be joined by Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee.
During a recent campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make the "quiet epidemic" involving heroin and prescription opioids an important part of her presidential campaign. The world is listening right now. It's the perfect time for her to create a rallying cry against this "quiet" epidemic.