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Robert Reich

Why We Must Try

Robert Reich | February 8, 2016 | Politics
Progressive change has never happened without bold ideas championed by bold idealists.
Jeffrey Sachs

How the US Congress Hands US Corporate Taxes To Europe

Jeffrey Sachs | February 8, 2016 | Business
Here is the absurdity of the present-day U.S. corporate tax system: The Congress and IRS have allowed the U.S. companies to relocate their intellectual property abroad through arcane and non-transparent accounting maneuvers
Les Leopold

Hillary Not Truthful About Wall Street Speaking Fees

Les Leopold | February 8, 2016 | Politics
Anderson Cooper: "But did you have to be paid $675,000 [for three speeches to Goldman Sachs]?" Hillary Clinton: "Well, I don't know. That's what they offered." Hillary is veering from the truth when she suggests her $225,000 per speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was...
Robert Kuttner

Generation Sanders

Robert Kuttner | February 7, 2016 | Politics
My pragmatist friends make a number of arguments in their effort to dismiss the Sanders phenomenon.First, Sanders is too left-wing to get nominated, much less elected. In principle he is, but this isn't a normal year. There is mass economic frustration in the land; it is finally, belatedly, the main issue in a presidential campaign; and, it is up for grabs politically and ideologically. We can blame foreigners and government, or we can blame a badly tilted economic system. If a Republican populist is nominated, a Democratic populist might well do better than a Democratic moderate in energizing the electorate and winning over working class voters who might otherwise support a figure like Donald Trump. The polls show Sanders doing better than Clinton against the main Republican contenders. My pragmatist friends dismiss these on the grounds that the voters haven't really focused on Sanders' views yet, and the Republicans haven't yet opened up the heavy artillery.
Mark Green

Debates Matter: Hillary Rising and Marco Fading?

Mark Green | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now a sense that Clinton's rising in NH, while Rubio's robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic.
Margie Alt

Ten Priorities for a Green Budget

Margie Alt | February 7, 2016 | Green
With most of his signature environmental initiatives accomplished, and Congress unlikely to adopt any pro-active environmental laws he proposes, writing the first iteration of the must-pass federal budget is one of the last opportunities President Obama has to shape policy for our air, water, our lands and our climate. Here are ten priorities for a healthier, greener future we're looking for in the president's budget.
Brian Hanley

Larry David Plays Bernie Sanders in Bern Your Enthusiasm

Brian Hanley | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Last night, Larry David hosted "Saturday Night Live" and this was the result. The author of this post is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund an entire series of animated rap videos about Bernie Sanders and the 2016 election.
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

GOP Establishment Field Scrambled: What Happens Next?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Kasich, Christie, Bush? One or maybe more of these three should show well enough to keep the fight going through Super Tuesday and maybe beyond. My unsolicited advice to the Establishment -- look to one of these three, not Rubio, as your standard-bearer.
Donald Kerwin

Human Development and the Integration of Vulnerable Migrants

Donald Kerwin | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Immigrants must respect the core values and laws of their new communities. However, it does not follow that they should be required to abandon their cultures. Unity, not uniformity, should be the goal, and the foundation for unity should be a commitment to shared values like justice, the rule-of-law, civil rights, religious freedom, equality and the common good.
Clarence B. Jones

The Return of 20th Century 'Political Paternalism'

Clarence B. Jones | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Throughout the Clinton campaign, there is an additional under-lying theme: "Look how much WE have done for you in the past. Now, YOU owe us." They, of course, will deny this
Leo W. Gerard

TPP Would Further Emasculate America

Leo W. Gerard | February 8, 2016 | Politics
A century ago, Carl Sandburg dubbed Chicago the City of Big Shoulders: “hog butcher for the world, tool maker, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler; stormy, husky brawling.” All of this was true of America itself as well: Nation of big shoulders. The United...
Tom Mockaitis

U.S. Military Is Not Being Weakened

Tom Mockaitis | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Each of the candidates in Saturday's presidential debate boldly asserted that if elected, he would rebuild the U.S. military and restore its flagging morale. These assertions, however, rest on the mistaken assumption that the armed forces have actually been weakened.
Brian Hanley

Young Women Prefer Sanders to Clinton and It Has Nothing to Do With Impressing the Boys

Brian Hanley | February 7, 2016 | Politics
The Democratic generational divide grew even more palpable last week when feminist Gloria Steinem accused young women of only voting for Bernie Sanders because they crave attention from young men, who also tend to lean towards Senator Sanders.
Joe Peyronnin

Chris Christie's TKO

Joe Peyronnin | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Florida Senator Marco Rubio looked like he was on the defensive for much of the night trying to protect the momentum he got with his third place finish in Iowa. Christie easily scored a TKO over the rattled Rubio and was the big winner among the debaters.
Jerry Lanson

Why Donald Trump Is Dangerous

Jerry Lanson | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Some of my liberal friends are secretly rooting for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination. If he wins, they argue, Republicans will be crushed in the general election. Trump, they insist, has a ceiling on his support. They say Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims and more will turn out to...
William Astore

The Republicans Are Scaring Me Again

William Astore | February 7, 2016 | Politics
It's simple, really: If you want more bombing, more killing, more war, more torture, more police, more walls and lower taxes on corporations (yes -- that came up too), vote Republican in November.
Alan Schroeder

Rubio's Stepford Malfunction: The GOP New Hampshire Debate

Alan Schroeder | February 7, 2016 | Politics
This debate was not so much about winners and also-rans as it was about the one clear loser: Marco Rubio. If Rubio had not shown so much promise earlier in the campaign, the loss would seem less momentous.
Joseph V. Micallef

The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | February 8, 2016 | Politics
In recent years, the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effort to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, however, may prove to be just as dangerous and just as destabilizing as that of Tehran's. That country is well on its way, within another decade,...
Arianna Huffington

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | February 7, 2016 | Politics
This week the nation's attention swung from Iowa to New Hampshire. But even though votes have now actually been cast, the media's attention stayed focused on the polls. Even though the overblown oracles missed the mark in Iowa, the pundit class breathlessly pivoted, without even an iota of self-reflection, to touting the newest polls in New Hampshire. We've allowed polls to establish the baseline of our political debate, making everything about expectations. And this despite the fact that the polls' ability to forecast elections is clearly waning, as more and more people refuse to respond. How about in addition to publishing sample size, the dates the poll was taken, etc., they also publish response rates? There are plenty of problems in our political process, but one is the gap between the importance we assign to polls and how little scrutiny we give them. We could fix it, but first, breaking news about a new South Carolina poll!
William Bradley

The Sanders Saga: From Protest to Power?

William Bradley | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Is Senator Bernie Sanders on the verge of morphing from protest leader into potential President of the United States? And would that be good or bad for what has been a strikingly successful cause-oriented campaign?
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