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AOL Energy Week in Review

Shifra Mincer | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business
Shifra Mincer

As digital communication technology improves, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. And as quarterly financial reports continued to roll in this week, energy markets showed a high degree of correlation and interconnection around the world.

HP Embodies All That's Wrong With Corporate America

Jeff Reeves | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Jeff Reeves

There's nothing new about good corporations getting a little too fat and unfocused. Heck, even Wall Street darling Apple (AAPL) had its moment of corporate disarray. The iconic tech company was on the verge of irrelevancy in 1997 before it called Steve Jobs back.

Why Did Capitalism Fail?

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Bob Burnett

The global economy is splintering. U.S. voters hate all politicians and there's political unrest throughout the world. The root cause of this turmoil is the failure of the dominant economic paradigm -- global corporate capitalism.

Open Letter to American Girl

John Riofrio | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
John Riofrio

We received our first issue of American Girl magazine earlier this summer and, to be frank, I'm concerned.

S&P Says Microsoft More Creditworthy Than U.S. Government

David Morris | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business
David Morris

U.S. corporations have come to believe their fates are no longer inextricably tied up with the fate of their country's economy. They're sorely mistaken, and we're all suffering from the consequences of their delusion.

Corporations and People

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

A corporation is born when a state gives it a charter. It dies when the charter is revoked by the state. A corporation is a creature of the state for its entire existence.

Does the Constitution Treat Corporations as "Persons"?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Political pundits immediately pounced on candidate Mitt Romney for his declaration that "corporations are people". But one of the most peculiar incidents in U.S. Supreme Court history indicates that Romney may well have been right.

Friday Talking Points -- Corporations Are People, Mitt?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Iowa straw poll is meaningless. The Republican debate last night in Iowa wasn't as meaningless, but will also soon be forgotten.

Exxon Stays Ahead Of Apple As Top U.S. Company

AP | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Exxon ended the week holding the title of the most valuable company in America after earlier being passed by Apple. Exxon Mobil Corp. sha...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Corporate Donations: Not All Contributions Are Equal | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Corporations are people, my friend," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney responded to hecklers at the Iowa State Fair on Thur...

Trying to Keep a Straight Face in the Midst of Madness: The Debt Ceiling Kabal & Balance

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

Dear President Obama and the rest of the shrewd cast of characters: if you want to balance the budget, stop the wars, close military bases, stop corporate subsidies, vastly reduce the military budget from .50 of every dollar to a fraction of that and declare a moratorium on foreclosures.

Economy Got You Down? Some Opportunities to Resist!

Nathan Schneider | Posted 10.09.2011 | Impact
Nathan Schneider

The next few months are looking to be a busy season for organizing, protest, and nonviolent civil resistance in the United States, against the very corporate powers that have rigged this disastrous game.

Social Security's Biggest Threat: The Debt Deal Super Committee

Russ Feingold | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Russ Feingold

Unless congressional leaders appoint progressives willing to stand up to moneyed interests, the new congressional super committee will be nothing less than a chopping block for Social Security.

AT&T -- Not My Credo

Wendy Block | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

When I hear that AT&T and Verizon are key players with other multinationals and Republican legislators in a so-far obscure group that advances corporate interests and undermines ours, my thoughts turn...shall we say, vehement.

Investing In Local Businesses Can Do You Well, Them Good

Daily Finance | Loren Berlin | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business

When it comes to my money, I often feel like I have to choose between "doing good" -- that is, using it to improve the world by, say, donating to char...

Death for Profit

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Axel W. Caballero

Bryan Holcomb, an ex-CCA quality assurance manager, spoke exclusively to Cuéntame's Immigrant For Sale producers to expose the negligent operations at Stewart Detention Center.

The Real Crime: Concentration of Power

Ralph Gomory | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Ralph Gomory

The problem today is not the tyranny of government, but rather the concentration of money, and hence power, in Wall Street and in the largest corporations. And it is clear that enough money can buy political power.

Wanted: Multimillionaire With Conscience To Launch Third Party

John R. Talbott | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
John R. Talbott

It is time to launch a new political party, one with a very simply stated but enormous task, to get the special interest money and lobbying out of our government.

The Good Fight

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


Paul Blumenthal

Congressional Democrats Press Support For Corporate Disclosure Post-Citizens United | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats are stepping up support for transparency in corporate political spending ahead of the 2012 elections. On Wedn...

Agility in Agriculture: Why Farms Will Succeed and Food Corporations May Not

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

A farmer and a corporate procurement manager probably agree that it will be harder and harder to force a static basket of consistent, timely products out of the land for years to come. But the two have wildly different capacity to deal with this reality.

How 'Maximizing Value' for Shareholders Robs Workers and Taxpayers

William Lazonick | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business
William Lazonick

Want to solve the mystery of the American economy's current employment and competitiveness problems? Take a close look at the current corporate obsession with "maximizing shareholder value."

You Can't Dictate Culture -- But You Can Influence It

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 09.05.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Most senior managers struggle with culture because it's so difficult to define. Even less tangible than a "soft" concept, culture is more like a cloud: You know it's there, but it's nearly impossible to grasp.

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away: The Supreme Court Closes Up Shop

David Coleman | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Closing down for the summer is not the Roberts Court's only disappearing act. During this past term, a disturbing trend emerged of withdrawing the courts from their historic and institutional role in providing justice for ordinary Americans.

What the Heck Is Corporate Culture?

James M. Lynch | Posted 08.31.2011 | Business
James M. Lynch

Don't think you have a culture? You do -- every business does. It's just a question of whether or not it works for you and if it's a conscious choice you're making.