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The Wall Street Empire Strikes Back

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission just released its report, and it's already under attack by the Four Horsemen of the Economic Apocalypse: the Ideologue, the Lobbyist, the Think-Tanker, and the Politician.

Reality Checks: 10 Economic Benchmarks for the State of the Union and GOP Response

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There will be a lot of talk about the economy tonight. If you find that your mind's getting lost in vagaries and theories, here are 10 benchmarks that provide context for tonight's speeches.

The State of the Union Is: Appalling

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Americans are broke and job prospects are the lowest they have been in 80 years. That's it. Nothing else matters, and public opinion polls bear this out.

The F Word: Obama's Deregulation Dance With Wall Street

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

With a new Republican Congress, it was only a matter of time before some politician vowed to get rid of regulations. We just didn't think it would be Barack Obama.

The Anti-Regulators Are the "Job Killers"

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William K. Black

The anti-regulators subverted the rule of law and allowed elite frauds to loot with impunity. Why isn't the new House leadership investigating that disgrace as one of their top priorities?

For the Right: A Regular Deregulation Celebration

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

When it comes to regulating, the Right is downright irregular. Now that Republicans control the House, they're hell-bent on further deregulating cor...

GOP Climate Change Deniers Running For House Energy Committee

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Energy Committee is seeing an intense leadership fight, as four different Republicans are vying to take over the influential post from Democ...

ReThink Interview: Charles Ferguson, Director of Inside Job

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

People interviewed in Inside Job claim that finance professionals deserve their money. But can someone rationally argue that someone earning $30 million/year works 1,000 times harder than someone earning $30,000/year?

Macrowikinomics: The Citizen Regulator: Increased Citizen Participation Adds Muscle to Traditional Regulatory Systems

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Tapscott

Transparency is not a substitute for better regulation by national governments and international institutions, but more disclosure and increased civic participation would definitely add significant muscle to traditional regulatory systems.

Corporate Junk Economics Return to Capitol Hill

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Rather than providing a platform for presentation of a corporate wish list, Darrell Issa should be subjecting corporate claims to the withering scrutiny he promises for the Obama administration. These claims collapse under examination.

Dictionary, Please: Wall Street's Wallison Doubles Down on Doublespeak

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission tried to undermine that group's work by attempting to ban phrases like "Wall Street" from its final report. Now they are trying to explain away their behavior.

Zach Carter

Democrats Push New Foreclosure Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Several key House Democrats are circulating a letter urging support for new regulations that would crack down on what critics say are rampant foreclos...

The Soviet GOP: There's Something Red About This Whitewash

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warmowski

Some younger readers might need a refresher course in the workings of a thing called the Soviet Union. Republican apologists for Wall Street are doing their best to provide one.

The Contrarian: Why Labels Are Good for Us

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

"No Labels" is ultimately destructive because it squelches debate and it suppresses the truth in the name of compromise, congeniality, and cooperation. It is a one-way political weapon.

Shahien Nasiripour

Financial Crisis Panel In Turmoil As Republicans Defect; Plan To Blame Government For Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The four Republicans appointed to the commission investigating the root causes of the financial crisis plan to bypass the bipartisan panel and release...

False Choices: Senator Warner's Plan to Adopt a Regulation, Drop a Regulation

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

The presumption that we've got lots of useless regulation in place plays off of years of conservative rhetoric about how regulatory red tape is choking American business. But this idea is divorced from reality.

A Short and Clear Guide to What a Midterm Vote Really Means

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.

How Bad Could It Be? A Non-Voter's Guide to the Future

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

With the elections coming up in less than a week, prophesies of doom and gloom for democrats are filling the news sites. News sites love bad news, and...

Charles Koch & David Koch, Billionaire Brothers, Bankroll Tea Party

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much les...

Shadow Elite: Truthiness in the Twitter Era

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The insidious and deceptive self-branding that used to be confined to the corporate world is now also used by political message-makers, aiming to create a look and feel that consumers identify with intuitively.

Will Inside Job Start a Popular Rebellion?

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Inside Job cuts through the fog of disinformation and punditry to expose the truth about a catastrophic event, clarifying for the everyman the financial meltdown of 2008 that wrecked the lives of millions.

Crony Capitalism: Wall Street's Favorite Politicians

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

All 21 senators who voted with Wall Street on the bailout and financial reform are Republicans, and Republicans raked in over 90 percent of the total campaign contributions.

A Landmark Week for Health Reform -- But Let's Remember Health Care's Larger Purpose

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Medicine has always been grounded in humanitarian ideals, as reflected in codes of ethics. The humanitarian roots of American medicine are evident in our many hospitals named for saints.

GOP's "Pledge" to Rob the Middle Class: No Jobs, No Health Care, No Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's the bottom line: the GOP "Pledge for America" will raid your money to make their rich patrons even richer. The middle class will continue to wither away, and those who manage to hold on will be worse off than ever.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Nominee Doesn't Believe Deregulation Led To Financial Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9 to 0 on Tuesday morning in favor of Lew's nomination and referred him ...