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Earth Activism: What We Don't Want

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Names Major CFPB Regulator

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, House Republicans cemented plans to slash the budget for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, setting up a major f...

Zach Carter

Republican Amendment Would Strip Funds For Obama 'Czars,' Plus Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are ramping up efforts to hamstring the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One key amendment to the GOP's 2011 ...

The Case Against Bubbles

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

It seems the wise thing to do is to resist enthusiasm for any new innovation. That's not to say that technological bubbles will not emerge. But why encourage a very dangerous process?

From Toilet to Planet: A Brief Journey of Survival

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

Wherever you may live, think of your part of the hemisphere as a bowl, but instead of looking inside as one student did in his toilet bowl, look outside, up toward the sky and think, what have we dumped there?

Why the Republican Attack on "Job-Killing Regulations" Is Dumb

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The reason we have continued sky-high unemployment has nothing to do with excessive regulation. There was no sudden outpouring of federal regulation in 2007 before the economy tanked and millions lost their jobs.

Fannie's Scandalized, Freddie's Dead -- and the Next Financial Meltdown May Have Already Started

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

Here's an idea: Let's give hundreds of billions of dollars in government-backed guarantees to private banks so they make a fortune writing mortgages without any risk to themselves. Hey, what could go wrong?

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...