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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 ...

The Republican Purge

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

The purge began when Obama got elected. One by one even mainstream Republicans have adopted more radical language and attitudes in an attempt to survive politically.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam: Government Contracting -- A Free Market Farce

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

The deep scandal of government contracting goes far beyond the actions of a handful of bad actors and products that can seen and touched. It is systemic, insidious, potentially damaging to national security -- and perfectly legal.

Boehner's Attack on Regulation Runs Afoul of Lessons From BP and Katrina

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

Instead of mindlessly repeating the conservative shibboleth that free markets are good and regulation is bad, lawmakers would be better off examining why the current system is not working.

Frank Rich Takes On The Billionaire 'Sugar Daddies' Backing The Tea Party

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. ...

Deregulation, the Forsaken Panacea for Climate Change

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Sunil Sharan

America is stuck. Yet deregulation, a concept all but renounced by the country a decade back in the wake of California's energy crisis, holds the potential to unlock the gates to climatic heaven.

'Third World America': 11 Books Predicting The Collapse Of The Middle Class (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann and Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Third World America": as Arianna says in her video about the book, it's a tough phrase to swallow when it comes to how we perceive America's powerful...

Krugman's Takedown of Ryan Demonstrates How Conservatives Are at War With the Middle Class

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Beginning with the Reagan administration, and reaching its fullest realization under George W. Bush, conservatives have systematically been acting to redistribute wealth from the middle class upward.

Harsh Realm: The Legacy That Meg Whitman Invokes

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As she shatters all spending records in her attempt to defeat Jerry Brown, billionaire Republican Meg Whitman has a role model in mind. He's her campaign chairman. And, as fate would have it, he is responsible for California's structural budget deficit.

The Stealthy Deregulation of Energy

Wallace Turbeville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace Turbeville

A colleague with an encyclopedic knowledge of the economy told me recently that he did not have a good feel for energy deregulation. My friend thought its obscurity may have been planned by the industry.

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...

Paul Volcker Gives Financial Reform Bill 'B Minus,' Regrets Past Silence On Deregulation

The New York Times | LOUIS UCHITELLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A well-regarded lion of the regulatory world, Mr. Volcker had endorsed the legislation before he went fishing, but unenthusiastically. If he were a te...

Goldman Sachs Robbed the EU By Way of Greece

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

Someone will make money off of Greece's bailout or default, and you can bet that Goldman Sachs has shorted the Euro.

Greed Stole the Mantle of Business Acumen

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The greedy produce the most profit in the shortest period of time because they don't believe in any future. Consequences are not real because there is no tomorrow past the bonus deadline.

Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since it's the Friday after month's-end, the new monthly unemployment numbers were released today. Which adds another bar to the "bikini bottom" char...

Continental-United Merger: The (Fewer) Ups and Downs

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Franken

About that proposed Continental-United Airlines merger. My latest struggles as a passenger on another airline, American, offer evidence that while t...

Conservative & Corporate Failure in the Deepwater Disaster

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The only things more astounding than conservatives' record of failure, are their denials of "personal responsibility" for the ensuing disast...

Then There Were Three

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

Will the United Continental merger help the industry overcome a trail of losses dating back to the Reagan era? I doubt it. Why? Because airline deregulation was based on a flawed premise.

Reagan Was Wrong: The Nine Most Terrifying Words Are, "I'm a Libertarian and the Market Will Save You"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I don't agree with Reagan. I'm not scared of the government trying to help. But I am terrified of an unfettered free market.