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Did God Do It? Blaming The Crisis On The Divine

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Donal Trump Blames Crisis on Divine Intervention: As the Job Losses Mount, the Government's Bailout Flouders/Fails It has taken a while for the stars...

Bush's Interview wtih Charlie Gibson Marks the Start of His Effort to Revise History

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The colossal failures of the Bush administration should be what is remembered about Bush's eight years in office, not some feeble attempt to show what a principled guy he was.

How to Regulate Business So We Can Trust It

Charles H. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles H. Green

Regulation is a social substitute for trust. That's not a moral statement, just a factual one. Here are a few social policy rules of thumb for thinking about the relationship between trust and regulation.

The Response to the Economic Crisis

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jay Mandle

The vast amounts of money that are being inefficiently spent today mean that it will be difficult to find the funds to use on the urgent needs of tomorrow.

Where is the Economic Team of Rivals?

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It appears there is at least one area of his fledgling administration that is not open to discussion or debate -- the economy.

A "S.A.D." Lifestyle

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

Obama keeps reminding us that we need to prepare ourselves for making sacrifices in order to correct the excesses of the past. This applies as much to our diet as much as it does to the economy.

A Congressional Ultimatum for CEOs

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

This morning, Senator Chris Dodd warned that Congress might take a step that would send shivers down the spines of every CEO: federal caps on executive pay.

My Election Eve Hopes: Closing the Book on Bush's Regulatory Legacy, Redefining "the Center"

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

If tomorrow's results follow the polls, the United States will have an extraordinary opportunity simultaneously to close the book on what is probably ...

Insurers Lining Up for that Bailout Pie

Deborah Senn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deborah Senn

The insurers, having heard that Hank Paulson at Treasury is writing huge checks to bailout troubled banks, are pushing for government to help them get over their financial problems too.

McCain's Education Plan is Scary as Hell

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Reforming America's inadequate public school system--a crucial priority for our country's future-- should not be undertaken with a failed ideology. Th...

Financial Crisis: 60 Minutes Revives Investigative Journalism

Stephen H. Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stephen H. Baum

Even on subjects as hot as the financial crisis, much of the "news" and comment we see on TV lacks real critical thinking. 60 Minutes has revived investigative journalism. More please.

Regulating the Deadwood on Wall Street

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marco Trbovich

Greenspan's testimony is more likely to prove a momentary mea culpa than a harbinger of any real reform.

When It Comes to Slicing the American Pie, McCain Serves Only the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

McCain and Palin are running around the country pretending the GOP ticket represents the best interests of the working class and small business owners. It's all false rhetoric and no real action.

The Battle for Obama's Economic Soul

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The battle for Barack Obama's economic soul is on in earnest, and it has nothing to do with the "European socialism" that John McCain attempted to use as an epithet against him.

McCain-Palin's Phony Love Affair With Main Street

Jack Rothman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jack Rothman

The Republicans have always opposed regulation of business that protects the "little people" against greed-ridden and corrupt practices of insatiable corporate elites.

Passengers Suffer as Airlines Circle the Drain

David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Goldstein

At 9:30 AM, about an hour into our flight to Philadelphia, our plane abruptly veered back toward Seattle. There was no terrorist threat, no elderly p...

Paint McCain a Red-Baiter

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The "small government" Bush and Republican Congress increased spending, thus replacing the budget surplus bequeathed them with deficits.

The Constitution as a Regulatory System: Inaugurating a New President

Sanford Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sanford Levinson

It would be wonderful if our current willingness to raise basic questions about our broken regulatory system extended to questioning the very heart of that system, the Constitution.

Wall Street Bailout Won't Do Much to Help Ailing Economy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Weisbrot

The worst part about the bailout is that some politicians will say we can't afford the necessary stimulus because we just added $700 billion to the national debt.

Barbarians, Masters & Thieves

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joanne Bamberger

"Mommy & Daddy have saved and worked hard for a long time so we will have food and a house and money for college. Don't worry, sweetie," I said. In retrospect, I was a fool.

After the Wrecking

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Conservatives have wrecked government so massively that it fails in New Orleans, fails in Iraq, and fails in its most basic regulatory missions. And this is the reason we need to elect more conservatives to high office?

Forgetting the Past

Wayne Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wayne Rogers

No one seems to have commented that just a few years ago we had legislation called the Glass/Steagall Act which separated the commercial banks from the investment banks.

Take a Dose of Battle in Seattle to Relieve Washington Fatigue

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Under the right set of circumstances -- like impending balloting on their re-election -- Congressmen do respond to public outcry.

Friday Talking Points [50] -- Can I Call You Joe?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I refuse to get too wrapped up in the question of who "won" the debate. In general, unless one candidate obviously self-destructs, this question is answered subjectively and personally. That's not to say I didn't think Biden did better. I did.

Boston Tea Party, 2008

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How dare you throw that tea into Boston Harbor! Such is the anti-democratic arrogance of telling us if we don't instantly give Wall Street $700 billion, then we are destroying America.