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Alert The TV News Media: Obamanomics Isn't Working

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Tucker

Ronald Reagan governed over high unemployment numbers, and he was covered by a hyper-critical media. Yet today, most TV news outlets are giving President Obama a free pass on equally bleak statistics.

Ken Burns' New National Parks Documentary Starts Slowly, But Gets Better

Levi Novey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

I suspect those who only watch the first few episodes will be teetering on the edge of boredom. Those who stay around longer, or just cherry-pick an episode to watch among the later ones will end up much more excited and satisfied.

A Kilowatt Earned is a Kilowatt Saved

Patti Prairie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patti Prairie

Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, and Theodore Roosevelt made the environment personal, not an abstract untouchable concept. We need to do the same on climate change.

The Silence of the Republicans

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

A clear line can be drawn from the red-baiting and Muslim-baiting of Obama during the campaign to the birther movement and the accusation that the president was a Nazi to Joe Wilson's behavior.

National Health Care and September 11th

Dr. Gino Yu | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gino Yu

With the confluence of the national health care debates and the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, I couldn't help but put the two together and wonder about the psychological impact of the "War on Terror" and its impact on the health.

Apparently, You CAN Fool All of the People All of the Time

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

We are a fear-driven culture. There is a large segment of the population that, no matter how well you document it, will not let a good fact get in the way of their fears about health care reform.

Love, Politics and The Media

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Probst Solomon

Though we have elevated women to prime political positions, the media has cast female politicians in an odd, almost asexual maternal role. They're not allowed to wander off the territory.

The "Loan Arrangers" Will Not Ride Again

Rep. Barney Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barney Frank

We will prove that the best thing you can do for capitalism is to have rules that give investors the confidence to get back into the system, that protect the great majority of decent people from abuses.

When the Sanctity of Marriage Becomes Sanctimonious

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

f I'm having open-heart surgery, I care only that the person performing it is a freaking-great doctor. Not who he is sleeping with. That's who I feel about politicians, too. But what I do care about is hypocrisy.

Fear and Looting in America: Is President Obama a Financial Wimp?

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

We cannot thrive or even survive in an economy that only moves money around instead of producing tangible goods and services.

One Lesson from the 1930s: Financial Regulation Has to Be Bold

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Contrary to what John Boehner says, a big foot needs to be placed on the financial industry to make sure that last year's near collapse can never happen again.

Politiku for Mother's Day

Susanna Speier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susanna Speier

The impact that our mothers' feelings, ideas, ideals, experiences and activities have on us is difficult to grasp. What is clear, however, is that our mothers' politics influence our political identity

Pete Seeger, "Folk Music" and the Left

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Larner

As someone on the left who loves folk music, I understand that I'm supposed to feel mystically uplifted by the dean of activist folkies. But I never could stand Pete.

Threats of Secession and Other Recent Republican Rhetoric

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Those on the far right can't have it both ways, calling for revolution and secession on the one hand, while protesting a report raising concerns about right wing extremist violence on the other.

Some Hard Truth About Hard Times

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Using the Depression as a baseline for discussions of national prosperity ignores an important historical truth: for millions of average citizens, money was tight prior to the 1930s.

Everybody's Wrong But Us

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

If Republicans truly want to see bipartisan policy-making, they must retreat from their position as a corporal's guard on the right wing of America and join the rest of us, seeking real solutions.

Restoring Faith in Finance

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

If we are to restore stability to the financial system and to restore our faith, we will have to first revive the ancient truths and regulations, including the truth about limits.

There is Only One Cure for a Depression

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

Do we have the patience to let the free market function and endure several years of hardship, or will the compulsion to intervene just propel us yet deeper into the abyss?

Drinking Good for Depression? The Possible Repeal of Religious Repression

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Following in the footsteps of Franklin Roosevelt, many states are now advocating an end to what many boozers and businessmen alike deem antiquated puritanical pap. The Christian Right is not amused.

Like FDR, Obama Learns from People's Letters

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

President Obama's motivation in reading a sampling of the letters from the public is essentially the same as Roosevelt's was: "to help get him outside of the bubble."

Should President Obama Be More Optimistic?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If Obama is truly committed to change, being more optimistic may not help him in that effort. Americans voted for Obama because they were acutely aware of the problems the country faces.

Who's the Socialist Now, Mitt?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It speaks a great deal of the Republican Party that in the midst of a historic economic downturn they have chosen one of their major issues to be the right to make virtually unlimited salaries.

Command and Control?

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

At a time when the country is virtually pleading with him to exert command and control, he has yielded that role to congressional partisans that the public doesn't quite know and almost certainly doesn't trust.

Capital Strike?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The day will come when Obama will have no choice but to remind the giant corporations through tough government action that the U.S. is not just another one of their wholly owned subsidiaries.

Obama on my Lap(top)

Kate Southwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kate Southwood

Obama's use of the Internet indicates not only political savvy and an understanding of the Internet's vast power, it suggests a crucial understanding of how Roosevelt succeeded.