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Taking on the GOP's "Fairy Tale Politics"

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Obama needs to combat the GOP's Fairy Tale Politics so that voters understand how we got into this mess and that it simply is too risky to go back to Neverland.

Obama's Labor Day Speech -- Does It Matter?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama's speech hit most of the right points, but still seemed a bit tone deaf. It's inexplicable that he would wait until the election was so close before giving a speech that could generate some excitement.

So, You Think You Earn an Honest Living?

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Crystal Syben Haidl

While Tea Partiers, pundits, lobbyists and mid-term candidates are out-shouting mantras on how to fix the system, the one thing almost everyone agrees...

Green News Report: September 9, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New electri...

Will Obama's Plan for Fixing America's Transportation Infrastructure Be Enough?

Robert Puentes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Puentes

President Obama's plan for fixing America's badly-worn transportation infrastructure is not, as some critics have asserted, simply throwing more taxpayer money down the rabbit hole.

Jobs, Tax Cuts and Community Investment

John Flerlage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Flerlage

Creating jobs while transforming our economy into one that emphasizes production and investment over consumption and debt is essential to the long ter...

Green News Report: September 7, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: We're back...

On the Waterfront: A New Park Rises in Brooklyn

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

There's so much new public space in NY that even a tourist magnet as big as the City can afford to let the public know about some of its new gems.

What a Second Stimulus Should -- and Shouldn't -- Look Like

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Sure, it's great that the president is talking about spending $50 billion on infrastructure. But when $50 billion is put up against double that amount in corporate tax cuts, it seems the administration's priorities are all screwed up.

$50B Infrastructure Plan: Make it Open Source and Transparent

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cameron Sinclair

Obama noted this plan "will change the way Washington spends your tax dollars." Given it's our tax dollars, I want to make a request. Let's have an online system through which the government can articulate success to the broader population.

Obama Calls For $50 Billion Infrastructure Plan For Roads, Rail, Air Travel

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE — A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways a...

America's Infrastructure Needs An Extreme Makeover

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In her new book about the challenges facing the American middle class, Arianna writes about politicians' failure to make the middle class a priority. ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The president asked the nation to "turn the page" last night. But what makes me so sad this morning is the enormous human cost of the war in Iraq; and how a massive number of people and families -- in America and Iraq -- have had their lives ended or changed forever because of this war and will have a hard time turning the page. So was the war in Iraq worth the enormous human cost?

Obama Economic Team Weighing New Wave Of Tax Cuts, Infrastructure Spending: WSJ

Wall Street Journal | DEBORAH SOLOMON and JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration is considering a range of new measures to boost economic growth, including tax cuts and a new nationwide infrastructure progr...

We're So Ready to Believe Again, Part II

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

The New York Times headline Tuesday, "Obama Weighs Smaller Measures on the Economy," if true, will extinguish what's left of the hope and optimism that catapulted him into office.

Mr. President, We're So Ready to Believe Again

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

Leading into the midterm elections, not only we progressives, but we the majority who voted for our president, need a crusade as compelling as Beck-Palin's shrill campaign to "restore honor."

Future Weather

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Giles Slade

If you're tired of being confused about climate change, buy Heidi Cullen's book Weather of the Future.

In the News Doesn't Necessarily Mean In-The-Know

Michael Deane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Deane

Anytime municipalities find themselves making a decision that will affect every citizen, it's always a challenge to choose what's best for all constit...

Social Security: A Divide Between DC and the Rest Of Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The DC-elite think that "the responsible thing to do" is to cut Social Security benefits. The public who they are supposed to represent overwhelmingly thinks that Social Security is one of the few remaining lifelines and must not be cut.

Unpaved: Out-Of-Cash America Undoing Its Infrastructure

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of the Making It In America project. I am a ...

8 Surprising Facts About The Shrinking Middle Class

Huffington Post | Hallie Seegal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The American dream may in fact be slipping away. The white picket fence, Social Security, sending your children to college -- what was once an attaina...

Tax Cuts Are Theft

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Conservatives like to say that taxes are theft. In fact it is tax cuts that are theft because they break a long-standing contract: The American Social Contract.

Tax Cuts Leave Nothing Behind: Infrastructure Investment Leaves Behind Infrastructure

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

If we spend money on tax cuts, the next year we only have debt and pay interest on the debt. For a clear example, just look at the damage the Bush tax cuts have done to the country. They left behind worse than nothing.

Even Wall Street Agrees: Government Should Borrow To Invest

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

If our government "stimulus" continues to push consumption -- i.e. tax cuts -- instead of spending that invests in infrastructure, education and health care, things can only get worse.

Where HR and Finance Departments Should Split

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

While the understanding and appreciation of human resources have evolved into a sophisticated and strategic practice over time, its structural underpinnings have not kept pace.