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Laura Flanders

The F Word: Success on Net Neutrality

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Laura Flanders

In an update on our last show, FCC chair Julius Genachowski says he's now going to go ahead and regulate broadband under the same decades-old rules designed for phone networks.

The F Word: Responsibility for Greek Protest Deaths

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Flanders

Consider what claimed their first fatalities Wednesday. . . demonstrations by the strapped? Or decades of decision making that wrote off inequality, poverty and debt as just collateral damage.

The F Word: Equal Obliviousness, Not Equal Rights

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Atlantic published one of many recent articles about the "he-cession" or the "decline of men," wondering what it means that women are now the majo...

The F Word: Dangerous Experiment for Deficit Hawks

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Top economics writers are sending some scary signals this week. Just as June unemployment numbers are due, Paul Krugman's declaring that we could be ...

The F Word: Reading into Gun Regulations

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

I'll give the gun-rights supporter on NPR this morning one bit of credit in his comparison of bookstores to gun stores: books can be dangerous. Books ...

The F Word: Catastrophes Every Day for Profit

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

"It's premature to say this is catastrophic." The words of Gulf Coast Coast Guard Commander Mary Landry about the BP oil spill Tuesday were spoken as ...

The F Word: Good Enough for Oklahoma, How About Goldman?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Democrats in D.C. are going about this regulation thing all wrong. Want to get Republican buy-in? Give Republicans the kind of regulation they like. As usual in U.S. politics, the states provide the road map.

The F Word: More Than Reform For Subprime Hurt

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

As the Senate debates financial reform, millions of underpaid Americans have lost their homes, their nest eggs, and many of them, their incomes.

The F Word: Hard At Work Figuring Out Imbalance

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

For a little balance on the deal reached between New York City's residential building owners and their hard working janitors and doormen -- It's not a...

Big Wins for Big Oil As Alternatives Appear

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's too bad for British Petroleum. Or is it? For days after its Transocean operated rig exploded and sank with eleven of its workers in the Gulf of ...

The F Word: McChrystal, Afghanistan Policy, And...

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

To heck with the war. It's becoming a story about egos. Or more precisely, as one commentator put it recently, "By focusing on McChrystal's supposed ...

The F Word: Drone Attacks to Stimulate Economy?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

What's worse: backstabbing a president or bombing lots of civilians? The answers pretty obvious to judge by the stink over General Stanley McChrystal.

The F Word: Is the SEC Up to the Job?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

One of the best kept secrets in Washington is the working of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Does it get the job done? Not even close.

The F Word: Coal Company Shopping Spree

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Until we see some serious structural changes in the coal industry, it is going to continue doing what it has been doing: trading death for profit.

The F Word: Economy is in the Eyes of the Beholder

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

In the U.S. right now, some see robust growth, others a limping progress. Where Tim Geithner sees gentle waves, New York Times business reporter Gretchen Morgenson sees tsunamis.

The F Word: The Power of the Presidency

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The president -- finally -- used his muscle to get something done for those the chair of the BP board called the "small people." People in need.

The F Word: "Bloody Sunday" Apologies, What About Monday?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Yesterday, a prominent world leader made an official apology to his nation. "What happened...was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong. T...

Simon Johnson On 'Real Time' (VIDEO): Broken System If Goldman Conspirator John Paulson Is Not Charged

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Economist Simon Johnson appeared on Bill Maher's "Real Time" panel Friday alongside GRITtv host Laura Flanders and New Yorker editor David Remnick. ...

The F Word: Taxes, Spending, or Race?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

An honest debate about taxes? It'd be helpful. But what we really need to do is grapple with post-apartheid racial resentments. And that makes the whole tax debate look easy.

The F Word: Iron Lady, Meet Pitbull in Lipstick

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's a political cartoonist's dream: Sarah Palin is reportedly planning a trip to England to meet her political idol, Margaret Thatcher.

Weekly Audit: Financial Reform Makes Headway, Jobs And Social Security In Jeopardy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Two critical Wall Street reforms, once declared dead by U.S. megabanks, are suddenly close to Congressional ...

The F Word: Tax Grousing Tells Half The Story

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's tax time again, the time of year when Americans grouse about forking over part of their hard-earned cash to the dear old government. These days,...

The F Word: Solving a Problem Like Stupak

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Retiring House Representative Bart Stupak is the most prominent face of a big problem for progressives within the Democratic party: what to do about the conservadems?

The F Word: The Pain of FauxFeminist Populism

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

I feel your pain -- how many times are we going to hear that between now and the midterm elections? Republicans and Democrats all know that the econom...

The F Word: Bubba Goes to Arkansas

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

OK, so in case anyone was wondering where the White House stands vis-a-vis its base these days, the defeat of Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter makes it...