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Banks Still Cheating People Out of Their Homes

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

We can't allow Wall Street to go on cheating people out of the most important possession of their lives -- their home.

Florida's Enigma

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerry Waxman

Senator Bill Nelson's (D-FL) staff surprised the delegates by stating that the Senator likes the public option -- however, they were wondering if they were being told what he thought they wanted to hear.

Republican Party Has Become "Cash for Clunkers"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The Republican Party is disintegrating in front of our eyes. The latest Gallup Poll has them leading in party identification in six states and tied in two. That means they're trailing in 42 states!

Green News Report - August 4, 2009 (Audio)

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

Now available on Apple iTunes! Subscribe for FREE here!... IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: The Democracy of Lobbyists; The forgeries of 'Clean Coal'... PLU...

The Forger's Dilemma

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

What's an organization whose core mission is to create a false impression supposed to do when its hired agents add an additional, unauthorized layer of falsity to the scheme?

Jason Linkins

Tauzin's Pharma Lobbying Efforts "Blessed" By White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In today's Los Angeles Times Tom Hamburger reports on the extent to which former Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin has managed to integrate himself, ...

Right Wing Groups Harassing Dems At Town Halls

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, House members are back home to begin their month-long recess. The far right has indicated that they plan to welcome many of their representativ...

Durbin Responds To Right-Wing Harassment Strategy: We "Won't Fall For A Sucker-Punch Like This"

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ThinkProgress reported today on the growing number of angry right-wing activists viciously harassing Democratic, as well as moderate Republican, membe...

States, Cities Still Spending Millions On Lobbying For Stimulus Money

Wall Street Journal | LOUISE RADNOFSKY and LESLIE EATON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Strapped local and state governments are still spending on at least one activity: seeking stimulus money....

Glenn Greenwald: When MSNBC Lets Wolffe Host, They Give "An Hour Every Night To A Corporate Lobbyist"

salon.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This week, former Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe was a guest-host on MSNBC's Countdown while Keith Olbermann is on vacation. When Olbermann is ther...

American Plutocracy: Corruption Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Most police officers in America do not require greased-palms for their services. But if one wishes to attend a chicken cordon bleu dinner with Senator Max Baucus of Montana, it will cost him $10,000

Ethics Panel Members Get Defense Earmarks While Investigating Them

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of the House ethics committee, who are investigating a pattern of lawmakers steering federal funds to generous defense contractors, have just ...

We Have Forgotten How Real Political Change Happens

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

When you are just one person sitting on a warming planet -- when you see economies collapsing, wars raging, and reasons for fear on every corner -- how should you react?

Jason Linkins

Health Insurance Stocks Soar On Baucus Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the things that gets obscured by the huge sums of money being spent by lobbyists to degrade, deride, and defuse legislation is that in reality,...

Health Insurance Industry Releases Ad Thanking Max Baucus For Screwing Over The American People

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

You have to admire the gumption of Baucus and the Blue Dogs. Ignoring the will of the people. Happily to derailing the Democratic party agenda. Stabbing their President in the back.

Want to Work 112 Days a Year? Run For Congress

Jonathan Neil Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Neil Schneider

Until members of Congress fear our vote more than the special interests dollars, whatever healthcare reform comes out of Washington will unfortunately favor their interests and not ours.

What Have You Really Lost to the Recession?

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Francine Hardaway

Well, we may think we've lost our jobs, our health insurance, our retirement plans, or our houses. But we haven't really "lost" those, because they were never really ours

Lobbyists Gain Upper Hand On Obama In Recent Weeks

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbying interests that President Obama campaigned against last year have gained the upper hand on the White House in recent weeks. In stark contrast...

Healthcare and Food Policy: Part of the Same Conversation

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The critics of single-payer are either paid to tell you this, or are brainwashed by the multi-million dollar lobbying and advertising paid for by insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Jason Linkins

Paul Krugman Attempts Divine Motivation Of Blue Dogs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Krugman, like many others, has noticed the essential incoherence in the Blue Dog stance on health care reform, and takes up the matter in his Times opinion column today.

Read The New Stimulus Lobbying Rules

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The White House's Office of Management and Budget released the administration's new stimulus lobbying rules on Friday, as John mentioned earlier. In s...

Sen. Dodd Brings Lobbyists To Tears, Takes Their Money

AP | ANDREW MIGA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Facing the toughest re-election fight of his nearly 30 years in the Senate, Sen. Christopher Dodd boasts about snubbing lobbyists. ...

Lawyers, Guns and Money: A Coup Tests Obama's Will

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Meet Lanny Davis, lobbyist and former legal counsel to Bill Clinton and campaigner for Hillary. He has been hired to represent the dictatorship that ousted President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras.

Salon: Blue Dogs Put Corporate Interests Over Party, Constituents

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nobody could be better positioned than the Democrats who call themselves "Blue Dogs" to sabotage healthcare reform, the primary objective of their pre...

Arthur Delaney

Kanjorski Brings In Big Bucks From Wall Street, Declines To Reveal Guests At Fundraiser

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, raised $164,500 from finance, insurance, and real estate inter...