Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. I try to remember this gratitude all year long, but this week is an especially important time to express it. Here, a handful of the many political women and events most deserving of a hearty "thank you."
Human traffickers have picked up where slavery, brutal racial-based penal laws, sharecropping and Jim Crow left off. If that seems far-fetched, just listen to Luis CdeBaca at the U.S. State Department.
Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.
Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand? "If they go into Pattaya, it's not because Pattaya has nice beaches," said Somerville, MA., Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello. "It's because it has sex tourism."
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says she's expanded her investigation of whether for-profit colleges have deceived students in her state about their prices, graduation rates and job placement records.
Even with new regulations, Massachusetts and the rest of the nation still have a long way to go before we see more common sense than common criminals in the ranks of debt collectors and their accomplices.
It would be convenient to paint an innocent, it-happens-to-everyone portrait of the debt-collection industry, but the truth looks much less like a portrait and more like a mug shot: The debt-collection business has become a career of choice for criminals.
Many U.S. attorneys general are working with each other and with the federal government to control and eventually eradicate the scourge that is unethical debt collectors, because just one strategy alone seems not to be enough.
In the two years since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, those of us who are concerned with the growing influence of special interests and corporations in our political process have seen our worst fears realized.
Lately we've been hearing some strong words from the President about Wall Street crime. But when the cameras and lights aren't around, his Administration's been working feverishly to protect bankers from state law enforcement officials.