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The F Word: Better Uses for Bankers' Billions

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

What could be done with the $20 billion in Wall Street bonuses paid out this year? You could pay the salaries of more than 390,000 public school teachers across the country.

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at Summit

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at SummitBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday, the White House released its plan for h...

Conservative Magazines Thriving Under Obama While Liberal Magazines Suffer

Vanity Fair | Matt Pressman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What about the conservative magazines? The most prominent and biggest-selling, The National Review, definitely seemed to experience an Obama-hatred bu...

Weekly Mulch: Green products, green energy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Ed. note: This week's Mulch is pint-sized and will run on Monday rather than Friday. We'll be back to our re...

Credit CARD Act Goes Into Effect On Monday, And Banks Are Ready Fee Blitz Escalates

Mother Jones | Stephanie Mencimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On Monday, the second phase of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009--a major overhaul that boosts safeguards again...

Weekly Pulse: Bayh-Partisanship=Giving Your Seat to a Republican

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger You will be shocked, shocked to hear that a Blue Dog Democrat who made a career out of undermining his...

Weekly Audit: More Jobs Please

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

>By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger One year after President Barack Obama secured passage of his critical economic stimulus package, the U.S. Se...

Weekly Mulch: 'Global Weirding' VS. Climate skeptics' slushy thinking

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Climate skeptics found plenty of reasons to dig out their dreary critiques this week, between the continuing...

Weekly Pulse: Obama Stalls for Time with Health Care Summit

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger President Barack Obama's February 25 health care summit, where he will appear on TV with Republican le...

Weekly Mulch: What's Missing from the New Clean Energy Agenda?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Nuclear power, biofuels, clean coal: These are the Obama administration's answers to climate change. The 201...

Weekly Pulse: Who are Landrieu's Alleged Phone Tamperers?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger The four young men arrested last week for allegedly attempting to tamper with the phones at the office...

Weekly Audit: Don't Let Citizens United Wreck Our Economy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger In a landmark decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited funds to in...

Weekly Mulch: Climate Change On Obama's Back Burner

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger In his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touched on climate issues only briefly. He c...

Weekly Audit: Just Who is Obama fighting for?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger Progressives have waited a year for President Barack Obama to roll up his sleeves and fight for serious finan...

Progressives: Don't Mourn, Organize

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Winship

Tragic events continuing out of Haiti make all the bad news for progressives this week wither in comparison. Nonetheless, over these last few days, fo...

Weekly Mulch: Murkowski Vs. the EPA

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Weekly Mulch: Murkowski Vs. the EPABy Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pulled out a rarely-use...

Weekly Audit: Fighting Economic Inequality in Haiti and at Home

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger Rampant poverty can't be written off as the result of historical accident or a worker's incompetence. It is ...

Obama's A Wimp, Even to a Yellow Dog Dem Like Me

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

As you can tell, after a year of Obama, I'm for him, but not with any real enthusiasm. Nice fella. Good talker. But I'm afraid he's deserving of a descriptive word once applied to the first George Bush. Obama is a wimp.

Democracy WOW! With The Yes Men

Sara Benincasa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sara Benincasa

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Bomb Appalachia (and Face the Music)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Theirs is a coast-to-coast campaign to save Appalachia's mountains and streams -- and Appalachians' homes, jobs, and culture -- from the devastating coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

Kevin Drum: Obama Needs To Be Willing To Earn The Hate Of Bankers (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Barack Obama needs to be wiling to earn the hate of some bankers in order to pass financial reform. That was the sentiment of Mother Jones journalist ...

Inside the Chamber of Carbon's Climate War

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein

In the Chamber of Commerce's zeal to please a few powerful industries they seem to have fallen out of step with their environmentally concerned members.

No Impact Week: Free to Be Plastic Free

Robin Madel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robin Madel

A former geology professor of mine used to say that this period of geologic history would be seen in the future as "The Pampers Layer." That can't be the legacy we intend to leave.

Weekly Mulch: Throwing the Environment Away

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Raquel Brown, TMC MediaWire Blogger Our throwaway economy is largely to blame for our environmental woes, as Lester Brown points out for Grist. Fi...

Weekly Pulse: Healthcare Reform After Kennedy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

If the Democrats want healthcare reform, they are going to have to go it alone. Let's hope they pass a bill that would make Sen. Kennedy proud.