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Climate Change and ISIS -- Fighting Multiple Existential Threats

Andrew Winston | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

The reality is we don't have the luxury of dealing with everything in succession -- as a society, we have to tackle multiple threats simultaneously.

Elizabeth Warren Responds To Anthony Weiner's Revolving Door Defense

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

When former Congressman Anthony Weiner -- a Democrat from New York -- dismissed my concerns about the Wall Street-Washington revolving door, it was business as usual.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Stressed: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Money
Danny Schechter

New York, New York: Ok, I have to admit it, I feel as my faith in economic justice is being tested with these stress tests. Truth is, I am becoming m...

Zach Carter

Janet Yellen's Not So Progressive Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following President Barack Obama's failed effort to install his former economic adviser Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chairman, Janet...

Wall Street's Rap Sheet Tells a Harrowing Story

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In recent years, we have developed an unhealthy habit of blaming the borrower, but there are two parties in every financial contract -- and the lender is almost always the more experienced, more sophisticated, and more powerful of the two.

Obama, Summers and the Collapse of Trust

Jerome Karabel | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Obama's choice of Summers as chair of the Fed would deal a devastating blow to what little is left of the public's faith that the government will serve the common good and not the ultra-rich. For Summers is the perfect symbol of the insider's game that now dominates Washington.

False Arrest: Does the Revolving Door Make Wall Street Reform Impossible?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Where these people will go after government is hard to predict, but the odds are pretty high that they will return to their corporate, and highly profitable, roots.

Obama's Boys Club

The New Republic | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Of all the charges and counter-charges that have been aired so far in the reality show known as “America’s Next Fed Chairman,” none is more expl...

Larry's Conflicts

Harry R. Lewis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Harry R. Lewis

Summers should not be given another role in which his self-importance can threaten the welfare of the people he should be serving. He has proved too many times that he cannot stop playing to win the smartness game, no matter how great the risk of collateral damage.

The Rebirth of George Packer, The Unwinding of David Brooks

Jim Sleeper | Posted 09.02.2013 | Media
Jim Sleeper

David Brooks' own political ideology has failed him time after time, he has fled to social science in fruitless, often embarrassing forays, and, when those failed, into preachy invocations of Edmund Burke and Reinhold Niebuhr.

Donors Cancel Fundraiser For Pro-Gun Dem Senator

Ryan Grim | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

Wall Street donors canceled a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) after New York City Mike Bloomberg urged Democrats to withhold campaign cash ...

Mark Gongloff

The Real Reason You Should Be Worried About Jack Lew

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business

There are some misunderstandings out there about Jack Lew, Obama's pick to run the Treasury Department, which is what you get with a relative cipher l...

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

I suppose that he can't be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

There Is No Santa Claus and Bill Clinton Was Not an Economic Savior

Dean Baker | Posted 02.24.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The truth is often painful but nonetheless it is important that we live in the real world. Just as little kids have to come to grips with the fact that there is no Santa Claus, it is necessary for millions of liberals, including many who think of themselves as highly knowledgeable about economic matters, to realize that President Clinton's policies sent the economy seriously off course. In Washington it is common to tout the budget surpluses of the Clinton years as some momentous achievement, as though the point of economic policy is to run budget surpluses. Of course the point of economic policy is to produce an economy that improves the lives of the people in a sustainable way. Clinton badly flunked this test.

Christina Wilkie

Millionaires Demand Congress Raise Estate Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A coalition of three dozen ultra-wealthy progressives, including billionaire Warren Buffett, former President Jimmy Carter, philanthropis...

A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

Please don't tell me that these reports in the business press touting Sallie Krawcheck as a front-runner for chairman of the SEC or even a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary are true.

Tim Geithner Asked To Save America

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

Former Treasury Secretary Falls Into Swimming Pool

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bob Rubin, the Treasury secretary during Bill Clinton's presidency, tumbled into a Ritz-Carlton hotel pool Wednesday around 8 p.m. ...

December Surprise? From Rubin to Pelosi, Wall Street & DC Dems Push Post-Election Austerity

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

"Take back your party," Pelosi recently advised traditional Republicans. "This is not the Grand Old Party that we know." Take back your party: That's sound advice -- for everyone in Washington.

You Can't Trust the Wise Men of Finance

Robert Lenzner | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business
Robert Lenzner

It's said that no Wall Street leader, no economist, no legislative committee, no regulator, could predict the perfect storm of all investment assets collapsing at the same time in 2008. I beg to differ.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Paul Volcker: Debt 'Strangles' Us

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.15.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Some of the country's most high-profile economists say the U.S. government needs to reach a long-term deficit reduction agreement soon i...

From Wall St. To Washington: Famous Moments In Revolving Door History

Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

Want to get to Washington? Try going through Wall Street. As a look at any recent presidential administration will show, people move between the two w...

How the "Smartest" Guys in the Room Screwed Up the World... and Why the 99% Movement Will K eep Challenging Them in 2012

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

They're considered the "Smartest Guys in the Room" (yeah, they're mostly guys). They're the financial "wizards" like Robert Rubin, Hank Paulson, Lloy...