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Weekly Diaspora: Why We Need a Deportation Moratorium Now

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger As a floundering Congress repeatedly impedes the passage of widely supported immigration measures l...

Weekly Mulch: Vermilion 380 Explosion Reignites Drilling Fears

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger On Thursday, a manageable explosion on a Gulf Coast oil rig reignited fears founded by the BP spill and rev...

Weekly Diaspora: The High Cost of Cheap Labor

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger A new study about the effects of immigration on U.S. employment supports the long-standing argumen...

Weekly Diaspora: Immigrants Abused, Denied Social Services in Broken Immigration System

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger After decades of misguided policies and patchwork practices, the high human costs of our disordered...

Weekly Pulse: Stem Cell Hell, Bad Eggs, and DIY Abortions

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that all federally funded human embryonic stem cel...

Big Journalism? No, Another Phony Breitbart Beatdown

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

It was so thrilling to learn I'd just joined Shirley Sherrod as an actor in another gussied-up, phony "journalism" beatdown by the conservative crackpot Andrew Breitbart.

Daily Pulse: It Could Happen to You

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lindsay Beyerstein

Opponents of health care reform are trying to pit the insured against everyone else.

Daily Pulse: Baucus Coughs Up a Bill

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

The president lit a fire under Max Baucus (D-Mont) and the Senate Finance Committee by unexpectedly announcing last week that he'd be laying out his own vision for health care reform this Wednesday.

Daily Pulse: Obama to Outline Vision for Health Care Reform

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

This is Obama's last chance to recapture the momentum that Democrats lost to corporate-backed town hall hooligans and misinformation during the August recess.

Daily Pulse: Goldfish and the Public Option

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

Perhaps the biggest drawback of Obama's hands off approach is that administration can't make a positive case for reform. So, the president has decided to step in and dictate terms to Congress.

The Daily Pulse: Deep Six the Gang of Six

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

The White House has given up on Republican gangster Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). They finally got the hint when Enzi told a radio listeners that Democrats wanted to kill the elderly.

Weekly Audit: Four More Years of Bailout Ben

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The Media Consortium

Why is the Bernanke reappointment a mistake? Put simply, Bernanke is completely culpable for allowing an economic crisis to foment.

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.

Weekly Audit: EFCA, Tax Cheats and the Racial Wealth Gap

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The U.S. economy may finally be bottoming out. But while conditions may improve in a dry, statistical sense, the foundation for a productive economy has been decimated over the past three decades.

Weekly Immigration Wire: Silence Strengthens Opposition

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Immigration reform and health care reform are inextricably connected. The ugly fact is that a third of all Hispanics in the U.S., almost half of the undocumented, lack health care.

Weekly Pulse: Public Option on Life Support

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The White House is sorely mistaken if it thinks that the public option belongs in the "nice but not necessary" category. Without it, there's little hope of containing costs or reigning in the power of insurance companies.

Weekly Pulse: Mob Scene

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Republicans and their allies are pressuring Democratic healthcare reformers at townhall meetings around the country. Addie Stan has a blockbuster piece in AlterNet that exposes the network behind the mobs.

Weekly Audit: Fixing the Foreclosure Problem

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The Media Consortium

The U.S. job market may be showing signs of life, but the scenario isn't really so rosy, as our government has yet to relieve the foreclosure pandemic.

Weekly Audit: Why the Rich Can't Afford to Get Richer

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, TMC MediaWire Blogger If we want our economy to be strong and stable, we have to start thinking about it as a product of community--n...

Weekly Pulse: The Rocky Road to Reform

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Obama must have been disappointed when the non-partisan CBO announced last week that the Dem's healthcare bills won't cut spending, as he won't sign a bill that doesn't contain cost cuts.

Weekly Audit: Bigger Than "Too Big to Fail"

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The Media Consortium

Congress should be writing regulations to curb risk in the financial system as fast as bankers are paying themselves bonuses. They're our representatives, after all, and it's our money.

Weekly Mulch: Urban Farming 'Mushrooms' During Recession

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

Urban agriculture has a tradition of mushrooming during tough times.

Weekly Audit: It's a Recession, Stupid (and what that means) Economy NewsLadder

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The Media Consortium

We are clearly out of options that match up with Friedman's monetarism, indicating that public policy has nowhere left to turn except direct government spending on economic support.

The Secretary and the Czar: Obama Bets Big on Daschle for Healthcare

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, MediaWire blogger It's official, former Sen. Tom Daschle will be Barack Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services. Daschl...

Healthcare: Out with the Old, In With the New

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Another sobering statistic: The US military loses the equivalent of a brigade of veterans to suicide each year -- yet more evidence that mental health parity should be a priority in health care reform.