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Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That's because -- as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it -- 'the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.'

Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing: Not With a Bang, But With a Thud

John Patrick Leary | Posted 03.17.2014 | Detroit
John Patrick Leary

When a federal bankruptcy judge ruled that municipal pensions are vulnerable under federal bankruptcy law, no one was surprised. Little about life in 21st-century America prepares anyone to expect a judge to stand up for public pensions.

The Secret Behind L.A.'s Literature

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A '20s renaissance developed around Jake and his bookstore next to the downtown library and in his Echo Park digs. Later after the war Anais Nin, and presumably Henry Miller and Bukowski, hung around in the very same hills of Echo Park.

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

ACLU of Southern California: It All Began With an Arrest in 1923

Hector Villagra | Posted 05.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

At the invitation of the newly-formed American Civil Liberties Union in New York, journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair spoke at crowded meetings in Los Angeles. From those gatherings, the first local branch of the national organization was formed.

Three Cheers for Regulation!

Steven Conn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

There are plenty of places around the globe where the private sector isn't burdened by regulation. Like Bangladesh, where under-regulated factory operations yield cheap clothing at the price of human life. Or China, where you can't ever be quite sure what you're eating and whether it will poison you.

Qualified Mortgages From the CFPB: Buyer Beware!

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

Misrepresenting oneself to oneself has to be the lowest form of self-flattery. Not only does it breach the mother of all truism -- "know thyself" (wri...

The Lie Factory: How Politics Became A Business

The New Yorker | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

"I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty,” by Upton Sinclair, is probably the most thrilling piece of campaign literature ever written. I...

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

Teachers as Crap Detectors and the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Tom Roderick, executive director of the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, asked me to share my thoughts on teaching and crap detection. These are some of the things I learned from forty years as a teacher.

Farming In 'The Jungle': Old Chicago Meat Plant Revamped

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 06.08.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — They call this place the Back of the Yards, a neighborhood in the middle of the city once filled with acres and acres of stockyards. ...

McKibben's Extreme Energy: Why Not Frack?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Still, if we forgo natural gas, what are our alternatives? And that was my stance too until I read McKibben's article. Now I'm fiercely on the environmental side. How did he persuade me? His masterful command of language.

2011 Year-End Video Performance Review

Michael Vazquez | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

This is not a year-end list -- the headline says it all -- herewith, two dozen filmed performances.

Will Occupy Wall Street Be Co-opted?

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The success of every radical movement in American history has occurred when it is co-opted by the forces of reform.

Many a City Is 'Title Town'

Dave Astor | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Do you read so much fiction that visiting a city almost always reminds you of certain novels?

Old Books You Love: What Older Books Are You Reading Or Dying To Read? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 06.03.2011 | Books

We asked you what book you're reading (or dying to read) that is over 15 years old. We received a flood of responses--see #oldbooksilove. On Twitt...

What Do White Castle and Sustainable Food Have in Common? More Than You Think

Francesca Koe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Francesca Koe

Diners salivate as they await their meal: fresh, high-quality ingredients cooked before their very eyes. A scene out of a hip, organic eatery in Manhattan? Try again.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's Final 'Attack Ad' Sparks Riots

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

As Election Day neared, Hollywood's crusade against Upton Sinclair, the Democratic nominee for governor, hit a new low.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Dirtiest Race Ever Reaches Its Peak

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today virtually ordered all member businesses to close up shop on Election Day and get out the vote for Merriam against Upton Sinclair in the California gubernatorial race.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: When FDR Sold Out Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

An official at one movie studio posted this sign next to a time clock: "If You Expect to Punch This a Week from Now Don't Vote for Sinclair."

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Kate Hepburn, FDR, Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Sinclair finally wrote an angry letter protesting unprecedented tactics by Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer and others.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: A Murder -- And Death Threats Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

There were men in California during the historic 1934 gubernatorial race, it was revealed, who would charge less than two hundred dollars for the pleasure of shooting writer and candidate Upton Sinclair.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Hearst Rips Upton Sinclair, As Heywood Broun Warns of 'Fascism'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

William Randolph Hearst was back at San Simeon after an absence of five months and ready at last to select a candidate in the California governor's race. His papers had been crucifying Upton Sinclair for the past month.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Hollywood Hits, FDR Ignores, Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

As Hollywood moguls deducted one day's pay from paychecks for the GOP candidate, Roosevelt betrayed the Democratic nominee in California governor's race.