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October 27th, 2009

Here Come the Unions

On Tuesday morning, in Chicago, the unions came to town. It was the final day of the rolling protest dubbed The Showdown in Chicago, a confrontation with the American Bankers Association, whose members had gathered for their annual meeting. With a crowd estimated at 5,000, it was without a doubt ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

5,000 Protest Bank Power, Abuses, as ‘Showdown’ Culminates

CHICAGO – Angenita Tanner faces tough times. Her home-based child care business is threatened by potential Illinois state budget cuts to programs subsidizing care for children of low-income workers. Already her clients have found it hard to pay for her services, leading her to fall behind on her mortgage. But ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Protests at US bankers' convention

America's bankers may not agree on much. But on one issue, they are entirely united. They refuse to become humble whipping boys, taking the blame from an angry nation for the global financial crisis.More than 1,500 senior executives from banks across the nation congregated in Chicago this week for what ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Bankers and Their Victims

Day two of the Showdown in Chicago, a three-day-long protest against big banks, began a bit dismally for The Nation. An email from American Bankers Association spokesman John Hall informed us that our press credentials had been revoked. The reason? Because we'd arrived early to cover a protest outside the ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Protesters Deliver Letter to Goldman Sachs—And Await Response

CHICAGO—After working for 42 years, Erma Hall-Wood thought she had earned a modest but peaceful retirement. Then the financial crisis devastated her savings and the 68-year-old Los Angeles County Department of Health retiree became one of millions of Americans who have lost their homes to foreclosure."I thought I would have ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

Protests Aimed at Bankers' Convention

Chicago - For five decades, Bonita Williamson called a house at 56th and South Loomis Streets home. She's slated to be evicted from that home on Monday. "Everyone thinks it's a property, it's a building. It's a legacy," Williamson said. "We had five generations grow up in this building." Williamson ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

Economy Yielding ‘Very Angry’ People, Bankers Told

Oct. 26 -- A top American Bankers Association official defended the group’s members against demonstrators massing in Chicago to protest the industry’s opposition to proposed regulations in response to the financial crisis.“A lot of people lost their jobs, and they are very frustrated and they’re very angry,” Bob Schmermund, executive ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

VIDEO: You Weren't on the Guest List

Today was an amazing beginning for us. Not just the beginning of the three day protest against the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference, but the beginning of the end for business as usual on Wall Street. The big banks heard loud and clear tonight that taxpayers are fed up with ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

Protesters storm big bankers meet, chant ‘we’ll be back’ as police escort them out

The annual American Bankers Association meeting in Chicago is not going as planned. Besieged by activists from the Service Employees International Union, the AFL-CIO and Americans for Financial Reform, the leaders of America's financial sector were interrupted Sunday night as a throng of protesters poured into the conference area and ... continue reading

October 21st, 2009

The Movement Against the Banks

A massive rally in Chicago next week aims to express public displeasure with the massive bank bailout outside the American Bank Association annual meeting. Protesters will converge at 11:30 on Monday, October 26, at 301 North Water Street, where the meeting is taking place. "The same financial institutions that caused ... continue reading

October 20th, 2009

At rescued banks, perks keep rolling

NEW YORK -- Even as the nation's biggest financial firms were struggling and the federal government was spending hundreds of billions of dollars to save many of them, the companies as a group were boosting the perks and benefits they pay their chief executives. The firms, accounting for more $350 ... continue reading

October 20th, 2009

Announcing the Goldman Project

Goldman Sachs raked in billions with taxpayer help while you're still unemployed. The bank announced $3.1 billion in third-quarter profits, and set aside $5.3 billion for bonuses. Help us find out how they spend it.Goldman's third-quarter take is down slightly from its record-breaking $3.4 billion second-quarter earnings, and the amount ... continue reading

October 20th, 2009

The secret Paulson-Goldman meeting

Andrew Ross Sorkin's new book is out today, and breaks some pretty stunning news, dating from the end of June, 2008. At this point, we're still months away from the now-famous but then-secret waiver, issued in mid-September, which allowed Hank Paulson to talk to Goldman Sachs; he'd promised not to ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 19th, 2009

Take America Back from the Banks

The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. Inside accounts reveal the extent to which Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon's conduct of the Vietnam war was constrained by the ... continue reading

October 16th, 2009

Foreclosures Continued to Rise in 3rd Quarter as Banks Worked on Backlog

The number of homeowners pulled into the foreclosure crisis increased by 5 percent during the third quarter as a government program to help borrowers stay in their homes struggled to gain traction, according to RealtyTrac data released Thursday. RealtyTrac found that more than 925,000 borrowers received a foreclosure filing, which ... continue reading

October 15th, 2009

Michael Moore on The Today Show: 'Send Your Pennies to Goldman Sachs'

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October 15th, 2009

Michael Moore on Morning Joe: 'Withdraw Your Money from Bailed Out Banks'

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October 8th, 2009

Meltdown After the Meltdown

It would be nice to believe that things will be different next time.“What’s the point in bailing them out if there aren’t any jobs?’’ asks one of the organizers of the Christmastime protest at Republic Windows and Doors, the Chicago company whose laid-off workers staged a peaceful, six-day sit-in at ... continue reading

October 8th, 2009

Michael Moore's Muse

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur steals the show in Michael Moore’s new movie Capitalism: A Love Story as the sharp-tongued critic of last year’s financial bailout. Sitting in her Washington office, the cheerful 63-year-old representative from Ohio has the manner of a benevolent fairy godmother, but her message is harsh and to ... continue reading

October 6th, 2009

Michael Moore exposes Paul Ryan’s bank bailout bluster

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is one of the stars of Michael Moore's new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story."But you can bet that the conservative from Janesville is hoping that none of his constituents sees his performance.In a section of the critically acclaimed examination of how Wall Street insiders diverted hundreds ... continue reading

October 3rd, 2009

A Great Opening Night -- Do Not Put Off Seeing "Capitalism: A Love Story" -- GO TONIGHT! All of Wall Street is Watching!

Friends, Thank you, all of you, who packed the theaters across North America last night to see my new film. The movie houses were rockin'! The national movie exit poll company announced this morning that the audiences in America gave "Capitalism: A Love Story" a rare "A" rating! Wow, thank ... continue reading

September 26th, 2009

Q&A: Why Michael Moore Hates Capitalism

By Bill Saporito / TIME Since his debut in 1979's Roger and Me, documentary filmmaker/agitator Michael Moore has aimed his blunderbuss of a lens against large American corporations and the institutions that he believes have flat-out screwed the working class. In his latest film, Capitalism, Moore ridicules the business philosophy ... continue reading

September 24th, 2009

DealBook's Interview With Michael Moore

New York Times Not many people can lay claim to attempting a “citizen’s arrest” of the nation’s banking bosses. But it’s par for the course for Michael Moore, the controversial film maker whose latest documentary on the financial crisis takes a harsh look at capitalism — and Wall Street banks ... continue reading

August 31st, 2009

Union says Quad-City Die Casting set to close Friday

By Doug Schorpp / Quad-City Times Friday will be the last day on the job for most workers at Quad-City Die Casting in Moline. Company officials have continued to decline comment on the closing or events that have led to the decision. In all, more than 100 employees will lose ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2009

Autos, banks spend $20M lobbying

By Silla Brush / HillAuto companies and eight of the country's biggest banks that received tens of billions of dollars in federal bailout money spent more than $20 million on lobbying Washington lawmakers in the first half of this year. General Motors, Chrysler and GMAC, the finance arm of GM, ... continue reading

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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