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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 24th, 2010

Selfish Sarah, Selfish Sharron not the Women I Learned to Trust

Why in the world we’ve been asked to trust the selfish sisters of the 2010 American political races, I do not know. Sarah Palin is a woman of privilege who preaches the gospel of selfishness, yet she travels around the country providing motivation for her minions and for candidates like ... continue reading

October 24th, 2010

WikiLeaks Snapshot: A Week in War

While Americans were wrapping up their Thanksgiving weekend and turning towards holiday shopping in 2005, the war raged on in Iraq. Through official reports, the Pentagon announced the deaths of 22 soldiers serving in Iraq during the week of Sunday, November 27, 2005 through Saturday December 3, 2005. [...]On Tuesday ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 23rd, 2010

The DeFazio Congressional Race: Stop Wall Street Before It Kills Again

After wrecking the economy and putting themselves at the edge of bankruptcy, the Wall Street gang had a few bad months. But now that profits and bonuses are again at record highs, they are back on the offensive. With their bank accounts overflowing and Congress now officially up for sale ... continue reading

October 23rd, 2010

An Iraq Surge Vet on Wikileaks

Dear members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other willing parties, This is an anticipatory letter aimed to advise you on your response and responsibility for the coming Wikileaks release, expected on October 23rd. Based on the White House’s response to the last leak about Afghanistan, the ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

October 22nd, 2010

Juan Williams Is Right: Political Correctness About Terrorists Must End!

Dear Juan, Sorry to hear you got fired by National Public Radio for saying on Fox that you get nervous when you see Muslims on a plane with you. It was dumb to say such a thing, but I don't think saying one dumb thing should be a firing offense. ... continue reading

William Black

Former financial regulator

October 22nd, 2010

Foreclose on the Foreclosure Fraudsters, Part 1: Put Bank of America in Receivership

Written with L. Randall WrayAfter a quick review of its procedures, Bank of America this week announced that it will resume its foreclosures in 23 lucky states next Monday. While the evidence is overwhelming that the entire foreclosure process is riddled with fraud, President Obama refuses to support a national ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

October 21st, 2010

Journalists banned from major Afghan offensive

A statement from March Forward!Remember the massive military operation involving several thousand U.S. troops, heavy bombing and artillery that “made the sky light up,” carried out by U.S. forces in Afghanistan over the first two weeks of October? Probably not. Convenient logistical problems caused all the journalists trying to cover ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

October 21st, 2010

Honduras: Crisis and Progress

By Bill Quigley and Laura RaymondToday, October 21, the democratic resistance in Honduras will celebrate Artists in Resistance Day. This event contrasts directly with today’s official recognition of Honduras Armed Forces day. The resistance, which is working for a truly democratic Honduras, renamed the day and created an alternative celebration ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

October 21st, 2010

Burning Down the House: A Crime Beyond Denunciation

So how do the Wall Street boys feel after destroying the world economy while pocketing billions, and then getting bailed out by everyone else in America? I'm sure they're filled with remorse and desperately trying to make it up to us. Right? "The first thing that needs to happen, I ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

October 21st, 2010

Surviving in Haiti

Haiti is a reminder of a lesson we in New Orleans got after Hurricane Katrina and the broken levees: the capacity of humanity to survive, sustain culture, and create joy – no matter the external circumstances - is without limit. That capacity is unsinkable, like trying to keep a cork ... continue reading

Barry Eisler

Author and former CIA agent

October 20th, 2010

The Overton Window: More Poodle Than Panther

I'm pleased to announce that At the Tea Party: The Wing Nuts, Whack Jobs and Whitey-Whiteness of the New Republican Right... and Why We Should Take It Seriously is available today! Edited by GritTV's Laura Flanders, it includes essays from an amazing lineup of writers: Max Blumenthal, Alexander Cockburn, Lisa ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 20th, 2010

Timothy Geithner forecloses on the moratorium debate

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is good at telling fairy tales. Geithner first became known to the general public in September of 2008. Back then, he was head of the New York Federal Reserve Board. He was part of the triumvirate, along with Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke and then ... continue reading

Fr. Dick Preston

Father Dick Preston is the priest who married Michael Moore and his wife and is featured in 'Capitalism: A Love Story.'

October 19th, 2010

Genesys Workers Victorious

Glory, Hallelujah and Praise to some really strong and resilient hospital workers and union members.We are proud to announce that Teamster Local 332 of Flint, Michigan reached a tentative contract agreement with Genesys Regional Medical Center of Grand Blanc, Michigan on October 2. After ten grueling months of negotiations, hospital-sponsored ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

October 19th, 2010

Michigan Blues

I have a rule of thumb that's served me well my whole life: whenever corporate executives begin talking about how they support "free markets" and "competition," check to see if you still have your wallet. That's because no one -- not Karl Marx, not Fidel Castro, not your niece who ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 18th, 2010

Foreclosure Moratorium: Cracking Down on Liar Liens

As we all know, there is a major philosophical divide in US politics. On the one hand, there are those who think it is the role of government to help ensure that the vast majority of the population can enjoy a decent standard of living. On the other side are ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 18th, 2010

Is Carly Fiorina Really Sarah Palin?

'I support offshore drilling.' With this position, Carly Fiorina is falling in line with her 'Drill, Baby, Drill' comrades and continues her work to become the Sarah Palin of California.In the latest video from Brave New Films, Carly shows us her history of supporting those who want to drill in ... continue reading

Dr. Clarence Lusane

Professor, Author and Activist

October 18th, 2010

From the White House to Obama's House

As he faces a critical juncture in his presidency, it is perhaps useful for President Obama to reflect upon an obscure but relevant anniversary. On October 17, 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt officially changed the name of the president’s residence to the “White House.” Significantly, this occurred on the day after ... continue reading

October 18th, 2010

Basketball Pro Entangled in Debt Collection Net

NBA star Lamar Odom is among thousands of Floridians tripped up this year when big banks and hedge funds became tax collectors. Bank of America billed Odom for overdue property taxes, plus thousands of dollars in interest and fees.Odom’s business manager says it was all a mix-up and the debt ... continue reading

October 18th, 2010

The New Tax Man: Big Banks And Hedge Funds

Nearly a dozen major banks and hedge funds, anticipating quick profits from homeowners who fall behind on property taxes, are quietly plowing hundreds of millions of dollars into businesses that collect the debts, tack on escalating fees and threaten to foreclose on the homes of those who fail to pay.The ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

October 18th, 2010

Citizen Protests, Government Repression Mount in Haiti

“I came to protest so we can find a solution. Misery is killing me,” said Mascarie Sainte-Anne, 70, at the edge of a rally in front of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive’s office on October 12. Haitians have been taking to the streets with increasing frequency since August in calls for ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 16th, 2010

VIDEO: Fiorina Is A Job Killer

written by Robert Greenwald and Tanene AllisonIn these economic times, California needs to focus on the creation of jobs.Brave New Films has released the latest video in our series on Carly Fiorina, this video focuses on her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.Carly Fiorina likes to tout her business experience from ... continue reading

William Black

Former financial regulator

October 16th, 2010

Capitalism Would Have Killed the Chilean Miners: A Reply to Mr. Henninger

One of our family sayings is: "you can't compete with self-parody". Daniel Henninger is the most recent proof of this saying. He authored a column on October 14, 2010 entitled "Capitalism Saved the Miners." Mr. Henninger is an editorial writer/editor for the Wall Street Journal. His essay, of course, was ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 16th, 2010

Sleeping Free of Healthcare Fear

Stress kills. Stress makes people sick. So wouldn’t it make sense that a reduction in stress might actually save lives? How about families? And jobs? And freedom from want and fear? It makes perfect sense. But that’s not what we’re all about in the United States. We don’t believe in ... continue reading

October 15th, 2010

'A Crime Beyond Denunciation'

This appears in a new article in the New York Observer: "The first thing that needs to happen, I think, is to get these people out of their homes," a man wearing a bespoke blue-striped shirt, a Hermés tie patterned with elephants and Ferragamo loafers said recently. "Correct! I'll explain," ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

October 14th, 2010

Memo to Nancy Pelosi from Cindy Sheehan

Open Memo To: Nancy Pelosi From: Cindy Sheehan Hey Nan, How’s that “liberal agenda” going for you these days? You have had quite a run as the first female Speaker of the House, haven’t you? In that almost four years now, you have fully funded the wars; rammed through the ... 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
8:27 PM
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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
3:55 PM
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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
10:13 PM
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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
5:56 PM
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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
9:40 PM
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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
9:08 PM
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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
2:24 PM
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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
6:48 PM
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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
1:21 PM
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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
4:20 PM
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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
12:35 PM
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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
9:25 PM
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