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Rebecca Solnit

Author

July 31st, 2011

Hope: The Care and Feeding Of

Recently, Nelson Mandela turned 93, and his nation celebrated noisily, even attempting to break the world record for the most people simultaneously singing “Happy Birthday.” This was the man who, on trial by the South African government in 1964, stood a good chance of being sentenced to be hanged by ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 31st, 2011

Dysfunction Junction Kills – Resolution is Not Absolution

By the time this is published anywhere, maybe the dysfunctional folks in Washington, D.C., will have reached some sort of deal that will prevent the second financial apocalypse the American people and the world have been threatened with in less than three years.  But just because the current crisis reaches ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

July 30th, 2011

Granny Has Already Been Screwed by the Government for Two Years

Don't kid yourselves, older people, that if there are to be no Social Security cuts resulting from the current debt crisis debacle, we can thank our government for its kindness.  The fact is, we, among the most vulnerable and needy citizens of all, have seen our benefits systematically cut back ... continue reading

Jeff Cohen

Director, Park Center

July 30th, 2011

Mainstream Reporters: Too Close to the Field and Teams to Get the Debt Story

If you were a spectator in a sky box seat looking directly down on the Washington debt debate, you’d be seeing a contest both narrow and off to one edge of the field -- like watching a football game being played entirely between the 10-yard line and the goal line.The ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 29th, 2011

Koch Economics and their Debt Default Advantage

We are seeing the result of Koch Economics and what happens when a few tycoons accrue the billions necessary to invest in politicians, nonprofit foundations and ideological think thanks. Pay for active duty soldiers and veterans' benefits would freeze without raising the debt ceiling. Embassies, emergency assistance, IRS and all ... continue reading

Adrian Campbell Montgomery

American SiCKO and activist

July 29th, 2011

The Canadian Tea Party

I think The Tea Party is really awesome! No not that Tea party, Canada’s Tea Party, eh? One of my favorite bands has reunited for a series of concerts, their name: The Tea Party. They are a 3 member band that was around from 1990 – 2005 and they hail ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

July 29th, 2011

Why Americans Are So Angry

The rich are getting richer. Their effective tax rate, in recent years, has been reduced to the lowest in modern history. Nurses, teachers and firemen actually pay a higher tax rate than some billionaires. It's no wonder the American people are angry. Many corporations, including General Electric and Exxon-Mobil, have ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 28th, 2011

A Sense of Betrayal

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads:“The issue for me is the morals and ethics behind it, the standards that were let down, all the things that went wrong, you know that’s all I think about, how can the people that are supposed to be taking care of us take such a nonchalant ... continue reading

Andrew Bacevich

Historian/Veteran

July 28th, 2011

Ballpark Liturgy: America’s New Civic Religion

Fenway Park, Boston, July 4, 2011.  On this warm summer day, the Red Sox will play the Toronto Blue Jays.  First come pre-game festivities, especially tailored for the occasion.  The ensuing spectacle -- a carefully scripted encounter between the armed forces and society -- expresses the distilled essence of present-day ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 28th, 2011

President Obama Doesn't Understand the Origins of the Deficit

That is what he told the country in his address on Monday night. President Obama described a situation in which the government had been perpetually running large deficits since President Clinton left office. The deficit increased even more as a result of the recession. For the last decade, we have ... continue reading

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

July 27th, 2011

Tim DeChristopher Is Going to Jail, Now It's Our Turn

"The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders." --Ed Abbey "The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time." --Terry Tempest Williams There's something about the redrock canyons that seems to inspire great ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

July 27th, 2011

Stop Hoping! Start Changing!

"Zeus did not want man to throw his life away, no matter how much the other evils might torment him, but rather to go on letting himself be tormented anew. To that end, he gives man hope. In truth, it is the most evil of evils because it prolongs man's ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 26th, 2011

News Corp: a study in the failure of corporate self-regulation

What is the main lesson learned in the Murdoch scandal? That corporate conglomerate power run unregulated causes great public harm and lacks the checks and balances required for there to be any accountability. Given this, what would be the best way to investigate the criminal wrongdoings of such a conglomerate? ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 26th, 2011

Gaslight 2011: Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise

Michael Moore is hosting his film festival in Michigan this week, and I sure hope they are showing “Gaslight” from 1944.  The American electorate would be wise to watch it again and to put into context the messages of our elected officials as they work us to do their bidding ... continue reading

Mike Davis

Author

July 26th, 2011

Crash Club

When my old gang and I were 14 or 15 years old, many centuries ago, we yearned for immortality in the fiery wreck of a bitchin' '40 Ford or '57 Chevy.  Our J.K. Rowling was Henry Felsen, the ex-Marine who wrote the bestselling masterpieces Hot Rod (1950), Street Rod (1953), ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

July 25th, 2011

Leon Panetta in Iraq: More lies, more war

We have finally said goodbye to our Pentagon boss, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who for six years has given the orders that affect the lives of millions of service members and their families. Robert Gates was yet another millionaire corporate fat cat who came from the boardrooms for defense ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 25th, 2011

Death For Profit

In March 2009, Roberto Martinez-Medina was detained and arrested for not having a driver's license or proof of legal status. Immediately after his arrest, Medina was sent to CCA's (Corrections Corporation of America) Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. Less than a month later Roberto Martinez-Medina was dead. During his ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

July 25th, 2011

Ron Paul's Advice: Don't Pay Your Bills

Even the best of us slip up.  Occasionally, our most brilliant minds will succumb to a temporary lapse of sanity.  Whether it’s the star baseball player that swings for the fences when he should have bunted or the politician that says something inappropriate at an inopportune time, nobody is immune ... continue reading

Jeff Cohen

Director, Park Center

July 25th, 2011

Obama is NOT “Caving” to Corporate Interests

In a campaign almost as frenzied as the effort to get Barack Obama into the White House, liberal groups are now mobilizing against the White House and reported deals that would cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. They accuse President Obama of being weak and willing to “cave” to ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

July 24th, 2011

The Real Debt Deal

"So that goes back to a much bigger issue which is we have a whole host of contracts, that were entered into during better times that unfortunately have to be rewritten." ~ Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, a trillion dollar money management firm. Forgiving debt is fundamental to American history. ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

July 23rd, 2011

Consumer Bureau Launches in Shark-Infested Waters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) throws open its doors to consumers this week, officially starting its mission to safeguard Americans from overly complex financial products and malignant banking practices. The bureau is the culmination of a national grassroots effort to hold the big banks accountable for the 2008 economic ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

July 22nd, 2011

Dodd-Frank Made No Structural Changes to Banking System

Crossposted from New Deal 2.0I was a staffer on the Dodd-Frank legislative package, and the whole process seemed odd from the very beginning. There was no attempt initially to ask the question, “what happened and what should we do about it?” There was no examination of the purpose of a ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 21st, 2011

The Drive to Cut Social Security: Why Are the Gang of Six Scared of Information?

A central theme of the Gang of Six's deficit reduction crusade is lowering the annual cost of living for Social Security. They propose to change the formula so that the annual adjustment would be 0.3 percentage points lower than would otherwise be the case. This cut will add up through ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 21st, 2011

Why It All Sounds Like, “Blah, Blah, Blah”

When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC.  Everybody, that is, except the average working-class American.  The sound and fury surrounding debt ceilings and deficit reduction swirl on multiple levels, activists in the conservative right claim advancement and activists in the disenfranchised liberal left ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 21st, 2011

The Terrifying Christian Right

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads : The Christian Right’s assault on America is frightening, and, as someone who grew up in a world of religious fanaticism, my personal experience gives me a sharp sense of where this is heading. In his 2007 book, American Fascists, the Christian Right and the War on America, Chris ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

Apr 22nd
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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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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
7:28 PM
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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
3:28 PM
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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
2:00 PM
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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
9:48 AM
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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
2:19 PM
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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
2:00 PM
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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
7:38 PM
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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
5:41 PM
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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
4:48 PM
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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
5:38 PM
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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
4:59 PM
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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
10:07 AM
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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
9:53 AM
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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
1:08 PM
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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
1:02 PM
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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
8:39 PM
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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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