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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 20th, 2011

Greenspan's Incompetence Badgers Wisconsin's Workers

Alan Greenspan has been strangely missing from the fierce battle over the future of public sector unions in Wisconsin and other states. His absence is strange because he bears more responsibility for the current conflict than anyone else alive. The reason is simple. Mr. Greenspan's incredible incompetence in allowing the ... continue reading

Zach LaPorte

Veteran, Wisconsinite

February 20th, 2011

Why Am I Here?

Why am I here? That’s the question I asked myself as I glared up to the ceiling of the rotunda inside the beautiful Madison capitol building. Its not that I was asking myself the question to reassure myself I was there for the right reasons. Why spend all day inside ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

February 19th, 2011

House Republicans Vote To Cut PBS Funding

Every Wednesday at ten in the evening, my wife and I settle down in the living room to watch a couple of our favorite shows.  By this time, our son is usually in bed and we got the TV to ourselves for a little bit.  We’ve become enamored the past ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 18th, 2011

They Only Lock Up Heroes at Quantico

If Bradley Manning turns out to be the hero he appears to be, he will not be the first "detained" at Quantico. In fact, Quantico once locked up the most decorated Marine in history, a Marine who would have been running the Marine Corps rather than getting locked up by ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 18th, 2011

Unions badgering Wisconsin's finances?

You have to give Gov. Walker and his wealthy patrons credit. Here we have a situation where Wall Street fat cats wrecked the economy - people like Richard Fuld, Robert Rubin, and Angelo Mozilo - and they've  somehow managed to blame schoolteachers and the highway patrol. Now we have a ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 17th, 2011

Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad

Americans of all ideological persuasions are fed up with the Afghanistan War. We're fed up with a $5.7 billion-per-month military campaign that's gone nowhere over the past 12 months. We're fed up with being told we'll have to do without vital public services because of the sorry state of our ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

February 17th, 2011

"Then They Pulled the Plug" – Hillary Clinton

Unbelievable! Someone just sent me this article below which describes how retired CIA analyst and Veteran for Peace Ray McGovern was drug out of Hillary Clinton's press conference yesterday: At Clinton Speech: Veteran Bloodied, Bruised and Arrested for Standing Silently As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at ... continue reading

Deborah Dupre

Human Rights Journalist

February 16th, 2011

Rights abuse at Clinton's Rights talk: Police targeted violence of Christian Vet

Vets for Peace T-shirt Sales Could Boom In what will surely be recorded as a historical moment of US government brutal human rights hypocrisy and possibly a sales boost for Vets For Peace t-shirt sales, at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech at George Washington University Tuesday, condemning human rights ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

February 16th, 2011

The USA MATRIOT ACT

Today, (Feb 16, 2011) the Senate approved an extension of the treasonous USA PATRIOT ACT, following the lead of the House of Representatives. The USA PATRIOT ACT, commonly called "the Patriot Act," is an acronym contrived to make something that is completely tyrannical and fascist sound appealing. The USA PATRIOT ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 16th, 2011

Irrational Exuberance: The Trouble With Hysteria Over Public Pension Shortfalls

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, the U.S. House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee held a hearing on public pension funds and states' shortfalls in funding them. Republicans have used the pension problems as an occasion to attack public-sector unions. The committee hearing was full of bombastic rhetoric that unrealistic obligations to union workers ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 16th, 2011

Cold Day in Hell Arrives for Patients

When I saw the cut to the low income energy assistance programs proposed by President Obama in his budget, I knew that meant more energy/utility shut-off notices for people already struggling all over the United States. The cold day in hell has arrived for many patients and many caregivers who ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 14th, 2011

The President as Storyteller-in-Chief

The celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth overlooked an important part of Reagan's success: his ability to craft an image to serve as the focus of his political argument. When he was running for president in 1980 Reagan invented two great tales that highlighted the worldview he ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

February 14th, 2011

Recalling the Slaughter of Innocents

Twenty years ago, as Americans were celebrating Valentine’s Day, Iraqi husbands and fathers in the Amiriyah section of Baghdad were peeling the remains of their wives and children off the walls and floor of a large neighborhood bomb shelter. The men had left the shelter the evening before, so their ... continue reading

Eric Allen Bell

Filmmaker

February 12th, 2011

Egypt Is Only the Beginning

Until each one of us, as individuals, incites our own internal revolution in thought, in feeling, in the core of our consciousness, nothing we do to redecorate the world on the outside will make a difference. The people of Egypt realized that they were free already - free to disobey ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 10th, 2011

Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country

“Everyone expects there to be a new problem daily in Haiti.  I can’t concentrate on problems each day,” said Roseanne Auguste, coordinator of a youth art program in the sprawling, under-resourced Port-au-Prince section of Carrefour-Feuilles. The program is run through the community clinic Association for the Promotion of Family Integrated ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 9th, 2011

Nonviolent Activism Is Middle Eastern

Muslims can look back to the classic nonviolent struggle against British empire waged by the Pashtuns from 1930-1934 in what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The leadership of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmatgar movement makes every list of campaigns chronicling the development of modern nonviolent activism.  Nonviolence ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

February 9th, 2011

British Consul Closes Office to Duck Assange Letter

On February 7, 2011, a small group of peace activists organized by the "Tackling Torture at the Top" Committee of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) tried to meet with the British Honorary Consul at his office on the 26th floor of the US Bancorp Center, 800 Nicollet Mall, in downtown ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 8th, 2011

Obama Fails to "Win The Future," for Law Enforcement Facing Cartel Assault Weapons

Last week – notably, on an early Friday night, the traditional hour for the White House to announce unpleasant news - the Obama Administration delayed an emergency request from the ATF for more authority to trace long guns being sold to Mexican drug cartels. The proposed rule would have required ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

February 8th, 2011

Outrage Over SuperBowl Flub

So everyone, it’s Tuesday already.  Like normal, I woke up and got my son ready for school.  After I got back I started scanning the news to report on the latest collective civil outrage in our country.  So what’s the one thing so far this week that is gripping everyone’s ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 7th, 2011

If Progressives Wanted to Win

As we mark the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, his most important legacy has gone largely overlooked. Reagan helped to put a caricature of politics at the center of the national debate and it remains there to this day. In Reagan’s caricature the central divide between progressives and conservatives, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 7th, 2011

Damning New Report Shows U.S. Strategy Blocking Chance for Peace in Afghanistan

The new report from NYU’s Center for International Cooperation is a damning description of the U.S. policies in Afghanistan since 2001, and a warning that the escalated military strategy blocks the road to peace while making the Taliban more dangerous. Separating the Taliban from al-Qaeda: The Core of Success in ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

February 7th, 2011

Swiss Miss Bush – GWB Ducks Geneva Criminal Torture Charges

Justice for George W’s torture violations jumped much closer this weekend. Ex-President George W Bush was supposed to fly to Switzerland to speak in Geneva February 15. But his speech was cancelled over the weekend because of concerns about protests and efforts by human rights organizations asking Swiss prosecutors to ... continue reading

Tangerine Bolen

RevolutionTruth

February 6th, 2011

Truth Be Told

Truth be told, I didn’t like Julian Assange at first. Like many Americans, I was news-weary and overburdened in my own life and I didn’t have the time or energy to really notice Wikileaks and Assange. Despite their significance, Wikileaks’ whistleblowing and secret-leaking antics went largely unnoticed by me until ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

February 6th, 2011

NYT's Keller Disparages Assange

How unseemly for New York Times executive editor Bill Keller to look down so disdainfully at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with a nasty ad hominem portrayal in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, “Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets.” Someone should count how many disparaging descriptions Keller slips in ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 6th, 2011

Can We Peace Grandmothers Foment an Egypt-Style Revolution to End Our Wars

There we were, last Wednesday as usual, our little straggly group of elderly grandmothers and supporters standing on Fifth Avenue in front of Rockefeller Center chanting, "BRING THEM BACK...FROM AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ! STOP THE KILLING NOW!" We were into our eighth year of our Grandmothers Against the War weekly late-afternoon ... 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
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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
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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
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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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