Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 7:50 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories. The first story is about one of the most celebrated American entrepreneurs of all time – Steve Jobs. When Jobs was a young adult he and his friend Steve Wozniak started a business centered around an innovative piece of technology. This piece of technology was called [...]

Obama Meets With Labor, Progressive Groups Today

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 8:30 am

President Obama meets with labor and progressive leaders today about the fiscal slope. I hardly want to be accused of being cynical, but he’s meeting with the group furthest to the left in the conversation the furthest away from the actual negotiations on the deal; tomorrow, he welcomes business leaders to the White House. The [...]

Challenges to Conservative Voter Suppression Tactics Largely Successful in 2012

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 10:16 am

With the narrow, potentially confusing but generally beneficial ruling yesterday in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, the trend is confirmed: voting rights activists have successfully fended off a number of voter suppression tactics put forward by Republicans seeking to model the electorate to their benefit in 2012. The result, that Pennsylvanians will not have to [...]

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:45 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key [...]

Spain, Greece Erupt, As Protests Threaten Effort to Consolidate Budget Decisions in Central Authority

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 7:35 am

Yesterday, protests in Spain led to clashes with police. Today, a general strike in Greece also led to clashes with police. Greek police have fired tear gas to disperse anarchists throwing petrol bombs near Athens’ parliament on a day-long strike against austerity measures. Clashes erupted during the first trade union-led action since a conservative-led coalition [...]

Spanish Protests Lead to Police Violence

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 12:55 pm

I mentioned earlier some of the political situations in the Eurozone preventing some crisis management actions from taking place. They also can prevent things like the sellout of national sovereignty and the “when you’re in a hole, keep digging” austerity approach to fiscal policy that we’ve seen. An example is the massive protests we’re seeing [...]

Civil Disobedience in Climate Action: Eight Climb Into Trees to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:33 am

A direct action group called Tar Sands Blockade has been harassing TransCanada and their efforts to build the lower half of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the port at the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, was approved by President Obama as a way to speed through to international markets what [...]

Libyan People Protest, Drive Militias Out of Major Cities

By: Monday September 24, 2012 7:34 am

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi certainly revealed some level of instability in Libya. It showed the consequences of military intervention, putting guns into a country and inevitably seeing them funnel into the hands of extremists. And there is justifiable criticism of the new Libyan government as ineffective outside a very narrow band. [...]

Florida Essentially Gives Up on Voter Purge Efforts

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 10:56 am

The state of Florida has backed down in their attempts to purge voter-rolls of suspected non-citizens. In the settlement of a lawsuit with civil rights organizations, Florida has basically rolled back the entire voter purge, including their initial list of 2,600 “potential non-citizens,” which ended up netting exactly one non-citizen voter, out of the 8.3 [...]

Democrats Move Final Night of Convention Indoors, Away From Bank of America Stadium

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 8:15 am

The final night of the Democratic National Convention has been moved indoors, away from Bank of America Stadium and into the Time Warner Center, where last night’s speeches were housed. From the beginning, Democrats heard criticism about the President accepting the nomination in a stadium named for one of the most notorious mega-banks in America, [...]

Republicans to Obama: We’re Not Going to Work With You

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 12:32 pm

President Obama’s case for re-election in the run-up to the DNC convention has included a fairly absurd claim that Republicans would be more willing to work with him after the election. The idea is that the Republican “fever” would break, and if they can no longer be motivated solely to deny Obama a second term, [...]

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