Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: Monday December 10, 2012 8:30 am

The Democratic Congressional delegation in the state of Michigan met with Governor Rick Snyder for an hour today, calling on him to either veto right to work legislation making its way through a lame duck session, or to ask for a delay in the vote until the next general session, or to allow a vote [...]

Lack of a “Foreclosure Wave” Determined By Banks

By: Friday November 30, 2012 6:13 am

Here’s a pretty jerky victory lap clearly planted by the mortgage lending industry, with the boastful title “Foreclosure Wave Averted as Doomsayers Defied.” Let’s hear this out for a second. When banks pulled back on foreclosures two years ago following a government investigation into allegations of faulty practices, market researchers, academics and Wall Street analysts [...]

Deficit-Obsessed Media Leaves Unemployment Story at the Side of the Road

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 2:07 pm

Not to harp on Raul Grijalva, but his media critique in this op-ed is spot-on, even if you strip away the partisan lens through which he frames this. The real story is that we have a jobs shortage crisis in this country, and Republicans haven’t lifted a finger to help. Democrats have put up the [...]

Obama Plans to Hit Road With Oh-So-Popular Message of Cutting Social Security and Medicare

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:00 am

President Obama plans to meet with business, labor and civic leaders early this week about the fiscal slope, according to Reuters. Congressional leaders will huddle with Obama at the end of the week. Labor has immediately and vocally rejected the concept of a grand bargain, at least for now, so judging their behavior after this [...]

UN to Investigate US Drone Program

By: Friday October 26, 2012 1:29 pm

The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech to Harvard law school in which he [...]

Endorsing Social Security Cuts Gives Politicians the “Elite Bonus”

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:30 am

Dean Baker’s commentary on the deficit scolds and Social Security makes for provocative reading. An excerpt: It is remarkable that social security hasn’t been a more prominent issue in the presidential race. After all, Governor Romney has proposed a plan that would imply cuts of more than 40% for middle-class workers just entering the labor [...]

Des Moines Register Shames Obama Campaign Into Putting Interview on the Record

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:45 am

Journalism has seen a creeping dynamic of public officials withdrawing into the shadows. Since any comment risks going viral (looking at you, Richard Mourdock), top officials increasingly don’t want to be quoted, prefacing all their media comments with requests that the conversation stay “off the record” so the individual can talk more freely. This happens [...]

Five Other Facts You Need to Know About Currency Manipulation

By: Monday October 22, 2012 1:28 pm

One of the sections in tonight’s foreign policy debate concerns China, which means that the issue of Chinese trade will come up. In a very real sense, this will trigger a fake debate about the manipulation of Chinese currency. I say fake because, while Mitt Romney will demand such a designation, he has no interest [...]

The Debate’s Benghazi Moment: America Cheers the Media Correcting the Record

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 6:00 am

President Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney last night by managing to defend elements of his first term record and articulate a second term agenda, while his opponent struggled with specifics and was haunted by the spectre of George W. Bush, who he probably thought was disappeared for electoral purposes in this country. [...]

Signposts of Democracy: How Americans Get Taught About the Political System They Have

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:36 am

I’ve tried really hard to avoid this brouhaha over Conor Friedersdorf’s article on why he refuses to vote for Barack Obama. It’s probably generated far more discussion than it merited, since it amounted to an unsurprising statement of support for a libertarian candidate from a right-leaning civil libertarian. That liberals pounced on it as an example of Naderite perfidy, though the circumstances are quite different, is something that I found revealing of liberals, and this post can stand in for my thoughts there.

Principal Reduction Tax Time Bomb Generates More Discussion

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:21 am

About a month ago, I wrote in Salon about a potential time-bomb embedded in the efforts to increase debt relief for mortgages, the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. Finally, some mainstream sources have gotten around to reporting on this, in basically the same way and with even many of the same principals [...]

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