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Category Archive for '#OccupyWallStreet'

We can only hope. Go read: Teachout and Wu are trying to place the citizen at the center of policy. They do that through their proposals for public financing, for antitrust, for social insurance, infrastructure and labor. It’s a callback, not just to 20th century Democratic presidents like Franklin Roosevelt, but to the politics of […]

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The Rude Pundit.

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As you may know, Detroit’s unelected city manager is overseeing water turnoffs in the city. Please read the story and familiarize yourself with the tactics and rationale, because you may rest assured it will eventually be used in your state or town. By the way, they used a military acoustic device to disperse this rally. […]

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Poor doors!

Because God forbid the worthies might brush shoulders with the poors! The push to ban “poor doors”—entrances that spare market-rate tenants from being forced to share an entrance with their less fortunate neighbors—wasn’t quick enough to stop the glass-bound luxury condo at 40 Riverside Boulevard. The Post reports that developer Extell has the green light from the HPD to construct […]

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They get to deduct a lot of it from their taxes. A mere slap on the wrist, as usual: WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. The agreement announced Monday comes weeks after talks between the sides broke […]

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Happy Bastille Day

Judy Collins:

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Life at Rikers

This is a really long interview, but worth it. It’s Cecily McMillan, the Occupy activist who was charged with assault after a cop grabbed her breast, describing the insanity of life inside Rikers prison: It is actually mind-boggling to me how we keep up the facade of prisons. The grand waste of taxpayer money, if […]

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What would it take to make that happen here? Up to 2 million public sector workers participated in strike action on Thursday in a massive coordinated action against ‘poverty pay’, attacks on pensions, heavy workloads and workplace safety. Picket lines were manned by trade unionist and supporters nationwide outside courts, council offices, job centers and […]

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Now let’s see what happens: The “super PAC to end all super PACs” reached its fund-raising goal in just over two months, but now comes the hard part: winning elections. The Mayday PAC, a project begun May 1 by the Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, seeks to elect a Congress that will achieve “fundamental […]

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No wonder they hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau! Via The Nation: For more than forty years, the Supreme Court’s conservatives have been engaged in a campaign to shut the courthouse door to consumers, working people, small businesses and others seeking redress for corporate wrongdoing. In recent years, and especially since Chief Justice John Roberts […]

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