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Category Archive for 'Politics As Usual'

Here’s DFA director Jim Dean with Ben Ray Luján. This is certainly a pleasant surprise: Rep. Ben Ray Luján is a really good guy, a solar power activist and a strong progressive in a state that needs more. He was Democracy For America-endorsed when he first ran in 2008, and won; he’s a product of […]

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Via the Intercept, a story we should all be watching: Coverage of the midterm elections has, understandably, focused on the shift in political power from Democrats toward Republicans. But behind the scenes, another major story has been playing out. Wall Street spent upwards of $300M to influence the election results. And a key part of […]

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Do you suppose there is anyone in the entire country who’s surprised by this? I imagine even the nursery school set has caught on by now: From his desk in Lower Manhattan, a banker at Goldman Sachs thumbed through confidential documents — courtesy of a source inside the United States government. The banker came to […]

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Very interesting to those of us who are watching the Christie administration soap opera: As Chris Christie draws closer to a run for president, there’s intensifying scrutiny of donations flowing to his political organizations from executives at financial firms that manage ever-larger slices of New Jersey’s $80 billion state pension system. Now, the Christie political […]

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Oh sure, we all remember this. I think that’s why I got wiretapped by the Bushies — I was interviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer right before the war started, and I called Bush et al “war criminals”. I know that doesn’t sound so unusual now, but most people were cowed into silence and saying things […]

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Senate vote on Keystone XL.

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In other words, “we’ll cut your taxes now so we can kill Medicare and Social Security later.” And some voters will fall for it: The group of policy analysts and writers known as reform conservatives talks about something called libertarian populism. Some elected officials have also nodded in this direction. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida […]

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Who’s a thunk it? Washington (CNN) — A defiant Barack Obama dives into what could be a defining period of his presidency this week, after repeatedly enraging Republicans from afar during his Asia tour. Obama faces showdowns with the GOP over immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline and his drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, […]

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And of course austerity politics sucked all the oil/disposable income out of the economy, the engine’s out of oil AND THAT’S WHY THE DASHBOARD IDIOT LIGHT IS ON, you fucking idiot! David Cameron has issued a stark message that “red warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global economy” in the same way […]

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Profit!

This is what we get when we run (and fund) previously public institutions as for-profit entities: Out of California’s years-long litigation over reducing the population of prisons deemed unconstitutionally overcrowded by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, another obstacle to addressing the U.S. epidemic of mass incarceration has emerged: The utility of cheap prison labor. […]

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