Center For American Progress Takes Direction From Obama White House

By: Monday March 10, 2014 10:05 am

Last week RT America, the Russian state media network, was in the news after two of its anchors voiced opposition – on air – to Russian action in Ukraine. Part of the reaction to these events was a discussion in the media about how RT America covers stories, a discussion which apparently peaked the interest of one former writer for Think Progress the official blog of the Center for American Progress (CAP).

Did Paul Ryan Win the 2012 Election?

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 12:10 pm

Something that seems to be missing from the government shutdown debate is that the “clean CR” President Obama and Congressional Democrats are demanding bares a striking resemblance to the Ryan Budget. So even if the Tea Party faction capitulates and passes the clean CR they have already won. The clean Continuing Resolution comes in at $986 billion. And what was the Ryan Budget? $967 billion. A mere $19 billion difference.

2012: Another Year in Mainstream Media Malpractice

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 1:30 pm

The major media is not useless to you just because of billionaire ownership, it’s also the non-disclosure clauses in contracts that prevent anchors or reporters from telling the story behind the story. Final editorial control over what goes out over the air causes major behind-the-scenes conflict. Even when marquee names try to blow the whistle, the contractual gags always hold in the end.

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2012

By: Monday December 31, 2012 6:00 pm

Throughout the year, I watch many films. Not only do I enjoy cinema and have a degree in Film/Video, but I find films provide me a way to refresh my insights and keep from getting too burned out from covering an issue or topic as a writer.

Blogiversary VII: The FISA-ing

By: Sunday December 30, 2012 4:00 pm

And the Seven & Seven is not just a good drink for my seventh blogiversary, the Seven & Seven’s specificity makes it a very appropriate cocktail for this last weekend of the year for a more, shall we say, “all inclusive” reason.

Friday morning, while some were distracted by Washington’s self-inflicted fiscal clusterfuck, and most were distracted by things that had nothing at all to do with Washington, the US Senate passed a five-year extension to the FISA Amendments Act (FAA)–the oversight-deficient warrantless surveillance program started by the George W. Bush administration. The vote was 73 to 23.

Labor Becomes Part of the National Conversation: The Best and Worst of 2012

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 5:46 pm

This was a tumultuous year for working people and their families. From the grassroots uprisings last winter to the low-wage workers’ strikes at year’s end, 2012 saw many people coming together for the first time and finding their voices. Below are the items that I would highlight as the best and worst developments of 2012 in the world of labor and progressive social movements.

Godspeed to Yellowstone Female Wolf 832F and Her Friend Wolf 754

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 6:00 pm

During my musings on wolves and men, the attempts to re-introduce them into the Northern Rockies, I thought a lot about what Barry Lopez had said about so many of us having separated ourselves from nature by seeing it as ‘the other’. Here he was speaking about the oldest metaphor for those living in North America being…nature.

Global Electioneering Industry: The Real Winner of the 2012 Elections

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 6:37 pm

The pundit class has offered a slew of postmortems in the attempt to extract meaning in the aftermath of the 2012 elections. Missing from the majority of these analyses altogether: the real winner of the 2012 election.

No, not Democratic Party President-elect Barack Obama nor Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but rather what Portland State University Professor of Urban Studies and Planning called the “Global Electioneering” industry in his 2005 book of the same name.

Late Night: Call Me Ishmael, or, The Romney Fail Whale

By: Monday November 12, 2012 8:00 pm

Who the fuck rolls out a brand-new operation on fucking ELECTION DAY? Who does this? This is the world’s most easily preventable clusterfuck, and they managed not to prevent it. Was there nobody in the room screaming that “let’s take a bash at this and see if it works, Biff” is a terrible way to handle the days when things matter?

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