FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Grunwald, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 1:59 pm

When President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law on February 17, 2009, the program’s place in American history was widely remarked. It was the greatest stimulus effort since Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

But this was incorrect: By every measure, Obama’s stimulus was far greater than FDR’s New Deal.


And Another Thing on Obama’s Last Lecture

By: Monday July 18, 2011 6:36 am

Steve Benen had a look at Barack Obama’s last lecture, and let’s just say he had a different reaction.

You may have heard of this guy

By: Monday February 7, 2011 1:30 am

A well-timed salute to treating labor badly.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Greg Mitchell, The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics

By: Saturday December 11, 2010 1:59 pm

It’s a propitious time to be welcoming in Greg Mitchell for a discussion about his book “The Campaign of the Century.” Over the past couple weeks, Mitchell has virtually turned over his blog at The Nation to painstakingly chronicling the Wikileaks story, and chronicling how the political, corporate and media elite have mounted an effort to discredit, destroy and punish Julian Assange. 76 years earlier, these forces came together in an electoral context, to disable the candidacy of Upton Sinclair for Governor of California.

Republicans Casually Agree They’ll Never Allow Payroll Tax Cut to Rise Again

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 4:40 pm

Republicans are basically telling you their strategy. They will call the expiration of the payroll tax cut an increase. They will use the reduction in revenue to claim that Social Security is in bigger financial trouble than it is. They will try to stop the money from getting restored.

These Are The Times

By: Sunday October 17, 2010 9:30 am

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine said that, and I wish I could ask him, “What times aren’t?” Still, whatever else they are these are our times. And, however obviously true that is, it is painful to confess.

A Plutocratic Universe

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 9:30 am

Autocrats, plutocrats, authoritarian ideologues and elitists of all stripes speak often of the people’s inability to govern themselves in a complex world that requires expertise – namely, the self-justifying expertise of the elite themselves. With surprising frankness, federal appeals court Judge Richard A. Posner summed up the elite’s paternalistic rationale: Few citizens have the formidable [...]

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