Late Night: The Brotherhood of the Burning Pants

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 8:00 pm

Lying has certainly come a long way in the new century. Those of us us born in the 1900′s can still remember a time when being caught publicly lying could bring down a President (Nixon), or at the very least, get one impeached (Clinton). In those sepia-toned days, lying was a content-neutral affront; Barry Goldwater was just as justifiably incensed at being lied to by Nixon as Al Gore was at being lied to by Clinton, despite the rather gigantic difference between the significance of their respective lies.

But something odd happened when George W. Bush entered office.


Come Saturday Morning: Coming This Summer — No Justice? No Tacos II!

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 7:30 am

As I mentioned over at The Seminal last week, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton owns a local Mexican fast-food restaurant chain called Baja Sol. (He’s also branching out of state to places like Ohio and Illinois, both with Baja Sol and the new Baja Joe’s chain.) This is the party whose endorsed candidate [...]

Dodd Announces FinReg Bill; CFPA to Be Part of the Fed

By: Monday March 15, 2010 2:00 pm

Noting that two years ago today, Bear Stearns collapsed, Chris Dodd released his financial regulatory reform bill at a press conference where he said confidently that the bill will pass this year.

There was a hint in Dodd’s speech of the effort to force Republicans to defend Wall Street banks. He stressed the urgency for new rules to cut off potential crises, and basically challenged Republicans to stand in the way. The labor movement is gearing up for a fight on that front as well, though their aims are a bit broader, seeking the “financial responsibility fee” outlined by the President a couple months ago.

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