Late Night: The Endless Loop

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 8:00 pm

It seems that Hillary Clinton has been making a bit of a buzz lately with a trip out west wherein she announced, by not announcing, her candidacy for the Presidency in 2016. Really? Is that the best we can do; be saddled for eight years with Mrs. Welfare Reform, Mrs. Wall Street and media deregulation, and Ms. Iraq War, all rolled into one?


Konczal, Douthat and Neoliberalism

By: Sunday October 27, 2013 10:35 am

Mike Konczal discussed the Obamacare computer system problems raising the question of its implications for liberal versus neoliberal approaches to problem solving. Ross Douthat also deals with this issue. Douthat thinks conservatism is not the same as neoliberalism, but he seems to agree with Konczal’s definition of the latter. I think both are discussing only one small part of the neoliberal project.

Canada’s Liberal Party Endorses Marijuana Legalization

By: Monday January 16, 2012 11:00 am

The Liberal Party of Canada, the country’s oldest federally registered party, has endorsed a resolution calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana in Canada. This would be roughly equivalent in the US to the Democratic national convention adopting a non-binding resolution in favor of marijuana legalization.

Melissa Bean for CFPA Head? Puh-Leez

By: Monday November 8, 2010 8:35 am

Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) is possibly getting tapped as the first Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head. The fact that her name would be floated at all as the head of an agency to oversee the banks is an indication that there’s some sort of death wish on the part of Democrats for the 2012 election, and that Elizabeth Warren’s appointment was indeed a “cynical” bait-and-switch move meant to gin up enthusiasm among liberals before the election.

Slate’s Will Saletan Epitomizes Beltway Attitude: Liberals “Should Be Happy with What They Got”

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 11:30 am

If you listened to Slate’s Gabfest on Friday, you were treated this finger-wagging from Will Saletan.

Who Are the FinReg Villains?

By: Friday June 18, 2010 5:15 pm

After the first week of the conference committee for Wall Street reform, I would call the verdict middling. Reformers have won some victories – all hedge funds and private equity firms will have to register with the SEC, credit rating agencies will be on the hook for standard liability for negligence, the Fed audit is more robust and ongoing.

Rep. Melissa Bean’s Backers are Key Obama Associates

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 4:30 pm

As Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) works to water down financial reform, a close look at her donor base reveals that it’s dominated by Obama friends, insiders, and fundraisers.

Bank-Friendly Dems Revolt on Financial Regulatory Reform

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 6:51 pm

The House Rules Committee released a very tight rule, with basically no amendments, for the regulatory reform effort being headed up by Barney Frank. This did not please members of the New Democrats, who are notoriously friendly with banking lobbyists. So they threatened to vote against the rule. This is from Congress Daily (sub. reqd.): [...]

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