White House Brings In Oligarchy Heirs To Discuss Future

By: Monday April 21, 2014 12:05 pm

Though President Obama noted wealth inequality as the defining issue of our time and said “I realize we are not going to resolve all of our political debates over the best ways to reduce inequality and increase upward mobility this year or next year or in the next five years”, less than a year later and the White House is bringing in the heirs to America’s great fortunes not to discuss help with bringing back a meaningful inheritance tax, but planning how those soon to be oligarchs want to shape the country. Talk about a mixed message.


U.S.: Deus ex Machina or Sorcerer’s Apprentice?

By: Sunday January 12, 2014 9:00 am

In May of 2012, President Obama addressed graduates at the U.S. Air Force Academy in these terms:

“I see an American century because no other nation seeks the role that we play in global affairs, and no other nation can play the role that we play in global affairs.”

Less than two years later, not only has the president’s claim of American exceptionalism been widely derided, the country is in disarray on the world stage.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement News and Overviews

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 5:20 pm

There’s still been absolutely no transparency on the deal that just wrapped up its 16th round in Singapore on March 13 with 600 credited corporate trade representatives in attendance. Still Congress hasn’t been privy to the text despite demands by Ron Wyden, et.al.. Japan had apparently been offered a slot in the past, but only yesterday asked to be let in on the negotiations. Business has some heavy issues with it, though not in aid of thee and me, except for Congress-critters representing states where the automobile industry is key. That’s likely legitimate, or at least the UAW thinks so. I can’t remember now what led me to this video from New Zealand this morning, but it’s an overview of why itsourfuture.org.nz is working so diligently against it.

Pardon John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower Convicted of Classified Leak

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 1:54 pm

Days before John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer convicted of a classified leak, is scheduled to be sentenced to thirty months in jail, support for him is growing.

The Confines of US Elections & the Scorn a Person Can Face for Challenging Them

By: Friday January 6, 2012 4:06 pm

Various “progressive voices” that agree or sympathize with GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s positions on wars, foreign policy and civil liberties have spoken in favor of the possible impact Paul could have on debate in this country during the 2012 Election. Those individuals have been quickly met with fervent disapproval from liberals who have reflexively suggested that any comments that could be considered supportive of Paul essentially mean one is “endorsing” Paul, urging people to support someone who opposes reproductive rights for women, arguing there are only marginal differences between Paul and President Barack Obama and that Paul just might be their secret political hero.

Daniel Ellsberg at White House and Quantico This Weekend for Bradley Manning

By: Saturday March 19, 2011 7:35 am

I’m on chauffeur duty again this weekend, driving Dan Ellsberg to the White House for a rally today at 12 noon. Tomorrow we’ll be at Quantico for the demonstration, and FDL will be live streaming the event.
I’ll be live tweeting the events. You can follow me here.

Early Morning Swim: Jane Hamsher, Alan Grayson and Ralph Nader Discuss Tax Cut Deal on Lawrence O’Donnell

By: Friday December 10, 2010 4:43 am

Krugman weighs in: “This political reality makes the tax deal a bad bargain for Democrats.”

The Third-Party Temptation

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 5:56 pm

A large number of Americans would vote for a viable third-party candidate for president. Now, if we could only find one…

The Disease of Jaded Cynicism

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 5:22 pm

It has become fashionable on the Left to feign a world-weary cynicism. The “Audacity of Hope” is often considered a utopian conceit, and a New Fatalism has descended upon the Left. We must not be afraid of the inspiration that we got from the Audacity of Hope, even if our prophet seems to have feet of clay.

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