Big lawsuits are great opportunities to look at the state of mind of reporters, pundits and bloggers. I have posts on the case focused on the facts, the law and what they say about the Department of Justice. Of course, my biases are obvious: I think the DOJ refused to enforce the laws against fraud by Wall Street executives, that the refusal to investigate and enforce the law was a deliberate policy choice by President Obama, and that policy was intentionally put into practice by Attorney General Eric Holder and the head of the DOJ Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer. Others show their biases as well.
|By: masaccio Tuesday February 12, 2013 4:48 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 14, 2013 10:25 am|
Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), government prosecutors enjoy wide discretion. Typically, a prosecutor would push for a punishment proportional to the harm done by the crimes alleged. In Swartz’s case, it is clear this did not happen. JSTOR declined to press charges, but the government pursued the case anyway.
|By: Gar Alperovitz Friday December 7, 2012 4:57 pm|
Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional experimentation and innovation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders in communities around the country.
A vast democratized “new economy” is slowly emerging throughout the United States. The general public, however, knows almost nothing about it because the American press simply does not cover the developing institutions and strategies.
For instance, a sample assessment of coverage between January and November of 2012 by the most widely circulated newspaper in the United States , the Wall Street Journal, found ten times more references to caviar than to employee-owned firms
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 6, 2012 8:55 am|
n a rather unusual move, ultraconservative South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint (R) is going to resign at the beginning of next year.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 21, 2012 7:21 am|
Having the governor of the state say the straw poll is no longer useful could give many potential candidates an excuse to skip the rather expensive event. Candidates who may not naturally appeal to the heavily evangelical make up of the event will probably be glad to have another good justification for not wasting money on it.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 25, 2012 10:12 am|
Top CEOs from 80 large companies across a variety of industries have joined the push for a grand bargain deal that could happen during the lame duck session. In a statement organized by the well-funded Fix the Debt campaign, the CEO’s called for a bipartisan deal to reduce deficit the by increasing revenue and cutting spending.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 9, 2012 9:20 am|
Only weeks, if not days, away from Mitt Romney announcing his pick for the running mate, several prominent conservatives are pushing very hard for Rep. Paul Ryan. Just today the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Rich Lowry of the National Review joined the chorus in favor of Romney.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 24, 2012 11:50 am|
At least a dozen traders from nine global banks conspired to rig the benchmark Libor interest rate, according to the latest report from the Wall Street Journal. The traders reportedly worked together to target the Libor when it would positively impact their profit margin. This occurred from at least 2005 to 2011. It’s revealing a third batch of LIbor bid rigging extending well beyond the initial financial collapse period.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 12, 2012 5:44 pm|
One of the ways that supporters of California’s Prop 32, the Trojan horse initiative to silence union activity in elections while facilitating corporate campaign spending, will probably press their case publicly is by claiming that unions spend ungodly amounts of money on politics.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 30, 2012 2:00 pm|
Somewhat more voters want their political leaders to stand for their convictions than want the to reach compromises with the other side. This is switch from 2008, when more wanted the President to seek the middle ground.