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David Sirota is a full-time political journalist, best-selling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist living in Denver, Colorado. He blogs for Working Assets and the Denver Post's PoliticsWest website. He is a Senior Editor at In These Times magazine, which in 2006 received the Utne Independent Press Award for political coverage. His 2006 book, Hostile Takeover, was a New York Times bestseller, and is now out in paperback. He has been a guest on, among others, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and NPR. His writing, which draws on his extensive experience as a progressive political strategist, has appeared in, among others, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the Nation magazine, the Washington Monthly and the American Prospect. Sirota was a twice-a-week guest on the Al Franken Show. He currently serves in a volunteer capacity as the co-chairperson of the Progressive States Network - a 501c3 nonpartisan organization.

In the years before becoming a full-time writer, Sirota worked as the press secretary for Vermont Independent Congressman Bernard Sanders, the chief spokesman for Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, the Director of Strategic Communications for the Center for American Progress, a campaign consultant for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and a media strategist for Connecticut Senate candidate Ned Lamont. He also previously contributed writing to the website of the California Democratic Party. For more on Sirota, see these profiles of him in Newsweek or the Rocky Mountain News. Feel free to email him at lists [at] Note: this online publication represents Sirota's personal views, and not the official views of the organizations he works with.

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NYC: New York Times Building, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 9, 2021
The Thumb On The Scale The New York Times published a screed from pollster Mark Penn and former New York City lawmaker Andrew Stein demanding Democrats abandon their promised agenda ahead of the midterm elections.
Kyrsten Sinema, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Call Their Bluff Right Now As millions of Americans are being cut off from jobless benefits, pulverized by health care costs, bankrupted by the COVID economy, and battered by the intensifying climate apocalypse, the country has spent weeks watching Sen. Joe Manchin issue royal edicts from the deck of his luxury yacht, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema toggling between spa fundraisers and a European vacation.
Post Office Independence California, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 27, 2020
The Goodfellas Scheme To Destroy The Post Office - TMI Lawmakers deliberately manufactured a USPS financial crisis and now Trump is using the turmoil to justify burning the whole place down.
5/26/2020 Wall Street, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 31, 2020
Who Exactly Is Doing the Looting, and Who's Being Looted? Working-class people pilfering convenience-store goods is deemed "looting." By contrast, rich folk and corporations stealing billions of dollars during their class war is considered good and necessary "public policy" aided and abetted by arsonist politicians in Washington lighting the crime scene on fire to try to cover everything up.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 12, 2015
Prosecution of White-Collar Crime Hits 20-Year Low Holder has recently defended the administration's record of not prosecuting any individual financial executive involved in the financial crisis. He says the fines the administration has assessed against financial institutions were effective. Left unexplained is how those cultures have supposedly changed when many of the same individuals who were involved in the financial crisis have managed to avoid any punishment.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 5, 2015
Why Biden's Bankruptcy Bill Could Complicate a Presidential Run Biden earlier this month met with Warren, a Wall Street critic who is well-known among Democratic voters. The meeting was widely seen as an effort by Biden to try to convince the Massachusetts lawmaker to support his prospective White House bid. While some Democratic activists are pining for a Biden-Warren ticket, Warren's writing suggests such a political marriage would be more than a bit complicated.
Hillary Clinton, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 7, 2015
Hillary Clinton Says She Didn't Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Considering all the evidence, Clinton nonetheless pretending she had nothing to do with TPP is clearly a strategic calculation: She is betting that few voters will notice the gap between her rhetoric and her own record. It is certainly a cynical tactic. Time will tell if it is a politically shrewd one.
Donald Trump in Laredo, Texas, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2015
More 2016 Candidates Embrace the Donald Trump Zeitgeist ... Including Hillary Clinton Donald Trump may get all the attention for flamboyantly embodying such a cavalier attitude. However, the cynical view of the electorate -- and the attendant say-absolutely-anything attitude -- has now become the pervasive zeitgeist of the hopefuls in the entire 2016 campaign.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 18, 2015
Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force All of a sudden, Silicon Valley has surpassed many traditional political powerhouses as a source of campaign cash. Specifically, in the last election cycle, technology firms delivered more money to candidates for president and Congress than defense contractors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, the automotive industry and Hollywood.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 27, 2015
How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Gives Corporations Special Legal Rights Opponents of the TPP say the new deal would do little to increase enforcement, and much to give companies special rights. Sure, corporations may still be considered people under U.S. domestic law -- but under American trade policy, they get far more rights than almost everyone else.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 19, 2015
Jeb Bush's Audacious Announcement Jeb Bush's announcement address at Miami Dade College this week was an extreme makeover that included passages that likely had America doing a double take. He did not offer voters a run-of-the-mill speech. He delivered a tour de force of sheer audacity. The trouble is, it's the kind of audacity that assumes America will never bother to consider even the most basic facts about Jeb Bush.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2015
Has the U.S. Learned Anything From Edward Snowden's NSA Revelations? While Snowden's critics say he should come back to the United States to air out his grievances in open court, journalist Glenn Greenwald notes: "He's barred under the Espionage Act even from arguing that his leaks were justified; he wouldn't be permitted to utter a word about that."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 6, 2015
Can Jeb Bush Be His "Own Man"? Jeb Bush will no doubt have more opportunities to try to distinguish himself from his family members. If he can't, though, even the enormous advantages that come with his last name might not be enough to carry him to victory.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2015
Hillary Clinton's State Department Authorized Billions in Arms Sales to Foundation Donors While Clinton was secretary of state, her department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors. That figure from Clinton's three full fiscal years in office is almost double the value of arms sales to those countries during the same period of President George W. Bush's second term.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 22, 2015
Amtrak's Spectrum Gap Amtrak had for years failed to acquire adequate rights to broadcast communications signals through the public airwaves. Without these so-called spectrum rights, Amtrak's trains could not communicate with the electronic brains of the safety system, preventing its use along key stretches of track.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows After Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, more states and cities are considering a similar path for themselves. At the same time, the cannabis market is looking less like a music festival and more like a Silicon Valley confab -- upscale, data-driven and focused on investors.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2014., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 10, 2015
Christie's Administration Is Facing Another Investigation In recent months, details have emerged showing that Christie officials have directed lucrative pension management deals to some financial companies whose executives have made contributions to Republican groups backing Christie's election campaigns. Additionally, Christie's officials have admitted that they have not been fully disclosing all the fees the state has been paying to private financial firms.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 1, 2015
In Defense of Hillary Clinton, Democrats Embrace Citizens United Decision Is it morally acceptable for firms to pay a public official's spouse while those firms are getting government contracts from the agency headed by that same public official? That's a matter of opinion, and if the Democrats want to now champion the ideology behind Citizens United, that's their right.
From High rise buildings: High rise buildings, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2015
Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street Currently, about 9 percent -- or $270 billion -- of America's $3 trillion public pension fund assets are invested in private equity firms. If CEM's calculations are applied uniformly, it could mean taxpayers and retirees may actually be paying double -- more than $10 billion a year.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2015
A Deepening Democratic Party Divide For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times. National Democratic politicians may not yet be hearing the message, but if they hope to hang onto power, they probably should start listening.

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