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SHARE Saturday, May 21, 2016 Tipping the Scales for Clinton?
The Sanders movement has shown that lots of cash can be raised from everyday people making small donations. His supporters and all of us should be outraged that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and convention officials have kowtowed not only to the corporate wing of their own party but also to those high rollers who back the opposition and ideas antithetical to a democracy.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Time for These Two Democrats to Go
Hillary Clinton should come right out and ask for the resignations of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee Chair -- and Florida congresswoman -- Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In one masterstroke, she could separate herself from two of the most prominent of all corporate Democratic elitists.
SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The Crazy GOP Establishment
The Republican establishment likes to pretend that it is the responsible alternative to Donald Trump, but that self-image doesn't match reality, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship describe.
SHARE Friday, January 29, 2016 A Step Toward Campaign Transparency
President Obama has called government "transparency" vital for a democracy. But, in practice, he has favored secrecy, keeping key foreign-policy facts away from Americans (all the better to manipulate them) and even balking at a rule requiring government contractors to disclose campaign spending, the latter only requiring a stroke of his pen, says Bill Moyers.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 23, 2016 Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It's Not Your Election!
Let's get this straight: One of the most prominent of Republican elites in the country, who has even been touted as President Obama's "favorite pundit" (we're not making this up!), is calling on the donor class to rescue the party from the rabble. Game's over, voters: The oligarchs will decide this election.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2016 A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail
What exactly did Grady Flores do to warrant spending the next six months in jail? She photographed a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, New York. The base is where the US trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2016 The Clintons' Cheap Shot at Sanders
Seeing the polls tighten, Hillary Clinton's campaign has gone on the attack against Sen. Bernie Sanders over his support for Medicare for all, accusing him of seeking to destroy Obamacare (though he voted for it). It's a deceptive assault, say Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 22, 2015 The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don't Let Them!
The selling off of the Republic, piece by piece. What was it Mark Twain said? "There is no distinctive native American criminal class except Congress." Can we at least face the truth? The plutocrats and oligarchs are winning. The vast inequality they are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people at large.
SHARE Saturday, December 19, 2015 Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits
The problem is money. Tons of it. Trump brings ratings and ratings raise advertising revenue. What's more, in an insane election cycle like this one, cash already is pouring in from the production, sale and placement of political TV advertising, cash that also makes television executives and political strategists wealthy.
(15 comments) SHARE Friday, December 4, 2015 The GOP on the Eve of Destruction
The Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union. They will do so by gerrymandering and denying the vote to as many of the poor, the elderly, struggling low-paid workers, and people of color as they can. And by appealing to the basest impulses of human nature: anger, fear and bigotry.
SHARE Wednesday, October 28, 2015 The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party's Right to be Wary
You get the picture. Paul Ryan, waiting to be crowned speaker of what was once called "The People's House," prepares for business-as-usual. Committed to the sad and sordid Washington game that has so angered Americans on every point of the political spectrum, he is about to be named one of its Most Valuable Players.
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Swimming Left, into the Mainstream
Despite pundits dismissing Sen. Bernie Sanders's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, he is drawing big and enthusiastic crowds who seem eager for ideas about rebuilding the middle class and ending plutocracy, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship note.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2015 The Big Money Behind Netanyahu
Sheldon Adelson, the casino tycoon who has proposed nuking Iran, was in the gallery as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered his "State of the Union" speech to a rapt and rapturous U.S. Congress. After all, Adelson funds both Netanyahu and the Republican Right, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship note.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 6, 2015 The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away
Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot's horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.
SHARE Saturday, November 1, 2014 Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money's Grip on Elections
The American dream has become impossible for most of us to achieve. And more and more Americans believe, quote, "there's not much opportunity to get ahead. ... A living wage, retirement security, the opportunity for your children to get ahead are increasingly out of reach. Why aren't people furious about this?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 20, 2014 Climate Change You Can Believe In
World leaders have refused to give global warming the crisis treatment that's needed, even as the evidence mounts day by day. A draft report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that the vast amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere will have "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts," and that we're already seeing the effect in heat waves, floods and rising sea levels.
(19 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 4, 2013 Gun Madness v. Gun Sanity
As the gun carnage continues across the United States, the Right won't stop peddling its bogus historical claimsabout the Second Amendment and rallying its gullible supporters to fight even modest safety laws. But victims of gun violence are finally fighting back.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 27, 2013 Do-Nothing Congress Gives Inertia a Bad Name
A January report from Public Campaign Action Fund, found that, "Companies that lobbied against bringing jobs back to America and ending tax breaks for offshoring have given McConnell one million dollars to win his elections and look out for their interests." In other words: don't hold your breath.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 11, 2013 Dr. King's Warning of "Two Americas"
Besides battering down the walls of racial segregation, Martin Luther King Jr. demanded that America address its economic barriers to fairness and justice, a challenge that may have earned him even more contempt from the power structure.
SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2013 The "Crony Capitalist Blowout"
Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, the top one percent of Americans have seen their incomes increase by 275 percent. But after accounting for inflation, the typical hourly wage for a worker has increased just $1.23 cents.