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Wikileaks set to take on corporate America

Wikileaks set to take on corporate America

Forbes has put Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on its cover, featuring an interview in which he declares his intention to expose secret documents of an unnamed large American bank.
Assange, who was also profiled in a July issue of the New Yorker, has enemies in corridors of power around the world, and shows no signs of [...]

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The Tax that started the Tea Party?

The Tax that started the Tea Party?

We stumbled across an item that Chris Douglas posted in FrumForum, that, while a couple months old, is more provocative than anything we’ve read since the election:
After Rick Santelli, a CNBC reporter, called on the floor of the Chicago commodities exchange for folks to converge in Chicago for a Tea Party, a spontaneous series of demonstrations [...]

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Democrats win?

Democrats win?

William Saleten of Slate proposes that Democrats and their leaders used their legislative power wisely during 2009-10, even if it cost them seats in the House.
Politicians have tried and failed for decades to enact universal health care. This time, they succeeded. In 2008, Democrats won the presidency and both houses of Congress, and by the [...]

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What do you think of the election results?

What do you think of the election results?

Post your thoughts in a comment below, you can add to the discussion which has blossomed on our Facebook page.

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Video: Sam Brownback as you’ve never seen him

Video: Sam Brownback as you’ve never seen him

The New York Times notes that, if elected – which seems virtually certain – Sam Brownback would become Kansas’ most conservative governor in decades.
While the governor’s office has flipped back and forth between moderate Republicans and Democrats, Mr. Brownback would be the first conservative to hold the office in at least a half century.
“At this [...]

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Could eccentric Tea-Party-backed candidates distract from their backers’ agenda?

Could eccentric Tea-Party-backed candidates distract from their backers’ agenda?

In Sunday’s New York Times, Frank Rich suggests that focusing on the eccentricities of some of the insurgent Republican candidates — dabbling in witchcraft, expressing suppport for Scientology — only serves to distract voters from the wealthy interests that they would serve if elected.  His prime example is the controversial Christine O’Donnell of Delaware:
While O’Donnell’s résumé has proved [...]

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Tea Partiers crash the party

Tea Partiers crash the party

Fall has officially begun, and the Tea Party has proven it’s here to stay, winning big victories in last week’s primaries.
That is, if we can decide exactly what the Tea Party is, points out the New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn.  Is it a decentralized, grass-roots organization, comparable to liberal and leftist groups like Moveon.org or even [...]

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How the 1970s killed the Working Class

How the 1970s killed the Working Class

Jefferson Cowie, an associate professor of labor history at Cornell, has written a book on the pivotal events of the 1970s as the New Deal coalition shattered and Thomas Frank’s “Great Backlash” took hold : Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class.
Today he writes a Labor Day Op-Ed for the [...]

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Billionaire Koch Brothers: “out to destroy progressivism”

Billionaire Koch Brothers: “out to destroy progressivism”

Do you suspect that the Tea Party movement isn’t quite the spontaneous, grass-roots popular uprising its followers would have you believe?  Then this is the read for you:
This week’s issue of the New Yorker has a comprehensive expose on the secretive right-wing political activism of the billionaire Koch brothers, whose Wichita-based energy company has made [...]

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FiveThirtyEight: Is Obama losing his cool?

FiveThirtyEight: Is Obama losing his cool?

Nate Silver, the political forecaster who famously called Obama’s 2008 victory six months before election day, reacts to Robert Gibb’s rant against “the professional left” in an interview with The Hill:
The euphoric feeling among liberals in the days between the election and the inauguration seems so quaint now — like something that happened decades ago [...]

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Robert Reich:  Guilded Age-level inequality threatens us all

Robert Reich: Guilded Age-level inequality threatens us all

Robert Reich, economist and former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, contributes an opinion piece in The Nation which is a particularly eloquent statement of the liberal case for sweeping economic reform.
Reich begins with the familiar outlines of the situation we face: for a variety of reasons, since the 1970s, a tiny share of the [...]

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