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  • 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox "News" Uses to Brainwash Americans
  • JP Morgan Calls For Corporate Tax Break That JP Morgan Analysts Found Won't Work
  • VIDEO: Constituents Confront Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) For Holding Debt Negotiations Hostage Over Tax Cuts For Rich
  • When Scientists Take to the Streets It's Time to Listen Up
  • Independence Day for Corporations and the Wealthy; Hard Times for the Rest of Us - Sit back, get uncomfortable, and choose any one of these facts to make you mad.
  • Shafting the Middle Class With Debt, While Wall Street Fattens Its Profits
  • McKinsey Backpedals on Health Care Reform Study
  • Why the GOP Loves the Debt - [Republicans] need the debt to push through their radical and unpopular agenda.
  • SEC allows companies to bend the rules, with no follow-through
  • Fossil fuel companies and Koch brothers pour cash on climate change 'skeptic' Willie Soon
  • Republicans Are Intentionally Sabotaging the Economy
  • Let's Buy Our Government Back From Special Interests - Estimated Cost: $14 Billion
  • Eric Cantor's short bet reveals real GOP debt ceiling weakness
  • This should leave no doubt as to where the mainstream media stands - Media Continues To Treat Anti-Health Care Decisions As More Important Than Pro-Health Care Decisions
  • Since 2009, 88 Percent Of Income Growth Went To Corporate Profits, Just One Percent Went To Wages
  • Senate Republicans To Oppose Trade Deals If They Include Aid For Displaced Workers - They are willing to ship our jobs overseas, but "to hell with those who loose their job."
  • Winners and Losers From the Great Recession
  • House GOP Ignores Thomas Ethics Scandal To Launch Frivolous Attack On Justice Kagan - A favorite GOP plow: "bait & switch".
  • Republican Senators Defend Corporate Jet Tax Loophole
  • A trillion here, two trillion there, and pretty soon you're talking the real cost of a decade of war
  • The Free Market Fails at Food Safety - National Archives food exhibit reminds us why we have 'big government'
  • How 11 Corporate Titans Profited After Failure
  • Default Deniers or How the GOP Learned to Love Uncertainty - When it comes to perpetuating the Bush tax cut windfall for the wealthy, Republicans have long been the party which cried "uncertainty." But with economists, business leaders, think tanks and international financial bodies now warning of those dire consequences, more and more Republicans hell-bent on gutting spending and preserving gilded class tax breaks are having no qualms at all about the economic uncertainty they alone are responsible for producing.
  • We Know the GOP is the Corporate Party? Where is the Main Street Party? - The G.O.P. doesn't care how blatant or how transparent their game is. It believes, since it has done it before, that it can trick the American people into thinking that its party's intentions are holy.
  • Govs. Rick Perry And Rick Scott Go AWOL During State Emergencies To Attend Secret Koch Event
  • Investigators: Massey Energy Falsified Safety Record At Upper Big Branch Mine
  • McConnell To Vote Against Free Trade Deals If They Include Aid For Workers Who Lose Their Jobs
  • Report: Failing To Raise The Debt Ceiling Would Lead To Immediate Cuts To Social Security
  • Documents Reveal Bachmann Benefited From And Relied Upon Government-Funded Earmarks
  • Bipartisan Bill Would Force Congress to Wait for Pensions as Long as other Americans - But wait! They're "better" than the rest of us; why should they have to wait?
  • CEO Ron Johnson paid Sen. Ron Johnson (R-self) $10 million, settling campaign debt. Is it legal?
  • [Gov.] Rick Scott Tried To Disband The Florida Highway Patrol
  • While Fighting To Block SEC Investigation Of Goldman Sachs, Rep. Darrell Issa Bought Goldman Sachs Bonds
  • California Health Insurers Spread Cash To Groups Opposing Rate Regulation Bill - Cash that should be used to pay for patient care.
  • Top Economist: Even Brief Default Will Cause New Recession And Blow Recovery 'Out Of The Water' - and the RNC Chairman thinks Americans Will Say 'Well Good' If The U.S. Defaults On Its Obligations. - Yeah! For about 3 days!
  • After Taking A $10 Billion Bailout, Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Outsource 1,000 Jobs To Singapore - And a big Goldman "THANK YOU" goes out to American taxpayers.
  • Cisco Asks For New Tax Break After Dodging $7 Billion In Taxes
  • Republicans Quit Debt Negotiations Because 5:1 Cuts-To-Taxes Ratio Wasn't Good Enough - Of course not! A 100:1 ratio wouldn't be good enough for them.
  • Coburn/Lieberman Plan Cuts Medicare To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Wealthy
  • Senate GOP To Dems On Debt Limit: 'Give Us Huge Medicare Cuts, Or Raise It Yourself'
  • Blow To Public Financing At The Supreme Court Litigated By Koch and Walton-Funded Groups - Why not!? The GOP OWNS the Supreme Court.
  • Ex-Bachmann Chief of Staff: Michele's Not Cut Out for White House - And we needed to be told this???
  • New Expose Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards - And we think we're not in for a Fukushima Daiichi event!
  • CBS' Bob Schieffer calls out Bachmann for her lies on 'Face The Nation'. She responds by prevaricating - [He] tried to pin her down on her many and numerous outright lies, as PolitiFact recently examined in some detail. And as usual, she did her usual blob-of-mercury routine.
  • Heritage Foundation Has Different Standards For Bush And Obama - Read this; it's very informative.
  • McConnell and Kyl Peddle GOP Whopper on Taxes and Debt
  • GOP's Privatization Future is Indiana's Nightmare Present - The nightmare is in Indiana after they implemented the same thing Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to give us nation wide.
  • Republicans Rejected Ending $72 Billion Corporate Accounting Gimmick In Debt Talks - The key word here is "gimmick"
  • GOP Whip McCarthy: Oil Subsidies Off The Table In Debt Talks, But Medicare Cuts Have To Be Part Of The Deal
  • CHART: States That Cut The Most Spending Have Lost The Most Jobs
  • Bachmann Personally Benefited From Earmarks, Then Falsely Claims She Never Did
  • Top Republican Tax Writer Chooses A Bigger Deficit Over Tax Increases For The Rich - Question: "Would you rather reach [a deficit of] 3% [of GDP] even if it required some revenue increases, or hold the line on revenue and settle for a higher deficit?" Answer: "What we want to do is not have higher revenues."
  • Tyson Foods Paid Penalty for Bribery, but No Executives Charged (As Usual) - Once again, as often publicized, white-collar criminals are never punished.
  • Georgia's Harsh Immigration Law Leaves Crops Rotting in Fields - The price of being a radical right-wing state.
  • Republicans continue to flip out over NLRB doing its job - Eveidently only laws they like are to be enforced.
  • President Obama wants Wall Street's money, but he needs working America's votes
  • Now That Banks Can't Use Overdraft Charges As License To Steal, They Plan To Screw Debit Card Users Instead
  • Insiders Warn "Shale Plays are Just Giant Ponzi Schemes" in Bombshell-Laden NY Times Piece on Natural Gas, Fracking
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann Regrets Saying Obama Has 'Anti-American Views - Now that she's a "serious" candidate for President, Bachmann just keeps "changing" what she "believes".
  • CNN Investigation Reveals Congressional Staffers Received $6.1 Million In Bonuses - The Democrats are the biggest abusers by far; which makes one wonder if CNN would have published this had the reverse been the case.
  • Week of June 19

  • Corporate Tax Holiday Would Shift Investment, Jobs Overseas: Report - That's what they did after they got a "tax holiday" in 2004.
  • Economy Expected to Have Major Slide in Months Ahead
  • Don't These Politicians Have Any Heart At All? New COLA Proposal Cuts Especially Deep Into Social Security Benefits For Women - In plain english, the Republicans plan to screw people on Social Security--so they can give rich people bigger tax breaks. If you're one of them, are you happy now that you voted for those "big-hearted compassionate" Republicans?
  • A further explanation of the previous link - Implications Of Chained CPI For The Very Elderly
  • Signs Your Governor May Have A Koch Problem
  • Republican Rep. Blasts Own Party For Fannie/Freddie Lies And Shoddy Housing Policy
  • Exclusive: Oil Industry Forms New Astroturf Group To Manipulate 2012 Republican Primary In Iowa - We're supposed to be surprised that the GOP is being bought off by corporations??????
  • Wisconsin Justice Prosser 'grabbed fellow justice around the neck' prior to union bill decision - The whole country has tried to tell us Prosser was a psycho.
  • The GOP vs. Democracy - The true fault lies with the GOP and its maximalist demands. Eric Cantor's withdrawal from the Biden budget talks shows yet again that the GOP cannot negotiate-because negotiating means accepting something you don't like.
  • Cantor abandoned debt talks to protect the rich - Not even a surprise anymore... this is what caused Eric Cantor to bolt from the debt-ceiling negotiations entirely, rather than have to listen to such scary stories.
  • GOP Blew Up Debt Negotiations To Protect Tax Breaks For People Making $500,000 Or More
  • Republican claim that Cantor's walkout was planned doesn't add up
  • Top Dems Provide Fresh Detail On High-Income Tax Proposal That Led GOP To Abandon Debt Talks
  • Memo To House Republicans: Following Reagan's 1982 Tax Increase, Economy Boomed, Unemployment Fell
  • Running in the red: How the U.S., on the road to surplus, detoured to massive debt
  • House Appropriations Committee takes first shot at crippling the CFPB - No consumer protections from the banksters for you! That's the verdict from the House Appropriations Committee, which voted Thursday to slash the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's budget by more than half.
  • Inside the Koch Brothers' Expensive Echo Chamber - Video
  • Meet the "Christie Democrats" - They helped Christie pass an anti-union and anti-pension bill. And you thought Democrats were Democrats?
  • How to make the deficit disappear in a decade: Do nothing
  • Texas Republicans To Perry: Stop Lying About Preserving Our Rainy Day Fund - "We've got to get the message right. There's been a lot of misinformation out there that there's $6 billion in the fund that's not been used. It's been used," said Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock.
  • 10 Things the GOP Doesn't Want You to Know About the Debt - With details.
  • CHART OF THE DAY: New GOP Governors Tanking Nationwide
  • If NJ Assembly Approves Christie's Pension Plan, Teachers Will Pay More Than Millionaires Were Asked To Pay - For crying out loud! How much more will it take before the citizenry quits playing politics and start standing up to their assassins!?
  • Baucus: There are Medicare cuts in debt limit negotiations - "Medicare cuts - additonal Medicare cuts" - for revenue increases. Presumably that means they were already talking Medicare cuts, and then tossed in extra ones in order to try to get some revenue increases. DAMNED (closet Republican) DEMOCRATIC TRAITORS!
  • JPMorgan Chase Fined $154 million in Goldman-Like Case - Which is the only "punishment" any bank will ever receive. The fine will come out of the shareholders pockets and those responsible will keep their spoils and laugh all the way to the bank.
  • CBO: Doing Nothing On The Budget Leads To Primary Balance In 2017
  • Oil Subsidies-Denier Rep. Rob Bishop Finally Acknowledges Some Special Giveaways To The Oil Industry
  • Senate Democrats Call For Obama To Replace Bank-Friendly Regulator
  • House GOP Votes To Repeal Measure Boosting Transparency In CEO Pay, Claims It 'Provides No Benefit' - Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee yesterday voted to repeal a provision of the Dodd-Frank law that requires public companies to disclose the ratio between the pay of their executives and that of their median worker
  • CHART: Corporate Tax Holiday Pushed By GOP Increases The Amount Of Money Corporations Invest Offshore - "in each of the three years following the 2004 tax holiday, these companies increased the amounts of new 'permanently reinvested' foreign earnings by three times as much, on average, as they had in the each of the ten years before the holiday"
  • $260,000: The Cost Of Creating A Single Job Under George Allen's Corporate Tax Cut Plan - At $10K per year in paid taxes, it would take 26 years before the tax cut plan would begin to pay off.
  • Van Jones' Lawyer Sent Cease And Desist Letter To Fox News, FNC Says 'It's Under Review' - This may be the only option to stop Fox Faux from lying. That is, of course, until the case reaches the GOP's Supreme Court.
  • Congress Rebrands Earmarks as "Programmatic Requests" - LIPSTICK ON A PIG! Congress may talk big about the deficit and debt, but when it comes to their "relection finance", they don't care how big the deficit and debt is.
  • Sending A Shock Through The Market, PIMCO Director Bill Gross Says Fiscal Conservatism Doesn't Equal Job Growth
  • Rep. Price Tries - And Fails - To Get Medicare Trustee To Say Health Care Reform "Ends Medicare As We Know It"
  • CBO: We'll only have giant deficits if Congress wants giant deficits
  • Quite Simply, Republicans Have No New Solutions: They Just Strangle Progress
  • Rand Paul: America's hungry seniors should turn to charity - The attitude of the entire Grand Old Party.
  • The Growing Desperation of the "Don't Raise Taxes on the Rich" Crowd
  • Democrats Explicitly Call Out GOP For Sabotaging The Economic Recovery
  • House Ways And Means Chairman Owns Stock In Nearly Half The Companies He Has Called To Testify On Tax Reform
  • McConnell Does Wall Street's Bidding: 'The Less We Fund' Regulators, 'The Better America Will Be'
  • Republicans Call Rule That Would Make Union Elections Fairer An 'Outrage,' 'Misguided,' And 'Reckless'
  • 32 Corporations Spent More On Compensation For Top Executives In 2010 Than They Paid In Income Taxes
  • How Corporate America came to dominate our discourse
  • Medicare Is A More Accurate Payer Than Private Insurers
  • Clarence Thomas Decided Three Cases Where AEI Filed A Brief After AEI Gave Him A $15,000 Gift
  • Cantor On Tax Reform: 'We Are Not Opposed To Revenues' - 'Heh, heh, heh! Just as long as it comes from the working class and not corporate America and the wealthy. Wink-wink! Heh, heh, heh'.
  • Gov. Scott Rejects Millions In Health Aid For Seniors, Children, And Disabled To Grandstand Against Health Law
  • Ohio GOP Blindsides State Senate With Radical Voter ID Provision In Election Reform Bill
  • Paul Ryan Claims Boeing, Which Has Paid No Taxes In Three Years, Has An 'Extremely High' Tax Rate - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan appeared on CNBC today, where he endorsed giving a $78 billion tax break to some of the nation's largest corporations, even though an identical plan passed in 2004 failed to deliver on its promise of economic growth and job creation.
  • Global Corporations Crush Small Businesses and Then Blame It on the Government
  • Congressional Trading on Advance Info Not Illegal: SEC - The SEC has largely determined that [Congressman] trading stocks based on advance knowledge of action in Congress is not insider trading. [M]embers of Congress can [buy and sell] shares in expectation of the effect that their own action has on the company's stock price.
  • Right-Wing Reps. Spent Thousands Of Taxpayer Dollars On 2009 Rally Disguised As Press Conference
  • When Did the US Begin Sacrificing Freedom and Democracy for Corporate Governance and Wealth as a Sign of Virtue?
  • Rigging the 2012 Election - An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging. But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper.
  • Aides To GOP Governor Indicted For Trying To Suppress Black Voter Turnout In 2010 Campaign - Two top aides to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) were indicted Friday for trying to suppress Democratic voter turnout by ordering misleading phone calls that discouraged voters from going to the polls.
  • Ryan Endorses Huge Corporate Tax Giveaway: 'It's A Good Idea, We Ought To Have It Every Day'
  • Former GOP Aide: Senate Republicans Would Even Block Ben Franklin If Obama Nominated Him - "[I]t's not the appointees Republicans care about, it's the obstruction."
  • AP Bombshell: U.S. Nuclear Regulators "Repeatedly" Weaken Safety Rules or are "Simply Failing to Enforce Them"
  • The worst tax cut in Washington [One] would vastly increase deficits now and into the future and would permanently lower the tax rate on overseas income from 35 percent to 5 percent.
  • Wisconsin: The GOP's meth lab of democracy - Sometimes it's useful to take a peak at what the Republican Party is doing in the states just so can get a preview of what they'll do should they regain both the Senate and the White House in 2012.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Cut Medicaid Without Public Hearings
  • Obama Impersonator Tells Racial Jokes At GOP Conference [and gets big laughs], But Yanked For Mocking Republicans
  • Justices Have Been Forced To Resign For Doing What Clarence Thomas Has Done - Justice Clarence Thomas is an ethics problem in a black robe. Just eight months after ThinkProgress broke the story of Thomas' attendance at a Koch-sponsored political fundraiser, we learn that Thomas doesn't just do unethical favors for wealthy right-wing donors - they also do expensive favors for him.
  • With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America - For years, statistics have depicted growing income disparity in the United States, and it has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. The largest single chunk of the highest-income earners, it turns out, are executives and other managers in firms.
  • Week of June 12

  • Paychecks as Big as Tajikistan - Executive Pay Compared to Earnings-and GDP
  • BP Continues to Increase Donations to Federal Political Candidates - Oil company BP continues its slow climb out of political purgatory, as its political action committee on Friday reported donating thousands of dollars in May to federal-level politicians hailing from a variety of states
  • The Wealthy Want to Stop Upward Mobility In America and Make Being Rich a Members Only Club
  • Wisconsin Republicans file fake Democrats in six recall primaries
  • Justice Thomas Caught Up In Yet Another Ethical Tangle
  • At Republican Leadership Conference, Obama Impersonator Tells Racist Jokes; Audience Laughs
  • The $113 Billion Hole: Ten Things America Gave Up This Year To Pay For The War In Afghanistan
  • Super PAC Registrations Accelerate, Favor Conservatives
  • Today Conservatives Have Become Little More Than Corporate Bootlicking Goons
  • Ohio: Campaign to repeal SB 5 collects over 714,000 signatures, 231,000 required - The campaign working to repeal the heinous anti-worker bill in Ohio has collected more than three times the required signatures to put a referendum to overturn the bill on the November ballot.
  • Paul Ryan May Personally Benefit From Preserving Billions In Taxpayer Oil Subsidies - The congressman stands to make money from his stakes in four businesses that lease land to energy companies which would benefit from $45 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in his proposed budget.
  • JPMorgan Chase Gains Booming Profits after Suckering Alabama's Biggest County
  • Ron Paul: Champion of greed, not liberty - This would outrage the Founding Fathers if they were with us today to defend their dream against impostors who call it liberty, but advocate selfishness and greed, and call it freedom, to excuse corruption and fraud.
  • AARP's Social Security Bombshell
  • As Richest Pay Lowest Taxes In A Generation, Bachmann Would End Income Tax For 23,000 Millionaires
  • Anthony Weiner Resigns, Prostitute Enthusiast David Vitter Continues To Be Embraced By GOP Leadership
  • McKinsey official wrote previous survey contradicting current McKinsey insurance study - The mysterious methodology of [the] McKinsey and Company study on employer-based insurance.
  • Another Decade of Bush Tax Cuts Will Cost More than Twice as Much as the First Decade - Extending the Bush tax cuts from 2013 through 2022 would cost $5.5 trillion.
  • GOP Votes To Slash Funding For Oil Speculation Watchdog - The bill also contained "a $30 million cut to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)," which is the federal agency charged with policing the nation's commodities markets, including the oil market.
  • After Campaigning Against The Stimulus, GOP Freshman Attends Opening Ceremony At Stimulus-Funded Jobs Center
  • What Goldman Sachs did wrong in three sentences
  • Mitt Romney - Net Worth Over $200 Million - Tells Unemployed People 'I'm Also Unemployed" - How dumb do you have to be to say something like this to people who have absolutely no source of income and no savings?
  • Fake Science Advocate Has Fake Degree - So what's new!? This is soooooo typical of right-wing operations.
  • Perry's Texas Has Highest Percentage Of Minimum Wage Jobs In The Nation"
  • Former CIA Admits They Sought Information To Discredit Juan Cole For Bashing Bush - I don't think this surprises anyone if they remember a systematic campaign of attack the Bush administration applied to anyone who criticized them: Joe Wilson [Valerie Plame], Scott Ritter, Don Siegelman, the list is long and distinguished.
  • Wealthy Members of Congress Get Richer Even As Economy Sinks and Millions of Jobs Are Lost
  • Senator Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Stop Rampant Oil Speculation - A provision in last year's Wall Street reform law required federal regulators to clamp down on speculators, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has refused to do so.
  • Audit Debunks GOP's Latest "ObamaCare" Conspiracy - In the report, which was conducted on behest of House Republicans, the GAO concluded that the Obama administration granted or rejected waivers based on objective criteria, not partisanship.
  • After Accepting $290,000 from Tobacco Industry, House Conservatives Push 'Cigarettes For Children' Amendment
  • Report: Stimulus Helped Nearly 300,000 Families Avoid Homelessness
  • Republicans Use Bully Tactics to Block Law Enforcement in Boeing Case - What would an average person-liberal or conservative-say if members of Congress attacked a U.S. attorney for simply enforcing the law of the land in court against a powerful criminal suspect? And how would he or she react if those same politicians then threatened the government prosecutor with loss of his job?
  • Glenn Beck suggests Americans need to get a gun to deal with Obama and Sunstein
  • GOP Cuts To Food Aid For Seniors And Food Banks Equals One Day Of Bush Tax Cuts For Millionaires
  • Surprise! Bank of America "Significantly Hampered" Federal Investigations
  • Number Of High-Income Households Paying No Income Taxes Almost Doubled Between 2007 and 2008 - An IRS study released today reports that the number of people with yearly incomes over $200,000 who paid no federal income taxes almost doubled between 2007 and 2008
  • What Paul Ryan Won't Tell You: Private Insurance Rations Health Care - Republicans have created the illusion that private medical insurance is universally generous and all-encompassing in its coverage. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.
  • Wis. GOP's Fake 'Democrats' To Cost Taxpayers More Than $400K - And this is the same Republicans who are busting unions because they have to "cut cost to lower the deficit"????
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Reinstates Union-Busting Bill - Just to clarify: the state Supreme Court is top-heavy with Republicans.
  • Corporate Lobbyists Get What They Paid For From Wisconsin Justice David Prosser
  • Gingrich's Charity Funneled $200K Back To His For-Profit Company - Will his "tax-exempt" charity now be investigated by the IRS?
  • GOP Rep. Issa Thinks Republicans Always Resign After Ethics Scandals
  • Rep. Cantor's Selective Outrage Over Sex Scandals
  • Allegations Federal Officials Aided Wall Street Short Sellers Spurs Inspector General Inquiry - The Department of Education Inspector General (IG) has confirmed she is conducting an audit to review claims the agency provided Wall Street speculators with potentially valuable inside information about upcoming regulation.
  • Frank Luntz admits making up story to get media attention - Don't know who Luntz is? He's the "genius" who writes all the talking points for the GOP.
  • Memo To GOP: Medicare Is Better At Controlling Costs Than Private Insurers
  • Maine GOP Chair: We Must Make It Harder To Vote Because 'Democrats Intentionally Steal Elections'
  • Ohio GOP Sen. Defends Budget That Favors The Rich: Wealthy 'Suffer Along With The Rest Of Us'
  • Report: U.S. Needs To Create 21 Millions Jobs This Decade To Return To Full Employment
  • House Republican Budget Confirms That Life Begins At Conception And Ends At Birth
  • USGS: Global Warming Drives Rockies Snowpack Loss Unrivaled in 800 Years, Threatens Western Water Supply
  • After David Koch Leaves NIH Board, NIH Hands Down Long-Delayed Classification Of Top Koch Pollutant As A Carcinogen
  • The Republican attack on financial regulationRepublicans aren't content with blocking anyone and everyone from leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Next week, they're planning to attach a series of anti-Dodd-Frank amendments to a noncontroversial economic development bill. One amendment would neuter the CFPB. Another would repeal the whole law. And there's more amendments.
  • Corporations Using Tax Breaks for New Equipment and Profits, But Not Hiring
  • The Rich Are Destroying the Economy
  • The conservative war on facts
  • Shrinking The Vote: Using Election Reform To Decrease Turnout - As the U.S population grows and the number of eligible voters continues to climb with each election cycle, a disturbing trend of limiting voter access to the polls is taking place.
  • Mother Nature is Just Getting Warmed Up: June 2011 Heat Records Crushing Cold Records by 13 to 1
  • Bachmann Calls For Huge Corporate Tax Cut Alongside Tax Increase For The Working Poor
  • Santorum: Doctors Providing Abortions To Rape And Incest Victims Should Be Criminally Charged
  • Week of June 5

  • CFTC Chairman: 90 Percent Of Bets On Rising Oil Prices Come From Speculators
  • Oil Market Regulator: Consumers Are Paying A 'Wall Street Speculative Premium' For Gas
  • McConnell Confirms Senate GOP Will Block Any Consumer Protection Bureau Nominee - The GOP is going to do what ever it takes to protect Wall Street regardless of what it cost consumers.
  • Rep. Lamar Smith's Fight to Make Bribery Easier For Big Business
  • The 'Big Short' and Goldman's New Story
  • Sneaking the Plutocratic Agenda Into State Law
  • Paul Ryan Calls For The U.S. To Default On Its Obligations
  • After Exxon Finds A Month's Worth Of Oil In Gulf, GOP Rep. Claims It Proves We Have 'Abundant' Oil Reserves
  • Another Decade of Bush Tax Cuts Will Cost More than Twice as Much as the First Decade
  • How Can the US Solve Its Problems When the Corporate Media Has Turned Into the National Enquirer?
  • Bill Moyers on His Legendary Journalism Career: "Democracy Should Be a Brake on Unbridled Greed and Power"
  • Welcome Back To The Casino. Instead of Mortgages, Now They're Gambling With The World's Food Supply
  • When did greed become the core engine of American greatness?
  • Large Majorities Of Elderly, Most Informed Oppose Medicare Privatization
  • Including Bush tax cuts, Pawlenty's tax plan would cost $10 trillion by 2021
  • Oil Companies (and Their Koch-Funded Front Groups) Run Campaign to Raise Ire at Gas Prices, Protect Profits
  • Former GOP Rep. Admits He's A 'Spoiler Candidate' In Wisconsin Recall Race - "Candidate's" response: "I donít know how I could avoid being considered that."
  • Wis. GOP Senate Leader: There's Nothing Cynical About Running Fake Candidates - Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) is standing by the state GOP's new strategy of recruiting fake Democratic candidates for the state Senate recalls
  • After getting busted, Wisconsin GOP tries to justify backing fake Dems in recall primaries
  • Can you believe Congress wants to slash more than $1 billion from Head Start to give to corporations?
  • Pawlenty Plan Would Cut Income Taxes for Richest 400 Americans by 73 Percent
  • The Bush Tax Cuts Are the Disaster that Keeps on Giving - Debt Would Be at Sustainable Levels Without Them
  • And Then There Were Three: Three Full Meltdowns Confirmed At Fukushima
  • The Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin Gives Goldman a Rubdown - Sorkin has written an elaborate defense of Goldman in the New York Times "Dealbook" section, arguing among other things that Lloyd Blankfein probably did not commit perjury and that the bank did not have a huge directional bet against mortgages in 2007. As evidence, Sorkin cites unsubstantiated Goldman documents and Goldman sources.
  • 10 Years, 10 Failures for the Bush Tax Cuts
  • House Republicans Look To Privatize Social Security
  • Media Matters Exposes TV News Bias Against Climate Action: "76% Of Total Guests Were Opponents Of GHG Regulation"
  • Americans For Prosperity Places Fake Eviction Notices On Detroit Homeowners' Doors To Scare Up Support - So why isn't someone being prosecuted for this????????
  • The Economic Legacy Of The Bush Tax Cuts - No Job Creation, Stunted Growth
  • Political payback? GOP donors enjoy huge tax breaks - several [homeowners] helped power last year's GOP political campaigns, the tax cut will yield tax savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars and maybe even more than $1 million for a few.
  • Taxpayer Dollars Still Bailing Out Banks - None of America's largest banks raise money on the free market. Every single one of them is propped up by an implicit taxpayer guarantee. It is a huge subsidy by taxpayers to the banks, enabling them to be far more profitable than they would be otherise.
  • How The Kochs Built An Oil Speculation Empire
  • The law is for the little people - Power grows from the barrel of a gun. And the wealthy can purchase a whole lot of guns. There is only one power that has ever managed to even halfway prevent the wealthy from simply taking everything at gunpoint, and that is the power of the People as a whole getting together and using the wealth they produce to buy their own guns to offset the wealthy.
  • Bill Kristol admits the truth: 'The corporate tax rate is not killing big business in America.' - When the number 1 neoconservative in the country says something like this, you can bet it was a stupid idea in the first place.
  • The Republicans' Medicare Bumper Sticker - "Republicans: Trying to kill Medicare since 1965!"
  • How Fraudulent is the GOP Budget Plan? It Wouldn't Even Make a Dent in the Deficit - The Republican budget plan is the purest expression of the Right's longstanding desire to dismantle the social safety net. It's not about the budget deficit - that's simply a premise -- it's the "Shock Doctrine" in action.
  • Palin fans attempting to edit Paul Revere's wikipedia page - to make it match her botched verison of history that she later doubled-downed on.
  • Week of May 29

  • Republicans continue rich tradition of blaming their candidates - You have to hand it to the GOP. Even with all the evidence that Ryan's Curse poses a mounting problem for Republicans across the country, Republican leaders are firmly digging in their heels
  • Republicans still trying to put lipstick on their Medicare-ending pig - The problem here isn't with how they're selling the message: it's that the substance of the message they're trying to sell just won't ever receive the support of the American public.
  • Moody's Reveals Huge Taxpayer Subsidy for Banks - The news that Moody's is reviewing the debt ratings of Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup shows how dependent these banks have been on the invisible and unwilling support of the American taxpayer.
  • Opposition to Elizabeth Warren extremely well funded, inherently sexist
  • During The Great Recession, 12 Major Corporations Made $173 Billion In Profits And Had A Negative Income Tax Rate
  • Meet The Billionaires Who Are Trying To Privatize Our Schools And Kill Public Education
  • U.S. Worked To Scuttle Haiti Gas Development Deal On Behalf Of Big Oil
  • "Unprecedented" Issa Policy Prevents Oversight Democrats From Selecting Their Own Witnesses - Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) "unprecedented" demand that all Obama administration witnesses called by the majority be designated as minority witnesses, in lieu of allowing the members to select their own witnesses.
  • Debunking The Top Lies About The Republican Medicare Scheme
  • The Republican Party's War on Democracy - All of the current efforts to reduce the number of people who vote are aimed at disenfranchising Americans who are less wealthy, less mobile, less knowledgeable about voting requirements - and, of course - the young, particularly on college campuses.
  • Wisconsin Democrats to go forward with recall of Scott Walker
  • MANY OF BOEHNER'S ECONOMISTS ARE REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS
  • Last Ten Years Of Wage Gains Lower Than During The Great Depression
  • Asked About Being Viewed As A Pawn Of Koch Industries, Rep. Mike Pompeo Replies: Koch Is 'Amazing'
  • Talking Point Revived: Republican Claims That 2013 Bush Tax Cut Expiration Is Creating 'Uncertainty' - Hey, why not start early? This false claim worked out great for the GOP last year, thanks to Obama.
  • 12 Corporations Pay Effective Tax Rate of Negative 1.5%on $171 Billion in Profits; Reap $62.4 Billion in Tax Subsidies Exxon Mobil, Boeing, Verizon, Others Illustrate Why Revenue-Raising Reform is Needed
  • May Cable News Ratings: Fox News Gets Stomped - This is what happens when people can no longer deny what's being said on the air
  • Moody's Reveals Huge Taxpayer Subsidy for Banks - It's not as if we didn't already know this - it was just a matter of having someone officially expose it. That's part of the reason for the following headline.
  • US Fed Balance Sheet Hits Record Size
  • Caught on tape: Wisconsin GOP looking to run fake Democratic candidates in recall elections - A secret recording has revealed that high-ranking officials in the Republican Party of Wisconsin are actively seeking to run spoiler, fake Democratic candidates in the upcoming recall elections. The recording indicates that this effort stems from the very top of the Wisconsin GOP
  • Gov. Christie Thinks A Family Making $6,000 A Year Is Too Rich To Qualify For Medicaid
  • Transportation Dept. Vows It Will Never Again Delay Shutdowns of Unsafe Bus Companies - It's a crying shame when it takes people getting killed before government agencies will do their job
  • Rep. Issa's Oil Spill Oversight Witness Is An Ethics Nightmare
  • After Cutting Taxes For Millionaires, Gov. Christie Wants to Eliminate Medicaid For Minimum Wage Earners
  • House GOP Cuts To Nutrition Assistance Equal To One Week Of Bush Tax Cuts For Millionaires - But eating isn't important. What's important is that millionaires pocket more money.
  • Ignoring the constituency - Again and again, Republicans are ignoring what the voters sent them to do: create jobs, help people who've been harmed by the Great Recession, fix public infrastructure, strengthen the public safety net. Instead, at state and federal levels, they do just the opposite, catering to the big corporate money that got them there.
  • Latest in House Republicans' Dog & Pony Show: Boehner Rolls out Partisan Hacks Cloaked as "Economists"
  • Maine's LePage signs law easing child labor restriction
  • Richest One Percent Of Americans Control 40 Percent of Wealth - It probably won't end up on the evening news - massive news organizations controlled by the world's wealthiest people don't tend to focus on the gap between the rich and everyone else.
  • 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling - The nation's mounting debt is largely attributable to wars, a recession and tax policies President Obama inherited from his predecessor.
  • America Loses 112,000 Jobs in May - Well, I guess all those "job killing tax policies", mainly for the wealthy, the GOP was harping on late last year just didn't work! Who would've every thought!!?? (See ticker at top)
  • The $7 Trillion Lie: Palin Falsely Claims Debt Has Grown More Under Obama Than 'All Other Presidents Combined" - When Obama took office the debt stood at $10.6 trillion. After inheriting two wars and the worst economy since the Great Depression, the debt has grown by $3.7 trillion since Obama has been in office. Palin is off by about $7 trillion.
  • Rick Scott Can't Explain Why He Took Obama Stimulus Money After Denouncing It - When confronted with his hypocrisy, he fumbled to find a plausible answer
  • The poor pay no taxes? That's a big surprise to them - The claim is simply a part of a bigger plan: DIVIDE & CONQUER
  • A Decade of Magical Tax-Cut Thinking: Got a revenue surplus? Cut taxes. Got a budget deficit? Cut taxes. Got a toothache? Cut taxes
  • How to Make Media Reflect the Popular Views of Americans, Not Those of Elites - You absolutely must read this.
  • Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: An Insider Exposes How Palin Is Focused on Riches, Not Governing
  • McConnell keeps lying and the media keeps letting him get away with it
  • Wells Fargo: Americans Will Have To "Get Used To" High Unemployment - "But we - the bankers - will only get 'used to' becoming richer."
  • Republicans Play Debt Ceiling Joke on Themselves - [They] voted to add $6 trillion to the U.S. national debt over the next decade. And that means, as Speaker John Boehner acknowledged, Republicans now and in the future would have to increase the debt ceiling - repeatedly.
  • How the Republicans Repackage Repeated Failures as Success -- And the Media Buys the Scam
  • Bachmann: I want to become a 2012er to save America from socialism - AND TURN AMERICA INTO A COUNTRY RULED BY FASCISM!
  • While Slashing Aid To Main Street, GOP Budget Drops Tax Rate For Richest To Lowest In 80 Years
  • Ryan's Medicare Plan And Cost Shifting To Seniors
  • Another one of those "isolated incidents": Anti-Abortion Extremist Arrested For Trying To Murder Abortion Providers In Wisconsin
  • The Tea Party Rewrites The Constitution - The Tea Party movement has begun a disturbing new initiative to rewrite constitutional history in American classrooms.
  • What you should know about what Republicans want to do to Medicaid
  • Theories and Hoaxes Are Blurring Reality
  • Vermont Passes Single-Payer Health Care, World Doesn't End
  • SEC Illegally Bought $1 Million Worth of Useless Apple Computer Equipment - In addition to bungling its job looking for billion-dollar Wall Street fraudsters, such as Bernard Madoff, or allowing employees to surf for porn, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) itself broke the law by buying faulty computers.
  • David Brooks: If GOP Wants Public Support For Medicare Reform They Must Be 'More Crafty' - TRANSLATION: "You've got to do a better job of pulling the wool over the public's face!"
  • How Republicans Are Convincing Themselves That A Debt Default Wouldn't Be So Bad ó And Why They're Wrong
  • Judd Gregg joins Goldman Sachs - Another "Revolving Door" ex-government employee.
  • Forget Ideology: Conservatives Need to Develop a Basic Sense of Right and Wrong




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