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  • GOP jobs plan: Old ideas, fancy new clip art
  • Remember 'too big to fail?' Want to see it again? - Wall Street's sense of entitlement continues. The big banks and brokerages, seeing themselves immune to punishment and abetted by lax regulators, are on the road to another crash.
  • Carl Icahn: Wall Street Back To Its Old Tricks - "We're going back to the same crap. I really find it amazing that we're almost back to where it was. (There's) just, way to much leverage, way to much risk-taking with other peoples money."
  • Speculators Helped Cause Oil Bubble
  • Too Big to Do Time?: Fed Wrist-slap for Wachovia Bank Makes a Farce of the Drug War - The U.S. government won convictions against 23,506 drug traffickers nationwide during 2010, sending 96 percent of the offenders to prison. Yet one of the biggest entities busted by the feds for involvement in drug trafficking last year received just a wrist-slap deal from federal prosecutors with nobody getting prison time; (enter Wachovia Bank).
  • After Promising To End Earmarks, Tea Party Freshmen Hog Defense Pork - Members of the Tea Party Caucus filled the latest defense appropriations bill with millions of dollars of earmarks for projects in their home districts
  • DeMint: We Cannot Compromise or Cooperate With Democrats
  • Walker: Anti-Union Bill To Go Through 'One Way Or The Other'
  • Ryan lies about Republican budget repealing health reform Medicare cuts - Speaker John Bohner started the lie and now Rep. Paul Ryan is running with it.
  • Heritage Gives Magical Tax Cuts Credit For Economic Growth That Preceded Them - They're giving credit for job creation to a policy that was enacted after the jobs were created.
  • John Boehner's Pathetic 10-Page Jobs Plan
  • McConnell: I Won't Agree To Raise The Debt Limit Without Medicare Cuts
  • Despite What Boehner Says, Republicans Have Voted To Cut Medicare, Repeatedly
  • Gov. Rick Scott Uses Sheriffs To Eject 'Liberal-Looking' People From Budget Signing Event In Town Square
  • GOP Cuts Disaster Preparedness Funds By $1.5 Billion - In response to the deadliest spring of climate disasters in decades, House Republicans are slashing billions from disaster preparedness programs, including support for firefighters.
  • New Republican 'jobs' plan calls for even more tax cuts for wealthy individuals, corporations - OK; so what's new? Just typical GOP white-wash.
  • Boehner quotes media quoting GOP's praise of new GOP jobs plan - Say what!? Did you get that? The GOP praised it's self for creating jobs; then the media quoted the GOP; now Boehner is quoting the media as proof they created jobs.
  • GOP on Medicare debacle: It's still just a messaging problem! - When you're lemon isn't selling, put some paint on it and change your sales pitch.
  • Paul Ryan favorability collapses (except inside the Republican bubble)
  • After Demanding Repeal Of Stimulus, GOP Rep. Long Attends Ceremony For Stimulus-Funded Clinic - And I bet not one single news person challanged him at the event.
  • Top Republican promises Wall Street that GOP is bluffing on debt limit
  • Paul Ryan doubles down, says seniors should pay for their own health care
  • Senate Republicans Vote Overwhelmingly To End Medicare - Just a reminder; this is what you voted for, seniors and soon-to-be seniors! Happy now!?
  • Hoyer: Medicare cuts are on the debt limit negotiating table - And now the Democrats. Did they learn nothing from the backlash on Republicans???
  • Another Doctor Bought by Big Pharma - Sanofi-Aventis lobbied the FDA to delay the approval of a generic drug that would cut into profits from the company's blockbuster blood-thinner Lovenox, which had $4 billion in global sales in 2009.
  • Followed by E-mails Show Drug Company Used Third-Party Medical Groups to Influence Regulators, Undercut Rivals
  • GOP Seeks Savings in Phasing Out Election Commission - The next step will be to shut down the Federal Elections Commission
  • Cantor Stays Firm on Offsetting Disaster Relief Spending - Cantor is using victims' hardships as blackmail to get what the GOP wants. Exactly what one could have expected.
  • How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory - The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network
  • What They Don't Tell You About Oil Industry Tax Breaks - The long, long history of tax breaks this powerhouse industry has won for itself over decades. It's a little scary, though, so brace yourself.
  • Report: Over Two Thousand Six Hundred Activists Arrested in US Protests
  • How Roger Ailes And Fox News Have Sabotaged the GOP - The case was made long ago that Fox News is a blight on the media map. It is bad for journalism. It is bad for Democracy. It is bad for America. A so-called "news" network that repeatedly misinforms, even deliberately disinforms, its audience is failing any test of public service embodied by an ethical press.
  • CFTC Charges 3 Firms With Manipulating Oil Market
  • Cornering the Oil Market is Easier Than You Think - All you have to do to corner the market is use a bunch of subsidiaries to buy up about 5 million barrels of crude. I had no idea that manipulation of something the size of the oil market was so easy.
  • Big Oil's Free Ride: Instead of working for the American people, many lawmakers are shilling for Big Oil.
  • People Who Make $250,000 Should Stop Worrying: Obama's Income Tax Plan Targets those Who Make Over $1 Million
  • Tax dodgers pocketed $24 Billion Plus - Thousands of companies that collected more than $24 billion in stimulus money from the federal government owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes
  • 39 of the Biggest Corporations Paid a Lower Tax Rate than the Average American
  • Justice Dept. and SEC Allow Companies to Investigate Themselves - When it comes to investigating corporations of bribery and other crimes, the federal government prefers to save money-and allow suspects to conduct their own probes
  • Fox News To Hire Judgment Day Preacher Harold Camping - Fox Fraud hiring a fraud!? No surprise here
  • There's Nothing 'Brave' About Throwing Seniors Under the Bus so the Rich Can Have Their Tax Cuts - If I hear one more of these talking heads repeat that it is somehow the "adult" or "grownup" or "serious" [thing to do by throwing] working people, seniors and the poor under the bus so we can continue these military occupations and continue with tax cuts for the rich, .....
  • Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden
  • Why the Rich Love High Unemployment
  • Blind Allegiance Author On Sarah Palin: 'Her Priorities And Personality...Would Lead To Disaster Of Biblical Proportions'
  • Diner Owner Thrilled To Be On Fox News (And All He Had To Do Was Make A Vaguely Racist Sign!)
  • Warmer Ocean Fueling Tornadoes
  • Why You Shouldn't Trust Speaker Boehner's "150 Economists"
  • Will Dems Give Up Their Political Advantage On Medicare In Debt Limit Fight? - YES THEY WILL! Because most have become closet Republicans.
  • Paul Ryan claims Republicans willing to negotiate on plan to end Medicare
  • Mitch McConnell: Republican plan to end Medicare would 'empower grandma' to buy her own insurance - Yeah - IF grandma could find someone to insure her and had the money to pay 8 to 10 times what the cost should be!
  • House Republicans rename 'earmarks' to 'member requests' in defense bill - More lipstick on the pig - the GOP's favorite cosmetic item
  • GOP Rep. Amash's tea party supporters boot senior citizens, reporters from event
  • Maine GOP Lawmaker Threatens To Shoot Photographer In Dunkin Donuts Parking Lot - Brought to you by those "law-abiding" Republicans"
  • Tea Party Organizers Call Security On Seniors And Reporters At Event With Local Congressman
  • Facing A Potential Upset Over Medicare, Jane Corwin Flip-Flops On Ryan Plan
  • With Speculation Running Rampant, House GOP Proposes 15 Percent Cut To Oil Market Watchdog - No surprise - Eric Cantor promised the speculators that the GOP would protect them
  • Cantor Says Congress Won't Pay For Missouri Disaster Relief Unless Spending Is Cut Elsewhere - How many votes will this cost the GOP? Probably not many!
  • REPORT: Across The Country, Conservatives Shift Taxpayer Dollars From Public to Private Schools - The GOP does not want poor people getting an education
  • Fearing Potential Upset In NY-26, Conservatives Now Insist Election Is Not A Referendum On Ryan Plan
  • Week of May 15, 2011

  • Banks Are Winning the War Against Regulators - Have regulators ever won? No! Will they ever win? HELL NO! - Our elected bought-off officials will never allow them to!
  • Despite Mining Disaster, Report Says Coal Giant Massey 'Has Not Changed' and Execs Stay on - Of course not! They're wealthy white-collar criminals.
  • GOLDMAN SACHS OF SHIT - Wall Street's Russian-style Corruption
  • The Painful Price of Republican Lies - With their mythmaking and outright lies about the debt, taxes, health care, Iraq and so much else, Republicans are risking the default of the American economic and political systems alike.
  • 400 Highest-Income Americans Paid an Effective Rate of 18.1% in 2008
  • Birtherism, the debt ceiling, climate change, evolution: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality?
  • The Reality Show You Won't See on TV: Eliminating Bush Tax Cuts Would Halt Rise in Debt
  • Big Oil Only Pays 4.4% in Income Tax to US Treasury, Uses Offshore Tax Avoidance Schemes
  • Congress ignores newly released climate change report it requested
  • House Republicans still having trouble back home over Medicare, taxes
  • After Calling Judicial Filibusters Unconstitutional, Republican Senators Line Up Behind Judicial Filibuster - Democrats are bad, but --- man, they can't hold a light to Republicans when it comes to hypocrisy.
  • GOP Predecessor On Pawlenty: 'I Don't Think Any Governor Has Left Behind A Worse Financial Mess'
  • Cantor Admits Speculators Have Helped Guide GOP Financial Policy - See what I mean? The GOP now happily admits who they govern for.
  • While Cutting Social Services, Kentucky Gives $43 Million Tax Break To Bible-Themed Amusement Park - So much for separation of church and state! And to think they're the loud-mouths on the Constitution.
  • GOP Response To Town Hall Backlash: Ban Recording Devices And Censor Citizen Journalists - Another step to control the media-Now where did I hear that before? I remember! Nazi Germany, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, China, etc., etc., etc.
  • Delta Gave Georgia GOP Lawmakers Platinum Upgrades, Then Received $30 Million Tax Break
  • Corporations United for Secrecy - These 80+ companies plus the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are on record saying, "American businesspeople should not be forced to limit the exercise of their constitutional rights under a new and oppressive regulatory scheme."
  • How the Fossil Fuel Industry Bought out the Vote to End Big Oil Subsidies
  • GOP secret strategy: Love Big Oil, hate Medicare - [The GOP] want[s] Americans to pay more for their gasoline, and more for their Medicare, while they want oil companies to keep unfair profits and insurance companies to profit from rip-off premiums.
  • Disappearing Emergency Rooms Expose GOP Health Care Farce
  • When Republicans Call Public Schools "Government-Run Propaganda Camps," All Reason Has Been Abandoned
  • Rep. Webster Threatens To Kick Out Town Hall Constituent For Asking About Raising Corporate Taxes
  • The Democrats Attack Unions Nationwide - The cover-up of the Democrats' national anti-union agenda is possible because to reveal it for the ruse it is would cause enormous disturbances for the Democratic Party, some labor leaders, liberal organizations and, consequently, the larger political system.
  • Newt Apologizes To Paul Ryan, Begs Democrats Not To Use His Own Quotes In Ads
  • Newt: I Totally Would Have Voted For Paul Ryan's Budget
  • Mortgage lenders were cheats, d'oh. Will the government treat them accordingly? - Federal auditors are accusing Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial of swindling the government, that is defrauding taxpayers, in their foreclosure activities.
  • Strong Unions: The Worst Nightmare for the Financial Elite - Man wouldn't pay you unless he had to.
  • Ponzi Schemes and Revolving Doors
  • CBO confirms spending 'cut' deal actually increased spending - The six-month spending bill Congress passed in April increased discretionary outlays through the remainder of the fiscal year by a bit over $3 billion.
  • Even Before NH Voter ID Bill Becomes Law, Illegal Signs Appear At Polling Stations To Disenfranchise Voters
  • How much does it really cost to process debit card purchases? - It cost an average of 11.9 CENTS to process a debit transaction with a debit card. Average value to bank? $1.14 - a 950% increase.
  • Did Boeing's Meet the Press Sponsorship Allow Gingrich to Lie About Company's NLRB Case? - [David Gregory] failed to challenge Gingrich on his false assertion that the NLRB was breaking the law by finding that Boeing punished workers for striking in Washington state.
  • Fox News is going public in its political giving - But we won't know how much and to whom until 2013 - well after the 2012 elections
  • President Obama promotes myth about offshore drilling and gas prices - I've said it for two years now: Obama is a closet Republican
  • For Our Top 400 Taxpayers, a Near-Record Year - America's super rich, new IRS income data show, partied on right through the depth of the Great Recession. And they shared precious little of their good fortune with Uncle Sam.
  • Time for Financial Regulators to Limit Speculation in Oil Market - Only one thing changed to cause last week's sell off in oil future: speculators decided that oil prices had reached their near-term peak and it was time to take massive profits
  • Tea Party Rebels Quickly Tamed - Faster than you can say "business as usual," freshman Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee have begun to execute Wall Street's agenda
  • Gingrich denies supporting health coverage mandate after saying he supports a mandate - Three reasons for his reversal: First (& foremost), he's NEWT! Second, he's a Republican! Third; IOKIYAR ( It's OK If You're A Republican)!
  • Newt Walks Back Attack On GOP Medicare Plan - DITTO on above
  • Ryan Defends Medicare Privatization As Strengthening 'Welfare For Those Who Need It' - Like a true Republican, he's not giving up on screwing the American public - even when the public tells him to go screw himself
  • OOPS! Historic 'Spending Cut' Bill Increased Spending By $3 Billion
  • AZ Senate President Russell Pearce Threatens To Lock Up Protesting Public Workers In Desert Tent Cities - Step No. 744? toward fascism
  • While John Kasich Cuts Education And Children's Health Funds, He Spends Millions On Casino Consultants
  • After The Senate Votes To End Secret Holds, Anonymous GOP Senator Blocks Nominee With A Secret Hold - Repeat: IOKIYAR - It's OK If You're A Republican
  • The Man Behind Citizens United Is Just Getting Started - Meet the lawyer who could turn our elections upside down.
  • McConnell: Oil tax break repeals off the table in deficit talks with Biden - Mitch McConnell willing to default country, but not willing to stop taxpayer money flowing to oil companies.
  • TEPCO Concealed High Radiation Data From Employees Sent Into Fukushima Plant - They learned well from American corporations
  • Newt Gingrich Blasts GOP Budget As 'Right-Wing Social Engineering' - My, how they become "centrist" when they're running for President
  • GOP Looks To Shock Failing Medicare Plan Back To Life With New Message - Beset by a constant barrage of attacks from the left and increasing unease on the right, House Republican leaders plan to relaunch their proposal to turn Medicare into a privatized voucher program.
  • GA GOP Gov. Nathan Deal Retaliates For Critical Report By Locking Out Journalist From Bill Signing - Republicans favor silencing the press for unfavorable view, even when it's their own press.
  • Orrin Hatch Stands Up for Those Poor Picked on Oil Company Executives - He's a Republican! What did you expect"
  • Week of May 8, 2011

  • U.S. Economy Lost Nearly 700,000 Jobs Because Of NAFTA - When the North American Free Trade Agreement was first signed in 1994, proponents said it would eventually create jobs for the U.S. economy. 17 years later the American worker only has hundreds of thousands of job losses to show for it.
  • Corporations, Federal 'Reform' Keep Shifting Healthcare Costs to Workers - Despite its $14.2 billion in profits last year untouched by federal income taxes, General Electric is now demanding that its unionized workers accept a new high-deductible "Health Choice" health savings account plan.
  • FOX "News" Obsessively Incites Racism. It's Not Even Debatable - Fox "News" sears the red-hot poker of racism into the heart of white Americans who emotionally need a scapegoat for the nation's economic collapse - and the erosion of the US Empire.
  • Megyn Kelly and Fox News Helped Sen. Ensign Cover-Up His Crimes
  • Republican FCC Commissioner Who Approved NBC Merger Becomes Comcast Lobbyist - Republican FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will leave her position with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in June to serve as senior vice president of government affairs with Comcast-NBC
  • Obama Pushes for Increase in Domestic Oil Production - Democrats want to give $2 billion in annual tax breaks to the five largest oil companies
  • CBO: Bush Tax Cuts Responsible For Almost A Third Of Deficit In Last 10 Years - One of the most maddening elements of the current political environment is that Republicans publicly obsess over deficit reduction while simultaneously supporting policies that are driving up deficits
  • McConnell: Jump first on cutting Social Security, Dems. We'll follow. Promise - Just in case you didn't get it, Republican Mitch McConnell is suggesting cutting Social Security benefits-a program that is not contributing to deficit.
  • HHS: Affordable Care Act saves Medicare $120 billion
  • Why healthcare costs so much in the U.S. - Providers charge more because they can - average medication in US is 118% more expensive than the medication in other countries.
  • Hundreds of thousands of young people insured because of Affordable Care Act - That's hundreds of thousands of dollars the previously-insured won't be paying in higher health care cost to pay for those who were uninsured before.
  • NY-26 GOP Nominee Jane Corwin Invests Millions In Companies That Ship American Jobs Overseas
  • An Average American Pays A Higher Income Tax Rate Than ExxonMobil
  • Why Are Taxpayers Giving $4 Billion Dollars a Year to Oil Companies Making $4 Billion Dollars in Profits a Week?
  • GOP Bill Shifts Oil Drilling Cases To Court Dominated By Judges With Oil Investments
  • GOP House Has Time To Honor George W. Bush, But Not Troops Who Caught Bin Laden
  • The tea party's corrupt values
  • Sen. McCain: Torture Did Not Lead Us To Bin Laden, And It Undermines Our National Character
  • 10 CEOs Who Got Rich By Squeezing Workers
  • GOP Freshmen On Medicare Attacks: Let's Let Bygones Be Bygones
  • McConnell: If You Want A Debt Ceiling Hike, You're Gonna Have To Give Me Entitlement Cuts - HELLO AMERICA! Any doubts now what the GOP intends to do to our seniors and will-be seniors?
  • Tax Holiday Sought By Multinational Corporations Would Cost $78.7 Billion - And this is another "fight-for" the Republicans are waging.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn Actively Negotiated Multi-Million Dollar Hush Money Package For Ensign's Mistress - And it's the Republicans who claim to have the moral and family values?
  • Koch Fueling Far Right Academic Centers At Universities Across The Country
  • FSU Accepts Funds From Charles Koch In Return For Control Over Its Academic Freedom - Now that the Koch brothers have decided to take over what's taught in our higher education schools, I'm sure the next thing they'll go after is what's taught in our grade and high schools.
  • SPEAKER BOEHNER CALLS FOR "TERRITORIAL" TAX SYSTEM; WOULD EXEMPT CORPORATE PROFITS SHIFTED OFFSHORE
  • Meet The Workers Who Make Your iPad: 100 Hours Of Overtime, No-Suicide Pacts, Standing For 14 Hours A Day
  • Boehner refuses to consider Democratic proposal to end big oil subsidies
  • Boehner Shares Stage With David Koch At Wall Street Club
  • Florida City Paying $2,500 A Day To Radical Union-Busting Firm To Stop Workers From Organizing
  • U.S. Corporations Pay $100 Billion in Taxes on Foreign Profits - That's to foreign governments. Maybe they should renounce their "citizenship" to the U.S. and set up house in those foreign countries. I'm sure they offer better benefits such as military protection, infrastructure, etc.
  • The GOP shield for the healthcare industry - When it comes to holding the medical industry accountable for deaths and injuries caused by medical malpractice, many conservatives switch views suddenly to support sweeping federal interventions in state law.
  • It's Time for the High Court to Live by the Rules
  • Debt Ceiling Warning: Inaction Would Double Interest Rates, Crash Market
  • The Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave - Inequality, the new dynamic of history - The Fortune 500 raked in $10.8 trillion. CEO pay soared. Wall St settled its corruption cases out of court. Can this go on?
  • Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits - Economic Recovery Measures, Financial Rescues Have Only Temporary Impact
  • Just FYI, we found that the cost of the Bush tax cuts was about $2.5 trillion between 01-10 (PDF)
  • Spending caps: just a way for them to put themselves in a position to be "forced" to cut Medicare
  • House Republicans To Long-Term Unemployed: Drop Dead - They're giving states the option" of spending federal unemployment funding on their debt instead of unemployment benefits
  • Speaker Boehner Dodges Questions About Failure Of Bush Tax Cuts
  • The Many Errors Of Fact In Speaker Boehner's Wall Street Speech
  • Study: GOP Budget Will Kick Up To 44 Million Poor People Off Insurance
  • Will The NRA Keep Supporting The Loophole Letting People On Terror Watch List Buy Guns? - Four days before the death of Osama bid Laden, the Associated Press reported that 247 people on the terror watch list legally purchased guns in 2010.
  • Reid to Boehner: If you want trillions in cuts, start with 'welfare for Big Oil'
  • LA Times Reveals US Chamber's Lobbying to Protect Corporations' Hidden Political Spending
  • The Return of the "Nobody Could Have Predicted" President - In the least surprising political development in recent years, the leading lights of the Bush administration fanned out across Americans' TV screens to give their old boss credit for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
  • The dirty energy money behind the Senate move to dismantle the EPA
  • 4,000 millionaires paid no federal income tax in 2010
  • War Against the Weak: The brutal Republican campaign to eliminate the collective rights of individuals and increase the collective rights of corporations.
  • Since 1980, the Tax Benefits of America's Wealthiest 1% Have Tripled -- And It's Not Trickling Down - MUST READ
  • Why American health-care costs so much in one (very long) graphic
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs? Liars, Liars, Liars! Republicans Focus On Abortion
  • Tea Party Leader: We'll Take The Debt Ceiling Hike If You Put Gay Troops Back In The Closet - Now think about this -- and then ask yourself if you really want the tea party running your country.
  • Boehner tells Wall Street Republicans are willing to gut Medicare - Speaker John Boehner is more blatant even than most politicians about telegraphing which constituency matters to him most: Wall Street.
  • Senate Republicans vow to gut Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Boy, are Republicans committed to Americans getting screwed by the financial sector, or what? One of the major sources of evil in their world appears to be the idea that regular Americans deserve a degree of consumer protection.
  • Paul Ryan's PAC: AARP is a 'left-leaning pressure group' - That's what seniors pay AARP to do - look out after them! As if there are no right-leaning pressure groups.
  • CEO Bonuses Rose By Nearly 20% In 2010, While Average Worker Saw Income Stagnate
  • Facing Recall, Wisconsin GOP Will Hustle Through Voter ID Bill That Disenfranchises Students, Seniors
  • Whirlpool Paid No Taxes Over The Past Three Years, Got A $64 Million Tax Refund In 2010
  • Texas GOP Rams Koch-Backed 'Loser Pays' Bill Through House, Making It Harder To Sue Corporations
  • Florida GOP Passes Radical Overhaul Of Election Law, Jeopardizing Voting Rights Of Elderly, Military, Students
  • Democrats' plan makes jobs for America - Congressional Democrats Wednesday unveiled the Make It In America plan for the 112th congress. This is a set of specific, detailed, targeted bills that clearly create jobs and restore our economic competitiveness.
  • Center for Responsive Politics / L.A. Times Collaboration Reveals How Mining Industry Helped Kill Safety Bill
  • Wall Street Journal Launches Phony WikiLeaks Clone
  • More 'isolated incidents': Wave of racist-right crimes hits Spokane area -- but it's not alone
  • Wisconsin GOP Legislature Fast-Tracks Conservative Agenda In Anticipation of Recall Successes
  • Government Take Over Of Health Care - GOP Style
  • Oops. Unless Medicare is abolished, GOP budget doesn't eliminate deficit
  • A tale of two presidents: Bush, Obama and Osama bin Laden
  • Florida Cuts Unemployment Benefits To Pay For Corporate Tax Cut
  • CEO Pay Exceeds Pre-Recession Level
  • For GOP, It's Rice to the Rescue on Bin Laden - Anybody care to guess why she was picked!?
  • Greatest Threat to America Is a Misinformed Public. Take Corporate Taxes and Jobs, for Example - When it comes to creating "facts" out of fiction - through repetition in the corporate media and by the right-wing funded echo chamber - the greatest threat to our nation may come from a misinformed public.
  • No, We Will Never Be Oil Independent - The bottom line is that if we damned the torpedoes and drilled like maniacs in every single oil-bearing formation in the country, it would....barely make a dent.
  • GOP Rep. Dave Camp: Obamacare Repeal Is Also Dead
  • How Big Oil Gouges America. Let Us Count the Ways.
  • Paul Ryan admits there's an "individual mandate" in his budget plan
  • 'Torture Memo' Author John Yoo: Killing Osama Bin Laden Was A Mistake - Now this take guts! The "lawyer" who says it's Constitutionally OK to torture people says it wrong to kill the enemy in war time.
  • Dick Cheney, the President Will Take Your Apology Now - If the ex-VP still thinks Obama's soft on terror, perhaps he should consult Osama bin Laden. Oh wait, he's at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Old Hidden Fees, Meet New Hidden Fees - David Lazarus writes about Bank of America's latest attempt to improve its bottom line via hidden fees
  • Week of May 1, 2011

  • After Subprime Schools Fundraised For Chairman Kline, They Gave Him Another $21,200 Before Crucial Vote - The for-profit higher education industry, known as subprime schools for their rampant abuses and systematic fraud, is fighting back aggressively against proposed regulations from the Department of Education.
  • After Citizens United, Conservative Undisclosed Donors Spent 8 Times As Much As Liberal Ones In 2010 Election - Thus the reason for the GOP fighting so hard to get and keep the ruling.
  • Senate Republicans Introduce Bill To Abolish The EPA - Senate Republicans have introduced legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, established 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon to give Americans clean air and water.
  • Republicans just can't handle bin Laden's death
  • Boehner, Camp: Medicare fight isn't over, just postponed - Translation: 'Just as soon as we can take over both Chambers of Congress and the White House, we'll ram it through just like we did with the Medicare prescription plan in 2003, and we won't care what the public wants!
  • Military interrogator: Torture 'slowed down' effort to find bin Laden
  • Republicans Make Power Play To Gut Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Forty four [Senate Republicans] have signed on to a letter threatening to filibuster any nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless it is dramatically weakened.
  • Obama Thanks SEAL Team Who Killed OBL For 'Job Well Done'
  • Republicans Push Back On Obama Plan To Force Disclosure Of Political Contributions - Republicans are predictably pushing back against President Obama's proposed executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political donations to third-party groups.
  • Our chronic cronyism - and corruption - America's top bankers and CEOs don't have any more talent than millions of other Americans. They do have, two timely new data dumps remind us, plenty of generous friends in pivotal places.
  • Congressional Republicans: No accountability, all credit - After two years of insisting that Bush's responsibility for all things ended the day President Obama was sworn in, now they are pushing the meme that the retired president had a role in an operation that began more than a year after he departed the White House. This is their "none of the accountability, all the credit" messaging strategy.
  • The new war on voting rights - The new [state Republican] voting bills share some important features: They all work to restrict the franchise and shrink the electorate -- in most cases, in ways that would decrease Democratic votes.
  • CONFIRMED: Right-Wingers Mostly Wrong - The most interesting conclusion of the [study] is the confirmation that liberals are accurate more often than conservatives.
  • Don't worry about Medicare. Worry about Medicaid. - The attack on Medicaid [vs. Medicare] is another story. That one might actually work. And if it does, it'll actually be worse.
  • The International Assault on Labor
  • Obama Administration Plans Corporate Tax Cut in Year of Record Profits - Part of that optimism [from CEO's] stems from the fact that Democrats and Republicans are both allies of the business world.
  • Angry Colonel: Let Me Waterboard Rumsfeld And 'We'll See If He Says It's Torture'
  • U.S. House Decides There Won't Be A Resolution Honoring Those In Bin Laden Mission - Only because a Democrat, that they just happen to hate, occupies the White House. This is what the GOP really thinks of our Military.
  • House GOP Blocks Vote On Oil Subsidies
  • Rep. Spencer Bachus: CFPB repeal effort is about stopping Elizabeth Warren - Count among the things Republicans really hate the idea that the American consumer get a fair shake when dealing with banks and other financial institutions.
  • A Democratic president kills bin Laden and the GOP world turns upside down - How far out of their way will Republicans go to deny President Obama any credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden? They'll throw their dearest values under the bus.
  • Income Inequality In U.S. Worse Than Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Ethiopia
  • Former CIA Interrogator: Painstaking Intelligence Work, Not Torture, Responsible For Bin Laden Capture
  • House GOP Unanimously Passes Anti-Abortion Bill That Redefines Rape, Raises Taxes, And Creates Rape Audits
  • Profits At Largest 500 Corporations Grew By 81 Percent In 2010
  • GOP Rhetoric Evolves From 'Jobs Is Highest Priority' To 'Nothing More Important Than Abortion'
  • Exxon Makes $30.5 Billion, So GOP Votes Unanimously To Give Them Tax Breaks
  • Orrin Hatch Thinks The Tax System Is Unfair Because It Doesn't Tax Poor People Enough
  • Corporate Propaganda Response To Town Hall Medicare Anger
  • Bush Economist Schools Bush, Republicans: Domestic Oil Drilling Won't Lower Gas Prices
  • Paul Ryan vs. the Truth - There's a lot of annoying mendacity in Paul Ryan's budget proposal, but the most annoying by far is his repeated insistence that under his plan seniors would get "the same kind of health-care program that members of Congress enjoy."
  • Ohio Republicans unhappy Republicans did what Republicans do - Given that Kasich is a Republican, and thus constitutionally incapable of telling the truth, the reality [vs. what he said] was much different.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Issa Still Defending Bush Over Lost White House Emails
  • Issa's Presidential Records Hearing Follows His History Of Bush Email Defense
  • Memo To Speaker Boehner: GOP "Research" Contradicts Oil Prices Attack
  • Quote of the Day: Lying About the Budget - It's becoming pretty clear how Republicans plan to defend their budget. They're going to lie about it."
  • Rumsfeld confirms: Waterboarding did not net intelligence that led to bin Laden
  • Cantor proposes clean vote on raising debt ceiling...with a catch - He's only be willing to hold the vote if it is guaranteed to lose.
  • Big oil, big profits, big tax breaks, big political contributions
  • GOP Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum Endorses Plan To End Medicare, Calls For Quicker Implementation - The GOP's next President; aren't all you Republican seniors and soon-to-be seniors just itching to vote for him?
  • Trump Saturation Coverage Simply Reflects Classic Media Bias
  • George Bush talks tough; Barack Obama acts tough
  • Republicans Rush to Rewrite History of Bush and Bin Laden - The only thing more predictable than Americans' jubilation over the killing of Osama Bin Laden is the Republican campaign to give George W. Bush credit for it.
  • Michigan Governor Snyder Gives $1.8 Billion Tax Cut to Business, Increases Taxes on Seniors - Efforts are underway to recall Snyder.
  • 'Free Money' About to Cause Big Problem: Welch - I got news for you Jack Welch - never mind - you already know this, but many don't: Free money from taxpayers has already caused the mother lode of problems.
  • How the press aids and abets the GOP attack on the middle class - The media pay excessive attention and give excessive credibility to the constant drumbeat of propaganda on the budget and debt streaming from those who have the most to lose if the middle class tries to get back some of what has been taken from it.
  • Shell Admits There's No Link Between Lost Subsidies, Higher Gas Prices
  • Financial crisis? What financial crisis? - Having succeeded in beating back the more radical ideas for limiting its size, its pay and its speculative excess, the financial services industry is now waging a campaign to undermine what is left of the reform process.
  • Pawlenty Defends Big Oil: Cutting Oil Subsidies Is 'Ludicrous' - The next would-be Republican President.
  • Rep. Paul Ryan Hypocritically Blames "Misinformation" For Budget Backlash - Translation: "Damn all those people who dug into my plan and exposed the facts!"
  • SEALs Mission: Kill, Not Capture - President Bush once said he wanted Osama bin Laden "Dead or Alive," but President Obama was apparently only interested in the former category.
  • Gas Prices Up, but so Are Profits and Exports as Refiners Hold Back Production - Oil companies are producing less for the U.S. market and exporting more to other countries, while taking increased profits. The result: higher prices at the pump.
  • FLASHBACK: Bush On Bin Laden: 'I Really Just Don't Spend That Much Time On Him' - Of course not! He was too focused on starting a war in Afghanistan!
  • Study: Rich People Don't Run From High-Tax States - Rich people are not flooding out of states that raise their taxes. Just another example of "untruths (lies) becoming fact before it can be undone".
  • "Our swashbuckling capitalists couldn't live without the government subsidizing them"
  • Big Companies, Special Interests Hire Private Congressional Delegations to Lobby Government - 43 different companies, organizations and special interest groups last year employed at least three former congressmen as registered federal lobbyists [and] spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying the federal government on a spectrum of issues.




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