Sarah Saylor: Senators Pull Off All-Nighter for Climate Action
Published Mar 11, 2014 - 2:25:56 PM
Last night, a group of 30 Senators stayed up all night delivering speeches to bring attention to the need for climate action. The Senators began their evening of climate speeches at 6:30 p.m. ET on March 10 and concluded at 9 a.m. ET on March 11. In the 14 hours of #Up4Climate speeches, the Senators discussed climate science, shared stories of climate change impacts on their home states, and stressed solutions and the need to apply American ingenuity and innovation to the problem of climate change.
Jim Hightower: Messing with our beer supply
Published Mar 10, 2014 - 8:22:45 AM
OK, climate change deniers. This has gone too far.
You've gone from just being annoying know-nothings to now posing a serious threat to an essential good that embodies humankind's finest collaboration with nature: beer.
Walter Ewing: Obama's 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration
Published Mar 10, 2014 - 7:10:04 AM
The Obama Administration's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of "a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women" who are in the United States without legal status. On the other hand, the budget would continue to devote significant sums of money to the detention and deportation of many of the same people for whom the administration would like to create a path to citizenship. In other words, the administration pledges that it will do its best to deport from the country the very same people it wants to help stay.
Robert Reich: The Great U-Turn
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 8:40:18 AM
Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?
Wenonah Hauter: Why Exporting Gas to Ukraine is not in our National Interest
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 8:39:18 AM
The unfolding crisis in the Ukraine and the related tensions between Russia and the European Union have become one more justification for increasing the production of natural gas in the United States and exporting it to Europe.
Peter Montgomery: Exporting Extremism
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 8:06:56 AM
In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have written anti-gay discrimination into state law in the name of religious freedom.
In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni signed an even more extremist law that sentences LGBT people to life in prison and punishes pro-equality advocacy with long prison terms.
What do these laws and others like them have in common?
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins: The War on Veterans
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 8:05:47 AM
Do you remember Cory Remsburg? He's the Army Ranger who received a standing ovation from Congress during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address a few weeks ago.
Isaiah J. Poole: Paul Ryan Misses Top Reason We Haven't 'Won' The War On Poverty
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 7:57:27 AM
Rep. Paul Ryan begins his analysis of the federal government's antipoverty efforts by repeating President Lyndon Johnson's call for "total victory" in an "unconditional war on poverty" and suggests we "figure out why we have yet to achieve the ‘total victory' Johnson predicted." He then proceeds to miss the big foe fighting against all of the weaponry that has been unleashed in this war.
Laura Clawson: Sarah Palin explains Vladimir Putin's manly qualities
Full story: Daily Kos
Jill Richardson: Popular brands of disposable diapers contain dioxins and other toxic chemicals
Published Mar 4, 2014 - 12:12:12 PM
As you probably know, disposable diapers sit in a landfill, undecayed, for generations. They're convenient for parents and caregivers but deadly for Mother Earth.
James Zogby: Netanyahu's Games
Published Mar 4, 2014 - 10:05:30 AM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never tires of inventing new hoops through which he insists Palestinians jump. As he acknowledged a few weeks back, it's all part of a cynical game that he plays in an effort to kill the chances for peace.
Wendell Potter: Dizzying array of options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes
Published Mar 3, 2014 - 8:19:42 AM
With fewer than 30 shopping days left before Obamacare open enrollment ends on March 31, if you want to get coverage through the health insurance marketplace and avoid having to pay a penalty, you should log on sooner rather than later.
Robert Reich | The Real Job Killers
Published Mar 3, 2014 - 6:52:52 AM
House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is "bad policy" because it will cause job losses.
David Suzuki: Measuring progress with GDP is a gross mistake
Published Feb 28, 2014 - 10:07:48 AM
Governments, media and much of the public are preoccupied with the economy. That means demands such as those for recognition of First Nations treaty rights and environmental protection are often seen as impediments to the goal of maintaining economic growth. The gross domestic product has become a sacred indicator of well-being. Ask corporate CEOs and politicians how they did last year and they'll refer to the rise or fall of the GDP.
Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins: Five New Reasons Monsanto's 'Science' Doesn't Add Up
Published Feb 28, 2014 - 9:55:51 AM
To hear the pesticide and junk food marketers of the world tell it, anyone who questions the value, legitimacy or safety of GMO crops is naïve, anti-science and irrational to the point of hysteria.
Maude Barlow: The human race and our planet need a new water ethic
Published Feb 28, 2014 - 8:00:54 AM
Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water.
Humanity is polluting, mismanaging, and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone "in our lifetime," the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
Dan Smith: Camp Corporate Tax Proposal Would Make Offshore Tax Dodging Easy for Large Multinationals
Published Feb 27, 2014 - 8:12:02 AM
At a time when multinational giants are shifting profits offshore at an alarming rate to avoid billions in taxes, Chairman Camp's bill would make our loophole-ridden corporate tax code even worse.
Sarah Anderson: Without any Grassroots, This Austerity Group Withered
Published Feb 27, 2014 - 7:12:40 AM
The austerity mania that plagued our political system for four years is finally subsiding. The latest sign is President Barack Obama's decision to nix the Social Security cuts he had previously included in his budget proposal.
Karen J. Greenberg: The Five Commandments of Barack Obama: How "Thou Shalt Not" Became "Thou Shalt"
Full story: Tom Dispatch
Edwin Lyngar: I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria
Full story: Salon.com
Ian Millheiser: When 'Religious Liberty' Was Used to Justify Racism Instead of Homophobia
Full story: Think Progress
Senator Barbara Boxer: The Keystone Pipeline and the Threat to Human Health
Published Feb 26, 2014 - 10:00:14 AM
We are here today to share dramatic new information that will shine a spotlight on the health impacts of tar sands oil – health impacts that are already being felt in communities exposed to one of the filthiest kinds of oil on our planet.
Subhankar Banerjee: Interpreting the Climate Impasse: A View from Indo-America
Published Feb 26, 2014 - 8:16:15 AM
The two countries I know best are India and the US. I spent the first 22 years of my life in the former, and the following 24 in the latter, where I continue to live. Recently I returned home, after spending three months in India. The combination of what I saw there in plain view, and what I see here in America, may shed some light on—why we have arrived at the climate impasse.
Sam Pizzigati: Lobbying for Tollbooths and Speed Bumps on Our Information Superhighway
Published Feb 26, 2014 - 7:57:32 AM
Back in the infancy of the Internet Age, our hippest policy wonks orated endlessly about the emerging "information superhighway."
Pamela Powers Hanley: Arizona Swims against the Tide of Growing Equality
Published Feb 26, 2014 - 7:37:40 AM
Once again, Arizona is on the brink of taking a giant leap backward. This time it's picking the wrong side in the fight for LGBT equality.
Both chambers of the Arizona Legislature recently passed a bill that would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians on the basis of religion. Painted as a law to protect religious freedom, SB 1062 redefined "exercise of religion" and dramatically expanded the definition of a "person" to include "any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity."
Morris Dees: Arizona's right-to-refuse-service agenda is as wrong as Jim Crow
Published Feb 25, 2014 - 6:19:07 PM
As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer decides this week whether to veto a bill allowing business owners to deny service to LGBT customers because of their own religious beliefs, I'm reminded of an earlier era when a similar form of discrimination was rampant.
Martha Rosenberg | Poultry Burning to Death? It's OK Says Big Ag as it Shamelessly Fights Fire Safety
Published Feb 25, 2014 - 6:36:09 AM
There is a reason hospital burn units have the highest turnover of nurses. There is a reason the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City and the 2012 Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh live on in the world's consciousness. There is a reason hell is depicted as eternal fire. Perishing from a fire is an unfathomable death.
Richard Eskow: Yes, The Left Killed the Chained CPI (White House Budget, Part 1)
Published Feb 24, 2014 - 8:23:56 AM
There are two major debates currently underway about President Obama's upcoming budget, scheduled for next week: One involves the President's proclamation that this budget will signal the "end of austerity," while the other involves the decision to abandon the chained CPI cut to Social Security benefits. We'll deal with the "end of austerity" in an upcoming piece. But first: What does a presidential budget even mean? Is it merely a symbolic document, or is it an actual working template for the federal government's coming year?
ill Richardson: Keeping Sludge Away from Your Seedlings Is Harder than You Think
Published Feb 24, 2014 - 7:23:52 AM
Spring is so close we can almost taste it. If you're a gardener, you've already counted how many weeks until the last frost, ordered your seeds, and perhaps even began starting your seedlings indoors.
Robert Reich: Inequality, Productivity, and WhatsApp
Published Feb 24, 2014 - 7:20:28 AM
If you ever wonder what's fueling America's staggering inequality, ponder Facebook's acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.
According to news reports today, Facebook has agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.
That's the highest price paid for a startup in history. It's $3 billion more than Facebook raised when it was first listed, and more than twice what Microsoft paid for Skype.