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The Insidious Education-Industrial Complex - And How It May Ruin Your School

Most of us fundamentally understand that our political system is deeply corrupt. Our politicians are bought and sold. Our capital city teems with corporate lobbyists and our government legislates "greed is good" at every chance it gets. Show More Summary

28 states virtually ignore mental health gun database

Arizona, Up Slightly From Bottom, Is 1/20th of Top Registration Rate Over the weekend, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) issued a press release pointing out that 28 states have submitting less than 100 mental health records to the background...Show More Summary

False "equivalency" claims first victim: 63-year-old shooting victim arrested for mumbled threat

On Friday, on Democracy Now! Amy interviewed Eric Fuller, a 63-year old disabled veteran who was one of the wounded survivors of the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords. Shot once in the knee and once in the back (with shrapnel),...Show More Summary

Ann Coulter's Justifications for Murder

It is tragic that it took the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder and wounding of 18 others to bring home to most of us the horror of years of rightwing violence, threats of violence, and public murder fantasies. Show More Summary

The Becking of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

By Chip Berlet Cross-posted from Talk2Action From a moral viewpoint Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is the victim of demagogues such as Glenn Beck and his allies at Fox News and in the Tea Party Movement. This is not about legal liability but abour moral culpability. Show More Summary

The Giffords Tragedy Was Easily Predictable--In Fact I did Predict It

Below is a piece I wrote for The Huffington Post not long ago, which sums up the situation we knew we were dealing with after a deranged man tried to kill members of a Panama City, Florida School Board (and really well before that). Clearly, there's a lot of anger in America right now. Show More Summary

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot at public meeting--conflicting reports on condition

[UPDATE 2:37 PM EST]: Giffords is in surgery--Hospital spokesperson tells MSNBC Giffords was shot in the head at close range at a routine public meeting in Tuscon. NPR had reported she was dead, but a sheriff in contact with hospital just told MSNBC/NBC news that she was still alive. Show More Summary

Helping Krugman hunt zombie lies

I've always been more of a Vampire Slayer man myself, but when duty calls.... The hunt for the lair of zombie lies takes us to Goerge Akerloff's early work introducing cognitive dissonance into economics. Paul Krugman has been focusing...Show More Summary

Misinformation is ubiquitous, but Fox leads the way, new study shows

On Countdown Friday, Chris Hayes reported on a new study from the Program on International Policy Attitudes and at the University of Maryland, dealing with media misinformation and the 2010 elections. The pollShow More Summary

Obama to pre-emptively gut Social Security? Could return the Democratic Party to 1894

So warns Robert Kuttner: Obama to blink first on Social Security The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats. Show More Summary

Another lethal oligopoly: gun lobby keeps ATF powerless to stop cross-border spread of crime guns

Following up on Cliff's diary, here's a survey of a major journalistic effort to expose hidden systemic aspects of the gun violence problem, and the role the NRA plays standing in the way of finding solutions and saving lives--including...Show More Summary

A Progressive Win? No Mandate to Buy Insurance, But Mandate to Sell You Insurance Still Preserved

Over the last day, the mediasphere has been ablaze with talk that Republicans and their insurance industry backers supposedly won a huge victory with a Virginia court's ruling that the mandate to buy private insurance is unconstitutional. Show More Summary

Poison pill for Social Security in Obama's "Grand Bargain"?

As if the extension of Bush's millionaire tax cuts weren't bad enough, yesterday, at FDL, Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works warned about a booby trap in the package threatening: The End of Social Security President Obama and the Republicans will say that the payroll tax holiday is all about stimulating the economy. Show More Summary

Fed's bank bailouot topped $9 TRILLION in loans--made TARP "pocket change" says Bernie Sanders

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve finally released the data on trillions of dollars worth of secret low-interest loans it madeto banks and other institutions during the height of the financial crisis. Three banks received a total ofShow More Summary

Extended unemployment benefits run out today. Senators call for 1-year extension

Extended unemployment benefits are about to run out today. If al Qaeda really wanted to hit America where it hurts, this is what they'd do. But there's no need, since the GOP is poised to do it for them. A letter from 29 senators toShow More Summary

Progressive think tank alliance produces shocking new budget proposal: GROW the economy!

Demos, The Century Foundation and the Economic Policy Institute, in a joint venture, Our Fiscal Security, have just released a new report, "Investing in America's Economy: A Budget Blueprint for Economic Recovery and Fiscal Responsibility."...Show More Summary

Congressmember Bob Filner: Confronting racist Tea Party violence on election night

Yesterday morning, I heard an interview with San Diego Congressmember Bob Filner on a local Pacifica radio program. Filner talked briefly about the violent confrontation that he and some supporters experienced at the hands of his opponent, Nick ?"Gunny Pop" Popaditch, and some of his supporters on election night. Show More Summary

National day of action against wage theft

Yesterday was a national day of action against wage theft. Although almost entirely ignored in the media, wage theft is an enormous problem, dwarfing all other forms of theft in LA, Chicago and NYC, and heavily concentrated among the...Show More Summary

2nd "deficit reduction" report hits: shock doctrine attack on middle class intensifies

Just as the Tax Policy Center releases its analysis showing how heavily tilted the tax changes in the Simpson-Bowles plan are: Income Quintile Tax Shift Lowest 47.0 Second 19.1 Middle 6.7 Fourth 0.5 Top -1.9 All 0.8 a second such plan...Show More Summary

Catfood Commission co-chairs TOTALLY blow it (and I'm so glad they did!)

Catfood Commission co-chairs Alan Simpson & Erskine Bowles have released their own draft "deficit reduction" plan, as HousesofProgress notes in Quick Hits. But they weren't supposed to do that. They were supposed to get at least 14 out of 18 Commission members to agree to a plan by December 1. Show More Summary

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