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Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream. Earlier this month, Vermont Sen. Show More Summary

Is This Any Way to Run a Country?

On March 30 the House of Commons dissolved and Great Britain entered five weeks of campaigning to determine a new government. David Cameron's five years as prime minister in the coalition government was over; it was time for voters to...Show More Summary

Nailing Exploitation

The New York Times exposé of nail salons and their exploitation of immigrant women workers in New York City cannot come as a complete shock. Aspects of it exceed the worst suspicions - not being paid at all for three months' work? Paying...Show More Summary

Reactionary-Progressive? Progressive-Reactionary? Santorum, Huckabee, Cuomo and Economic Populism

Democrats invented it. Republicans are adopting it. Win elections, the theory goes, by fiercely adopting the social issues dear to the base of your chosen party, while rejecting its economic orthodoxy. Slowly now. Andrew Cuomo was the Democrats first "Progr-actionary". Show More Summary

Gulf War 2 a Bush Disaster? So was Gulf War 1.

In light of the shocking advances of the Islamic State, the sense that Iraq is coming apart at the seams despite the huge toll of lives and treasure squandered over more than a decade, it's clear that George W. Bush's decision to invade...Show More Summary

Santorum And Pataki Jump In

For those of you keeping score at home, the list of official Republican candidates for president is growing by two names this week: Rick Santorum and George Pataki. This brings the official total to eight, as these two join those who have already declared: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. Show More Summary

$187-Million Fraud Case Should Send a Message About Charity Integrity

Last week's government action charging four cancer charities with $187-million in fraud was unprecedented: The Federal Trade Commission, 50 states, and the District of Columbia for the first time ever made a concerted push to prosecute...Show More Summary

The 'Significant Injury' the DAPA and Expanded DACA Programs Would Inflict on the State of Texas and the United States

In Texas v. United States, Judge Andrew Hanen's decision to enjoin implementation of the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs rested on the court's finding that the state plaintiffs had standing to bring the lawsuit. Show More Summary

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

We now have a fourth branch of government. As I document in my new book "Battlefield America: The War on the American People," this fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. Show More Summary

Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist. Show More Summary

Lucy and the Football

It is most unfortunate that cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the iconic "Peanuts" comic strip, is no longer with us. He died in 2000. Were Mr. Schulz still alive, he would have made a superb member of Secretary of State John...Show More Summary

It's About Power, Not Food: The True Causes of World Hunger

Some of the world's most agriculturally abundant nations are also the hungriest. Take India, for example. Last year, according to the Indian government's Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority India exported 30 million metric tons of food, worth $23 billion in U.S. Show More Summary

The Story of Lead Paint Continues Under Globalization

As Lynne Peeples' article in the Huffington Post shows, the tragic story of leaded paint is not over. In this latest installment, the good guys are nine organizations with shares in PPG Industries that are trying to do the right thing: put an end to the company's manufacturing and sale of leaded paints. Show More Summary

5 Questions About the Republican Presidential Debates

The idea was to prevent chaos. Instead, efforts to control this season's Republican presidential primary debates have injected greater uncertainty into an already volatile process. With the first debate just a couple of months in the...Show More Summary

Our Rights are "Many and Infinite": Rand Paul's Revolutionary Idea

Senator Rand Paul has never shied away from challenging conservative constitutional orthodoxy. Last week, he did so on the Senate floor. During his ten-and-a-half hour filibuster in opposition to the Patriot Act, Senator Paul boldlyShow More Summary

Spies, Lies and Politics in Berlin

BERLIN -- What to do with a party that is anti-American, sympathizes with Vladimir Putin's Russia, wants Germany out of NATO -- and whose present members started their careers in the ruling party of communist East Germany? The German...Show More Summary

Kaiser Permanente Is Retaliating Against Mental Health Whistleblowers

Kaiser Permanente is retaliating against the whistleblowers who brought much-needed scrutiny to the HMO's severely understaffed mental health services. Last month, the Oakland-based health care provider fired a respected psychologist, Dr. Show More Summary

Brain Scan

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Why Organized Labor Should Give Bernie Sanders Strong Primary Election Support

When I first met Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders, he was a pretty marginal figure in his adopted state of Vermont. It was 1976 and he was running, unsuccessfully and for the fourth time, as a candidate of the Liberty Union Party (LUP). Never heard of it? Well that's understandable because only Vermonters are still afflicted with its enduring flakiness. Show More Summary

Regulating Abortion and Boating: A Modest Proposal

The recent avalanche of state abortion regulations (for the sole purpose of improving safety) has had the desired salutary effect. Indeed, thanks to the Republican Party's preoccupation with gynecology, the risk of death from abortion has over the past decade gone from one death per 100,000 procedures to one death per 100,000 procedures. Show More Summary

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