Hundreds of People Are Getting Arrested For Democracy This Week

Hundreds of People Are Getting Arrested For Democracy This Week

“We couldn’t sit at home any longer watching democracy being undermined, so we hopped in the car and drove here from Pennsylvania,” said a mom with her two high school kids from Pennsylvania. “I had to be part of this,” said a young pharmacist from Alabama who had...
Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up

Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up

  Members of Congress are fleeing Washington’s steam bath for their August recess, making this a key time for constituents to raise their voices on crucial issues. Right now, the biggest thing lawmakers must decide is whether they’ll join the 54 percent of voters...
The Political Calculations behind Growing Inequality

The Political Calculations behind Growing Inequality

Fifty years ago, average Americans lived in a society where less than $10 of every $100 in personal income went to the nation’s richest 1 percent. Our top 1 percent are now grabbing just under 20 percent of America’s income, double the 1963 level. How did...
Global Race to the Bottom is Getting Much Worse

Global Race to the Bottom is Getting Much Worse

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations, will outsource more jobs, prohibit banking regulation, and expand corporate intellectual property rights that curtail Internet freedom and limit access to lifesaving...
Romney Passes the Torch to Taxpayers

Romney Passes the Torch to Taxpayers

One of the mysteries of life in these curious times is that millions of Americans are enjoying the benefits of government — but are either unaware of it or in denial. A 2008 study found that 40 percent of Medicare recipients, 44 percent of Social Security...
Radioactive Ties

Radioactive Ties

Not only does corporate political money shout, scream, bellow, and bay in our elections, but afterwards it quietly slips into the back rooms of power to talk softly about payback. Meet Exelon Corporation, America’s biggest electric utility, owner of our...
Overturning Citizens United

Overturning Citizens United

From tractors, chemicals and seeds, to farmers and food workers, supermarkets and consumers, there’s not a part of food and agriculture that big, often multinational, corporations don’t dominate. Much the same could be said about our democracy as campaign...
Grassroots Victory

Grassroots Victory

A coalition of some of the world’s biggest and greediest corporations, which lobbied to shift their tax burden from themselves to America’s fast-disappearing middle class, is no more. The WIN America Campaign — led by Apple, Google, Cisco, and Pfizer...
ALEC’s Comeuppance

ALEC’s Comeuppance

No one likes a smart aleck — or a stupid one, for that matter. A really stupid one is called ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, which masquerades as an “educational” group that simply assists state officials with policy research. In...
Crikey! Australia Shocks Corporate America on Trade

Crikey! Australia Shocks Corporate America on Trade

The Australian government doesn’t like it when global tobacco giants can sue them over public health laws. Corporate America finds this utterly unreasonable. Thirty-one U.S. corporate lobby groups, from the Business Roundtable to the National Potato Council,...
Jaczko Jacked up: Nuclear Energy Mugs Regulatory Commish

Jaczko Jacked up: Nuclear Energy Mugs Regulatory Commish

At Huffington Post, Ryan Grim has written a dramatic account of how the nuclear-energy industry in the United States tried to take down the commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It seems its main beef with him was that he seeks to shut down planning for...
Influence Peddler for President

Influence Peddler for President

Mea culpa, I misspoke, my bad. I stand corrected. I have called Newt Gingrich a lobbyist. Apparently, he hates that tag, even though he has indeed gotten very wealthy by taking big bucks from such special interest outfits as IBM, Astra Zeneca, Microsoft, and Siemens...