Yep: f you look at a typical presidential campaign site under a heading like “Issues,” you’ll see that there isn’t a bullet point that lists a candidate’s plans to attack the complicated issue of structural racism with specific steps. This should change. And in this, candidates can take a lesson from President Obama. His administration,… More ‘How a politician can chalk up wins against structural racism’
It’s staggering to consider that no sitting American president has visited a federal penitentiary. And why should he? Republican want to burnish their tough-on-crime bonafides. Democrats have wanted those bonafides. That’s why I give Barack Hussein Obama credit for taking lame duck status seriously. As his poll numbers rise, he has made it difficult for… More Obama Unbound
So the P5+1 and Iran have reached a deal on delaying Iran’s development of nuclear weapons for ten years. Before Bibi Netanyahu runs to John Bolton’s shoulder for a good cry, let’s make clear what the alternative could’ve been. Larison: This will limit Iran’s nuclear program more effectively than a decade of sanctions and coercive… More ‘I bet the hardliners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands’
If true, this is big news: the Department of Labor may propose a rule that will increase the percentage of the workforce eligible for overtime. The rate, set at $23,660, will double to $52,000. Policy Mic quotes EPI’s example: <blockquote[A]n assistant manager at a fast-food restaurant with a salary of $24,000 and who spends 95%… More Overtime!
If the air smells rank and Americans feel an uncontrollable tremor, it’s not that Tash has entered America — it’s Donald Rumsfeld, the human pustule, separating himself from a democracy project that he no longer espouses because he’s been exposed as someone who didn’t believe this twaddle in 2001 anyway. He is worse than cynical… More ‘A new round of alarmism’
Boy, we sure love personalities, don’t we? Musicians, actors, politicians, even traitors (to quote Dana Perino) like Edward Snowden, who has never stopped being the story about the American surveillance state. Very well. Let’s recap what we learned from the man whom Charles Pierce calls the International Man of Luggage: Rather than transmitting information to… More “Post-terror” world, my fanny
Isaac Chotiner interviews Seymour Hersh about his story debunking the Obama White House’s claims regarding the death of Osama bin Laden. It does not go well: Chotiner: Well let’s talk about sources. A lot of the reporting that got us into the last stupid war was based on bad and often anonymous sources. Is there… More ‘I warned you, that I am really irritable’
No, domestic spying does not go on. Why worry? The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal. Internal agency documents show for… More Spy and punishment
The struggle over giving ‘fast track’ legislation to the Trans Pacific Partnership has another dimension. Central to Elizabeth Warren and other’s problems with TPP is a piece called Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS. This is “neutral international arbitration mechanism that creates a stable legal environment, facilitating investments in countries where investors might fear unfair legal… More Elizabeth Warren: ‘possible to punch holes in Dodd Frank without directly repealing it’
Katrina vanden Heuvel is not my favorite representative from the left, but this column nails it: It has come to this. To sell his trade treaty — specifically the fast-track trade authority that would grease the skids for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), President Obama is mobilizing a coalition anchored by corporate lobbies,… More Democrats ‘stunned’ by intensity of lobbying mounted by White House
That I’m aware of only MSNBC has produced any coverage on the mysterious Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global trade deal that would make NAFTA look like National Post Office Day. Not even FOX News has touched it. Reading the story in the NYT during a semi-comatose plane ride yesterday morning, I had to read the following… More You down with TPP? You know me!
How long will this woman , Cynthia Louis, wait in line to vote for Rick Scott’s Republican successor in 2018? Louis, 57, has been unemployed since fall of 2013. Before then, the mother of three worked for Burger King for nearly 25 years, preparing and serving breakfast and lunch to Miami customers. “Work is fun… More Which would you choose — a hard or soft option?