The Myth of the Pro-Labor Democrat
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Are there really any politicians who could qualify as “labor Democrats” or should this category be consigned to the status of fiction?
The Rise of Our Dumbocracy
Gary Corseri: This is one busy guy! And smart! Being somewhat hip, and accelerating towards codgerdom, I must declare that Paul Craig Roberts is simply one of America’s best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline.
Time Now to Normalize Relations with Cuba?
Tom Hayden: But while causing traffic jams on an interstate bridge is an outrage, how does it compare with a lone Senator flaunting his own president, fomenting US military interventions, and sabotaging a possible bridge to Cuba? Time will tell.
Black Is More Than a Skin Color
Sheria Reid: Tea Party Republicans have figured out if they have their own black folks, in limited numbers of course, then they can refute the accusations of racism and proudly declare, "We have our own black people; we're not racists!"
He Hunted Osama bin Laden, He Breaks Into Nuclear Power Plants
Tina Dupuy: So how exactly does someone—a retired Special Ops guy in this case—go about penetrating a hard target professionally? Simple, Fury says. He employs the same tools he used in Delta Force: disguise, diversion, and deception.
Will Big Oil Kill More in the Amazon?
Stephen Wallace: They have been told there is oil under the jungle where they live. They have also been told the outside world wants it. Why are they so afraid? Because the Anchaur know what has happened in other parts of Ecuador and Peru where drilling has occurred.
Mitch’s Tough Out
Berry Craig: The other day, Grimes swatted another one into the cheap seats after McConnell got the expected NRA endorsement. She promptly tweeted a renewal of her months-old challenge to the senate minority leader to meet her on a gun range.
UN: America Anything But Land of the Free
Kevin Uhrich: The U.S. usually stands in judgment of other countries, but the script has been flipped in this case, with America now being portrayed as a bully and a villain, not only abroad, but at home as well.
Global Warming, Waste, and Greed
Walter Moss: In keeping with our unrestrained consumptiveness, the commonly accepted basis of our economy is the supposed possibility of limitless growth, limitless wants, limitless wealth, limitless natural resources, limitless energy, and limitless debt.
Los Angeles Issues
Justin Chapman: Six candidates looking to replace former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca trade barbs, ideas for reform at Pasadena forum.
Dick Price: Called “Boxing for Sheriff: Business As Usual Vs. New Ideas,” the latest in a series of debates among the seven candidates to replace departed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca broke out in a rash of finger-pointing, hot glances, and shaking heads.
Caroline Heldman: Occidental College administrators have given conflicting explanations for the 27-case gap in its 2012 sexual assaults report, and some of their explanations are blatant violations of federal reporting requirements.
Jim Hightower: One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: “Stop the vilification of wealthy people,” is their cry.
Ellen Brown: Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.
Robert Reich: At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do.