Why I Want the Koch Brothers to Buy the LA Times

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Joe Mathews: Most American newspapers today are owned by little-known rich people or faceless corporations, and it’s rare that papers do things that people love or hate. The LA Times suffers from this same malady: It’s unthreatening and predictable.

What Activists (Should Have) Learned in 2012

Randy Shaw: Activists are in far better spirits than one year ago. Progressives see that the public is on their side, and, unlike in the aftermath of the 2008 elections, are staying engaged in the major policy struggles that elections are supposed to be all about.

Why the Democrats Will Win This Election

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the continuing economic disaster, despite lingering racism across white America, despite the daily uncertainties of the world outside our borders, Barack Obama wins again. His victory in 2012 means that Republican ideology is a failure.

The Debate We Never Had

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Joe Palermo: It has become clear by now that the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, views American society as an aggregate of atomized individuals each seeking to maximize personal gain

Billionaire Dispatches: A Good Time To Be A Billionaire

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: President Romney will usher in an America where only our tiny minority gets to thrive while the rest of you succumb to debt peonage. And being Billionaires will feel extra special once again!

Billionaire Dispatches: We’re Buy-Partisan

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: “Corporatist” Dems pander to the same socially liberal causes as their fellow Dems, but when the time comes, they vote on our behalf to deregulate and privatize and outsource and downsize.

Billionaire Dispatches: Welcome to Charlotte

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Clifford “Felonious Ax” Tasner: All of us were out in force in Tampa last week, but there aren’t enough Billionaires in Charlotte to fill a clown limousine. It’s mostly our entertainment and media moguls who are here.

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

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Walter Brasch: What does matter is that by stonewalling, obfuscating, and refusing to give full disclosure, he appears to have something to hide.

Dreamers Sign Up: A Great Day for Activism – and for America

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Randy Shaw: Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists.

Battle Corporate Schools Locally to Win Nationally

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Mark Naison: The first step is to join the discussions about how public education is being destroyed wherever it takes place.

Government “Debt” Isn’t What You Think

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Worrying about government debt is like worrying about the monster under the bed. The issue isn’t debt, it’s power.

Who Is Sheldon Adelson and What Has Newt Promised Him?

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Robert Reich: Never before in the history of American politics has a single couple given more money to a single candidate and had a bigger impact than Sheldon Adelson and his wife – all courtesy of the Supreme Court and its grotesque decisions that speech is money.

Stop Picking on Poor Plutocrats

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David Swanson: After 10 months of election obsession and lesser-evilism, this place could look more or less the way it would have had Occupy never arisen.

A Billionaire Comes A’Whinin’

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Joseph Palermo: Apparently for the captains of industry and high finance it’s not enough for Obama to be a faithful servant of their narrow class interests, they also want him to bend down and kiss their rings.

The Troops and Occupy Wall Street

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Tina Dupuy: Meet the new face of Occupy Wall Street: Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine and Iraq War vet who was shot in the head with a “non-lethal round” during a raid on Occupy Oakland last week.

Billionaire Bagger Bamboozles L.A. Downtown Dems

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Brad Parker: With no plan in hand, the city leaders of Los Angeles are chortling about how a new Football Stadium for an imaginary NFL Team will usher in an era of jobs, jobs, jobs for all Angelenos.

50 Million Will March

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Brent Budowsky: I believe that the first big winner of the 2012 campaign is the Occupy Wall Street movement, whether or not it participates in electoral politics.

Own It, Barack!

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Lucia Brawley: The more hard-hitting and direct you are the better. The more you own your critics’ ammunition against you and turn it on them, the more effective you’ll be.

The Great Switch by the Super Rich

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Robert Reich: Forty years ago, wealthy Americans financed the U.S. government mainly through their tax payments. Today wealthy Americans finance the government mainly by lending it money.

Union-Busters, Tea Partiers, and Tories

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Berry Craig: While the tea partiers fancy themselves patriots in the mold of 1776 and all that, they remind me of those less-than-well-heeled American Tories who sided with old Mother Britain’s rich powers-that-be in the name of King and Country.

The Fortune Behind Scott Walker’s Union-Busting Campaign

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Lee Fang: It should be no surprise that Walker’s radicalism is boosted by Bradley money. Today, the Bradley Foundation is controlled by a group of establishment Republicans, along with Washington Post columnist George Will.

Redevelopment Defenders Ignore Budget Realities

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Randy Shaw: The big mystery is why Housing California and the many health and human services groups are not demanding bigger cuts in California’s massive prison industrial complex.

The Rally to Uncloak the Koch Brothers

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The rally to voice discontent with the corporate control of America, specifically, the influence of the Koch brothers and their billionaire buddies begins today. Beginning at 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST today (Sunday, Jan. 30), you can tune in to Common Cause to watch the panel discussion

Palm Springs Weekend

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Sharon Kyle: The billionaire Koch brothers, David and Charles, are hosting their bi-annual meeting of right-wing billionaires. Odds are you’re probably not a right-wing billionaire and weren’t invited to their event. But, no worries, a coalition of progressive organizations has planned an event just for you.

Billionaires Unite! (Against Public Education and Teachers)

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Shamus Cooke: If the teachers’ unions combined with other public sector unions, parent associations, and the community at large to demand fully funded public education by taxing the rich, the billionaires would find themselves without allies. Their money might then be put towards something useful.

Tax Jujitsu: Why Democrats Should Propose a “People’s Tax Cut”

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Robert Reich: Democrats should propose eliminating payroll taxes on the first $20,000 of income, and making up the revenue loss by applying payroll taxes to incomes above $250,000.

Corporate Election Machine Fires Up

Jim Fuller: On Jan. 21, 2010, the day the Supreme (now Extreme) Court under John Roberts declared that corporations and the very rich had a right to speak louder than the rest of us during campaigns, it was immediately clear that representative democracy in this country would be a thing of the past. The rich, already enormously powerful, were going to own the system outright.

Whitman Was the Highest Bidder

Tina Dupuy: Whitman has said that her cap on donating to her own campaign is $150 million dollars. She spent half of that on the primary. This is a governor’s race. One state. Just to put this into perspective, in 2008 John McCain spent $350 million total to run nationally for president. That’s all 50 states.

Jerry Brown Ends Stealth Campaign

Paul Hogarth: There’s no good reason why Democrats cannot win the California governorship this year. Barack Obama won the state with 61% of the vote, not a single Congressional district has a majority of registered Republicans left, and Arnold’s legacy as Governor will be driving the state to bankruptcy. In other words, the real fight should have been the Democratic primary – and as long as progressives turn out the base in November, the Republican will lose.

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