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It Has Never Been Easier To Find Out Who’s Paying Your Congressman

This exceedingly clean tool lets you see in an instant which industries congressman take the most money from.<p>The past few years have given rise to lots of tools to increase transparency in government, led by groups such as the Sunlight Foundation. But it’s important enough of an ideal that are …

Sunlight Foundation

6 things that should never be privatized

From prisons to fire departments, these essentials must be protected from corporate greed<p>Alex Henderson<p>May 29, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The idea behind operating gas, water or electric services as public utilities is that those things are important to people’s …

Busy signal

Telecommunications behemoths throw a wrench into the plans of Internet phone providers — and you’ll be the one stuck with the bill.<p>Jake Tapper<p>June 14, 2000 6:01pm (UTC)<p>Even though most of us are still in the dark about using our PowerBooks to call grandma, that may soon change. When the House voted …

Tea Party’s fringe isolation: How a conspiracist mind-set poses long-term electoral danger

<b>Tea Party activists rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, June 19, 2013. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>From economics to immigration, fear of mythical evil characterizes the loony right — and now they’ll pay the price<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 13, 2014 12:43pm (UTC)<p>The week before Obama's State …

Listen up, talking heads: Upward mobility isn’t the answer

<b>David Brooks, Kirsten Gillibrand, Paul Ryan (AP/Nam Y. Huh/Reuters/Larry Downing/Jose Luis Magaua)</b><p>Voices on both sides of the aisle now argue that mobility, not inequality, should be our priority. That’s a mistake<p>Sean McElwee<p>January 25, 2014 1:15pm (UTC)<p>A new “bipartisan consensus” is brewing: 2014 …

Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now’s the time for us to stand up and fight<p>Michael Winship<p>January 18, 2014 3:00pm (UTC)<p>In the words of Howard Beale, the Mad Prophet of the Airwaves in the movie <i>Network</i>, “Woe is us! We’re in a lot of trouble!” And, as Beale would …

The Conservative War on Liberal Media Has a Long History

Roger Ailes's success at Fox News is unique, but the project of creating a right-leaning alternative to established media stretches back to the 1940s.<p>In his new book <i>The Loudest Voice in the Room</i>, Gabriel Sherman portrays Roger Ailes as “the quintessential man behind the curtain,” a …

Spiders In Your Fruit: A Good Thing

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Last month, at a grocery store five minutes from my house, a TV reporter bought a container of red grapes that also held a black widow spider. It became local and then …

Insects

Obama data, ad team alliances offer glimpse of future political ads

A partnership announced Thursday between the data analyzers who found Americans who might be persuaded to vote for President Obama and the ad creators who successfully pushed them to the polls provides a glimpse of the future of political advertising.<p>The partnership of GMMB, Obama's chief ad …

What the Brosurance and Creepy Uncle Sam Ads Don't Get About Millennials

Obamacare's biggest fans and staunchest enemies are desperately trying to get their message to young folks—and boy are they failing.<p>There’s a term that those in the health-care conversation use to describe my age group. Ordinarily, we’re known as Millennials, Generation Y, or just plain “young …

Gospel of selfishness pervades American Christianity

The philosophers of greed now use Christianity as their cover story<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 16, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Anyone who has worked in the restaurant business will be happy to tell you that waiters always fight each other to avoid working Sunday lunch …

Has Being a Young Adult Always Been a Financial Nightmare?

Young people have never had it easy, but they have certainly had it better.<p>Young adulthood has always been financially perilous. But is it more perilous today than in the past? That question has come my way a fair number of times, ever since I shared a bit of new research showing that roughly a …

US Republicans make the poor pay to balance the budget | Gary Younge

The impetus to cut food stamps is ideological not fiscal, and low-wages mean work provides no guarantee against hunger<p>During a discussion at the University of Michigan in 2010, the billionaire vice-chairman of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway firm, Charles Munger, was asked whether the …

“Rate shock”: The GOP’s shameful new Obamacare lie

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Conservatives — with no concern for making healthcare better — have made arguing about Obamacare a waste of time<p>Brian Beutler<p>October 30, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>If you're a healthcare reform supporter and have found yourself arguing with a conservative about Obamacare this week …

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Five years ago, a landmark report excoriated the animal agriculture industry's practices and laid out a road map for how it could do better. But in the years since, the problems are just as bad — and maybe even worse.<p>That's the conclusion of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This week, …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

Russell Brand: Not Quite a Messiah

Russell Brand is trying to use comedy to incite political revolution. James Poulos on what Americans can learn from his British brand of politics and …

What a Small Moment in the Obamacare Debate Says About Ideological Media

Does the legislation put the privacy of Americans at risk? More than progressives acknowledge—in part because of ham-handed conservative critiques.<p>Congress conducted hearings yesterday on the much maligned Obamacare website. The most contentious moment involved Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. …

Obama Can’t Blame the Republicans This Time

The Obamacare rollout has been a disaster for progressive politics, says Kirsten Powers.<p>Leading up to Election Day 2008, candidate Barack Obama …

The right’s poisonous debt ceiling victory

<b>Rep. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)</b><p>Republicans succeeded in one thing: Convincing Americans that the deficit is our single biggest domestic problem<p>Robert Reich<p>October 24, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the …

Tea Party is an anti-populist elite tool. And it has progressives fooled

<b>(AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>This is not some spontaneous uprising. It’s the newest incarnation of a rich, elite, right-wing tradition<p>Michael Lind<p>October 22, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>In recent essays for Salon I have argued that progressives and mainstream pundits are making a profound mistake by treating Tea Party …

New York Times: Complicit in the destruction of Egyptian democracy

<b>(Wikipedia)</b><p>U.S. policy is clear: No democracy for Islamic majorities. Why does the media parrot Obama’s Orwellian double talk?<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>August 18, 2013 2:43pm (UTC)<p>We finish a tragic, fateful week in Egypt. There seems no turning back from its flows of blood and its political reversals, and …

Indiana’s public schooling is doomed

<b>Mitch Daniels, R-Ind. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)</b><p>As governor, Mitch Daniels cut $150 million from higher education. He’ll wreak more havoc as Purdue’s president<p>Tithi Bhattacharya • Bill V. Mullen<p>August 10, 2013 3:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Jacobin.<p>Last week, Florida Education …

Jennifer Lawrence: America’s Kick-Ass Sweetheart

‘Dude!” Says Jennifer Lawrence into her cellphone. “I’m lost as fuck! I’ve been driving around for, like, 10 minutes. Where the hell is this place?” …