special interests

I have found it far more satisfying to be about helping working people through issue fights than in helping candidates -- who may or may not help them someday. Read more...
Bill talks with financial expert Sheila Bair about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she Read more...
Proposition 32 would stop unions from engaging in political activity while letting corporations do as much of it as their little hearts desire. The so-called "Stop Special Interest Money Now Act" is not what it seems. It's really the Read more...
Big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy in which TV shows, televised debates, even news coverage is being dumbed down, resulting in a public less informed than it should be, says Marty Kaplan, Read more...
Newstalgia Reference Room - FDR Lays Out Unemployment Insurance And Social Security-  1935
(FDR - taking the right-wing brickbats in stride) From April 28, 1935, his seventh Fireside Chat since taking office in 1933. FDR took the opportunity to lay out his plans for Social Security and Unemployment Insurance. The Social Security Read more...

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On January 17th, an Occupy "Call to Action" urges protestors to convene beginning at 9 a.m. EST on the West Front Lawn at Capitol Hill in an effort to bring the movement's message to the doorstep of Congressional lawmakers. Read more...
Here's something I never thought I'd hear myself saying... thank you Ali Velshi! He's absolutely correct here and the working class and the unemployed in America are not a "special interest group" as RNC Communications Director Doug Heye called them Read more...
Howard Jones with Ringo Starr -- Things Can Only Get Better Happy Fathers' Day to all the daddies out there! I indulged myself into little fu Read more...
Countdown guest host Lawrence O'Donnell asks if South Carolina could do any worse than to keep their current Republican Senator Jim DeMint in office. Read more...
Oops. I imagine this is a pretty uncomfortable situation for Bill Clinton, since Bill Halter served in the Clinton White House. The Halter campaign Read more...