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Spotlight: When the immigration debate turns farcical

Immigration reform supporters cheer at a rally on the National Mall in Washington

When the immigration debate turns farcical   >by: Steve Benen | 02/11/14 09:16 AM | MSNBC | Re-Post February 12, 2014 | As the debate over immigration reform has unfolded, Republicans have made a series of demands – increased enforcement, bipartisan talks, piecemeal legislating, etc. – all of which Democrats have accepted. Yesterday, however, some […]

Examine: Mobility has been weak – since the Nixon years

mobility_geo This map shows the average percentile rank of children who grow up in below-median income families across areas of the U.S. (absolute upward mobility). Lighter colors represent areas where children from low-income families are more likely to move up in the income distribution. To look up statistics for your own city, use the interactive version of this map created by the New York Times.

Mobility has been weak–since the Nixon years >by: Timothy Noah | 01/29/14 07:05 AM | MSNBC | “Inequality has deepened,” President Obama said in his State of the Union speech. “Upward mobility has stalled.” Is there a connection between these two dismal trends?That more income inequality translates into less upward mobility has been a frequent […]

Exposed: Chris Christie Bridgegate-Sandy Relief Funds Republican Hostage – Hoboken

Chris Christie War with MSNBC - AP

Chris Christie Is Going To War With MSNBC   >by:  Brett LoGiurato | Jan. 18, 2014, 4:46 PM| Business Insider | In response to new bombshell allegations from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer (D) aired on MSNBC Saturday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) office blasted the network as overtly “partisan.” Zimmer alleged in an […]

Explore: New immigration laws split America in two

Protesters march to demand immigration reform in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 5, 2013. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

New immigration laws split America in two >By Benjy Sarlin |12/30/13 05:15 PM—Updated 12/31/13 08:34 AM| Re-Post January 05, 2014 | It may come next week or maybe six months from now, but House Republicans will decisively determine whether to kill immigration reform or make a real attempt at passing it. No one would be […]

Examine: The Year of the Great Redistribution

Income Inequality 101

The Year of the Great Redistribution >By Robert Reich |Saturday, January 4, 2014 |Re-Post January 05, 2014 | One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a “redistributionist.” Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward, […]

Spotlight: Robert Reich schools Paul Ryan’s economic advisor on why inequality matters

Robert Reich

Robert Reich schools Paul Ryan’s economic advisor on why inequality matters   >by David Ferguson | Saturday, December 28, 2013 12:37 EST| On Friday’s edition of “PBS News Hour,” former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich took Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’s economic advisor Scott Winship to task for saying that income inequality isn’t a significant […]

Spotlight: Why You Shouldn’t Succumb to Defeatism About the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Healthcare Act

Why You Shouldn’t Succumb to Defeatism About the Affordable Care Act >by: Robert Reich | Friday, December 27, 2013 | Whatever happened to American can-do optimism? Even before the Affordable Care Act covers its first beneficiary, the nattering nabobs of negativism are out in full force. “Tens of millions more Americans will lose their coverage […]

Highlight Paul Krugman: Finally, Obama’s talking like a progressive!

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Paul Krugman: Finally, Obama’s talking like a progressive! Conventional wisdom is that the Obama presidency is all but over. The economist and liberal pundit disagrees   >by: Alex Halperin | Friday, Dec 6, 2013 08:52 AM EST | Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is in full on cheerleader mode in […]

Spotlight: Cyber Attacks confirmed to the ACA-Healthcare website

Obamacare Screen Shot

Cyber Attacks confirmed to the ACA-Healthcare website >by Robert L. Gallimore | DLU |November 18, 2013 | Code name: Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) tool targets the federal Affordable Care Act website. The reason for these attacks on the website by Right-wing hackers is “Obamacare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people […]

Spotlight: If Liberals Really Want to Defeat the Republican Party, It Starts By Doing This One Thing

Stop U.S. Government Takeover Of Health Care

If Liberals Really Want to Defeat the Republican Party, It Starts By Doing This One Thing >by: Allen Clifton | October 29, 2013 | I don’t often give Republicans much credit for anything, but one thing they do very well is produce a straight-forward and concise message to the public.  Now I’m not saying what […]

Spotlight: State Seeks Emergency Stay Over Abortion Ruling

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State Seeks Emergency Stay Over Abortion Ruling   >by Becca Aaronson | October 29, 2013| Updated Oct. 29, 9:55 a.m.: | The Texas Tribune | The Texas attorney general’s office is seeking an emergency stay, asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s ruling against abortion regulations in House […]

Exposed: [Rick] Perry Beneficiary Behind Federal Health Website

Rick Perry on Obamacare

Perry Beneficiary Behind Federal Health Website   >by Alexa Ura | October 25, 2013 | The Texas Tribune | The lead technology contractor behind the problem-ridden federal online health insurance marketplace is a beneficiary of the Texas Enterprise Fund, according to a money-in-politics watchdog group. Texans for Public Justice reported Friday afternoon that Montreal-based CGI […]

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