The Republicans’ Rhetoric of Hate and Fear

    by Walter Brasch   Fear, laced with paranoia, is driving the American response against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. President Obama has said he would accept 10,000 refugees, all of them subjected to intense scrutiny before being admitted to the country. France, with a population about … Continue reading

Squandering the American Dream with Wasteful Spending

Do we really need 234 military golf courses around the world, an $80 million military ski resort in the Bavarian Alps and a parade of unnecessary weapons, ships, and planes?It is increasingly obvious that our enormous untouchable “military” budget is not always being used for our national defense.Likewise, our massive … Continue reading

Take Back Congress: A Winning Strategy

This will be a national race, run from central command and control, using stealth cash. All well and good to wonder how the Obama campaign can fare against the hidden Sith Lords. But what about poor Congresswoman Jane Doe, Anytown U.S.A.? How does SHE compete against the Rovian Hand and near-infinite supplies of cash? Continue reading

J.P. Morgan Loss Continues To Reverberate In Washington

The massive $2 billion loss reported last week by the nation’s largest bank continues to roil Capitol Hill. The loss, by JPMorgan Chase, not only has renewed calls for stricter financial regulation — but now the calls of conflict-of-interest on the part of JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon are growing louder. … Continue reading

Confrontation With Wall Street: Consumer Confirmation Battle Expected This Week

The latest political battle between the 99 percent and the 1 percent likely is to take place this week on the Senate floor, as senators are expected to vote on the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created by the … Continue reading

Rove-Funded Attacks Have Begun, Senate Dems Say; Warren Hit For Her OWS Support

Crossroads GPS, the shadowy conservative organization which former Bush White House aide Karl Rove helped found, has launched $1.8 million in advertising attacking five Democratic Senate candidates, including Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, according to the arm of the Democratic Party tasked with electing Democrats to the Senate. The attacks come … Continue reading

Star Power: Warren Picks Up Franken Endorsement In Mass. Senate Race

Elizabeth Warren picked up a key endorsement, and potentially a significant new fundraising source, in her campaign to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Warren, who is quickly solidifying her position as the frontrunner for the 2012 Democratic Massachusetts Senate nomination, won public support Tuesday from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), … Continue reading