Nine former or current Republican governors are running for president. Bet you can’t name all nine! Don’t worry. Their names are not important — most will be footnotes by February 2016. But what they did as governor is important. They robbed from the working class to make the wealthiest corporations in America even more profitable. And they did so under cover of law. The dirtiest little secr...

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Just as Donald Trump self-destructs, John Kasich enters the race. His timing could not be worse. One buffoon sticks his foot in his mouth once too often and another takes his place. Politico’s headline story this morning is all about John Kasich’s anger management issues. It cites, on the record, a half dozen Republicans describing his lack of self-control, his fiery temper, and his penchant f...

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China’s investors have lost $3.2 trillion in the last 26 days. As financial haircuts go, that’s a mass beheading. By contrast, Greece is about to default $263 billion in loans by failing to make a $3.8 billion payment to the European Central Bank. China’s stock crash is, literally and figuratively, a thousand times more serious than Greece’s failure to make a loan payment. China is...

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Listed below are 30 planks from the Democratic Socialists’ platform. These are ideas socialists have debated and dissected with dialectical intensity and promoted with the zeal of absolute certainty. Most Democrats would dismiss the planks below as the ravings of a lunatic fringe. And yet, that fringe now wants to determine the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, rewrite the Democratic Pa...

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In June 2015, the number of Real Unemployed Persons decreased by 471,000 to 16.7 million (i.e., the 8.3 mm unemployed persons identified by BLS plus the even greater 8.4 mm unidentified workers in total who are “marginally attached” or “part-time-of-necessity”). In addition to the total 16.7 million Real Unemployed Persons at June 30, there are another 4.6 million workers who, while also s...

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect ...

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The Washington National Cathedral wants to remove two stain glass windows depicting Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to remove Jefferson Davis’ statue from the Capitol. And columnists are calling for military bases, streets and schools to be renamed. And yet, not a single heart will be changed. Not a single racist will see the...

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If you don’t have any real power, it is pretty obvious. You always lose the most important battles and, occasionally, win the least important ones. Even then there’s a sense that “they” let you win. The “they” in every instance are those with real power. In Washington, those with real power have real money. Corporations and their associations do. General Motors, Bank of America, JP...

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Below are the twelve cities with the highest unemployment rates in the country. These are the official jobless rates published by the Department of Labor on June 3, 2015. Modesto, CA            9.8% Fresno, CA             10.2 Bakersfield, CA     10.3 Madera, CA           10.4 Atlantic City, NJ  10.6 Yuba City, CA       10.6 Hanford, CA         10.8 Visalia, CA       ...

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Hillary Clinton’s announcement speech was delivered on Roosevelt Island in its Four Freedoms Park under a cloudless, ceiling-less sky. The setting said more about her nascent campaign for the presidency than her speech did. And her 45-minute speech said a whole lot. The geographic allusion to FDR placed Hillary Clinton in a long line of liberal, as distinct from progressive, Democratic candidate...

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