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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Jeb Bush’s super PAC hasn’t raised $100 million. OMG! What a loser! He’s toast. He isn’t. Bush’s Right to Rise PAC, reportedly, raised ONLY $87 million by mid-Spring. A few of the other 16 GOP lemmings may have a billionaire or two bankrolling their allied super PAC’s. But Jeb Bush capped contributions at $1,000,000 so as not to appear too greedy, too unseemly, too tied to Wall Street ...

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With 20 Democrats now publicly supporting Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track), Speaker John Boehner needs only 198 out of 245 Republicans to hand President Barack Obama a pyrrhic victory. They may win but at what cost? Passage of TPA is no legacy, just a declaration of dependency. Those voting in favor of Fast Track will now be even more dependent on corporate contributions than they were in th...

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It’s 21.9 million Americans!! “In addition to the total 17.2 million Real Unemployed Persons at May 31,” says Leo Hindery, “there are another 4.7 million workers who, while also saying they want jobs, have not looked for work in the past twelve months. Solely because they haven’t looked, these workers are not included among the marginally attached workers.” If the Uncounted wer...

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Today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll offers some good news for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. And it is coming from an often reliable, if not a traditionally Democratic, source — white non-college voters. Among Democratic registered voters or leaners, Clinton would win 65% of the white non-college vote and Bernie Sanders would get 6%. That 59 point advantage shrinks to 40 points among white co...

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