The Executive Director of National Nurses United talks about the need to reform health-care down the road: http://counterpunch.org/demoro03252010.html
In unsurprising major news, a dozen Wall Street firms have been named as co-conspirators in ripping off towns and municipalities across the country. The DoJ may even take action: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/3/26/851037/-Breaking-DoJ:-12+-Wall-St.-Firms-Conspired-In-Muni-Ripoffs
Even as we pat Democrats on the back for passing some type of health-care coverage expansion, let’s remember why Big Pharma cheered on the bill’s passage: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/03/20/health_care/index.html
Unions Make Strides as They Attack Banks:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/business/25labor.html?hp
Great article by retired Lt. Col. William Astore on the utter waste in Pentagon weapons spending since 2001. A must read for anyone who cares about the budget deficit, fraud, or the military industrial complex. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175219/tomgram:_william_astore,_you_have_no_say_about_your_military/#more
Today’s stories are of particular interest. Feast Away!
An in depth and fascinating look at our Social Security system. The next time someone tells you that it’s running out of money, here’s the reason why: Daily Kos: Who Is Our Biggest Creditor? Hint: It’s Not Japan or China
Check out Open Congress- a bill requiring information that is “publicly available” to actually be publicly available, by having the government post it online: H.R.4858: Public Online Information Act of 2010 – U.S. Congress – OpenCongress
An era of greater government transparancy? Apparently not…. Federal agencies under Obama invoking secrecy provision more often than under Bush: http://rawstory.com/2010/03/obama-agencies-invoking-secrecy-provision-bush/
and more…. http://rawstory.com/2010/03/protecting-agencies-oversight-obama-threatens-veto-intelligence-funding/
Health insurance companies spend millions to push Congress against public option reform (http://tinyurl.com/yjqfwvn), meanwhile, financially-strapped states cut Medicaid payments (http://tinyurl.com/yj4tcax). Whose interests will win — those of corporations or everyday Americans?
The Columbia Journalism Review says this blog deserves credit for scooping the mainstream media on the real story behind the financial crisis- the role of Timothy Geithner: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/03/wray-timmy-gate-did-geithner-help-hide-lehman-fraud.html
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Corporate seduction and intimidation at its best: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100315/wiener
House Dems block earmarks to for-profits:
DC residents fight corporate giveaways for a defense contractor:
Mass incarceration of people of color = new Jim Crow
Increased corporate spending on election ads will be less than transparent:
You read it… you can’t unread it!
Disney can’t handle the heat, forces mental health center to kick out critical childhood advocacy group: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/education/10baby.html?hp
Dennis Kucinich: the sole liberal in the House that won’t support the health care bill before congress if it doesn’t include a public option. “This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry – $70 billion dollars a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance,… five consecutive
years of double-digit premium increases.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k92JGmO1HP0
The revolving door keeps on spinnin’ – former DNC Chief Counsel to advise corporations on new campaign finance law landscape: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/85311-trade-group-hires-democratic-lawyer-to-lobby-on-campaign-finance-reform
Today’s winner and losers: Senate kills summer jobs program and benefits for the poor with 45 votes; Schumer plans to join Republicans and centrist Dems in killing Wall Street bonus tax: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/09/senate-drops-funding-for_n_491493.html