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In the middle of middle America — in a suburb just outside of Dayton, Ohio — funeral home owner Anne Dunbar has noticed a rather unnerving new trend.

Families used to want the obituary notices that Dunbar writes up to include a pitch for donations to their dear departed’s favorite char… Read full post »

Back from several days in Washington. The city still has all the disadvantages of being a one-industry town, with almost everyone working for the government or lobbying the government or reporting on the government or trying to influence the government or litigating on behalf of or against the… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2012 12:00PM

Creationism isn’t innocuous

I have to admit, I’m boggled at Kevin Drum’s reaction to the news that nearly half of Americans are young Earth creationists, with the God-guides-evolution people being the second largest group, and the people who actually accept evolutionary theory only making up 15% of the popu… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2012 12:00PM

A back door to the public option

Any day now the Supreme Court will issue its opinion on the constitutionality of the Accountable Care Act, which even the White House now calls Obamacare.

Most high-court observers think it will strike down the individual mandate in the Act that requires almost everyone to buy health insuranc… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2012 12:00PM

The economy is not a board game

The elites who make policy write about it, have dinner parties where they cluck their tongues about it, mostly have good-paying jobs, health care and secure retirements. They are not affected by it. The elite commissions don’t include unemployed people. The Congressional hearings don’… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2012 12:46PM

“Creepy love letters”

Coach Jerry Sandusky and "friends."

Jerry Sandusky was every single mother’s dream, or so it would seem. He was a golden-hearted man who took an interest in boys, guided them, took them on outings, had them at his house for parties and sleep-overs. He was a mentor and coach.

He… Read full post »

The public’s growing disdain of the Supreme Court increases the odds that a majority will uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare.

The latest New York Times CBS Poll shows just 44 percent of Americans approve the job the Supreme Court is doing. Fully three-quarters say justices’ decisio… Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2012 12:00PM


George W. Bush returned to the White House last week, for the unveiling of his official presidential portrait. Fox Nation used the occasion to ressurrect the billboard that loomed over a Wyoming, MN, which featured a head shot of W. next to a caption that asked, “Miss me yet?”

N… Read full post »

I was on CNBC Tuesday when Bill Clinton gave an interview saying that, given the deadlock between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, it seemed likely the Bush tax cuts would be extended in 2013 along with all spending. When asked to comment, I said Clinton was probably correct.

But,… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2012 10:20PM

It’s no use

OK, here’s the thing. It’s not gonna work. None of it. It doesn’t matter how many facts we have on our side, how much truth we have, how honest we are … it just doesn’t matter. It’s not gonna work.

We’re not gonna sway one single person to see it… Read full post »

As I read more about the student movement in Quebec, known as the “Maple Spring” or the “Casserole Revolution,” it brings to mind the final scene from Possessing the Secret of Joy, by one of my favorite authors, Alice Walker. In that scene, the main character — Ta… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2012 12:00PM

The big-lie coup d’etat

JP Morgan Chase,  Goldman Sachs, BP, Chevron, WalMart, and billionaires Charles and David Koch are launching a multi-million dollar TV ad buy blasting President Obama over the national debt.

Actually, I don’t know who’s behind this ad because there’s no way to know. And that’s a bi… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2012 12:58PM

And this creates jobs how?

Edward Chapman on his first visit to the ocean after being released from Death Row.

Despite claims by the GOP in Raleigh (and in other places) that they’re going to concentrate on job creation, the parade of non-job-creating actions continues.

The latest here is a decision to remove tele… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2012 12:00PM

The snipers of Jersey Shore

Garder54 calls Kevin June “a real scum.â€

LadyDawg4 calls him a “sleazeball.â€

Proud2bMom calls him a “liar and a thief.â€

Kevin June is the reluctant leader for the 37 families of the Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, who were evicted from their homes, mos… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2012 12:00PM

The job stall

The White House must be telling itself there are still five months between now and Election Day, so the jobs picture could brighten. After all, we went through a similar mid-year slump in 2011 but came out fine.

But however you look at Friday’s jobs report, it’s a stunning reminder of… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2012 11:43AM


Apparently, the people of America are vulnerable to lies and propaganda paid for by Karl Rove, Charles and David Koch, et al.

Big money does buy big influence. Enormously outspent, the recall effort went down to defeat.

Wisconsin affirmed the Right’s agenda by allowing Scott Walker to ke… Read full post »

The billionaire mayor of New York wants his city’s Board of Health to ban super-sized servings of sodas and other sugar-packed drinks.

Some 58 percent of New Yorkers, explains mayor Michael Bloomberg, currently rate as either overweight or obese. Their excess pounds are driving up the city… Read full post »

Before Greece, before Spain, before Germany, France, or even Britain there was Ireland. Just two years ago, the Heritage Foundation placed Ireland in the top ten of its “Index of Economic Freedom.” That was two years after the “Celtic Tiger” that was the Irish economy… Read full post »

What if Europe and the United States converged on a set of economic policies that brought out the worst in both – European fiscal austerity combined with a declining share of total income going to workers? Given political realities on both sides of the Atlantic, it is entirely possible.

So f… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2012 12:00PM

When leaders are led to lead

JUNE 1, 2012 8:10AM

Romney-Trump 2012

What could Mitt Romney’s handlers be thinking when they hyped his connection with Donald Trump — fundraising with Trump, offering supporters the possibility of a meal with Trump, relishing Trump’s attention and endorsement?

Trump signifies everything Romney presumably doesn’t want peop… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2012 12:48PM

Court affirms gays’ rights

Elizabeth Eve and Kathryn Cartledge have been together for 30 years and raised two daughters. Why can't they marry?

A Federal Appeals Court in Boston issued a ruling this morning that the Defense of Marriage Act denies gay couples their Constitutional rights to the same federal benefits s… Read full post »

In Corporate America, the emperors have no clothes.

The entire edifice of mega-million CEO pay, suggests an unexpectedly bold new policy statement from a prestigious Canadian business study panel, rests on assumptions so implausibly inane that only the seriously deluded could ever hold them… Read full post »

We now know austerity economics is bad for weak economies facing large budget deficits. Much of Europe is in recession because of budget cuts demanded by Germany. And as Europe’s economies shrink, their debts become proportionally larger, making a bad situation worse.

The way to avoid this a… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2012 5:22PM

Waiting and hoping for a miracle

Kelly and me in the Green Room of the Ed Shultz Show on MSNBC.

I have hoped for miracles before. Sometimes I’ve been disappointed, like when I could do nothing for my son as I watched him get sicker and sicker.

Then there’s my friend, Kelly Cuvar, who has had a… Read full post »