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Obama's Speech: Another Meaningless Line in the Sand

Thursday, April 14, 2011

While criticism from the Right sees him as a socialist-leaning bleeding-heart, we on the Left wish he were what the Tea Party accuses him of.

Justin Krebs on the 'outlandish things' President Obama has promised yet not delivered

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Culture Wars: The Holdup Between Americans and a Functional Government

Friday, April 08, 2011

Right now, as we are about to see the government of the United States grind to a halt, is a time to crunch numbers, find compromises… and not let the minuscule amounts spent on Planned Parenthood, public television and other hot button topics stand in the way.

-Justin Krebs,on how the budget battle has reignited a culture war.

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A New Dawn in Wisconsin

Thursday, April 07, 2011

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Now, the Tea Party approach may have lost a seat for a Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin. It may cost State Senators their jobs, or at least put them in pitched recall fights. Their momentum has faltered.

-- Justin Krebs, on the turning tide for the Tea Party

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The Popular Sound of Progressive Economics

Friday, April 01, 2011

We appoint the head of GE to a critical role on creating jobs… then learn that GE is a better tax dodge than Al Capone. And Republicans use the rhetoric just long enough to distract the public from the fact they are united against any effort to make the rich pay their share.

— Justin Krebs, on the appeal of sounding like an economic progressive.

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Millionaire's Tax Giveback Proves No Progressives in Albany

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If our "leaders" in Albany pass a budget that gives back $4.6 billion to the wealthiest residents of state - a state which already suffers extraordinary wealth disparity - it will say only a little about our governor, and much more about a weakened political culture in New York that has allowed our state to stray from its progressive past.

Governor Andrew Cuomo never pretended to like the income tax surcharge on New Yorker's wealthiest residents. During his campaign, he never claimed he'd extend it. Once elected, he made clear his intention to let it lapse. So it's no surprise that he worked out a budget deal that doesn't include it.

It's not a shock. But it is an outrage.

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Obama and Libya: The Most Presidential Thing

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The president and his team did not "go it alone." They sought and attained international support, meaningful military collaboration and the partnership of Arab states. One country they didn't court as assiduously, though, was their own.

-- Justin Krebs, on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya

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Opinion: Schneiderman Holdout on AG Mortgage Campaign

Monday, March 28, 2011

You don’t get people from all 50 states to agree very often, and getting all 50 state Attorneys General to agree would seem almost impossible. Yet that’s the goal of Iowa’s AG Tom Miller, who is spearheading the national effort to find a settlement with major banks and mortgage servicers over the recent foreclosure fraud crisis.

One cannot imagine Miller’s job is an easy one. New Yorkers, and all Americans concerned about the abuses in the mortgage industry, can thank our own Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for making this task a little tougher.

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We May Have Rudy Giuliani To Kick Around Again

Friday, March 25, 2011

Giuliani's infidelity is nothing compared to his potential GOP rivals, and his shameful betrayal of his then-wife Donna Hanover is of less importance to me than the betrayal of the city he claims to love. That's right: Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a traitor against New York City.

--Justin Krebs, on "America's Mayor" as 2012 presidential hopeful

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Libya: No End in Sight

Monday, March 21, 2011

"I don’t believe the American people have been asked what they are willing to invest – to sacrifice – and for what goals."

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Crisis: When You Need a Functional Government

Friday, March 18, 2011

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"As we face the threat of a government shutdown, we remember that this isn’t just a political game. When there’s an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown or any one of a thousand everyday issues, we need a functioning government at the service of its people."

-- Justin Krebs

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NYC Airwaves Beck Free?

Monday, March 14, 2011

If you’ve recently felt a burst of joy in your heart, and a lighter mood in the air, it’s not just the coming of spring. It may be the sound of NYC airwaves free of Glenn Beck.

Ever since WOR dropped the conservative radio host at the start of the ...

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Politics of Destruction and Distraction in Wisconsin

Friday, March 11, 2011

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I realized something. While workers are having their rights stripped away, while historic protests are gripping Madison and while Americans are showing solidarity across the country, I was about to argue protocol for a legislature in a state I’ve never lived in. And I’m not a lawyer.

Related: MoveOn's Wisconsin Message - Pot, Kettle, Black

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New York Banks Get a Citizen Audit

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

WNYC

When New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams visited a branch of Chase bank recently, it wasn’t business as usual. The bank locked its doors and refused to let him in. Then again, Council Member Williams did have a crowd of protesters with him and had just called JP Morgan Chase a group of "bloodsuckers."

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Mideast Meets Midwest: Protest Edition

Monday, March 07, 2011

In the face of popular protest, a vindictive leader scapegoats the protesters, blaming outside agitators for the very real frustrations of his citizens. He seeks to take away the rights of the opposition and continues a crusade on behalf of the oligarchs against the masses. Middle East or Midwest?

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Bloomberg's Bargain on Unions

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

That this sometimes-Republican billionaire would assert a value to unions must have made the heads of countless Republicans explode and the hearts of certain fellow billionaires seethe. Mayor Bloomberg was clearly distancing himself from the Tea Party-fueled anti-union rhetoric sweeping across the country’s right wing. 

However, in true Bloomberg fashion, this wasn’t just a move with one party or another: he was blazing his own trail. While he didn’t win many friends in the GOP, his op-ed didn’t win any friends among public sector employees and their supporters either.

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Credit to Bush for Pro-Democracy Movements? Not So Much.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

While America has a valuable role to play in supporting the cause of democracy around the world, it would be foolish to take credit for the events of the past two months. The months ahead will show us where this trajectory leads, and we can’t predict the future. But it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see the past and know that George W. Bush wasn’t the inspiration for Tahrir Square any more than the Beastie Boys.

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Obama and Wisconsin: No Need for a Balancing Act

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The surprising strength and stamina of the protests in Wisconsin are galvanizing Americans. People will rally in all 50 state capitals this Saturday, an amazing demonstration of support for those on the streets in Madison as well as for the importance of respecting working Americans across the country. This is the sort of energy many on the left haven’t felt since the election of 2008, when throngs of enthusiastic supporters poured across the land in support of the audaciously hopeful candidate Barack Obama.

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If This is the New Normal...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tens of thousands of Americans gather in the streets of Madison, prompting solidarity rallies around the country as they defend the rights of workers. Big banks, having received record bailouts, continue predatory practices on regular Americans while seeing their own profits increase. The ultra-rich horde more and more of our nation’s wealth while convincing public servants to help decrease their tax burden. Is this the "new normal"?

It is, according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Why We Are All Wisconsin

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tens of thousands of regular folks have been clogging the Wisconsin statehouse and the plazas around it for days. The duration and force of the protests have been surprising to many Americans, who are accustomed to our rallying culture resembling outdoor concerts on the Washington Mall. The scene out of Wisconsin is more spontaneous, less produced, more authentic, and therefore, more captivating. It less resembles Glenn Beck’s revival or Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and looks akin to another set of images we’ve seen recently — those out of the Middle East.

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How Student Debt Is Crippling Our Future

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yesterday, students gathered in Washington Square Park to advertise their debt. Calling attention to the issue of student debt - and shaking off the stigma many associate with having such debt - these demonstrators wore their debt across their chest.

Their shirts read: "$80,000." "$200,000." "An Arm and a Leg." "Too Much."

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