Articles of Interest
By Keith Wagstaff, The Week
The freshman senator is on a roll, taking on Wall Street at every opportunity.
lizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ran for the Senate as a populist hell-bent on reforming Wall Street. And after starting her tenure as something of a wallflower - much to the consternation of her fans - it appears she's ready to do just that.
Her most recent target was HSBC, which recently settled money laundering charges to the tune of $1.9 billion.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
We're still legislating and regulating private morality, while at the same time ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.
In recent weeks Republican state legislators have decided to thwart the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in "Roe v. Wade," which gave women the right to have an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy.Read more »
The Facts About the Tar Sands Pipeline
The official State Department process to determine whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the “national interest” is grinding along and should wrap up later this year, but that didn’t stop the senators from trying to force the issue last week.Read more »
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North Dakota's Fetal Personhood Amendment
By Rep. Kathy Hawken, The Daily Beast
North Dakota's State House passed a fetal personhood amendment, which would effectively ban abortion. Rep. Kathy Hawken explains why she voted against it - even though she's pro-life.Read more »
WASHINGTON — An hour before her colleagues gathered for their first vote of a new Congress, Senator Kelly Ayotte slipped into an empty Senate chamber to savor the grandeur of her legislative home. As Ms. Ayotte, a freshman Republican from New Hampshire, sat down at the wooden desk where generations of lawmakers from her state had cast their votes, a doorman marched toward her with purpose.
The desks, he sternly told her, were for senators only.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Reich's Blog
Prominent Democrats - including the President and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - are openly suggesting that Medicare be means-tested and Social Security payments be reduced by applying a lower adjustment for inflation.
This is even before they've started budget negotiations with Republicans - who still refuse to raise taxes on the rich, close tax loopholes the rich depend on (such as hedge-fund and private-equity managers' "carried interest"), increase capital gains taxes on the wealthy, cap their tax deductions, or tax financial transactions.Read more »
Some Questions to Think About (Before Going to War)...
1. How many body bags does the military expect to send home to America?
2. What is the cost of the war in billions of dollars? One advisor to the president estimates the war would cost up to $200 billion, but he was quickly replaced by a more conservative successor.
3. Are there estimates for how long American troops would have to stay there? Are they remotely realistic? A lot of knowledgeable people predict a very long and expensive haul.Read more »