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Big Money versus Democracy

by Dusty Sklar Reviewed in this essay: Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It, by Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman. 2016, Bloomsbury Press, 288 pages. MANY AMERICANS are finally beginning to realize that the game is rigged against them and that the government is often […]

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May 3: The Longest-Serving Federal Worker

Lillie Steinhorn of Baltimore retired from the Social Security Administration on this date in 2000 after working there for 65 years — making her the longest-serving federal government worker in history. She began in 1935 as a card-puncher in the Bureau of Federal Old Age Benefits, and resisted demotion in the face of the wave […]

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Budget-Cutting: Choosing Among the Same Things

by Marc Jampole Last week, we had three competing plans to reduce the deficit as a condition of raising the debt ceiling: 1) The McConnell-Reid Outline; 2) “Gang of Six” Plan; and 3) The Tea Party Plan (aka “cut, cap and balance”). Now we have the star-cross Boehner plan. These plans present us with the […]

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June 6: Chief Minister of Singapore

David Saul Marshall, the son of Iraqi Orthodox Jewish emigrants to Singapore, was elected Chief Minister of the archipelago nation on this date in 1955. The election was the first following a century of British and then Japanese rule (Marshall was a Japanese prisoner of war for three years). Marshall was a left-winger, anti-racist and […]

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