Commentary

Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner discusses the need for diplomacy with Iran before launching what could well be World War III.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins gives a top ten list of the worst offenses we've seen since 2001 by fiscal conservatives in the United States.

If you ever wanted to see how badly 'conservatives' have been shaking the silver out of our pockets in the past six years, this list is it.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner writes that after nearly six years of blind loyalty, Republican moderates in Congress are beginning to rebel against the sheer recklessness of their president, or more specifically, of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the architects of these policies.

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In her latest book, Jacked, Senior Fellow Nomi Prins demonstrates how health care in the US has gotten so bad that even the wealthy find themselves gasping at the soaring premiums.

What do a successful ABC television producer, an ex-Los Angeles Laker turned actor, and a former meth addict turned PR god all have in common? First, they all spend way too much time in LA traffic. Second, they all think America's current health-care system sucks.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner outlines the prospects for Congress' return before the election season kicks into full gear, and quite possibly, Republicans lose their majority in at least one House.

The jockeying is likely to be fierce before the election, and even more intense afterward if Republicans, as expected, lose seats. Ironically, the bigger the Republicans' election loss and more sweeping the repudiation, the more desperate will be lame ducks' last hurrah.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky gives us a breathtaking overview of how except for a rudimentary federal framework (which determines the voting age, channels money to states and counties, and enforces protections for minorities and the disabled), U.S. elections are shaped by a dizzying mélange of inconsistently enforced laws, conflicting court rulings, local traditions, various technology choices, and partisan trickery.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky details a speech given by Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson critiquing the Bush Administration in which Anderson declared, quoting Teddy Roosevelt, that silence in the face of injustice "is morally treasonable to the American public."

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Spencer Overton is a professor of law at George Washington University specializing in voting rights and campaign finance law. This is the introduction to his book, "Stealing Democracy".

Most people have a relatively simple understanding of American democracy. Each person has a right called a "vote." A person casts the vote for a candidate. The candidates who receive the most votes win and make laws. Candidates win by supporting popular policies. "Free" citizens thus govern themselves.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank discusses that as today's disparities in inequality are once more at record levels, it may be no surprise that there is a resurgence of interest in Gatsby.

When "The Great Gatsby" was first published in 1925, income and wealth disparities were at record levels. It is thus no mystery that F. Scott Fitzgerald's tale of wealthy Americans during the Jazz Age became an instant best seller.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins examines the impact of insurance companies shirking their responsibilities post-Katrina, and the need for lasting reform with more federal and state supervision and fewer leniencies with reinsurance and insurance company price hikes and reneged claims.

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