December 29, 2013

Legal historian Mary Dudziak says NSA surveillance is but part of the larger story of an America permanently at war. The Republican effort to slice the food stamp program is the proverbial canary in the coal mine, says regular commentator Catherine Poe. And Professor Dan Zuberi has studied the Canadian and U.S. hospital systems and says patients are at risk from the outsourcing of labor.

 

  • Dec. 29, 2013 Dec. 29, 2013 The NSA’s wide surveillance net is just part of America’s permanent state of war. The social safety net is being shredded by Republican cuts in food stamps. And medical safety is being compromised by hospitals outsourcing their labor force.
  • Mary Dudziak Mary Dudziak Historian Mary Dudziak asks the question of how we can “unbuild” the NSA surveillance apparatus. She also explains how waving the flag helps the American people ignore a very warlike foreign policy.
  • Catherine Poe Catherine Poe Regular commentator Catherine Poe is worried that the Republican assault on food stamps is just a canary in the coal mine warning about further social service cuts.
  • Dan Zuberi Dan Zuberi Health analyst Dan Zuberi has studied labor practices in both Canadian and U.S. hospitals and has found that outsourcing many of the routine jobs can have fatal consequences for patients.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement

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December 1, 2013

Former Democratic Senate leader Alan Dixon says his party better start fixing Obamacare right away. Fabio Rojas, an expert on social media, says he can predict congressional elections by monitoring Twitter. And David Bergeron, a higher-education policymaker, has a series of student loan reforms in mind.

  • Dec. 1, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Politics this week -- former Senator Alan Dixon on Obamacare, Professor Fabio Rojas on Twitter as a predictor of elections, and education expert David Bergeron on the politics of student loans.
  • Alan Dixon Alan Dixon Alan Dixon was a senator from Illinois for two terms and was chief deputy whip for the Democrats. Well known as a moderate, he has some harsh words for both parties and calls on congressional Democrats to fix Obamacare.
  • Fabio Rojas Fabio Rojas Indiana University professor Fabio Rojas studies politics and social media. And he believes that Twitter activity can predict the outcome of close House elections.
  • David Bergeron David Bergeron Finally, higher education expert David Bergeron of the Center for American Progress has a plan to firm up the national student loan program. The place to start is choosing where to go to college in the first place.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Coke's Conspiracy against tap water.

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September 15, 2013

Five years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers set off the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Economist James Galbraith analyzes what we have learned since then. At a time when the gap between rich and poor is at a 100-year high, demographer Phillip Longman finds a direct link between an American’s income and health. And Bill Press talks with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

  • September 15, 2013 September 15, 2013 Five years after Lehman Brothers, economist James Galbraith says the financial sector is dysfunctional. And a demographer says your ZIP code determines your health.
  • James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith says that five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the economy is starting to slowly come around.
  • Phillip Longman Phillip Longman Health expert Phillip Longman has found that where you live – and how much you make – directly correlates to your health status.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz Bill Press and his guest, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Finding the money to fund higher education for all.

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August 5, 2012

Tax deductions for Stand Your Ground laws. Tax credits for prancing horses. Romney praises national health system — if it is Israeli.


 

Bob Edgar

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Bob Edgar is a former congressman who knows how lobbying works. In fact, he heads the public interest lobby Common Cause. Mr. Edgar has filed a complaint with the IRS exposing the lobbying tactics of a right-wing group that funds its nefarious work with tax-deductible contributions – not the way lobbying is supposed to work.
http://www.commoncause.org
 

Catherine Poe

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Mitt Romney just doesn’t relate to the average voter, and commentator Catherine Poe thinks she knows why. His money has sheltered him from the vicissitudes of life and made it seem normal to take a 77-thousand-dollar tax credit for a dressage horse.
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/
 

Judd Legum

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Bill Press talks with Judd Legum about health care reform and Mitt Romney.
http://www.billpressshow.com/
http://thinkprogress.org/author/judd/