Harvey Wasserman: America’s Eggshell Nukes

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made it clear that America’s 104 licensed atomic power reactors are not accidents waiting to happen. They are accidents in progress. And proposals to build a “new generation” of reactors are not mere scams. They comprise a predictable plan for permanent national bankruptcy. On November 10, the USNRC delivered […]

Haley Barbour Punts On 2012

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s not setting any “artificial deadline” to decide whether he’ll run for president in 2012. Barbour has deflected questions for months by saying that as chairman of the Republican Governors Association he has been focused on getting his party’s candidates elected. With the Nov. 2 elections over, […]

Steve Kirsch: What I Learned at the MoveOn "Potluck for Progress"

MoveOn held about 600 “Potluck for Progress” meetings all around the country yesterday. I attended one in Mountain View, CA. Here’s what I learned: Nobody was happy with the results that Obama has achieved — e.g., the economy, the wars, global warming, etc. MoveOn’s goal should be to ensure that we have a government of […]

Chris Weigant: Tea Party Republicans Win Earmark Fight

Republicans in Congress are going to be interesting to watch for the next two years, as they try to cope with the influx of the Tea Party Republicans who have just been elected to office. Some of these skirmishes are happening already, as both parties prepare to hold their official party caucus meetings this week, […]

Robert Naiman: Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

According to the editors of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, with Republicans taking over the House, and measured unemployment at 9.6%, now is the time for President Obama to “show leadership” by pushing for (so-called) “free trade agreements” negotiated by former President George W. Bush. (Democrats “show leadership” […]

‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Ratings Break TLC Record

The premiere of Sarah Palin’s new reality show delivered record-breaking ratings for TLC. The first episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on Sunday night drew 5 million viewers — the biggest ever launch in the channel’s history. It’s also a big jump from the relatively lackluster ratings that Palin’s special for Fox News, “Real American Stories,” […]

Voters Don’t Want Congress To Cut Extended Unemployment Benefits: Poll

Seventy-three percent of voters want Congress to keep the extended unemployment benefits put in place to fight the recession, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Employment Law Project, and they don’t care about the deficit. With unemployment expected to hover above nine percent for the foreseeable future, nearly three out of four […]

Clarence Thomas’s Wife Steps Down From Tea Party Group

Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is retiring her title as head of Liberty Central, a conservative group with Tea Party ties that she launched earlier this year amid much scrutiny. “She’ll take a back seat so that Liberty Central can continue with its mission without any of the distractions,” the group’s […]