The Occupy Oakland protesters called for a general strike yesterday, expressing the frustration and anger fe Read more
The biggest political news of the last few weeks has not been the Republican presidential campaign Read more
The movement known as the tea party started in the mainstream media, on a national show. CNBC's Rick Santelli, fired what cable news would later dub "the shot heard around the world" in 2009, when he lamented paying for the mortgages of the "losers" who couldn't pay their bills. "President Obama, are you listening?" he bellowed.
Well, it was broadcast on national television. Read more
This summer we’ve seen wild swings in the stock market, a last-minute debt deal, and even a rocking ea Read more
This week was busy from the perspective of presidential politics. Read more
Almost all of any significant political events do not go without the anti-globalization. Their rough part, the protest is accompanied by the most important international meetings. On the nose the NATO summit in Riga, and society (media, politicians, law enforcement agencies) is preparing to meet the "honorary" guests, along with activists from Greenpeace. Read more
This weekend's news cycle was either an indication that we have become over the top self-absorbed or more accurately, a really good indicator of how much trouble the U.S. economy will be in if we falter and default on our obligations, even if it only lasts for a few days.
It's an amazing moment in journalism when a terrorist bomb and a mass slaying of children in Norway can get trumped on U.S. news channels by brief announcements that U.S. debt talks have broken down, yet again between House Republicans led by John Boehner and President Obama. Read more
Cuba's "Ministry of Letters to Fidel" is running six months behind, as usual. And so it is that retired communist dictator Fidel Castro just lately received -- and replied to -- a letter sent to him last Christmas.
Dear Fidel, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there IS a Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Communist Party paper Granma, it's so." Please tell me the truth, former El Presidente. Is there a Santa Claus?
-- Virginia O'Hanlon Read more
The recent democratic uprisings calling for social change that have been a rolling wave of protests across the Middle East may seem like a reflection of our distant past from 1776 or perhaps even the Civil War but look again. The U.S. had a lurch in mid-step during 1968 that continues to affect everything. Read more
Since the start of their continuing release late last year, a quarter of a million American diplomatic cables have been leaked to the world’s press. In recent months, coverage of their actual content seems to have dwindled; the story of Wikileaks has been vastly overshadowed by the on going soap opera that is Julian Assange. Read more
The February US unemployment rate is out and it's a welcomed 8.9 percent with 250,000 new jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The high mark of unemployment was reached in the fourth quarter of 2009 at 9.9 percent as we sunk into the Great Recession. Read more
Five years ago, on one of my "UFO Tours" (coined by comedian Bill Hicks, when you only appear in small towns in front of a handful of people so you start to doubt your own existence), I had a show in Burley, Idaho - home to some of the warmest and most hospitable inhabitants I've ever hung out with. Read more
This is one of the most important questions that you will need to answer as a politician. There is absolutely no doubt that in any political career a politician will, at some point, find themselves caught rabbit-like in the headlights of an oncoming media storm. Do not fool yourself into thinking that ‘it won’t happen to me’ – it will; you’re not that bright. Read more
The numbers for people who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more and are still searching remains unchanged.
The new unemployment numbers were released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and on the surface the rate is unchanged at 9.5 percent. However, there's a lot that can be discerned about what's really going on by looking just below the surface. Read more
I’ve never particularly been a student of history. Not that I didn’t think that history was interesting, just that I wasn’t too terribly concerned with it. Everybody, of course, has heard the Toynbean quote that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Read more