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The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance. Photo CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — FOR the first time in modern history, the leading issue concerning voters in the upcoming presidential election, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, is that “wealthy individuals and corporations will have too much influence over who wins.”

The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance

Five years after the Supreme Court gave corporations and unions the right to spend unlimited amounts in political campaigns, voters have had enough. The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance. The Real Super Bowl Question: Should The NFL Be A Nonprofit? His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick. Buycott App.

The One Comic That Explains Just How Screwed America Is. What's Happening With the Chicago Teacher Strike, Explained. More than 350,000 kids in the Chicago Public School district got to sleep in on Monday because their teachers were up early striking for better benefits, job security, evaluations, and training. The Chicago Teachers Union has been in contract negotiations with Chicago Public Schools since November 2011, but this is the first actual teachers' strike to hit the Windy City in 25 years .

There have been other teacher strikes this year in Oregon and Pennsylvania , but this latest movement has sparked a fierce debate about national education reform, raising questions about America's emphasis on standardized testing. It has also pit public schools against charter schools, which are often nonunionized and "tend to favor rookie teachers who are younger and far less likely to be minorities," according to the . Mission impossible for the Democrats? March 20, 2011|By John McCarron Democrats are being lured into a battle they cannot win.

Mission impossible for the Democrats?

In states across the Midwest, and in recession-racked places from Florida to California, the party of the little guy, the wage slave, the hardworking have-not, is lining up to defend the enviable wages and benefits of public-sector employees. Everywhere this battle is fought we Dems are going to lose. Why? Because Democrats are letting their opponents choose the field of battle. Years from now, analysts will look back and marvel at how today's Republicans — the party of bankers, hedge fund managers and stateless corporations — managed so quickly to sidestep blame for the recent economic collapse and instead turn public anger toward garbage collectors and school superintendents.

As a liberal Democrat, this doesn't make me mad so much as jealous. Mind you, I'm not discussing merits here, just tactics. 5 Things You Never Knew About Microfinancing. The following is an excerpt from “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic” by Hugh Sinclair.

5 Things You Never Knew About Microfinancing

Please share your comments about microfinancing below for a chance to win a copy of this enlightening book. We will choose 5 commenters at random to receive the book. Good luck! “I’m a dodgy moneylender, exploiting the poor with useless, overpriced loans, ideally obliging their children into forced labor in the process.” This did not go down well. “Guys, I’m joking … it was a joke. Faceoff: Occupy Wall Street vs. Tea Party Movement (Infographic) America's 10 Most Overpaid CEOs. Octopi Wall Street! OWS Fact Sheet 09/30/2011. #OccupyWallStreet Is a Church of Dissent, Not a Protest. September 29th, 2011 6:07 PM By Matt Stoller Last weekend, I spent a few days with the protesters downtown near Wall Street, and it was an eye-opening experience.

#OccupyWallStreet Is a Church of Dissent, Not a Protest

The people there want something, but it’s not a list of demands, and it is entirely overlooked by the media and most commentators on the protest. If all you read are news stories and twitter feeds about #OccupyWallStreet, the most trenchant imagery that will stick in your mind is that of police brutality, and the politics of Wall Street greed. The debate seems to be organized around whether the protest will be “successful” or not, how the protesters are stupid or a new American Tahrir Square, or rhetoric designed in a media sphere that maximizes attention. And it’s obvious that this isn’t just about Wall Street, nor is it really a battle of any sort. What these people are doing is building, for lack of a better word, a church of dissent. Meaning is a fundamental human need. The organizers themselves seem quite experienced.

We Are the 99 Percent. 14th October 2013 Question with 172 notes Anonymous asked: How can you claim to speak for 99% of people?

We Are the 99 Percent

We don’t claim to speak for anyone, we merely present stories. 14th October 2013 Photo with 186 notes I am 23 years old. It's the Inequality, Stupid. Want more charts like these?

It's the Inequality, Stupid

See our charts on the secrets of the jobless recovery, the richest 1 percent of Americans, and how the superwealthy beat the IRS. How Rich Are the Superrich? A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244. Note: The 2007 data (the most current) doesn't reflect the impact of the housing market crash. Winners Take All The superrich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains. Download: PDF chart 1 (large) PDF chart 2 (large) | JPG chart 1 (smaller) JPG chart 2 (smaller) Out of Balance A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States.

Download: PDF (large) | JPG (smaller) Capitol Gain Why Washington is closer to Wall Street than Main Street. Congressional data from 2009.