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Latest Work

Big Pharma Divorces Billy Tauzin

Next time you’re gouged by the drug giants, remember: It wouldn’t happen without the work of self-serving hucksters like Billy.

Down and Out…in America

We have a long-term growth in income disparity between rich and middle-class, which has since been mostly obscured by the recent meltdown.

That’s Rich

Laughing all the way to the bailed-out bank.

The Top 10 Reasons We Don’t Need More Nukes

Solar, wind, and geothermal power, combined with energy efficiency, can overcome our reliance on fossil fuels, provide energy security, and mitigate the climate crisis.

I Play an Objective Expert on TV

Scores of pundits appearing on television news are actually paid corporate lobbyists and public relations pros.

Raise My Taxes, Please

Those of us who have disproportionately benefited from these investments have a corresponding patriotic responsibility to reinvest in the common good.

Strange Snow Patterns Consistent with Climate Change

Think the freak snowstorms disproved climate change science? Think again.

Fighting Like Hell in Haiti

More than 50 groups recently declared their priorities, which include: “housing, environment, food, education, literacy, work, and health for all.”

Warning: Consumer Products May Be Harmful to Your Health

A recent report by some of the nation’s leading public health professionals describes the toll that toxic chemicals are taking on our health and our budget.

Let’s Rein In Tax Cheats

Solely jailing the whistleblower sends a chilling message to would-be financial whistleblowers that will continue for decades to the detriment of our economy.


Those who have much to fear from justice are rarely eager to see its purifying waters roll down.

Agribusiness Profits, Mutant Germs, and Us

America has overdosed on antibiotics.

Rescuing Haiti

Not to worry, people of Haiti, help from the United States is on the way.

Dealing with the Deficit

Everyone wants a solution to our problems, but no one wants to pay a price.

Nukes Aren’t the Answer

The Obama administration is making no moves to answer the call for a new energy future.

Some Sanity Creeps into the Drug War

By any measure, the military approach to countering a demand-driven cocaine trade has been a complete failure.

Fighting Back Against a Corporate Court

Enormous corporations can now pour unlimited money into supporting or defeating candidates.

Remembering Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn revolutionized the way millions of Americans understand our shared history.

Lady Liberty

The canary in the mineshaft of American democracy.

Palin’s Tea Party

At first glance it’s easy to dismiss the Tea Partiers as bumpkins with the political acuity of a box of rocks.