David Sirota is an awardwinning investigative journalist and an In These Times senior editor. He served as speech writer for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign. Follow him on Twitter @davidsirota.
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Clinton Isn’t Warren, No Matter What Her Allies Say
Despite recent claims by Hillary Clinton constituents that she aligns with Elizabeth Warren, a look at her track record proves otherwise.
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Retirees Get Cross-Checked by Stadium Subsidies
As public workers face cuts to their pension benefits, professional sports teams rake in the funding. What gives?
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Is Cheap, Public Internet Possible?
Major broadband companies face a new competitor in local government.
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As Usual, Washington Follows the Buck
When it comes to party politics, Big Money wins over big principles.
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No Bad Tree Bears Good Fruit
In corrupt states, bad behavior shapes bad policy.
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Internet Privacy Concerns May Be Dividing the U.S. Government
The NSA whittles away at our Internet freedom; the State Department tries to bolster it. Who will win out?
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The Problem with Philanthropy
The occasional $120 million check doesn't offset tech billionaires' erosion of the public sector.
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Americans Pay the Price for Private Equity Firms’ Sins
When private equity firms illegally game the system, plutocrats aren't the only ones who suffer.
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Big Cable’s Almighty Dollar
Will Comcast's and Time Warner Cable's money outpace public objection to their potential merger? Stay tuned.
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Two Ways Chris Christie Screwed Over Pensioners for GOP Donors
How the New Jersey governor spawned the shortfall.
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Journalism Without Guts
Too often these days, journalists are afraid to challenge those in power.
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How Wall Street Financial Fees Choke Our Cities
L.A. is on the hook for millions of dollars in the same scheme that has plagued cities across America.
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It’s Not All About November
With all their political gamesmanship, lawmakers forget that real human lives are often on the line.
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Wall Street’s Pension Gamble
Investors are secretly playing high-risk games with public pensions.
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How We Can Fix Wall Street
There's a solution to the predations of high-frequency traders.
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Corruption in the Windy City
In times of crisis, public employees often take the fall while the corporate class prospers.
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Sure, Bigwigs Want Labor Rights—But Only for Themselves
What do Apple, the NCAA and Tennessee Republicans all have in common?
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Warren Buffet’s Epic NCAA Humblebrag
Buffett and Quicken Loans want to give you $1 billion for your perfect NCAA bracket—because they can.
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Who Has The Right to Track You?
As states begin to rein in mass surveillance, corporations argue that they have a right to collect data.
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The Real Welfare Queens
A new report shows corporations like Koch Industries have gotten billions in government subsidies.
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NFL Homophobia Revealed: Football Is a ‘Man’s-Man Game’
The league's remarks about Michael Sam aren't just anti-gay; they are employment discrimination.
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PBS: Bought and Paid For
Strapped for cash, the public station took money from an anti-pension crusader. Then it promoted pension cuts.
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Washington’s Selective Deficit Disorder
Politicians only impose austerity when it suits them.
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Billionaires Attempt To Convince Society That They Are The Good Guys
America's rich see themselves as victims of Nazi-like persecution.
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Why Paid Sick Leave Is Good For Business
Time off isn't just a moral necessity; it's also a smart economic policy.
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A Cold, Hard Look at the NSA’s Metadata Program
Fearmongering abounds, but the facts are simple. No attacks have been stopped.
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Weed Is Legal And Nobody Died
Washington's fears of reefer madness haven't come to pass in Colorado.
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The End of the ‘War on Christmas’ Fearmongering
Despite the best efforts of Fox News, Americans have recognized there's no 'war on Christmas.
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Why Edward Snowden Is the Definition of a Whistleblower
The verdict on Snowden is in.
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Who’s Really To Blame for Detroit’s Financial Problems?
Three painfully simple questions for Gov. Rick Snyder and officials.
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Eating Like There’s No Tomorrow
Meat consumption not only affects our environment, but also our access to antibiotics.
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Suburban Homes Ablaze
How irresponsible development turned the American West into kindling.
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Christie’s Grand Ol’ Party Is Just That: Old
The presidential hopeful's policies harken back to the good ol' days of Bush-era conservatism.
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Teachers Were Never The Problem
Poverty still lies at the root of the U.S. 'education crisis.'
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The Real Problem with Obamacare
Where the defeat of single-payer healthcare has gotten us.
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The ‘Economic Persecution’ Myth: No Need To Weep for the Wealthy
Research shows that taxing millionaires won't drive them away.
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A Penchant For Pension Cutting
The so-called pension crisis diverts attention from the real money drain: corporate welfare.
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NFL Scores Big With Tax-Exempt Status
How football symbolizes economic unfairness in America.
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An Empire in a Galaxy Not So Far Away
Obama insists that the U.S. is not an 'empire,' but our foreign policy suggests otherwise.
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The Thousand-Year Flood
Climate change: You can run, but you can't hide.
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The False Logic of ‘Gun Freedom’
The real lessons of the NRA's victory in Colorado.
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What Happened to the Anti-War Movement?
The short answer: partisanship.
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College Is the New High School
The post-secondary degree is increasingly a basic necessity, but comes at a luxury price.
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‘I Apologize,’ Says Former Opponent of Medical Marijuana
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta admits there's no science behind the war on marijuana.
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Our Gilded Age Education System
The ongoing education debate has little to do with schools and everything to do with money.
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The Free Market Backfires
What happens when the private insurance industry contradicts right-wing talking points?
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Pennies at the Register, Dollars in the Paycheck
Would higher wages really be 'devastating' for individual consumers?
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Presidential Infallibility
To a grandfather seeking answers, the U.S. shrugs and says: We don't have to tell you why we killed your grandson.
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