Obama nomination of derivatives deregulator to economic team sparks Senate controversy

American News Project’s Lagan Sebert explores the nomination of yet another Wall Street veteran to fix the broken financial regulatory system. Video story cross-posted by permission.

Barack Obama’s plan to name yet another Goldman Sachs alum to his economic team is proving too much for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sanders put a hold on the nomination of Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, effectively stopping the nomination process in its tracks. Sanders says Gensler, who spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs and then joined the Treasury Department under Bill Clinton, played too big a role in deregulating derivatives in the 90s’ to be trusted to reregulate the market now.
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Writing the next chapter on race

An essay by Judith Browne-Dianis, Co-Director Advancement Project, and crossposted with permission from Racewire.org.

For several months, the media has been pushing the fairy tale that the United States moved beyond racism with the election of President Obama. As untrue as that is, there are people who started acting on their post-racial fantasies years ago, eight years in fact, as the Bush Administration used that excuse to essentially stop enforcing the civil rights laws we already have. President Obama and his administration have the opportunity to take dramatic steps towards dismantling institutional racism and inequality by simply enforcing the laws that are already on the books. Rather than blindness or silence, taking this action requires us to live in reality so that we can change that reality.
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Religion-and-politics poll reaches ‘Seinfeld’ proportions on nothingness

Focus on the Family Action exposes a shocking revelation from a new poll on religious beliefs and politics — liberals and conservatives are different.

The evangelical pollster The Barna Group reveals this and other rather obvious conclusions at CitizenLink.com, the lobbying arm of the Colorado Springs-based ministry and publishing empire. Grab the smelling salts and read on.
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The Battle for the Citadel of Capitalism

by gjohnsit, posted with permission

“They lay there, clinging to one another and trying to shield the more vulnerable parts of their bodies from the blows of the nightsticks, while the police hauled them apart and dragged them bodily into waiting patrol wagons.” – NY Times, March 31, 1948

Every once in a while an underdog defeats a Titan.This isn’t one of those times.

It isn’t the victory of an underdog that inspires us so much as is the incredible courage is takes to even challenge the overwhelming champion.
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Ann Coulter bushwacked on radio by conservative Christian abortion foes

Crossposted from The Colorado Independent

Ultra-conservative Christian talk radio hosts are taking a new approach to getting their message out — ambushing right-wing pundit Ann Coulter over her support for 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who absolutist antiabortion activists accuse of being “willing to sacrifice children for your vote.”

The Denver-based American Right to Life Action is leading the charge with a YouTube video excerpting Coulter’s on-air radio freak outs and calling on the acid-tongued author to apologize and retract her support for Romney.
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Collapse of a Kingdom: The obsolete Pope

A guest commentary by Janet Brazill posted with permission

Reaction of the world community proves that the antiquated views of medieval potentates have no relevance for modern society. Pope Benedict XVI stated that the use of condoms would risk “aggravating” the problem of AIDS. He added that addressing the disease will require a “spiritual and human awakening” and “friendship for those who suffer.”
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Government conference on transparency closed to public, press

Only in Washington …

On March 26, 2009, the Office of Information Policy (OIP), Department of Justice, will host a governmentwide training conference to discuss President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s Memoranda which establish a new era of open government.

No pre-registration is required. However, you must present your Government ID to attend the training.