Paul Ryan vs. the Nuns: Round 2

Fuel up the bus, it’s time for the nuns to hit the road again. This summer’s Nuns on the Bus tour, you may recall, focused on the good sisters’ moral opposition to the House Republican budget, usually referred to as the Ryan Budget, after House Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, its author. Chris Lisee reported [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Gershom Gorenberg: “Republicans and the ‘Quality of Sodom’” A couple of strangers show up in town. In the previous chapter they had arrived at the tent of Abraham, who hurried to put out the best meal he could provide. His wealth, he understood, was merely a trusteeship, something he’d been granted in order to share. [Read More…]

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The city councilman who wrote a bill and pocketed $80 million

No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time; yet what are many of the most [Read More…]

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Progressive religious voices not irrelevant, just ignored

So yesterday, more than 60 Christian leaders released a statement “expressing their strong opposition to any legislative proposal that fails to extend the 2009 improvements made to refundable tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.” I’m quoting there from Nick Sementelli of the progressive Christian group Faith in [Read More…]

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The Chik-fil-A Flustercluck: What’s Next?

For all the buzz about “boycotting” Chik-fil-A, we haven’t really seen anything that formally organized yet. Basically, thus far, what we’ve seen is a big corporation telling part of the public that “We don’t want your money here,” and that part of the public unsurprisingly responding “OK, then, you can’t have it.” This latest corporate [Read More…]

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Boycotting the Once-ler

So like everyone else, you’ve been buying Thneeds from the Once-ler for years without ever hesitating to think about it. After all, a Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove. It’s a hat. But it has other uses. Yes, far beyond that. … But then one day you read an [Read More…]

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Banks Behaving Badly (All Consumerist Edition)

I haven’t posted one of these in a while and the unlinked links are starting to pile up around here. The bad behavior of banks is a steady, relentless topic, and if you don’t keep on top of it, you’ll quickly get swamped. So let me take this chance to commend The Consumerist — a [Read More…]

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CFPB — a boring name that strikes fear in the hearts of predators

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is just getting started. It’s an unassuming little office with a blandly bureaucratic-sounding name. And it’s led by Richard Cordray, an unassuming, unthreatening-looking fellow who lacks the TV-hair of a politician. But the CFPB, created by the post-financial crisis Dodd-Frank law, actually has a shot at doing what it’s name [Read More…]

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