Archive for April 21st, 2009

Obama’s New “New Deal”: Planned Economy or Planned Destruction? »

With Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress pushing their corporatist, new “New Deal”, could the following editorial cartoon once again be timely? Entitled “Planned Economy or Planned Destruction?” the cartoon first appeared during the Great Depression in the Chicago Tribune on April 21, 1934, and features New Deal economist Rexford G. Tugwell (Head, Resettlement...
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Video of Dr. T.R.M. Howard (Civil Rights/Self Help Champion) »

This is a film clip of T.R.M. Howard from December 1955 in which he describes his strategy to fight the credit squeeze by the racist Mississippi white Citizens Councils against civil rights activists. Howard is the subject of my book, Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power. He was a...
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Bummer Day for California Women Politicos »

The U.S. Senate has been termed “The Most Exclusive Club,” and with good reason: the power and benefits are enormous. Today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is again in a spotlight for the benefits that have accrued to her husband from her access to such power: On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen....
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Supreme Court Limits Car Searches »

The Court has ruled in favor a higher standard for cops to meet before they can search the cars of stopped and arrested motorists. In an interesting example of the breakdown of the left/right spectrum, Stevens’s decision was joined by Souter, Ginsburg, Scalia and Thomas. Roberts, Alito, Kennedy and Breyer dissented.