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Audio interview with Jacob Hacker, author of ‘Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class’

Interview with Jacob Hacker, professor of political science at Yale University, by Sam Seder on Hacker’s new book “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.”

This interview shows why you’re screwed unless you are part of the super rich. Both parties are to blame. It’s an important interview and Sam Seder shows why he is a good interviewer in this half hour audio clip, which you can hear below.

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Obama Failure on Health Care

This video tells you all you need to know:

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The failure of Barack Obama, part 2

David Michael Green is a professor of political science at Hofstra University in New York. Like my post from a few weeks back featuring Mike Papantonio from Air America’s “Ring of Fire,” he crystallizes why Obama is a failure from a progressive point of view.

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Ohio Tea Bagger

This wing nuttery was spotted on I-70 heading east outside of Springfield, Ohio. That’s the southwestern part of Ohio, the state’s most conservative region. These folks also brought you John Boehner and Jean Schmidt. Don’t miss “Impeach Obama” on the bumper.

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Has Helen Thomas ever been wrong?

Thomas: Obama “lacks courage.” (Link)

More Helen Thomas giving them hell.

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No moral qualms with the death penalty? How about spending problems?

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, keeping inmates on death row in Florida costs taxpayers $51 million a year more than holding them for life without parole. North Carolina has put 43 people to death since 1976 at $2.16 million per execution. The eventual cost to taxpayers in Maryland for pursuing capital cases between 1978 and 1999 is estimated to be $186 million for five executions.

Perhaps the most extreme example is California, whose death row costs taxpayers $114 million a year beyond the cost of imprisoning convicts for life. The state has executed 13 people since 1976 for a total of about $250 million per execution. This is a state whose prisons are filled to bursting (unconstitutionally so, the courts say) and whose government has imposed doomsday-level cuts to social services, health care, schools and parks.

Money spent on death rows could be spent on police officers, courts, public defenders, legal service agencies and prison cells. Some lawmakers, heeding law-enforcement officials who have declared capital punishment a low priority, have introduced bills to abolish it.

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9.12 DC TEA PARTY

The best look at the 9/12 Tea Party I’ve found.

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The failure of Barack Obama

Mike Papantonio on Air America’s “Ring of Fire” lays out the case for why Obama is not the guy we need. He may have been the best out there, but it’s not good enough. It’s a brutal assessment. This clip is from the August 29, 2009 show.

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Barney Frank shows how to deal with right wing idiots

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They are finally paying attention

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