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Top Stories: 6/1/11

06/01/11 04:55PM

The House votes against raising the debt ceiling as an August deadline is looming.While America struggles financially, 12 corporations earn $173 billion combined over a 2-year period.  Meanwhile, they’re getting tax benefits at a tax rate of -1.5%.Chris Christie went to his son’s baseball game in a helicopter that cost taxpayers $12.5 million.Jon Stewart probes Weiner’s penis picture scandal. read more


06/01/11 03:51PM

I've been trying to do lists of Underbuzzed stories since starting this last week. Today I want to talk about one. A lot of the economic debate over the last ten years or so has suggested that it's the middle class and poor fighting off the encroachments of big business. The most obvious battlefield for this class warfare was the Citizens United decision, which legalized unprecedented levels of anonymous corporate political donations. Obviously, this represented a massive weapon big business could use to further fleece the middle class. read more

The Wednesday Outlook

06/01/11 02:57PM

What's so weird about the mainstream coverage of the debt ceiling is that the mainstream are ignoring the alleged reason Republicans are using it to force spending cuts: Jobs. To hear the GOP tell it, the whole debt-ceiling fight is about jobs. As one of the producers here pointed out during one of our editorial conference calls, the last GOP prescription for job growth--extending the Bush tax cuts--hasn't moved the needle a bit. So why should we trust their prescription for cutting spending?As Media Matters points out, we shouldn't. read more

Romney gives Obama an 'F'

05/31/11 09:35PM

In a Today Show interview Mitt Romney gave the President a failing grade for his time in office and explains why he’d do a better job: Here are some of his reasons:Romney says he has a better healthcare plan because it doesn't have as many pesky words. He has a “better than 50/50” chance of winning (meanwhile he gets 17% of the vote in the latest Gallup poll).He reads the Twilight books about vampires. read more

The Ed Show Guest List, Tuesday 5/31

05/31/11 08:40PM

Amanda Terkel, Senior Political Reporter at Huffington Post.Sally Kohn, Founder and Chief Education Officer of Bernie Sanders, (I-VT).John Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The Nation.Margie Omero, President of Momentum Analysis and a Democratic Pollster.Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone Magazine’s National Affairs Correspondent. read more

Palin on the road

Palin on the road

05/31/11 08:00PM

Msnbc’s Thomas Roberts reports on the next phase of Sarah Palin’s bus tour when she meets with Donald Trump, biker dudes, and Greta Van Susteren. watch

Bachmann on 2012

Bachmann on 2012

05/31/11 08:00PM

Michele Bachmann says she’s been consulting with God on whether or not to run for president. She also says that if she did become president she doesn’t know... watch

Top Stories: 5/31/11

05/31/11 05:02PM

We’re keeping an eye on the House vote scheduled for today on the decision of whether or not to raise the debt-ceiling. Gas prices were curiously low during Memorial Day weekend.More Wisconsin GOP state Senators join the recall list.Weiner accused of showing his Boehner.There’s more on Roger Ailes and his right-wing political machine in a new profile piece from Rolling Stone magazine. read more