Specter haunting the GOP

A specter is haunting the Republican Party. The specter of marginalization. Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Arlen Specter triggered political shockwaves by announcing he is switching parties, and will run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

Restoring reason at the FDA

It's official. Seventeen year-olds now get a second chance to prevent pregnancy as easily as older women do. The FDA, per order of the White House, extended over-the-counter access to emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, to 17-year-olds April 23.

Love your mother

Earth Day, April 22, is sandwiched between Tax Day, April 15, and Workers Memorial Day, April 28. Just around the corner is May Day, May 1, the international workers day and a day for flower baskets and maypoles. What do they all have in common?

Unemployment -- not a lagging indicator of economy

It is conventional wisdom pontificated ad nauseam on business channels like CNBC and Bloomberg that employment figures are “lagging indicators” of the state of a country’s economy.

Advice for G20 and ourselves, via Facebook

Last week’s G20 meeting — of leaders of the world’s big and developing economies — sparked a Facebook conversation between Toby Chaudhuri of the Campaign for America’s Future and Vijay Prashad, who teaches international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. We enjoyed their back-and-forth and they kindly agreed to share it with PWW readers.

Binghamton and beyond: A deeper look at those who just snap

A series of mass killings in recent weeks has given some the impression that things are falling apart in this country. A deeper look is needed.

A trillion dollars for the banks: How about a second opinion?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to have the government lend up to a trillion dollars to hedge funds, private equity, funds and the banks themselves to clear their books of toxic assets. The plan implies a substantial subsidy to the banks. It is likely to result in the disposal of these assets at far above market value, with the government picking up the losses.

No to nuclear power

ST. LOUIS — It has been more than 30 years since the last nuclear power plant was licensed for construction in the United States. Now Ameren — the largest electric utility in Missouri and the second largest electricity provider in Illinois — is lobbying for permission to build a second nuclear energy plant near Fulton, Mo., alongside its first nuclear facility.

At issue: the role of government

Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Abraham Lincoln, 1863. Today’s Republican right wants us to forget this concept.