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CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS AND POLITICAL STALEMATE BY ROBERT KUTTNER

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/constitutional-crisis-and_1_b_9395958.html?utm_hp_ref=politics The 2016 election year is shaping up to be America’s most serious constitutional crisis since the Civil War — and the most important partisan re-alignment since 1932 or maybe since 1860. To appreciate what’s at work, it’s important to understand these two trends, and how they interact. The essence of the constitutional crisis is […]

The Beginning of a Political Revolution Led By Young Women By Robin Barnes

Parsing Talk of Danger, Targets, Hell and Bimbos This blog is largely devoted to media analysis, featuring original posts or those written by others that speak to issues surrounding media influence in public debate. The 2016 Election coverage offers the more grist for the mill than nearly any other source, as it provides a first-hand […]

Press Freedom in the UK, Right Laws for the Right Reasons

The British press has a world-envied tradition of first-class investigatory journalism, of asking difficult questions, of seeing past the spin to hold the powerful to account. Let’s hope they uphold that proud tradition as they report on the battle to save the HRA in coming months.

The Banking Industry’s Transparent Attempt to Weaken the CFPB By Senator Elizabeth Warren

In fact, the CFPB has been operating for only four years, but the success of the single-director structure is already apparent. Under the leadership of Director Richard Cordray, the CFPB already has:
•returned more than $11 billion to over 25 million consumers who were cheated on their credit cards, checking accounts or other financial products;
•built a complaint hotline that has exceeded all expectations, handling more than 700,000 complaints and building an information database that is beginning to level the playing field for consumers; and
•issued new, common sense rules on mortgages and other financial products and services that have helped consumers compare costs and understand risks — all while making markets safer and more resilient.

Impending US Debt Crisis Oct 1, 2015 – Prompts IMF’s Release of GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT By Robin Barnes

If a collective effort to deliver policy upgrade is rejected there will be no stability, balance, or sustainable growth: in fact, global output will be reduced by an estimated 3% in two years’ time.

Independent Exposes International Broadcasting’s Repeated Breach of anti-Propaganda Code

Ofcom has uncovered nearly 50 breaches of its code by CNN, CNBC and the BBC after a four-year inquiry into the global news channels, which are beamed into hotel rooms around the world.