The Progressive POPULIST

A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland
April 15, 2015 -- Volume 21, Number 7


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER/Michael T. Klare p. 1
Big Oil’s broken business model

EDITORIAL p. 2
Dems need prez race; Peace by other means

JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies; Corporate coup d’etat; Obama resorts to government by sucker punch; An immigration loophole for rich foreigners; Big Food’s big hoax
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
DON ROLLINS p. 4
Service workers deserve a better shake

RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen p. 5
Practice environmental democracy

DISPATCHES p. 5
Obamacare at 5: 1/3 fewer uninsured, costs less than expected;
Roundup ‘probably’ causes cancer, UN agency says;
Costa Rica electricity fossil-fee;
Ted Cruz literally unbelievable;
Sanders budget fails;
Net neutrality legal battles start;
Senate seat opens in Ind....

FROMA HARROP p. 6
Angry at Obamacare, but angrier without it
TIM LYDON p. 6
This just happened: Alaska’s warm winter
JILL RICHARDSON p. 6
A nation of cereal killers
GENE LYONS p. 7
Cotton counts on constituents’ ignorance
JOSH HOXIE p. 7
Betting the farm on a lie
DAVID SIROTA p. 7
Why did Christie settle with Exxon?
JOHN BRADSHAW p. 9
A bumper crop of banana Republicans
ROBERT B. REICH p. 9
‘iEverything’ and redistributional imperative
BOB BURNETT p. 9
What do Republicans stand for?

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL p. 10
The one sensible budget in Washington
TERRANCE HEATH p. 10
Immoral choices in the House GOP budget
WENDELL POTTER p. 10
More skin in game, more Wall Street likes it
MARY SANCHEZ p. 11
Shooting in Ferguson sets right wing shrieking
DEAN BAKER p. 11
Scott Walker ends freedom of contract
HEATHER DIGBY PARTON p. 12
‘Radicals of a different sort’
JIM NEWELL p. 12
Mitch McConnell gives up
JOAN WALSH p. 13
Stop whining about Democrats’ weak bench
JESSE JACKSON p. 14
The Chicago reckoning
ROGER BYBEE p. 14
More Nixonian than Nixon

MARK ANDERSON p. 14
Sheriffs declare ‘war’ on Colorado over legal pot

HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p. 15
Roots: Digging into our souls

SAM URETSKY p. 15
There is nothing so low they will not go

WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
Lamestream press scrapes bottom

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Thoughts on the partial recovery

JUAN COLE p. 17
Sunni-Shi’ite rift could make Tikrit Pyrrhic victory
MARK WEISBROT p. 17
Obama channels Reagan
MEDEA BENJAMIN p. 17
Why not travel to Cuba?
JOE CONASON p. 18
Media’s email hysteria
TINA DUPUY p. 18
First female president
JOEL D. JOSEPH p. 18
Proposed deals with Iran

PUBLIC INTEREST/Ralph Nader p. 19
Billionaire hammers stock buybacks
TED RALL p. 19
Goofus Hillary vs. gallant Hillary
JASON STANFORD p. 20
What ‘Footloose’ can teach us about Iran
BOOK REVIEW/Seth Sandronsky p. 20
Caging the marginalized
JOHN YOUNG p. 20
Our Congress has become fraternity row
ERIC BOEHLERT p. 21
Bush email scandal the media forgot
POPULIST PICKS p. 21
Waging heavy peace; Reel Injun; Billionaire’s vinegar

EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
Why not even John Oliver can shame NCAA
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
Flush the Trans-Pacific Partnership
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 22
Tackling tip theft
WILL DURST p. 23
The ‘E’ in email stands for evidence
POET/Michael Silverstein p. 23
The chosen one

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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