April 23, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Six U.S. senators, including Al Franken (D., Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), wrote to federal regulators Tuesday, urging them to block Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable. Should the deal win approval, "we believe that Comcast-TWC's unmatched power in the telecommunications industry would lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and poorer quality services for Americans," wrote Franken, Warren, and Sens. Bernard Sanders (I., Vt.), Ed Markey (D., Mass.)
April 4, 2015
ISSUE | TAX HIKES Council incumbents, stand ground now I am appalled that City Council incumbents running for reelection are not acting on the city budget - especially its proposed 9.34 percent property tax increase - until after the May primary ("Council a no-go on tax boost," April 1). Haven't we given the schools an extra $200 million for the past several years? What are they doing with the money? If they cared about education, they would make use of the stored books and other equipment just going to waste.
January 8, 2015
OK, LOOK, I can't wait. Believe me, I tried. I know it's only 2015. But I can't help myself. The 2016 race for the White House calls like a mythological Siren. The possibility of another Clinton/Bush clash coupled with an expected rerun of the 2012 GOP carnival of candidates is just too much to leave alone. So let's take an early look at what maybe lies ahead. Public polling - which, at this stage, is based on name ID and reflected chatter from cable TV - suggests Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will be their party's nominees.
December 17, 2014 |
As Washington was betraying regular Americans in favor of big banks, Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor last week to ask, "Who does Congress work for?" She probably should have included President Obama in her question. Warren (D., Mass.) was talking about a bank-authored spending bill amendment that constituted one of the most generous giveaways to banks since the $700 billion bailout of 2008. The amendment, which according to the New York Times was written by Citigroup's lobbyists, guarantees that banks can gamble with abandon and that when they inevitably lose, the taxpayers will pick up the tab. Unrestrained derivatives trading was a major cause of the financial meltdown.
August 2, 2014
The recent fourth anniversary of the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law provides an occasion to remember why such aggressive legislation was needed. Fueled by years of lobbying and campaign donations from the finance sector, Washington politicians from both parties dismantled regulations intended to prevent a financial meltdown. The result, of course, was the worst such meltdown since the Great Depression. Millions lost their homes, and those who didn't saw property values decline as neighborhoods were abandoned.
March 21, 2014
OF THE many distressing aspects of the events out of Harrisburg in the past week - the felony charges against state Sen. LeAnna Washington and the attorney general's decision not to move forward on a sting operation that caught at least four lawmakers taking gifts and money from a sham lobbyist - is how it exposes a giant vacuum of who is on taxpayers' side when it comes to our money being stolen and our democratic principles being compromised....
October 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Will Cory Booker be another Ted Cruz? The next Hillary Rodham Clinton? Or something new? After winning a New Jersey Senate seat Wednesday, the star-powered Newark mayor, who is so often the center of attention, will soon enter a traditionalist body where newcomers are expected to quietly earn their place and wait their turn. Will he follow Clinton's example and try to blend in, adhering to custom? Or will he join a new breed who have used the Senate as a platform to build their profiles and shape the national debate, seniority be damned?
June 27, 2013 |
BOSTON - Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in a special election Tuesday for the state's U.S. Senate seat long held by John Kerry, a race that failed to draw the attention that the state's 2010 special Senate election did. Markey, 66, won the early backing of Kerry and much of the state's Democratic political establishment, which was set on avoiding a repeat of the stunning loss it...
September 21, 2012 |
Republican Sen. Scott Brown criticized his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, for refusing to release records on whether she claimed Native American ancestry in job applications, as she attacked him for supporting billionaires and opposing legislation to create jobs in their first debate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Squaring off in Boston, Warren pounded Brown over his record, including opposing a bill to provide equal pay for women doing the same work as men. Brown, in turn, portrayed Warren as a liberal eager to tax job-creating businesses while collecting a six-figure income as a professor at Harvard Law School.
September 6, 2012
FOR MANY disillusioned progressives, Elizabeth Warren, the consumer champion who is running for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, represents the kind of change they thought they were getting when they helped elect Barack Obama. So no matter what Warren said Wednesday night in her prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention, it was bound to result in a mixed message. It's encouraging that, after months of fixation on the deficit and a "grand bargain" with Republicans to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, President Obama and the Democrats are no longer running away from the progressive - and pugnacious - approach that Warren personifies.