06 Jul 2013

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Laurence Leamer, The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption

The Price of Justice, the new Lawrence Leamer novel, tells the true story of two lawyers – Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley – and the roller coaster of justice they’ve been riding since 1998.

To Fawcett and Stanley, the case appeared simple enough in 1998: Massey Energy, led by CEO Don Blankenship, materially breached a contract with Hugh Caperton’s Harmon Mining Company with the intent of forcing Harmon into bankruptcy. Heaping insult upon injury, Blankenship fraudulently feigned interest in purchasing Caperton’s mine so that he could acquire inside trade knowledge – knowledge he then leveraged to his advantage and Caperton’s detriment.

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27 Jan 2010

The Bernanke Confirmation: Incompetence, Indifference and Institutional Inertia

Fed Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke’s cloture vote will take place tomorrow, the day after the State of the Union. We may hear a 10 second news blip about him clearing a “key procedural hurdle,” and then the gas-bags will go back to analyzing the President’s body language and the First Lady’s taste in fashion.

And on Monday, Ben Bernanke will continue studiously ignoring the increasing unemployment rate while ensuring the Wall Street “Masters of the Universe” remain insulated from their disastrous decision-making.

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15 Sep 2009

Supporting the Public Option: An Appeal for Accountability

I’m not asking for a kidney. These folks aren’t expected to sacrifice their first born upon an altar to FDL. Hell, we didn’t punish anyone for voting the wrong way in the past on important issues like the war supplemental. In fact, we’ve even rewarded good behavior, and simply asked for answers when we see behavior we don’t understand. In short, we’ve been good, engaged, informed and responsible citizens. What we need are responsive and accountable leaders.

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15 Sep 2009

Supporting the Public Option: An Appeal for Accountability

I’m not asking for a kidney. These folks aren’t expected to sacrifice their first born upon an altar to FDL. Hell, we didn’t punish anyone for voting the wrong way in the past on important issues like the war supplemental. In fact, we’ve even rewarded good behavior, and simply asked for answers when we see behavior we don’t understand. In short, we’ve been good, engaged, informed and responsible citizens. What we need are responsive and accountable leaders.

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20 Aug 2009

Abortion Debate Solved, Teabag Style

What was I supposed to say to this?

Last week, I attended a town hall meeting in Virginia. I sought out a couple that looked kinda grumpy and started talking with them. Our discussion was pretty far-ranging, and, in the end, I left thinking that these folks were people I wouldn’t mind having as neighbors, regardless of how much we disagree about politics.

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19 Aug 2009

A Bag of Tea with Joe Thomas

Many of you will remember that I cut my activist teeth calling right-wing talk radio for my website, CallingAllWingnuts. I’d suffer through busy signals, long hold times and hosts with a quick finger when it came to hanging up on or muting me.

One of those hosts was Joe Thomas of WCHV in Charlottesville, VA.

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15 Aug 2009

Valerie Jarrett Speaks to FDL

After Valerie Jarrett finished her NN interview with Baratunde, I was hoping there’d be a press availability in which I might have the chance to ask a follow-up or two about some of the topics that came up on the stage. Unfortunately (or so I thought), when I got to the media room, it was empty. Well, I was hungry anyway. So I walked back to the hotel to find some eats.

And there she was. Right up front (not hiding), seated with Michael Strautmanis, her chief of staff.

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11 Aug 2009

Ben Cardin: Public Option? Didn’t Say, and I Couldn’t Ask

At last night’s town hall in Towson, MD, Ben Cardin sketched out his case for health care reform. Unfortunately, he concentrated on the “Why we need reform” aspect (possibly thinking it would keep the rabid pack at bay? Ha!), and stayed purposefully vague about the “How we’re going to fix it” part of the conversation. I need to go back and watch his presentation again, but I’m pretty sure the words “public option” never escaped his lips. He spoke of an “exchange” in which consumers could shop for health care, but he left more undefined than defined. In fact, throughout his speech and the Q&A answer that followed, he frequently spoke of things he wouldn’t vote for – a bill that didn’t pay for itself would lose his support, for example – but he did not once tell us what he wants in a bill. But to be fair, he never really had the chance.

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11 Aug 2009

Ben Cardin: Public Option? Didn’t Say, and I Couldn’t Ask

At last night’s town hall in Towson, MD, Ben Cardin sketched out his case for health care reform. Unfortunately, he concentrated on the “Why we need reform” aspect (possibly thinking it would keep the rabid pack at bay? Ha!), and stayed purposefully vague about the “How we’re going to fix it” part of the conversation. I need to go back and watch his presentation again, but I’m pretty sure the words “public option” never escaped his lips. He spoke of an “exchange” in which consumers could shop for health care, but he left more undefined than defined. In fact, throughout his speech and the Q&A answer that followed, he frequently spoke of things he wouldn’t vote for – a bill that didn’t pay for itself would lose his support, for example – but he did not once tell us what he wants in a bill. But to be fair, he never really had the chance.

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