The Appearance of Influence

“…this Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the...

The Winner Is…

How far we have come, or perhaps fallen. The Republican romp across the electoral map yesterday may or may not prove to be a defining...

Politics of the Oligarchs

The intersection of money and politics, both at the fringes and at the center of our democracy, has often led to full-blown scandal....

The End of Spending Limits

The Court heard arguments yesterday in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a sort of sequel to the 2010 Citizens United case that...

Seamus Heaney, 1939 – 2013

One wonders why Ireland, a country with 4.5 million people, has produced so many of history’s greatest men – yes, mostly men – of...

Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

Don’t get me wrong, I love the biggest big city in the world. It’s the capitol of everything from food to finance, but New York is also...

Following the Money

David Cay Johnston calls the “unfortunate tendency…to quote people accurately without explaining the underlying context.” The story of...

Endless Money

Corporations Really Are People While the nation holds its collective breath over the fate of Obamacare (hint, it’s going down) the...

It’s the Money, Stupid

On the presidential campaign trail in 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain regularly invoked Theodore Roosevelt as his role model. “I count...

When in Disgrace

The Bard, we think, wrote his 29th sonnet around about 1592 at a time when he was deeply troubled by something. Perhaps it was the...

Colbert Explains It

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert eased, sort of, into the South Carolina primary on his show last night, but not before first handing off...

Following More Money

It is rare – very rare – that a state Supreme Court rises up on its hind legs and says to the United States Supreme Court we think you...

$$$$$

With two wins in a row in the hip pocket of his blue jeans, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney heads to South Carolina today to...

Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month – I love that poetry month coincides with the start of the baseball season – a great little poem...

More Billy Collins

My lanyard wearing mom was born on this day in 1922. I miss her every day. The Lanyard by Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting...

Billy Collins

When I saw the story that Idaho’s State School Superintendent Tom Luna had pulled a pop history quiz on lawmakers on the legislature’s...

The Poetry of Cities

It is the birthday of the poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg born January 6, 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois. Twice winner of the...

The Choice

For me the answer is easy – W.B. Yeats. In December 1923, nearly 86 years ago, Yeats won the Nobel Prize for literature and made much of...

All Souls

On All Souls Day, a remembrance of those we love and live among us in memory, two poems by John Updike and W.B. Yeats. I can’t get this...