James Ridgeway

James Ridgeway is senior Washington correspondent for Mother Jones, and co-editor of Solitary Watch. James began his career as a contributor to the New Republic, Ramparts and the Wall Street Journal. Later, he was co-founder and editor of the political newsletters Mayday, Hard Times and the Elements.

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Friday, June 5, 2009 - 11:34am
Life on Permanent Lockdown
Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox are believed to have been held in solitary confinement for longer than any inmate in America-37 years, to be precise, nearly all of them spent in 6-by-9 cells at Louisiana's notorious Angola prison . For 23 hours a day, they pass the time in their cells as best they can. For one hour, they are allowed out to take a shower or a stroll along the cell block.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 2:05pm
Congress' Credit Limit
Bad credit card debt may be the next big crisis looming on the economic horizon, some financial analysts say, and on Thursday President Obama will stage an event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to persuade Congress to fix the problem. Flanked by local residents who have wrenching stories of crippling debt, he'll ask the Senate to pass tougher credit card regulations later in the day.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 9:18am
The Health Care Industry's PR Scam: Will Obama Fall for It?
In a much-anticipated statement [yesterday], Barack Obama announced what is largely a public relations end-run by the health care industry, designed to trim a few scraps off of the nation's porcine health care budget, while preserving its basic system of medicine for profit.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:23am
The Bailout We Owe the Developing World
One outcome of the G-20 meeting (as I wrote yesterday ) was an agreement to earmark as much as $1 trillion for developing countries, where the economic crisis is having a life-threatening impact. This figure is in line with what the United Nations estimates is needed to "buffer the blows of the global downturn on the most vulnerable."
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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 1:31pm
Big Pharma Psychs Out the Shrinks
Just about everyone by now knows how the drug industry works to poison the minds of American doctors-not that many of them have resisted drinking the Kool-Aid, which comes in the form of ego-tripping awards, junkets, dinners, research funding, and cash in exchange for endorsing or prescribing the latest and most lucrative drugs. But even against this backdrop of sleaze, the latest news on the ties between Big Pharma and Big Psych could take your breath away.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 10:30am
36 Years of Solitude
What's left of Albert Woodfox's life now lies in the hands of a federal appeals court in New Orleans. By the time the court hears his case on Tuesday , the 62-year-old will have spent 36 years, 2 months, and 24 days in a 6-by-9-foot cell at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 11:32am
Will the FDA Finally Get Out of Bed With Big Pharma?
A test case for the new government will be how it deals with the pharmaceutical industry, which rivals the gun manufacturers and tobacco companies for the position of most amoral industry in America.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 3:09pm
Don't Even Think About It: Enter The Thought Police
Perhaps no campaign tactic is more effective than fearmongering, and in the current presidential race the sum of all fears, once again, is radical Islamic terrorists-or "jihadists," to use the now-ubiquitous term.
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Friday, August 31, 2007 - 2:29pm
Windfall: How Conservatives, Contractors, and Developers Cashed In on Katrina
In those first emotional days after Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast, widespread predictions of a political sea change arrived from liberal and even some conservative commentators. "Americans are ready to fix their restless gaze on enduring problems of poverty, race, and class that have escaped their attention," Newsweek's Jonathan Alter wrote in a September 2005 cover story. Some went so far as to forecast the dawn of a new America, one stunned out of both complacency and conservatism by the images of suffering on the Gulf Coast.
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