Mary Bottari

Mary Bottari is the Director of the Center for Media and Democracy's Real Economy Project and editor of their www.BanksterUSA.org site.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 2:30pm
Congress to Reinstate Taxpayer Subsidies for Reckless Derivatives Trading
The New York Times called it "a textbook Washington play: use a must-pass bill, on the eve of the holidays, as a vehicle for changing unrelated policies." The liberal Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, called it "the worst of government for the rich and powerful." The conservative...
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Monday, December 1, 2014 - 8:00am
President Walker? Five Things You Should Know About Scott (Calvin) Walker
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is walking and talking a lot like he is running for President of the United States. The Wisconsin governor who famously told his cabinet that he was inspired by Ronald Reagan to kill Wisconsin unions is throwing his hat into the ring, and Walker is garnering kudos...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:30pm
Yelp, Facebook, Google Are Latest Tech Companies to Drop ALEC
Grassroots campaigners are on a roll, as first Microsoft, then Google, Facebook and now Yelp have caved to public pressure to drop their membership in the controversial corporate bill mill called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Next in their sights: Yahoo and Ebay. On Monday,...
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Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 12:30pm
Love Is in the Air as Wisconsin’s Gay Marriage Ban is Overturned
After Wisconsin federal court judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional late on Friday, gay and lesbian couples dug out their birth certificates, called their friends and rushed down to the courthouse in Madison and Milwaukee to take their vows. At the City-...
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The decision in Harris vs. Quinn is being called "the most important labor law case the court has considered in decades." (File) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:15am
Who Is Behind the National Right to Work Committee and its Anti-Union Crusade?
As the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 session comes to a close, one of the major cases left for a decision is Harris vs. Quinn, which could effect some 7 million public sector workers in the United States. The case originates in Illinois, where home health care workers have been successfully organized...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:30pm
The National Restaurant Association Spends Big to Keep Wages Low
A majority of the Senate voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour recently, yet the bill failed to clear the 60 vote hurdle necessary for passage -- thanks in no small part to the political power of the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry's trade association. For...
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:07am
How Pro-Austerity Groups Lost the Deficit Wars
It’s debt ceiling time and the US economy is once again on the brink, held hostage by extremists hell-bent on forcing cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Oh wait. That was last year.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 9:19am
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson Reach New Heights of Hypocrisy in "Fix the Debt" Ad
The Campaign to Fix the Debt, the $40 million dollar astroturf “supergroup” that CMD exposed on the cover of the Nation magazine , has shifted into high gear in an effort to leverage the debt ceiling crisis into cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:52pm
Dear WWII Vets, Forget About the Monument, They Are Gunning for Your Social Security
Apparently the only thing both Democrats and Republicans can agree on in Washington, DC, is that they can't deal with bad press involving Honor Flight vets.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:11pm
From Junk Bonds to Junk Schools: Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers for Phantom Students and Failing Grades
The data is in and K12 Inc.'s brand of full-time public "cyber school" is garbage. Not surprising for an educational model kicked off with a $10 million investment from junk-bond king Michael Milken.
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