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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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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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 1:42pm
Outsourcing America: Sodexo Food Service Contractor Siphons Cash from Kids and Soldiers while Dishing Up Subprime Food
Since the 2008 financial crisis, cash strapped states have accelerated the outsourcing of America in hopes of delivering the same services more cheaply.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 12:59pm
Failing Up to the Fed, A Reporters' Guide to the Paper Trail Surrounding Larry Summers
The Washington Post 's Ezra Klein reports that Larry Summers is the "overwhelming favorite" of the Obama team for the job as Federal Reserve chairman. To convince the American public that one of the chief architects of the 2008 financial crisis should be the chief regulator of the U.S.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:47am
The 'Other NRA,' the National Restaurant Association, Pushes Preemption of Paid Sick Days
Today, the feisty advocates at the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), an organization founded in honor of the 73 employees of the Windows on the World restaurant who died on Sept. 11th, will be paying surprise visits to restaurants across the country that are members of the National Restaurant Association , including Capital Grille, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster.
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