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Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

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Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe and Huffington Post. He is the author of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future, Obama's Challenge, and other books.

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At Last, Legislation to Stop Private Equity Abuses

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Elizabeth Warren Presents Unparalleled Plan to Bolster American Workers and Manufacturing

The Massachusetts senator presents by far the most serious proposal to bolster American industry. 

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Those Boeing Crashes and Donald Trump

It would be convenient to blame Trump’s deregulation. But the regulatory failure that ended in two tragic crashes was all too bipartisan

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How a Progressive Message Won House Seats

Advocating policies like Medicare-for-all, a significant expansion of Medicare, or a buy-in at age 55, Dems won in heavily blue and red districts

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History’s Most Incompetent Demagogue

A competent Trump could have done lots more damage. His Europe trip was a full-blown political disaster

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Trump’s Impotent Rage

The window for firing Rosenstein or Mueller, and getting away with it, has closed.

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Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

When politics fails to serve working people, the far right fills the vacuum.

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