Ralph Nader

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:30am
The Funny Business of Farm Credit
In May of 1998 we held a conference dedicated to two Government-sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In my statement to that assembly, I noted that both corporations had been enjoying good times, but cautioned that one of the unintended consequences of fat profits over a long...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:15am
Copp's Plea for You and Me
The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant—and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the “dark money” super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all...
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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 3:30pm
The Need for Progressive Voices
In 1961, President Kennedy’s Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Newton Minow described television as “a vast wasteland.” Perhaps nothing demonstrates that better these days than the rise of Donald J. Trump as a presidential candidate; now the presumptive Republican nominee...
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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:45am
Breaking Through Power: Historic Civil Mobilization Now
Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized...
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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9:45am
For Republican Survival - Kasich is Ready
To avoid an historic tumble in the November elections, what should the Republican Party do at its July 18-21 nominating convention, if “Doubtful Donald” Trump and “Terrible Ted” Cruz cancel each other out? Their best chance is to nominate the remaining man in the race—Ohio Governor, John Kasich who...
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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:15pm
Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers
Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February and up for decision by the Executive Council was whether the country’s principal labor federation was going to make a primary season...
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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:15am
Trump's Self-Inflicted Fall
Donald J. Trump is done. He will not be the Republican Party’s nominee for President. He will not receive the requisite number of 1237 delegate votes to secure a majority going into the Republican Convention in July. Last June, I wrote a column predicting that Trump would give the GOP nightmares,...
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Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 12:45pm
Why Bernie Sanders was Right to Run as a Democrat
During a recent town hall in Columbus, Ohio, Sen. Bernie Sanders said the unthinkable. At least, you would have thought he did, judging by the response of several Democratic operatives. Sanders was deemed “ extremely disgraceful ” by Donna Brazile, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee,...
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Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 7:45am
Hillary's Latest Bow to AIPAC
It is well known to Washington political observers that politicians invited to speak at the annual, giant AIPAC convention ask for suggested talking points from this powerful pro-Israeli government lobby. Hillary Clinton’s pandering speech must have registered close to 100% on AIPAC’s checklist. Of...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:30am
Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit
The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.” All $585 billion and more, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, of your money—not just unaudited, but, in the...
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