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06.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
What was more horrifying than last year’s financial implosion: That it happened, or that the average person couldn’t make sense of it? Fortunately, Les Leopold was already looking into the complex financial instruments that nearly brought down the economy and, incidentally, the retirement funds of five Wisconsin school districts, which may be on the hook for $200 million in bad ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Shepherd Q&A with Les Leopold, author of “The Looting of America”

What was more horrifying about last year’s financial implosion: that it happened, or that the average person couldn’t make sense of it? Fortunately, author Les Leopold had already been investigating the complex financial instruments that nearly brought down the economy and...
Friday, May 29, 2009
Without a bailout, newspapers will lay off staff, fewer journalists will report important stories, there will be no Fourth-Estate check on state and corporate power, and the country will suffer. So goes the pro-democracy case for government and/or altruistic investors to save the newspaper industry with an infusion of cash.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It takes a lot for us to start feeling sorry for high-flying financial executives who, left unregulated by an administration that believed the free market should be free to do anything it wanted, destroyed our nation’s economy and wiped out our 401(k)s. But when politicians whip up such a frenzy of hatred against...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

A Shepherd Q&A with best-selling author Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is one of America’s most astute and witty political observers, and his latest best seller, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, exposes the Republican hard-liners’ transformation of the federal government into both a fount of privatized plunder and a nest of truly spectacular incompetence.

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