This Week At TheNation.com: Views On Race and the Progressive Base
Views on race and the progressive base. Plus: The case for Elizabeth Warren, and JoAnn Wypijewski on "the party of no."
With Congress’s passage of financial reform, the big banks and corporate lobbyists will fight to diminish regulation as much as they can. That’s why I made the case this week for Elizabeth Warren–one of the leading activists and thinkers regarding what the bureau could get done–to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On Thursday, I sat down to discuss Warren’s candidacy on The Bill Press Show. Listen here, while we wait to see if the Obama Administration will do the right thing and appoint Warren to this critical role.
Also this week:
Video: Melissa Harris-Lacewell on the Vilification of Black Women
Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Lacewell appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the recent debacle surrounding the frenzied resignation of Shirley Sherrod. Watch the segment here. For background on the Sherrod story, you should read Habiba Alcindor’s article from the March 20, 2005 issue of The Nation about the challenges facing black farmers; that story, "Losing Ground," is here.
The Breakdown: Breaking Down Financial Regulation
On this week’s edition of The Breakdown, The Nation‘s Washington DC Editor Christopher Hayes and financial blogger Mike Konczal unpack the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill is supposed to prevent such a crisis and the subsequent bank bailouts from ever happening again, but does it really accomplish that? And more broadly, what does it do to reform the financial system that made those things possible in the first place? Listen to the conversation here.