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Soccer Fields or Social Services? The Real Cost of Urban Renewal Districts.

Next week the Portland City Council consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. Pauls... Read more

Dear Leader

 So, as we will discuss on the show tomorrow, Washington is in the throes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This is an event where the purest of the ideologically pure gather to congratulate themselves on having ascended to the pinnacle of Western civi... Read more


 So, in response to President Obama's stimulus plan and new budget, a handful of "spontaneous" conservative demonstrations have sprung up around the country. Billing themselves as "tea parties," these heartfelt outpourings of right-wing pathos are intended to channel the re... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

Airs at: Sun, 03/01/2009 at 4:00pm
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep th... Read more

The Amazing Obama Budget

Airs at: Sun, 03/01/2009 at 4:00pm
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
    How progressive is the Obama budget?  Republicans call it socialist, among other things.  Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations.  Bill Resnick talks with him ab... Read more

Political Perspectives

  Every Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. News and views on current politics. Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics. Read more

Pratap Chatterjee on our Privatized, Outsourced Military

Airs at: Tue, 02/24/2009 at 12:00am
Produced for Locus Focus
 Pratap Chatterjee (CorpWatch) talks about why the privatized, outsourced military Barack Obama has inherited from the Bush administration will prove a done deal.  Pratap Chatterjee's article, "The Military's Expanding Waistline, What Will Obama Do with KBR?," appears at h... Read more

Jerry Flanagan (Consumer WatchDog) on Health Care

Airs at: Mon, 02/23/2009 at 12:00am
Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe and Joe to talk about the state of American Health Care, the so-called "public option," and what we might expect from the Obama Administration on this front over the next few years. Read more

Weathering the Economic Storm in Oregon

Airs at: Sun, 02/22/2009 at 12:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
How can Oregon protect  its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall?  Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in ser... Read more

Chuck Collins on the Stimulus Package

Airs at: Tue, 02/17/2009 at 12:00am
Produced for Locus Focus
Required reading for today's broadcast:  EconomicMeltDownFunnies.org... President Obama has just signed a 787 billion dollar stimulus package into law. So what does it all mean and what can we hope for? Locus Focus Resident Economist Chuck Collins joins Locus Focus host Barb... Read more