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Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

How our blog got its name

Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”

Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.

It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.

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#Sidney's Picks: Pelosi on Colbert; A Little Help from "The Help"; Glenn Beck's Gold

Sidney picks the best of the week's news:

 

  • Nancy Pelosi keeps her Lenten promise to be kind to Republicans by appearing on the Colbert Report to discuss why SuperPACs are ruining democracy.
  • It's not a schlocky movie, it's a political opportunity! How domestic workers are using The Help to create social change, by Rinku Sen of Colorlines.
  • Goldline International, Glenn Beck's favorite sleazy gold company, has been ordered by a court to refund $4.5 million to customers and stop telling the rubes that the feds are coming for their gold, Stephanie Mencimer reports for Mother Jones.
  • Greg Kaufman, author of the "This Week in Poverty" column for The Nation, on why the unemployment benefits extension doesn't go far enough.

 

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