Joshua Holland is Senior Digital Producer at BillMoyers.com, and host of Politics and Reality Radio. He's the author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy. Drop him an email or follow him on Twitter.
Newly elected politicians, swept into power power by insurgent Democratic voters, include a heavy contingent of economic populists. These new officials will stand up to bad trade policies and push legislation for America's working class. They'll face a tough fight.
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize."