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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Robert Reich
How America Embraced Lemon Socialism
America has embraced Lemon Socialism. The federal government -- that is, you and I and every other taxpayer -- has taken ownership of giant home mortgagors Fannie and Freddie, which are by now basket...
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César Chelala
Jewish Voices of Dissent on Gaza
As the dust is settling on the barren Gazan landscape, it is appropriate to listen to the voices of Jewish intellectuals who have forcefully spoken against the Israeli government actions in Gaza...
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Bob Herbert
More Than Charisma
On a rainy October night in 2006, I took a cab to the John F. Kennedy library here to conduct a very public interview. As we pulled up, the driver asked, "Who's on the program?" "Barack Obama," I...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Outside, Things Are Looking Brighter
IF YOU felt a tremor, it might have been more than just the multitudes chanting O-BA-MA. It just might have been the rumble of roots, tree trunks swaying like hips, and branches stretching outward to...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bank of America Meets Due Diligence
Diligence is the mother of good fortune. — Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote This is a column about due diligence. Presidents of large banks, such as Bank of America’s (BOA) Kenneth D. Lewis may read...
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George Hunsinger
Ending US Torture: A Time for Hope and Healthy Skepticism
The Executive Orders by President Obama on January 22 -- to close Guantanamo, to end harsh interrogations, and to abolish secret prisons -- represent a huge step forward and are truly cause for...
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George Hunsinger
Ending US Torture: A Time for Hope and Healthy Skepticism
The Executive Orders by President Obama on January 22 -- to close Guantanamo, to end harsh interrogations, and to abolish secret prisons -- represent a huge step forward and are truly cause for...
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Dr. Mona El-Farra
Gaza Needs Many Years to Heal
I am still in Cairo. With a sad heart I am watching home from a distance. The hardest days were when I went to the Rafah Crossing point. I was only one kilometer away from Gaza, but could not enter...
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Ralph Nader
Open Letter to President Obama on Consumer Protection
Dear President Obama: Underneath many of our country's economic problems is the thirty-year collapse of consumer protection-both of the regulatory kind and of the self-help kind known as proper...
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Scott Ritter
The Wrong Man for the Job
It was early in October 2001, and I had been invited to New York City on behalf of The History Channel for a show in which I was to discuss the situation in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept...
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