Views for 2009-02-08

Sunday, February 8, 2009
Paul Krugman
What the Centrists Have Wrought
I’m still working on the numbers, but I’ve gotten a fair number of requests for comment on the Senate version of the stimulus. The short answer: to appease the centrists, a plan that was already too...
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Bill Scheurer
Military Families Still Pay The Price
Do you know that a US serviceman or woman still is killed every other day in Iraq? That an Iraq War veteran takes his or her own life nearly every day? The people I spent this weekend with in...
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Dean Baker
Dealing With Bankrupt Banks: Nationalization or Welfare
The media continue to do more to misinform the public than to inform them when it comes to plans for fixing the financial system. Following the absolute worst in journalistic practices, a front page...
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Brett Drugge
Two Americas, Two Educations
Talk of shortening the school year by five days, firing teachers and slashing teacher benefits, increasing class sizes, freezing monies for field trips, supplies, and arts programs in the wealthiest...
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Juan Cole
Obama May Postpone Afghan Surge
While the attention of the US public and the news media here has been consumed (understandably enough) by the congressional debate over the economic stimulus plan, America's war in Afghanistan has...
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Sarah van Gelder
Breakthrough on Nuke Reduction?
The Obama administration is considering a major reduction in nuclear weapons to as little as 1,000 warheads each for Russia and the U.S., according to a recent article in The Times of London...
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Rebecca Solnit
The Icelandic Volcano Erupts: Can a Hedge-Fund Island Lose Its Shirt and Gain Its Soul?
In December, reports surfaced that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pushed his Wall Street bailout package by suggesting that, without it, civil unrest in the United States might grow so dangerous...
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Frank Rich
Slumdogs Unite!
Someday historians may look back at Tom Daschle's flameout as a minor one-car (and chauffeur) accident. But that will depend on whether or not it's followed by a multi-vehicle pileup that still could...
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NLG Delegation
What We Found in Gaza
GAZA CITY - We are a delegation of 8 American lawyers, members of the National Lawyers Guild in the United States, who have come here to the Gaza Strip to assess the effects of the recent attacks on...
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Tim Malnick
Evolving Beyond Homo Economicus
The satirical puppet show Spitting Image used to have a rather cruel, but quite funny sketch where a pinstripe-suited, cigar-chewing Margaret Thatcher would stand shoulder to shoulder with to her...
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