Views for 2009-02-18

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Steven Conn
Guess What? The New Deal Worked!
Since the economic crisis we're now in is being compared to the Great Depression, the solutions being offered are being routinely compared to the New Deal. Republicans in particular have been quick...
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Tom Andrews
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later? Say It Ain't So, Mr. President.
Yesterday's announcement by the White House that the president was ordering 17,000 more US troops into Afghanistan was particularly troubling to many of us who - unlike Mr. Limbaugh and his followers...
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Van Jones
The Stimulus: A Down Payment on a Green Future
Pretty soon, Kermit the Frog is going to need a new song to sing . I'm not saying it's easy being green. But it's getting easier. As part of the $787 billion stimulus package that President Obama...
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Glenn Greenwald
Charlie Savage on Obama's Embrace of Bush/Cheney 'Terrorism Policies'
During the Bush presidency, there were few reporters, if there were any, who were better on issues of civil liberties and executive power abuses than Charlie Savage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for...
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Amy Goodman
Jailing Kids for Cash
As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison...
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Anthony Gregory
The Price of America's Prison Gulags
A three-judge panel has tentatively ruled that "[t]he California prison system must reduce overcrowding by as many as 55,000 inmates within three years to provide a constitutional level of medical...
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Eric Stoner
No Mercy for Mercenaries
After raking in more than a billion dollars from its contracts in Iraq , Blackwater is finally being forced to leave the country that it has terrorised for so long. But the notorious mercenary firm's...
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Paul Waldman
The Tyranny of the Centrists
If six months ago you had said that within three weeks of taking office, President Obama would pass a $787 billion stimulus bill with billions of dollars for food stamps and schools, infrastructure...
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Sanjeev Bery and Manan Ahmed
US Policies Have Weakened Pakistani Civilian Rule
Depending on whether you like watching your news or reading it, there were two very different reports on Pakistan this Sunday.
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Jodi Jacobson
The Obama Mandate: End Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
Republicans these days are very, very deeply concerned about "wasteful government spending." House Minority Leader John Boehner complained about wasteful spending in the stimulus. Congressman Mike...
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Adam Zemel
Obama: Sowing Seeds for Stimulus 2.0?
The New York Times reports that even as President Obama signs the economic stimulus bill into law today, he and his aids are indicating that the President has not ruled out the need for continued...
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Tom Engelhardt
Burning Questions: What Does Economic "Recovery" Mean on an Extreme Weather Planet?
It turns out that you don't want to be a former city dweller in rural parts of southernmost Australia, a stalk of wheat in China or Iraq, a soybean in Argentina, an almond or grape in northern...
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Pat LaMarche
Time for Universal Care
Very few people in the United States remember the Great Depression. And to our discredit, we don't spend much media time hearing from those seniors. Most of us have to learn the details from history...
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Robert Scheer
Good Money After Bad
The Republican-engineered controversy around the stimulus is a phony. The stimulus package that President Obama signed into law Tuesday is a modest effort, actually too modest, at arresting the free...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Don't Bleed Resources in Afghanistan
On Tuesday, President Obama announced the deployment of 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan.
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Donna Smith
Don’t Know Who Offends Me More, Blitzer or Trump
WASHINGTON - One of Donald Trump's many business interests - his casino company in Atlantic City, NJ - is going belly-up. Bankrupt. Out-o-cash. But, he's assured us all during a lengthy segment on...
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