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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Matt Taibbi
The Big Takeover: How Wall Street Insiders are Using the Bailout to Stage a Revolution
It's over - we're officially, royally fucked. No empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running...
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Donna Liquori
Strained Libraries Offer a Lifeline
A young Juanita Rarick found refuge at the Howe Library in Albany's South End during the Great Depression. There, the girl could escape the instability of the world outside. "I'd sit there and read...
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Rachel Dry
A Recession Only Steinbeck Could Love
There's nothing like a Great Recession to make people want to read about the Great Depression. Seventy years after John Steinbeck published his best-selling tale of the Joad family's journey from...
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John Brown
Public Diplomacy: Stop the Solemnity!
The Obama administration isn't talking much about "public diplomacy" these days.
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Jim Goodman
Governor Crist: It's Time to End Slavery in Florida
"The extreme is slavery, the norm is disaster." --Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as he described the conditions in Immokalee Florida last year.
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Tom Engelhardt
Economic Dirty Bomb Goes Off in New York
A block from my apartment, on a still largely mom-and-pop, relatively low-slung stretch of Broadway, two spanking new apartment towers rose just as the good times were ending for New York. As I pass...
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Frank Rich
Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?
A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won't fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers' bonuses won't fix it. Firing Timothy Geithner won't fix it. Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of...
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William Greider
Obama Told Us To Speak Out, But Is He Listening?
The president is getting what he asked for, but perhaps not what he had in mind. During the campaign, Barack Obama beckoned Americans to put aside their cynicism about politics and re-engage as...
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