Views for 2009-06-22

Monday, June 22, 2009
John Nichols
Supreme Court Pulls Teeth From the Voting Rights Act
Once an election is done, it is hard to undo. That's true in Iran, and it's also true in the United States. This is why it is important to get the rules by which elections are held right before...
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Tony Judt
Israeli 'Settlements': Fictions on the Ground
I am old enough to remember when Israeli kibbutzim looked like settlements ("a small village or collection of houses" or "the act of peopling or colonizing a new country," Oxford English Dictionary).
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Katrina Heron
School Lunch Reform and Ann Cooper’s Bigger, Boulder Move
The world of public-school lunch reform is abuzz this week as chef/author Ann Cooper , the outgoing Director of Food Services for the Berkeley Unified School District, takes charge of Boulder’s...
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Murray Dobbin
Imagine: Prosperity without Growth
It is ironic that homo sapiens, we big-brained and clever species, can trace almost every tragedy and failing to one generic cause: a failure of imagination. We seem to be an idiot savant species --...
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Robert Kuttner
The Policy That Dare Not Speak Its Name
I'm sure I'm not the only reader who noticed the juxtaposition of two front page stories in Sunday's New York Times dealing with health care. The first article cited a new Times-CBS poll showing that...
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James Carroll
More than Mere Lunacy
When James Wenneker von Brunn murdered Stephen T. Johns at the Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier this month, history was less made than revealed. Officer Johns, a 39-year-old African-American family...
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Sarah Anderson
People Power Pushed the New Deal
During the Great Depression, my grandfather ran a butter creamery in rural Minnesota. Growing up, I heard how a group of farmers stormed in one day and threatened to burn the place down if he didn’t...
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Paul Krugman
Health Care Showdown: The Alleged 'Center' Must Not Hold
America’s political scene has changed immensely since the last time a Democratic president tried to reform health care. So has the health care picture: with costs soaring and insurance dwindling,...
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Mike Ervin
10th Anniversary of Freedom for People with Disabilities
June 22 marks the 10th anniversary of a landmark ruling for people with disabilities. The case, which reinforced the Americans with Disabilities Act, was called Olmstead v. LC and EW. LC was Lois...
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Kate Sheppard
Obama's Climate Change Silence
The top scientific advisers in the Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a startling new report on what the latest climate science tells us is both already happening and likely to happen in the...
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Peter Singer
Putting Ethics Before Profits
Something new is happening at Harvard Business School . As graduation nears for the first class to complete their MBA since the onset of the global financial crisis, students are circulating an oath...
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Chris Hedges
Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It Away
Iranians do not need or want us to teach them about liberty and representative government. They have long embodied this struggle. It is we who need to be taught. It was Washington that orchestrated...
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Jeff Biggers
Reckoning at Coal River: Media and Nation Must Bear Witness to Coalfield Tragedy This Week
A historic reckoning is taking place on Coal River in West Virginia this week--and in Washington, DC on Thursday. On June 25th, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate...
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