Views for 2009-09-08

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Jeremy Scahill
Sarah Palin, the Neocons and Howard Dean Love the War in Afghanistan
The neoconservative Project for a New American Century laid much of the groundwork for the foreign policy of the Bush administration. Its members received important postings in the White House,...
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Ray McGovern
Help for Obama's Speech to Congress
Good evening, both to you members of Congress assembled here, and fellow Americans in our wider TV and radio audience. I plan to talk first about health care reform. Then I will make some fresh...
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Tom Engelhardt
Afghanistan by the Numbers: Measuring a War Gone to Hell
Here may be the single strangest fact of our American world: that at least three administrations -- Ronald Reagan's, George W. Bush's, and now Barack Obama's -- drew the U.S. "defense" perimeter at...
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Sally Kohn
Death Bonds: Wall Street Teams Up With Insurance Companies to Kill People, Reap Profits
Any remaining doubt that a for-profit, private monopoly of our nation's health care system is a dangerous idea should be removed by the recent news that Wall Street plans to reap profits from people...
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Dean Baker
What Exactly Did the Fed Do with $2 Trillion?
To combat the financial crisis set off by the collapse of the housing bubble, the Federal Reserve Board has lent out more than $2tn through various special lending facilities. While the Fed discloses...
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Glenn Greenwald
Meet the Press's Idea of a 'Debate'
On Sunday, Meet the Press hosted a panel discussion to debate two primary issues: (1) foreign policy -- specifically, the war in Afghanistan, and (2) health care. The panel: Rudy Giuliani, Tom...
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David Sirota
Glenn Beck, Obama's White House, and the Progressive Movement
Needless to say that when you wake up one morning and find yourself the subject of the lead editorial in the largest conservative publication on the planet, it is a bit jarring.
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Naomi Wolf
What Happened to Mohamed al-Hanashi?
NEW YORK – Mohammed al-Hanashi was a 31-year-old Yemeni citizen who was held at Guantánamo Bay without charge for seven years. On June 3, while I was visiting Guantánamo with other journalists, the...
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Donna Smith
Private Insurance Already Pulls Trigger on Patients, Docs
This story is not unlike millions that play out in a similar fashion all over this nation. For-profit, private insurance companies practice medicine without apology - and without license to do so...
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Bill Moyers
Mr. President, It's Time to Fight
The editors of the Economist magazine say America's healthcare debate has become a touch delirious, with people accusing each other of being evil-mongers, dealers in death, and un-American. Well,...
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Randall Amster
Disorder on the Border: Trashing the Law in the Name of Immigration Deterrence
In two recent criminal cases in the United States, defendants received similar sentences for very different sorts of actions. In the first, a young man was convicted of negligent homicide for texting...
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Jeff Leys
Healthcare vs. Warfare: The Future Costs of the Afghanistan War
On Wednesday, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on health care. Later this year he will decide whether to deploy additional troops to the war in Afghanistan, in addition to the...
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Kenneth Libby
Gates, Viacom, and Obama: Educational Programming That Matters
Right-wing fanatics are up in arms about President Obama’s speech to our nation’s children, alleging the President would like to use federal funds to push his “socialist ideology” or promote partisan...
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Norman Solomon
Men with Guns, in Kabul and Washington
For those who believe in making war, Kabul is a notable work product. After 30 years, the results are in: a devastated city. A stale witticism calls Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai “the mayor of...
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