Views for 2009-09-29

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Adam Howard
Democrats Don't Deliver Healthcare Reform... Again
For weeks now it's seemed more and more evident that instead of significant, meaningful healthcare reform , we are--if we're lucky--going to wind up with something akin to health insurance reform.
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Juan Cole
Is the Media Exaggerating the Iranian Nuke Threat?
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, reaffirmed Monday that a date would soon be set for the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the planned nuclear enrichment...
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Jenny Price
The Cost of America's Gun Addiction
" Killing shocks UC Irvine campus " ran the headline in the Los Angeles Times recently after a man allegedly shot his ex-wife to death. The article, which reported the slaying, focused at least as...
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Tony Norman
The G-20: A Guest with an Iron Fist
Once upon a time, people in Western Pennsylvania knew authoritarianism when they saw it. It had an unmistakable odor about it -- like the smell of Pinkertons and sulfur wafting up from the steel...
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Helena Cobban
Afghanistan: Obama's Vietnam?
There's a rapidly growing discussion here in the US about "what to do in Afghanistan." Some of it is thoughtful, well-informed, and serious. Like this piece by Rajiv Chandrasekaran in today's WaPo,...
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Laura Flanders
All Pledge and No Punch in Pittsburgh
The G20 summit wrapped up in Pittsburgh Friday with pledges but little punch. Except in the streets. On climate change, world leaders vowed "strong action" and on the economy, "balanced economic...
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Andy Worthington
A Teenage Refugee Freed From Guantánamo And Released In Ireland
On Sunday, following the revelation of the identity of one of two Uzbeks released from Guantánamo to take up a new life in the Republic of Ireland, I published a letter from Guantánamo written by...
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Connie Schultz
With ID Comes Online Civility
A while back I accepted a self-identified conservative's request to be my "friend" on Facebook. My goal with Facebook is to coax out a wide range of views in discussions to illustrate how we humans...
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Dean Baker
Progressives and the Budget Deficit
The budget situation today looks hugely worse than it did two years ago. The reason for the deterioration is not that the country has suddenly embarked on a massive new round of social spending,...
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Robert Reich
The Public Option Lives On
Today is a critical day in the saga of the public option. Democrats Charles Schumer (New York) and Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia) are introducing an amendment to include the public option in the...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
A Child Uprising on Education
Some of the most courageous actions for equality in the United States and South Africa have come from children - from the thousands who marched in Birmingham, only to have been met with fire hoses...
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Rose Ann DeMoro, Michael Moore
Why the Current Bills Don't Solve Our Health Care Crisis
Now we know why they've stopped calling this health care reform, and started calling it insurance reform. The current bills advancing in Congress look more like rearranging the deck chairs on the...
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George Monbiot
It's Not Sex, It's Money
It's no coincidence that most of those who are obsessed with population growth are post-reproductive wealthy white men: it's about the only environmental issue for which they can't be blamed. The...
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