Views for 2009-10-03

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Rinku Sen
ACORN Is the New Dirty Word
Over the last 18 months, conservatives have launched a nationwide assault on the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which is now peaking with widespread media coverage and...
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Daniel Fireside
Life's Best Lessons Are Outside the Classroom
Jaydon Serrano pushes back and forth in his swivel chair, his back against a wall of blinking sound equipment. "I'm a little nervous and excited," says the second-grader. "You'll do great," says his...
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Greg Kaufmann
Do They Take Us for Schmucks?
After healthcare--if you can imagine an "after healthcare"--the next Big Fight in Congress will likely be over financial reform, particularly the proposed creation of a Consumer Financial Protection...
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Sadhbh Walshe
America Is a Toxic Dump
There are some places in the world where there is no word for garbage . The idea that an object could have no purpose, or be brought into being only to be discarded, is so alien that the concept...
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Sanho Tree
The Drug War Has Failed. What Comes Next?
President Barack Obama's drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, should be commended for initiating some basic reforms in U.S. drug policy. One of his first sensible acts was to drop the phrase "War on Drugs." "...
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Faramarz Farbod
Iran, Israel, and the Muzzled US Press
"Iran must comply with United Nations resolutions," declared President Obama. Iran is "as defiant as ever" says a chorus of corporate employees otherwise known as mainstream journalists. Really! Is...
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Suzanne Ehlers
Don't Mess Around in Texas
When I graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas, I can remember at least two dozen girls (out of a class of 600) pregnant or already with babies. It may seem astonishing now, but it was...
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Michael Winship
Gelbart and Schulberg: Two Writers Depart an Ever Stranger Land
You certainly can argue that the depths to which our so-called democratic dialogue has sunk are nothing new. Politicians and advocates have been slinging mud since the earth was cool enough to hurl...
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