Views for 2009-10-07

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Keith Olbermann
Special Comment: Saving American Lives
Since August 23rd of this year I have interacted daily with our American Health Care system and often done so to the exclusion of virtually all other business. It is not undercover reporting, and it...
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Sandy LeonVest
Copenhagen Talks Better Off Without US Version of Climate Action
If conventional media wisdom is to be believed, the admission of Carol Browner, President Obama’s top climate and energy adviser in the White House, in early October that there will be no climate...
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Frida Berrigan
Losing the Moral High Ground
As the eighth anniversary of the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan approaches, the spotlight is on the Obama administration's evolving war strategy in a nation long known as the "...
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Chuck Collins
Neighbors Banding Together in Tough Times
The U.S. economy has lost more than 2 million jobs this year, ratcheting the unemployment rate to 9.7 percent, the highest level since 1983. But the politicians and pundits didn’t seem to notice...
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Lucinda Marshall
Franken Amendment Step Towards Ending Militarism's Culture of Impunity Regarding Sexual Assault, More Needed
Yesterday, by a 68-30 vote, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Al Franken’s amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill (Amendment 2588) that, according to Stop Family Violence , prevents...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Suffocatingly Narrow Afghanistan 'Debate'
Washington Post, September 21, 2009: McChrystal's assessment, in the view of two senior administration officials, is just "one input" in the White House's decision-making process. The president,...
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Ira Chernus
Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment
Damn the Iranians and full speed ahead. That was the U.S. policy in the Middle East. But the waters have proved treacherous, with torpedoes everywhere. Despite an initial hopeful sit-down with...
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Marion Nestle
The High Human Cost of Unsafe Food
I think we need a whole lot more public outrage about unsafe food. Maybe the recent front-page articles in the Washington Post and New York Times will do the trick.
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Michelle Chen
White House Raises Hopes for Kinder, Gentler Immigrant Detention
Soon, undocumented immigrants may be eligible to enjoy an expense-paid hotel stay just before being jetted off to their country of origin, never to see their families again, courtesy of the federal...
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Amy Goodman
Watch What You Tweet
A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at home -- all for using Twitter. Elliot Madison faces...
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Tom Engelhardt
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Middle Eastern-Style
And you thought "don't ask, don't tell" was a U.S. law on gays in the military that Barack Obama has promised to change . As it turns out, the same phrase plays quite a different role in the Middle...
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Garrison Keillor
I Was So Wrong
OK, it was wrong of me to say last week that we should deny healthcare to Republicans except for aspirin and hand sanitizer, and thank you to the many readers who kindly took me to task. It was so...
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Robert Scheer
A War of Absurdity
Every once in a while, a statistic just jumps out at you in a way that makes everything else you hear on a subject seem beside the point, if not downright absurd. That was my reaction to the recent...
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Thomas Frank
Health Care and the 'Predator State'
In June 2008, I used this space to call on then-Sen. Barack Obama to add economist James K. Galbraith's book, "The Predator State," to his reading list. As an account of the capture of government by...
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Jim Hightower
Goofing up Health Care Reform
America's shouting match over health care reform has turned completely goofy -- and I'm not talking about confused seniors at teabag rallies getting red-faced with anger after being told by the right...
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