Views for 2009-10-13

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Ralph Nader
CBO Report on Medical Malpractice Flawed
Stuart Hagen must either be greatly overworked or possessed of an overwhelmingly monetized mind. As the author of a Congressional Budget Office's reply to the request by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-...
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Lynn Sloman
Thinking Beyond Electric Cars
From listening to the headlines about the report from the Committee on Climate Change , you might think that a wholesale switch to electric cars over the next few decades would magic away our carbon...
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Mary Bottari
Put Out the FIRE on Capitol Hill With a Consumer Financial Protection Agency
Tomorrow, the Obama administration's principal piece of financial service reform legislation, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, will be up for committee consideration in the House Financial...
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Sarah van Gelder
Senate Apology to Native People—A Good First Step
It's hard for a country to change its founding mythology, but the U.S. Senate has taken an important step towards accomplishing that. The Senate approved an apology to Native Americans on October 7,...
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Patricia T. Morris
The International Violence Against Women Act: What Are We Waiting For?
“After the abuse I suffered during the genocide in 1994, I was 16 years old, hopeless and traumatized,” says Marie Chantal Nimugire of Kigali, Rwanda. “I asked God, ‘Why was I left?’ And because God...
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Margaret Krome
It’s About Time: EPA to Probe Atrazine Again
If Iowa hadn't exercised good judgment and supported Barack Obama in the caucuses nearly two years ago, I wouldn't have awakened in my Des Moines hotel last week and felt as grateful as I did. For on...
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Mark Hertsgaard
Climate Roulette
They say that everyone who finally gets it about climate change has an "Oh, shit" moment--an instant when the full scientific implications become clear and they suddenly realize what a horrifically...
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Nomi Prins
Paulson's Revealing Phone Records
Timothy Geithner’s just-released phone records caused quite a stir last week—specifically, the absurdly small Wall Street circle Obama’s Treasury secretary has consulted during one of the most...
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Robert Parry
Insurers Make Case for Public Option
By demanding that the Baucus health-care bill toughen the coercive penalties to force young Americans to sign up for private insurance, industry lobbyists have inadvertently made the most dramatic...
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Alan Nasser
Dubious Economics: Obama's Recovery Plan and the Median Wage Earner
It's time to identify and evaluate the basic assumptions and strategy of President Obama's recovery plan. Such an assessment suggests that if present economic strategy continues, in the end the "new...
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Glenn Greenwald
Democrats and Afghanistan: What's at Stake
Dianne Feinstein is a fairly typical Democratic Senator from a solidly blue state. In 2002, she voted to authorize the attack on Iraq. Throughout the Bush years, she repeatedly stood with the GOP to...
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Laura Flanders
Geithner’s All Ears for Debt Cartel
Months ago, a former chief economist at the IMF called it mind control. Talking to Simon Johnson of the Atlantic Monthly, he explained that one of the most alarming truths laid bare by the economic...
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Neal Gabler
One Nation, Under Illusion
The hoariest and most oft-repeated cliche in American politics may be that America is the greatest country in the world. Every politician, Democrat and Republican, seems duty bound to pander to this...
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Tom Engelhardt
A Vietnam Syllabus for President Obama
Here's the thing: This may be our next "Vietnam moment," but Afghanistan is no Vietnam: there are no major enemy powers like the Soviet Union and China lurking in the background; no organized enemy...
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Dean Baker
Take America Back From the Banks
The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. Inside accounts reveal the...
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