Views for 2010-01-06

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
John Nichols
Dem Leaders Scheme to Scrap Health-Reform Conference Committee
Progressive activists have put a good deal of energy into preparing for an anticipated House-Senate conference committee, in which the distinct health-care reform bills enacted by the two chambers...
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Harold Meyerson
Without a Movement, Progressives Cannot Aid Obama Presidency
Every Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- has raised the hope that he would bring with him a new era of progressive reform.
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Arthur MacEwan
Empire and Entitlements
In Colossus, Niall Ferguson, perhaps the most prolific apologist for the global military adventures of the U.S. government, worries that the United States may not be able to continue to play its role...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Extra, Extra - Read All About ACORN
On Christmas Eve, buried on page A24 of my edition of the New York Times, was this story : "The controversial community organizing group Acorn has not broken any laws in the last five years,...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Backfiring of the Surveillance State
Every debate over expanded government surveillance power is invariably framed as one of "security v. privacy and civil liberties" -- as though it's a given that increasing the Government's...
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Robert Scheer
McCain Gets It, Obama Doesn’t
Maybe I got it wrong. During the presidential campaign I wrote columns blasting Sen. John McCain for siding with the big bankers on deregulation, citing his choosing ex-Sen. Phil Gramm, currently a...
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Thomas Frank
Watch Out for GOP Populism
It's easy to underestimate conservatism's chances in these dark days. Over the last year, the Republican Party has appeared to be either a gang of obstructionists or a confused relic of some...
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Jim Hightower
Anti-Terrorism Officials Are Regulating Us, Not Terrorists
You didn't get a virgin when you drew me as one of your political commentators, for I've been through the fires of Texas politics, including having been elected state agriculture commissioner. Among...
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Ray McGovern, Coleen Rowley
Counterterrorism in Shambles; Why?
Yesterday, a blogger with the PBS' NewsHour asked former CIA analyst Ray McGovern to respond to three questions regarding recent events involving the CIA, FBI, and the intelligence community in...
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Michael T. Klare
Blowback Effect: The World in 2020
As the second decade of the twenty-first century begins, we find ourselves at one of those relatively rare moments in history when major power shifts become visible to all. If the first decade of the...
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Amy Goodman
Sick with Terror
The media have been swamped with reports about the attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now dubbed the "underwear bomber," failed in his...
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