Views for 2010-01-13

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Les Leopold
Shadow-Boxing With the CEOs: Day One at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Hearings
The heads of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America came to testify and said... just about nothing. Yes, they made mistakes. But gee, they had learned a great deal and...
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Nat Hentoff
George W. Obama
Before President Obama, it was grimly accurate to write, as I often did in the Voice, that George W. Bush came into the presidency with no discernible background in constitutional civil liberties or...
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Glenn Greenwald
Harold Ford's Warped Understanding of 'Capitalism'
The incomparably horrific Harold Ford -- who sounds ready to challenge incumbent New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a primary -- contradicted himself so egregiously in his cringe-inducing...
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Sandra Diaz
'Regulators Should No Longer Ignore Rigorous Science'
Just days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the expansion of the largest mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia, prominent national scientists published a blockbuster...
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Susan Feiner
Economic Rights, Then and Now
Economic security today? Yes.
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Dilip Hiro
Regime Change in Tehran? Don’t Bet on It… Yet
The dramatic images of protestors in Iran fearlessly facing -- and sometimes countering -- the brutal attacks of the regime's security forces rightly gain the admiration and sympathy of viewers in...
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Ruth Conniff
Bankers Take the Stand, But Who Will Stand Up to Them?
Get the popcorn ready, the much-anticipated Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings start this week, and this time (unlike last month when the President himself summoned them to Washington) the...
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John Nichols
Feingold Fears 'Lawless' Court Ruling on Corporate Campaigning
More than one hundred years ago, after a 1904 president race that saw big life insurance companies pour money into the project of electing Republican Teddy Roosevelt, the defeated Democratic...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Moral Bankruptcy: Why Are We Letting Wall Street Off So Easy?
It is said that a near-death experience forces one to reevaluate priorities and values. The global economy has just escaped a near-death experience. The crisis exposed the flaws in the prevailing...
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John Feffer
Street Heat and Foreign Policy: Can Progressives Yet Create a Movement?
Without sufficient street-heat, according to the new conventional wisdom, President Obama is not going to implement progressive policies. His health care package reeks of insurance company influence...
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Andy Worthington
After Eight Years, Guantánamo Allows Little Hope
One year ago, as George W. Bush prepared to leave office, there were high hopes that Barack Obama would move swiftly to undo his ruinous legacy of torture, "extraordinary rendition" and indefinite...
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Robert Reich
Who Will Pay for Health Care?
There's only one big remaining issue on health care reform: how to pay for it. The House wants a 5.4 percent surtax on couples earning at least $1 million in annual income. The Senate wants a 40...
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Thomas Frank
Bring Back Glass-Steagall
Last month, Sens. Maria Cantwell and John McCain proposed a measure that would revive parts of the old Glass-Steagall Act, the 1933 law that separated investment from commercial banking. After having...
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Amy Goodman
Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes
A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime. Among the multinational...
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Jim Hightower
Selling a City's Soul - for Chicken Scratch
Fire hydrants deserve more respect. They are utilitarian and ubiquitous icons of America's urban landscape, yet they're rarely noticed by anyone but dogs - who give them no respect whatsoever. Now,...
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