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Friday, February 19, 2010
Erich Pica
President Obama's Nuclear Reversal
President Obama announced Tuesday that the Department of Energy is awarding $8 billion in taxpayer dollars towards loan guarantees to build the United States' first nuclear reactors in nearly thirty...
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John Prados
CIA Accountability Hits New Lows
In a virtually unnoticed exchange on February 3, Congressman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) called the CIA to task for its incredibly ham-fisted handling of an April 20, 2001 incident in Peru. In...
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Sarah Laskow
Nuclear Plants Will Go Up in Georgia
If you were to look out to the horizon of the clean energy field right now, you would see the hazy outlines of nuclear reactors. President Barack Obama announced this week that two new nuclear plants...
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Jim White
Obama Quietly Continues Bush’s Disdain for UN
George W. Bush made no secret of his disregard for the United Nations, railing that " we really don’t need anybody’s permission " just prior to the invasion of Iraq.
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Paul Krugman
California Death Spiral
Health insurance premiums are surging — and conservatives fear that the spectacle will reinvigorate the push for reform. On the Fox Business Network, a host chided a vice president of WellPoint,...
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Susan Jacoby
Obama's Faith-Based Initiative Still on Shaky First Amendment Ground
In a widely publicized speech in July 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged that "if you get a federal grant, you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can't...
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John Cassidy
Tea Party U.S.A.: It’s Still the Economy, Stupid!
In the wake of yesterday’s fascinating report in the Times about sixty-something Tea Party activists bracing for a violent counter-revolution, several people have asked me why Americans are so angry...
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Dave Lindorff
Wake Up America: The Looming Threat of Terrorists in Small Aircraft... and Cars
The deliberate suicide crash bombing by a domestic terrorist pilot of a small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas has exposed a grave failure of the Homeland Security Department to protect us...
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Mark Weisbrot
How Wars Are Made
In a visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week, Hillary Clinton said that Iran "is moving toward a military dictatorship ," and continued the administration's campaign for tougher sanctions against...
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Jess Hunter-Bowman
Some Sanity Creeps Into the Drug War
There’s one thing that Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all agreed on: expanding military aid to Latin America to fight the so-called “Drug War.”
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Amie Newman
ACLU Sues USAID: Are We Exporting US Taxpayer Funded Religion?
The ACLU has waited long enough. On Thursday, February 18th, they filed a lawsuit against USAID for refusing to comply with their Freedom of Information Act requests from July and September 2009, for...
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Glenn Greenwald
Terrorism: The Most Meaningless and Manipulated Word
Yesterday, Joseph Stack deliberately flew an airplane into a building housing IRS offices in Austin, Texas, in order to advance the political grievances he outlined in a perfectly cogent suicide-...
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Bill Quigley
Three in a Million - Voices from the Haitian Camps
The United Nations reported there are 1.2 million people living in “spontaneous settlements” or homeless camps around Port au Prince. Three people living in the camps spoke with this author this week...
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