Views for 2010-02-22

Monday, February 22, 2010
Dean Baker
We Need a Scheme for Full Employment
Is the Fed breaking the law? That is a question that members of Congress should be asking. The Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment Act , which governs the Fed's operation, requires the Fed to pursue...
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Laura Flanders
Looking Closer at Joseph Stack
Joseph Stack — remember him? He’s the guy who crashed his plane into an Internal Revenue Service building in Austin last week. Fifty-three years old, Stack killed one IRS manager, Vernon Hunter, a...
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Sean Gonsalves
Gimme That Ole Time Religion
The Credit CARD Act of 2009 goes into full effect today, handing victims of predatory lending a badly needed victory. Not complete victory but a win nonetheless. Jubilee!? Not quite. Those Wall...
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Andy Worthington
As Police Launch New Torture Inquiry, It’s Time for Shaker Aamer to Come Home from Guantánamo
On Friday, it emerged in a UK court that the Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations that MI5 was complicit in the torture, in US custody in Afghanistan, of Shaker Aamer , the last British...
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Kathleen Schuler
Warning: Consumer Products May Be Harmful to Your Health
Let’s face it: The current system for overseeing chemicals used in consumer products is broken. Last year, Congress banned lead in children’s products. But recently, we learned that some...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Flailing Falsehoods of America's War Criminals
I didn't think it was possible, but former Bush officials -- desperately fighting what they know will be their legacy as war criminals -- have become even more dishonest propagandists out of office...
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Robyn Blumner
Student Censorship
Let me say at the onset that when a 14-year-old eighth-grader posts a fake profile on MySpace.com about her school principal, as one did in Orwigsburg, Pa., that includes vulgar references to his...
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Chris Hedges
Boycott FedEx
Dean Henderson’s career with FedEx ended abruptly when a reckless driver plowed into his company truck and mangled his leg. His doctor will decide this week if it needs to be amputated. No longer...
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Ray McGovern
New Grist for Hype on Iran
Here we go again. A report issued Thursday by the new Director General of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano, has injected new adrenalin into those...
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Paul Krugman
The Bankruptcy Boys
O.K., the beast is starving. Now what? That’s the question confronting Republicans. But they’re refusing to answer, or even to engage in any serious discussion about what to do. For readers who don’t...
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Tom Engelhardt
Explain Something to Me: Fixing What's Wrong in Washington... in Afghanistan
Explain something to me. In recent months, unless you were insensate, you couldn't help running across someone talking, writing, speaking, or pontificating about how busted government is in the...
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