Views for 2010-03-30

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Valerie Strauss
Race to the Top (or is it the Bottom?)
Just a few weeks ago, Duncan proudly announced that there were 16 finalists in his $4 billion "Race to the Top" competition for cash, er, I mean, federal funds that are being doled out to states who...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama’s Rhetoric in Afghanistan Prolongs US Role in Civil War There
President Obama showed courage in going to Afghanistan to talk to the troops, but he's just getting the U.S. in deeper over there. The rhetoric he used on Sunday was at times distorting, and the...
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Paula Crossfield
Pesticide Lobbyist Gets Posted as Chief Agricultural Negotiator
Confident after his success with health insurance reform, President Obama exerted his executive power on Saturday by making fifteen appointments during the Senate's recess. Among the appointments was...
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Karen Houppert
KBR on Trial - At Last
Five years after alerting authorities that she was gang-raped in Iraq, KBR/Halliburton employee Jamie Leigh Jones will finally get her day in court.
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Dean Baker
Obama Mortgage Plan Brings No Relief
Alan Greenspan , Ben Bernanke , and the rest of the crew running economic policy somehow could not see the housing bubble as it grew to more than $8tn. It really should have been hard to miss.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
On Kids’ Care, Insurance Weaseling Begins
In the days before the health care bill was passed, President Obama vowed it would "end the worst practices of insurance companies. . . insurance companies will be banned forever from denying...
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John Buell
Humans, Climate Change
Despite growing consensus among scientists regarding human-induced climate change, the U.S. remains a leader in resistance to corrective action. Some blame our recalcitrance on the small minority of...
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Joe Conason
Do Hannity and North Operate a 'Charitable' Fraud?
A potentially damaging scandal erupted today that implicates Fox News Channel personalities Sean Hannity and Oliver North in the worst kind of charitable fraud. According to complaints filed with the...
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Jill Richardson
Toxic Sludge Taints the White House
When First Lady Michelle Obama decided to plant a vegetable garden at the White House, she faced a problem that many new homeowners in America run into. Previous residents of her house had applied...
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Damien Kingsbury
A Journalist's Gamble with Indonesia's Special Forces
American journalist Allan Nairn's game of cat and mouse with the Indonesian military is a brave attempt to show that it continues to represent the greatest challenge to Indonesia's process of reform...
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Kathy Kelly
If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have...
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George Lakoff
Brown vs. Democracy
With the California Financial Crisis at stake, the impartiality of the California Attorney General has come under scrutiny. Proponents of the California Democracy Act, a ballot initiative that would...
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