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Friday, May 14, 2010
David Sirota
Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us
Imagine, if you can, an alternate universe. Imagine that in this alternate universe, a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill...
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Les Leopold
Help! What's the Cure for Financial Insanity?
Now that the bank lobbyists are nearly finished neutering the financial reform bill, it's time to face reality: our financial world will continue to be run by the very financiers who crashed the...
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Riki Ott
All Hands on Deck: What Can You Do About the Gulf Oil Spill?
In the southern marshes and swamplands of Louisiana, local fishermen refer to BP as "Bayou Polluter"-and that was before the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by the oil...
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Christine Ahn, Linda Burnham
Arizona Rising
Summer is always hot in Arizona, but the summer of 2010 may be hotter than any in recent memory. On April 23, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the toughest bill on immigration today. This...
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Robert Naiman
Could Congress Block Antiworker IMF 'Bailouts' in Europe?
Republicans in Congress are trying to block the U.S. Treasury Department from supporting U.S.
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Megan Tady
Million-Dollar Ad Blitz to Kill Net Neutrality
On Tuesday morning, an AT&T-funded front group, Americans for Prosperity, announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to try to convince Americans that the FCC is plotting to "take over the...
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Mark Morford
Laura Bush Meets the Sex Bloggers
And over here we've got what we can only hope will be the final nationwide appearance of any kind whatsoever of one dangerously prim, heavily shellacked Laura Bush, trotting herself out like some...
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John Kirby
Let’s Rejoice in Terror’s Benefits!
On May 6, The New York Post ran the following story on its front page: “THANKS, FAISAL! Inept terror thug saves 900 cop jobs” “That’s how many cops were going to be cut before Faisal’s botched bid at...
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Ramzy Baroud
Yemen’s Sorrowful Options: ‘Revolt, Migrate or Die’
When the Soviets concluded their pull out from Afghanistan in February 1989, the United States government abruptly lost interest in the country. A devastated economic infrastructure, entrenched...
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Jim Goodman
A World of Benefits from Biotechnology? For Whom?
When the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) met in Chicago last week they were, no doubt, elated to hear that the U.S. State Department would be aggressively confronting critics of...
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Tom Turnipseed
A Slick and Slimy Killer
When I was a kid our family lived in Mobile, Alabama. We enjoyed the "fish jubilee" over on the Baldwin County side of Mobile Bay. This occurred when the moon and tide reached a certain alignment...
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Eugene Robinson
Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage
At least we don't have to pretend anymore. Arizona's passing of that mean-spirited new immigration law wasn't about high-minded principle or the need to maintain public order. Apparently, it was all...
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Jill Schneiderman
Pandora’s Oil Well
Technical jargon conceals by confusion. The immense scale of the problem surrounding the sinking of the Transocean drilling rig, "Deepwater Horizon," requires that the public stay alert when...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
From An Eighth Grade Education To Testifying Before Congress
Too many of us hold back from community involvement because we think we don't know enough to act on our beliefs, or don't have the standing or confidence to take a public stand. When we see a woman...
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Marjorie Cohn
Kagan's Troubling Record
After President Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, he made a statement that implied she would follow in the footsteps of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights giant and first...
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