Views for 2010-11-17

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Michael Moore
They Said They Would Push Me "Off a Cliff"
Yesterday, on the TV and radio show "Democracy Now" hosted by Amy Goodman, the former Vice President of CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, revealed that CIGNA met with the...
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Karen Dolan
Watch Out, Progressives! Glenn Beck is onto Something
Glenn Beck recently baffled reasonable people by playing with creepy "socialist" puppets on his Fox News program while blabbering about how beneficiaries of billionaire George Soros' philanthropy are...
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Donna Smith
What Value Does Private Insurance Add to US Health?
Most Americans I know really don’t like to get ripped off. We don’t mind paying for something that is what we thought we were paying for. We just hate the feeling of having been taken. And boy, are...
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Robert Reich
Why The Lame Duck Congress Must Extend Jobless Benefits For Hard-Hit Families But Not Tax Cuts For The Rich
America's long-term unemployed -- an estimated 4 million or more -- constitute the single newest and biggest social problem facing America. Now their unemployment benefits are about to run out, and...
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Robert Naiman
Could Nonviolent Resistance Defeat Petraeus' Night Raids in Afghanistan?
Pop quiz on the news: who said this week, referring to the dispute between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. military commander David Petraeus over U.S. Special Forces "night raids" that break...
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Amy Goodman
A Cry From Argentina: ‘Close Guantanamo’
"Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future," said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President...
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Brenda Ekwurzel
Want to Stand Up for Climate Science? We're Doing It
The Los Angeles Times created a minor firestorm in the science blogosphere this week when it reported that 700 members of the American Geophysical Union plan to aggressively take on climate skeptics...
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Ken Kude
The Necessary Reckoning on Rendition and Waterboarding
The British government's settlement agreement to pay compensation to former Guantánamo detainees over claims that they were unlawfully captured and abused while in custody is a meaningful, though not...
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Jim Hightower
Corporate Flimflammers in Our Communities and Congress
The signature phrase of America's booming good food movement has been expanded from "organic" to "local and sustainable." Good! The phrase suggests great quality, strong environmental stewardship and...
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Medea Benjamin
Protesters Say George Bush Library Should be a Pile of Rubble
Several thousand people lined up to see George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice shovel dirt into a hole at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the site slated to become the George Bush...
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David Michael Green
The Religion of Politics
This is not an article about the politics of religion. Mostly, anyhow. This is an article about the religion of politics. And the harm it does to our country. And - since we're a big fat superpower...
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Lindsay Beyerstein
Curbing the Deficit, Cat Food, and You
The deficit commission released its much anticipated list of helpful money-saving tips for the federal government last week. These tips include tax cuts for the rich, reducing unnecessary printing...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Use Your Executive Authority, President Obama
In the wake of November’s “shellacking,” progressives are rightfully concerned that the next two years may result in little more than total gridlock. With a Republican-controlled House, the chances...
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John R. MacArthur
An Evening with Charming Huckster Charlie Rangel
NEW YORK - I didn't feel like watching the election-night TV news at home - it was too depressing to hear the shrieks on Fox or the bromides on CNN - so instead I went up to cover Congressman Charles...
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Scott Horton
Interrogation Nation
Dahlia Lithwick at Slate offers the smartest take so far on George W. Bush's noncoerced confession that he authorized waterboarding and aggressively defended torture as part of his "legacy" to future...
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Tom Engelhardt
Slam Dunk: What the US Public Doesn't Know About US Empire
Last year, it was Kuwait, Qatar, and Iraq. This year, it’s Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Next year, it could easily be Afghanistan, Pakistan, Diego Garcia, Bahrain...
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