Views for 2011-01-19

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Robert Reich
The Real Economic Lesson China Could Teach Us
Highlighting today’s summit between Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama is China’s agreement to buy $45 billion of American exports. The President says this will create more American jobs...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama Officials Caught Deceiving about WikiLeaks
Whenever the U.S. Government wants to demonize a person or group in order to justify attacks on them, it follows the same playbook: it manufactures falsehoods about them, baselessly warns that they...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Reversing 'Citizens United'
It will be a year this week since Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative activist colleagues on the Supreme Court joined together in a dramatic assault on American democracy. Their decision...
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Dean Baker
Lying, Cheating and Stealing to Gut Social Security
The insiders in Washington really really want to cut Social Security, and they are prepared to say or do anything to do it. Among the latest lines is that they want to make Social Security more "...
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Cecile Richards
Health Care and the Healing of America
In the wake of the tragic shooting last week in Arizona, President Obama called on all Americans to speak to one another "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." These words echo the physicians...
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Adriana Velez
Worldwatch Report Reveals Real Agricultural Solutions
We’ve started 2011 with a lot of bad news. But the newest Worldwatch Institute report, State of the World 2011 , has a lot of good news: agricultural innovations that address hunger and protect our...
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John Nichols
Big Media Gets a Whole Lot Bigger as Obama's FCC and Justice Department OK Comcast/NBC Merger
As brutal ironies go, it will be tough to beat this one. On the same day that President Obama launched a drive to identify what he referred to as "excessive" regulation of business, the Federal...
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James K. Galbraith
Actually, The Retirement Age is Too High
The most dangerous conventional wisdom in the world today is the idea that with an older population, people must work longer and retire with less. This idea is being used to rationalize cuts in old-...
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Jim Hightower
Republicans Give Government Back to Their Corporate Paymasters
Early this month, when John Boehner was sworn in as the new speaker of the House of Representatives, he tipped his hat to the teabag activists across the country who had fueled the Republican...
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John R. MacArthur
A Country with Chicago in Charge
Back in the summer of 2008, when Barack Obama was still the bright new hope of liberals, I found myself chastised for raining on the future president's parade. My essential point - that an...
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Mark Levine
Tunisia: How the US Got It Wrong (and How to Make It Right)
One sign read "Game Over". But in fact, the game has barely started. The Facebook generation has taken to the streets and the "Jasmin Revolt" has become a revolution, at least as of the time of...
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Danny Schechter
Hu's on First: It's US/China Summit Time
On the eve of the Chinese President's visit to the United States, and the intense speculation about his intentions -- and ours -- I found myself in a dark room at the Anthology Film Archive in the...
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Mary Bottari
Booya! Latest Wall Street Innovation – Twitter Trading
Two years after a catastrophic financial collapse and six months after the passage of a Wall Street reform bill, astonishing tales of volatility in the market are all too common. If you think...
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Robert Scheer
Obama Pulls a Clinton
Here we go again. When Bill Clinton suffered an electoral reversal after his first two years in office, he abruptly embraced the corporate money guys who had financed his congressional opposition in...
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Amy Goodman
Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban
The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock's website, "ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions" and...
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Mark Weisbrot
Haiti's Democracy in the Balance
The return to Haiti – and now, possible arrest – of the infamous former dictator, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier , after 25 years in exile in the south of France, has made the headlines this week.
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Raj Patel
Food Crises Pummel the Poor, Austerity Multiplies Pain
Anyone in Britain alarmed by rising inflation should look to an Indian villager for understanding about the latest worry in the global economy.
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