Views for 2011-01-21

Friday, January 21, 2011
Robert Weissman
One Year Later, Movement Is Growing to Overturn 'Citizens United'
The theory and practice of the U.S. Supreme Court’s dreadful decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission are incompatible with a well-functioning democracy.
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Les Leopold
Financial Socialism by and for Wall Street Elites?
More than 70 percent of Americans say big bonuses should be banned this year at Wall Street firms that took taxpayer bailouts, a Bloomberg National Poll shows. An additional one in six favors...
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Elizabeth DiNovella
No Fracking Way to Balance a State Budget
More than half of all states are getting a new governor this year, making this incoming class one of the largest in American history. The Republicans made huge gains in the states, with 18 new GOP...
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John Pilger
WikiLeaks Defies the “War on Hi-Tech Terror”
The attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are a response to an information revolution that threatens old power orders, in politics and in journalism. The incitement to murder...
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Ian Williams
Obama Must Call Israeli Settlements Illegal
"To veto or not to veto?" That is the agonising question that has President Barack Obama pacing the battlements of the White House waiting to dodge the slings and arrows of outraged Aipac . Provoked...
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Robert McChesney
Comcast/NBC Merger Takes Media Consolidation to the 'Disaster' Level
Senator Al Franken, the former media personality who has emerged as one of the savviest analysts of media policy in Washington, got it exactly right when he termed the anticipated merger of Comcast...
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Dean Baker
Who Can Fight Off the Social Security Pillagers?
That is the question that supporters of Social Security should be asking as we brace for President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Specifically, the question is whether Senator Majority...
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Jeff Biggers
Big Coal's Rally of Denial: Coalfield Citizens Bring Message of Growing Health Care Crisis to State Capitol
Besieged citizens from the central Appalachian coalfields faced down Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a large crowd of Big Coal lobbyists and inflamed coal miners at a rally inside the...
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Chuck Collins, Sarah Byrnes
Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?
"I don't believe the economy is getting better," says Billy R., a member of a mutual aid group in Oregon that he jokingly calls "my reality support group." "All around me I'm surrounded by media and...
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Marcy Wheeler
Obama’s Kabuki Jobs Council, Brought to You By “Nut on China” Jeff Immelt
When Google announced that Eric Schmidt was stepping down yesterday, I joked that Schmidt must be leaving to lead Obama’s campaign economy — the one he’ll use to get re-elected with. After all,...
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Jamin Raskin
Happy Birthday, Citizens United!
Happy Birthday, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission! You're one year old today, big boy. But just think of all the fine things you've done already:
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Ed Weisbart
Mental Illness, Tucson and the Urgent Need for Universal Care
I don’t know whether Jared Loughner had health insurance coverage, but the terrible events in Tucson got me thinking about an uninsured patient I saw last month at a massive one-day mobile free...
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Ramzy Baroud
Generalizing Tunisia: Context Overrides Story
When faced with problems, most authoritarian regimes maintain a policy of rigidity when the appropriate response would be flexibility, political wisdom and concessions. This policy gives...
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Robert Naiman
Europeans Freeze Assets Linked to Deposed Tunisian President; What About US?
Last Friday, popular protests over unemployment and corruption forced Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to resign after 23 years in power. A Tunisian prosecutor has opened an investigation...
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