Views for 2011-03-09

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Brian Tierney
The Wisconsin Effect: Union Power Rediscovered
Only four months ago the consensus among the political establishment was that of a right-wing resurgence in U.S. politics.
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Robert Naiman
'No Fly Zone'? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter is Supreme Law
Surely no-one has been surprised to see Senator McCain engaged in what Defense Secretary Gates has rightly called "loose talk" about the use of U.S. military force in Libya.
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E.J. Dionne
The GOP’s Ingenious Madman Strategy
WASHINGTON — Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads...
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David Cay Johnston
Who 'Contributes' to Public Workers' Pensions?
When it comes to improving public understanding of tax policy, nothing has been more troubling than the deeply flawed coverage of the Wisconsin state employees’ fight over collective bargaining...
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Anne Landman
Americans for Prosperity Road Show is Classic Astroturf
For some, when the going gets tough, the tough gas up the custom-painted luxury motorcoach.
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Laura Flanders
Philanthro-Feudalism Is the Future!
China’s new economic plan is a relic of the past. It focuses on raising standards of living. How quaint! When China’s leaders unveiled their latest five-year plan recently, they revealed that their...
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Bill Nemitz
Maine Librarian's Pointed Budget Message Hits the Mark
Some might have looked at the long lines of people waiting to testify on Gov. Paul LePage's proposed budget and decided it wasn't worth it. After all, you can wait hours for your turn to speak. And...
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Amy Goodman
Don't Ice Out Public Media
The aspen grove on Kebler Pass in Colorado is one of the largest organisms in the world. Thousands of aspen share the same, interconnected root system. Last weekend, I snowmobiled over the pass, 10,...
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Simon Jenkins
'No-Fly Zone' is a Euphemism for War. We'd Be Mad to Try It
Happy days are back for the sofa strategists and beltway bombardiers . After the miseries of Iraq and Afghanistan, a Libyan no-fly zone is just the tonic they need. If you zero in from carrier A, you...
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Laura Carlsen
Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders
Josefina Reyes began her career as a human rights organizer the same way as thousands of women across the globe--defending her family and her community. The middle-aged mother staged a hunger strike...
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Paula Crossfield
UN: Eco-Farming Feeds the World
For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the good food movement has been, “Can organic agriculture feed the world?” According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat...
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Jim Hightower
The Corporate/GOP Attack on America's Middle Class
The most revealing comments by politicians are rarely revealed. This is because they're made in unrecorded conversations, when politicos let their guard down.
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Roberto Rodriguez
Arizona Refuses to Take Backseat to History
Sometimes columns just seem to write themselves. The world is aflame, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, and as a result, extremist Arizona legislators seems to be getting a complex…...
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Andrew Dornon
Open Letter to President Obama from a Student Who Wants to be a Teacher
Dear President Obama,
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