Views for 2011-07-14

Thursday, July 14, 2011
Matt Taibbi
Greed, Excess and America's Gaping Class Divide
Courtesy of good friend and Supreme Court of Assholedom justice David Sirota comes this revolting list of Marie Antoinettoid moments from recent years, in an article called "The New 'Let Them Eat...
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Lisa Graves
Explaining the 'ALEC Exposed' Project
The Center for Media and Democracy has obtained copies of more than 800 model bills approved by corporations through ALEC meetings, after one of the thousands of people with access shared them, and a...
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Laura Carlsen
'Fast and Furious' ATF/Mexico Gun Scandal Heats Up
Operation Fast and Furious, the U.S. government arms sting that allowed guns to walk over the border into the hands of Mexican organized crime, made headlines here in Mexico over the past weeks after...
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Julie Underwood
ALEC Exposed: Starving Public Schools
This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.  
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Ruth Conniff
ALEC Exposed: How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Democracy
Today the Center for Media and Democracy rolled out a new web site, ALEC Exposed , based on a massive leak of information from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the powerful coalition of...
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Peter Singer
Moral Progress and Animal Welfare
Mahatma Gandhi acutely observed that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” To seek to reduce the suffering of those who are completely...
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Carl Gibson
Time For Congress to End Big Oil Subsidies
In Mario Puzo’s The Godfather , a character named Don Fanucci is known as a ruthless, greedy black hand extortionist who skims a regular “protection” fee from those who operate in his neighborhood...
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Robert Reich
Why Mitch McConnell Will Win the Day
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s compromise on the debt ceiling is a win for the President disguised as a win for Republicans. But it really just kicks the can down the road past the 2012...
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Robert Borosage
Our Indecent Revenue Problem
“.. Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem ,” says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). All Republican legislators have been taught to chant this tired Republican...
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Meena Jagannath
Journalistic Betrayal in Haiti
There has been no dearth of commentary of Mac McClelland’s recent piece in GOOD. However, as an advocate for “Sybille” and numerous other victims of rape in Haiti, I find it necessary to cover yet...
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Jon Walker
Calling Obama’s Bluff
Last night the Republicans offered to do a short term increase of the debt ceiling to prevent default and President Obama angrily dismissed it according to the Huffington Post : At issue was Cantor’s...
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Glenn Greenwald
Wired Publishes the Full Manning-Lamo Chat Logs
Yesterday -- more than a full year after it first released selected portions of purported chat logs between Bradley Manning and government informant Adrian Lamo (representing roughly 25% of the logs...
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Bill McKibben
The Great American Carbon Bomb
The climate problem has moved from the abstract to the very real in the last 18 months. Instead of charts and graphs about what will happen someday, we’ve got real-time video: first Russia burning,...
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Donna Smith
Who's Your Doctor's Daddy?
Patients in the United States have known for a long time that they are not the decision makers in matters related to their personal health and well-being. Just as for-profit corporate interests...
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Tom Engelhardt
Magical Thinking on Wonder Weapons
Last week, William Wan and Peter Finn of the Washington Post reported that at least 50 countries have now purchased or developed pilotless military drones. Recently, the Chinese had more than two...
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Michelle Chen
Violence Against Migrant Women Won’t End After DSK Case
The media circus surrounding the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape case dishes out more drama each day, with a side of lurid fascination. But we basically know how the story ends.
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Robert C. Koehler
Panetta's Iraq Invasion Gaffe
Leon Panetta, on his first visit to Iraq as secretary of defense last weekend, reached for a Bush moment ten years too late.
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