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Friday, July 15, 2011
Robert Reich
The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right
Recently I debated a conservative Republican who insisted the best way to revive the American economy was to shrink the size of government. When I asked him to explain his logic he said, simply, “...
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Jim Robbins
As Alberta’s Tar Sands Boom, Activists Target Project’s Lifelines
The Sand Hills of Nebraska are a unique Great Plains prairie ecosystem. The rolling dunes, rising to 300 feet, cover about a quarter of the state, and because the grasses and wildflowers there are...
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Allison Kilkenny
Budget Cuts and the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike
Prisoners in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison’s Secure Housing Unit (SHU) began an indefinite hunger strike two weeks ago, and the reports coming in are harrowing.
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David Sirota
Why Americans Can't Afford to Eat Healthy
The easiest way to explain Gallup's discovery that millions of Americans are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than they ate last year is to simply crack a snarky joke about Whole Foods really being...
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William Hartung
The High Price of US Nukes
As President Obama and Republicans in Congress go down to the wire in negotiations over a package of budget cuts that would clear the way for raising the debt ceiling, we shouldn't lose sight of one...
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Phyllis Bennis
Libya and the Limits to the "Responsibility to Protect"
The United Nations Charter begins with the commitment to ending the “scourge of war”. And just as the Charter serves as the core repository of international law, the United Nations (UN) itself should...
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Isabel Macdonald
After Damning Report, Clinton Foundation Pledges to Fix Haiti Trailers
Yesterday, the Clinton Foundation pledged to respond to the findings of an Investigative Fund/ Nation magazine investigation that exposed a range of problems with trailers the foundation provided...
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Paul Krugman
Getting to Crazy
There aren’t many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief — of the black-humor variety — in the spectacle...
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Laura Carlsen
The Audacity of "Free Trade" Agreements
Congress could vote any day now to strike a new blow against already-battered U.S. workers and the unemployed. Committees in the House and Senate recently marked up the Colombia, Panama, and South...
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Dennis Kucinich
Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen
The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which...
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