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Friday, July 22, 2011
Sue Sturgis
Gang of Six Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich
Under the Senate's so-called "Gang of Six"* debt plan unveiled this week, percent of deficit reduction that comes through spe
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Mark Weisbrot
Despite Rightwing Myths, US Health Care Problems Rooted in Private Sector
A recent report by McKinsey and Company was seized upon by opponents of health care reform to create a new myth: that President Obama’s health insurance reform (the 2010 Patient Protection and...
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Matt Taibbi
Corporate Tax Holiday in Debt Ceiling Deal: Where's the Uproar?
Have been meaning to write about this, but I’m increasingly amazed at the overall lack of an uproar about the possibility of the government approving another corporate tax repatriation holiday.
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Paul Krugman
The Lesser Depression
These are interesting times — and I mean that in the worst way. Right now we’re looking at not one but two looming crises, either of which could produce a global disaster. In the United States, right...
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Anthony Newkirk
Bahrain and Human Rights
It is becoming painfully obvious that the United States is hostile to the “Arab Spring.” In Egypt , U.S. military aid programs remain in force, and in Yemen a “secret” U.S. war may be in the offing.
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John Nichols
Unions, MoveOn Warn Obama Not to 'Cave' in Secret Negotiations With House GOP
The Obama White House is reportedly in the process of negotiating a secret debt deal with House Republican leaders that could include deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The deal...
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Mary Bottari
Consumer Bureau Launches in Shark-Infested Waters
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) throws open its doors to consumers this week, officially starting its mission to safeguard Americans from overly complex financial products and...
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Thomas S. Harrington
On Bumper Stickers That Say 'Coexist'
I suspect you’ve seen them somewhere in your daily travels, especially if you live in, or near, a known bastion of liberal thought. I am referring to those blue bumper stickers with the word “COEXIST...
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Charles Davis
It Starts with an 'F' But It Ain't 'Freedom'
In economics, like in war, the best propagandists prefer the language of euphemism to straightforward, ignoble fact, the latest in obfuscatory jargon to the jarring reality of truth. Why, that's not...
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Danny Schechter
Kamikaze Debt Ceiling Boondoggle
During World War 2, the Japanese deployed units of pilots who turned their planes into bombs, and sacrificed themselves in the name of their emperor in a holy war against US ships. They would aim for...
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Sarah Anderson
New Report Exposes Wall Street Lobby Against CEO Pay Reform
Remember the big Wall Street showdown? Thought that ended a year ago, when President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation? Think again. Wall Street lobbyists don’t give up...
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Hannah Gurman
War Fatigue and the Un-Critical Critics of War
From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya, the first decade of the 21st century has solidified the U.S. reputation as the energizer bunny of war. While these conflicts continue to rage on, there are a...
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Adam Parsons, Rajesh Makwana
The Silent Humanitarian Crises Beyond East Africa
The unfolding crisis in the Horn of Africa is yet another tragedy that reflects the dysfunction and injustice inherent in the structures of the world economy.
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Alex Evans
Ensuring Fair Shares in a World of Limits
As the 21st-century global economy increasingly hits natural resource limits and planetary boundaries, fundamental questions about fair shares will start to arise. How these arguments play out will...
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Michelle Chen
How Murdoch’s Empire Suffocates the Craft of Journalism
With guilty pleasure, the mainstream media have been serving us a virtual buffet of reasons to despise Rupert Murdoch's evil media empire.
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Donna Smith
Why It All Sounds Like 'Blah, Blah, Blah'
When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC. Everybody, that is, except the average working class American. The sound and fury surrounding debt ceilings...
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