Views for 2011-08-04

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Bill McKibben
New Pipeline to Challenge Obama's Promises
It took some serious digging in the sock drawer, but eventually I found my 'Environmentalists for Obama' button left over from the '08 campaign. I needed it because I'm headed to Washington in a...
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Dana Goldstein
Matt Damon, Arne Duncan and the Divisive Teacher-Quality Debate
Last weekend, two very different speeches on the future of the teaching profession made news.
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Alejandro Reuss
The Wrong Medicine: Why Fiscal Austerity Is a Bad Idea for a Slumping Economy
As protesters take to the streets in Europe to oppose government spending cuts, proponents of austerity in the United States and Europe claim that immediate moves to reduce government deficits are...
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Dick Polman
The American Debate: Deal Traps Obama Into Helplessness on Jobs Creation
In dysfunctional Washington, this is what passes for a major achievement: The Republicans snatch Uncle Sam and threaten to drive him over the cliff. In response, President Obama agrees to pay a...
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Amy Kroin
The FCC Coddles and AT&T Throttles
The FCC has taken to heart the maxim “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” allowing AT&T another chance to prove that its proposed purchase of T-Mobile is a bang-up idea.
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Katitza Rodriguez
Mexican Newspaper Uncovers Systemic Monitoring Plans of Public Online Sources
Two weeks ago, the Mexican newspaper El Milenio reported on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPC) initiative to monitor social media sites...
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Mark Weisbrot
What Everyone Should Know About the “Debt Crisis” in the U.S.
Since the U.S. “Debt Crisis” has been a big international story for the last few weeks, it is worth clarifying what is real and what is not. First, the U.S. government does not have a “debt crisis.”...
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Diane Roberts
The EPA: The Tea Party's Next Target
You'd think Congress would be too busy wrecking the economy to attack the environment.
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Mark Engler
Stopping Obama's Next Betrayal
The debt-ceiling debate has been a sad one for the Left—and also, in large part, a boring one. Boring because we haven’t had too much to add. As a friend said to me, you know things are bad when the...
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John Atcheson
The Beast Is Starved: Welcome to the Next Great Depression
Since Reagan, Republicans have been on a “starve the beast” campaign – by which they mean eviscerate the government by taking away as much revenue as they can.
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Harvey Wasserman
Green Music Again Confronts Atomic Power
Amidst a life-and-death struggle to finally shut the nuclear energy industry, the power of green music flows again this Sunday. It's also pouring over the Internet , as the historic all-day MUSE2...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Sky Is Weeping
When our lives are torn open, when the worst possible thing happens, what we have, finally, are our roses and our courage. “I chose to stay in Oslo the entire week. It has felt like the most natural...
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Nick Turse
A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon’s New Power Elite
Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done... for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the...
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