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Friday, August 5, 2011
Jill Richardson
ALEC Exposed: Protecting Factory Farms and Sewage Sludge?
As suburbs engulfed the rural landscape in the boom following World War II, many family farmers found themselves with new neighbors who were annoyed by the sound of crowing roosters, the smell of...
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Khadija O. Ali
Women's Exclusion Worsens Somali Crises
On July 22, 2011 the newly appointed Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, a Harvard-trained professor of economics, announced his 49-member cabinet. There are only two women in it: one...
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Judith Le Blanc
Ready to Rumble for Jobs, Not War and More Weapons?
Something is missing in the swirl of news reporting on the debt ceiling deal struck on August 2 by the Congress and the President for close to $1 trillion in cuts in discretionary programs over the...
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Tarini Parti
Will 2012 Be the End of the Presidential Public Financing System?
It happened with typewriters, eight-tracks, VCRs and even flip-phones. Now advocates for the public financing of political campaigns fear that the system once used by most presidential candidates...
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Bob Burnett
Obama: It Became Necessary to Destroy the Economy to Save it
On February 7, 1968, US forces demolished Ben Tre, a provincial capitol in South Vietnam. An Army Major declared, 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” On August 2, 2011, President...
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Robert Naiman
A Historic Opportunity to Cut Military Spending
The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic...
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Jeff Biggers
Coal River Mountain Showdown: What Would Judy Bonds Do?
As the historic tree-sit on Coal River Mountain finishes its third week, and the Mountaintop Removal Moratorium Now movement grows, a broad alliance of local residents and activists in the Coal River...
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David Sirota
Obama: The Bizarro FDR
Barack Obama is lots of things - eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and calm. But one thing he is not is weak. This basic truth is belied by the Obama criticism you occasionally hear from...
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Seth Hanlon
Millionaires: Making More, Contributing Less
Republicans in the House of Representatives got their way this week: The final budget deal struck with President Barack Obama raises no additional revenues while cutting more than $2 trillion from...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Bad News About Water Quality — and Quantity
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart practically cowered under his desk last month when journalist Alex Prud’homme appeared. That’s because Prud’homme’s just-published The Ripple Effect: The Fate of...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Unknown Unknowns of War American-Style
In “ Getting bin Laden ,” Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker report on the assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, here’s the money sentence, according to Noah Shachtman of Wired...
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David Benjamin
Lying to Ourselves About the Good Old Days
BROOKLYN — A popular right-wing fantasy-bite now winging virally around the World Wide Web is a snatch of phony nostalgia called “The Green Thing”.
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Robert Reich
The Republican’s Double-Dip, and What Must Be Done
John Boehner said Tuesday the Republicans got “90 percent of what we wanted” from the budget deal. So presumably he and his colleagues are willing to take responsibility for some 450 points of today’...
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Danny Schechter
As the Dog Days of Summer Approach, Politicians Rest Before Returning to the Fray. The Political War Will Continue
Now that the debt drama is over for the moment, we can all safely retreat in what was once called the “Dog Days Of Summer” and chill out if the volatile weather allows us to. We can think back to...
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Ronnie Cummins
Whole Paycheck and Organic Food Deserts: The Challenge
After decades of grassroots public education, battles to safeguard standards, and hard work, organic food and farming has become the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture. Organics have surged...
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