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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Medea Benjamin
Stop Sacrificing US Soldiers for Afghan Debacle
The 38 deaths in Saturday’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan include 31 Americans, making this the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the war began. The tragic loss of American lives might be worth...
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Dean Baker
How to Think About Standard and Poor's Downgrade
Standard and Poor's downgrade of U.S. government debt captured headlines across the country and around the world. It is a newsworthy event, but primarily as another colossal failure by a major credit...
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Michael Winship
The New Era of Hostage Politics
When I arrived in Washington this past Sunday, just as the debt ceiling crisis was approaching its climax, all the flags surrounding the capital's Union Station stood at half-mast. I blackly joked...
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David Dayen
Balanced Budget Amendments Don’t Work: Look at State and Local Gov't Stats
Republicans are barnstorming across the country in support of a balanced budget amendment. This, they say, will force government to “live within its means” and lead to surging economic growth, though...
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Jules Boykoff
Why The Insurance Industry Gets Climate Change
When it comes to climate change, the US Congress is a hornets' nest of political dysfunction. In May, President Barack Obama nominated energy executive John Bryson to lead the commerce department.
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Gar Alperovitz
On the Sixty-Sixth Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima
Today is the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Though most Americans are unaware of the fact, increasing numbers of historians now recognize the United States did not need to use the...
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Thom Hartmann
Mainstream Media Ignores S&P Attack On GOP Revenue Intransigence
Have you seen, anywhere, in any media, or even heard reported or repeated on NPR, the following sentence? “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress...
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Mark Harris
Planet Hiroshima 2011
When the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, two-year-old Sadako Sasaki was at home with her family. Unlike tens of thousands of others, she was fortunate enough to survive the...
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Noam Chomsky
America in Decline
“It is a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in decline, ominously facing...
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Michael Moore
30 Years Ago: The Day the Middle Class Died
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to...
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