Views for 2011-09-01

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Joe Uehlein
American Labor: A Sustainable Path
This Labor Day, as union membership falls to a mere seven percent of private sector workers and bargaining and political clout shrink to match, two roads diverge for American labor. One is to attempt...
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Frances Beinecke
GOP Repackages Old Attacks on Environmental Safeguards and Calls It a Jobs Plan
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s memo outlining the GOP jobs plan was certainly timely. Our economy is facing towering challenges that call for bold, constructive ideas. Too bad Cantor’s proposed...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Executive Pay and the Great Tax Dodge
Before the deficit reduction “super-committee” embarks on a $1–2 trillion course of human slashonomics , it should take a hard look at the Institute for Policy Studies’ (IPS) eighteenth annual...
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Sue Sturgis
Nurses Rally to Heal America with Wall Street Tax
Nurses will gather across the U.S. today (Thursday, Sept. 1), to urge Congress to tax financial transactions and use the revenue to fund social programs desperately needed amid the ongoing economic...
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Glenn Greenwald
A Tweet That Explains Everything
In connection with this matter , I was literally awake all night overseeing (with complete uselessness) the successful birth of six puppies -- an amazing and moving experience that I hope never to...
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Sophia Cheng
The Deadly Labor Behind Our Phones, Laptops and Consumer Gadgets
The world’s largest electronics manufacturer, Foxconn Technology Group, has a plan for ending the grisly run of worker suicides that have drawn it unwanted attention over the past two years: replace...
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Robert Reich
Obama’s Jobs Plan: Will He Offer Policy Miniatures or Give ‘em Hell?
Next Thursday President Obama will unveil his jobs plan. He’ll choose either Plan A or Plan B.
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Kim Sengupta
While Tripoli Celebrates 'Freedom', Refugees from Africa Fear for Their Lives
Free Libya's first Eid al-Fitr out of the shadow of the dictator was a day of celebration and thanksgiving. A stream of families flocked to Martyrs' Square, in the heart of Tripoli, in their best...
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Amanda Marcotte
Rick Perry's Demeaning Abortion Doctrine
Rick Perry's chances at passing himself off as a reasonable Republican were diminished considerably yet again this week, when the Centre for Reproductive Rights secured a victory against a draconian...
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Robert C. Koehler
Internal Combustion: The Tar Sands, Oil Addiction, and Me
What entitlement! I hit the gas, power off to my destination. No one asks me whether the trip is serious or banal, necessary or foolish, conscious or impulsive. I just go, ripping up the miles as...
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Ari Berman
The GOP War on Voting
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that...
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Derrick O'Keefe
Grief, Love and Politics: Jack Layton's Last Letter Calls Forth the Best in Us
I don't think anyone could have fathomed the scale of the remarkable outpouring of emotion and grieving that has swept across Canada since last week's announcement of the death of Jack Layton. What...
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Madeline Ostrander
Asking for What Obama Promised
It’s hard to get away from corporations’ influence in Washington, D.C. Even at the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial this weekend, I noted that the sponsors list, etched on a stone wall, was a...
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Reese Erlich
Good Dictators and Bad Dictators
Perhaps you are confused by U.S. policy towards Middle East dictators. The U.S. supports some, denounces others and launches missiles to overthrow another. Having reported from the region for over 25...
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Ellen Brown
North Dakota's Economic “Miracle”—It's Not Oil
In an article in The New York Times on August 19th titled “The North Dakota Miracle,” Catherine Rampell writes:
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