Views for 2011-09-02

Friday, September 2, 2011
Frances Beinecke
Obama Administration Delays Life-Saving Smog Standards
Today the Obama Administration made a decision that will endanger the health of tens of thousands of Americans. Its choice to delay stronger standards for smog lets polluters off the hook and leaves...
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Unni Karunakara
Famine in Somalia: A Man-Made Crisis
The emergency unfolding in and around Somalia is being portrayed by many aid organisations and the media in one-dimensional terms, such as "famine in the Horn of Africa" or "worst drought in 60 years...
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Robert Reich
The Zero Economy
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports today no jobs were created in August. Zero. Nada. Well, not quite. The strike at Verizon reduced the labor force by 45,000. Minnesota government employees...
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John Nichols
Obama Better Give One Hell of a Speech
On the eve of a Labor Day that will mark the unofficial launching place of his 2012 reelection campaign, on the eve of an address to Congress that could be the most important of his presidency, there...
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Robert Kuttner
Feeble President, Feeble Plans
On Wednesday, I posted an item titled “How Not to Solve the Jobs Problem.” The case in point is President Barack Obama’s embrace of a state program called Georgia Works, which tries to turn...
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Glenn Greenwald
Facts and Myths in the WikiLeaks/Guardian Saga
A series of unintentional though negligent acts by multiple parties -- WikiLeaks, The Guardian 's investigative reporter David Leigh, and Open Leaks' Daniel Domscheit-Berg -- has resulted in the...
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Wendell Potter
Rick Perry's Texas Health Care Hoax
In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is perpetuating a convincing hoax: that implementing Texas-style tort reform would go a long way toward curing what...
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Young Climate Activists
Today We Risk Arrest for Justice; Tomorrow We Organize for It
Moved by the Tar Sands Action & the sentencing of Tim Dechristopher, a number of leaders and I drafted the letter below to show our resolve and call for others to take this momentum and action...
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Mehdi Hasan
A State of Palestine Would Backfire on Its Own People
Rejoice! On 20 September, the United Nations will welcome a new member: the "State of Palestine" . Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) officials believe they have secured the support of enough...
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Alice Slater
Time to Disband NATO: A Rogue Alliance
When the Cold War ended, many believed there would be a peace dividend, nuclear disarmament, and dismantling of the war machine with industrial conversion to peaceful technology. Instead, we’ve...
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Peter Hart
NYT on WikiLeaks: Move Along, No Atrocity to See Here
One of the main media tropes regarding WikiLeaks ' release of State Department cables last year was that there was either nothing new to be learned, or that private conversations they revealed were...
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Mark Engler
Is “Free Trade” Obama's Jobs Plan?
After a slight scheduling kerfuffle , President Obama is now set to give a major speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress next Thursday, September 8.
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John Atcheson
Atlas Mugged: The Ayn Rand Six Step
Imagine your landlord coming to you one day and saying, “It’s everyone for himself. We’re not going to supply heat or water or electricity any longer, and we’re not going to conduct repairs.” Of...
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Carl Finamore
Nurses Take on Wall Street
An open-air soup kitchen staffed by registered nurses in bright red union t-shirts feeding a line of hungry San Franciscan’s assembled midday outside a busy U.S. Federal Building is not something you...
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