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Monday, November 28, 2011
Dean Baker
Time to Retake Politics From the One Percent in Both Political Parties
The country is still celebrating the inability of the supercommittee to cut Social Security and Medicare, but it is important to move on from this victory to retake control of the political debate...
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Danny Schechter
Occupy Wall Street is All Over The Media: But for How Long?
One of the oldest patterns of media coverage can be summed up this way: First, they ignore you. Then, they ridicule you. Then, they realize you are a story and fall in love. So they build you up at...
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Michelle Chen
Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements
Warning: Defending your rights may be hazardous to your health. Potential side effects can include rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons wielded with impunity.
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Barbara Dudley
A Tale of Two Portlands: Occupy vs Subsidizing Developers
Contrast these two stories from The Oregonian: In Saturday's (11.19.11) Business section, "A disgruntled California developer is suing Portland's urban renewal agency (Portland Development Commission...
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Chris Anders
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window
While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The...
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Trevor Timm
Cablegate One Year Later: How WikiLeaks Has Influenced Foreign Policy, Journalism, and the First Amendment
One year ago today , WikiLeaks started publishing a trove of over 250,000 leaked U.S. State Department cables, which have since formed the basis of reporting for newspapers around the globe. The...
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William Greider
The Democratic Promise of Occupy Wall Street
Regular politics in Washington now resembles an ecological dead zone where truth perishes in a polluted environment. Democrats and Republicans shadowbox over their concocted fiscal crisis, neither...
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Robert Jensen
Occupy Congress: Norman Solomon Sees a Role for Progressive Legislators
Conventional politics in the United States focuses on elections, while left activists typically argue that political change comes not from electing better politicians but building movements strong...
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Peter Van Buren
Thought Crime in Washington: No Free Speech at Mr. Jefferson’s Library
Here’s the First Amendment, in full : “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the...
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