Views for 2012-03-28

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Robert C. Koehler
Finding the Wisdom We Need to Survive
I’m far more interested in forgiveness than justice. I say this just to calm myself down after a morning of media overkill, so to speak. There are so many murdered mothers and children in the news,...
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Glen Ford
Nearly All US Groups Oppose Obama's 'Individual Mandate' for Health Care
President Obama’s mandate to buy private insurance was born in the rightwing Heritage Foundation, and has not found a home among any actual constituency of the public – white, non-white, Republican,...
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Matthew Rothschild
By Ditching the Public Option, Obama Gave His Enemies a Path to the Supreme Court
The sad thing about the rightwing Supreme Court challenge to President Obama’s health care policy is that it was totally avoidable. It would have been impossible if Obama had offered a robust public...
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George Zornick
If the Mandate Fails, Single Payer Awaits
There is much consternation in liberal circles this afternoon, as the arguments before the Supreme Court about health care reform’s crucial individual mandate don’t seem to have gone very well. “A...
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John Nichols
A Budget for Wall Street Versus A Budget for Main Street
The U.S. House of Represenatives will weigh in Thursday on the direction the country should take regarding budget priorities. At the most interesting ends of the debate, the choice will be stark: A...
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Brendan Fischer
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Shoots to Kill
The gun lobby has come under the spotlight for its role in the so-called “Stand Your Ground” or "Shoot First" law that may protect the man who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin in...
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Mark Engler
A World Bank President Who's Not a Crony or a War Criminal?
On Friday, President Obama announced that he is nominating physician and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank. This likely appointment was greeted with approval by many...
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Jeff Biggers
Climate Activist DeChristopher Facing Cruel Punishment in Prison?
In the same March week that an unprecedented heat wave made even President Obama feel “a little nervous,” imprisoned climate change activist Tim DeChristopher languished mysteriously in isolation at...
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Sarah van Gelder
Stand Your Ground to Stop the Violence
For far too long, violence targeting young people of color has been tolerated, even condoned, in the United States. The killing of Trayvon Martin is part of a horrific history—one that can only be...
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Bill Blum
Health Care Mandate Threatens Progressive Legacy
Day two of the historic arguments before the United States Supreme Court on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a wrap, and it’s hard to see the ultimate...
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Jordan Flaherty
From NYPD Spying to Trayvon Martin: Current Policing Makes Us Less Safe
When I heard that my name was featured in a NewYork City Police Department report , I should have been outraged.
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Winslow Myers
From Israel, a Declaration of Interdependence
The fond foolishness—or was it?—of the Israeli graphic designer’s recent Youtube video declaring his love for the Iranian people and his pledge not to bomb Iran brought back the almost forgotten...
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Daniel Ellsberg, David Krieger
For Nuclear Security Beyond Seoul, Eradicate Land-Based 'Doomsday' Missiles
President Obama and other world leaders gathered at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, this week to address threats posed by unsecured nuclear material. If Mr.
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Jim Hightower
The Truth About the US Postal Service
What does 50 cents buy these days? Not a cuppa joe, a pack of gum or a newspaper. But you can get a steal of deal for a 50-cent piece: a first-class stamp. Plus a nickel in change.
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