Views for 2012-07-13

Friday, July 13, 2012
Matt Taibbi
Romney's 'Free Stuff' Speech Is a New Low
Wow. If you live long enough, you’ll see some truly gross things in politics, but Mitt Romney’s work this past week "courting black support" was enough to turn even the strongest stomach.
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Amitabh Pal
Hillary Clinton Should Have US Sign Cluster Bomb Treaty
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was confronted by a dramatic legacy of U.S. warmaking during her recent visit to Laos.
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Robert Reich
The Selling of American Democracy: The Perfect Storm
Who’s buying our democracy? Wall Street financiers, the Koch brothers, and casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn. And they’re doing much of it in secret. It’s a perfect storm:
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Scott Faber
Top Ten Reasons to Reject the House's Farm Bill
The budget-busting farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee late Wednesday night is quite simply the worst piece of farm and food legislation in decades. The bill will feed fewer people...
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Owen Jones
Islamophobia: For Muslims, Read Jews. And Be Shocked
To be a prominent Muslim means suffering a daily diet of bigotry and even outright hatred.
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Greg Kaufmann
Houston Janitors’ Strike Goes Citywide
Governor Mitt Romney got all the press at the NAACP convention in Houston on Wednesday, but janitor Alice McAfee got a standing-o. She spoke to a packed auditorium about her plight and that of over 3...
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Angela Robson
Israeli Blockade Takes Its Toll on Mental Health in Gaza
For as long as Farah can remember, her father has never worked. Nor, in recent years, has she particularly wanted to spend time with him.
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Rocky Kistner
In Canada's Tar Sands, a Dante's Hell Threatens People Nearby and Across the Globe
In Canada's western province of Alberta, Melina Laboucan-Massimo’s community—the Lubicon Lake Nation —has endured a withering toxic tar sands oil assault, an Armageddon against nature few Americans...
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Ira Chernus
Slavery and "Big Government": the Emancipation Proclamation’s Lesson 150 Years Later
150 years ago today, on July 13, 1862, Abraham Lincoln first told someone that he was going to emancipate the slaves. Chatting with two Cabinet members, he revealed that he had “about come to the...
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Billy Bragg
Woody Guthrie at 100: The Return of a Pariah
The construction team that kept hammering away all night outside my hotel window in downtown Tulsa are gone by the morning, the fierce glare of the Oklahoma summer forcing them into the shade to rest.
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Banksters Take Us to the Brink
Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone.
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