Views for 2012-07-27

Friday, July 27, 2012
Mark Hertsgaard
Feel the Burn: Making the 2012 Heat Wave Matter
There have been two, maybe three, landmark heat waves in the history of man-made global warming. The first was in 1988. Then as now, the eastern two-thirds of the United States was broiling while...
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Mark Weisbrot
Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts for the 1% Are a Step Forward, But Not Nearly Enough
President Obama is currently confronting mostly Republican opponents over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts to the richest 1 percent of taxpayers. Between 1979 and 2007, the richest 1 percent...
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Michael Paarlberg
Caterpillar Strike: In the US, It's Open Season on Unions
"A rising tide lifts all boats," goes the old adage. It's a dubious promise: pay no attention to yawning income gaps, say the cruise ships to the dinghies, we're all getting paid. But the same ebbs...
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Greg Kaufmann
Needy Families Get Scant Assistance Amid Election Year Politics
“A partisan disgrace,” declared Speaker John Boehner.
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Mark Morford
A Deadly Rampage of Shocking Kindness
I look forward to the day when a quiet, reclusive loner finally snaps, leaves his tiny apartment and marches onto an elementary school playground in broad daylight and hands every child a bar of dark...
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Lisa Graves
ALEC Exposed, ALEC Diminished: A Special Report from Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY -- American Legislative Exchange Council legislators, corporate lobbyists, and special interest group staffers awoke Thursday morning to bad news about ALEC delivered to every room at...
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Joe Brewer
How Will the 99% Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths?
Did you know that roughly one person in a hundred is clinically a psychopath? These individuals are either born with an emotional deficiency that keeps them from feeling bad about hurting others or...
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Steve Horn
Exposed: Pennsylvania Act 13 Overturned by Supreme Court, Originally an ALEC Model Bill
On July 26, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled PA Act 13 unconstitutional. The bill would have stripped away local zoning laws, eliminated the legal concept of a Home Rule Charter , limited private...
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David Sirota
Gold Medalists in Fake Outrage
Fake outrage is a little like pornography—hard to narrowly define, but you know it when you see it. It is the television pundit railing on the supposed “War on Christmas” or the radio host calling a...
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Renee Parsons
House Adopts 2013 Pentagon Budget Increase
Viewing the recent House of Representatives debate on the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 5856) was as disorienting as if living in an alternate reality with little acknowledgement that while...
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Michelle Chen
Terror in Anaheim
Last weekend, news cameras zoomed in on a theater in Aurora, where many moviegoers were shot down, apparently by a gunman trying to act out a crazed fantasy. While the mass killing reignited a...
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David Morris
No Peter Orszag, Let's NOT Privatize the US Postal Service
If chutzpah is killing your parents then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you're an orphan then Peter Orszag is the poster child for chutzpah. In his recent article in Bloomberg...
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