Views for 2012-08-20

Monday, August 20, 2012
Jodi Jacobson
Is It Really Best for Women If Akin Withdraws? Questions About a Defining Moment
This weekend, Missouri Representative Todd Akin justified his opposition to a rape exception for abortion by claiming that women don't actually get pregnant in cases of "legitimate rape." In doing so...
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Pratap Chatterjee
The New Robber Barons: How Taxpayers Subsidise CEOs' Multimillion Salaries
Lanai, a tiny resort island in Hawaii, has 18 miles of secluded beaches, no traffic lights and a population of just over 3,000.
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Glenn Greenwald
US Drone Strikes Target Rescuers in Pakistan – and the West Stays Silent
The US government has long maintained, reasonably enough, that a defining tactic of terrorism is to launch a follow-up attack aimed at those who go to the scene of the original attack to rescue the...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Counterinsurgency or Civilian Slaughter in Afghanistan?
What happened in Kunar Province in Afghanistan on Saturday, August 18? One thing we know: dozens of dead bodies, following an airstrike by the U.S./NATO command on what the American military says was...
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Sara Jerving
Paul Ryan's Economy Isn't Working for His Constituents
When Dave Schumacher, 51 years old, lost his job in 2009 in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, he wasn’t alone. Schumacher drove trucks for a supplier company that served the...
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Randall Amster
Life on Mars?: Searching for Signs in the Cosmos, and on Earth
Forty years ago, David Bowie asked the musical question, “Is there life on Mars?” Bowie’s song embodied an escapist sensibility, a longing for life elsewhere to break the doldrums and despair of life...
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John Nichols
With Romney-Ryan, GOP Becomes Grand Old Private-Equity Party
The ticket Republicans will nominate in Tampa next week is uniquely connected to the "vulture capitalist" constituency, and uniquely committed to protecting the interests of today's robber-baron...
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Chris Hedges
The War in the Shadows
A Swedish documentary filmmaker released a film last year called “Last Chapter—Goodbye Nicaragua.” In it he admitted that he unknowingly facilitated a bombing, almost certainly orchestrated by the...
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Paul Buchheit
Facts. Huh! What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing.
George Lakoff is right. Republicans are winning the language wars. As half of America is charmed into voting against their own interests, we progressives keep telling them the facts.
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Jim Harkness
Avoiding a 21st-Century Dust Bowl
Mother Nature found a cruel way to demonstrate the difference between political rhetoric and reality when this summer's record-breaking drought coincided with the writing of a new U.S. Farm Bill.
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