Views for 2012-10-03

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Moderate Debates and Debate Moderators
Jim Lehrer is hopping mad. The New York Times( 10/2/12 ) reports that the PBS anchor "has been seething. He said he was outraged by suggestions that he was a 'safe' and uninspired choice to moderate...
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Mark Weisbrot
On Media Bias in Venezuela
Everywhere you look, there are people who are taking seriously the claim that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has a big media advantage over the opposition in the upcoming elections. The Committee...
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Sarah Anderson
Democratic Dishonor Roll on Inequality
Want to know how your reps on Capitol Hill rate on inequality? Check out a new Congressional Report Card for the 99 Percent issued by my organization, the Institute for Policy Studies.
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Jim Naureckas
Is Facebook Losing Your Mail in Hopes of Receiving More Bribes?
Back in May, Facebook introduced its Promoted Posts program, giving groups and companies with pages on the social media site the option of paying to get their posts seen by more of their fans.
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John Nichols
More Open Debates Would Make for Better Debates
The United States does not have presidential debates in any realistic sense of the word.
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Mark Hertsgaard
10 Questions for Both Candidates on Energy and the Environment
Environmental issues often get short shrift in US presidential campaigns, and this year’s election has been no exception. In poll after poll, voters report that the economy is the decisive issue. But...
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Ferd Hoefner
Farm Bill Expiration Puts Forward-Thinking Food Policy at Risk
As of this week, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement. There are many who see this as a better course of events...
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Jim Hightower
Organic Subsidiaries Out Parent Conglomerates
One of the most important elections being held on November 6 doesn't even have a Democratic, Republican, Green, Libertarian or other partisan candidate on the ballot. Imagine!
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Chuck Collins
A Voting Guide for the 99 Percent
Mitt Romney and I both grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a wealthy suburb of Detroit. For much of our childhoods, we were represented in Congress by a tireless defender of the rich and powerful...
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Richard Schiffman
The 2012 Election's Only Bipartisan Consensus: Not to Talk Climate Change
There are a lot of big issues that you won't be hearing much about during the closing weeks of the presidential race.
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Gary Houser
'Rising to Meet the Tide': A Letter to Obama on Climate Change
"The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it – boldly, swiftly, and...
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Johnathon Ross
Worse Than War: Deaths from Uninsurance
A recently released Census Bureau report reveals that 48.6 million Americans lack health insurance.
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Shiney Varghese
California Makes History on the Right to Water
On Wednesday, September 26 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the bill AB 685 , into law, establishing the policy that every person in California has the right to safe, clean, affordable and...
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Michelle Chen
Foxconn Riot Flashes a Glimpse of China’s Slow-burning Labor Crisis
On September 23, in Taiyuan, China, about 2,000 workers erupted in a burst of anger, leaving a factory compound scarred with broken glass and flames. But the trouble was just as quickly extinguished...
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Jeff Faux
Education Profiteering: Wall Street’s Next Big Thing?
The end of the Chicago teachers’ strike was but a temporary regional truce in the civil war that plagues the nation’s public schools. There is no end in sight, in part because—as often happens in...
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Jill Schneiderman
Barry Commoner: A Feminist Environmentalist
When, as a 21-year-old geology major I chose scientist and activist Barry Commoner as my presidential candidate, I was lambasted by some of my lesbian sisters at Yale for wasting my vote. But upon...
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Tom Engelhardt
When Debate Realities Ignore Realities of Crisis
With that jutting jaw of steel, think of him as the next Clark Kent, hence also Superman, promising to save our world (don’t worry about just how ). Opposite him, imagine Chris Pine as James T.
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Robert Reich
Questions Unlikely to be Asked Wednesday Night
Governor Romney: You’ve said that you have used every legal method to reduce your tax liability. You’ve also said that as president you would close tax loopholes in order to help finance a major...
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Robin Marty
'Abortions on Women Who Aren't Pregnant' Common Trope of Anti-Choice Movement
Reproductive rights reporter (and RH Reality Check weekly columnist) Amanda Marcotte writes Tuesday that Missouri Congressman and Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, already well-known for his...
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