Views for 2012-11-05

Monday, November 5, 2012
Valerie Strauss
What’s at Stake for Public Schools in Election
Tuesday’s election will determine whether Arne Duncan remains as President Obama’s education secretary (Duncan says he wants to stay and Obama has shown no interest in replacing him) or whether Mitt...
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Medea Benjamin
A Chat With Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan
Having recently returned from Pakistan meeting with drone victims, on November 4 my partner Tighe Barry and I were having a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast. The discussion turned to John Brennan,...
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Jeremiah Goulka
Mitt Romney’s Team Would Let Loose Dogs of War in Iran
It’s the consensus among the pundits: foreign policy doesn’t matter in this presidential election. They point to the ways Republican candidate Mitt Romney has more or less parroted President Barack...
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Carolyn Eisenberg
Before the Post-Mortems…
This weekend, activist list-serves and web-sites were crackling with furious debate over whether or not progressives should be voting for President Obama this time around or helping to build a third...
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Phyllis Bennis
Stormy Elections, Wars & Occupations
The massive storm that ravaged Haiti, Cuba, and much of the east coast of the United States may be the ‘shock and awe’ of climate change’s permanent war against the U.S. (it attacked the rest of the...
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Simone Campbell
Power to the People - Below the Poverty Line
With all the attention being paid this election to millionaire campaign donors and the importance of helping the middle class, candidates on both sides are overlooking one critical segment of our...
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Juan Cole
Top Ten Coming Disasters: Romney’s America 2016
What will the United States look like in 2016 if Mitt Romney wins? While predicting the future is of course impossible, actually my experience is that if you play out known possible scenarios in your...
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Richard Schiffman
Obama and Romney Differ on Energy Policy, But Less Than You Might Think
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama for his stance on climate change has brought the candidate's energy policy back into focus. So let's start off with a quiz.
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Mijin Cha
Now That Climate Silence Has Been Broken, How about a Carbon Tax?
The surprise Obama endorsement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s is a good time to revisit one of Bloomberg’s ideas to combat climate change: the carbon tax.
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Chris Hedges
The S&M Election
I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are...
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Ira Chernus
Occupy Obama on Election Day
The Occupy movement has a very big dog in this year’s presidential fight. Election Day will determine the size of the movement’s legacy, and very possibly its future too.
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Paul Buchheit
A Vote for the Republicans is a Vote Against Yourself: 5 Reasons Why
To be more precise, it's a vote against yourself as long as you're making less than $250,000 a year, which includes about 99% of us. The Republicans have repeatedly turned against middle-class and...
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Robert Kuttner
Notes for a Manifesto: How Austerity Conservatism Will Screw Us
The enormity of last week's super-storm is just beginning to sink into political consciousness. Hurricane Sandy should transform what Americans expect from their government, and give the party of...
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