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Monday, December 10, 2012
Bill McKibben
Hillary Clinton's Environmental Failures Could Become Obama's
It seems just a tad early to be thinking about the 2016 election—unless, apparently, you’re Hillary Clinton. According to Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, she sent handwritten notes to losing...
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Rahiel Tesfamariam
The Threat of Drones Ushering in ‘Invisible Wars’
Obama’s end to the war in Iraq and promises to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan have prevented him from seeming war-hungry. But the increased use of drone strikes during his presidency raises the...
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Allison Kilkenny
Thousands Are Expected to Protest Anti-Worker Legislation in Michigan
Large numbers of Michigan State Police officers have surrounded the Capitol this morning in anticipation of a day of protests in response to so-called right-to-work legislation currently being...
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Jessica Schorr Saxe
The Honest and Just Path to a Sustainable Medicare
In January 2009, at the age of 63 1/2, my friend Carol Bentley was laid off her 10-year job without warning. In a one-two punch, her health insurance ended the next day. She could not afford COBRA...
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Sarah Jaffe
Occupy and the Police Needn't be Enemies – as Sandy Showed
Ninety-nine people arrested during Occupy Wall Street's 17 September anniversary actions had their court dates last week. They trooped into the courthouse accompanied by green-hatted legal observers...
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William K. Black
Why Is the Failed Monti a 'Technocrat' and the Successful Correa a 'Left-Leaning Economist'?
The New York Times produces profiles of national leaders like Italy’s Mario Monti and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa . I invite readers to contrast the worshipful treatment accorded Monti with the Correa...
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Glenn Greenwald
The PSY Scandal: Singing about Killing People v. Constantly Doing It
Which of these two stories is causing more controversy and outrage in the US? New York Daily News, Friday :
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Roger Bybee
States Need to Stop Giving Subsidies to Corporations
Corporations are playing states for fools. Across the nation, states are now pouring more than $80 billion in subsidies and tax breaks annually to corporations in a futile and counter-productive...
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Paul Krugman
Robots and Robber Barons
The American economy is still, by most measures, deeply depressed. But corporate profits are at a record high. How is that possible? It’s simple: profits have surged as a share of national income,...
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Lewis Lapham
Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature
[ This essay will appear in "Intoxication," the Winter 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly . This slightly adapted version is posted at with the kind permission of that magazine. ]
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Paul Buchheit
Some Better Targets for the People Who Hate Government
One of the pleasures of a weekend away from the city is visiting with people who express points of view that are different from my own. A lot of them hate government. Their comments are sprinkled...
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