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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mark Morford
Death To All Guns
Is it time? Can we just say it outright? Let’s try it: Guns are, socially and ethically, devastating. Worthless. They add nothing of positive, intrinsic value to a culture, a people, a country. They...
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Bryce Covert
In Fiscal Cliff Deal, Don’t Chain Grandma to Smaller Social Security Checks
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John Atcheson
Wanted: A President With Bush's Balls, Obama's Brains and Biden's Heart
Uhmm. Don’t look now, Mr. President, but you’re taking a mandate and turning it into mush. Ordinarily that might not matter much. The importance of the goings on inside the Beltway are notoriously...
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Glenn Greenwald
Newtown Kids vs. Yemenis and Pakistanis: What Explains the Disparate Reactions?
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Jules Boykoff
Coal Exports Emerging as Major Climate Fight in the Pacific Northwest
In the Pacific Northwest, activists and their allies are ramping up for a full-throttle battle over a proposal to haul coal across the west for export to China. Big Coal’s latest master plan promises...
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Ellen Brown
Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff
The “fiscal cliff” has all the earmarks of a false flag operation, full of sound and fury, intended to extort concessions from opponents.
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David Morgan, Taliesin Nyala, Andrew Stachiw, and Brian Van Slyke
How to Think Outside the Big Box this Holiday Season
Port workers in Los Angeles went on strike last week. McDonald’s and Burger King employees walked off the job and onto the picket line the week before. Last month, Walmart workers made waves with...
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Richard Eskow
8 Deficit Reducers That Are More Ethical—And More Effective—Than the 'Chained CPI'
News reports say the President’s proposed deal includes the “chained CPI,” which would impose drastic Social Security cuts and tax hikes for everybody but the wealthy.
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Tom Engelhardt
The Sort of Country Your Mother Brought You Up to Avoid
On New Year's Eve 2003, Khaled el-Masri, an unemployed car salesman from Germany on vacation in Macedonia, was removed from a bus and kidnapped by the CIA due to a confu
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Seumas Milne
Intervention in Syria Risks Blowback and Regional War
The signs are unmistakable. Once again, the west is preparing to escalate military intervention in the Arab and Muslim world. This time the target is Syria. Since the US presidential election, the...
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Max Blumenthal
What I Learned from My American Gun Show Tour
www.thedailybeast.com%2Farticles%2F2009%2F04%2F29%2Fgun-show-nation.html...
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Robin Marty
Synder Vetoes Gun Bill. Will Omnibus Anti-Choice Bill Be Next?
Michigan Governor Rick Synder is starting to feel the pressure from constituents when it comes to his support of massively unpopular bills, and the criticism is having its intended effect. In the...
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Scott Klinger
Going Over a Cliff Better Than Deal President Has Offered
The latest proposals by both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would widen economic inequality in the United States. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major offers on the...
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Robert Kuttner
Social Security and the Obama Cave-In
Once again, President Obama seems to be on the verge of folding a winning hand. Widely leaked reports indicate that the president and House Speaker John Boehner are making a fiscal deal that includes...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Washington’s Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln
Last week, we talked about the infernal revolving door between government and big business and how one person in particular, Liz Fowler , has spun through it so many times she may need to take...
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