Views for 2013-02-13

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Brendan Fischer
We Can Fix This? In SOTU, Obama Shoves Voting Reform into 'Sock Drawer,' Leaving Many Disappointed
President Obama announced plans for a nonpartisan commission to "improve the Election Day experience" in his State of the Union address, a response to the long lines and heavy burdens that states...
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Michael Brune
Mr. President, It’s Time to Move Forward on Climate
As President Barack Obama’s second term gets underway, Americans are expecting big actions from him — especially on climate disruption and clean energy. The decision to block the Keystone XL tar...
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John Cavanagh
Obama's SOTU Was No Game-Changer
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama deftly nudged the national debate further away from the dominant austerity framework that brought us the misguided budget deal on New Year’s...
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Ellen Brown
How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes, Permanently
As Congress struggles through one budget crisis after another, it is becoming increasingly evident that austerity doesn't work. We cannot possibly pay off a $16 trillion debt by tightening our belts...
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Norman Solomon
What Obama Said (and What He Meant) About Climate Change, War and Civil Liberties
The words in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech were often lofty, spinning through the air with the greatest of ease and emitting dog whistles as they flew. Let’s decode the president’s...
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Phyllis Bennis
Obama Could Go it Alone, Bring All the Troops Home, and Stop the Killing
President Obama said during his State of the Union address that he would focus on things he could do alone — without having to depend on a badly divided, partisan Congress. And the powerful imagery...
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Tom Engelhardt
A Conspiracy of Stupidity
You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days. Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to...
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Peter Rothberg
Greek Factory Under Workers Control
The workers of Vio.Me ., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its bankrupt owners, have been unpaid since May of 2011. This week, after a series of general...
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Ilana Novick
State Tax Systems Need to Become More Progressive, Not Less
State tax systems, according to a new report from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, take a far larger share of income from their lowest income residents than they do from the wealthy,...
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Glenn Greenwald
Italy's Ex-Intelligence Chief Given 10-year Sentence for Role in CIA Kidnapping
A US State Department official on Monday "expressed concern" about what he called "a 'climate of impunity' over abuses by police and security forces" - in Egypt. The official, Michael Posner, warned...
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Matthew Rothschild
SOTU: Lukewarm Liberalism at Home, Hypocrisy Abroad
President Obama’s State of the Union Address provided some solace to progressives on some issues, but left a lot to be desired on others. He was right to point out that we can’t keep “drifting from...
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Robert Shetterly
'Cuz the Bible Tells Me So
We humans constantly are telling ourselves stories about moral and immoral behavior. Many of the most memorable -- if only because of repetition -- are from the Bible. From them we learn about moral...
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Laurie Penny
The Courage of the Vigilante Feminists is Contagious
'I'm sick of being ashamed." Three days ago, an anti-harassment activist said those words to me in a flat above Cairo's Tahrir square, as she pulled on her makeshift uniform ready to protect women on...
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Roger Hickey
Yes to Obama’s New Jobs Focus. But No To Benefit Cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
With last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama attempted to refocus his new second term with a focus on jobs and supporting the middle class. He clearly wants to stop talking about...
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