Views for 2013-02-16

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Chicago Teachers
Get Corporations Out of Education: An Open Letter to Arne Duncan
( Note from the Answer Sheet's Valerie Strauss: A coalition of teachers from public and private schools — including the school that Education Secretary Arne Duncan attended as a child and where...
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Bernie Sanders
The Planetary Crisis of Climate Change is Not Political... It's Physics
I fear very much that our children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they? Why didn’t the United...
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Philip Caper
Health Care Spending: A 21st Century Gold Rush
Winston Churchill once remarked, “Americans will always do the right thing, once they’ve exhausted all alternatives.” His observation, at least the second half of it, is proving itself as we continue...
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Peter Hart
Are Iranian Magnets the New Aluminum Tubes?
In the run up to the Iraq War, the New York Times ( 9/8/02 ) famously reported on an Iraqi scheme to procure special aluminum tubes that could only have one purpose: Iraq's secret nuclear weapons...
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Amitabh Pal
US Still Acquiescing in Bahraini Crackdown
Two years ago this week, the Bahraini monarchy started cracking down on its people. It’s still at it, with the complicity of the Obama Administration.
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Richard Eskow
The Great Wealth Robbery
Two important events took place this week. One was President Obama’s call for a higher minimum wage, which got a lot of attention. The other was a new report which showed just how much of our nation’...
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Phil Radford
America's Environmental Future Starts Now
This Sunday, a new environmental movement will arrive in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people will join 350.org, the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus' "Forward on Climate" rally to call out with...
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Robert Pollin
Great News: Obama Recommits to Clean Energy; Terrible News: Obama Recommits to Dirty Energy
In his State of the Union speech earlier this week, President Obama offered strong support on behalf of major new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. In doing so, he echoed points...
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Dean Baker
Why Are Proponents of the Chained CPI So Scared of Data?
Like the global warming deniers, proponents of basing the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on a chained CPI are scared to death of data. They are all anxious to assert that the...
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Robert Reich
The Minimum Wage, Guns, Healthcare, and the Meaning of a Decent Society
Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney. Employers won’t outsource the jobs abroad or substitute...
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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Why People of Color Should Care about the Keystone Pipeline
Superstorms. Devastating drought. Out-of-control wildfires. Record-breaking temperatures. There’s no doubt about it: climate change has become impossible to ignore.
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Ralph Nader
Nine Bucks an Hour? A Call for a Living Wage at $10.50 or More
How could Barack Obama say, in his State of the Union speech, “let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal...
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Christopher Brauchli
Gods, Gays, and Scouts
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike. — Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead
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