Views for 2013-02-19

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Glenn Greenwald
MSNBC Boldly Moves to Plug Its One Remaining Hole
Last month, MSNBC's Al Sharpton conducted a spirited debate about whether Obama belongs on Mount Rushmore or instead deserves a separate monument to his greatness (just weeks before replacing...
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John Nichols
Sequestration Is Austerity, but Not Enough for Simpson and Bowles
Sequestration? Cue the return of Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, frontmen for American austerity .
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David Roberts
The Virtues of Being Unreasonable on Keystone
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Saskia Sassen
Drones Over There, Total Surveillance Over Here
The big story buried in all the commentary about the US government's drone policy is that the old algorithm of the liberal state no longer works. Focusing on drones is almost a distraction, if it...
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George Kimbrell, Debbie Barker
Monsanto, the Court and the Seeds of Dissent
On Tuesday, attorneys for the largest agrochemical corporation in the world, Monsanto, will present arguments before the Supreme Court asserting the company's rights to the generations of seeds that...
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Robert Borosage
The Wrecking Crew Is Winning
Congress is taking this week off on the first of their spring breaks.
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Richard Eskow
Wall Street’s Misdeeds Cost Trillions, But It’s Main Street Who’s Getting Nickel-and-Dimed
Take a look at these two sentences: “(I)f losses from the 2007- 2009 crisis were to reach similar levels (as they did in previous recessions) … losses could exceed $13 trillion.” Government...
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Annie Laurie Gaylor
'The Feminine Mystique': Remembering a Landmark Book 50 Years Later
Tuesday, Feb. 19, marks the half-century anniversary of the publication of a book that changed women’s lives. The book was “The Feminine Mystique,” written by Smith College graduate Betty Friedan.
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Lasse Bruun
Did Horsemeat Leave a Bad Taste in Your Mouth?
Over the past couple of weeks the 'horsemeat scandal' has topped news headlines, revolted consumers and forced retailers and producers to come clean and revise their supply chains.
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Tom Engelhardt
How to Gain Expertise in Recognizing Torture: Go to Law School
There was a scarcely noted but classic moment in the Senate hearings on the nomination of John Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism “tsar,” to become the next CIA director. When Senator Carl...
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Medea Benjamin
Playing Golf While the Planet Burns
In parallel universes, President Obama spent his Sunday playing golf at an exclusive Florida gated community while 50,000 Americans poured into Washington DC, calling on the absent president to stop...
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Michelle Chen
Immigration Reform Set to Boost Business, Undermine Rights
After years of Congressional silence on immigration, Washington is finally stirring toward legislative reform, driven by Democrats and Republicans angling for Latino and Asian votes.
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John Atcheson
The New Know Nothing Party and the High Price of Willful Ignorance
Ignorance: The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed. Here in the 21 st Century the Republicans have become the new Know Nothing Party. Just as the original Know Nothings employed...
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Arundhati Roy
Decolonize the Consumerist Wasteland: Re-imagining a World Beyond Capitalism and Communism
Here in India, even in the midst of all the violence and greed, there is still hope. If anyone can do it, we can. We still have a population that has not yet been completely colonized by that...
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