Views for 2013-02-22

Friday, February 22, 2013
Tom Gallagher
What If the Chinese Killed the Dalai Lama with a Drone Strike?
On the same day we learned of the Obama Administration’s intent to dig in its heels and refuse to share its standards for drone strike targeting with the U.S.
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Andrea Jones
The For-Profit Immigration Imprisonment Racket
Immigration officials sought out undocumented immigrants to apprehend for minor crimes in order to boost deportation numbers, a trove of internal correspondence revealed last week.
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John Nichols
Sequestration Sacrifices Jobs to Save Billionaire Tax Breaks
There is a great deal of talk about how Republican senators have gone off the rails in their opposition to the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense.
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Mary Bottari
Pete Peterson's Puppet Populists
Fix the Debt is the most hypocritical corporate PR campaign in decades, an ambitious attempt to convince the country that another cataclysmic economic crisis is around the corner and that urgent...
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Brendan Fischer
Citizens United 2.0? Supreme Court Could Further Open Door to Money in Politics
The U.S. Supreme Court could open the door to even more money in politics than it did in the disastrous 2010 decision Citizens United v FEC as it considers a new case challenging limits on how much...
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Mijin Cha
New Study Shows Capital Gains Tax Cuts Biggest Contributor to Income Inequality
A new study looking at changes in wages and salaries, capital income, and in taxes found that capital gains and dividends made the largest contribution to income inequality. As the study states:
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Greg Kaufmann
How Obama Can Fight Hunger Now
In his State of the Union address, President Obama offered the kind of concrete proposals that anti-poverty advocates have long been waiting for: raising the minimum wage, expanding high-quality...
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Miriam Pemberton
Sequestration Broadly Is Terrible Policy, But Our Military is Overdue for Downsizing
This strange animal called sequestration is certainly wreaking havoc with our customary ideological boundaries.
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama Officials Refuse to Say if Assassination Power Extends to US Soil
The Justice Department "white paper" purporting to authorize Obama's power to extrajudicially execute US citizens was leaked three weeks ago.
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Brennan’s Loose Talk on Iran Nukes
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on John Brennan to head the CIA focused on lethal drones, but Brennan’s loose talk lumping Iran with North Korea as nuclear threats could be even more...
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Robert Borosage
Will Pete Peterson’s Half a Billion Bucks Buy a New Recession?
The “sequester” – mindless, across-the-board spending cuts designed purposefully to be abhorrent to both political parties – now seems likely to go into effect on March 1.
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Ralph Nader
Perils of the Keystone XL Pipeline Confront Obama
Bill McKibben, a prolific writer and organizer on global warming and climate change, has had a busy year teaching environmentalists not to despair and will soon be learning some lessons himself.
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John M. Repp
Jet Fighter Wings into Wind Turbine Blades
The real security of our society and our world depends upon changing how we produce and use energy. We need to get off fossil fuels, change how we farm and refit our buildings. There is a strong...
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