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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hedrick Smith
One Economy, Two Americas
Before you gulp down your favorite champagne to celebrate Wall Street’s new stock market highs, remember that we are two Americas: The nation’s economic divide is costing us all dearly in terms of...
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Jeff Madrick
The Sequester’s Hidden Danger
The sequester is dangerous, but not for the reasons we think. Contrary to what some alarmists predicted, there is little evidence that the automatic, across-the-board cuts to the US budget that went...
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Peter Van Buren
Mission Unaccomplished: Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History
I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the...
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Michael Ratner
Bradley Manning: The Conscience of America
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Ellen Brown
Quantitative Easing for the People: Default on the Public Debt, Nationalize the Banks, and a Dividend for Citizens
Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th. His movement is now the biggest single party in the...
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Robert Naiman
What Rightwingers Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Exposed About the Drone Strikes
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Medea Benjamin
Despite Enormous Gaps in Filibuster Message, Applause for Standing Against Drones
The most positive outcome of Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster—which ended when Paul was forced to take a bathroom break—was giving the American public a sense of the treacherous path that President...
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Brad Johnson
Parts of ‘State Dept.’ Keystone XL Report Actually Written by TransCanada Contractor
The State Department’s “ don’t worry ” environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, released late Friday afternoon, was written not by government officials but by a...
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Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Sally Bunner
Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement
Hundreds of students across the country “marched forth” for climate justice yesterday. Actions took place on campuses nationwide, including a banner drop at Haverford College, marches through the...
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Amy Goodman
Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan
You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.
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Dean Baker
Has NPR Joined Peter Peterson's Crusade Against Social Security and Medicare?
The most striking feature of the U.S. economy over the last three decades has been the upward redistribution of income. The top 1.0 percent of households has managed to pocket the vast majority of...
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Murtaza Hussain
Obama Promised to Close Guantánamo. Instead, He's Made It Worse
In his letters, Guantánamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer appeals in desperation to his captors and the outside world :
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Robert C. Koehler
Abu Ghraib Revisited
Philip Zimbardo’s TED Talk on Abu Ghraib and “The Psychology of Evil” is up to 2,374,000 hits. Apparently people are hungry to know about the deep psychology of American foreign policy.
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Bertha Lewis
Burwell as Obama's Budget Director: Walmart Wins, Working Families Lose
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Norman Solomon
Gun “Background Check” on Pentagon
Stringent “background checks” are central to many proposals for curbing gun violence. The following is a background check on the nation’s largest buyer of firearms:
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