Ralph Nader

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Sunday, March 23, 2003
The Judicially-Selected Dictator's Pre-Emptive War
As this is written, the campaign known as "shock and awe" has begun over Iraq and the five million civilian inhabitants of Baghdad. Bombs indeed shock, but why the word "awe"? This is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's way of turning the Iraq bombardment against what he knows is a defenseless country, run by a brutal dictator, into a metaphor for the rest of the world.
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Monday, March 03, 2003
MSNBC Sabotages Donahue
Monopolist Microsoft and oligopolist General Electric - the co-owners of MSNBC - took their highest rated show off the air and sent Phil Donahue away on February 25, 2003. After choosing Donahue to host his own 8pm daily show only six months ago, the corporate managers micromanaged, mismanaged and refused to let Phil Donahue be Phil Donahue.
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
Join the Fight for Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, one of the most important and successful civil rights laws in U.S. history, may soon be undermined by the Bush Administration's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics. Title IX bars sex discrimination in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding, including athletics. The law gave women access to classes, facilities and opportunities that had historically been male-only.
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Monday, January 06, 2003
The Malpractice Crisis
Have you been watching the tv news or the tv news magazine shows lately about the sharp increase in medical malpractice insurance premiums and agitated physicians walking off their jobs in some states? If you have, didn't they leave you with the impression that lawsuits against bad doctors were the cause? And these poor old insurance companies being forced to raise those premiums, 30%, 40%, 70% all of a sudden!
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Thursday, November 28, 2002
"Safety and Soundness of Financial Institutions"
Washington is in the midst of its biennial guessing game about what legislation will get the green light when the 108th Congress convenes next month. Many Committee chairpersons, of course, are just waiting to get their marching orders from the White House and their friends among the army of lobbyists (aka campaign contributors).
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Friday, November 15, 2002
'Never Separate the Lives You Live from the Words You Speak'
The memorial service for Senator Wellstone, his wife Sheila and daughter Marcia at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC on November 13, 2002 was a fitting and diverse tribute from their two sons, Mark and David, Senatorial colleagues, staff and friends. With each heartfelt expression, the assemblage understood what Senator Tom Daschle meant when he said "so much was lost in that crash."
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Friday, August 30, 2002
The Highway Lobby
Ever since the first public transit -- a ferryboat near Boston in 1630 -- got underway, a Broad variety of carriers have emerged -- buses, trolleybuses, vanpools, jitneys, heavy and light rail, cable cars, monorails, tramways and automated guideway transit. Rarely did these transports ever attract private investment -- that was reserved for The Car on publicly funded and maintained highways.
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Thursday, July 18, 2002
'Corporate Socialism'
The relentless expansion of corporate control over our political economy has proven nearly immune to daily reporting by the mainstream media. Corporate crime, fraud and abuse have become like the weather; everyone is talking about the storm but no one seems able to do anything about it. This is largely because expected accountability mechanisms -- including boards of directors, outside accounting and law firms, bankers and brokers, state and federal regulatory agencies and legislatures -- are inert or complicit.
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Thursday, June 27, 2002
Reclaiming Our Commons
Hundreds of billions of dollars of the nation's wealth-the people's resources-are being openly confiscated by corporate interests.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Whirlwind Wheelchair International
Corporate scandals, the threat of war in the Middle East and a sagging stock market are squeezing the flow of funds from foundations and other charitable donors across the nation. As a result, many worthwhile non-profit enterprises that depend on the generosity of these donors for survival are facing perilous times.
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