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Monday, April 6, 2009
The Fruits of Escalation
If any of us needed a portent of things to come, how chillingly apt the arrival of the first casket viewed by the public after the lifting of an 18-year media ban came from the newest war. Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va. was killed in Afghanistan and came home Sunday to Dover Air Force Base. Vice-President Joe Biden had said the coffins from both wars were being "snuck back into the country." Now that they're not, how many more will we have to see?
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Leadership Needed Now
With some Democrats caving this week to Republican and industry pressure to block climate change legislation, CREDO is urging President Obama to approve an EPA "endangerment finding" and move on his own to regulate carbon emissions. To sign their petition on global warming, go here
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Whew, Now We Feel Better About the State of the World
It's always reassuring to hear that Congresswoman Michelle "I'm Not Crazy – Really" Bachmann is on the job. Working overtime to foil a non-existent plot, the Minnesota Republican has drummed up 34 co-sponsors for her effort to amend the Constitution to forbid replacing the dollar as America's currency. Guess how many of the 34 are Republican? To find out go here
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Hedging Bets
White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers made over $5 million as director of a hedge fund and almost $3 million in speaking fees from banks and Wall Street firms last year, according to disclosure forms released Friday.
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Friday, April 3, 2009
Caterpillar Redux
Angry French workers at a Caterpillar plant released four managers they had held hostage for 24 hours after President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened and the company agreed to reopen negotiations on planned layoffs. The union workers, who barricaded the executives in their office after talks broke down, brought food in but subjected the bosses to – mon Dieu! – revolutionary rock music.
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Investigating Gaza
The UN has appointed Richard Goldstone, a South African judge and former war crimes prosecutor, to lead an investigation into alleged violations of international law in Gaza during Israel's assault. "It's in the interest of the victims," he said. "It brings acknowledgment of what happened to them. "
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The Next Campaign?
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Justice in Iowa
Iowa has become the third state nationwide – and the first in the Midwest – to make gay marriage legal after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. "Iowa is about justice, and that's what happened here today," said Laura Fefchak, hosting a verdict party.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
These People are Insane
Republican Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, speaking on Fox News, says accepting $700 million in much-needed stimulus funds to go primarily to education would constitute "fiscal child abuse."
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Human Beings, After All
Speaking at a Latin American and Arab summit before going to Iran, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blasted ongoing "terrorism by the U.S. empire" and said his country would be happy to accept former detainees from Guantanamo: "We wouldn't have any problem in taking in human beings."
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