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So Many Miscreants, So Little Time
With GM chairman Rick Wagoner booted from power and the wave of populist rage still rising, the Service Employees International Union, SEIU, has helpfully suggested the next deserving candidate for swift justice – Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis. Why should he be fired? Let us count the ways. There...
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Legalizing Rape
In a move evidently aimed at appeasing Islamic fundamentalists, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has signed a bill restricting women's personal rights that critics charge amounts to "legalizing rape." Among other things, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married...
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Help Ban the Use of Cluster Bombs
Today is the national call-in day (1-800-590-6313) for the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, S. 416, which would help prevent the use of cluster bombs. Our friends at the US Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs remind us that though the U.S. has banned the export of U.S.-made...
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Busy As Bees
With billions in bailout and stimulus funds hovering enticingly on the horizon, lobbyists for everything from cement to wind energy to pharmaceuticals are raking it in. Even Glenpool, Okla., population 10,000, has hired a consultant to be their "eyes and ears in Washington." With all that influence...
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busy as bees, for better or worse
The $787 billion stimulus package -- along with an ambitious new federal budget, bank bailouts and the beginning of a regulatory overhaul -- has succeeded in stimulating the economy along Washington's avenue of influence. In the months since the November election, more than 2,000 cities, companies...
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Tell Her The Truth
In a thoughtul, pain-filled piece, playwright Tony Kushner and writer Alisa Solomon explore the exercise in truth-telling that is "Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza," a controversial new play by Caryl Churchill about the Israeli attacks in Gaza. Like many American Jews appalled by Israel's...
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Holbrooke on Afghanistan
In an informal session with reporters following the Obama announcement on Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, offers a candid look at the need for "a complete rethink" on anti-drug efforts there and the widespread problem of corruption. "We view it as a...
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The Truth Be Told
A former State Department lawyer has admitted that "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the U.S. constituted torture. Vijay Padmanabhan, former chief counsel on Guantanamo litigation, said President Bush panicked following 9/11. "Guantanamo was one of the worst overreactions of the Bush...
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Troops In Afghanistan
With today's announcement of more U.S. forces headed to Afghanistan, get an interactive look at specific areas where troops are now stationed here
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Whoah: We Totally Agree, Though We Might Need To Clarify Some of Your Terms
We know we're ostensibly no longer red states and blue states but the United States; still, it can be tough. Reporting from "enemy lines," the inimitable Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has called for "orderly revolution" to fight off President Obama's "economic Marxism" and save "our very...
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