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'Bad Analysis, Bad Policy, and Terrible Politics'
Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman, writing today on his blog The Conscience of a Liberal : AIG Preliminary thoughts on the tax bill: 1. It's not the way you should make policy - it's clumsy, and it will punish some innocent parties while letting the most guilty off scot-free 2. But - there wasn...
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An Exceptional War Action
Haaretz has posted lengthy excerpts from last month's chilling testimony from Israeli soldiers who took part in the attack on Gaza.
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Chutzpah Redux
Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse: AIG – giver of bonuses, recipient of bailouts – is suing the government – as in, us – for the return of $306 million in tax payments stemming largely from offshore tax havens. And they are likely using our money to do it. If you can stand it, read...
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UN Envoy: Gaza Op Seems to be War Crime of Greatest Magnitude
Haaretz is reporting that Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said Israel's offensive against Hamas in densely populated Gaza appeared to constitute a war crime of the "greatest magnitude."
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Peace Grannies Arrested in Times Square Wednesday, March 18th
Relax, everyone! The New York City police are really on the job these days. With rapists, murderers, bank robbers and dope peddlers, not to mention corporate thieves, rampant throughout the City, they made a significant dent in the crime statistics yesterday, March 18, when they arrested seven...
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The Bailout Gift That Just Keeps On Giving
It turns out that 13 of the companies getting a gazillion dollars in bailout funds – $300 billion, actually – owe back taxes of over $220 million, a pesky detail they overlooked when asking us for all that money. Rep. John Lewis, chair of a House subcommiittee allegedly overseeing the bailout,...
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The Numbers
Six years after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, the numbers tell a horrific story. They are compiled from iraqbodycount.org, antiwar.com , justforeignpolicy.org , usliberals.about.com, and michaelmoore.com . Americans killed: 4,259. Americans wounded: officially, 31,089 (excludes psychological injury);...
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Uh, No, You Don't. Better Keep Working On It.
Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on swank new offices for CEO Vikram Pandit and his colleagues – this, after getting $45 billion in 3 count 'em three federal bailouts. Citigroup says the construction is part of a global space-saving effort. Pandit's the guy who reluctantly cancelled...
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We're Not Surprised, Except By That Steep Hike in the Price of Flashlights
A former aide in the Bush Administration has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing almost $600,000 from a Cuban nonprofit group. Felipe Sixto of Miami netted $579,274 by overcharging for flashlights and radios in a scam worthy of some companies in the news these days. Sixto kept at...
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Vital Truths on Guantanamo
A compelling piece by Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the incompetence, illegality and ultimate pointlessness – no actionable intelligence – that is Guantanamo. A true accounting of the abuses there, he says, is crucial. Wilkerson offers a litany of...
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