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Ideological Exclusion
The ACLU went to court today on behalf of Tariq Ramadan, a leading Muslim scholar denied entry to the U.S., like scores of other writers, artists and activists, for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy under a Bush-era practice of "ideological exclusion." Barring people on the basis of their ideas...
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Entirely Too Busy Actually Doing Something Here
A novel criticism from Republicans: The Obama administration is working way too hard coming up with plans to solve our economic problems, says Don Stewart, spokesperson for GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. Conversely, he says Democrats are not worrying enough about...umm, we're not sure what. “We...
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The Blame Game
A recent poll by mainstream media indicates the historic disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country is alive and well, and working in the Obama administration's favor. Despite all the pundit-level criticisms levelled at Timothy Geithner's handling of AIG bonuses and other issues, the...
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You're Not Alone There
In the irony-lives-on department, after eight years of never being around when you wanted him – to bring criminal proceedings – the once-uber-secretive Dick Cheney has appeared in several glowering interviews to tell us we are less safe under the Obama administration. His criticisms have gotten a...
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Financial Media Matters
Not a moment too soon, media watchdog Media Matters today launched Financial Media Matters ( www.FinancialMediaMatters.org ). The new site is dedicated to holding accountable those news outlets – CNBC, Fox, the Wall Street Journal and others – who report on financial and economic matters.
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Parents Seek Justice
The parents of U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson, critically injured by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, have asked Israel to take "full responsibility" for the shooting. Anderson, who was hit in the head with a high velocity teargas canister while protesting against a so-called "...
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More Remarkable Decisions by The Illustrious Captains of Industry
In a move positively Monty-Pythonesque in its enduring obliviousness, beleaguered JPMorganChase, recipient of $25 billion in bailout funds, is going ahead with plans to spend $138 million to buy two new luxury jets and build "the premiere corporate aircraft hangar on the eastern seaboard," complete...
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Wasteful and Ineffective
Richard Holbrooke, U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, says a $800-million-a-year U.S. anti-drug effort aimed at halting poppy cultivation has accomplished "nothing," and would be better spent supporting Afghan farmers. "It is the most wasteful and ineffective program I have seen in 40 years,"...
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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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