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Subtly, Profoundly (If Way Late), America Grows Up
Today in CD Views, a great, thoughtful piece by David Michael Green about the amorphous but welcome change the Obama presidency brings to the level of our national political discourse. "Whatever one feels about Barack Obama's policies, watching his thoughtful, respectful and intelligent approach to...
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Republicans Oppose Truth! Read All About It!
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has become the third Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to come out against the creation of a so-called "truth commission" to investigate misdeeds by the Bush administration, saying it does not represent "the American way." He called the idea an effort at "...
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On Demolishing Homes and Drifting Right
Visiting the Middle East this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the evidently unwarranted Israeli demolition of 55 Palestinian apartments in Jerusalem "unhelpful." This is a start, though given everything else of an unhelpful nature unfolding in the Middle East these days, it's a damn...
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Artists Are Workers Who Need to Eat Too
With the National Endowment for the Arts battling even more than usual for its humble slice of the economic pie, NPR had a nice piece this morning on a new show at the Smithsonian – "1934: A New Deal For Artists" – about the first, controversial time artists got help from the government because, as...
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No One Above The Law, Or At Least Not As Many
After endless stonewalling and subpoena-ignoring, it seems that Karl Rove and Harriet Miers will finally testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys for political reasons. Rove, who has long cited his immunity for any of a multitude of crimes, will tell his...
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Buying Spin, or Why We Feel Much Better Now About Giving Them All That Money
Seems American International Group, having gotten more than $150 billion in bailout money from taxpayers, is paying four – count 'em 4! – p.r. firms to make sure we don't start getting irked, and maybe decide not to give them any more. Company officials are apparently staying mum on the details of...
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Greening the World, Including the Ghetto
In the wake of last weekend's Powershift conference on climate change, it's instructive to read the New Yorker profile of Van Jones, innovative founder and president of Green For All. Jones was one of the first people to come up with the eminently sensible idea of solving two huge problems – urban...
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Time Passes, Change Happens, Sometimes When We're Not Looking
For those of us who remember when women in power were nigh on unimaginable – Geraldine Ferraro, anyone? – it can be startling to realize how much, in fact, has changed. Stumbling on an NPR newscast in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined her hopes for Mideast peace – the issue is "part...
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Help Afghan Refugees Now
Thousands of refugees in Afghanistan, most notably children, are suffering through a winter where temperatures dip to 10 below. They need shelter, blankets, warm clothing, and clean water. All things considered, we should help. To donate go here
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Of Pricey Bandaids, Toxic Assets, And Hence The Need to Nationalize
American International Group, once the world's largest insurer, was deemed too big to fail, but it is anyway, and we the taxpayers are apparently rescuing it for the fourth time to the total whopping tune of $150 billion. AIG is set to get another $30 billion in federal funds, even though it is...
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