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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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In Gaza, The Living Dead
Lest we forget, Palestinians in Gaza continue to suffer the effects of the Israeli attacks – not just shortages of jobs and food, but hope, equally essential. Having seen children die in front of them, some young men have become recruits for martyrdom; says one, "I would rather be killed defending...
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We're Not Sure Why, But England Wants Us Back
Her timing seems a bit off, but in a widely circulated message Queen Elizabeth II has apparently revoked American independence "in light of your...failure to financially manage yourselves" and our tacky habit in recent years of "electing incompetent Presidents" that proves Americans "not...able to...
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Sooner Rather Than Later
Iraqi response to the Obama plan to "end" American involvement there but leave what would essentially be an occupation force of 50,000 was apparently, understandably mixed. In Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, Sunni government worker Hazim Ali Hamid questioned Obama's praise of US military forces...
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Do Something Useful Today: Send Karl Rove to Jail
CREDO Action is circulating a petition urging A.G. Eric Holder and the Obama administration to compel Karl Rove to testify before the House Judiciary Committee – which despite subpoenas he has refused to do – about his activities in the Bush White House. To get at the truth or make him pay the...
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Uh, Thanks: Too Big to Fail, But Now That It Has It's Ours
In what analysts are calling a bold move to save one of the country's biggest, floundering banks, the Treasury Department is upping its stake in Citigroup from 8 to 36 percent. That means taxpayers, who have given them $45 billion in bailout money, will now be Citigroup's largest shareholder. And...
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The Cost of War, Made Plain
In a reversal of a policy that for too long hid the true cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon will lift its ban on media coverage of the coffins of America’s war dead returning to the U.S., with final say on the issue left to soldiers' families. This is good, if hard news. Too...
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The World Has High Hopes...
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With Winners Like These, Who Needs Losers?
Republicans firing up for new electoral triumphs at a Conservative Political Action Conference starting today have assembled an impressive roster of speakers. They include Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, former U.N. Ambassador John "There is no such thing as the...
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