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The Theory of Relativity, Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Flying Coach
Today's big economic story is the testimony of eight banking honchos before the House Financial Services Committee, their first such appearance, somehow, since we the people gave them over $160 billion but forgot to ask what they planned to do with it. While the event has been rife with political...
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A Request from Michael Moore
A Request from Michael Moore Will You Help Me With My Next Film? Friends, I am in the middle of shooting my next movie and I am looking for a few brave people who work on Wall Street or in the financial industry to come forward and share with me what they know. Based on those who have already...
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Veteran Suicides: More Reasons Than Ever To Bring Them Home
Suicide is taking more lives of American soldiers than Al Qaeda and the Iraqi insurgency combined, says Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, who are leading a delegation to Washington this week to mobilize support for veterans' issues. They've dubbed the initiative "Storm the Hill '09."...
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Yes Pecan Goes Nougalar, With Nuts
With Ben and Jerry's creation of a "Yes Pecan!" flavor in honor of Obama, some tasty suggestions for a George W. flavor have been circulating. Among them: Grape Depression, Abu Grape, Cluster Fudge, Nut'n Accomplished, Chock 'n Awe, Guantanmallow, Impeach Cobbler, Impeachmint, Death by Chocolate.....
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The Truth and Nothing But, Which is Way Overdue.
Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy's proposal of a "truth commission" to examine the many abuses of the Bush-Cheney administration is welcome, and long overdue (though if anyone had been listening to Dennis Kucinich way back when, it wouldn't be.) Still, as John Nichols notes in his CD Views piece here...
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Give The Guy His Due, For Now
For all the alarming missteps of the first few weeks of the Obama Administration – Daschle, Geithner, Lynn, Gregg come to mind – it's nonetheless bracing to hear our President speak, and it's been a long eight years since we could say that. In his press conference last night, Obama was in equal...
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The Smallest Tent in the World (And We Thought They Were Bereft of Ideas)
Even after lo these many years of jaw-dropping, black-is-white-and-mission-is-accomplished pronouncements from tone-deaf Republicans, it's hard not to gasp a bit at assertions that their party's blind obstructionism in the face of pretty much any economic stimulus plan constitutes a moral and...
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Close It Now
Horrific stories – of hunger strikes, force feedings, beatings and deteriorating conditions – out of Guantanamo from the Guardian . They pose an urgent challenge to the new Obama administration: Now is the time for change we can believe in.
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The War Is Over, The Struggle is Won. Or Not.
These days, some of the victims of the economic meltdown are getting pretty slim press coverage: progressive grassroots organizations that depend on donations from like-minded but now increasingly broke citizens. On Friday, Michael McPhearson, executive director of Veterans for Peace, sent out an...
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ACLU: Hope is Flickering.
In a new press release titled "Obama Endorses Bush Secrecy On Torture And Rendition" the ACLU lambastes Obama: "Hope is flickering. The Obama administration’s position is not change. It is more of the same." Obama Endorses Bush Secrecy On Torture And Rendition NEW YORK - February 5 - After the...
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