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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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Oh Please God, PIease, Are You Listening Just This Once?
In an interview this week, former Vice-President Dick Cheney said November's rout of Republicans will help "clean out a lot of the old underbrush – that's probably me, this time around." Oh, and God? One more thing? How's about some long prison time, too?
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Money Talks, And Sometimes Bites, A Little
Despite or perhaps because of his billions, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is still trying to do good in creative, pragmatic ways – in this case, to halt the spread of malaria in Third World countries. At a posh California technology conference yesterday, Gates unleashed a jarful of mosquitoes to...
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A Small, Good Thing, With Apologies to Raymond Carver
A modest but important note to the refreshingly frank assessment by President Obama in the Tom Daschle fiasco that, "I screwed up." Obama didn't say, "Mistakes were made," the favorite dodge of errant leaders who hope the passive verb somehow thrusts the burden of the crime to an amorphous, distant...
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Not Change: Is Obama's Rightwing Pick for Commerce Secretary Corrupt Too?
From Mark Nickolas' excellent blog : Yesterday, President Obama nominated Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) as his Commerce secretary. Many Democrats and some Republicans aren't thrilled by the pick. For Democrats, Gregg's record in the Senate shows a strong conservative philosophy that is destined to clash...
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Next Up For the Kids: Their Own Little Guantanamo Play Set. Tasers Optional.
From the Surreal Adventures in Capitalism Department comes Playmobil's Security Check Point ($62), where kids can learn about racial profiling, metal detectors, full body searches, questionable abridgements of civil rights and other pleasures of our so-called war on terror. This toy is real. The...
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Daschle Withdraws Nomination for HHS Job
AP is reporting: WASHINGTON - Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary. That's according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee. Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal "with sadness and regret." Daschle...
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Send the Negotiators, Bring the Troops Home
Given the alarming signs of escalating U.S. involvement in Afghanistan – Obama's talk of increased troops, the recent bombings of mountainous border areas of Pakistan – the possibility of a political, not military solution to Afghanistan seems to slip further and further away. Progressive Democrats...
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Reject 'Lemon Socialism': Obama Should Nationalize Bailed Out Banks
A growing chorus of economists are urging Obama to reject 'lemon socialism' - where losses are socialized; profits privatized. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman adds his voice today: “If taxpayers are footing the bill for rescuing the banks, why shouldn’t they get ownership, at least until...
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The (Changing) Color of Our Skins
Here at the dawn of the Obama era, NPR gives us an interesting look at race, which turns out to be far more mutable that many thought. An anthropologist from Penn State finds that 100 or so generations ago, "almost all of us were in a different place and we had a different color." For more, click...
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