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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Naomi Jaffe
The Wicked Witch Is Dead. Why Aren't We Dancing in the Streets?
Okay, capitalism isn't dead yet. And the house is falling on us too. But let's allow ourselves one little moment of glee at the expense of the system that's been choking the world to death for 500...
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Sean Gonsalves
Asking 'Surge'-ical Questions
You can't see it with the naked eye but orbiting 516 miles above the Earth's surface is Satellite F16. It's part of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), Operational Linescan System...
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Ralph Nader
Congressional Backbone Needed
Congress needs to show some backbone before the federal government pours more money on the financial bonfire started by the arsonists on Wall Street. 1. Congress should hold a series of hearings and...
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Harvey Wasserman
Jackson Browne Nails Nuke Power on Colbert
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne nailed the nuclear power industry on the Colbert Show. Browne is in New York touring for his new album "Time the Conqueror." He is also suing the John McCain campaign...
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Norman Solomon
Finally, the Story of the Whistleblower Who Tried to Prevent the Iraq War
Of course Katharine Gun was free to have a conscience, as long as it didn't interfere with her work at a British intelligence agency. To the authorities, practically speaking, a conscience was apt to...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Stephen Zunes
Biden's Foreign Policy 'Experience'
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's choice of Joseph Biden as his running mate has drawn sharp criticism from many Democrats as a result of the Delaware senator's support for the U.S...
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Diane Farsetta
Stealth Marketers Gone Wild: Will The FCC Act?
One of my favorite critiques of our ad-saturated modern world is in "Infinite Jest," the epic novel by recently-departed author and essayist David Foster Wallace. In the novel's not-too-distant...
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John Stauber
Winter Soldier: Eye Witness Accounts of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Two years ago, public revulsion against the Bush Administration 's unnecessary and disastrous attack and occupation of Iraq resulted in the Democratic Party taking control of the
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Mark Morford
700 Billion Fluffy Nothings
Staggering bailouts? Body counts? Global warming stats? They're just numbers, silly
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Christopher Cooper
That Sucks You Into Feelin' Like This
Remember the Communists? The Red Menace? You young people won't of course, because as I sit here Monday night writing this sorrowful recitation Public Television is furnishing me with a gleaming,...
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Michael Tomasky
The Biggest Story of the Campaign
Mark this day down. Today - last night, actually - the New York Times and Roll Call reported (it's hard to see who was first) what may be the biggest political story of the campaign. How big? John...
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Karyn Strickler
The $700,000,000,000 Power Punch: Socializing Debt, Privatizing Profits and Power
"Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency." --...
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Frances Chapman
Perfume, Tulips, and Carbon Trading?
I am a very reluctant socialist. My entrepreneurial streak is as persistent as it is impractical. Poor J, the fashion designer, listened as I tried to get her interested in my idea for a line of...
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Willie Nelson
It's About America
Originally published September 6, 2003 They say timing is everything. This speech made to the National Farmers Union 81st convention on March 1, 1983. Could have been this morning. It's time for the...
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William Greider
Goldman Sachs Socialism
Wall Street put a gun to the head of the politicians and said, Give us the money--right now--or take the blame for whatever follows. The audacity of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's bailout...
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Robert Weissman
The Financial Crisis: How and Why Congress Should Play for Time
Here's the situation: Thanks to its own inability to control itself, Wall Street is now facing a crisis unmatched since the Great Depression. Unfortunately, a collapse of the financial sector would...
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Andrew Greeley
McCain Doesn't Grasp Cause of Finance Crisis
There are a lot of ironies in the fire as a Republican administration, the most conservative since Herbert Hoover, strives to invest $700 billion to create a socialist financial system. The current...
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Robert Scheer
A Fox to Protect the Henhouse?
Does it really matter which party is in charge when it comes to bailing out the Wall Street hustlers whose shenanigans have bankrupted so many ordinary folks? Not if the Democrats roll over and cede...
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Pat LaMarche
Borrowing From Your Grandkids
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. American, you now own a few investment firms, banking and lending institutions, and a really big insurance company. What a bargain! You practically stole them. You always...
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Rhetoricians for Peace
Can Obama Prevent an October Surprise Attack on Iran?
"Naturally, the common people do not want war . . . but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Las Vegas Sun Editorial
Protect the Public’s Health
Environmental Protection Agency won’t regulate hazardous perchlorate in drinking water
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Tim Karr
Why DC Lobbyists Fear 'White Spaces'
What if I told you we could use empty TV channels to connect millions of people to the Internet? The technology exists to do just that. But a powerful corporate lobby is standing in the way with a...
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Tariq Ali
Casualties of Another War
The Marriott bombing is terrible revenge for the Afghan campaign that has gone so badly wrong
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Electronics Dumping Ground
It is easy to dump on China's tainted milk, toxic toys, and poison pet food, ignoring how the United States makes China its personal PC dump.
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Thomas Schaller
Saving the Wealthy With Socialism, Conservative-Style
Like it or not, we're all socialists now. You can thank those free-market conservatives and their deregulatory idol, George W. Bush, for that. Conservatives love to wield the word socialism like some...
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Alan Nasser
A US-NATO War In Pakistan? – An Anatomy of the Current Crisis
On Saturday evening, the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, one of the city's two most luxurious hotels, located near the presidential office, the parliament building, and a host of foreign...
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Peter Dreier
GOP: Lose Your Home, Lose Your Vote
Senator John McCain was a foot soldier in the deregulation revolution, which triggered the current banking crisis and the wave of foreclosures. In Michigan, his party wants to deny the right to vote...
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Sarah Anderson, Sam Pizzigati
The Bailout and CEO Pay: What's 'Excessive'?
Everyone knew this bailout was going to be big. Now the bailout has become even bigger. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is not just talking about bailing out mortgage lenders and traders any more...
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Devinder Sharma
Global Priorities: Feeding Markets, Starving the Hungry
The one trillion dollar bailout package that President Bush is promising could have wiped out the last traces of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and squalor from the face of the Earth - if only our global leadership prioritised the poor with the same level of urgency as the financial crisis, writes...
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Naomi Klein
Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock Doctrine
I wrote The Shock Doctrine in the hopes that it would make us all better prepared for the next big shock. Well, that shock has certainly arrived, along with gloves-off attempts to use it to push...
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Nomi Prins
Bailout Plan Won't Be End of Wall Street Bailouts
Sunday night meetings in Washington produce startling announcements: In March, there was the Fed's $30- billion backing of Bear Stearns' bad assets, as it was given to JPMorgan Chase; last week we...
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Norman Solomon
Too Big to Fail and Too Small to Matter
These times provide a crash course on the corporate state: If a company like AIG is too big to fail, the government will rescue it. Mere people -- too small to matter -- are expendable. The insurance...
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Frances Moore Lappé
Our Next President Could Learn a Lot From Willie Nelson
What a weekend to be hanging with the guys from Farm Aid : historic financial meltdown, plus, breaking news -- ignored by virtually all big media -- that by the beginning of this year the food price...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Death of a Myth?
First, the U.S. Treasury nationalized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which hold over $5 trillion in combined assets and guarantees most of the mortgages in the country -- an implicit acknowledgement by...
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Bernd Debusmann
Socialism US-Style and Ronald Reagan
"Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem...It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment." That statement, in Ronald Reagan's...
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Glenn Greenwald
Growing Right-Wing Opposition to the Paulson Plan
On Saturday morning, I noted -- quoting Atrios -- the almost complete lack of debate over the ever-changing dictates issued by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. Last week, whatever Paulson said on any...
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Stan Cox
Keep Germ Lab Quarantined
Scientists, farmers and government officials for 80 years have kept the U.S. mainland free of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease -- a horrific, highly contagious killer of cloven-footed...
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Ted Morgan
Sarah Palin and the Politics of Distraction
There are signs that the media's Palin-mania is beginning to subside a little, opening up greater room for public scrutiny of the candidate's stunning lack of qualification for national office...
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Harvey Wasserman
A Towering (but Temporary) Solartopian Victory Against Nuke Power
The grassroots green energy movement has won a huge -- but temporary -- victory over the nuke power industry. The triumph comes at the federal level, while state-wide ratepayers are still being...
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Richard W. Behan
The $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout: One More Weapon of Mass Deception
Not since the Bush Administration's lies about Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction" have the American people been so despicably misled. The Bush Administration's proposal to buy, with taxpayers'...
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Chris Hedges
Fleecing What’s Left of the Treasury
The lobbyists and corporate lawyers, the heads of financial firms and the crooks who control Wall Street, all those who spent the last three decades assuring us that government was part of the...
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Rick Wartzman
The Ghosts of Tom Joad
After storms ravaged Iowa last summer, devastation wasn't the only thing that people found amid the flood waters. Scores of out-of-work electricians from Michigan, hard hit by auto industry cutbacks...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
Do Yourself a Favor -- Read a Book
Of course, we all have questions for Sarah Palin: Does she actually think living across the Bering Strait from Russia constitutes foreign policy expertise? Does she really take the parable of Adam...
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Frida Berrigan
No Recession for Arms Sales
The CEO of a weapons manufacturer has plenty of chances to rub elbows with deputy secretaries of defense, officials from Homeland Security, retired military personnel, and the best and brightest of...
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Chip Ward
The Evolution of John McCain: Why He Picked Sarah Palin, Carbon Queen
Despite the media feeding frenzy, we still may be asking ourselves, "Just who exactly is Sarah Palin?" Mixed in with the Davy-Crockett-meets-SuperMom vignettes -- all those moose hunting, ice fishing...
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Danny Schechter
Our Financial 9/11: Can They Save the System?
The Bush Administration’s Rescue Plan Is Not Likely to Work
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Robert Shetterly
Unalienable, Unavoidable, Ozymandias
Look on my works, ye mighty, and Despair! -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias I've been thinking about the philosophical premise of "unalienable rights" from our Declaration of Independence and how...
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Rev. John Dear
Nonviolence in Iraq
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Susan Van Haitsma
Peace is not the Absence of Conflict; It's a Way Through It
September 21 is International Day of Peace, a day established by the General Assembly of the United Nations for "commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and...
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Eric Margolis
US Empire: An Orgy of Debt
NEW YORK -- The financial panic sweeping the globe is maddeningly complex, but the cause of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s Great Depression is clear. America has reveled for two decades...
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Joan Vennochi
Hanging the Little Guy Out to Dry
WHEN YOU are too big to fail, you are bailed out. When you are too small to save, you are down and out on the street. Some aspects of the Wall Street crisis are tough to understand. But one economic...
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Paul Krugman
No Deal
I hate to say this, but looking at the plan as leaked , I have to say no deal. Not unless Treasury explains, very clearly, why this is supposed to work, other than through having taxpayers pay...
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Senator Bernie Sanders
The Middle Class Must Not Be Forced to Bail Out Wall Street Greed
For years, as a member of the House Banking Committee and now as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I have heard the Bush Administration tell us how "robust" our economy was and how strong the...
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Larisa Alexandrovna
Welcome to the Final Stages of the Coup...
If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. - Julius Caesar
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Glenn Greenwald
The Complete (Though Ever-Changing) Elite Consensus Over the Financial Collapse
John Diamond, USA Today, February 4, 2004 -- "A desert mirage: How U.S. misjudged Iraq's arsenal" :
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Derrick Z. Jackson
On Climate, Who Will Lead by Example?
ANOTHER SOBER warning that we are mice preparing for our own drowning is on my desk. The more I read it, the more I laughed as to what politician would dare pay attention. We might be the mice of...
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Robert Fisk
Why Does the US Think It Can Win in Afghanistan?
Poor old Algerians. They are being served the same old pap from their cruel government. In 1997, the Pouvoir announced a "final victory" over their vicious Islamist enemies. On at least three...
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Naomi Klein
Free Market Ideology is Far from Finished
But with Wall Street rescued by government intervention, there's never been a better time to argue for collectivist solutions
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Alice Walker
What Our Country Desperately Needs is a Leader Who Loves Us
Americans have been treated with contempt for so long that we have become inured to our own society's suffering
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Christopher Brauchli
Two Cowboys: Vladimir & George W
Thy spirit, Independence, let me share; Lord of the lion heart and eagle eye, Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare, Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky. --Tobias George Smallett, Ode to...
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Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Moguls Steal Home While Companies Strike Out
From our offices in Manhattan, we look out on the tall, gleaming skyscrapers that are cathedrals of wealth and power -- the Olympus ruled by the gods of finance, the temples of the mighty, the holy...
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David Corn
Is McCain More the Populist than Obama?
Is John McCain out-populisting Barack Obama? On Friday morning, McCain, at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, delivered a speech on the financial crisis. He tore into Wall Street and Washington,...
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Manuel Pérez Rocha
A Violent Mexican “Independence” Day
Throughout Mexican modern history, millions have gathered in the country's central squares every year on the eve of our Independence Day, September 16, to give out the traditional "shout" of...
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Friday, September 19, 2008
William Pfaff
Reality Catches Up to the Free Market
Karl Marx, were he still about, would surely be interested in the report that unregulated free-market capitalism has died in a flash, by its own hand; whereas it took 70 years and a Cold War to bring...
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Helen Thomas
Palin + McCain Equals More Bush
WASHINGTON -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has awesome self-confidence. Chosen by fellow Republicans to be Sen. John McCain's running mate, she told an interviewer: "I'm ready." That confidence reflects...
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David C. Fathi
Executing the Innocent?
At 7 p.m. on September 23, the state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Anthony Davis. That by itself is unremarkable; Georgia has carried out 42 executions since 1983, including two since May of this...
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John W. Dean
Vice President Dick Cheney's Incredible and Deadly Lie
By Deceiving a Congressional Leader, Cheney Sent Us to War on False Pretenses and Violated the Separation of Powers - as Well as the Criminal Law
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Dave Lindorff
Hang Onto Your Wallet! The Government Is About to Rescue Us
When the financial markets started coming undone earlier this week, the Treasury Secretary and the Federal Reserve stepped in, and with $85 billion of our money (actually our children's money, since...
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Chuck Collins
Tax the Speculators
A Fair Plan to Pay for Economic Recovery
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J.C. Lore III
US Should Revisit Life Terms for Juveniles
The United States leads the world - by far - in sentencing children to die in prisons. It's the only country in the world where children are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole,...
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Dean Baker
The Financial Meltdown Continues
Virtually the only certainty in the current financial situation is that there will be more problems ahead. Those who controlled the levers of economic and financial policy neglected their greatest...
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Lawrence R. Velvel
A Crisis of American Capitalism
You don't have to be a socialist (and I certainly am not) to understand that this capitalistic country is confronting a crisis of capitalism. This is not merely a matter of the huge losses and...
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William Greider
The Scent of Fear
AIG's Rotten Paper Could Bring the House Down
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Jason Flores-Williams
Screw Wall Street
I must admit, watching the Dow tank 500 points on Monday felt something like fun. All those dazed and confused investment bankers walking out of the Lehman Brothers offices with plants in their hands...
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Steve Fraser
Wall Street and Washington: How the Rules of the Game Have Changed
What is Washington to do as the financial system collapses? Clearly, stark differences in approach as well as in public policy have already emerged. Bail-out Bear Stearns and pump up the brokerage...
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Amy Goodman
Wall Street Socialists
The financial crisis gripping the U.S. has the largest banks and insurance companies begging for massive government bailouts. The banking, investment, finance and insurance industries, long the foes...
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Steve Almond
Supporting Our Troops
Perhaps the most insidious byproduct of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a reflexive sanctification of the military. To put this in bumper stickerese: Support the Troops. Well, I have an ugly...
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Robert C. Koehler
Goo-Goo America
Say you've got a global agenda that's far too important to leave to chance -- wars to fight, quagmires to feed, interests to protect, secrets to hide. Staying in power is crucial.
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Harvey Wasserman
The Senate's 'Drill Drill Drill' Bill Hides Nuke Power Mega-Theft
The McCain/Palin push for endless oil drilling is being used as a smokescreen to gouge a half-trillion or more taxpayer dollars in subsidies and loan guarantees to build new atomic reactors. The mega...
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Tim Enstice
Does Your Child's School Get an A+ in Lunch?
When I was in school, lessons were done with a No. 2 pencil and a composition notebook. The "three R's" were reading, writing and 'rithmetic, and mystery meat was the main option in the school...
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Sally Kohn
Exploiting Poverty Caused the Financial Crisis
Sure, the CEOs and hedge fund managers were greedy. There's no question that wealth and the pursuit thereof led to the sub-prime fiasco and the decline of Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch and more...
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Kathleen C. Barry
Using Pseudo-science at HHS
I thought the battle for women's rights had largely been won but the extremists are coming out of the closet with their real agenda, the assault on birth control. This fringe has won converts for its...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Joyce Marcel
Lipstick on Which Pig?
DUMMERSTON, Vt. - This is for all of you who are truly frightened by Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin: give it a rest.
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David Corn, Jonathan Stein, and Nick Baumann
McCain Attacks Wall Street Greed—While 83 Wall Street Lobbyists Work for His Campaign
In the past few days, as the economic crisis has deepened, Senator John McCain has been decrying the excesses of Wall Street. At a campaign rally in Tampa on Tuesday, he vowed that he and Alaska...
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Bruce Dixon
FCC Spreads Digital Disinformation on TV Transition
Thanks to corporate media's longstanding refusal to report on itself, along with a multimillion dollar campaign of public disinformation paid for by the FCC on behalf of commercial broadcasters, high...
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Paul Campos
Whose Tax Plan Is Really Best?
In what may end up being a particularly unfortunate example of poor timing, Donald Luskin, an economic adviser to John McCain, wrote an article in Monday's Washington Post arguing that, as his...
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John R. MacArthur
Palin Using Her Child as Political Prop
Sarah Palin never had much hope of getting my vote, but when she told the Republican convention that special-needs children would have "a friend and advocate in the White House" in a McCain...
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Tariq Ali
The American War Moves to Pakistan
Bush's War Widens Dangerously
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Why Hurricane Ike Demands Paper Ballots on November 4
Hurricane Ike has made it clear that paper ballots must be made available for all voters in Ohio and throughout the nation on November 4. Ike has blown all the way up into the Great Lakes region with...
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Robert Scheer
Earth to McCain: It’s a Crisis
Gag me with a spoon, as Valley girls used to say. Did you see that McCain-Palin ad promising "tougher rules on Wall Street to protect your life savings, no special interest giveaways"? Just how dumb...
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Nancy Hopkins
Hope for a Constitution Under Siege
Americans celebrate Constitution Day today. Although it's not an occasion marked by a day off work or self-induced food comas, it quite literally defines us as Americans. On Sept. 17, 1787, statesmen...
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Todd J. Paglia
The Sierra Forests Can Prevent Global Warming
California's Global Warming Solutions Act is a landmark attempt to cap greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the state's economy. Signed into law in September 2006, the California Air...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Amie Newman
A Culture of Violence Against Women: More Than Rape Kits
Americans have recently learned that during the 1990s, Wasilla, Alaska, then under the mayoralty of Sarah Palin, charged victims of sexual assault for the rape kits used for evidence collection...
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Dave Lindorff
Anyone Want to Buy a Private Pension Plan? Going Once…
That deafening silence you hear coming from the McCain campaign is straight-talkin' John touting his plan for privatizing Social Security...not. With Wall Street banks falling like dominoes, a...
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Peter Dreier
Obama's Youth Movement
Twenty-year-old Tobin Van Ostern finished his sophomore year last spring at George Washington University, but this fall he's enrolled in the Barack Obama campaign as a full-time organizer. The...
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Judith Siers-Poisson
The Gardasil HPV Vaccine: Not the Shot in the Arm Merck Hoped For
With the start of the school year, debate has heated up again about Gardasil, Merck's vaccine against human papillomavirus. Since writing my series of four articles on The Politics and PR of Cervical...
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Nomi Prins
A Taste of the Glass-Steagall Lash for Lehman
A reformed Wall Streeter on unreformed Washington.
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Eugene Robinson
Palin Keeps Lying, and Lying, and …
What kind of person tells a self-aggrandizing lie, gets called on it, admits publicly that the truth is not at all what she originally claimed-and then goes out and starts telling the original lie...
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John Nichols
Campaigning to Restore the Constitution
Two hundred and twenty-one years ago this week, the Constitutional Convention that had gathered in the touchstone city of Philadelphia to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more clearly...
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Margaret Krome
'Water Wars' a Bad Sign of Times
When my children come home from school, typically they put their books down and go pour a glass of fresh water out of the kitchen faucet. Increasingly, and internationally, all aspects of that image...
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