All Views Articles for 2008-archive-2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008
Chris Hayes
Return of the Swift Boaters
More than three years after John Kerry's bitter defeat, at the dawn of what looks like a far more promising campaign cycle for the Democrats, the party is still haunted by the specter of the Swift...
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Johann Hari
The American Right Is Dazed and Confused
Tonight, the caucus-goers of Iowa will trudge through the snow and drizzle and gently, calmly tear the Republican Party into a dozen different shreds. The Republicans will vote for men with wildly...
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Derek Wall
Run, Cynthia, Run
Well, should progressives back the candidate who would be the first woman president or the first black president? Being greedy, I am going for both. Yes, former Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney has...
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Conor Clarke
I Hate Iowa
The first contest in the US presidential primaries is a perversion of democracy that does not deserve to be taken seriously
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John McCain and Henry Kissinger
Only the surreal strategists who manage John McCain's presidential campaign would divine to top an endorsement by Sen. Joe "nothing but good news from Iraq" Lieberman with one that will give thinking...
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John Nichols
Most Candidates Wrong on Death Penalty
The death penalty is a ridiculously ineffective and even more ridiculously expensive tool for fighting crime. It is a permanent punishment, yet it is applied unevenly and unreliably. It is...
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Rosa Brooks
A Dynasty Isn't a Democracy
Another Bhutto for Pakistan doesn't bode well for democracy; would another Clinton for the U.S.?
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Robert C. Koehler
Many U.S. media outlets were quick to give us a primer on Islamic terrorism in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination last week, even though actual evidence points the finger far more at our ally...
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Mark Weisbrot
A Lesson From the Last, and Next, Recession
In the baseball-and-sex classic " Bull Durham " Susan Sarandon accidentally calls out the wrong name in the heat of passion and makes a remarkably quick recovery. She asks her partner which he would...
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Norman Solomon,
Edwards Reconsidered
There have been good reasons not to support John Edwards for president. For years, his foreign-policy outlook has been a hodgepodge of insights and dangerous conventional wisdom; his health-care...
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
David Bromwich
Maxims of Peace and War
"The thing we ask ourselves these days is, 'What will the Americans do next?'" This was said in 2004 by a London editor of wide experience; how strange for an American to hear! For, though gently...
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Amy Goodman
Musharraf Still Stands
Benazir Bhutto and her supporters who died with her during the suicide attack Dec. 27 are the latest victims of decades of dangerous U.S. support for Pakistan's military regime. The country's...
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Robert Scheer
What 'Good Time Charlie' Brought
In the film "Charlie Wilson's War," the nitwit and deeply corrupt congressman elevated to heroic status through Tom Hanks' ever-charming performance has a meeting with Pakistan's then-dictator Zia ul...
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Jared Diamond
What's Your Consumption Factor?
To mathematicians, 32 is an interesting number: it's 2 raised to the fifth power, 2 times 2 times 2 times 2 times 2. To economists, 32 is even more special, because it measures the difference in...
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Dean Baker
The Cost of Living: Healthcare costs are about to skyrocket for US senior citizens
Thanks to a payment plan designed to profit insurance and pharmaceutical companies
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Arthur Donner and Doug Peters
Welcome to Third World, USA
"What we're seeing (in the U.S.) isn't the rise of a fairly broad class of knowledge workers. Instead, we're seeing the rise of a narrow oligarchy: Income and wealth are becoming increasingly...
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John Atcheson
William Kristol and the NYT: Symptom of a Greater Malady
The decision by the New York Times to put William Kristol on their op-ed page exposes all that is wrong with the Mainstream Media. Kristol's introduction into the MSM is what phlegm is to the flu- a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Journey to the Dark Side
The Bush Legacy (Take One)
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Tom Hayden
Edwards First Major Candidate Calling for All Troops Out, Breaks with Establishment Consensus on Iraq
One day before the Iowa caucuses, John Edwards has become the first major presidential candidate to favor withdrawing all American troops, including advisers, from Iraq, doing so in response to...
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Ashley Casale
Our Spring Break Will End the War!
I was sitting in a small café this summer in the tiny corn-town of Ashland, Nebraska. I had walked there from San Francisco on a student-organized March for Peace that was D.C.-bound. A native of...
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Ira Chernus
Re-Create '68?
The coming of 2008 has triggered a spate of articles about how we were 40 years ago, in 1968. 40 seems to be a magic number, packing some powerful symbolism. Maybe it goes back to the Bible. Have we...
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Debi Smith
Teatime with Gods, Goddesses, Angels, and Demons
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Glenn Greenwald
9/11 Commission: Our Investigation Was 'Obstructed'
The bi-partisan co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, jointly published an Op-Ed in today's New York Times which contains some extremely emphatic and serious accusations...
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Michael Moore
Who Do We Vote For This Time Around?
Friends, A new year has begun. And before we've had a chance to break our New Year's resolutions, we find ourselves with a little more than 24 hours before the good people of Iowa tell us whom they...
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Matthew Yglesias
The Year When Nothing Happened
For liberals in the US, 2007 seems destined to go down as a year of dashed hopes and frustrations. After six years in the political wilderness, including an infuriating 2005 when we were treated to...
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Matthew Rothschild
William Kristol, Coronated by the Times
Does William Kristol really need another platform? He's the co-founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, which Rupert Murdoch owns. For years, he's been all over the airwaves, first on ABC's Sunday...
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Peter Rothberg
Don't Forget Iraq
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John Nichols
The Most Valuable Progressives
Let down by a dangerous Republican White House, a compromising Democratic Congress and a distracting and dysfunctional mainstream media, progressives persevered in 2007, laying the groundwork for...
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Cindy Sheehan
The White Rose and the Rose Parade
Since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way ... The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these...
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Robert Weissman
Victories in 2007
It's easy enough to recount what went wrong in 2007. But it wasn't all bad. Not only did grassroots movements and citizen campaigns -- and sometimes governments responsive to public demands -- defeat...
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