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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Steve Ralls
Ten Years After Matthew Shepard’s Murder, We Need to Act
It has been 10 years since openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally killed in Wyoming. On Oct. 6, 1998, he was beaten and strung up on a fence. He died six days later. Unfortunately,...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
Compassion, Certainly, but Justice, Too
The first time, Troy Davis came within 24 hours of death. The second time, he came within two. Last year, it was a Georgia clemency board that stepped in to block his execution. Last month, it was...
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Stephen Zunes
The VP Debate: Dishonest Foreign Policies
The October 3 debate between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Delaware Senator Joe Biden was disturbing for those of us hoping for a more enlightened and honest foreign policy during the next four...
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
Barbara Ehrenreich
The Communist Manifesto Turns 160
This year marks the 160th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto and capitalism--a k a "free enterprise"--seems willing to observe the occasion by dropping dead. On Monday night, some pundits were...
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Mark Engler
The Impact of the 'Battle In Seattle'
Nine years after the World Trade Organization came to Seattle, a new feature film sets out to dramatize the historic protests that the institution's meetings provoked. The issue that Battle in...
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Robert Fisk
When It Comes to Palestine and Israel, the US Simply Doesn't Get It
Biden and Palin hid like rabbits from the centre of the Middle East earthquake
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Glenn Greenwald
A Country in Shambles, Under GOP Rule
There are few things that make political coverage more unbearable -- and more distorting -- than The David Brooks Syndrome : the extremely patronizing and ill-informed pretense, shared by media and...
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Donna Smith
Trickle Down Has Finally Trickled Up
So, for those of us old enough to remember thinking that Ronald Reagan's "trickle down" economics seemed like a polite way to tell the middle class we were about to be pissed on in a big way, the...
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Friday, October 3, 2008
Dennis Kucinich
The Wall Street Bail Out Plan: We Had Alternatives
The following statement was presented on the floor of The House of Representatives after Congressman Kucinich voted against the Wall Street bail out plan, H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic...
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Dean Baker
The President Who Provoked A Panic: Statement on Congressional Approval of Bailout
This is the first time in the history of the United States that the president has sought to provoke a financial panic to get legislation through Congress. While this has proven to be a successful...
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Josh Marshall
The Growth of Talking Points Memo and Independent Media
The following is adapted from the keynote speech by Talking Points Memo blogger/publisher Josh Marshall at the inaugural symposium of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College in mid-...
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Laura Flanders
Phoney Wars and Real Ones
There's an awful lot of joking, jiving and just plain goof in this election. Sarah Palin alone has attracted an avalanche of spoof... Campaign ads on both sides are so over-the-top as to induce...
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David Sirota
Saying ‘No Deal’ to This New Deal
The marriage of American capitalism and democracy has always been a Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee affair-stormy and erratic since its hasty wedding. But during the debate over a Wall Street bailout...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Cold on Climate Warming
Did a substantive Sarah Palin show up? Darn right she did. And if you are an endangered species, look out. As Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden gave a steady performance, Palin...
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Bill C. Davis
All They Talk About Is Money
All you hear - constantly - non-stop - talk of money. Radio - news - commercials about money - about how to pay back money - how to get money - how we're losing money - how to avoid paying money -...
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Annie Shattuck, Eric Holt-Giménez
The Wall Street Mega Bailout: Bad News for the World's Hungry
Rising food prices are proving deadly for the world's poor. Reeling under a combination of speculation, high oil prices, agrofuels and a weak dollar, one in every six people on earth are going hungry...
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Teresa Van Deusen
Ike: The Silent Storm
The evacuees from Hurricane Gustav had just returned home September 5th when Hurricane Ike began to head for the Gulf of Mexico. National news covered the track of Ike through the Gulf non-stop in...
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Robert C. Koehler
The War to Promote Terror
The "necessary war" in Afghanistan, which both presidential candidates support - the one, you know, that's really about terrorists and Osama and all - raises as many troubling questions about who we...
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Ru Freeman
Drills, Shoots & Lies: The Palin Doctrine
I realize that there are conservative pundits who claim that because Sarah Palin did not faint, barf or say "I'll have to get back to ya!" that she knew what she was talking about. Fact is, she did...
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Solomon Hakim
It's the Stupidity, Stupid!
The elite, the most powerful, influential, and wealthy individuals among us, have essentially succeeded in creating the most important element in sustaining their perpetual control: eternally loyal,...
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Juan Cole
The Non-Debate
It was not a debate. Just as television in prime time has been largely emptied of drama and innovative comedy, with a few exceptions, in favor of empty-headed "reality shows," so the political...
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Haroon Siddiqui
The Wreckage of Harper-Bush Policies
Stephen Harper may not have known that his 2003 speech urging Canada to join the war on Iraq had been plagiarized from then-Aussie Prime Minister John Howard. But he did wholeheartedly agree with its...
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Helen Thomas
McCain Surely Needs Lessons in Diplomacy
John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, ridicules as naive his rival Barack Obama's promise to talk to the leaders of the nation's adversaries -- among them Iran and North Korea. So would...
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Jennifer Daskal
More Blowback From the War on Terror
The U.S.-backed Ethiopian military has secreted away scores of "suspects" -- including pregnant women and children -- and fueled anti-American rancor in Africa.
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Josh Silver
How the Media Sold Their Souls to Wall Street
If you are like me, the pundits, and 99.9% of the American public, you really don't know much about economics. And despite Monday's refreshing moment of rebellion in the Congress, in all likelihood...
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Howard Zinn
From Empire to Democracy
Let's not waste $700bn on a bail-out, but use 'big government' for what it's best at – shaping a society that is fair and peaceable
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Johann Hari
This Crisis Is Also a Big Opportunity
A 2008 New Deal could start by shutting down the world's tax havens
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Steve Fraser
The Specter of Wall Street
Wall Street's Comeback as the Place Americans Love to Hate
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Amy Goodman
Invasion of the Sea-Smurfs
A little-noticed story surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. "Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months," reported Army Times...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Donna Smith
From Coast to Coast: Health Care Not Wealth Care?
CHICAGO - Last week, I heard a lot about healthcare reform as I traveled from Washington, DC, to Boston and on to San Francisco. In just five days, I spoke to literally hundreds of people who believe...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel and Greg Kaufmann
Bailing on Poverty and Ordinary Americans
At a moment when the media is focused on the drama surrounding the failed bailout legislation, too little attention is being paid to the real struggles of ordinary people and the human costs of our...
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Robert Scheer
Boston Tea Party, 2008
How dare you throw that tea into Boston Harbor! Such is the anti-democratic arrogance of the fear-mongering pundits and politicians who tell us if we taxpayers don't instantly give the Wall Street...
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John Nichols
After Bush Abuses, We Need New Farm Policies
One of the first and most fundamental changes that must occur when a new presidential administration takes charge in Washington is the reform of the Department of Agriculture. The Cabinet-level...
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Sarah van Gelder
They Stood Up to the Banks
The American people stood up, and the bailout package went down. Like other moments in U.S. history when the robber barons or the big banks went too far, the American people reined them in this week...
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Ira Chernus
How Forgotten Iraq May Elect the Next President
Whose War Will Win the Election -- McCain's or Obama's?
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Barry Nolan
Of Lipstick, Law and Order
The Backstory In the spring of 1989, Debbie Smith was raped. While her husband was asleep upstairs, Debbie was kidnapped from her own back yard in Williamsburg, Virginia, dragged into the woods and...
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Steven Wallman
Solve the Credit Crisis With No Bailout
We're in trouble. Although markets and Wall Street institutions are melting down (with the occasional bounce back), the central issue is the real economy, that is, Main Street. With banks and others...
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Barbara Dudley
It Started With NAFTA
Have you been shaking your head over the conservative Republican-left wing Democrat alliance that defeated the Bailout Bill? Look back to 1994, when Bill Clinton rammed the NAFTA enabling legislation...
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Deborah Stone
Big Chain Pharmacy Can't Fill the Prescription
We were lucky to have a small, pharmacist-owned drug store in Newport for 10 years, until Rite Aid bought out Scarlett Drug this summer. The big chain took the pharmacist and some of his staff into...
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Ray McGovern
To Joe Biden: Time for Confession
Dear Senator Biden, I don't have to remind you of the importance of this Thursday's debate from a political perspective. But as you prepare, I invite you to spare a few minutes to look at the...
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George Lakoff
A Brief Guide to the Debates
In the first debate, Obama did what he needed to do: convince a majority that he has what it takes. But there is room for improvement.
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Debi Smith
My Lunch With Sarah
Trying to wring one last river trip out of our summer here in the region known affectionately as "The State of Jefferson," a few days ago our family decided to head south from Ashland through the...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Glenn Greenwald
The Simultaneous Rejection of the Bailout and a Corrupt Ruling Class
Retired New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston, writing at The New Republic yesterday, makes a critical point, in a piece entitled "Celebrating the Bailout Bill's Failure" : Whether you favor the...
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John Nichols
A Congress That Can Say 'No!'
Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett, one of the few members of the US House with a steady track record of keeping his head at chaotic moments, was not impressed by the fact that the Bush White House and...
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Gary Kamiya
Remember Iraq?
The drop in violence has made the war an afterthought -- and allowed McCain to claim we're "winning." Here's why we're not -- and we can't.
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George Monbiot
The Free Market Preachers Have Long Practised State Welfare for the Rich
According to Senator Jim Bunning, the proposal to purchase $700bn of dodgy debt by the US government was "financial socialism, it is un-American". The economics professor Nouriel Roubini called...
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Bill Berry
Buy Local and Help Main Street
STEVENS POINT -- On the Saturday after the big financial meltdown of September, people milled around the farmers' market on the public square here as if nothing had happened. Of course, many of them...
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Laura Flanders
Protecting The Vote: Live From Main Street Columbus
Voter registration deadlines are just over a week away in many states. Polls open in just over a month. In an election that could well be decided by new voters, voter registration efforts are in...
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William Greider
Political Turmoil as House Rejects Bailout
All of the political leaders blessed the deal, but the House of Representatives spit it out anyway. The Wall Street bailout is so odious to public opinion, the "people's house" rejected it today, 228...
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Michael Moore
Congratulations, Corporate Crime Fighters! Coup Averted for Three Days! ...From Michael Moore
Friends, Everyone said the bill would pass. The masters of the universe were already making celebratory dinner reservations at Manhattan's finest restaurants. Personal shoppers in Dallas and Atlanta...
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Rob Arnow
Barack Obama and the Framing of the Debate
In the first presidential debate of the general election, polls show that Barack Obama dominated in the discussion of economics. A USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 34% of viewers had more confidence...
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Ira Chernus
Moralism v. Pragmatism in First Debate
I sat down to watch the first presidential debate with one question in my mind: which candidate would tell the most compelling story? Four years ago, pundits Stanley Greenberg and James Carville...
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Dave Lindorff
The Power of 'No' and the Need to Keep the Pressure on Congress
Incredible! This time, when the People spoke, Congress listened. At least 228 members of the House listened. They voted early this afternoon to reject the Bush Administration's scaremongering, and...
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Stephen Zunes
Obama's Missed Opportunity
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama missed a number of key opportunities during the presidential foreign policy debate on September 26 to challenge the dangerous and reckless foreign...
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Michael Moore
The Rich Are Staging a Coup This Morning ...a Message From Michael Moore
Friends,
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Chris Hedges
Fueling the Fire of Real Change
Turn your back on Wall Street. Walk a few blocks up from the gleaming and soulless towers of disintegrating capitalism to the shabby, brick Catholic Worker house at 55 E. Third St. Sit, as I did...
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Thomas Frank
Wrecking, Wrecking, Wrecked
The great fear that hung over the business community in the 1970s was death by regulation, and the great goal of the conservative movement, as it rose to triumph in the 1980s, was to remove that...
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Gary Younge
America Has a Terrible Headache, but It Seems Like No One Wants to Cure It
For the election to make any sense in such a crisis, the assumptions of the past 30 years must be thoroughly challenged
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Johann Hari
Barack Beware... They're Out to Get You
In five weeks, I hope to look back on this column with a wry chuckle at my paranoia. If the system works, Barack Obama will take the White House. The two issues John McCain is most closely associated...
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Chalmers Johnson
We Have the Money
If Only We Didn't Waste It on the Defense Budget
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Charles Reed
Crash You Heard? Temple of Corporatism Falling
Not only has it failed - it has failed miserably. Now, as in 1929, it will take decades of high taxes and hard work just to clean up the mess it has left us with. But something good could also come...
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David Sirota
Top 5 Reasons to Vote Against Wall Street's $700 Billion Bailout
There's news this Sunday afternoon of a congressional deal to bailout Wall Street fat cats with $700 billion of taxpayer cash (you can read the draft legislation here ). Though the deal negotiated...
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Frank Rich
McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere
What we learned last week is that the man who always puts his "country first" will take the country down with him if that's what it takes to get to the White House.
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Eric Margolis
Bin Laden and Me
Freedom Fighters, Terrorists, and History
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Robert Parry
Debate Evades Dark Realities
Perhaps it's unrealistic to expect a U.S. presidential debate to deal substantively - and honestly - with wrongful actions by the American government, even at the end of George W. Bush's eight-year...
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Murray Waas
What Did Bush Tell Gonzales?
In March 2004, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales made a now-famous late-night visit to the hospital room of Attorney General John Ashcroft, seeking to get Ashcroft to sign a certification stating...
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Pierre Tristam
'Freedom Is Not Free': No More of That Fortune-Cookie Bunk
It's one of those Orwellian phrases that re-emerged out of 9/11 mania: "Freedom is not free." Would its thumpers be willing to apply the same verdict to the free market, now that capitalism is...
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John Gray
A Shattering Moment in America's Fall From Power
The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Megan Tady
Rating The Debates: America Weighs In
Remember the Democratic presidential primary debate in April, when ABC's Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos delivered a stunningly lowbrow and ludicrous set of questions to Barack Obama and...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Eric Schlosser
America Needs A New New Deal
The Bush administration has proposed the most expensive government spending plan in American history, allocating as much as $700 billion to a Wall Street bailout. The proposal was attacked by members...
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Robert Naiman
What Kissinger Said: "I Do Not Believe That We Can Make Conditions"
Jim Lehrer missed an opportunity last night to help clarify for people watching the debate what is in dispute between Democrats like Barack Obama and Republicans like John McCain about U.S. policy...
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Joseph E. Stiglitz
A Better Bailout
The champagne bottle corks were popping as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced his trillion-dollar bailout for the banks, buying up their toxic mortgages. To a skeptic, Paulson's proposal...
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Leslie Christian
Finance to Serve The Economy
How urgent is the financial situation? A Wall Street veteran says problems in finance don't mean the end of the economy.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
McCain's Fantasy League of Democracies
John McCain's strategy was transparent. Over and over again, on various foreign policy issues, he said Barack Obama did not "understand" them, was "naive" about them, or simply didn't "get it." But...
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Paul Newman
Pete Goes (Anti)Ballistic
EDITOR'S NOTE from The Nation: Paul Newman, one of the greatest actors of his generation and an ardent advocate for peace and progressive causes, died Friday at 83. A great friend and supporter of...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Obama Out-Hawks McCain
Barack Obama not only had the good judgment to oppose the war in Iraq, he argued for the need "to end the mindset that took us into" that war. So it was troubling that tonight---in the first of the...
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James Buchan
The Great Crash of 2008
The world's financial institutions are gripped by fear, yet policymakers can do nothing. They are ignorant of how banks now work and have to take poacher-turned-gamekeeper Henry Paulson at his word
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Be A Poll Worker and Save American Democracy
We are constantly being asked: "What can we do to stop the 2008 election from being stolen?" Because we broke many of the major stories surrounding the theft of the 2004 election in Ohio (and because...
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John Pilger
Truth and War MeanNothing At The Party Conferences
The media turns the other way, or perverts the truth, while an increasingly imperialist United States, with Britain in tow, pursues its expansionist interests
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Michael Winship
Wanted: Another Franklin Roosevelt
We thirst for leadership, vision, someone who can speak to us in a way that refuses to avert its eyes from the crisis but shines a light of truth upon the problem, then offers hope and possible...
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Larry Beinhart
The Trillion Dollar Wrong Thing
Reason #1 to be suspicious of the Big Big Bailout, is George Bush. This is not a Bush bash, it's actually an analysis. All major George Bush initiatives, and most of the minor ones too, have certain...
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Christopher Cooper
But You Know, She Changed The Subject Every Time Money Came Up
The metamorphosis is complete. For some time we have been able to look through the increasingly transparent walls of the dingy chrysalis, discerning within the agitated writhings of an unlovely bug...
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Danny Schechter
Are We On The Verge of The Deluge?
New Questions as the Bailout Sparks A War
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McCain Has a Meltdown of His Own
John McCain is rapidly making his temperament an inescapable issue in the presidential campaign. Does the nation really want so much drama in the White House? McCain's performance in recent days has...
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Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman
Drinking at the Public Fountain
The New Corporate Threat to Our Water Supplies
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Amitabh Pal
Financial Debacle Discredits US Economic Model
The United States has been relentlessly preaching the mantras of liberalization, privatization and deregulation to the rest of the world. After the recent nationalizations and governmental...
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Palin's Big Oil infatuation
I was water-skiing with my children in a light drizzle off Hyannis, Mass., last month when a sudden, fierce storm plunged us into a melee of towering waves, raking rain, painful hail and midday...
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Walden Bello
Wall Street Meltdown Primer
Many on Wall Street and the rest of us are still digesting the momentous events of the last 10 days. Between one and three trillion dollars worth of financial assets have evaporated. Wall Street has...
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Glenn Greenwald
Correction on Sarah Palin
Three weeks ago -- before Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson was announced -- I mocked the idea that the McCain campaign was afraid to have Palin face our mighty press corps, and I defended...
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Robert Weissman
Getting Wall Street Pay Reform Right
There's mounting talk on Capitol Hill that a Wall Street bailout will include some limits on executive compensation, as well as contradictory reports about whether a deal on controlling executive pay...
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David Michael Green
America's Elephant In The Room
The second most astonishing thing about American politics is that John McCain and Sarah Palin have a respectable chance of winning the White House in 2008. (Or, for that matter, that any Republican...
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Hank Kalet
The Pyramids Crumble
There was a time when Americans made things. People from Central Jersey still can view the massive slogan afixed to the Trenton bridge crossing the Delaware River on Business Route 1: "Trenton Makes...
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Bill Quigley
Shame: The US War Against Unarmed Working Mothers
Is this what our nation has come to? War against unarmed working mothers? Have we no shame? Dozens of petite young mothers gathered this week in the parking lot outside the U.S. Department of...
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Thom Hartmann
How Wall Street Can Bail Itself Out Without Destroying The Dollar
For Grover "Drown Government In The Bathtub" Norquist, this bailout deal will work out very well. At a proposed cost of $4,780 per taxpayer, it'll further the David Stockman strategy of so indebting...
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Amy Goodman
Troy Davis and the Supreme Decision
Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay until Monday. It had earlier agreed...
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William J. Astore
Hey, Government! How About Calling on Us?
Reviving National Service in a Big Way
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Glenn Greenwald
Why Is a US Army Brigade Being Assigned to the 'Homeland'?
Several bloggers today have pointed to this obviously disturbing article from Army Times , which announces that "beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the [1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry...
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Helen Thomas
Republican Government-Bashers Line Up for Federal Aid
What has happened to those conservative Republican leaders whose mantra was "government is the problem -- not the solution"? Tell that to the once-bloated financial giants now standing in line for...
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David Korten
Main Street Before Wall Street
Events of the past few weeks have exposed the danger of a financial system devoted to reckless speculation that produces nothing of real value and, as we are now being told, presents a risk to the...
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Jonathan Lawson
The Local Community Radio Act Will Increase Local Voices, Choices
This fall, Congress has the opportunity to expand local radio choices for people in cities and towns across America by passing a single, bipartisan piece of legislation. The Local Community Radio Act...
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