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Monday, July 25, 2011
Robert Reich
Why Washington is About to Make the Jobs Crisis Worse
We now live in parallel universes.
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Jesse McLaren
The Bombs in Afghanistan Have Landed in Norway
A decade of Islamophobia to justify the war in Afghanistan is now spreading violence to the West. Right-wing Islamophobe Anders Behring Breivik has killed 91 people in Norway, through the explosion...
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Sue Sturgis
Does New Legislation to Restore the Gulf Go Far Enough?
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last week directs Clean Water Act fines that BP and other companies will pay for last year's Gulf oil disaster to restoration efforts in the region.
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Mariel Nanasi
A Future Without Coal
Advocates for a Renewable Energy Future In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again
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Chuck Collins
America Doesn't Need a Tax-Dodging Industry
If the companies that offshore their profits and design tax scams paid their fair share, we might not have a budget crisis.
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Pierre Tristam
The Greater Threat: Christian Extremism From Timothy McVeigh to Anders Breivik
Timothy McVeigh, meet Anders Behring Breivik.
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Paul Krugman
Messing with Medicare
At the time of writing, President Obama’s hoped-for “Grand Bargain” with Republicans is apparently dead. And I say good riddance. I’m no more eager than other rational people (a category that fails...
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Holly Sklar
CEOs to Workers: More for Me, Less for You
Big company CEOs got a 23 percent raise last year and corporate profits are at record highs. But the minimum wage has less buying power now than in 1956 – the year Elvis Presley first topped the...
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Tom Gallagher
A Little More American Raj in Afghanistan?
The recent death of Nguyen Cao Ky, one-time General, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the South Vietnamese government supported by the United States in the Vietnam War, briefly brought the memory...
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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Juan Cole
When Extremism Learns to Blow Things Up
The revelation by CNN that Norwegian right wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik kept a diary in which he obsessed about the dangers of cultural Marxism, multiculturalism, and the “Islamification” of...
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Matthew Rothschild
No Wonder Obama Is Losing Support from the Left
CNN has just come out with a poll that shows Obama losing support from his left flank. “Roughly one in four Americans who disapprove of the president say they feel that way because he's not been...
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Mary Elizabeth King
The Power of Song, from Selma to Syria
How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils?
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Brian Moench
It's the Empathy Crisis, Stupid
I'm sure everyone reading this already knows that our "debt crisis" is a mirage, a canard manipulated by the radical right wing who are theologically devoted to allowing society's rich to become even...
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Jeff Cohen
Obama is NOT “Caving” to Corporate Interests
In a campaign almost as frenzied as the effort to get Barack Obama into the White House, liberal groups are now mobilizing against the White House and reported deals that would cut Social Security,...
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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Tania Arroyo
U.S. and Mexican Governments Continue to Brush Aside Perspectives of Drug War Victims
On July 8, the “war on drugs” claimed another victim, the songwriter Argentine Facundo Cabral, the victim of an ambush in Guatemala . Cabral, a tireless pacifist, was killed when three carloads of...
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Mark Weisbrot
Jamaica's Crippling Debt Crisis Must Serve as a Warning to Greece
The experience of debt-ridden Jamaica shows the damage that can be done when the interests of creditors are given too much weight
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Jim Hightower
Massey Energy's Man-Made Hell Hole
Republicans and a few coal-state Democrats have cynically blocked passage of tougher mine safety laws that would stop the murderous greed of coal profiteers.
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Margaret Kimberley
Prison Slave Labor
Michelle Alexander’s ground breaking book, The New Jim Crow , is an outstanding expose of the horrors of America’s criminal justice system that are perpetrated against black people. It is well...
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Tim Karr
Washington Slowly Wakes Up from AT&T's Bad Dream
Congress may be finally waking up to the obvious: that the massive merger of AT&T with T-Mobile just doesn't make sense. No amount of contributions from AT&T, or visits from AT&T...
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Robert Reich
Why Medicare Is the Solution — Not the Problem
Not only is Social Security on the chopping block in order to respond to Republican extortion. So is Medicare. But Medicare isn’t the nation’s budgetary problems. It’s the solution. The real problem...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Tax Burden of the Very Rich
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. — Plato, The Republic The purpose of this piece is to identify for readers how an unjust tax...
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Friday, July 22, 2011
Sue Sturgis
Gang of Six Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich
A look at the numbers
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Mark Weisbrot
Despite Rightwing Myths, US Health Care Problems Rooted in Private Sector
A recent report by McKinsey and Company was seized upon by opponents of health care reform to create a new myth: that President Obama’s health insurance reform (the 2010 Patient Protection and...
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Matt Taibbi
Corporate Tax Holiday in Debt Ceiling Deal: Where's the Uproar?
Have been meaning to write about this, but I’m increasingly amazed at the overall lack of an uproar about the possibility of the government approving another corporate tax repatriation holiday.
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Paul Krugman
The Lesser Depression
These are interesting times — and I mean that in the worst way. Right now we’re looking at not one but two looming crises, either of which could produce a global disaster. In the United States, right...
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Anthony Newkirk
Bahrain and Human Rights
It is becoming painfully obvious that the United States is hostile to the “Arab Spring.” In Egypt , U.S. military aid programs remain in force, and in Yemen a “secret” U.S. war may be in the offing.
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John Nichols
Unions, MoveOn Warn Obama Not to 'Cave' in Secret Negotiations With House GOP
The Obama White House is reportedly in the process of negotiating a secret debt deal with House Republican leaders that could include deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The deal...
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Mary Bottari
Consumer Bureau Launches in Shark-Infested Waters
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) throws open its doors to consumers this week, officially starting its mission to safeguard Americans from overly complex financial products and...
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Thomas S. Harrington
On Bumper Stickers That Say 'Coexist'
(or Skipping the ‘Detail Work’ Needed for the Pursuit of Real Justice and Democracy)
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Charles Davis
It Starts with an 'F' But It Ain't 'Freedom'
In economics, like in war, the best propagandists prefer the language of euphemism to straightforward, ignoble fact, the latest in obfuscatory jargon to the jarring reality of truth. Why, that's not...
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Danny Schechter
Kamikaze Debt Ceiling Boondoggle
During World War 2, the Japanese deployed units of pilots who turned their planes into bombs, and sacrificed themselves in the name of their emperor in a holy war against US ships. They would aim for...
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Sarah Anderson
New Report Exposes Wall Street Lobby Against CEO Pay Reform
The requirement for companies to report incentive-based pay arrangements is under attack.
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Hannah Gurman
War Fatigue and the Un-Critical Critics of War
From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya, the first decade of the 21st century has solidified the U.S. reputation as the energizer bunny of war. While these conflicts continue to rage on, there are a...
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Adam Parsons, Rajesh Makwana
The Silent Humanitarian Crises Beyond East Africa
The international response to the East African crisis is far short of urgent needs, yet the extreme deprivation being reported is only the tip of the iceberg.
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Alex Evans
Ensuring Fair Shares in a World of Limits
As worldwide demand increases for natural resources that are already in short supply, how should aid donors and campaigners respond?
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Michelle Chen
How Murdoch’s Empire Suffocates the Craft of Journalism
With guilty pleasure, the mainstream media have been serving us a virtual buffet of reasons to despise Rupert Murdoch's evil media empire.
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Donna Smith
Why It All Sounds Like 'Blah, Blah, Blah'
When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC. Everybody, that is, except the average working class American. The sound and fury surrounding debt ceilings...
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tom Engelhardt
How Not to Make Friends in the Greater Middle East
Washington’s Singular Accomplishment
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Gang of 70
With too much fanfare , the contours of a “grand bargain” on the budget have emerged with a proposal offered by the Senate’s Gang of Six. It’s a deal that looks a helluva lot more like a Raw Deal...
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Kailash Srinivasan
Obama's Expanded Militarism
Last month’s release of the National Strategy for Counterterrorism has brought much joy to many foreign policy liberals. Finally, the ghosts of the Bush administration have been exorcised. Finally,...
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Glenn Greenwald
Barack Obama is Gutting the Core Principles of the Democratic Party
The president's attacks on America's social safety net are destroying the soul of the Democratic party's platform
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Karl Grossman
What Could Truly End the Space Program? A Nuclear Disaster Overhead
What is NASA’s future now that Atlantis has landed and the shuttle program is over? If NASA persists in using nuclear power in space, the agency’s future is threatened.
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Ralph Nader
Why Not Corporate Patriotism for a Change?
If companies are given American rights, they should have loyalty to this country too
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Robert C. Koehler
Military-Industrial Journalism
Rupert Murdoch’s specialty has been the practice of journalism in cynical mockery of our desire for knowledge. Suddenly it’s clear to everyone.
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Medea Benjamin
Don't Exaggerate the Death of the Antiwar Movement
In an article in Salon.com , Todd Gitlin writes a convincing obituary for an antiwar movement killed by a thousand blows: crushed by Bush's pigheadedness, dumped in the media's black hole, rendered...
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Michael Winship
Corporate America's Sunshine Patriots
We went to Mount Vernon in Virginia a few weeks ago.
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John Atcheson
The People's Budget vs. The Plutocracy
Increasingly, the debate in Washington about budgets and deficits is looking like little more than a kabuki dance, with each Party playing its part, and the press orchestrating the choreography to...
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Bernie Sanders
Congrats to the Gang of Six, the Powerful, the Wealthy, and Multinational Corporations
If there was ever a time in the modern history of America that the American people should become engaged in what's going on here in Washington, now is that time. Decisions are being made that will...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Greg Sargent
Dear House GOP Member: Raise the Debt Ceiling. Love, Ronald Reagan
Dana Milbank had a provocative column this morning arguing that on the debt ceiling, Dems have become the new party of Ronald Reagan, and that Republicans only honor their alleged hero Reagan in the...
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Ted Rall
GOP Strategy Wrecks Economy and Obama in One Fell Swoop
Ross Douthat, the conservative columnist who elevates bland to middle-brow art for The New York Times , thinks Republicans have overreached in their showdown with Obama over the debt ceiling. “[The...
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Glenn Greenwald
New Study Proves Falsity of John Brennan's Drone Claims
In late June, President Obama's chief Terrorism adviser, John Brennan, made an extraordinary claim about drone attacks in Pakistan: "in the last year, 'there hasn't been a single collateral death...
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Jeff Biggers
As Education and Health Care Falter, Arizona Builds a $50 Million Fence
Arizona’s cash-strapped Tea Party-led legislature is not launching a campaign for the state’s failing schools today–despite cutting $450 million in the education budget.
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Robert Engelman
What a Population of 7 Billion People Means for the Planet
With global population expected to surpass 7 billion people this year, the staggering impact on the environment is hard to ignore
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Dr Irfan Zafar
The Fallout: US Drones in Pakistan Reep Only Hate, War
United States has been conducting covert operations to target and kill Al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders hiding in the volatile northwest province of Pakistan since 2004. Much of the reaction against...
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Jonathan Cook
Israel’s War on Nonviolent Protest
It was a Palestinian legislator who made the most telling comment to the Israeli parliament last week as it passed the boycott law, which outlaws calls to boycott Israel or its settlements in the...
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Jay Rosen
Phone Hacking Crisis Shows News Corp is No Ordinary News Company
Rupert Murdoch's news organisations are not in the news business. What they crave is influence
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Ruth Conniff
Republicans' 'Naked Power Grab' in Wisconsin
Senator Chris Larson of Milwaukee summed up the Republicans' rush to pass their redistricting maps in Wisconsin during a special session on Tuesday, July 19: "This is a straight-up power grab," he...
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Robert Scheer
Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No
So much for the meritocracy. Despite an elite education, effusive charm and brilliant wit, Barack Obama, like Bill Clinton before him, has ended up betraying his humble origins by abjectly serving...
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Amy Goodman
Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Eat Humble Pie
“People say that Australia has given two people to the world,” Julian Assange told me in London recently, “Rupert Murdoch and me.” Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, was...
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Brooke Jarvis
The Cyclists Who Beat an Airplane: A Tale of Carmaggedon
During Los Angeles' freeway-free weekend, little went quite as expected.
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Gwynne Dyer
The Murdoch Empire at Bay
Panic makes people stupid. It would be very stupid, for example, for the former editor of a British national newspaper, facing probable criminal charges for bribing policemen and illegally accessing...
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John Nichols
Bernie Sanders on'Gang of Six' Plan: 'Not So Fast'
With a blessing from President Obama and support even from some deficit-hawk Republicans, momentum is building for the ten-year deficit reduction plan announced Tuesday by the “Gang of Six”...
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Jonnie Marbles
Why I Foam-Pied Rupert Murdoch
Some people might think my action played into Murdoch's hands, but I did it for all the people who couldn't
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Peter Weiss
Justice Dept. Gives Torture a Pass
What will we say when other governments follow our example by providing immunity from prosecution to torturers?
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Jim Hightower
Prison Labor: A Right-wing Jobs Program for America
Here's the core economic problem we're facing today: Unemployment and underemployment are rampant and entrenched throughout America, stifling any hope for real recovery and threatening the very...
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Carl Gibson
ALEC: Democracy's Arch-Nemesis
In 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote to George Logan, "“I hope we shall crush… in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of...
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Sam Pizzigati
Deconstructing the “Federal Debt Crisis”
Once upon a time in America, back a century ago, our nation's rich paid virtually nothing in taxes to the federal government. And that same federal government did virtually nothing to better the...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Chris Maisano
Neoliberalism, Austerity, and the Global Crisis of Legitimacy
The world is not simply in the midst of a deep economic slump. This is but one aspect of the crisis of legitimacy that confronts almost all of the political and economic institutions that comprise...
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Willie Osterweil
Yes We Camp: A Global Fight for Radical Democracy
Millenials all over the world have received a brutal political education. The lucky few of us paid far more and will get far less for our college degrees than any generation before, we have watched...
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David Korten
How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule
How is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services?
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Jon Walker
Catfood Commission II: A Cowardly Attempt to Dodge Democratic Accountability
It currently appears that the most likely resolution to the debt ceiling situation will be the use of the Mitch McConnell-Harry Reid back up plan. This plan will probably include some form of the...
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Christian Parenti
Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and a Planetful of Trouble
Reading the World In a Loaf of Bread
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Subhankar Banerjee
“Another Kind of Fukushima?” asks Whistleblower Robert Gilkeson
No, I didn’t make up the whistleblower title for Registered Geologist Robert (Bob) H. Gilkeson. For his important work on groundwater contamination at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in 2007 he...
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Allison Kilkenny
Youth Continue to Fight For Their Future
Throughout the budget battles, it’s become a common GOP tactic to invoke the martyred image of impoverished future children in order to depict President Obama’s spending plans as being irresponsible...
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D.D. Guttenplan
What Did the Murdochs Know, and When Did They Know It?
It just keeps getting dirtier and dirtier—and that was before yesterday morning’s report that Sean Hoare was found dead in his home.
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Mary Bottari
ALEC Exposed: Milton Friedman's Little Shop of Horrors
Although he passed away in 2006, states are now grappling with many of the toxic notions left behind by University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman.
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Dean Baker
President Obama's Big Deal: Cuts for Social Security, But No Taxes for Wall Street
The ability of Washington to turn everything on its head has no limits. We are in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Even though the recession officially ended two...
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Medea Benjamin
Advice Hillary Clinton Should, But Won’t, Give to Economically-Strapped Greece
When U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Greece, she praised the Greek government’s austerity measures to reduce deficits and cut spending. The U.S. and Greece face a common challenge of...
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Marjorie Cohn
Prisoners Strike Against Torture in California Prisons
The torture of prisoners in U.S. custody isn’t confined to foreign countries. For more than two weeks, inmates at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison have been on a hunger strike to protest...
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Monday, July 18, 2011
Jane Hamsher
Over 2000 People Will Say No Cuts to Social Security or Medicare Benefits at Congressional Offices Across the Country. Will You?
The threats to Social Security and Medicare benefits right now are very real. And anyone who says “wait until we know more” is trying to keep you inactive while you’re fattened up for the slaughter...
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Glenn Greenwald
The War on Terror, Now Starring Yemen and Somalia
There is a concerted campaign underway to ensure that the War on Terror bonanza continues unimpeded in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, and even despite Leon Panetta's acknowledgment that Al...
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Ralph Nader
The Corporate Supreme Court
Five Supreme Court Justices--Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate...
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Mary Tedrow
Marching to Save Our Schools
Our kids have gotten the message: the test is all that matters.
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Gary Younge
As the US Nears the Brink, The Budget Row is Exposing GOP Madness
Back in 2004 I met a pleasant Republican called Burton Kephart , who had lost his son in Iraq and wanted to save my soul.
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Joseph Dwyer
Sitting Atop Trillions: What Would Business Do with Another Tax Break?
Conservatives routinely declare that businesses can’t hire anyone because tax burdens are too high (or "uncertain"—the bête noir of the day) and the way to create jobs is to give business more money.
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Robert Kuttner
The End Game: Saving Obama From Himself
As the debt doomsday of August 2 draws closer, what sort of end-game can we imagine?
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Janet Redman
Connecting Extreme Weather Dots Across the Map
Talking about the weather isn't small talk any more.
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Elizabeth Warren
Enemies Await Consumer Financial Protection
This is a big week for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Today, the President will announce his intent to nominate Richard Cordray to serve as the first Director of the Consumer...
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Lisa Frack
Eating Less, Better Meat: Yes We Can
I’m a vegetarian. But my husband’s not. And, go figure, my kids aren’t either. Which is exactly why I care about the meat I buy. Yes, I buy meat. I’d rather not, but if it’s coming into the house–and...
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Brendan Fischer
ALEC, For-Profit Criminal Justice, and Wisconsin
As the first half of 2011 has revealed, Wisconsin is not a moderate “purple” state, but a state divided between staunchly “blue” progressives and righteous “red” right-wingers. That rift is...
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Robert Reich
The Dangerous Hi-Jinks of the GOP’s Juveniles
I’ve spent enough of my life in Washington to take its theatrics with as much seriousness as a Seinfeld episode. A large portion of what passes for policy debate isn’t at all — it’s play-acting for...
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Susan Feiner
What Deficit Hawks Don't Know Will Hurt Us All
A Feminist Economist Speaks Out: Deficits are a Grrrl’s Best Friend
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Stephan Salisbury
How Muslim-Bashing Loses Elections
It Failed in Campaign 2010 and Will Do Worse in 2012
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Chris Hedges
America's Disappeared
Dr. Silvia Quintela was “disappeared” by the death squads in Argentina in 1977 when she was four months pregnant with her first child. She reportedly was kept alive at a military base until she gave...
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John Nichols
Elizabeth Warren for US Senate
President Obama was never going to appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that the Harvard professor conceptualized and created. Wall Street speculators, big...
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Donna Smith
‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’: An Elitist Mantra for Our Age
It has been a challenging week for many people. While our elected officials have been broadly reported to be at odds about exactly how to raise the debt ceiling or not, millions of Americans have no...
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David Dayen
Grijalva: If You Want to Reduce the Deficit, How About the People’s Budget
The Congressional Progressive Caucus has responded to President Barack Obama, who said progressives would have to be “sold” on deficit reduction. Specifically, he claimed that “if you are a...
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John Nichols
Murdoch Has Gamed American Politics Every Bit as Thoroughly as Britain's
Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch has manipulated not just the news but the news landscape of the United States for decades. He has done so by pressuring the Federal Communications...
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Ray McGovern
Neocons Fume Over US Boat to Gaza
My co-passengers and I of the U.S. Boat to Gaza have now gone from “ High-Seas Hippies ,” according to the right-wing Washington Times, to participants in a flotilla full of “fools, knaves,...
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Shamus Cooke
Crunch Time for Public Sector Unions
The media attack on public sector unions has reached a timely zenith, perfectly in sync with the politicians' anti-union deathblow. This coordinated campaign is happening nationwide, and includes...
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