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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Philip Mattera
Challenging Corporate America's Hiring Freeze
You would never know it from the preoccupation with budget deficits and the attack on public unions, but there is still a severe jobs crisis in the United States. The focus on the state and federal...
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Shiney Varghese
Reclaiming Rights on International Women’s Day Centennial
The year 2011 started with the news of food price hikes around the world pushing even more people, especially women, into hunger. But then along came images of women in Egypt in the forefront of a...
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Dave Zirin
Say it Loud on Opening Day: Baseball Must Move the All-Star Game from Arizona
At the risk of profound understatement, it’s been a difficult 2011 in the state of Arizona. Jared Loughner’s shooting spree that grievously injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six,...
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Robert Reich
The Birth of the People’s Party?
Look at the outrage in Madison, Wisconsin. Look at the crowds in DesMoines, Iowa. Look at the demonstrations in Indiana and Ohio and elsewhere around America. Hear what they’re saying: Stop attacking...
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James Carroll
The Disappearance of the Nightmare Arab
How a Revolution of Hope Is Changing the Way Americans Look at Islam
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Afghans for Peace
The War is Killing Afghanistan's Children. Enough!
Afghan Civilians Intentionally Targeted by NATO/ISAF Forces
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Ann Wright
Crime and (Disparate) Punishment for US Soldiers
Army Private Bradley Manning faces a death sentence while Army Specialist who mutilated the body of an Afghan gets “supervised chores”
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Ted Rall
Unions' Many Mistakes and Opportunities to Mend
I will never understand why the people who are jealous of unionized workers who earn $50,000 a year give a pass to the incompetent bank executives who get $5,000,000. Resentment is a terrible thing...
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Donna Smith
Trauma for Working Class in America: Fray or Distraction?
All over America, working class people are trying hard just to maintain. Jobs are not plentiful. Good jobs are less so. Most experts on the economy think it will be years, if ever, before the U.S...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Don’t Out-Educate Other Countries, Join Them
Today, President Obama will visit TechBoston Academy, where he “will continue to build on his State of the Union call for America to out-educate the competition to win the future,’’ says White House...
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Morris Davis
America's Much Abused Moral Authority
As former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo, I know that until the US rights the record on torture, its human rights calls ring hollow
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Karen Greenberg
Obama's Guantánamo Policy: Legally and Morally Corrupt
The White House insists it's making the best of a bad lot. But technocratic tinkering fails to address the basic moral anomaly
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David Korten
From Buccaneers to Profiteers: On the Origin of Corporations
Like many Americans, I grew up believing that conservative values were about local control and personal responsibility for family, community, and nature. It seemed curious to me that the political...
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Monday, March 7, 2011
Widney Brown
Sidelining Egyptian Women after the Uprising
All the members of the committee writing Egypt's new constitution are men.
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Duncan Campbell
Don't Forget Bradley Manning
It would cruel if the private accused of leaking US security files to WikiLeaks suffers because little attention is paid to his plight
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Michelle Chen
The Republican Attack on Women’s Health Goes Global
What does a congressperson from Ohio have in common with a 16 year-old sex worker in Cambodia? They’re both symbols of the perverse political stalemate in Washington, D.C., that threatens to set back...
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Lucinda Marshall
The Imperative Of Women's Human Rights
Reflections On The 100th Anniversary Of International Women's Day
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Willie Pelote, Sr.
Beware the Invisible Hand of Privatization
In California, the state government currently spends more than $34 billion a year paying private contractors to do jobs that civil servants can perform for half the cost. Another $900 million of...
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Shea Howell
What Democracy Looks Like
“This is what democracy looks like,” was the rallying cry on the streets at the Battle of Seattle in 1999. Today, it echoes on the winds of change in Egypt and northern Africa. The longing of people...
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Stephen Zunes
Pro-Democracy Protests Spread to Oman
Most Americans are not familiar with the sultanate of Oman. The mostly desert country the size of Kansas wraps around the Arabian peninsula’s southeastern corner, bordering Yemen on its southwest and...
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Ellen Brown
How Wisconsin Could Turn Austerity into Prosperity: Own a Bank
Public sector worker sitting in a bar: “They’re trying to take away our pensions.”
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Chris Elam
More Meatless Mondays
Meatless Monday has been getting an awful lot of attention lately, with Oprah’s vocal support and the food services giant Sodexo’s rollout only the most recent examples. But what is Meatless Monday,...
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James Carroll
Saving Our Young from Ourselves
In addressing the cadet corps at West Point last month, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates unknowingly plucked the mystic chords of the Abraham-Isaac story in Genesis. A father is prepared to...
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Subhankar Banerjee
India Must Free Binayak Sen Immediately
In 1970 Howard Zinn began his now–famous speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” with these words: “I start from the supposition that the world is topsy–turvy, that things are all wrong, that the...
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Michael Moore
America Is Not Broke
Speech delivered at Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, March 5, 2011 America is not broke. Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages,...
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Christopher Hall
The Corporate Colonization of Our Democracy
The United States of America has gotten so large, certain regions or even states, are taking on the same kind of burdens that third world colonized people have elsewhere. Americans are being...
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Michael Moore
How I Got to Madison, Wisconsin
Sunday, March 6th, 2011
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Medea Benjamin, Charles Davis
Under Obama, Better to Commit a War Crime Than Expose One
Bradley Manning is accused of humiliating the political establishment by revealing the complicity of top U.S. officials in carrying out and covering up war crimes. In return for his act of conscience...
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Chris Hedges
This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us
I have walked through the barren remains of Babylon in Iraq and the ancient Roman city of Antioch, the capital of Roman Syria, which now lies buried in silt deposits. I have visited the marble ruins...
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Tom Engelhardt
(N)ever Again: On Not 'Going In' in the First Place
Old Secretaries of Defense Never Die, They Just Write Bestselling Memoirs
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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Jody Sokolower
‘My Teacher Is a Lesbian’: Coming Out at School
A month into my first year of teaching 7th graders in Oakland, Calif., we were in the school library, using the big tables there to spread out as we outlined Africa on poster paper and added...
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Melissa Harris-Perry
Huckabee Wrong on Single Moms
Last week Mike Huckabee’s presidential ramp-up took a Quaylian detour when he denounced Oscar winner Natalie Portman for her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Suggesting that Portman and other unmarried...
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Laurence Lewis
Democrats Are Ceding the Entire Traditional Democratic Economic Ideology
On Thursday, we got this news :
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Robert Freeman
2011 is 1848 Redux. But Worse
“Gentlemen, I warn you. Though the violence is not yet upon us, we are sleeping on a volcano.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville, addressing the French parliament, January, 1848
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David Michael Green
Trading Places: A Tale of Two Countries
Regressives love markets as a tool for organizing our social sphere. Love ‘em! That’s fine, up to a point. Marketplace of ideas? Great notion. Political choice? Could we have a lot more, please?...
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Robert Parry
Bush's Interrogators Stressed Nudity
Consortiumnews.com Editor’s Note: The disclosure that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning was subjected to seven hours of forced nudity on Wednesday – amid new pressures aimed at getting him to identify others...
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Danny Schechter
It Is 'March Madness' Time in the USA Where the Irrational Is Peddled as Rational Provoking Intense Polarization and Paralysis
'The worse things get, the harder it is for people to agree on what to do.'
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Thomas S. Harrington
Controversialization: A Key to the Right’s Continuing Domination of Public Debates
Yesterday, our local NPR station hosted a debate about what themes should and should not be included in school-sponsored drama productions. The discussion followed a pattern that has become quite...
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Saturday, March 5, 2011
Ralph Nader
Selling Out Injured Baby Rights
New York State's Governor Andrew Cuomo will be judged harshly by history if he doesn't reverse his position supporting limiting the legal rights of brain damaged babies. Imagine a life-time $250,000...
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Kristine Mattis
Notes from the Renewed Labor Movement
My grandfather, Pio, was born in 1909 in New York City, the son of poor Italian immigrants who had recently arrived in America seeking prosperity. He began working at a very young age to help support...
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Ray McGovern
Pvt Manning: Is Army Aping Mafia?
Is the U.S. Army acting like the Mafia in seeking to imprison 23-year-old Private Bradley Manning for the rest of his life? Is the primary aim of the abuse being dished out to Manning that of...
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Ed Bruske
How Do You Define “Sustainable”?
“Defining sustainability is not the problem,” says farmer and Leopold Center fellow Fred Kirshenmann. “The debate is over how we do it. And we don’t have a lot of time left to figure out how to keep...
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Catalina Nieto
More U.S. Aid Won't End Mexico's Drug War
Even former Mexican President Vicente Fox has said that "prohibition isn't working" and that "violence against violence doesn't work."
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Christopher Brauchli
Cigarettes and Sinners
Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence. — Publilius Syrus, Maxim 1060 (First Century b.c.)
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Friday, March 4, 2011
Greg Mitchell
Bradley Manning and the Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier
Ten months after he was arrested for allegedly leaking classified material, including diplomatic cables, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was very much in the news this week -- with the military bringing 22...
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Michael Winship
Wackos of the World, Unite!
" Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here." Given the level of wackiness that seems to have afflicted this third planet from the sun, Jack Nicholson’s immortal line in the movie "As Good...
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Talat Hamdani
This is My Son's America, Too
I was appalled when I learned that House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King planned to hold hearings on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. (The hearings are scheduled for next...
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Mary Bottari
Scott Walker Down the Rat Hole with the Palace Guard
The Wisconsin State Capitol has erupted in a torrent of lawlessness this week that schoolchildren will be reading about for years. No, I don't mean rowdy protests resulting in mass arrests. Even...
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Michael Hamilton
Wanna Bust a Union? Be Careful What You Wish For
Public worker benefits costly? Higher taxes will solve the problem
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Dave Lindorff
A Boomers Revolt: Madison a Foretaste of Things to Come?
The Next Big Occupation Could be Boomers Taking Over the Capitol Building
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Bill McKibben
Tim DeChristopher: Taking a Leap and Pointing the Way
Let's consider for a moment the targets the federal government chooses to make an example of. So far, no bankers have been charged, despite the unmitigated greed that nearly brought the world economy...
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Les Leopold
Main Street Goes to War Against Itself as Job Crisis Persists
The February unemployment rate is 8.9 percent. The broader Bureau of Labor Statistics U6 jobless rate is 15.9 percent. The report shows a net increase of 192,000 jobs. However, we need 127,000 new...
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Tom Engelhardt
Fools at the Pump
Do Our Leaders Ever Fill Their Gas Tanks Themselves?
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Bob Burnett
Pirates Threaten Washington
As US warships approached, on February 22nd four American hostages were killed by Somali pirates . It was an ominous harbinger of the crisis in Washington, where Republican pirates are holding...
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Jamie Henn
Tim DeChristopher's Speech After Guilty Verdict for Climate Civil Disobedience
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - On Thursday, a jury in Salt Lake City declared climate activist Tim DeChristopher guilty for his interference with an oil and gas auction held at the end of the Bush...
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Zoe Weil
Teaching: The Most Noble Profession
I just heard from a friend of mine, a middle school teacher in Wisconsin. She is an extraordinary educator, one of the most innovative, inspiring, dedicated, passionate, successful, loving and...
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Kathy Kelly
The Cost of US Terrorism in Afghanistan: Incalculable
Recent polls suggest that while a majority of U.S. people disapprove of the war in Afghanistan, many on grounds of its horrible economic cost, only 3% took the war into account when voting in the...
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Laura Flanders
Fighting Over Crumbs Left from Military Spending
There's been a joke going around the labor protests. It goes something like this:
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Glenn Greenwald
Bradley Manning Could Face Death: For What?
The U.S. Army yesterday announced that it has filed 22 additional charges against Bradley Manning, the Private accused of being the source for hundreds of thousands of documents (as well as this...
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Peter Beaumont
Libya is Not Helped by This Prism of Propaganda
Media talk of tank battles and swooping bombers is inflating an already serious situation – with dangerous consequences
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Robert Naiman
In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy
Secretary of State Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now the State Department has a...
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Peter Rothberg
The Story of 'Citizens United' vs. the FEC
This is the best short history of the growth of corporate power that I've ever read, heard or seen. It's also a primer on exactly why the Supreme Court's closely divided Citizens United decision is...
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John Nichols
Wisconsin Legislators Move Desks Out of Capitol Locked Down By Governor
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is so determined to shut down debate on his proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from state, county and municipal employees and teachers that he has...
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Andy Worthington
Death Penalty for Bradley Manning, the Alleged WikiLeaks Whistleblower?
Alleged WikiLeaks source Pfc.
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Michael T. Klare
Oilquake in the Middle East: The Collapse of the Old Oil Order
Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed. Consider everything that’s now...
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David Benjamin
Who’s Your Daddy, Wisconsin?
BROOKLYN — The more I watch politics, the more I’m convinced that America’s shrinks should update their catalog of official mental illnesses to include a new category of certifiable whack job: the “...
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Seumas Milne
Intervention in Libya Would Poison the Arab Revolution
Western military action against Gaddafi risks spreading the conflict and undermining the democratic movement
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George Goehl
We Found the Money—and It's on Wall Street
It must be glorious. You crash the economy, get a taxpayer bailout and hand out record bonuses. You poll less favorably than Congress and have every reason to be on defense, but instead you are...
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Stephen Zunes
America Blows It on Bahrain
The Obama administration’s continued support of the autocratic monarchy in Bahrain, in the face of massive pro-democracy demonstrators, once again puts the United States behind the curve of the new...
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Ray McGovern
How to Read Gates's Shift on the Wars
In Establishment Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates enjoys a charmed life based on a charming persona. The Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) is always ready with fulsome praise for his “candor”...
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John Bartlett
The Poor Fight Back
Chicago Tenants Block Streets to Protest Republican Budget Cuts
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Robert C. Koehler
You Can't Kill An Idea
The crowds keep swelling, as though awareness, determination – humanity itself – were rising up from the earth. Einstein observed that we can never solve problems at the same level of thinking that...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
The Afghan War is Brutal, Expensive, Unpopular, and Ineffective – So Why Are We Spending Billions on It?
Leading Afghan Feminist Wants the U.S. and NATO to Leave Her Nation
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Laila Lalami
Arab Uprisings and American Intervention
The news and images from Cairo three days ago were so strange I nearly did a double-take: John McCain, the indefatigable supporter of US military intervention for regime change in Iraq, had suddenly...
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Margaret Flowers
State Health Law Waivers: Opportunity or Ominous?
The president supports state innovation in health care, but vigilance is required to ensure state reforms improve health as we continue to call for national reform
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Ted Rall
The Phony Budget Crisis: Forget Austerity, Tax the Rich
Everywhere you look, from the federal government to the states to your hometown, budget crises abound. Services are being slashed. Politicians and pundits from both parties tell us that the good...
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Hossam el-Hamalawy
Egypt's Revolution Has Been 10 Years in the Making
Hosni Mubarak's wall of fear began to crumble once people were able to see that others shared their desire for liberation
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Sami Ramadani
Iraqis Get the Tahrir Spirit
Last Friday's day of rage shows Nouri al-Maliki is in danger of becoming the Mubarak of Baghdad. The question is, how will the US respond?
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John Nichols
Why a Wisconsin Sheriff Refuses to Serve as Governor Walker's "Palace Guard”
No one has worked harder – and smarter – to keep the peace in Madison during the dispute over Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to crush public employee unions than Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.
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Matthew Rothschild
Did Scott Walker Confess to a Crime in Koch Prank?
In the now-infamous phony phone call to Scott Walker, the reporter impersonating the billionaire David Koch asked the Wisconsin governor about “planting some troublemakers” in the crowd of protesters.
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Medea Benjamin, Charles Davis
Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel
With the U.S. economy in the tank and governments at all levels facing massive budget shortfalls, politicians left and right are seeking ways to curb spending. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to...
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David Korten
War Against the Middle Class
As did most Americans of my generation, I grew up in the post-World War II years believing that America was defined by a strong middle class supported by a durable bipartisan political consensus.
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Mary Anne Hitt
An Unprecedented Attack from Polluters
The House has passed a devastating budget plan that would destroy bedrock safeguards that have protected our health and environment for decades.
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Dave Lindorff
Davis Arrest Throws US Undercover Campaign in Pakistan into Disarray
The ongoing case of Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor facing murder charges in Lahore for the execution-style slaying of two apparent agents of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, is...
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Laura Flanders
Capital or Community in Wisconsin?
It should be the sound of the other shoe dropping, but you’ll have to listen hard to Governor Scott Walker’s budget address because most media will miss most of it. It’s a funny thing about covering...
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Jim Hightower
The Kochs and the Guv Stir up a Hornets' Nest
Thank you, Scott Walker! And you, too, Charles and David Koch! Thanks for being so ham-handed in pushing your self-serving, virulently anti-union agenda on the schoolteachers, health care workers,...
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Michelle Chen
The Wave of Popular Uprisings Has Washed Beyond the Middle East
The tide of revolutions that rocked Tunisia and Egypt has stirred uprisings from Morocco to Libya , but it hasn’t been limited to the Middle East.
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Winslow Myers
Non-Violence: The Unconquerable Authority
Muhammar Khaddafy’s brutal reaction to the aspirations of his own people is becoming a textbook case in the futility of opposing the citizens from whose consent a leader’s political authority derives...
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Richard Wolff
How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us
The astonishing story of the last few decades is a massive redistribution of wealth, as the rich have shifted the tax burden
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Amy Goodman
The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars
Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming. These fights, radiating out...
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Mary Bottari
Wisconsin Governor Defies Court Order to Open Capitol
Local Sheriff's Department Refuses to be Part of the "Palace Guard"
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Donna Smith
Turn, Turn, Turn – A Season for Healthcare Policy
Today, I heard the news. President Obama supports the Wyden-Brown amendment allowing states to innovate on healthcare reform. You’ll have to pardon some of us while we readjust the mirrors.
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Tim Karr
Speaker Boehner's Space Odyssey
On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner ( R - AT&T ) chose the occasion of his first address outside Washington to take aim at Net Neutrality .
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Diane Ravitch
Corporate 'Education Reform': A Moment of National Insanity
I'm beginning to think we are living in a moment of national insanity. On the one hand, we hear pious exhortations about education reform, endlessly uttered by our leaders in high political office,...
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Muhammad min Libya
Libya is United in Popular Revolution – Please Don't Intervene
We welcome a no-fly zone, but the blood of Libya's dead will be wasted if the west curses our uprising with failed intervention
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Amy Dean
Not a Union Member? Why You Should Care About Wisconsin (or Ohio or Michigan)
After two weeks of protests in Wisconsin, we are now watching demonstrations spread across the country. Over the weekend, the online advocacy group MoveOn.org helped mobilize tens of thousands of...
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Ian Williams
Obama Surrenders on Settlements
The recent U.S. veto of a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel's settlement policy is a tragicomic way for the Obama administration to abandon its claim to global leadership. But that is...
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Dean Baker
Changing the Terms of Economic Debate
As long as we let ourselves be boxed in by a rightwing agenda that leaves us searching for least-worst options, we're losing
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Glenn Greenwald
The Nationalism Bias of Journalists
Former Bush OLC official Jack Goldsmith defends the decision of The New York Times and several other American media outlets to conceal from their readers that Raymond Davis worked for the CIA -- even...
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Chris Hellman
$1.2 Trillion: The National Security Figure No One Wants You To See
What if you went to a restaurant and found it rather pricey? Still, you ordered your meal and, when done, picked up the check only to discover that it was almost twice the menu price.
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