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Friday, September 9, 2011
Wendy Mink
The Payroll Tax Holiday: Talk about a Ponzi Scheme!
Is President Obama trying to kill Social Security without explicitly saying so? He put Social Security "on the table" for consideration by his Deficit Commission -- even though Social Security has...
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Tom Hayden
White House vs. Military Over the Iraq Endgame
Rumors are rife that the United States will leave 3,000–4,000 troops behind in Iraq after the current December 31 deadline for total withdrawal, mainly as trainers for the Iraqi army. That would mean...
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Mary Bottari
Wisconsin Worker Fired for Email on Free Voter IDs
A Wisconsin worker was fired Thursday for reminding fellow workers that photo IDs required for voting are free under Wisconsin law.
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Shahid Mahmood
This Is NOT September 11th
The “ Treachery of Images ” (1929) is a painting by the Belgian artist René Magritte. The painting shows a pipe. Below it, in fine cursive script, the famous caption reads: " Ceci n'est pas une pipe...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama’s Speech Inspiring and Annoying
Whenever Barack Obama gets around to making an affirmative case for government action, he is at his most inspiring. So it was on Thursday night. He talked about this nation being made up not just of...
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John Nichols
Obama's Speech Delivered, But Can He Fight?
Obama Has Steered the Debate Back Toward Jobs; Now, He Must Go Out and Win It
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Joseph Stiglitz
How to Put America Back to Work
The country is — or should be — focused on jobs. Some 25 million Americans who want a full-time job can’t get one. The youth unemployment rate is as much as twice that of the already unacceptable...
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Glenn Greenwald
Cheering for State-Imposed Death
At last night's GOP debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked by Brian Williams about the 234 executions of death row inmates over which Perry has presided -- "more than any Governor in modern times...
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Ben Adler
Nonsensical Argument About Job Creation Dominates GOP Debate
There was a lot of agreement in Wednesday evening’s Republican debate hosted by MSNBC and Politico at the Reagan Presidential Library: Ronald Reagan is awesome and would have agreed with everything...
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David Korten
The Path to Real Prosperity
A new jobs plan is thinking too small. What we need is a new economy.
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Abby Rapoport
Education Inc.: How Private Companies Profit from Public Schools
It's not hard to imagine Pearson’s vision of utopia.
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John Buell
The Folly of Pocket Book Politics
A conservative friend of mine likes to say that he votes his pocket book. The push to cut taxes, roll back environmental regulations, eradicate unions, and reduce the size and scope of the safety net...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Who Will the Super Committee Fight For?
While President Obama’s highly anticipated jobs speech seems to be all political junkies are paying attention to today (that is, if you’re not a football junkie), attention must also be paid to the...
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Soumaya Ghannoushi
Libya Now Set To Be Scene of Multiple Battles
A growing rift between the National Transitional Council and local leaders exposes conflicting visions for Libya's future
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Nada Alwadi
Bahrain’s Movement Alive Regardless of Media Neglect
He runs impulsively and courageously, carrying his country’s flag as if he were carrying his own dream. He looks young, athletic, and fearless. He jumps over a bridge’s fence and runs to the place...
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Robert Naiman
Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs
President Obama is preparing to deliver a major address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, outlining his plans for spending and tax cuts to create jobs.
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Brian Tierney
The Fight for Jobs and Justice, Then and Now
It’s not everyday that the president of the United States talks about the last fight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Tom Engelhardt
Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State's Blank Check at Sea
Let’s bag it.
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Peter Rothberg
Tell President Obama: Jobs, Not Cuts
This Thursday, September 8th, President Obama will give a speech laying out his plan to combat stagnant job growth and create new economic opportunities for millions of hurting Americans. He is also...
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Robert C. Koehler
Captives to the Logic of Violence
A decade later. The abyss keeps deepening, the wars keep squandering our blood and treasure beyond all logic except the logic of violence. What ended on Sept. 11, 2001, it sometimes seems, was human...
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Jeremy Scahill
Blowback in Somalia
The notorious Somali paramilitary warlord who goes by the nom de guerre Indha Adde, or White Eyes, walks alongside trenches on the outskirts of Mogadishu’s Bakara Market once occupied by fighters...
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Robert Reich
Tonight’s Republican Debate: The 19th Century or the Stone Age?
Tonight a bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls hope to emerge as finalists. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann will battle for the right-wing nut Tea Party finals. Mitt Romney and John Huntsman will...
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John Feffer
Did 9/11 Make Peace Passé?
Peace has never been a particularly popular word in Washington, DC. This is, after all, the home of the Pentagon and the major military contractors, not to mention all the think tanks and...
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Scott Horton
It’s Time for a New—and Real—Populist Uprising
Imagine this: Americans are frustrated by taxation policies that they consider to be unfair. They scoff at politicians who are either corrupted or uncaring. They demand a drastic fiscal policy change...
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Rinku Sen
The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other
September 11 has become a national day of reflection and resolution. Collective reflection creates a story of the event, sometimes more than one. One version of the event’s aftermath is that the...
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Phyllis Bennis
Headlines or Not, the Iraq War is Not Over
It might seem like cause for celebration after reading the New York Times headline, " Iraq War Marks First Month with No U.S.
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David Sirota
The "Shock Doctrine" Comes to Your Neighborhood Classroom
Corporate reformers use the fiscal crisis and campaign contributions to hype an unproven school agenda
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Zoltán Grossman
Libya for Libyans
Since NATO began bombing Libya in March, the global peace movement has been split into two camps. One side portrays the bombing campaign as a "humanitarian intervention" to protect Libyan civilians,...
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Jim Hightower
Perry Tales: Rick Is Not Who He Says He Is
Presidential wannabe Rick Perry is flitting all around the country — hither, thither and yon — spreading little "Perry Tales" about himself and the many wonders he has worked as governor of Texas.
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Carl Gibson
More for Them, Less for You
What would you say to a family financial adviser who suggested your wisest investment would be to liquidate your own retirement account and empty out your kids' college fund to buy your wealthy...
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Michael Nagler
Passivity or Violence: Is That the Only Choice?
Between Libya, which has endured more than 2,000 NATO bombings, and Syria, where more than 2,000 civilians have been killed by their own government so far, we see the two traditional responses to a...
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John Atcheson
Organizing to Fight the Plutocracy
Yet what force on Earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one? -From Solidarity Forever by Ralph Chaplin, 1915 Before Labor Day fades into memory, let’s remember that most of the economic gains...
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Matt Taibbi
Obama and Jobs: Why I Don't Believe Him Anymore
I was in an airport in Florida yesterday and was forced into a terrible, Sophie's Choice-type choice.
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Ida Audeh
Divesting from Israel’s Occupation
Next week, student and local community activists will present a petition to the University of Colorado Board of Regents, urging it to remove from the university’s stock portfolio all companies that...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Stopping Bashing Government Workers
Two thousand and eleven has been one of the toughest years for public workers that I can remember. Every month until this past one, the private sector has added jobs, and every month the public...
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Juliet Schor
Less Work, More Living
Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.
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Glenn Greenwald
Endless War and the Culture of Unrestrained Power
The Washington Post woke up a few days ago and realized that despite everything that has happened since 9/11 -- no successful Terrorist attacks on the Homeland in 10 years, a country mired in debt...
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Noam Chomsky
9/11 and the Imperial Mentality
Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later
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Ann Wright
Peace Prizes for War Presidents, Missile Tests on Day of Peace
Escalation of US offensive missile strategy -- launching an ICBM Missile across the Pacific on World Peace Day
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Peter Hart
10 Years of 9/11 Wars is Enough
Media caution and skepticism are in short supply.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
Clancy Sigal
Labor Day and the Spirit of Joe Hill
Joe Hill, workers' martyr, was executed by firing squad nearly a century ago, but his message lives on: 'Don't mourn – organize!'
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Joseph Stiglitz
The Price of 9/11
NEW YORK – The September 11, 2001, terror attacks by Al Qaeda were meant to harm the United States, and they did, but in ways that Osama bin Laden probably never imagined. President George W. Bush’s...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Let's Call It Un-Labor Day
In honor of the latest dreary news that exactly zero net jobs were created in August, the corporate CEOs who ship our jobs overseas, and the budget cutters in Washington whose priorities lie...
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Michael Winship
Eric Cantor: Mean, Ornery and Just Plain Wrong
Cantor's ideological purity overrules common sense and heart
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John Nichols
Guitars, Bagpipes, and Solidarity: A Tour for Justice
When the members of Fire Fighters Local 311 learned Tom Morello was returning to Madison, Wisconsin, for a Labor Day show, the union men and women asked if they could welcome the veteran Rage Against...
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Phil Rockstroh
A Labor Day Tale Of Three Cities: Pittsburgh, Birmingham and New Orleans
As Hurricane Irene made her way up the Eastern Seaboard, my wife and I packed a few changes of clothes and trundled westward out of her path to spend the storm's duration in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Brian Moench
Obama: Drinking the Tea Party's Environmental Meltdown
The name of the 1979 movie China Syndrome has ever since been attached to a catastrophic nuclear reactor meltdown. But the name is better suited for what is evolving now in China, a new version of...
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Tom Gallagher
End Labor Day, says Profit Council
The American Council on Profit today called upon federal and state governments to remove Labor Day from the nation’s list of official holidays.
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Jim Goodman
More of The Same Won't Save The Economy
Labor Day has always been a day of celebration, of appreciation for the hard won achievements of previous generations of workers. The eight hour work day, the five day work week, ending of child...
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Mary Bottari
Nurses to Obama: Heal America, Tax Wall Street!
As President Obama gets ready for his big jobs speech Thursday, America’s nurses have a message for him. "Heal America, Tax Wall Street!" the signs read as nurses rallied in front of 61 Congressional...
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Lucinda Marshall
Labor Pains: ­What Obama Won't Say In His Jobs Speech
A friend of mine called recently to tell me that her daughter was about to give birth. “She’s going into labor!” my friend said with much excitement.
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Donna Smith
Worker’s Ode to Labor Day 2011
Work ‘till you drop. Stop. Drop. Get up. Do it again. Work. Be grateful to be working. Work harder. Work ‘till you drop. Stop. Drop. Get up. Do it again. Give up time with growing children. Work...
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Chris Hedges
Libya: Here We Go Again
Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior. You would think we would have learned in Afghanistan or Iraq. But I...
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Robert Reich
The Limping Middle Class
The 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes now account for 37 percent of all consumer purchases, according to the latest research from Moody’s Analytics. That should come as no surprise. Our...
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Amitabh Pal
Iraq Still in a Terrible Mess
Just because U.S. soldiers aren’t dying in Iraq doesn’t mean all is well there.
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Glenn Greenwald
The DOJ's Escalating Criminalization of Speech
Over the past several years, the Justice Department has increasingly attempted to criminalize what is clearly protected political speech by prosecuting numerous individuals (Muslims, needless to say...
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John Turner
If Rick Perry is an Economic Miracle Worker, Why Are So Many Texans Going Hungry?
Simple: because so much of his job creation is minimum wage
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Hannah Gurman
The CIA's Selective Secrecy
From the coups that ousted Mohammed Mossadeq, Jacobo Arbenz, and Salvador Allende in the Cold War to the waterboarding of suspected terrorists in the Global War on Terror, the CIA has built a solid...
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Kai Wright
Stocks Are Down! Obama’s Unpopular! Wait, Who Gives a F&*@?!
Labor Day weekend began with a familiar whimper: The economy created exactly zero jobs in August. There’s not much labor to celebrate this year—but then again, that’s been the case for at least three...
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Michelle Chen
Georgia’s Celebrated No-Cost Labor Scheme: Cheating the Jobless?
For a typical boss, there's only one thing better than getting away with not paying your workers: getting the government to supply you with people who will work for free. It's an employer's dream...
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Danny Schechter
Obama Readies Tepid Jobs Plan While The Right Settles in for Economic Apocalypse
NEW YORK, Labor Day Weekend 2011 - The magic wand is being readied in the White House as the President and his minions finally unwrap the mother of all jobs plans that will be revealed to the rest of...
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Daphne Wysham
A Mother's Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline
Children have a way of speaking to our hearts.
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Zoe Weil
Returning to School: Education for a Liveable Planet
The Root Question to Solve our Educational Challenges
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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Mark Weisbrot
Is This Minustah's 'Abu Ghraib Moment' in Haiti?
Shock video of UN soldiers apparently raping a Haitian teenager raises questions about why these 'peacekeepers' are there at all
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Madeline Ostrander
Pipeline Risk: Who's Judging?
In its risk assessment, is the State Department just taking the developer of the Keystone XL pipeline at its word?
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Robert Fisk
Lies We Still Tell Ourselves about 9/11
Have we managed to silence ourselves as well as the world with our own fears?
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Michelle Chen
Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’?
This Labor Day, the Pacific Rim will wash into the Midwest’s flagship city, and activists will confront the tides of global commerce with a demand for global economic justice.
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
A Lifetime of Resistance in Syria
Haitham al-Maleh, an 81-year-old Syrian human rights lawyer, has spent most of his life struggling against autocracy in Syria and the last forty years battling the iron-fisted rule of Bashar al-Assad...
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James Hansen
The White House & Tar Sands
Tar Sands Action organized a civil disobedience sit–in at The White House to oppose construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that began on August 20 and will culminate in a big rally on...
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Ceal Smith
Monopoly Energy or Energy Democracy?
Maybe it was the report from California that large solar lease investors are making an aggressive grab for Governor Brown's groundbreaking 12,000 MW of distributed generation in CA. Or it could have...
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Robert Greenwald, Derrick Crowe
193,000 Jobs: The True Cost of the Wasted $60 Billion in Iraq and Afghanistan
193,000 jobs. That's what we could have created, at minimum, for the money that war contractors wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that "as $60 billion in U.S...
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Ralph Nader
Obama's Laborious Labor Day
Dear President Obama: Happy Labor Day! This is your third opportunity as President to go beyond your past tepid Labor Day proclamations.
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Friday, September 2, 2011
Frances Beinecke
Obama Administration Delays Life-Saving Smog Standards
Today the Obama Administration made a decision that will endanger the health of tens of thousands of Americans. Its choice to delay stronger standards for smog lets polluters off the hook and leaves...
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Unni Karunakara
Famine in Somalia: A Man-Made Crisis
Starvation in the Horn of Africa is not only a natural disaster – conflict rages and international aid is hampered
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Robert Reich
The Zero Economy
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports today no jobs were created in August. Zero. Nada. Well, not quite. The strike at Verizon reduced the labor force by 45,000. Minnesota government employees...
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John Nichols
Obama Better Give One Hell of a Speech
On the eve of a Labor Day that will mark the unofficial launching place of his 2012 reelection campaign, on the eve of an address to Congress that could be the most important of his presidency, there...
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Robert Kuttner
Feeble President, Feeble Plans
Obama’s jobs plan: Go work for free!
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Glenn Greenwald
Facts and Myths in the WikiLeaks/Guardian Saga
A series of unintentional though negligent acts by multiple parties -- WikiLeaks, The Guardian 's investigative reporter David Leigh, and Open Leaks' Daniel Domscheit-Berg -- has resulted in the...
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Wendell Potter
Rick Perry's Texas Health Care Hoax
In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is perpetuating a convincing hoax: that implementing Texas-style tort reform would go a long way toward curing what...
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Young Climate Activists
Today We Risk Arrest for Justice; Tomorrow We Organize for It
Letter from Young People at the Tar Sands Action
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Mehdi Hasan
A State of Palestine Would Backfire on Its Own People
I agree with Netanyahu. There's nothing to be gained from the United Nations recognising this segmented fantasy state
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Alice Slater
Time to Disband NATO: A Rogue Alliance
When the Cold War ended, many believed there would be a peace dividend, nuclear disarmament, and dismantling of the war machine with industrial conversion to peaceful technology. Instead, we’ve...
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Peter Hart
NYT on WikiLeaks: Move Along, No Atrocity to See Here
One of the main media tropes regarding WikiLeaks ' release of State Department cables last year was that there was either nothing new to be learned, or that private conversations they revealed were...
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Mark Engler
Is “Free Trade” Obama's Jobs Plan?
After a slight scheduling kerfuffle , President Obama is now set to give a major speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress next Thursday, September 8.
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John Atcheson
Atlas Mugged: The Ayn Rand Six Step
Imagine your landlord coming to you one day and saying, “It’s everyone for himself. We’re not going to supply heat or water or electricity any longer, and we’re not going to conduct repairs.” Of...
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Carl Finamore
Nurses Take on Wall Street
An open-air soup kitchen staffed by registered nurses in bright red union t-shirts feeding a line of hungry San Franciscan’s assembled midday outside a busy U.S. Federal Building is not something you...
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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Joe Uehlein
American Labor: A Sustainable Path
This Labor Day, as union membership falls to a mere seven percent of private sector workers and bargaining and political clout shrink to match, two roads diverge for American labor. One is to attempt...
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Frances Beinecke
GOP Repackages Old Attacks on Environmental Safeguards and Calls It a Jobs Plan
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s memo outlining the GOP jobs plan was certainly timely. Our economy is facing towering challenges that call for bold, constructive ideas. Too bad Cantor’s proposed...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Executive Pay and the Great Tax Dodge
Before the deficit reduction “super-committee” embarks on a $1–2 trillion course of human slashonomics , it should take a hard look at the Institute for Policy Studies’ (IPS) eighteenth annual...
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Sue Sturgis
Nurses Rally to Heal America with Wall Street Tax
Nurses will gather across the U.S. today (Thursday, Sept. 1), to urge Congress to tax financial transactions and use the revenue to fund social programs desperately needed amid the ongoing economic...
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Glenn Greenwald
A Tweet That Explains Everything
In connection with this matter , I was literally awake all night overseeing (with complete uselessness) the successful birth of six puppies -- an amazing and moving experience that I hope never to...
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Sophia Cheng
The Deadly Labor Behind Our Phones, Laptops and Consumer Gadgets
The world’s largest electronics manufacturer, Foxconn Technology Group, has a plan for ending the grisly run of worker suicides that have drawn it unwanted attention over the past two years: replace...
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Robert Reich
Obama’s Jobs Plan: Will He Offer Policy Miniatures or Give ‘em Hell?
Next Thursday President Obama will unveil his jobs plan. He’ll choose either Plan A or Plan B.
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Kim Sengupta
While Tripoli Celebrates 'Freedom', Refugees from Africa Fear for Their Lives
Poor black migrant workers are cowering in camps as rebels hunt down Gaddafi's 'mercenaries'
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Amanda Marcotte
Rick Perry's Demeaning Abortion Doctrine
The Texas governor's real anti-abortion agenda – enforcing sexual abstinence – not only insults women; it doesn't work
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Robert C. Koehler
Internal Combustion: The Tar Sands, Oil Addiction, and Me
What entitlement! I hit the gas, power off to my destination. No one asks me whether the trip is serious or banal, necessary or foolish, conscious or impulsive. I just go, ripping up the miles as...
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Ari Berman
The GOP War on Voting
In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year
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Derrick O'Keefe
Grief, Love and Politics: Jack Layton's Last Letter Calls Forth the Best in Us
I don't think anyone could have fathomed the scale of the remarkable outpouring of emotion and grieving that has swept across Canada since last week's announcement of the death of Jack Layton. What...
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Madeline Ostrander
Asking for What Obama Promised
Protesters push Obama to resist the influence of the oil industry and stop the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Reese Erlich
Good Dictators and Bad Dictators
Perhaps you are confused by U.S. policy towards Middle East dictators. The U.S. supports some, denounces others and launches missiles to overthrow another. Having reported from the region for over 25...
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