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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mary Bottari
Recall Walker? It's Up to Feingold
For the first time in the state's history, Wisconsin recalled two sitting State Senators simultaneously. While it was a difficult and historic achievement in two districts that voted for Scott Walker...
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Thomas S. Harrington
The Partisanship Canard
This morning I tuned into the Diane Rehm Show on NPR (I know, but some bad old habits take time to break!) while doing a couple of errands in the car. The truth be told, however, I could have been...
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Jacqueline Marcus
Why Did Obama Choose Oil Money Over Struggling Polar Bears Facing Extinction?
At some point, there has to be a line drawn between corporate profits and the sanctity of life. True, these are extremely hard times for the majority of jobless Americans, and the harder it gets for...
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Amy Dean
What’s the Real Lesson of Wisconsin for Progressives?
Despite coming up short of retaking control of the Wisconsin Senate, yesterday's recall elections sent a clear signal to conservative politicians who are using false pretenses to slash social safety...
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Kristine Mattis
When You Play the Plutocrats’ Game, They Win: On Civility and Half Measures
Like many Wisconsinites, I am feeling rather dejected after the disappointing August 9 th recall elections. But unlike most of my brothers and sisters, my disappointment stems not so much from the...
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Wenonah Hauter
New Fracking Rules Reflect Industry's Needs, Not Nature's or Consumers'
Today, the Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board released its recommendations regarding the regulation of U.S. shale gas production. With six out of seven of the...
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Tom Engelhardt
Could the Pentagon Be Responsible for Your Death?
The Military’s Marching Orders to the Jihadist World
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Michelle Chen
Police and Thieves: Making Sense of the English Riots
After witnessing several nights of turmoil, the people of the United Kingdom are still trying to comprehend what just happened. There's no simple explanation for this apparently leaderless and...
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Jeanne Mirer, Marjorie Cohn
Lost in the Debt Ceiling Debate: The Legal Duty to Create Jobs
The debate about the debt ceiling should have been a conversation about how to create jobs. It is time for progressives to remind the government that it has a legal duty to create jobs, and must act...
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Robert C. Koehler
Equal and Opposite Lunacy
As crashing economies and austerity measures slap ever more ferociously at the lives of the vulnerable and disenfranchised, the Western world, with all its hidden poverty and institutional racism,...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Jane Hamsher
"Super Congress" Designed for One Purpose
Thoughts About the Catfood II "Super Congress" Appointments
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Joe Uehlein
Joining the Labor Movement and the Sustainabilty Movement: Together We Can Stop the Tar Sands Climate Catastrophe
Why I’m Marching with Bill McKibben to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline
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Robert Greenwald
WI: The Kochs, Colbert and $ in Politics
Much of the nation watched last night with breath held, waiting to see the recall results in Wisconsin. In the end, two WI Senate Republicans were replaced with Democrats, falling short of the three...
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Donna Smith
Financially Motivated Murder-Suicides Trumpet Silent Suffering
Twice in the past week, those of us who live in the metro Washington, D.C.
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Peter Hart
Bill O'Reilly and the Imaginary Bush Tax Cut Windfall
Fox host Bill O'Reilly laughs off any calls for increasing government spending to help create jobs. Last week he derided Paul Krugman for demanding more stimulus spending. And this guy teaches...
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Nina Power
There Is a Context to London's Riots that Can't Be Ignored
Those condemning the events in north London and elsewhere would do well to take a step back and consider the bigger picture
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Tony Norman
Afghan Casualties Remind of War's Waste
Besides stupidity and arrogance, the root cause of every modern war boils down to a failure of empathy. Afghanistan and Iraq are the poster children of pointless, fear-based wars in this era. It just...
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Pennie Quinton
Running Through Riotous London
Monday night in Hackney, where young people who bear the brunt of an austerity crisis took over the streets.
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Thom Hartmann
Democracy Died First in Wisconsin – Long Live the Oligarchs
The Wisconsin recall election was the first major test of the new era in American politics. That new era began in January of 2010 when the US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that the...
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Michael Nagler
Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi’s Answer to Financial Collapse
On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. Every stock in the S&P 500...
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Amy Goodman
From Kilotons to Millisieverts: Japan’s Nuclear Legacy
In recent weeks, radiation levels have spiked at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors in Japan, with recorded levels of 10,000 millisieverts per hour (mSv/hr) at one spot. This is the number reported...
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Shayda Naficy
Watching Out for Our Water
Water is at risk in the United States and around the world. Its quality and availability is in peril. Today, nearly one in eight people lack access to adequate supplies of safe drinking water...
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Robert Scheer
Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy
The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years. That’s how long a seven-...
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Marjorie Cohn
Compensate Victims of U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the Vietnam...
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Jeff Biggers
Arizona's Dirty Lessons: Is Tucson School District Dismantling Ethnic Studies to Appease Tea Party?
In one of the most disturbing developments in the long-brewing Ethnic Studies debacle , a broad alliance of Mexican American Studies supporters is charging that Tucson Unified School District (TUSD)...
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Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
American and Afghan Slavery Will Soon Be Signed
"The world doesn't have to choose between the Taliban and the US government. All the beauty of the world—literature, music, art—lies between these two fundamentalist poles." -- War Is Peace, by...
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Greg Mitchell
The Crime of Nagasaki—The 'Forgotten' A-Bomb City
Few journalists bother to visit Nagasaki, even though it is one of only two cities in the world to “meet the atomic bomb,” as some of the survivors of that experience, sixty-six years ago today, put...
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T.D. Mischke
Children Are Dying in a Famine as We Go on Blithely About Our Lives
It's 9/11 all over again. Hold your family close. Reevaluate what's truly important in life.Feel that powerful sensation of your fellow citizens coming together as one beating heart, and seek comfort...
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Ted Rall
What I Would Do If I Were Obama
Jobs, jobs, jobs. Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans have been preoccupied with jobs. Unemployed people need work. The underemployed need more work. The employed want salaries that...
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Laura Flanders
Why I Was Rooting for Diana Nyad
Thirty-three years after defeat, Diana Nyad tried to swim from Cuba to Florida. Her example helps us face our disappointments
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and Dimed (2011 Version): On Turning Poverty into an American Crime
I completed the manuscript for Nickel and Dimed in a time of seemingly boundless prosperity. Technology innovators and venture capitalists were acquiring sudden fortunes, buying up McMansions like...
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Walden Bello
The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention
Events in Libya and Syria have again brought to the forefront the question of armed humanitarian intervention or the “responsibility to protect.” Our hearts all go out to the unarmed demonstrators...
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Andrew Ranallo
Waiter, There's a Newfangled Technology in My Soup
The unregulated nanotech industry is spreading through the U.S. food system.
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Laurie Penny
Panic on the Streets of London
I’m huddled in the front room with some shell-shocked friends, watching my city burn. The BBC is interchanging footage of blazing cars and running street battles in Hackney, of police horses lining...
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Mark Engler
Starving Uncle Sam: Is the U.S. Teetering on the Edge of Bankruptcy?
America the destitute? It’s easy to picture the United States as a Hummer packed full of shopping bags, with supersized sodas in the cupholders and a plasma screen TV poking through the sunroof – a...
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Monday, August 8, 2011
Wendell Potter
To Save Billions, the Government Should Pay Doctors to Make House Calls
Dr. Bruce Kinosian still makes house calls, and he’s proud of it. In fact, he introduces himself as a physician who goes to see his patients in their homes rather than insisting that they come to see...
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Ralph Nader
Congressional Tea Party Downgrade of America
The Boston Tea Party in December 1773 threw the East India Company’s tea overboard. The Republican Tea Party in August 2011 threw America overboard.
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Donna Smith
Making Ourselves Sick with Their Worry? Not Anymore
For some time now, my disabled and retired machinist husband has watched with amusement when stock markets crash and rebound and broad financial indicators stutter and stammer. He has lived a...
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Joseph Stiglitz
More Stimulus for US, Less Austerity
THE Great Recession of 2008 has morphed into the North Atlantic Recession: it is mainly Europe and the US, not the major emerging markets, that have become mired in slow growth and high unemployment...
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Fatima Al-zeheri
The Ongoing Costs of the Iraq War
When you destroy someone’s property, you usually have to pay compensation. The United States is responsible for much of the destruction that has taken place in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. But...
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James K. Galbraith
The Bad Deal
The debt agreement should finally make clear to Europeans that Barack Obama is not the progressive President they had hoped for. Instead, writes James K. Galbraith, he is a willful player in the Washington politics game.
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Michael Lewis
What Can We Do About The Great American Lie?
I. F. Stone told us many years ago that All Governments Lie. Daniel Ellsberg, in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, told us why governments, including Presidents, always lie, and...
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Jean Altomare
'This Is What Love Looks Like': Why I'm Going to DC to Stop Dirty Oil
I decided to join the action against the tar sands after realizing that my friends weren’t. I found out about this action through Facebook, or maybe email, but eventually it was surrounding me on the...
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Ray McGovern
They Died in Vain; Deal With It
Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday extolled as “heroes” the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission crashed,...
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Robert Jensen
Nature Bats Last: Notes on Revolution and Resistance, Revelation and Redemption
[An edited version of this talk was presented to the Veterans for Peace conference in Portland, OR, on August 4, 2011.]
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Jim Hightower
America's Real Job Creators Are Broke
Despite the GOP's ideological claptrap about corporate executives being "job creators," it's ordinary Americans who actually create jobs.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Richard Wolff
The S&P Downgrade of US Debt: What it Means
Much verbiage is piling up on this issue. Yet, it matters little that the two other giant rating agencies did not downgrade US debt as S&P did. It is likewise unimportant that all those agencies...
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Jeff Goodell
An Environmental Upside to the Horrible Debt Deal?
With the debt-ceiling deal done, the details of who feels the most pain from the next ($1.6 trillion) round of cuts will be left up to a 12-person congressional "supercommittee," to be formed in the...
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Drew Westen
What Happened to Obama?
It was a blustery day in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009, as it often seems to be on the day of a presidential inauguration. As I stood with my 8-year-old daughter, watching the president deliver his...
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David Krieger
Nuclear Remembrance, Reflection, and Resistance
We remember the horrors of the past so that we may learn from them and they will not be repeated in the future. If we ignore or distort the past and fail to learn from it, we are opening the door to...
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Michelle Chen
House GOP Revives Global War on Women’s Health With “Gag Rule”
While Congress was playing fiscal roulette last month, House Republicans quietly advanced their attack on reproductive choice, too. Conservative legislators are working to reinstate the so-called...
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Thomas S. Harrington
When 'Everybody Has a Price' Who Will Stand Up to Injustice?
“Seems that everybody’s got a price, I wonder how they sleep at night”. With this line from her catchy tune, “Price Tag”, the precocious British pop singer Jessie J. touches on a cultural issue that...
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Brian Moench
Thank God We Averted "Disaster"
While the train wreck of the phony debt ceiling crisis occupied the media and voters for much of the last several weeks, public health and the environment were quietly being mugged in the back alley...
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David Morris
We Will Grow the Economy By Shrinking It
A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age. -Henry David Thoreau
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Jay Walljasper
Beyond Hope: Where We Go After the Budget Deal Disaster?
I’ve been walking around in state of disbelief since hearing about the 11th hour budget deal reached between the White House and Congressional Republicans. It feels like a transformative moment in...
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Medea Benjamin
Stop Sacrificing US Soldiers for Afghan Debacle
The 38 deaths in Saturday’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan include 31 Americans, making this the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the war began. The tragic loss of American lives might be worth...
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Dean Baker
How to Think About Standard and Poor's Downgrade
Standard and Poor's downgrade of U.S. government debt captured headlines across the country and around the world. It is a newsworthy event, but primarily as another colossal failure by a major credit...
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Michael Winship
The New Era of Hostage Politics
When I arrived in Washington this past Sunday, just as the debt ceiling crisis was approaching its climax, all the flags surrounding the capital's Union Station stood at half-mast. I blackly joked...
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David Dayen
Balanced Budget Amendments Don’t Work: Look at State and Local Gov't Stats
Republicans are barnstorming across the country in support of a balanced budget amendment. This, they say, will force government to “live within its means” and lead to surging economic growth, though...
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Jules Boykoff
Why The Insurance Industry Gets Climate Change
Insurance companies understand risk – which is why, unlike our myopic political class, they do not have their heads in the sand
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Gar Alperovitz
On the Sixty-Sixth Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima
Today is the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Though most Americans are unaware of the fact, increasing numbers of historians now recognize the United States did not need to use the...
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Thom Hartmann
Mainstream Media Ignores S&P Attack On GOP Revenue Intransigence
Have you seen, anywhere, in any media, or even heard reported or repeated on NPR, the following sentence? “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress...
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Mark Harris
Planet Hiroshima 2011
When the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, two-year-old Sadako Sasaki was at home with her family. Unlike tens of thousands of others, she was fortunate enough to survive the...
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Noam Chomsky
America in Decline
“It is a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in decline, ominously facing...
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On August 5, 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired every member of the air traffic controllers union (PATCO) who'd defied his order to return to work and declared their union illegal. They had been on strike for just two days. Michael Moore
30 Years Ago: The Day the Middle Class Died
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to...
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Friday, August 5, 2011
Jill Richardson
ALEC Exposed: Protecting Factory Farms and Sewage Sludge?
As suburbs engulfed the rural landscape in the boom following World War II, many family farmers found themselves with new neighbors who were annoyed by the sound of crowing roosters, the smell of...
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Khadija O. Ali
Women's Exclusion Worsens Somali Crises
On July 22, 2011 the newly appointed Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, a Harvard-trained professor of economics, announced his 49-member cabinet. There are only two women in it: one...
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Judith Le Blanc
Ready to Rumble for Jobs, Not War and More Weapons?
Something is missing in the swirl of news reporting on the debt ceiling deal struck on August 2 by the Congress and the President for close to $1 trillion in cuts in discretionary programs over the...
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Tarini Parti
Will 2012 Be the End of the Presidential Public Financing System?
It happened with typewriters, eight-tracks, VCRs and even flip-phones. Now advocates for the public financing of political campaigns fear that the system once used by most presidential candidates...
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Bob Burnett
Obama: It Became Necessary to Destroy the Economy to Save it
On February 7, 1968, US forces demolished Ben Tre, a provincial capitol in South Vietnam. An Army Major declared, 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” On August 2, 2011, President...
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Robert Naiman
A Historic Opportunity to Cut Military Spending
The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic...
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Jeff Biggers
Coal River Mountain Showdown: What Would Judy Bonds Do?
As the historic tree-sit on Coal River Mountain finishes its third week, and the Mountaintop Removal Moratorium Now movement grows, a broad alliance of local residents and activists in the Coal River...
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David Sirota
Obama: The Bizarro FDR
Barack Obama is lots of things - eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and calm. But one thing he is not is weak. This basic truth is belied by the Obama criticism you occasionally hear from...
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Seth Hanlon
Millionaires: Making More, Contributing Less
Millionaires’ Tax Rates Have Declined While Everyone Else Contributes to Deficit Reduction
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Antonia Zerbisias
Bad News About Water Quality — and Quantity
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart practically cowered under his desk last month when journalist Alex Prud’homme appeared. That’s because Prud’homme’s just-published The Ripple Effect: The Fate of...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Unknown Unknowns of War American-Style
In “ Getting bin Laden ,” Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker report on the assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, here’s the money sentence, according to Noah Shachtman of Wired...
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David Benjamin
Lying to Ourselves About the Good Old Days
BROOKLYN — A popular right-wing fantasy-bite now winging virally around the World Wide Web is a snatch of phony nostalgia called “The Green Thing”.
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Robert Reich
The Republican’s Double-Dip, and What Must Be Done
John Boehner said Tuesday the Republicans got “90 percent of what we wanted” from the budget deal. So presumably he and his colleagues are willing to take responsibility for some 450 points of today’...
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Danny Schechter
As the Dog Days of Summer Approach, Politicians Rest Before Returning to the Fray. The Political War Will Continue
Now that the debt drama is over for the moment, we can all safely retreat in what was once called the “Dog Days Of Summer” and chill out if the volatile weather allows us to. We can think back to...
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Ronnie Cummins
Whole Paycheck and Organic Food Deserts: The Challenge
After decades of grassroots public education, battles to safeguard standards, and hard work, organic food and farming has become the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture. Organics have surged...
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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Bill McKibben
New Pipeline to Challenge Obama's Promises
Obama finally has the opportunity to make good on his environmental promises, but will he?
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Dana Goldstein
Matt Damon, Arne Duncan and the Divisive Teacher-Quality Debate
Last weekend, two very different speeches on the future of the teaching profession made news.
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Alejandro Reuss
The Wrong Medicine: Why Fiscal Austerity Is a Bad Idea for a Slumping Economy
As protesters take to the streets in Europe to oppose government spending cuts, proponents of austerity in the United States and Europe claim that immediate moves to reduce government deficits are...
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Dick Polman
The American Debate: Deal Traps Obama Into Helplessness on Jobs Creation
In dysfunctional Washington, this is what passes for a major achievement: The Republicans snatch Uncle Sam and threaten to drive him over the cliff. In response, President Obama agrees to pay a...
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Amy Kroin
The FCC Coddles and AT&T Throttles
The FCC has taken to heart the maxim “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” allowing AT&T another chance to prove that its proposed purchase of T-Mobile is a bang-up idea.
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Katitza Rodriguez
Mexican Newspaper Uncovers Systemic Monitoring Plans of Public Online Sources
Two weeks ago, the Mexican newspaper El Milenio reported on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPC) initiative to monitor social media sites...
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Mark Weisbrot
What Everyone Should Know About the “Debt Crisis” in the U.S.
Since the U.S. “Debt Crisis” has been a big international story for the last few weeks, it is worth clarifying what is real and what is not. First, the U.S. government does not have a “debt crisis.”...
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Diane Roberts
The EPA: The Tea Party's Next Target
House Republicans aim to defund the Environmental Protection Agency, rolling back 40 years' progress on clean air and water
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Mark Engler
Stopping Obama's Next Betrayal
The debt-ceiling debate has been a sad one for the Left—and also, in large part, a boring one. Boring because we haven’t had too much to add. As a friend said to me, you know things are bad when the...
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John Atcheson
The Beast Is Starved: Welcome to the Next Great Depression
Since Reagan, Republicans have been on a “starve the beast” campaign – by which they mean eviscerate the government by taking away as much revenue as they can.
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Harvey Wasserman
Green Music Again Confronts Atomic Power
Amidst a life-and-death struggle to finally shut the nuclear energy industry, the power of green music flows again this Sunday. It's also pouring over the Internet , as the historic all-day MUSE2...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Sky Is Weeping
When our lives are torn open, when the worst possible thing happens, what we have, finally, are our roses and our courage. “I chose to stay in Oslo the entire week. It has felt like the most natural...
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Nick Turse
A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon’s New Power Elite
Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done... for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the...
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ray McGovern
Obama Blows a Judas Kiss to the Poor
The unconscionable result of the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling shows that the political Right knows how to play hardball, and that President Obama and his hapless party know how to get...
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Matt Taibbi
Debt Ceiling Deal: The Democrats Take a Dive
So the debt deal has finally been reached. As expected, the agreement arrives in a form that right-thinking people everywhere can feel terrible about with great confidence. The general consensus is...
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Matthew Norman
The Unmaking of a President
Governing in prose is one thing. Preferring weasel words to governing at all is another
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Michelle Chen
Under New Guidelines, Cheap Birth Control Pays Off for Working Women
Washington's Old Boy's club still has its knickers in a wad over the deficit "compromise," but women across the country can breathe a slight sight of relief this week. The White House just issued...
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Jim Rigby
Five Scriptures You Won’t Hear at Rick Perry’s Prayer Event
As a native Texan, I’m used to crazy religion and crazy politics. So, the announcement of Gov. Rick Perry’s plans for “The Response,” a prayer event scheduled for Aug. 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium...
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Julie Hollar
Desperate for Democracy in Iraq
Protesters fight for what U.S. media say they already have
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Omar Barghouti
Dropping of the Last Mask of Democracy
New Israeli legislation banning the support of boycott movements goes even further in limiting Palestinian rights.
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