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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tom Engelhardt
Sacrifice-Lite: The American Way
Post-9/11, doesn’t it seem as though all American experience is blending into a single experience whose label is “your safety”? Which means, in practical terms, you get poked, prodded, searched, and...
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Medea Benjamin, Charles Davis
Enormous Cuts in Military Spending? Read the Fine Print
In this age of austerity, all the politicians are talking about the need for spending cuts. But when it comes to shared burdens and slashed budgets, don't expect the Pentagon to start holding bake...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Military Chase Protestors out of Tahrir Square
For the third time since the Egyptian revolution began, the army has forcibly cleared protesters staging a peaceful sit-in in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 18-day uprising that ousted former...
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Robert Scheer
The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery
The die has been cast. Obama’s “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists,” as an editorial in the normally sedate New York Times described the deal to raise...
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Amy Goodman
War, Debt and the President
President Barack Obama touted his debt ceiling deal Tuesday, saying, “We can’t balance the budget on the backs of the very people who have borne the biggest brunt of this recession.” Yet that is what...
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ralph Nader
Retreat, Surrender, Can He at Least Plead?
The headlines came quickly after President Obama concluded the deficit-debt deal with the Republicans Sunday evening. There were few shades of gray. The New York Times editorial was titled "To Escape...
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John Feffer
Debt and Empire
To: General Petraeus, Langley HQ From: Operative 650, Kabul office Re: Memo XE1955 General Petraeus:
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Christopher Brauchli
Principle Justifies Penury
It ain’t by princerples nor men My preudunt course is steadied- I scent wich pays the best, an’then Go into it baldheaded. — James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers A Politician’s Dictionary:...
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Sam Pizzigati
Doing Debt Ceiling Battle the FDR Way
At times of fiscal crisis, President Franklin Roosevelt believed, you don’t give the awesomely affluent a free pass. You pound them — and then you pound some more.
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Sarah Churchwell
The Willful Ignorance That Has Dragged the US to the Brink
The Tea Party version of the American Revolution is not just fundamentalist. It is also Disneyfied, sentimentalized, and whitewashed
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David Krieger
The Indoctrination of Missile Launch Officers
The US Air Force has a history of indoctrinating its missile launch officers to assure that these officers will have no moral qualms about following orders to use weapons of mass annihilation. In a...
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Jayati Ghosh
The Truth About the Global Demand for Food
A new report from the FAO blows the myth about increased grain consumption from developing countries leads to higher global demand and higher prices
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Tom Engelhardt
Lowering America’s War Ceiling? Imperial Psychosis on Display
By now, it seems as if everybody and his brother has joined the debt-ceiling imbroglio in Washington, perhaps the strangest homespun drama of our time. It’s as if Washington’s leading political...
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Eric Holt-Giménez
Walmart's Food Deserts: Greening the Bottom Line
Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that SUPERVALU, Walgreens and Walmart committed to open or expand 1,500 supermarkets across America's food deserts -- low-income areas without easy...
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Linda McQuaig
Tycoons Laughing All the Way to the Bank
There are likely few characters less loved in America these days than hedge fund managers — widely regarded as among the archvillains of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. So, months ago, when Washington...
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Monday, August 1, 2011
Dean Baker
US Debt Deal: How Washington Lost the Plot
Politicians and the media are obsessing on debt, deficit and cuts, but the real story is a stalled economy and rising unemployment
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Wendell Potter
Health Insurers Sacrifice Americans for Profit
Three of the biggest health insurers have announced quarterly earnings in the past few days. If Americans were able to eavesdrop on what executives from those firms tell their Wall Street masters...
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Robert Kuttner
The Goons of August
Let us face the momentous truth: The United States has been rendered ungovernable except on the extortionate terms of the far-right. For the first time in modern history, one of the two major parties...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama Just Got Run Over
The debt ceiling agreement is a disaster. The Republicans won. The tea partiers won. The Democrats lost. Progressives lost. The American people lost. And Obama lost. Obama has largely himself to...
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Peter Hart
To Post Ombud, Critics of 'Muslims Did It' Blogger Are the Real Monsters
Washington Post ombud Patrick Pexton weighed in yesterday ( 7/31/11 ) on the criticisms of right-wing Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. She was among a handful of media personalities who declared the...
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Amanda Marcotte
How Abortion Caused the Debt Crisis
Last night, right before the fatal deadline, the U.S. Congress finally came to a deal that allows us to raise the debt ceiling, without which the federal government would basically shut down...
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Richard Means
Voter ID Is an Attempt to Suppress Democracy
At this critical time in our nation's history, when wider participation by the American people in their own democracy should be encouraged, Republican politicians are instead suppressing that...
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Dave Zweifel
'Real Patriots Pay Their Taxes'
A headline in a recent issue of the Progressive Populist caught my eye: " Real patriots pay their taxes ."
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Cary Adickman
AT&T to America: Let Us Take Over and We’ll Give You All Broadband
For most of the twentieth century, AT&T held a monopoly over telephone service in the United States. National sentiment at the time could best be characterized by comedienne Lily Tomlin’s puckish...
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Robert Reich
Ransom Paid
Anyone who characterizes the deal between the President, Democratic, and Republican leaders as a victory for the American people over partisanship understands neither economics nor politics. The deal...
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Gary Younge
The Reckless Right in the US Is Forgetting the Basics of Participation
While campaigning for the Democratic nomination in 2007, Barack Obama sought to sympathise with the farmers of Adel, Iowa, (population 4,653) over the discrepancy between how much they earned for...
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Jim Hightower
A Right-Wing Jobs Program for America: To Apply, Just Go Directly to Jail
Attention jobless Americans! If you're among the millions of long-term unemployed people searching in vain for a job, here's a hot tip: they're hiring in Wisconsin.
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Rebecca Solnit
Hope: The Care and Feeding Of
Recently, Nelson Mandela turned 93, and his nation celebrated noisily, even attempting to break the world record for the most people simultaneously singing “Happy Birthday.” This was the man who, on...
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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
Democratic Politics in a Nutshell
Let's begin by taking note of three facts:
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Donna Smith
Dysfunction Junction Kills – Resolution is Not Absolution
By the time this is published anywhere, maybe the dysfunctional folks in Washington, D.C., will have reached some sort of deal that will prevent the second financial apocalypse the American people...
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John Nichols
GOP's Debt-Ceiling Games Have Raised the Prospect of a "Crunching Global Recession"
U.S. markets trended downward all last week, as congressional Republicans refused to get serious about raising the debt ceiling. Now, international markets are jittery. And as the August 2 deadline...
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Tony Norman
God's Polling Numbers Less Than Heavenly
If you're God, you're probably not sweating the results of the latest national polling survey putting your approval rating at a mere 52 percent for overall job performance. One of the perks of being...
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Mike Carlton
Curb the Hate Mongers, For All Our Sakes
The gunfire in Norway had barely died away before the usual right-wing media pontiffs were rushing to shout that your Islamic terrorists were up to their evil worst again.
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Michelle Chen
Who’s Grabbing Africa’s Land? U.S. Speculators, Including Universities
When a massive tire corporation rolled into Nigeria’s Iguobazuwa Forest Reserve a few years ago, just one thing stood in the path of the CEOs’ plans to set up a rubber plantation: the communities...
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Patrick Cockburn
Why the West is Committed to the Murderous Rebels in Libya
Foreign governments rush to recognise the Transitional National Council in the hope of commercial concessions and a carve-up of the oilfields
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Robert Freeman
We Must Destroy the Government in Order to Save It
A certain, macabre phrase came to personify the Vietnam War: “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” The colonel who uttered it was doubtless oblivious to both the psychotic irony and...
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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Glenn Greenwald
Obama's Whistleblower War Suffers Two Defeats
The Obama administration's unprecedented war on whistleblowers suffered two serious and well-deserved defeats. The first occurred in the prosecution of NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who was accused...
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Norman Mathews
Time to Reset Our Moral Compass
Progressives are suffering from debilitating cognitive dissonance. Incapable of reconciling President Obama’s rhetoric with his actions, they have created an elaborate, but flimsy, structure of...
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Danny Schechter
The Kabuki Play On Capitol Hill Comes Right Before The Deal
Oh, the gnashing of the teeth, Oh, the flamboyant tactics. Oh, all the breaking news excitement on cable news as the debt ceiling countdown saga went down to the wire with an intense political...
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Michelle Chen
In the Wake of Oslo Attacks, a Path Forward for Labor?
“For all dead comrades, not a minute's silence, but a life of struggle." —Olav Magnus Linge, Norway's Socialist Youth The labor movement has always derived its power from its ability to mobilize...
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Jeff Cohen
Mainstream Reporters: Too Close to the Field and Teams to Get the Debt Story
If you were a spectator in a sky box seat looking directly down on the Washington debt debate, you’d be seeing a contest both narrow and off to one edge of the field -- like watching a football game...
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Friday, July 29, 2011
Tarak Barkawi
Neoliberalism, Not Multiculturalism Is Biggest Threat to Western Values
The paranoid style in politics often imagines unlikely alliances that coalesce into an overwhelming threat that must be countered by all necessary means.
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Richard Wolff
Recovery for Wall Street and Wealthy, Austerity for Workers and Poor
The plain fact is that corporate profits are the only area of the US economy to recover since 2009. Any other claim is a lie
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Jane Hamsher
Is Standard and Poor’s Manipulating US Debt Rating to Escape Liability for the Mortgage Crisis?
The Politico headline says it all: U.S. credit downgrade worries Obama, Congress more than default It’s not the default that strikes the most fear in the White House and Congress these days. It’s the...
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Jeff Biggers
For Judy Bonds: Historic Tree-Sit on Coal River Mountain Enters 10th Day
Appalachian leader Judy Bonds would have turned 59-years-old on August 27th.
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Bob Keefe
With Media, Americans Focused on Debt Drama, Congress Attacks Environment
It’s tough getting any news out of Washington these days that doesn’t involve the debt ceiling. Understandably, the political firestorm that has led our country to the brink of financial default has...
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Paul Mutter
US Arms Sales to Repressive Regimes Overlooked in Domestic Gun Control Debate
Arms control is an oxymoron in the U.S. Recognizing this, successive governments have managed to pursue foreign policies that export billions of dollars in weapons abroad while also debating fiercely...
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Lee Saunders
Undermining the Right to Vote
There is no right more precious in our nation than the right of citizens to cast a ballot on Election Day. That is why generations of Americans have sacrificed and even died in efforts to expand the...
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David Dayen
America Unmoored – Elite Failure Leads to Utter Confusion
I’m not a big Charlie Cook fan, and I think he’s deeply confused about economics in this post. But I feel like he definitely gets it right about the era we’re heading into.
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Thomas Geoghegan
Use Article I to Address Debt Ceiling
The tea party has a secret: It wants to raise your taxes . The plan is to get the government to default. Thanks to the meltdown, we now have a fiscal or federal government debt equal to the annual U...
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Linh Dinh
Ubasuteyama, USA: Abandoning the Old to Die
Modern industrial civilization weakens the family, which is not necessarily bad, since it allows children to escape tyrannical parents. In such a society, the home is not so much a socializing haven...
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William Greider
Obama's Bad Bargain
The most distressing outcome of the deficit hysteria gripping Washington may be what Barack Obama has revealed about himself. It was disconcerting to watch the president slip-slide so easily into...
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Russell Mokhiber
Corporate Crime, Russia, Peter Orszag and Getting Away with Murder
Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner were at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. yesterday for a discussion about their book – Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption...
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Michael Winship
When the Super-Rich Cry, "Class Warfare!"
I ran into my friend Jeff Madrick a few weeks ago.
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Christopher Cooper
I Counseled All My Clients To Plead Insanity
I complain. Not endlessly, not I hope, bitterly or boringly. Not without wit and often spontaneous alliteration and sometimes startling and unbidden rhyme. But I do complain (or share or vent or...
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Harvey Wasserman
Don't Nuke the Budget!
America's budget crisis has the world economy at the brink. Social Security, Medicare, aid for needy children, environmental protection and much more are being chopped. Yet Congress and the White...
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George Lakoff, Glenn Smith
Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare
Democracy, in the American tradition, has been defined by a simple morality: We Americans care about our fellow citizens, we act on that care and build trust, and we do our best not just for...
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tom Tresser
None Dare Call It Privatization
Dispatch from a high-powered conference spelling out a new strategy for raiding the commons
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Robert Kuttner
Where is Our Crisis President?
Obama should have steered us away from disaster. Instead he drove us straight to it.
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Ruth Conniff
ALEC, Republicans Beat Up On Kids in Special Ed
Republican lawmakers and corporations have a new target: kids in special ed.
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David Sirota
The Ridiculous Third Party Rallying Cry
Bloomberg and Friedman pretend partisan fighting is ruining our country. The real problem is too much consensus
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Conn Hallinan
Afghanistan: Anatomy of a Hit
The July 12 assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar is one of those moments when the long and bloody Afghanistan war suddenly comes into focus. It is not a picture one is eager to put up on...
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Michele Simon
Who Put McDonald’s in Charge of Kids’ Health?
When McDonald’s sneezes, the media jumps. Such was the case yesterday when the company announced it was giving the Happy Meal a makeover. Well not really, but that’s how it got reported , because the...
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Glenn Greenwald
On Not Freaking Out With Fear: An Un-American Response to the Oslo Attack
Over the last decade, virtually every Terrorist plot aimed at the U.S.
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Donna Smith
Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise
Michael Moore is hosting his film festival in Michigan this week, and I sure hope they are showing “Gaslight” from 1944. The American electorate would be wise to watch it again and to put into...
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Andrew Bacevich
Cheap Grace and American Patriotism
Ballpark Liturgy: America’s New Civic Religion
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Ronnie Cummins
Monsanto Nation: Taking Down Goliath
"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas...
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David Benjamin
The Tax-Free American Aristocracy
PARIS — The Republican vision for America’s future keeps popping up in old movies.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Katrina vanden Heuvel
The GOP’s State-by-State Crusade to Disenfranchise Voters
With only a week left before the United States of America could default on its debt , it’s easy to look at the federal government and wonder how we ever made it this far. Who would have guessed that...
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Mark LeVine
Boycotting Fascism?
Policies that have frustrated Palestinians for years are now being applied to middle-class Israelis, too.
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Adam Cohen
The Dual Failure of Night Raids and Drones
Adapting to an unconventional war, the United States and its allies picked up some new tactics in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the past few years, drone attacks and night raids have become staples of...
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David Sirota
The Long-Term Legacy of 9/11
Nearly 10 years later, new studies point to lasting effects on the nation's mental, physical and political health
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Tom Engelhardt
Connecting the Dots on Disaster
When it comes to the Murdoch scandal, where everyone’s having such a rollicking good time, it hasn't been particularly hard for reporters, pundits, and commentators to connect a few dots, even across...
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Brooke Jarvis
The Courage to Stop Pretending: Tim DeChristopher Sentenced
Can going to jail be a happier choice than turning a blind eye to climate injustice?
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Amy Goodman
War is a Racket
“War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today. One courageous...
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Robert Scheer
Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security
This phony debt crisis has now passed through the looking glass into the realm where madness reigns.
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Naomi Klein
Climate Change and Disaster in Montana
"We're a disaster area," Alexis Bonogofsky told me, "and it's going to take a long time to get over it." Bonogofsky and her partner, Mike Scott, were all over the news earlier this month, telling the...
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César Chelala, Alejandro Garro
Corporations Should Be Held Liable for Human Rights Violations
Several NGOs have filed an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to review the ruling of an appeals court that corporations, under international law, cannot be held liable for damages...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama and the Left: A Problem for the WH?
In Salon [yesterday], Ed Kilgore argues that the White House ignores liberal dissatisfaction with the President because it is largely confined to the "liberal elite" and "liberal opinion leaders" but...
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Roger Bybee
President Obama’s Stuck on the Wrong Kind of Stimulus
A payroll tax cut will play into elites' austerity plans—and could turn the fake Social Security crisis into reality
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Jim Hightower
America's Shameful Leadership
OK, Barack Obama has not exactly turned out to be Mount Rushmore material, but — good God! — the petulant pettiness of right-wing Republican congressional leaders has turned them into a national...
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Tim DeChristopher
I Do Not Want Mercy, I Want You To Join Me
Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine for 'disrupting' a Bureau of Land Management auction in 2008, had an opportunity to address the court...
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Bill McKibben
Tim DeChristopher Is Going to Jail, Now It's Our Turn
"The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders." --Ed Abbey
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Paul Krugman
'Centrism': The Cult That Is Destroying America
Watching our system deal with the debt ceiling crisis — a wholly self-inflicted crisis, which may nonetheless have disastrous consequences — it’s increasingly obvious that what we’re looking at is...
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Peter Yarrow
Tim DeChristopher's Courageous Bid to Save Our World
In March, Tim DeChristopher was convicted of two felony counts for a nonviolent act of civil disobedience. Acting out of his deepest convictions and his abiding concern for the survival of humankind...
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John Feffer
Norway: The Enemy Within
Scandinavians have a dual reputation for tolerance and homogeneity: a population of pale, polite people who speak English perfectly. But that's your grandfather's Scandinavia. Over the last several...
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Frances Beinecke
Vote "No" on House Bill to Fast-Track Keystone Pipeline Review
As early as today, the House will decide whether to rush a ruling over Big Oil's plan to run a pipeline through the American heartland to deliver the dirtiest oil on the planet from Canada to the...
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Johnathon Ross
Medicare for All: Fair, Frugal, and Inclusive
For 30 years I’ve been teaching young doctors how to practice primary care medicine at a center-city clinic in Toledo. Every day we witness heart-wrenching scenes right out of a Charles Dickens novel...
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Ralph Nader
Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill
Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and...
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Jon Walker
Disaster Legislating; A Dangerous New Process
Some people are worried about the potential Constitutional crisis if President Obama uses the 14th Amendment to declare the debt ceiling voting unconstitutional. The reality though is that we are...
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James Ridgeway, Jean Casella
A Hunger for Justice in Pelican Bay
A hunger strike in California has highlighted the widespread and callous use of solitary confinement in the US prison system
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Chris Hedges
Fundamentalism Kills
Update: Sam Harris responds to Chris Hedges at TruthDig.com
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David Korten
Getting Main Street to Call the Shots
America has plenty of cash, but it's in the wrong pockets.
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Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guomao Bridge in Beijing, China. Photo: Reuters Mike Davis
The Coming Economic Disaster
Crash Club: What Happens When Three Sputtering Economies Collide?
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Paul Buchheit
The Question Conservatives Can't Answer
The following fact was sent to numerous conservative pundits, politicians, and profitseekers: Based on Tax Foundation figures, the richest 1% has TRIPLED its share of America's income over the past...
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Mark Engler
Defense Cuts? Don’t Believe Them Until You See Them
One upshot of the debt-ceiling debate is that politicians might finally be ready to trim the outrageously bloated U.S. military budget. That’s the story, anyway, being told by the Washington Post.
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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer and Bill Hilty
Nation's Wars Are Heavy Burden on State Budgets
Citizens in Minnesota are being encouraged to see scarcity as the new normal. If you are an elected official at any level of government, your job has been reduced to managing austerity. It doesn't...
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Monday, July 25, 2011
James Carroll
As Stores Die, So Does Book Culture
THE LIQUIDATION of Borders Books, announced last week, is like the death of an unlikely friend - unlikely because Borders was itself implicated in the slow-motion degradation of the culture of the...
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Jon Walker
How Can Boehner Say Yes When the Deal Gets Sweeter by the Day?
To maintain his role as head of the Republican caucus Speaker John Boehner can’t cut just any old deal with the Democrats, at least not now that so much rides on this particular fight. Even if...
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Marge Baker
Too Many Rulings are Supremely Courteous to Corporations
The Walmart case is only one example of the Supreme Court's growing tendency to side with the interests of big corporations over the rights of ordinary citizens.
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