All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
John Atcheson
Lunatic, Counterfactual Rantings of the Mythical "Center"
On the perils of blind bipartisanship
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Robert Reich
The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain: Aim High
I hope the President starts negotiations over a “grand bargain” for deficit reduction by aiming high. After all, he won the election. And if the past four years has proven anything it’s that the...
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Medea Benjamin
Pushing Obama's Arc Towards Peace
Foreign policy played a minor role in a presidential election that focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. But like it or not, the United States is part of a global community in turmoil, and U.S. policies often...
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Monday, November 12, 2012
Dud Hendrick
Reflections of an Anti-War Veteran
The following remarks were made on the occasion of the removal for winter of flags commemorating lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Iraq War Dead Memorial in Blue Hill, Maine on Saturday,...
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Cathy Breen
Dust-Covered Dreams in Iraq Shattered by War
NAJAF, Iraq—I returned from Baghdad last night. Over coffee this morning, I filled the father of my host family in on my trip. I told him it was wonderful to see everyone, but I only heard sad...
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Rachel Shabi
The Israeli Documentary Putting Military Rule in Palestine on Trial
The Law In These Parts builds a strong case against the judges responsible for Israel's draconian occupation laws
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Charles Eisenstein
Why Occupy's Plan to Cancel Consumer Debts is Money Well Spent
Occupy's Rolling Jubilee idea transcends politics and will be difficult for lenders to oppose
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Allison Kilkenny
Occupy Wall Street Activists Buy Up Debt to Abolish It
Strike Debt, a movement formed by a coalition of Occupy Wall Street groups looking to build a popular resistance to debt, plans to hold a telethon and variety show November 15 in support of the...
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Mattea Kramer, Chris Hellman
Washington’s Fiscal Cliff Notes
How to Get Yourself to the Edge of the Fiscal Abyss and Not Jump
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Chris Hedges
Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class
The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible...
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Heidi Garrett-Peltier
Don't Drive Off the Fiscal Cliff
Congress’s newest game of chicken threatens the recovery
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Cenk Uygur
The Grand Bargain is a Grand Lie
Why the scheme being negotiated in Washington is one-sided and totally unfair
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Jane Mayer
A Petraeus Puzzle: Were Politics Involved?
The director of the C.I.A. has resigned over an extra-marital affair two days after a Presidential election in which the Agency’s role in Libya was of burning concern—what is really going on here?
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Paul Krugman
On Deficit Hawks and Hypocrites
Back in 2010, self-styled deficit hawks — better described as deficit scolds — took over much of our political discourse. At a time of mass unemployment and record-low borrowing costs, a time when...
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David Macaray
The Military Honor Code: Myth or Mission?
Even if we choose to ignore the numerous cheating scandals that, over the years, have plagued U.S. service academies (all of which adhere to rigorous and well-publicized honor codes), the most...
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Norman Solomon
How to Build a Grassroots Power Base
Millions of Americans are eager, even desperate, for a political movement that truly challenges the power of Wall Street and the Pentagon.
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Lucinda Marshall
It's Time To Ratify Global Women's Rights Treaty
The United States is one of six countries that has not yet ratified CEDAW , the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women which was adopted by the United Nations in...
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Robert Kuttner
Let's Not Make a Deal
President Obama gave a pretty good speech on Friday about the economy and the budget.
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Paul Buchheit
Five Misconceptions about our Tattered Safety Net
Mitt Romney said he wasn't concerned about the very poor, because they have a safety net. This is typical of the widespread ignorance about inequality in our country. Struggling Americans want jobs,...
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Eugene Jarecki
As US states Legalize Marijuana, Is This the End of the War on Drugs?
The director of a landmark documentary which chronicles how the current penal approach has resulted in social disaster says the greatest legacy of the US elections may be shifting attitudes towards illegal narcotics
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Stan Goff
Petraeus – Scandals and Veterans Day
History selected one man to oversee critical points in the defeat of the United States Armed Forces by two nations in Southwestern Asia. And in the short term, the ever obsequious American media...
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Joseph Nevins
True Leadership in a Time of Global Warming
In the wake of extreme drought in much of the United States, widespread wildfires in the U.S. west, and now Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s refusal to discuss human-induced climate...
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Jennifer Kennedy
Indigenous Protestors Against Guatemala Energy Company Targeted
Six demonstrators were killed and dozens injured when the Guatemalan military fired into a group of indigenous Maya-K'iche' gathered on the Inter-American highway to protest rising electricity...
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Gwynne Dyer
The Loss of Centrality
In this interval of blessed tranquility between the titanic struggle to choose the next president of the “world’s greatest nation” (same guy as last time), and the world-shaking choice of the next...
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Ray McGovern
Pundit Tears for Petraeus’s Fall
Much of Official Washington is in mourning after David Petraeus admitted to an extramarital affair and resigned as head of the CIA. Top pundits were as smitten by the former four-star general as his mistress was.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
Petraeus Scandal is Reported with Compelled Veneration of All Things Military
The reverence for the former CIA Director is part of a wider religious-like worship of the national security state.
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Robert Parry
Behind Petraeus’s Resignation
The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair marks a stunning reversal for the longtime media darling. But some in President Obama’s inner circle are not displeased the neocon-friendly ex-general is gone
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Christopher Brauchli
Soothsayers, Science and Skeptics
Religious feeling is as much a verity as any other part of human consciousness; and against it, on the subjective side, the waves of science beat in vain. —John Tyndall, Science and Man (1863) 2012...
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Chris Kromm
Did Big Money Really Lose This Election? Hardly.
After the most money-drenched elections in history -- with close to $6 billion spent on the 2012 presidential and Congressional races alone, by one estimate -- big donors and the media alike are now...
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Mark Engler
After the Election: Time to Stop Settling for the Lesser Evil
There was a lot less dancing in the streets this Election Day than in 2008, when the nation celebrated the election of the first African-American president. But progressives can nonetheless feel...
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Michelle Chen
Bulls-Hit Ranch Labor Scandal Ensnared Florida Homeless
They called it “The Bullpen.” Farm workers were roped in from the street by recruiters and herded into the enclosed camp, where they worked during the day and slept in dirty, overcrowded bunks rife...
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Jesse Hagopian
I’m Black and I Want More “Stuff” and “Things”: An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly
Dear Mr. Bill O’Reilly, On election night, as it became increasingly clear that Mitt Romney was going to lose the election to Barack Obama, I watched Fox News host Megyn Kelly ask you, “How do you...
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Friday, November 9, 2012
Matt Taibbi
Hey, Rush Limbaugh: 'Starting an Abortion Industry' Won't Win You Female Voters
Like a lot of people, I listened to Rush Limbaugh the day after the election. Pure Schadenfreude , I admit it; I just wanted to hear the reaction. I searched the right-wing media landscape far and...
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Tom Engelhardt
How Presidential War Came Out of the Shadows – and We Went Into Them
In the 1950s and early 1960s, the Cold War was commonly said to have partially plunged “into the shadows” as a secret, off-the-grid, spy-versus-spy conflict fought between the planet's two...
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Kristen Sheeran, Jules Boykoff
The Path Forward on Climate Change: Sandy Is the Mandate
When the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy forced US presidential candidates to temporarily suspend their campaigns, one could be forgiven for thinking the superstorm was an act of a merciful God. But as...
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Tani Bellestri
This Old Party: The Conservative Renovation
I know there are scores of disappointed, heavy-hearted Republicans and conservatives walking around, and I can imagine your angst, your pain, your bitterness, and your confusion. I have the notion...
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Barbara Miner
In the Trenches of Democracy: Reflections from a Milwaukee Polling Site
It was 6:10 a.m., cold and dark on a dimly lit street. “Who are you?” an obviously harried woman asked as I stepped out of my car. I told her I was there to work at the polls. “Good,” she said. “Two...
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Tony Norman
Reagan is Dead. The Future Looks Bright.
No one is happier about Tuesday's election outcome than the ghost of Ronald Reagan. Finally, the Gipper's spirit can pass over the River Styx to his great reward after being held hostage by a...
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Karl Grossman
Fracking and a Radioactive Silvery-White Monster: Radium Must be Left in the Earth
Fracking for gas not only uses toxic chemicals that can contaminate drinking and groundwater -- it also releases substantial quantities of radioactive poison from the ground that will remain hot and...
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Robert Scheer
Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama’s Second Term Is Our Responsibility
Yes, election night was a heck of a party and it’s great that the really bad guys lost. Karl Rove and his reactionary ilk were defeated by a new American majority that is younger, more tolerant,...
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Ben Lilliston
Money, Politics and Food
It didn’t make headlines, but Tuesday was the start of an important movement to reform our food and agriculture system by restoring our democracy. Statewide initiatives in Montana and Colorado, and...
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Laura Carlsen
Obama Must Rewrite His Foreign Policy Legacy
With a more than comfortable margin of 332 to 206 electoral votes, President Barack Obama held onto office last Tuesday. Now the big question for foreign policy is whether Legacy Obama will be a...
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Alfred W. McCoy
Beyond Bayonets and Battleships: Space Warfare and the Future of U.S. Global Power
It’s 2025 and an American “triple canopy” of advanced surveillance and armed drones fills the heavens from the lower- to the exo-atmosphere. A wonder of the modern age, it can deliver its weaponry...
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Glenn Greenwald
CNN Claims Iran Shot at a US Drone, Revealing the News Network's Mindset
Its Pentagon reporter parrots significant, inflammatory government claims without an iota of skepticism or balance
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Stephen Mulkey
Time for Higher Education to Take a Stand on Climate
We are running out of time. While our public policy makers equivocate and avoid the topic of climate change, the window of opportunity for salvaging a livable planet for our children and...
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Adil E. Shamoo
A New Middle East Agenda for Obama
In his first term, President Barack Obama’s vision for the Middle East failed to materialize. Because he failed to deliver on his promise to redefine America’s relationship with the Islamic world, he...
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There is a force more powerful: People organized around this country, fighting for a more just, sustainable world. Amy Goodman
Now the Work of Movements Begins
There is a force more powerful: People organized around this country, fighting for a more just, sustainable world.
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Ellen Brown
It’s the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World
In the 2012 edition of Occupy Money released last week, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers,...
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Dean Baker
Climate Change, Not the National Debt, Is the Legacy We Should Care About
Worry about the grandchildren? Then stop global warming, but don't pretend deficit reduction by slashing pensions is for them
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Costas Douzinas
Greece Is Ripe for Radical Change
The latest draconian austerity measures imposed on the Greek people can be a catalyst to bring about the end of the old system
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Ocean Robbins
Did Monsanto Trick California Voters?
California could have been the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. We would have joined more than 60 countries where consumers have the right to know if...
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Richard Eskow
Voters Didn't Ask for Bi-Partisanship, They Demanded Good Policies
After the Election, a New Mandate -- and New 'Fiscal Cliff' Math
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Robert Kuttner
Hey, Obama, Hands Off Their Medicare
Striking a deal with Republicans to cut entitlements would be a disastrous start to the president's second term.
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Fran Korten
Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term
The devil’s in the details, but so are the angels. Here are five things on Obama’s agenda you’ll want to keep an eye on—and get active in, too.
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Pa Ousman Jarju
An Open Letter to Obama from the World's Poorest Countries
As president you have helped those who cause climate change more than those affected most by it. Helping the world's poorest adapt is now a matter of urgency, and it can be your great legacy
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Erin Niemela
Voting? Done. Democracy? Just Begun.
Election night is finally over. Television can resume its originally broadcast programs and Facebook can return to cat memes and photos of our dinner. We can go back to talking about our personal...
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Vince Warren
Let's Get to Work
Two big things happened in the last week, and they're both going to require our attention for the next four years and beyond: the national election repudiated religious conservatives and handed Obama...
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Ralph Nader
On a Progressive Civic Agenda
The “democracy gap” in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder...
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John Buell
The US Austerity Fight Cometh
President Obama may soon face a three-headed monster. Though a tepid recovery is underway in the United States, unemployment remains high and some of the tools used to promote recovery carry...
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Elizabeth Rose
Social Security: It Ain't Broke
It's a basic part of what makes America run, like our national highway system.
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Paul Krugman
The Real Real America
So, for a while there during the campaign it seemed very iffy. But in the end, discipline and being on the right side of the issues prevailed. Yes, Elizabeth Warren won! Oh, and that guy Obama too.
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Glenn Greenwald
From Liberal Victory to Disempowerment in Six Easy Steps
Obama and Progressives: What Will Liberals Do with Their Big Election Victory?
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Sarah Waheed
The Malalas You Don't See
On October 24 in Northwest Pakistan, two children were injured in a drone strike authorized by the President of the United States. Other kids have been killed by similar strikes; Americans do not...
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Sarah Anderson
Those Fighting Economic Inequality Rewarded by Voters
Members of Congress who received good marks in an Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) report card on inequality fared well in the election.
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Anis Shivani
What Progressives Expect from Obama
Dear President Obama,
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Hamid Dabashi
Obama Again, But Is the Global Grace Gone?
Very few US presidents have had the opportunity to alter the global perception of the US, and Obama so far has squandered it.
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Matthew Breen
Historic, Wondrous Night for LGBT Equality
Being pro-equality is no longer risky
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Phil Aroneanu
Bill McKibben’s Math: Climate Change Hits Home (in a 22-City Tour)
It shouldn't take a hurricane to blow open the debate about climate change. But Sandy might help 350.org prove what's at stake in a nationwide campaign to divest university endowments from the fossil fuel industry.
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John Nichols
For Obama, a Bigger Win Than for Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Bush or Bush
It wasn't even close. That's the unexpected result of the November 6 election.
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Mark Weisbrot
Obama's Victory and the Progressive Work To Come
Barack Obama's carefully crafted economic populism carries the day
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Adam Parsons
Why We Should All Be Talking About Global Sharing
The idea of sharing is increasingly popular today as an answer to many of our social, environmental and economic problems. By learning how to share more in our everyday lives - in everything from...
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Michael Winship
Whatever It Takes – If You Can, Vote!
A week has passed since Hurricane Sandy struck, and the short subway ride uptown this morning almost seemed normal, except for the bigger crowds getting on at Penn Station and Times Square —...
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Rebecca Solnit
The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse: Hurricane Sandy Rides In
The first horseman was named al-Qaeda in Manhattan, and it came as a message on September 11, 2001: that our meddling in the Middle East had sown rage and funded madness. We had meddled because of...
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Richard Eskow
A Vote Against Despair
Some people I respect are agonizing over their Presidential vote. Others are voting third-party, or not at all. Speaking only for myself, my choice wasn't made lightly: I'll be voting to re-elect a...
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Cenk Uygur
Why Obama Will Disappoint Progressives and I Voted for Him Anyway
Anyone who thinks President Obama will magically turn around in his second term and be a real progressive is high on a 2008 supply. Soon after President Obama is re-elected he will do the Grand...
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Thom Hartmann, Lamar Waldron
Romney, Richard Nixon, and Las Vegas Cash: A Hidden History Repeats Itself
A hugely-wealthy casino tycoon--whose empire is the subject of government investigations and media scrutiny--pours huge sums of money into the presidential campaign of the Republican nominee, while...
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Aditya Chakrabortty
America Has Supersized Inequality. Political Gridlock Was Bound to Follow
US voters are split along an ever-widening faultline of wealth and poverty, so it's no wonder there's little hope of moderation in politics
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George Monbiot
Obama and Romney Remain Silent on Climate Change, The Biggest Issue of All
Despite hurricane Sandy, neither Obama nor Romney will speak about global warming. The danger this poses is huge
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Rockaway resident Christine Walker walks along the beach under what is left of the boardwalk in the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, November 5, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) Naomi Klein
Superstorm Sandy—a People's Shock?
Seizing the climate crisis to demand a truly populist agenda
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Janet Redman
Is Obama Taking Climate Voters for Granted?
My relationship with President Obama has been getting a bit strained lately. I really like Obama, and I know he likes me, too. But I feel like he’s taking me for granted… as a climate voter.
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Robert Reich
We the People, and the New American Civil War
The vitriol is worse is worse than I ever recall. Worse than the Palin-induced smarmy 2008. Worse than the swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its...
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Valerie Strauss
What’s at Stake for Public Schools in Election
Tuesday’s election will determine whether Arne Duncan remains as President Obama’s education secretary (Duncan says he wants to stay and Obama has shown no interest in replacing him) or whether Mitt...
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Medea Benjamin
A Chat With Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan
Having recently returned from Pakistan meeting with drone victims, on November 4 my partner Tighe Barry and I were having a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast. The discussion turned to John Brennan,...
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Jeremiah Goulka
Mitt Romney’s Team Would Let Loose Dogs of War in Iran
It’s the consensus among the pundits: foreign policy doesn’t matter in this presidential election. They point to the ways Republican candidate Mitt Romney has more or less parroted President Barack...
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Carolyn Eisenberg
Before the Post-Mortems…
This weekend, activist list-serves and web-sites were crackling with furious debate over whether or not progressives should be voting for President Obama this time around or helping to build a third...
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Phyllis Bennis
Stormy Elections, Wars & Occupations
The massive storm that ravaged Haiti, Cuba, and much of the east coast of the United States may be the ‘shock and awe’ of climate change’s permanent war against the U.S. (it attacked the rest of the...
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Simone Campbell
Power to the People - Below the Poverty Line
With all the attention being paid this election to millionaire campaign donors and the importance of helping the middle class, candidates on both sides are overlooking one critical segment of our...
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Juan Cole
Top Ten Coming Disasters: Romney’s America 2016
What will the United States look like in 2016 if Mitt Romney wins? While predicting the future is of course impossible, actually my experience is that if you play out known possible scenarios in your...
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Richard Schiffman
Obama and Romney Differ on Energy Policy, But Less Than You Might Think
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama for his stance on climate change has brought the candidate's energy policy back into focus. So let's start off with a quiz.
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Mijin Cha
Now That Climate Silence Has Been Broken, How about a Carbon Tax?
The surprise Obama endorsement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s is a good time to revisit one of Bloomberg’s ideas to combat climate change: the carbon tax.
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Chris Hedges
The S&M Election
I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are...
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Ira Chernus
Occupy Obama on Election Day
The Occupy movement has a very big dog in this year’s presidential fight. Election Day will determine the size of the movement’s legacy, and very possibly its future too.
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Paul Buchheit
A Vote for the Republicans is a Vote Against Yourself: 5 Reasons Why
To be more precise, it's a vote against yourself as long as you're making less than $250,000 a year, which includes about 99% of us. The Republicans have repeatedly turned against middle-class and...
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Robert Kuttner
Notes for a Manifesto: How Austerity Conservatism Will Screw Us
The enormity of last week's super-storm is just beginning to sink into political consciousness. Hurricane Sandy should transform what Americans expect from their government, and give the party of...
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Jeremiah Goulka
The Dogs of War Are Barking
Mitt Romney’s Team Wants to Let 'Em Loose in Iran
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Mary Bottari, Sara Jerving
Hurricane Sandy Endorses Obama
Storm Provides a Counter-Narrative to the Hundreds of Millions in Fossil Fuel Campaign Contributions
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Dave Lindorff
Broken US System Needs Watching: International Election Observers Could Face Arrest
Tuesday’s national election in the US is shaping up to be a bruising affair, with both parties hiring armies of lawyers to fight over likely contentious battles over voter access to polling stations...
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Robert Reich
Romneyism
By now, in these last remaining days before the election of 2012, we have learned enough about the beliefs of the Republican presidential candidate to see them as a worldview all its own – a kind of...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Anna Lappé
GMOs at the Polls: 7 Things to Tell Your Friends Before Election Day
Americans are the world’s GMO guinea pigs, say Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé. But California’s ballot initiative on labeling GMO foods would give everyone the choice to change that for themselves.
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Caroline Arnold
We Can't Afford the Silencing of the Voice of "We, the People"
We use the metaphor "herding cats" to describe a situation in which someone tries to govern the collective behavior of creatures who have only individual goals and agendas, and little interest in...
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