Views for 2014-11-04

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Rebekah Wilce
Direct Democracy Tackles Fracking, GMOs, Pesticides on Election Day
Voters in cities and states across the United States will vote on a number of ballot propositions affecting the environment on Tuesday, November 4. Initiatives Would Ban Fracking and Address...
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Bill Quigley
The Best Teachers I Ever Had
I used to live and work in the Irish Channel at Hope House in New Orleans. I worked with families who lived in the St. Thomas Housing Development. Over 1500 families lived in brick buildings...
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Corynne McSherry
No Compromise: FCC Should Reject Risky, Confusing “Hybrid” Net Neutrality
Back in May the Federal Communications Commission proposed flawed “net neutrality” rules that would effectively bless the creation of Internet “slow lanes.” After months of netroots protests the FCC...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Midterm Minimum-Wage Mandate
For the national Democratic Party, there are only two possible outcomes in today’s elections: bad and worse. Even in the best-case scenario, Democrats will barely hang onto a narrow Senate majority...
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Mark Trahant
Yes, It’s an Imperfect System, But the Native Vote Is Worth Counting
It’s almost time to count. Since I began my blog around Labor Day about Indian country and elections I’ve written some 16,000 words, posted 25 column-length essays, and many more Tweets and Facebook...
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Reed Richardson
The Biggest Winners of the 2014 Midterms: Corporate Media
No matter who prevails this Election Day, one tiny constituency can already lay claim to a landslide win. Thanks to our nation’s increasingly unregulated campaign finance rules, large media...
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Tom Engelhardt
Building a War Escalation Machine: The Phantasmagoric World of Washington
Sometimes it seemed that only two issues mattered in the midterm election campaigns just ended. No, I’m not talking about Obamacare, or the inequality gap, or the country’s sagging infrastructure, or...
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Juan Cole
American Weapons, Provided to Syrian rebels, Fall into Hands of al-Qaeda
The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the...
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Vishal Agraharkar
New Barriers to Today's Ballot Box
In November 2013, Sammie Louise Bates went to her polling place to vote, as she had done regularly for more than 50 years. But the laws in Texas had changed since the last statewide election. Now,...
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John Nichols
Will the States Send a Signal About Austerity?
If Republicans win the Senate Tuesday, then politics will be following pattern. Presidents who are elected by big margins initially and then reelected comfortably tend to have a lousy time of it in...
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Patrick Cockburn
The West Is Silent as Libya Falls into the Abyss
Remember the time when Libya was being held up by the American, British, French and Qatari governments as a striking example of benign and successful foreign intervention? It is worth looking again...
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David Goldstein
Playing to Lose: Electing the GOP in the Age of Climate Chaos
"This is just the fire alarm. It is not the fire." —Climate Scientist David Archer. "Catastrophic global warming is a hoax. That conclusion is supported by the painstaking work of the nation's top...
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Nick Fillmore
Before a Global Climate Deal, Many Hurdles Still Ahead
The latest United Nations report on the threat of global warming – by far the most serious warning ever of possible environmental disaster – faces a string of serious hurdles to overcome during the...
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