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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
H.D.S. Greenway
All's Trouble on The Central Front
The few declassified tea leaves from the brewing pot of the National Intelligence Estimate, released last week, are being studied for justifications and denunciations by both sides in the national...
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George Monbiot
Eco-Junk: Why Buying Less Is More Than Buying Green
It wasn't meant to happen like this. The climate scientists told us that our winters would become wetter and our summers drier. So I can't claim that these floods were caused by climate change, or...
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Melanie Sloan
Congress Must Reassert The Balance of Powers
The White House, by proclaiming that it will not let the Justice Department pursue contempt charges against a former White House official who failed to comply with a congressional subpoena for...
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Kathy Kelly
Attuned to Tom and Jerry
Iraqi Refugees In Jordan: Real Crisis Is No Cartoon
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Bob Burnett
George Bush: Moral Termite
For many of us on the left coast, President Bush's pardon of Scooter Libby was a non-event; we've grown blasé about Bush abuses. As a result, we shrug and say to the rest of the nation: What did...
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Robert Shetterly
Chewing More Than the Fat
To be sane in a mad time is bad for the brain, worse for the heart. The world is a holy vision, had we clarity to see it --- a clarity that men depend on men to make. -Wendell Berry, The Mad Farmer...
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Tom Engelhardt
Why the US Military Loves Ron Paul
While US commanders in Iraq are deep into planning post-surge surges well into next spring, a couple of straws in the military wind indicate that support for them, not just in civilian America but in...
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Dean Baker
Big Government Grover and the Fund Manager Subsidy
Political activist Grover Norquist has been one of the right-wing's most forceful voices over the last two decades. Along with Newt Gingrich, he was one of the main architects of the Republican...
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Norman Solomon
Media Corrections We'd Like to See
Former readers of Mad Magazine can remember a regular feature called "Scenes We'd Like to See." It showed what might happen if candor replaced customary euphemisms and evasions. These days, what...
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Holly Sklar
Pay CEOs Less, Minimum Wage Workers More
Minimum wage workers made $5.15 an hour when Harry Potter became a sensation a decade ago, and nothing more until July 24, three days after the final Harry Potter book release. The same year Harry...
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Dave Lindorff
Office Arrests: The Shame of John Conyers
If Rosa Parks had lived two years longer, what happened today in the halls of Congress might have killed her. It certainly would have broken her heart. Rep. John Conyers, venerable member of Congress...
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Medea Benjamin
Congressman John Conyers Betrays the American People
I remember before the 2006 election being at a fundraiser in Los Angeles for the Democratic Party when one of the featured guests was Rep. John Conyers. The issue of impeachment came up and the...
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Monday, July 23, 2007
John Nichols
Censure & Impeachment
There is every reason to be enthusiastic about U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold's decision to ask the Senate to consider a pair of censure resolutions condemning the President, Vice President and other...
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International Herald Tribune Editorial
The Great Denier, At It Again and Again
If ever there were a moment for serious discussion about the Iraq war, this is it. People want President George W. Bush to explain how he will extract the troops and contain the bloodletting and...
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Los Angeles Times Editorial
No To Nukes
It's Tempting To Turn To Nuclear Plants to Combat Climate Change, But Alternatives Are Safer and Cheaper.
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Arianna Huffington
The Secretary of Defense Breaks with the President on Sanitizing the War
Another Republican stalwart has broken with President Bush over Iraq. No, this isn't a Republican senator making a speech to buy political cover come election time. This latest voice of dissent...
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Lauren Adler
Global Warming: Identifying The Problem Is Not The Solution
Most understand the concept of global warming and accept it as a problem. Yet most people also act as if the solution lies in simply identifying the problem. Recognizing that global warming is real...
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David Cole
Bush's Torture Ban is Full of Loopholes
The president has issued an executive order to stop the CIA from using torture, but the ban is unenforceable.
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James Carroll
Waking Nightmare
Last night I had the strangest dream. Its soundtrack was the ticking of a kitchen timer. Suddenly, the timer sounded, which was my signal to take a large pot out of the oven. The roast of beef was...
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Cynthia Tucker
Bin Laden Gets His Wish, Thanks to Bush Administration
We just don't believe them anymore. We no longer take seriously the warnings of terrorist threats coming from White House functionaries. So, this month, when Homeland Security Secretary Michael...
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Harvey Wasserman
PR Nuke Flacks Do The Kashiwazaki Quake Death Spin
As you read this, swarms of extremely well-paid PR flacks are spinning the Kashiwazaki nuke quake into an argument for building more reactors. They will deploy utter absurdities and personal attacks...
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Donna Smith
Bush Got a Better Colonoscopy Than Me
DENVER - OK, so this discussion may be a little graphic for some, so bear with me, I do have a point to make. President George W. Bush had a colonoscopy done on Saturday morning, as you may already...
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Jimmy Breslin
Impeach George Bush To Stop War Lies, Deaths
I am walking in Rosedale on this day early in the week while I wait for the funeral of Army soldier Le Ron Wilson, who died at age 18 in Iraq. He was 17 1/2 when he had his mother sign his enlistment...
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Hank Edson
Why We Must Leave Iraq ASAP: It's the Only Way to Fight Our Real Enemy
The first awful, horrendous truth is we don't know our own real enemy. It's not Al Qaeda, it's not Saddam Hussein, and it's not terror. None of these pose a threat to the existence of our democracy...
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Ira Chernus
The Democrats' Iraqi Dilemma: Questions Unasked, Answers Never Volunteered
Pity the poor Democratic candidates for president, caught between Iraq and a hard place. Every day, more and more voters decide that we must end the war and set a date to start withdrawing our troops...
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Danny Schechter
'Contagion' Could Lead To A Financial Tsunami:
Explosions, Implosions and the Recession Around The Corner
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Cindy Sheehan
Time's Up, Congress! Impeach, Now!
Our Constitution established a tri-partite system of government, with the notion that each branch of government would act as a check on the other two. Unfortunately, for the last six years, the...
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
Ronald Glasser
Again, We Did Know Better
Robert McNamara (secretary of defense) reflecting on the decisions of the spring and early summer of 1965 (decisions that sent us into war in Vietnam) recalled that "we were sinking into quicksand."...
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John Nichols
President Cheney -- Officially
Presuming that he could be distracted by a colonoscopy, George Bush on Saturday arranged to briefly transfer the authority of the presidency to Dick Cheney. Surely, Cheney, who has not exactly been...
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Dave Zweifel
I Told You So: Bush's Damage Staggering
When George W. Bush was surprisingly re-elected president in November 2004, I predicted that in a couple of years -- just like after the re-election of Richard Nixon -- you'd have problems finding...
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LeRoy Moore
Udall's Carelessness Regarding Iran
Representative Mark Udall, in a recent letter, repeats two familiar canards about Iran. First, "Iran has defied the international community by continuing to work to advance" its nuclear program...
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Eric Margolis
America's Next Big Blunder
Fears are growing the U.S. may be planning to attack Pakistan's "autonomous" tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The Bush administration is ready to lash out at old ally Pakistan, which Washington...
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Matthew Rothschild
Martial Law Proponent Dies
On July 18, General Wayne A. Downing died. The New York Times noted that he had "fought in jungles and deserts and commanded American Special Operations forces before becoming a senior adviser to...
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Heather Wokusch
Under the Radar: Ten Warning Signs for Today
1. Protest war, lose your property? On July 17th, The White House quietly announced an Executive Order entitled "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq."...
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Derrick Z. Jackson
Earmarking the War Machine
ONCE AGAIN, the railing of Senate Democrats did not matter on Iraq."This is George Bush's war," Hillary Clinton said. "He is responsible for this war. He started the war. He mismanaged the war. He...
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Ralph Nader,
No Future for Nuclear Energy
Here they go again. After thirty years without a firm order, the atomic power companies are pushing their radioactive, costly technology for a comeback on the backs of you the taxpayers.
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David Segal
Corporations' Cross-Country Extortion Racket
BOEING EMPLOYEE John Pluegar said, "It's a beautiful sight." "I love it," said a Boeing wing mechanic who asked not to be named, admiring the plane. They and so many others are ooohhing and aaahhing...
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Christopher Brauchli
A Column for the Masses
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't getting' there, Heaven, heaven. - I got shoes, Spiritual At first it seems like incredible intolerance. Reflection reveals it's nothing more than a space problem...
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Monica Benderman
Facing the Truth
It's about time Americans faced the truth. Today a Marine not only convicted of conspiring to commit kidnapping, larceny, and making false statements; but the murder - MURDER - of an innocent Iraqi...
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Friday, July 20, 2007
Harold Meyerson
The GOP's Spineless Sages
Anyone searching for the highest forms of invertebrate life need look no further than the floor of the U.S. Senate last week and this. These spineless specimens go by various names -- Republican...
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Kathryn Bourgoin
Health Care Should Be a Right
Our country has had publicly funded education since 1643, when the first public school was started in Dedham, Massachusetts. Most people think education is a basic right, so why isn't healthcare? The...
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Mary Ellen Marino
Act On Impeachment, Now
The Constitution states that the president and vice president can be impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors." If we do not impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, we...
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Tony Norman
When N-Word Becomes the In-Word
Guess what? We're going to bury the N-word, just like they did at the NAACP convention in Detroit a couple of weeks ago." "Really? How are civilized folks supposed to express their simultaneous...
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Michelle Gardner-Quinn
This I Believe
Editors Note : Two days before her disappearance, Michelle Gardner-Quinn submitted this essay for an assignment in Environmental Studies 151, a University of Vermont course taught by Professor...
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Jay Bookman
After Six Years, al-Qaida Still a Major Threat
Six years ago this month, as al-Qaida agents here in the United States made final preparations for an attack that would murder 3,000 Americans and change the course of history, parts of the U.S...
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Ted Rall
Wrong and White and Red All Over
On Iraq, the right was wrong. It's a slam dunk. So why do the wrong righties keep raking in big media cash? And why aren't lefties taking a victory lap?
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Pierre Tristam
The Audacity of Fraud: How Barack Obama Is Losing My Vote
Barack Obama writes a 5,000-word manifesto on " Renewing American leadership " in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. I was expecting fresh, bold new thinking-the audacity of liberalism. What I got...
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Ira Chernus
University of Colorado Set To Fire Ward Churchill
On Tuesday, July 24, the University of Colorado Board of Regents will decide whether to accept the recommendation of CU President (and former Republican senator) Hank Brown, and fire CU Professor...
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Ryan Blethen
Media Monoliths Should Talk To The People
The kings of technology, media and investment gathered last week in Sun Valley, Idaho, for what has become the event for those who dominate their fields, and others, to the detriment of Americans...
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Arianna Huffington
In the Name of Objectivity, Media Clouds the Reality of Terror Report
Here we go again. Another devastating report being spun as a mixed bag -- with the spin dutifully echoed by the media. Another administration brain tumor being "offset" by shiny hair . This time it's...
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Rosa Brooks
A Really Bad Case of 'Reality'
Once just an administration fantasy, a powerful Al Qaeda in Iraq fueled by Islamic extremism has become the world's nightmare.
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David Michael Green
When Harry Met Harry: Reid Finally Starts Channeling Truman Instead of Dukakis
Progressives have spent years and decades now lamenting the woeful lack of political courage on the part of the Democratic Party in Washington, the supposed 'leadership' of the supposed 'opposition'...
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Thursday, July 19, 2007
Ted Van Dyk
McGovern Animated by Public Agenda
I returned Tuesday from several days in Washington, D.C., and a celebration of former Sen. George McGovern's 85th birthday and reunion of his 1972 campaign staff. The reunion was a reminder, among...
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Mara Revkin
Suppressing the Truths of War
A new documentary about war correspondents shows not only how hard it is for reporters to capture the real stories of conflict, but how hard it is for them to get those stories on air and in print...
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Tony Karon
Yes, Bush Is Naked, What of It?
On the Middle East Catwalk with the Bush Administration
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John Nichols
Republican Hypocrite Caucus Keeps George Bush's War Going
A night of debate about the war in Iraq yielded two results: 1. Limited progress on getting an honest up-or-down vote on whether to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq on a schedule that might finish...
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John Young
SiCKO: A Rx For Middlemen
In the cartoon, the woman outside a theater showing Sicko says, "It's a movie that says we should have free health care." To which her husband, pulling her along, says, "Good. Then it's a movie that...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Bush Can Do More For Refugees
DAKAR, SENEGAL - There is George W. Bush and there's Larry Siems. Siems is among those Americans, like Senator Ted Kennedy, who want their president to take moral responsibility for creating the...
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Timothy Garton Ash
Iraq Hasn't Even Begun
Consequences From The Disaster We Could Have Avoided Will Plague The World Long Into The Future.
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Marjorie Cohn
Iraqis Will Be the Deciders
As Congress debates whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, George Bush is trying to buy time. He and Dick Cheney have no intention of ever pulling out of Iraq. Cheney commissioned a 2000 report...
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Dave Lindorff
America at War: Killing Cabbies in Iraq
If you know anybody who still supports Bush's and Cheney's criminal war against Iraq, have them watch a short news report aired on July 16 on ABC News titled Exclusive Look at Soldiers on the Front...
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Cindy Sheehan
Give War A Chance
Journey for Humanity and Accountability - Day 9
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Ray McGovern
Bush's Wooden-Headedness Kills
President George W. Bush is convinced, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that he is on the right course in the war in Iraq and the struggle against terrorism. He says he will not change...
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Harvey Wasserman
The Earthquake That Screamed "NO NUKES!!!"
The massive earthquake that shook Japan this week nearly killed millions in a nuclear apocalypse. It also produced one of the most terrifying sentences ever buried in a newspaper. As reported deep in...
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Norman Solomon
From the Grave, a Senator Exposes Bloody Hands on Capitol Hill
It was a chilling moment on a split-screen of history. While the Senate debated the Iraq war on Tuesday night, a long-dead senator again renounced a chronic lie about congressional options and...
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Joyce Marcel
Summer Meditation
A Polish farmer in the town where my husband grew up used to say, "Corn come, 'coon come. 'Coon come, corn gone." I thought of that the other night, when Randy told me he saw a big raccoon waddle up...
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Robert Shetterly
Injured Democracy Needs An Honest Surgical Knife
Thank God our time is now when wrong Comes up to face us everywhere. Never to leave us till we take The longest stride of soul we ever took. -- Christopher Fry The greatest threat now, it seems to me...
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Sally Kohn
Reflections on the US Social Forum: Three Cautions for the Future of the Left
A few weeks ago, I attended the first-ever United States Social Forum, June 27 to July 1, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an awe-inspiring event, bringing together over 15,000 grassroots activists...
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Amy Goodman
Two Races, Two Systems of Justice in Louisiana
Last week in Detroit, the NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. But a chilling case in Louisiana shows us how far we have to go to bury racism. This story begins in the small central Louisiana...
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Robert Scheer
King George W.: James Madison's Nightmare
George W. Bush is the imperial president that James Madison and other founders of this great republic warned us about. He lied the nation into precisely the "foreign entanglements" that George...
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Peter Galbraith
The War Is Lost
This essay appears in the August 16th, 2007 issue of the New York Review of Books and is posted here with the kind permission of the editors of that magazine. 1. On May 30, the Coalition held a...
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John Nichols
Don't Fence in the Web!
The genius of the Internet, from the distant moment of its inception to the present day, has been its tendency toward openness, freedom and equality. On the great frontier of digital communications,...
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Glenn Hurowitz
A Washington Tryst? Questions from the Iraq Vigil
The great question on the minds of the people gathered Tuesday night outside the Capitol, and, I suspect, at the more than 150 similar anti-war vigils nationwide was, "Are the Democrats for real?"...
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Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Counting Troops in Iraq
This past week, both the House and the Senate debated and voted on legislation affecting the deployment of U.S. troops in Iraq. In the Senate, the issue was the length of time soldiers and Marines...
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Erik Leaver, Greg Muttitt
Slick Connections: U.S. Influence on Iraqi Oil
"The oil belongs to the Iraqi people. It's their asset," declared President George W. Bush in a press conference on the White House lawn in June 2006. He had just returned from a surprise visit to...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Tracking The Weapons of Homeland Terrorists
There is new talk of tracking cars for terrorism. There is international praise for tracking terrorists with cameras. This would logically lead to a tracking program for the most violent weapon in...
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Caroline Arnold
Habeas Corpus: A Defense Against The Dark Arts
This week our Air Force announced the deployment of "Reaper" - a remotely-controlled cyber-raptor loaded with hellfire and holocaust designed to deliver death and devastation to any target at any...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Dead Nation Walking
Yesterday's 90-day stay of execution for 38-year-old Troy Anthony Davis has once again focused our nation's attention on the issue of capital punishment. Davis, an African American from Savannah,...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Firmin DeBrabander
It's Time To Upend The Farm Bill
As far as federal spending programs go, the farm bill enjoys a relatively benign reputation. For urban and suburban America, it's completely uninteresting- but largely irreproachable. What could be...
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Glenn Hurowitz
Environmentalism for Billionaires
How Businesses Are Looking To Cash In On Global Warming with Green-Washed Plans That Aren't As Eco-Friendly As They Seem.
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Cindy Sheehan
Harming Civilians is a War Crime
Journey for Humanity and Accountability - Day 7 The Journey for Humanity and Accountability took a two days hiatus in Charlotte, NC while I traveled home to the Bay Area to attend the memorial...
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CommonDreams.org
Revealing Exchange On Iraq: E-mail with House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Representative Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5th District) United States House of Representatives Washington, DC Dear Representative Hoyer: Thank you for your letter of June 19, 2007, in response to my letter...
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Dean Baker
Subsidies for Fund Managers: Wall Street's Giant Trough
We all know about the proper role of government - giving as much money as possible to those who already have the most. That is the principle behind the special tax treatment of compensation for...
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Barry Payne
FTC on Net Neutrality: Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence
The Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Deborah Platt Majoras, speaks in riddles about net neutrality the way Donald Rumsfeld spoke about the Iraq War. (See "The Communicators", C-SPAN, July 12;...
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Tom Turnipseed
George Bush and Lindsey Graham Push the Power of the President and Generals Over People and Troops
"How hard is it for you to conduct the war without popular support? Do you ever have trouble balancing between doing what you think is the right thing and following the will of the majority of the...
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Dave Lindorff
Feingold Turns to Dross
In a diary entry on DailyKos , Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), one of the most consistently progressive liberals in the Senate, surrendered to the Democratic Party Establishment, with an embarrassing...
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Pierre Tristam
Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo's Legacy of Hate
Theodore G. Bilbo was governor of Mississippi for two terms and a U.S. Senator for two, from 1935 to 1947. He ranks high and shrill among the crowded thicketry of openly racist and violence-loving...
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Jesse Jackson
To Save Our Cities, Resist Gun Lobby
House Panel Approves Amendment Crippling Police Efforts vs. Guns
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Marjorie Cohn
Reining In an Out-of-Control Executive
Our Founding Fathers created three separate but co-equal branches of government to check and balance each other so no one branch would become all powerful. Indeed, James Madison wrote in the...
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Arianna Huffington
Bill Kristol: On the Train to Delusionville
I know it's a pretty high bar, but Bill Kristol, the founder of the Project for a New American Century that spawned the Iraq war, the man whose editorials often seem to be inserted directly into the...
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Nicholas Von Hoffman
Why Milk Costs More Than Gas
The other day milk was selling in a New England supermarket at $4.79 a gallon. Down the street, regular gasoline was going for about $3.04 a gallon. One of the factors driving up the cost of milk is...
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John Nichols
Harry Reid Finally Starts to Fight Smart
Harry Reid is finally coming to the realization reached months ago by the American people: That Democrats in Congress have been played for suckers by the Bush White House and its Republican allies on...
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Sean Gonsalves
'A Cruel Distortion of History'
The Roberts Supreme Court didn't reinstitute segregation as the law of the land in its recent ruling on Seattle's and Louisville's integration plans but in a land where schools are, in fact, still...
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Leslie Sheridan
A Dissenters 4th of July Experience:
America: Stripped of Her Rights Happy Independence Day?
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Beth Quinn
A Mid-Summer Review of Things Gone Badly Awry
I know it's dangerous to think for yourself in America these days, but please take a couple of minutes to consider how far we've traveled from common sense these past few years. Here's the short list...
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David Clark
Britain Must Take The Lead in Iraq - by Getting Out First
Only the most implacable critics of the government could fail to appreciate the shift in foreign policy since Tony Blair left office three weeks ago. This was always going to be a difficult and...
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Cynthia Tucker
President Hostile To Scientific Facts That Conflict With Right-Wing Views
A veteran of combat and police sieges, Dr. Richard H. Carmona thought he knew a dangerous assignment when he saw it. But he didn't know what he was getting into when he signed up to be U.S. surgeon...
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Neal Peirce
Plan For Growth -- or Get Swamped
BELLAGIO, Italy - Will Planet Earth be able to handle the mega-surge of people pouring into the cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America? Back in 1950, there were 2.2 billion of us, mostly spread...
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Nolan Bowie
Treating Money as Free Speech
MONEY, by definition, is a medium that can be exchanged for goods and services and is used as a measure of their values in the market. We are taught that the value of some things, such as our...
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Hooman Majd
Bush's Big Iran Problem
The White House is foolish not to recognize that the only way out of the Iraq mess now includes serious negotiations with Iran.
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