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Saturday, August 4, 2007
Terence Samuel
Bernie Sanders' Tussle With Nussle
If Jim Nussle wants to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, he is going to have to get around Bernie Sanders, who announced yesterday that he will put a hold on Nussle's nomination to...
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Carolyn Bninski
Stop the War, Amplified
I am writing in response to Clint Talbott's editorial on July 31, "Protest, amplified," which focused on my arrest at Congressman Mark Udall's office. There were two inaccuracies in the editorial...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush's Executive Order on Lebanon Even Worse than the One on Iraq
George W. Bush is churning out executive orders and Presidential directives just as fast as Dick Cheney's lawyers can fill up yellow legal pads. The power that he is asserting-no, grabbing-with these...
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Glenn Greenwald
Democrats' Responsibility for Bush Radicalism
It is staggering, and truly disgusting, that even in August, 2007 -- almost six years removed from the 9/11 attacks and with the Bush presidency cemented as one of the weakest and most despised in...
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David Masciotra
Minneapolis Bridge Collapse: A Sign of Things to Come
The recent bridge collapse in Minneapolis is the latest in a series of ominous warnings of infrastructural meltdown and inadequate maintenance that will lead to more death and destruction in the...
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Cindy Sheehan
The Other War
I was sitting behind the stage at Union Square the other day when a young woman with a cameraman in tow approached me and asked me if she could ask me a "question." Seldom when I am approached to...
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Bruce Friedrich
Humane Meat? A Contradiction in Terms.
People have become increasingly aware that virtually all of the 10 billion land animals slaughtered in the U.S. each year for their meat, eggs and milk are terribly mistreated . In fact, routine...
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Bob Fitrakis / Harvey Wasserman
The Deepening Criminal Cover-Up of Ohio's Stolen 2004 Election
The illegal destruction of federally protected 2004 election materials by 56 of 88 Ohio counties has become a fraudulent "dog ate my homework" farce of absurd justifications and criminal coverups...
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Christopher Brauchli
Totalitarianism Revisited
I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. -John Quincy Adams, Letter to John Adams It is time I set the record straight. I applaud all George...
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Friday, August 3, 2007
Jonathan Steele
Good News From Baghdad At Last: The Oil Law Has Stalled
The panic and distraction of the security crisis should not be used as cover for handing Iraq's wealth to foreigners
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Nick Coleman
Public Anger Will Follow Our Sorrow
The cloud of dust above the Mississippi that rose after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed Wednesday evening has dissipated. But there are other dark clouds still hanging over Minneapolis and...
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Dave Zirin
Even in Minnesota: When Domes Attack
Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the last place on earth I would have expected a "structurally deficient bridge" to collapse, but it happened. As sure as the levees broke in New Orleans, the bridge is no...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
Race is the Tripwire for the Progressive Movement: John Conyers and Impeachment Part II
As a minister, an activist, and the president of a Hip Hop organization, I speak often on a number of issues. When I speak at anti-war rallies the audience is usually all White, when I speak at...
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David Michael Green
Conservatism Is Politics For Kindergartners
Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to worry our little heads over politics? Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just turn over control of all those vexing issues, including our health, welfare and...
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Olga Bonfiglio
August Alert
So, what's with August? Since George W. Bush became president, August has either been a month when terrible things happened or it has foreshadowed a precedent. Let's look at the evidence year by year...
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Walter Mondale
Cheney Overstepped The Bounds of His Office
The Washington Post's recent series on Dick Cheney's vice presidency certainly got my attention. Having held that office myself over a quarter-century ago, I have more than a passing interest in its...
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Matt Lewis & Adam Hughes
Bush's Budget Buster
The debate over Iraq has overshadowed an important, and bitter, budget fight brewing between Congress and the president, who has threatened to veto a host of modest, responsible congressional...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
When a Government Won't Own Up
Rescue and cleanup workers, who put their lives on the line in our nation's darkest hour, weren't given information about environmental risks and are now paying the price with financial hardship,...
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John Nichols
Representative Baldwin Joins Impeachment Call
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, wants to see the House impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. She also wants to investigate whether similar action should be taken against Attorney General Alberto...
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Rosa Brooks
Heroism and The Language of Fascism
'Everyone's a hero, everyone's a star," sings Jon Bon Jovi on his 2005 album, "Have a Nice Day." It's an insipid song, but a fitting anthem for what has become a thoroughly insipid age. Once upon a...
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Matthew Duss
Gasoline for the Fire
Like a gambling addict who has to keep betting more to cover his previous losses, the Bush administration's recently announced plan to provide some $65 billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi...
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
Leila Fadel
Where Is The Bread
A reader wrote in criticizing me for writing about soccer and a National Anthem when OXFAM had released a report that chronicled the suffering of Iraqi people here, which has deteriorated since the U...
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Jan Resseger & Curtis Ramsey-Lucas
Let's Be Careful about the Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act
Our serious and ongoing concerns about the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) cause us to ask our legislators in Congress not to rush through a quick fix but instead to take the time to reauthorize NCLB...
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Lou Dubose
High Crimes and Misdemeanors
ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN BEGINS HER dispassionate 2006 book, The Impeachment of George W. Bush , with an account of the House Judiciary Committee's July 27, 1974, vote to impeach Richard Nixon. She...
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Dexter J. Kamilewicz
A Dissenter In Search of Clarity
Todd Benoit's commentary , "Get in line, Cindy. An election is at stake" (BDN, July 28), is an interesting assessment of current political chicanery. In a country where Democrats and Republicans...
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Alan Nasser
The Threat of U.S. Fascism: An Historical Precedent
Perhaps the most alarming slice of twentieth-century U.S. history is virtually unknown to the general public, including most scholars of American history. One hopes that a recent BBC documentary...
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Norman Solomon,
Media Blitz for War: The Big Guns of August
This week the U.S. media establishment is mainlining another fix for the Iraq war: It isn't so bad after all, American military power could turn wrong into right, chronic misleaders now serve as...
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Matthew Yglesias
DC Elites Want You To Shush On Iraq
Be Afraid When The Same Centrist Consensus That Has a Lousy Track Record on The War Lashes Out At Partisans.
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Andrew Greeley
Will We Betray Our Iraqi Workers?
I see by the papers, as Mr. Dooley used to say, that the American ambassador in Iraq is trying to obtain passports for Iraqi members of the embassy staff and isn't having much success. The United...
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Jay Bookman
Why Iraq Insurgency Hasn't Lost Steam — But Hope Has
I want to believe it's working. I want to believe that after four years of incompetence, we have finally found the leadership and strategy that will succeed in Iraq. I want to believe the surge will...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
The Negative Power of Presidential Wishful Thinking on Iraq
Rand Beers' final White House assignment after working for four presidents was to fig ure out whether attacking Iraq would leave the back door open to another al-Qaida strike on the homeland. "But as...
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Pierre Tristam
American Fatalism
The question makes for customary newspaper fodder July 4 and other national holidays, although to me it's a 365-day fixation more interesting than inquiries into the meaning of life or the existence...
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Beth Quinn
Grown-up Needed To Clean Up After Pres. Bam Bam
A lot of readers tell me they assume I'll be voting for either Hillary or Obama in the next election. That's interesting because I have no idea who I'm voting for. The only thing I know for sure is...
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Amy Goodman
The Uncounted Casualties of War
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey is not counted among the Iraq war dead. But he did die, when he came home. He committed suicide. His parents are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs and R...
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Sydney Blumenthal
The Three Stooges:
The President Won't Fire Alberto Gonzales. He Needs Him to Protect White House Secrets, Including The Scheming Roles of Cheney and Rove.
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Matthew Rothschild
Dems Complicit in Bush Power Grab
Unbelievably, the Democratic leadership in Congress seems about to cave in to Bush and grant him, of all things, more power to spy on Americans. This, even as Alberto Gonzales continues to dissemble...
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Robert Naiman
Now Who's "Bush-Cheney Lite"?
Just when some folks might have been thinking that Hillary Clinton had been magically transformed into an actual opponent of the neocon Empire project, what with her outrageous suggestion that the...
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Tom Engelhardt
Benchmarking Iraq For Disaster
Under the headline, "A War We Just Might Win," the New York Times on Monday published an op-ed by Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution and Kenneth Pollack, both referred to as critics of the...
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Michael Schwartz
Benchmarks That Matter: The American Military's Lose-Lose Dilemma in Iraq
President Bush has called upon Congress, the American public, the Iraqi people, and the world to suspend judgment -- until at least September -- on the success of his escalation of the war,...
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Marianne Williamson
A New Order of The Ages
There is a principle in A Course in Miracles stating that it is not up to us what we learn, but only whether we learn through joy or through pain. In a universe that is, quite literally, the ongoing...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The $63 Billion Sham
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States wants to send $63 billion in military aid and weapons to the Middle East to "bolster forces of moderation and support a broader strategy to...
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Mario Cuomo
War Powers Rest With Congress
The Constitution gives a clear vision of the Founders’ intentions. If Only Congress Hadn’t Ceded Its Authority To A War-Bound President.
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Nat Hentoff
Mr. President, Tear Down That Prison!
Even though the prison at Guantanamo Bay for purported "enemy combatants" has damaged America's name and credibility, I was still surprised by the huge and diverse turnout at a June 26 rally in...
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Marianne Means
Gonzales Has Starring Role in DC Farce
A political train wreck is inevitable now between the White House and Congress over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' refusal to take seriously the oath he took as the nation's chief law enforcement...
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Ari Berman
Why Pelosi Opposes Impeachment
If she were not in the House--and not Speaker of the House--Nancy Pelosi says she "would probably advocate" impeaching President Bush. But given her current role as party leader, at a breakfast with...
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John Nichols
"The President Cannot Ignore an Impeachment"
After months of revelations about his ham-handed attempts to politicize investigations and prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys and sections of the Department of Justice he heads, after his repeated...
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Robert Scheer
Bush Keeps Israel Close, Saudi Arabia Closer
Go figure: From the White House comes the news that self-styled anti-terrorism crusader George Bush wants to sell $20 billion in high-tech military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the source of most of...
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Scott Ritter
A Call To Service
I have always had an immense appreciation for my country and the ideals and values it aspires to embrace. This appreciation has manifested itself over the years in both written and spoken form, and...
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Josh Silver
Murdoch: Bad for Journalism, Bad for Democracy
Today's news that the Bancroft family has agreed to News Corp.'s $5 billion dollar buyout offer for Dow Jones , is a powerful reminder of how media consolidation is constantly eroding the...
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Jeremy Scahill
A Very Private War
There are 48,000 'security contractors' in Iraq, working for private companies growing rich on the back of US policy. But can it be a good thing to have so many mercenaries operating without any democratic control?
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Pierre Tristam
War's Not A Drumbeat Exclusive To Republican Party
The assumption is a perfect fit for the reactionary-conservative narrative of the last half century: Republicans know national security and foreign policy. Democrats don't. It's also an outlandish...
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John Nichols
Ted Stevens -- and Senate GOP -- In Trouble
Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is in big trouble. And when Stevens is in trouble, so are Senate Republicans. In a high-profile raid on the senator's home, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal...
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John Smart
An Empire Can Be Terribly Expensive
Forget the spin about WMD's or "Iraqi Freedom" or the "War On Terror." The White House is lying, Congress is lying, and the media stopped asking questions. What we are not told is that Iraq is about...
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Naomi Wolf
Time for a Democracy Movement
America is looking less and less like America. And more and more Americans are worried about it.
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John Gray
The Death of This Crackpot Creed Is Nothing To Mourn
The Wider Conflict Now Engulfing Iraq Lays Bare The Absurdity of Liberal Interventionism - and The Decline of US Power
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Matthew Rothschild
Why Gonzales Still Has His Job
It's amazing that Alberto Gonzales still has his job.What do you need to do to get fired in the Bush Administration? Well, if you're the President's crony, quite a lot, evidently. Gonzales lied six...
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Marie Cocco
Republicans Defend Tobacco Giants from Sick Children
WASHINGTON-In keeping with Oscar Wilde's adage that one cannot be too careful in the choice of enemies, congressional Democrats have chosen wisely and well. Are there two industries in America toward...
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Arianna Huffington
Blowing Off the PR Pixie Dust While Waiting for Petraeus
The White House is giving Gen. David Petraeus the most over-the-top PR push since the Segway's inventor predicted , "It's going to change the world." The constant sprinkling of pixie dust is meant to...
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Stephen H. Baum
Whole Foods But Not Whole Truth
Recent news about Whole Foods' CEO, John Mackey, indicates that he used a pseudonym ("Rahodeb") to post commentary on Yahoo's financial site. Nothing new in that. However, the articles further...
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Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis
Will Bush Cancel The 2008 Election?
It is time to think about the "unthinkable." The Bush Administration has both the inclination and the power to cancel the 2008 election. The GOP strategy for another electoral theft in 2008 has taken...
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Dean Baker
Midsummer Market Meltdown: Is the End Near?
Last week's stock market tailspin has many of the big-time money folks worried. They have suddenly discovered risk. It turns out leveraged buyouts are not always successful, and mortgages and other...
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James Carroll
The Peril of Valuing Celebrity Over History
As we entered the stately house in the tony suburb of New York, we commented on what an impressive place it was. Our host looked around with satisfaction. He had a lot of new money, and had only...
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Monday, July 30, 2007
Kathy Kelly
Dancing in Darkness
Last weekend was an important one, regarding education, here in Jordan. Jordanian high school students learned the results of exams qualifying them (or not) for University studies. Television news...
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Chip Ward
Diesel-Driven Bee Slums and Impotent Turkeys: The Case For Resilience
Resilience. You may not have heard much about it, but brace yourself. You're going to hear that word a lot in the future. It is what we have too little of as our world slips into unpredictable...
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Paul Krugman
An Immoral Philosophy
When a child is enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (Schip), the positive results can be dramatic. For example, after asthmatic children are enrolled in Schip, the frequency of...
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Johann Hari
Defunding The Genocide:
Sudan Rakes in Billions Selling Oil To The World, and Spends It On Hardware to Trash Darfuri Villages
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Senator Dianne Feinstein
Close Guantanamo Now
On July 26, Lt. Col. Stephen E. Abraham testified on Capitol Hill that the Bush administration's legal system at Guantanamo - used to determine which detainees should be held indefinitely as enemy...
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Chris Edelson
Fear Itself
When Franklin Roosevelt took office as president in 1933, the United States was in the middle of the Great Depression. In fact, there was a worldwide economic depression. Fascism was on the rise in...
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James Rothenberg
Impeachment as Political Solution to Iraq War
It has become cliché to say that this Iraq war cannot be won militarily. Equally comfortable with this admission are hawks who would turn on a dime if they thought the insurgency was capable of...
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Linn Washington, Jr
Documents of Courage and Cowardice
SALISBURY, England - Even many atheists acknowledge the awe inspiring beauty of the fabled Salisbury Cathedral, the stunning Gothic edifice built in the 1200s topped by the highest church spire in...
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Marjorie Cohn
Time for an Independent Counsel
Congressional leaders are calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible perjury charges against Alberto Gonzales. As we saw during the Watergate scandal, the executive...
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Kaleem Omar
Bush's Critics Say Threat of Martial Law in The United States is 'Real'
Two issues are being debated concurrently in the United States these days. On the one hand, critics of the Bush administration say that, from the look of things, the Bush/Cheney regime has been...
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Cindy Sheehan
Brought To You By Boeing
Before I headed to our "Gather-In of Hearts" in Central Park West this afternoon, I was watching NBC's Meet the Press. Except for a brief excerpt about the Alberto Gonzales hearing this week, the...
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New York Times Editorial
Mr. Gonzales's Never-Ending Story
President Bush often insists he has to be the decider - ignoring Congress and the public when it comes to the tough matters on war, terrorism and torture, even deciding whether an ordinary man in...
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John Nichols
Censure and Impeachment: Take 2
New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey is easily the most dogged critic of Vice President Dick Cheney in the House of Representatives, and Hinchey has not exactly been soft on President Bush. So it...
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Saturday, July 28, 2007
Robert Fisk
Why My Lebanese Landlord Is Expecting The Worst
I returned home to Beirut this week to find my landlord, Mustafa, welding an armoured door on to the entrance of his ground-floor flat. "There are many thieves nowadays, Mr Robert," he pleaded with...
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Noam Chomsky
The Cold War Between Washington and Tehran
The following is an excerpt from Noam Chomsky's new book Interventions published by City Lights Books.
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Amitabh Pal
Bush Administration Utterly Callous Toward Iraqi Refugees
New definition of chutzpah: You send a country to hell, and then you refuse to assist the millions of people you have caused to suffer. The Bush Administration is showing the utmost callousness...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel & Michael Corcoran
Spun To Death: 'War Made Easy'
In 2005, Norman Solomon released his book, War Made Easy , which exposes the manner in which US presidents manage to sell war, like clockwork, through the same fallacious arguments, largely with the...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
An Unlivable Minimum
The Democratic presidential candidates were asked in the CNN/YouTube debate if they were willing to work in the White House for the national minimum wage. Senators Christopher Dodd and Joe Biden said...
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Ralph Nader
Acting on Bush/Cheney's Impeachment
Most readers of The Washington Post probably missed it. But probably not Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Fifty-six of his law school classmates (Harvard Law School, class of 1982) bought space for...
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John Nichols
A Commitment to the Constitution
The Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights Watch and MoveOn.org have launched a vital campaign to put restoration of the Constitution on the agenda for Democratic presidential candidates --...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush vs. Children
Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy. - Izaak Walton, Epistle to the Reader So you were surprised? Blame it on your short memory. If it were...
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Bernie Sanders
'Open Access' Essential To Media Reform
Media ownership in this country is facing the largest crisis of ownership since the era of William Randolph Hearst's yellow journalism. Rupert Murdoch could possibly acquire the Wall Street Journal...
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Glenn W. Smith
Congress, Bush and The Real Constitutional Crisis
America is in the midst of an authentic constitutional crisis as the Bush Administration moves to reduce Congress to little more than an irrelevant focus group and achieve what no U.S. President has...
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Dave Lindorff
Martial Law Threat is Real
The looming collapse of the US military in Iraq, of which a number of generals and former generals, including former Chief of Staff Colin Powell, have warned, is happening none too soon, as it my be...
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Christopher Cooper
See You Can't Please Everyone So You Got To Please Yourself
I make some effort to give you people what you want. Some. Nothing heroic, but some. I wouldn't pander, and I won't sell out. Not for what they pay me now. But I'll consider at least the possibility...
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Mohja Kahf
A Letter To Your Beautiful Heart
"Muslims are the youngest sibling in the Semitic family of religions, and we typically get no respect from the older kids - Judaism and Christianity. That our older sisters didn't stick our pictures...
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Julene Bair
The Environmentalist Within
Environmentalists get a bad rap in farm country. Many farmers complain that environmental regulations interfere with their property rights and ability to feed a hungry world. To that end, these...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Withdrawal Follies: The Bush Administration Plants Its Flag in the Future
Withdrawal is now so mainstream. Last week, debate about it led to a sleep-in protest in the Senate and, this week, it's hit the cover of TIME Magazine , of which there's no mainer-stream around. The...
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Aziz Huq
Dangerous Privilege
It's time to do something about executive privilege. Having stretched the Constitution to the snapping point, the White House now brandishes "executive privilege," talismanlike, to ward off discovery...
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Arianna Huffington
Bush Sets the Table for September: Who You Gonna Believe, Petraeus or Your Own Eyes?
In preparing us for Gen. David Petraeus' inevitable glass-half-full September assessment, the administration has been putting a Bushian spin on the classic Marx Brothers line "Who you gonna believe,...
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Ezra Klein
Spring Training for Universal Health Care
The Bush administration is equating health care for children with public health care. This is good news for Democrats, for whom this is a winning issue and an excellent warm-up for a future fight...
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Hubert G. Locke
Talk of Impeachment Gets Louder
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quick to quash any such idea after the Democratic sweep of Congress in last November's election. And the full-page ads from such groups as Why We Can't Wait, calling...
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Kari Hamerschlag
Farm Bill - 1 step forward, 3 steps back
Today, the House will be asked to vote for a Farm Bill that keeps intact a food and farming system that has failed our country. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, together with House Agriculture Committee...
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Rosa Brooks
Dark Powers, The Sequel
The president's recent executive order allows the CIA to detain anyone the agency thinks is a terrorist -- or a terrorist's kid.
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Matt Duss
Misunderstanding Muqtada al-Sadr
In a July 11 Wall Street Journal op-ed, writer Kimberly Kagan touted the success of the Iraq surge strategy. Kagan noted, among other supposed triumphs, that the Maliki government had "confronted...
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David Michael Green
Forget Third Parties — It Ain't Gonna Happen: Hijack The Democrats Instead
Huge numbers of Americans are disgusted with both the Republican and the Democratic parties right now, and are hungrily clamoring for a third alternative. I know, I know - imagine that! What's not to...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Whatever Happened to Shame and Guilt?
Once again we have been treated to yet more failures of leadership. Last week it was Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles. Instead of testifying in court over his priest-child-abusers,...
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
Race is the Tripwire for the Progressive Movement: John Conyers and Impeachment
On July 23, Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern and I met with U.S. Rep. John Conyers about the issue of impeachment. We delivered a petition for impeachment with one million signatures. While we met, 400...
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