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Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Robert Scheer
The Legacy of Bush II
Curb your enthusiasm. Even if your favored candidate did well on Super Tuesday, ask yourself if he or she will seriously challenge the bloated military budget that President Bush has proposed for...
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Michael Parenti
Bad Boys, Nasty Boys: Out of the GOP's Closet
Republican party politicos espouse an unflagging devotion to old-fashioned morality and family values, inveighing heavily against gay marriage, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, feminism, crime,...
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Ray McGovern
Powell's UN Fiasco: Fresh and Festering
Yesterday was a difficult day for Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. It was hard to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our first corporate memorandum, a same-day critique of Colin Powell'...
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Christopher D. Cook
Why I'm (Still) Voting for Edwards
First let me say what this essay is not: it's neither some desperate idealistic lunge at lost hope, nor is it sour grapes. Ironically, my stubbornly lingering support for Senator John Edwards is...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Boom Was a Bust for Ordinary People
It begins to sound a bit naughty -- all this talk about the need to "stimulate" the economy, as if we were discussing how to make a porn film. I don't mean to trivialize our economic difficulties or...
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Carolyn Anderson
The 60-Plus Population: Living History
Been There? Done That? Then go there and do some more. It is never too late to be what you could have been. - George Eliot It has occurred to me lately that North American society does not honor age...
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Lisa Margonelli
Five Myths About Greener Energy
Last year, Americans spent more greenbacks on oil than any other nation - about $517 billion, according to the Energy Information Administration. But we've failed to lead in developing green energy,...
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Marie Cocco
Permanent Disaster
There are no alligators in New York City's sewers, and Paul McCartney is still not dead. There are those who wish the Bush administration's plan to establish a long-term American military commitment...
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David Roberts
Obama v. Clinton: Who's Greener?
If you're a political junkie like me, all you can think about is the primary and the general election beyond. Can you remember a primary season so dynamic and volatile, so dramatic, so filled with...
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John Nichols
Ten Tips for Sorting out Super Tuesday Spin
Super Tuesday is such a monumental moment on the 2008 political calendar that the big day's voting actually voting began when it was still just ordinary Monday in America. And the first ballots weren...
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Sherman Yellen
Crimes Without Punishment
This weekend, thanks to Arianna Huffington, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of No End in Sight , Charles Ferguson's brilliant documentary about the Iraq war, the buildup, the fuck-up and...
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Seumas Milne
The War That Can Bring Neither Peace nor Freedom
The crisis of the Afghan occupation is a reminder of its fraudulent claims, growing cost in blood, and certainty of failure
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Pierre Tristam
Compelling Leaders in a Party Impaired by Assassins and Bores
The median age in the United States is 36. That means half the people in the country were born before 1972, and well over half didn't have their first memory until 1968. Add to that the very large...
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Jesse Jackson
Super Tuesday Voters Are Energized, Eager for Real Change
Across the country, voters are as interested in Super Tuesday's voting as they were in the Super Bowl. Change is in the air. Young people are in motion. Something is happening out there. What...
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Laura Flanders
Which Womanhood?
I wish I felt what Robin Morgan feels. "Our President Ourselves!" she cheers, in a rousing pitch for Hillary Clinton. "We need to rise in furious energy - as we did when courageous Anita Hill was so...
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Scott Ritter
Iraq's Tragic Future
Any analysis of the current state of the ongoing U.S. occupation of Iraq that relied solely on the U.S. government, the major candidates for president or the major media outlets in the United States...
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Dean Baker
These Loans Were Made for Walking: The End of the Subprime Crisis
We are nearing the end of the subprime crisis, but this is not exactly grounds for celebration. There are still millions of low- and moderate-income homeowners who are facing the loss of their house...
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Monday, February 4, 2008
Martha Rosenberg
Viewers Cringe at Slaughter Video While USDA Spins
You wouldn't think you could "spin" a video that shows slaughterhouse workers electric shocking downer cows, "water boarding" them, jabbing their eyes with herding paddles and ramming them with...
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John Pearce and Kathy Cramer
Hillary's Looming Electability Crisis
There are moments when you see a slow-motion disaster unfolding before you, and you can only yell out and hope those around you notice in time. Now is such a moment for Democrats, and "in time" means...
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Jamison Foser
Rich Media, Poor Debates
During last night's [Jan. 31st] Democratic presidential debate , the journalists conducting the questioning asked Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton about how they would "pay for" their...
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Stephen Zunes
Behind Obama and Clinton
Voters on the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rightly disappointed by the similarity of the foreign policy positions of the two remaining Democratic Party presidential candidates,...
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James Carroll
JFK's Torch for Obama
When Senator Edward M. Kennedy and members of his family endorsed Barack Obama in Washington last week, the real meaning of that torch-passing was defined by where it occurred.
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Philip Giraldi
Sibel Edmonds Must Be Heard
Sibel Edmonds is the FBI translator turned whistleblower who decided to go public late in 2002 and has been seeking to tell her story about high-level corruption in the United States government...
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Gary Younge
In This Great Meritocracy, Only One Thing Matters: Who Is Your Daddy?
To change the political sclerosis gripping their country, Americans need a president distinguished by his lack of pedigree
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Lewis Seiler, Dan Hamburg
Rule by Fear or Rule by Law?
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is...
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William J. Astore
The Tenacity of American Militarism
What Progressives and Other Critics Don't Get About the US Military
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Sean Gonsalves
What Is the Point of Congress?
Seems our neighbors in the northeast have grown over-weary of the current White House regime treating the Constitution and the laws enacted by The People's representatives like an optional menu...
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Sunday, February 3, 2008
Jim Goodman
The State of the Union and the Davos Forum, Singing From the Same Hymnbook
Economic growth, big news in late January. President Bush focused on a "stimulus package" to jump start the economy in his State of The Union Address, stressing that the US economy is "strong,...
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Jerry Lanson
Can the Democrats Blow It Again?
The polling numbers in today's Washington Post offer nothing more than a pit stop in a long-distance car race. But still. If the race today matched John McCain against Hillary Clinton, he'd have the...
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Joseph Nevins
US Must Atone for Aiding Suharto
The death of Suharto, the strongman who ruled Indonesia for more than three decades, is cause for reflection in the United States, particularly as Americans choose our next president and wrestle with...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
How Obama Could Create a Long-Term Democratic Majority
Commentators are talking, and rightly so, about how young voters are flocking to Barack Obama. Their overwhelming support gave Obama his Iowa margin, kept him just a few points behind in New...
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Karl Grossman
Money Is the Real Green Power: The Hoax of Eco-Friendly Nuclear Energy
Nuclear advocates in government and the nuclear industry are engaged in a massive, heavily financed drive to revive atomic power in the United States-with most of the mainstream media either not...
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Editorial
Bush's Digital Dysfunction
President Bush does not use e-mail. The most secretive chief executive since Richard Nixon does not want to risk having his digital communications revealed as part of the official record of the...
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Robert Fisk
Torture Does Not Work, as History Shows
"Torture works," an American special forces major - now, needless to say, a colonel - boasted to a colleague of mine a couple of years ago. It seems that the CIA and its hired thugs in Afghanistan...
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Glenn Greenwald
Is Michael Mukasey Prioritizing the Harassment and Imprisonment of Journalists?
Ever since the President's illegal warrantless eavesdropping program was revealed by the New York Times ' Jim Risen and Eric Lichtblau back in December, 2005, there has been a faction of...
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Saturday, February 2, 2008
Bud McClure
The Republican Debate: The Ghouls Came out and Danced About…
There is something so dark and perverse about the Republican debates that I cannot stop watching them. In many ways I imagine it to be like a deathwatch that takes place hours before an execution,...
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Peter Weiss
Torture Unnecessary to Get Information
Last October I attended a reunion of World War II veterans who worked at a secret prisoner-of-war interrogation center at Fort Hunt, Va., near Washington, where many of the top Nazi scientists were...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
How Edwards Advanced the Democrats' Debate
The wisps of the John Edwards campaign were visible at the beginning of Thursday night's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama led off by saying...
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Christopher Brauchli
Cigarettes, Drugs and Corporations
The essence of lying is in deception, not in words. - John Ruskin, Modern Painters Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose -the news about the newest cholesterol lowering drugs and disclosure...
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Stephen Zunes
Hillary Clinton Again Lies about Iraq
In Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton lied again about Iraq. At the forum in Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton declared , "We bombed them for days in 1998 because Saddam...
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Ralph Nader
No Debate
It was billed as the great debate that, in the words of moderator Wolf Blitzer, "could change the course of this presidential race and the nation." Situated at the packed historic Kodak Theatre-site...
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Dave Zirin
The Super Bowl: Who Stole the Soul?
Apparently it's not killer bees, sleeper cells, or flesh eating viruses we are supposed to fear this week. According to the mainstream media, it's the Super Bowl that's hazardous to our health. The...
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Tim Rutten
Mukasey's Confession
'Out of the mouths of babes," goes the old saying -- to which we now may add, "and from the mouths of attorneys general." When Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey went before the Senate Judiciary Committee...
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Saree Makdisi
The Strangulation of Gaza
The people of Gaza were able to enjoy a few days of freedom last week, after demolition charges brought down the iron wall separating the impoverished Palestinian territory from Egypt, allowing...
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Nomi Prins
The State of Whose Union?
Earlier this week, speaking for Washingtonia and unburdened by high expectations, President Bush said "all of us were sent to Washington to carry out the people's business." The question remains -...
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Friday, February 1, 2008
Bryan Farrell
Lessons from Protesting Guantánamo
It was nearly three in the morning, on a recent Saturday, when the door of a Washington DC jail cell slammed closed with me inside. After an already grueling day in police custody that began at 1:...
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Juan Cole
Blowback From the GOP's Holy War
For much of January, one might have thought that the Republican candidates for president were already competing against a single opponent. Not one called Hillary or Barack, but with a moniker even...
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Barry Lando
Giving Israel a Pass
As I was reading through several news items last week on the Internet about the appalling situation in Gaza, I received an e-mail alert from my wife. It had been forwarded to her by a Parisian friend...
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Chris Hayes
The Choice
It's gotten to that time in the primary contest where lines are drawn, camps are solidified and conversations around dinner tables grow heated. My friend Dan recently put it this way: "You start...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Plans to Leave a Lot of Unfinished Business
With a year to go in the White House, President Bush has said he will sprint to the finish line. But in his lackluster final State of the Union address this week, the president acknowledged that he...
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Tom Devine and Adam Miles
A New Golden Age for Whistleblowers
Congress is about to get serious about attacking government corruption sustained by secrecy and enforced by fear. Before Christmas, the Senate unanimously joined the House to approve legislation...
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Naomi Klein
Disowned by the Ownership Society
Remember the "ownership society," fixture of major George W. Bush addresses for the first four years of his presidency? "We're creating...an ownership society in this country, where more Americans...
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Ray McGovern
Iniquities and Inequities of War
"For the oppressors, what is worthwhile is to have more-always more-even at the cost of the oppressed having less or having nothing. For them, to be is to have and to be the class of the 'haves.'" --...
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Jeff Cohen
Stepford Republicans: All Caught on Tape!
"The Stepford Wives" tells the chilling story of once smart, independent women who get abducted and turned into tamed, mindless robots. I have a theory about a similarly subversive process that turns...
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David Michael Green
Clinton Reflux Syndrome
My god, I loathe the Clintons. The idea of Clinton redux gives me acid reflux. The idea of Clinton duplex gives me Clinton reflux. Look out - I really feel the need to hurl. And (almost) never more...
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Ira Chernus
The Edwards Campaign: What Went Wrong?
John Edwards must be soooo frustrated. He and his strategists read the polls carefully, then crafted their campaign to reflect what most Americans really believe. The cost of living keeps going up,...
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Michael T. Klare
Something Had to Give: How Oil Burst the American Bubble
The economic bubble that lifted the stock market to dizzying heights was sustained as much by cheap oil as by cheap (often fraudulent) mortgages. Likewise, the collapse of the bubble was caused as...
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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Thomas A. Bass and Maurice Isserman
Iraq of '08 Eerily Like Vietnam of '68
The last time the United States lulled itself into thinking that a military surge was working was January 1968, just before the Tet lunar New Year ushered in the Year of the Monkey. Gen. William...
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Marie Cocco
Ten Months Too Long
I watch the constitutional and media curiosity that is a president's State of the Union Address as a journalistic and civic duty. Every year it is enlivened a bit by some small tingle of anticipation...
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Amy Goodman
Western Civilization: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Attorney General Michael Mukasey sipped his water nervously. It was the first time he was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee since his controversial confirmation. At issue then and now...
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Editorial
A Disappointing Debut
About the best we can say about Attorney General Michael Mukasey's testimony Wednesday in the Senate is that he was no Alberto Gonzales, with the frequent memory lapses and possibly intentional...
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Leslie Griffith
Silence: Post-9/11 Censorship in the Press
The dumbest question on earth turned out to be the only pertinent one. I was sitting at the anchor desk in San Francisco when President Bush delivered the State of the Union of 2003. We all expected...
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George Lakoff
What Counts as an 'Issue' in the Clinton-Obama Race?
Political endorsements rarely make interesting reading. But this year is different. Take the endorsements of Hillary Clinton by the New York Times [ NY Times , January 25, 2008] and Barack Obama by...
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Rosa Brooks
Obamania in Action
Is endorsing Barack Obama the new cool? Not long ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the seemingly inevitable front-runner for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Obama was the insurgent. He...
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Glenn Greenwald
Mukasey's Radical Worldview Is Now the Norm
Yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, featuring day-long testimony from Attorney General Michael Mukasey, was extraordinary for only one reason: for our country, what happened in the...
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Karen Dolan
Foreign Policy Goes Local
The scene is the floor of the Chicago city council chambers. The meeting is unusually passionate. The floor speeches are particularly charged, even by the Chicago city council's turbulent standards...
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Robert C. Koehler
Defeat Without End
"Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching . . ." There it is again, that choking...
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Danny Schechter
Memo to the FBI: Expand the Probe of Economic Crimes
We Need a Special Prosecutor and a Democratic Party That 'Gets It'
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Editorial
A War Without End or Oversight
President Bush places himself above the law -- even ones he signed.
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush Betrays Belligerent Intentions Toward Iran in State of Union
The only noteworthy thing about Bush's State of the Union address was his unmistakable belligerence toward Iran. He mentioned that nation first in the context of why the United States must stay in...
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Bill C. Davis
Bill Clinton - Let Him Be
He is taking them on. He has been a one man feeding trough for years. He now fights back. The media is a tricky opponent to tackle. Once you confront one, like a pack, the reporters and pundits...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Why This Edwards Voter Is Now Backing Obama
I gave John Edwards more money than I've given to any candidate in my life, and I'm glad I did. He raised critical issues about America's economic divides, and got them on the Democratic agenda. He...
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Susan Lenfestey
What Would Molly Do?
The columnist is greatly missed, but her example can guide us in this campaign.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Slavery in the Union
"We must ensure that all life is treated with the dignity it deserves," President Bush declared during his final State of the Union address. He then segued into a call to ban human cloning. He didn't...
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John Nichols
With a Last Call to Action, John Edwards Will Exit the Race
John Edwards has canceled campaign events that were scheduled for today in February 5 primary and caucus states and will instead fly to New Orleans, where his populist campaign to make poverty an...
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Michael Shank
False Sense of Security in Iraq
The Pentagon ushered in the New Year with seemingly welcome news: Iraq's security is improving. Attacks across the country fell 62% and, according to aid organization Iraqi Red Crescent, 20,000 Iraqi...
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Simon Jenkins
The 'War on Terror' Licenses a New Stupidity in Geopolitics
The language loved by Bush and Musharraf has translated into a global disaster bringing death and misery to millions
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Robert Scheer
Obama, Clinton and the War
It should mean a great deal to progressives that in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Sen. Ted Kennedy favors Sen. Barack Obama over two other colleagues he has worked with in the...
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Daniel Barenboim
Passports to Progress
Israelis and Palestinians alike should join me in taking dual citizenship - for we share one destiny
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Mark Morford
The 935 Lies of George W. Bush
Yes, you already knew. But now they're actually quantifiable. Like, say, stab wounds
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Pat LaMarche
How Easily Offices Are Stolen in the US
"No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse." - Theodore Roosevelt I'll add that no people can be wholly civilized if they don't even...
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David Cook
Kissing the President
Thomas Graham is a soldier from north Georgia who went to Baghdad to fight Iraqis and terrorism. On a hot July day last summer, during his second tour of duty, a bomb exploded on the road he was...
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Robert Weissman
The Shameful State of the Union
Here's one thing everyone should be able to agree upon from George Bush's State of the Union address: "We have unfinished business before us." Apart from that, it's a little difficult to credit much...
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Tom Engelhardt
Looking Up: Normalizing Air War From Guernica to Arab Jabour
A January 21st Los Angeles Times Iraq piece by Ned Parker and Saif Rasheed led with an inter-tribal suicide bombing at a gathering in Fallujah in which members of the pro-American Anbar Awakening...
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Peter Dreier
White Voters Deserve More Credit
The Clintons are playing the race card, and it isn't pretty.In the four primaries and caucuses held so far, Barack Obama received between 34% and 38% of white votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada...
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Editorial
Shame on Him
One might think a man who struggled with the definition of "is" and wagged his finger while lying on national television would not be in a position to accuse others of "fairy tales." But humility and...
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Mark Bittman
Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
A sea change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store - something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn't oil. It's meat. The...
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Editorial
Iraq: Making It Someone Else's Problem
When is a treaty between two nations not a treaty? When the president doesn't call it a treaty and refuses to submit it to Congressional scrutiny. The Boston Globe reported Friday that the Bush...
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Eugene Robinson
Cards From a Worn-Out Deck
Playing the race card against Barack Obama didn't work out quite the way Bill Clinton had hoped. Neither did a reported last-minute personal appeal to keep Ted Kennedy, venerable guardian of the...
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Marie Cocco
An Economic Bridge to Nowhere
Ask an economist to explain a recession and you'll likely get a description that involves declining demand, slowing production and an accounting of this or that "excess" in the economy (this time, it...
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John Nichols
The Sorry State of a Lame-Duck's Legacy
The Constitution requires that presidents "from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and...
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Gary Hirshberg
How to Recycle Less and Do More
I'm convinced that smart, hardworking people can profit from practicing what many people call the R's of effective waste management. The R's aren't new, but the order of priority is much more...
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George Monbiot
Population Growth Is a Threat. But It Pales Against the Greed of the Rich
It's easy to blame the poor for growing pressure on the world's resources. But still the wealthy west takes the lion's share
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Jamie Menutis
Super Bowl of Shame
What's more American than football, apple pie and Chevrolet? How about cool brand new radial tires? That's what Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC wants us to believe. The former American...
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Stephen Zunes
Arming the Middle East
President George W Bush announced during his recent Middle East trip that he is formally serving notice to Congress of his administration's decision to approve the sale of bomb-guidance kits to Saudi...
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Pierre Tristam
Billions in Stimulus Miss the People Who Need It Most
There's something embarrassing -- economically, politically, morally -- about government "bansheeing" to give voters cash handouts disguised as economic stimulus. Does a couple with two kids, making...
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Robert Fisk
Eight Dead, and Echoes of Beirut's Bloody History Reverberate Around Its Streets
When is a civil war a civil war? A bomb a week? A street battle a month? For after yesterday's funerals in Beirut, this question is no longer academic.
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Jeremy Scahill
Pioneering Blackwater Protesters Given Secret Trial and Criminal Conviction
Last week in Currituck County, N.C., Superior Court Judge Russell Duke presided over the final step in securing the first criminal conviction stemming from the deadly actions of Blackwater Worldwide...
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Dean Baker
Ben Bernanke: Supernanny?
We all know the story of the "nanny state." That is what conservatives call a government that ensures people have basic necessities like decent childcare and decent health care. Conservatives deride...
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Robert Jensen
Investigative Journalism Project Reveals Problem at Core of Mainstream Journalism
Pro Publica, an initiative launched last month in the United States to help revitalize investigative journalism, is a great idea trapped by the worst aspects of the best instincts in contemporary...
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