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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Michael T. Klare
The Bad News at the Pump
The $100-plus Barrel of Oil and What It Means
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Dean Baker
The War and the Recession
With the release of the February jobs numbers, everyone except for the economists now acknowledges we are in a recession. The economy is shedding jobs at a rapid pace and it is only a matter of time...
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Ira Chernus
Hillary Flirting With Fear
The day after Election Day 2004, the punditocracy solemnly agreed that the "values voters" were the decisive factor in George W. Bush's victory. By now, the "values" myth has been repeated so often...
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Norman Solomon
Warfare and Healthcare
It's kind of logical. In a pathological way. A country that devotes a vast array of resources to killing capabilities will steadily undermine its potential for healing. For social justice. For...
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Monday, March 10, 2008
Juliet Lyon
Statue of Liberty?
America's penal system is a state of crisis, a new report reveals. So why is Britain in such a rush to emulate it?
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Marian Wright Edelman
Where Are the Children in President Bush's Budget?
When President George W. Bush released his $3.1 trillion Fiscal Year 2009 Federal Budget on February 4, it was a clear statement that he has far less regard for our nation's children than for the...
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Editorial
Abuses Show Need for Net Neutrality
The content of Americans' text messages and Web sites is no business of service providers.
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Ellen Kadransky
Voting Security Needed Now!
Wolf Blitzer declared recently on CNN that in the primaries, "some states are already finding serious problems with their electronic voting machines, and they are ready to give E-voting a grade of F...
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Did Republicans Give Hillary Her Victory in Ohio?
Hilary Clinton's larger-than-expected victory in Ohio may have been won with votes from Republicans, and from independents who usually vote Republican.
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Robert Costanza
Our Three-Decade Recession
The American quality of life has been going downhill since 1975.
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Olga Bonfiglio
BTW, What Do the Iraqis Want?
This is a revised version of the essay that originally appeared on 3/10/08. You've got to hand it to the Quakers. They never quit. They are steadfast in their devotion to peace. And they continue to...
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James Early
Cuba's Post-Castro Revolutionary Transition
Fidel Castro's decision to officially relinquish his elected post as president of Cuba once again defied the conventional, but stagnant "wisdom" of U.S. pundits and many Liberal, Right, and Left...
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Dave Zweifel
War Profiteers Work Their Schemes in Iraq
American corporations have long taken advantage of the nation's taxpayers in a time of war, and the war that our country is fighting in Iraq is no exception. Indeed, everything from war profiteering...
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Cynthia Banham
At Last, Australia Takes a Stand Against the Dark Side
There is a line in Alex Gibney's Oscar-winning documentary Taxi To The Dark Side , aired here by SBS, which stayed with me after I watched the film for the first time last week. One of the young...
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Chris Hedges
The World As It Is
War creates a world without empathy. Those who have empathy cannot, as did Palestinian gunman Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, coldly murder students in a Jerusalem library. Those who have empathy cannot drop...
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Sean Gonsalves
Chewing on the Constitution
Ever since my Uncle Johnny suggested a few years ago that I study the U.S. Constitution, I've been chewing on this country's governing document like a cow's cud. And with all that chewing, I've...
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
Nomi Prins
Subprime Lending's Smartest Guys in the Room
Corporations "restating" earnings; fawning business media; chief executives diverting the blame; Securities and Exchange Commission probes initiated after the damage is done. This Enron-WorldCom dé...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Chaos of Gaza Cries Out For a Political Deal
Will this ever end? That's the first human reaction to the death and destruction in the Gaza Strip and the slaughter at a Jerusalem yeshiva.The sources of violence are political. Unless there's a...
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Eric Margolis
Mutual Assured Spending: India Ready To Join US and China Military Buildup
The Pentagon has just warned that China's 17.6% increase in its 2008 military budget "threatens the stability of Asia."China's official military budget is $58.8 billion, but the real figure is...
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Pierre Tristam
Bush The Torturer, The Tyrant, The Disgrace
On Saturday, Mr. Bush vetoed a bill that would have outlawed the CIA's use of torture in interrogations (a bill, it should be noted, John McCain, alleged opponent of torture, voted against). He had...
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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Auden Schendler
The Big Green Lie
The Hope and the Hype
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Nir Rosen
The Myth of The Surge
Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents. But it's already starting to backfire. A report from the front lines of the new Iraq
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Lissa Weinmann
Getting Smart About Cuba
The announcement of Fidel Castro's retirement and the subsequent election of his brother Raul Castro as Cuba's new president came as no surprise to Cuba experts and certainly not to the Cuban people...
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Helen Thomas
Keep The New York Philharmonic On The Road
WASHINGTON -- Let us hope that the next president of the United States knows some history.And let us hope that the next president will know that the United States cannot call all the shots, or pick...
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Chris Hedges
Dr. Al-Arian's Third Strike
The Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian, imprisoned for four years despite a jury's failure to return a single guilty verdict against him, has gone on a hunger strike in Northern Neck...
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Glenn Greenwald
Tucker Carlson Unintentionally Reveals The Role of The American Press
The most interesting part of the controversy over Obama advisor Samantha Power's referring to Hillary Clinton as a "monster" -- one might say the only interesting part -- is that immediately after...
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Aaron Glantz
Winter Soldier Hearings
Get ready for the horrible, honest reality of the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan like you haven't heard it before. For four days, from March 13 through March 16, hundreds of U.S...
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Martha Rosenberg
USDA Says It's None of the Public's Business Who Ate Recalled Meat
At least 10,000 food distributors sold recalled meat from the shuttered Hallmark slaughterhouse in Chino, CA including ConAgra, General Foods, Nestle and H.J. Heinz and it could still be on store...
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Bernie Sanders
Changing Our National Priorities
There are three major trends in American society that must be addressed when the Senate next week debates the federal budget. First, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth and...
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Christopher Brauchli
Iraq & Sleepovers
See the conquering hero comes; Sound the trumpet, beat the drums. - Thomas Morrell, Joshua Iraq is a sovereign and free country. That means it gets to decide whom to invite for dinner and sleepovers...
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Missile Defense: 'Longest Running Scam' Exposed
In Congress yesterday, Representative John Tierney, Chair of the House National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, convened the first in a series of hearings to examine a US missile defense...
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Anika Rahman
Giving Birth Should Not Cause Death
After a lot of work, I succeeded in becoming pregnant for the first time at the age of 38. Like so many professional women of my generation, I had been too busy establishing my career to think much...
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David Sirota
Hope in the Time of NAFTA
Reading articles about Hillary Clinton attacking NAFTA can lead you to believe The Onion has taken over America's news bureaus. Clinton spent the last 10 years repeatedly praising the trade deal in...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Banality of the Surveillance State
Independent of revelations yesterday that the FBI has been abusing its NSL powers for years, it was also reported that the Federal Government is now launching "a domestic intelligence system through...
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John Lindsay-Poland
Yankees Head Home
Absent in the discussion of the conflict brewing in the Andes over a Colombian military incursion into Ecuador to kill a guerrilla leader is the role of U.S. military in the conflict. It goes well...
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Tom Hayden
The New Phase for Obama, Clinton and the Rest of Us
Obama still leads in the race for the nomination but has been damaged on core issues of character and message. Clinton still can win but only by alienating many voters the Democrats need. The peace...
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Stephen Fleischman
Plan Colombia: Mixing Monsanto's Roundup With Bush's Sulfur
The FARC - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - is in the news, again. The FARC has been a thorn in the side of the Colombian government since the 1960s when it was organized after a period...
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David Michael Green
A Not-So-Simple Twist of Fate: Could Hillary Bequeath Us Our Long-Awaited Third Party?
Oh boy. Where have I seen this movie before? I think it was four years, surprisingly enough. Hey, what a coincidence! Wasn't there a presidential election going on back then, too? Remember how Howard...
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Greg Grandin
Fidel Castro, the First Superdelegate
"Long ere the second centennial arrives," Walt Whitman predicted in 1871, "there will be some forty to fifty great States," among them Cuba. It was a common enough belief. From Thomas Jefferson...
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Caroline Arnold
Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetaur adipisicing velit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Yes, it's meaningless, dummy or placeholder text used to display print...
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Jeff Malachowsky
10,000 Maniacs
Oregonians Exercising Democracy Through 'Voter Owned Elections'
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Thursday, March 6, 2008
Paul Rogat Loeb
Did Clinton Win Ohio on a Lie?
Suppose someone in the North Korean government released a false story that shifted a key American election. If Bush were negatively affected, we might be bombing Pyongyang by now. But this just...
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Robert C. Koehler
Losing the Future
A certain reverence is required just to approach the book's title: " The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict " by noted economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes. I can...
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Betsy Hartmann
The Election That Might Not Happen
It's springtime in American politics. It's only early March, but there's a giddy, hopeful feeling to this election season, a sense that new leadership is blossoming. We could have a Democrat in the...
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Bruce I. Afran and Carl J. Mayer
Halting Illegal Spying on Americans
Almost seven years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, mainstream media and Congressional Democrats are finally beginning to defy President Bush's illegal and unconstitutional program of spying on...
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Roger Doiron
Peak Oil? Peak Soil!
You don't have to be a peak oil news junkie to know that something's up with the global oil supply. Yesterday, prices went above $104 for the first time on the announcement from OPEC nations that...
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Irma Montoya
The Least Among Us
What will be our measure of women's progress on International Women's Day, 2008? Is it Hillary Clinton, the first viable female presidential candidate in U.S. history? Is it the average working woman...
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Chemical weapons testing at Edgewood Arsenal, 1936 Heather Wokusch
Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military's Human-Testing Program Returns
The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors.The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department's long...
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Tom Gallagher
Ralph Nader-Apoplexy Season All Over Again
It's Ralph Nader-apoplexy season in the mainstream media again. That Nader's by now regular presidential announcement creates a certain level of upset we can understand, given that the winner-take-...
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Monica Hesse
Greed in the Name of Green
To Worshipers of Consumption: Spending Won't Save the Earth
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Amin Saikal
US Deafening Silence on Israel Speaks for Itself
It is astonishing to see how the United States and its allies have defended the right of Israel to self-defence, but remained virtually silent over Israel's killing of many innocent Palestinians in...
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Joe Conason
McCain's Very Own Farrakhan
Whatever their true private beliefs, presidential candidates in America are constantly required to provide proofs of faith, often through their connections with various religious figures...
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Amy Goodman
As Goes Vermont
While the Iraq war is off the front pages, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama embark on what may well be a scorched-earth primary battle against each other, let's keep our eye on where the...
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Ruth Rosen
The Politics of Fear -- Again
Although I have supported Barack Obama in the primaries, I would not be devastated if Hillary Clinton should turn out to be the Democratic nominee. What does upset me, however, is how Clinton is...
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Lucinda Marshall
With Strength, With Wisdom, With Solidarity: Reflections on the Importance of International Women's Day
As women throughout the world gather to observe International Women's Day on this, the 100th anniversary of the New York City Bread and Roses March , they do so in the face of a seemingly intractable...
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008
James Cowie
Don't Let Verizon off Privacy Hook
In May 2006, 21 other customers of Verizon in Maine and I filed a complaint with the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The complaint asked the PUC to investigate whether Verizon gave the National...
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Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr.
Soldiers and Democracy: Know Your Rights!
On November 9, 1969, The New York Times published an open appeal by 1,365 active-duty service members calling for an end to the Vietnam War and for no punishment for participating in the historic...
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John Nichols
Now It Gets Dangerous for Democrats
Here is what conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh said about the prospect of a continuing contest for the Democratic presidential nomination on the eve of the Ohio primary and the Texas...
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Seumas Milne
Gaza: To Blame the Victims for This Killing Spree Defies Both Morality and Sense
The attempt by western politicians and media to present this week's carnage in the Gaza Strip as a legitimate act of Israeli self-defence - or at best the latest phase of a wearisome conflict between...
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Editorial
Internet in Jeopardy as Neutrality Erodes
The Internet is a major artery through which new ideas and creativity flows. This conduit for Americans' innovative abilities is in jeopardy. The Internet has developed into a clean canvas for all to...
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Ted Rall
Afghanistan: Why Obama's Favorite War Is Less Winnable Than Iraq
Five years after the Republicans got us into war against Iraq, Democrats want to double down on a war that's even more unjustifiable and unwinnable--the one against Afghanistan.By any measure, U.S...
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Jerold M. Starr
The Other Side of the McCain Lobbyist Scandal
I don't know whether Senator John McCain had sex with lobbyist Vickie Iseman, but I do know, first hand, that he broke the rules while doing the bidding of media mogul Lowell "Bud" Paxson, a major...
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Robert Scheer
The 'Great Satan' Strike Out
Are the media dumb or just out to lunch? Sorry to be intemperate, but how else can one explain the meager attention paid to the truly historic visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Iraq?...
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Pat LaMarche
Little-Known Candidate Fighting for Your Future
Today's column is for men - not just any men - men my age. Relax, I'm not going to ask you out. I just wonder - if you wonder - what your chances would have been had the Vietnam War continued a few...
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Michael T. Klare
The China Syndrome
On February 4, President Bush announced a baseline military budget of $515.4 billion for the next fiscal year, not including funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the largest one-year...
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Robert Naiman
Obama Glosses Over Colombian Attack in Ecuador; Clinton Calls for Escalation Against Venezuela
The Clinton and Obama forces have asked us to consider who we want answering the phone at the White House at 3 AM. There is little need to speculate. We have a lot of evidence about how they will...
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Steven Hill
A Way Out of the Spoiler Dilemma
With Ralph Nader announcing his candidacy for president, Democrats are fuming and no doubt preparing to use the same legal tricks they used in 2004 to keep Nader off the ballot in many states...
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William D. Hartung
War Is Hell, but What the Hell Does It Cost?
One Week at War in Iraq and Afghanistan for $3.5 Billion
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Carlos Martinez
Plan Colombia: The Real Destabilizing Force in South America
In surveying US press coverage of the recent tensions between Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, one might come to the conclusion that Colombia has become the victim of the wrath of its evil next door...
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Michael Winship
Peanut Butter and Buckley
Two words come to mind when I think of conservative William F. Buckley, who died last week at the age of 82: peanut butter. He loved the stuff and was a true connoisseur, often saying, "If peanut...
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Pierre Tristam
How Democrats Self-Destruct
By day's end Hillary Clinton's campaign will likely be over. If she chooses to keep it on life support seven more weeks, it'll end on April 22 in Pennsylvania, where Barack Obama's numbers are...
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Nicole Whittington-Evans
Alaskan Wildlife Refuge Should Not Be Held Hostage to Greed
Alaskans, especially residents of communities in and near the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, have good reason to oppose the proposed land swap between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and...
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Joseph L. Galloway
The Pentagon Is Financed Like Enron and Run Like General Motors
When George W. Bush disappears out the door of the White House, he'll leave his successor a long list of horrendous problems, not least of them a Defense Department budget of more than $518 billion...
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Editorial
Supreme Caveat: FDA Approval
FDA approval is a ticket to market medical devices and drugs. It could soon also become a kind of "get-out-of-jail free" card for their makers, freeing them from liability for producing defective or...
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David Michael Green
Good Time(ing) Bill: William F. Buckley and the Damage Done
William F. Buckley was a smart man, that's for sure. He could throw around more ten dollar words than his beloved Catholic church has sinners (even excluding the priesthood). He knew all the right...
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David Corn
McCain's Nuclear Waste
How the Arizona senator doomed his own global warming legislation with billions in nuclear subsidies.
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Al Eisele
New Hampshire 1968: A Primary That Really Mattered
Voters in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont may well decide on March 4 who will be the Democratic presidential nominee. But whatever the outcome, it won't come close to the historic impact of the...
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John Buell
Ralph Nader Is Not Simply a Spoiler
Ralph Nader, who created the genre of consumer advocate, once again will enter politics to run for president. No one has done more to enhance what capitalism is supposed to rely on and encourage -...
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Bill Quigley
Half New Orleans Poor Permanently Displaced: Failure or Success?
Government reports confirm that half of the working poor, elderly and disabled who lived in New Orleans before Katrina have not returned. Because of critical shortages in low cost housing, few now...
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Dean Baker
The Low-Income Homeowner Tax
Forget about trying to get more kids health care insurance by expanding SCHIP or increasing government funding for child care. The new way the politicians plan to help moderate-income families is to...
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Norman Solomon
The War Election
Maybe it sounded good when politicians, pundits and online fundraisers talked about American deaths as though they were the deaths that mattered most.Maybe it sounded good to taunt the Bush...
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Bill Berry
Real Patriots Don't Waste the Nation's Resources
The markets were up sharply last week. Wheat markets, that is. While the Dow Jones industrials were down 315 points Friday, red-hot trading on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange pushed wheat to a record...
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Jonathan Turley
Mukasey's Paradox
When you think about it, his manipulations are a beautiful, twisted thing.
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Editorial
Roosevelt: Words That Inspired
Seventy-five years ago, our nation was in the midst of one of the most dangerous and troubled periods in its history. In March 1933, about 15 million Americans -- 1 in 4 workers -- were unemployed...
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Jesse Jackson
Dem Contest Shows America's Transformation
The competition between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is fierce: rallies, ads, speeches, phone calls, get-out-the-vote operations. Four states hang in the balance today -- Texas, Ohio, Rhode...
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Monday, March 3, 2008
John Nichols
Dennis Kucinich's Media Fight
Ohio voters head to the polls for a primary election Tuesday, and that can mean only one thing: The Cleveland Plain Dealer is griping about Congressman Dennis Kucinich. There is nothing new, nor...
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Alexandra Klass and Sandra Zellmer
Exxon Should Pay Its Penance
It wants to wriggle out of punitive damages, but those are the ones that make a difference.
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Gary Younge
Obama Must Build a Movement to Take Him Beyond the White House
An effective presidency will need his supporters to keep mobilising to take on the corporations and lobbyists in his way
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Editorial
Iran: Diplomacy Works
Amid the Bush administration's bluster of threats and heavy-handed tactics against Iran, it's heartening to hear that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei is making headway with...
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Tasneem Khalil
Surviving Torture in Bangladesh
My wife says I talk too much and invite trouble. On May 11, 2007, her observation was confirmed: I "invited" trouble by talking too much against the military-backed interim government in Bangladesh...
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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger
Justice Slow for Female War Victims
First there were the Nuremburg Trials. Then the Geneva Conventions. And finally, the Rome Statute. These documents and events, spanning some 60 years, all mark watershed moments in the development of...
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Glenn Carroll
This Is the Time to Reject Nuclear Arms
Without a word of public debate, nuclear weapons became a seemingly inevitable fact of life and death on our planet. After World War II ended with two single bombs destroying the Japanese cities of...
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Glenn Greenwald
House Democratic Leadership: Not Just Complicit but Also Self-Destructive
The signs are unmistakably clear that what was always inevitable -- full compliance by the House Democratic leadership with Bush's demands on warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty -- is now...
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James Carroll
Torture Shocks
A piece of legislation sits on the desk of President Bush today, awaiting his signature. Every expectation is that he will veto it. Another mistake.
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Thomas Moore
The Lies of War
Nearly 4,000 American soldiers have died since the start of the Iraq War. As we read particulars about the lives of Americans who have died or been maimed in Iraq, the bleak comparison between a life...
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Paul Rockwell
Clinton's Duplicity on Michigan, Florida Delegates
A spectre is haunting the Democratic Party, the spectre of an ugly, albeit unnecessary, floor-fight over Florida and Michigan delegates at the national convention in August. When Susan Keeler, a...
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Robert Lipsyte
The Monster Must Die! Clemenstein, or the Post-Modern Prometheus
"When all this happened, the former President of the United States found me in a deer blind in south Texas and expressed his concerns, that this was unbelievable, and to stay strong and... hold your...
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Ira Chernus
Israeli Violence Endangers Us, Not the Presidential Candidates
"Worst Israeli - Palestinian Clashes in a Year as Air and Ground Forces Enter Gaza," the front-page headline in the Sunday (March 2) New York Times read. That makes the conflict sound like a roughly...
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Gideon Levy
Self-Deception and 'Restraint' in Israel
Even yesterday evening, after the IDF already had killed about 50 Palestinians, at least half of them unarmed, and including quite a number of women and children, Jerusalem continued to claim, "At...
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Sunday, March 2, 2008
John Nichols
Crisis in Gaza? Not for Obama or Clinton
"Israeli aircraft and troops attacked Palestinian positions in northern Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 46 people and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest day of fighting in more than a year...
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