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Monday, January 21, 2008
Chris Hedges
The Lessons of Violence
The Gaza Strip is rapidly becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. Israel has cordoned off the entire area, home to some 1.4 million Palestinians, blocking commercial goods,...
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Paul Krugman
Debunking the Reagan Myth
Historical narratives matter. That's why conservatives are still writing books denouncing F.D.R. and the New Deal; they understand that the way Americans perceive bygone eras, even eras from the...
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Gary Younge
Republicans Lack Consensus, but Their Democrat Rivals Lack Content
While one party bemoans its choice of candidates, the other has raised little in the way of political debate
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Daniel Macallair
US Among Harshest for Sentencing Children
To many in the United States, the country of Somalia conjures up images of a primitive Third World country. So it may come as a surprise to learn that Somalia and the United States share an...
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James Carroll
Islamofascism's Ill Political Wind
The unfolding presidential elections are laying bare what the real dangers are in the new American condition. They come not from our political divisiveness, economic uncertainty or military...
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Beth Quinn
Richonomics 101 in Post-Bush America
I used to feel like a fool for not being rich. I'd see friends taking great vacations, hiring nannies, buying fabulous cars and wearing expensive jewelry. And I'd wonder, what's wrong with me that I'...
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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger
How the Iraq War's $2 Trillion Cost to US Could Have Been Spent
In war, things are rarely what they seem. Back in 2003, in the days leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon adamantly insisted that the war would be a relatively cheap one. Roughly $50...
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Jonathan Steele
A Failure to Think
Defeat in Iraq? By its own hubristic prospectus, the neocon project has been a cataclysm - caused by a total lack of analysis
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Dave Zirin
Is the NFL on the Right Team?
A Super Bowl sponsor isn't playing fair with rubber workers in Liberia.
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Linn Washington, Jr
Deferring Dreams: Delusions of Democracy
What happens to a dream deferred renowned poet Langston Hughes asked in his resonate poem " A Dream Deferred " published in the early 1950s. This question poised by Hughes carries contemporary...
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Jules Boykoff
The Hidden Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr
Today we rightly honor Martin Luther King, Jr. as a courageous, committed dissident citizen who played a pivotal, inspirational role in U.S. history. While we celebrate his leadership during the...
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Evan Frisch
Dr. King and the Cognitive Dimension of Leadership
Senator Hillary Clinton's remarks this month about the roles and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson provided fodder for countless blogs, opinion columns, and...
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Ira Chernus
My Dr. King and the Challenge of National Security
You know the ritual. Every year on this day, the preachers and pundits all whip up their own versions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., each one making him say whatever they want him to say. That's OK...
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Sunday, January 20, 2008
Just One More Year! Good Riddance to George W. Bush
Arabia is the land of illusion and desert mirages. And as he jetted last week from kingdom to sheikdom, to be regaled with feasts and falcons, jewels and ornamental swords, George Bush might have...
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Shepherd Bliss
The False US Economy Versus Nature's Expansion-Contraction Cycle
While tending berry vines on my small farm this fall and winter, I've observed the sharp decline of the US's artificial economy. Nature has a seasonal cycle of expansion and contraction. Now...
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Mariella Frostrup
Oh for God's Sake, Say What You Mean
I'm thinking of compiling a collection of my favourite euphemisms. The vogue for them among the chattering classes should guarantee a bestseller, though with my track record for moneyspinners, there'...
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Joan Wile
Anti-War Grannies Challenge that Surge is Working
Only 11 of our military died in Iraq the past week? Break out the champagne! That's less than some of the weeks before the surge. Obviously, then, that means, as our government and our pundits are...
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Martha Rosenberg
Accused of Hiding Drug Dangers Again, Big Pharma Starts 2008 Defending Itself
If Hillary and Obama think the press is picking on them, they should look at Big Pharma. The ink isn't even dry on the massive Vioxx settlement and already Big Pharma's been accused of burying...
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John Tirman
The Murky Toll of the Iraq War
ONCE AGAIN, a controversy has erupted over how many people are being killed in Iraq. It's an important debate, not only for beleaguered Iraqis, but for Americans seeking stability and a timely exit...
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Joseph E. Mulligan
Little Gauze, Gas in Gaza as Israel Tightens Closure on Palestinians
In the Gaza Strip, Palestine, the conflict between Israel, which controls the borders and since June has been closing them, and the Palestinians, who inhabit the small strip of land along the...
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Carolyn Eisenberg
Follow the Money
There is no effective substitute for Congressional battles over funding the war. The "power of the purse" is the one clear, constitutionally protected power that Congress can exercise to terminate...
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Bob Herbert
Good Jobs Are Where the Money Is
I think of the people running this country as the mad-dashers, a largely confused and inconsistent group lurching ineffectively from one enormous problem to another. They've made a hash of a war that...
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Jeff Biggers
The Coal Truth on Candidates
Let's face it: Every single presidential candidate with a veritable chance at victory, Democrat and Republican, is in the hip pocket of King Coal. The Republicans, of course, make no bones about...
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Ralph Nader
When the Big Boys Get in Trouble, the Little Taxpayer Pays the Bill
It was at a large wedding reception in New York City that I saw Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, sitting down to dinner one spring evening in 2000. Having heard on the grapevine that...
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Virginia Lockett
No Place to Run, No Place to Hide
Looking back now, I think it was around 3 AM on September 26, 1985, while lying on the floor of the Virginia Beach Convention Center, staring at the underside of a folding table, when my husband and...
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Christopher Brauchli
The FBI and The Telephone
Once there was an elephant Who tried to use the telephant- No! No! I mean an elephone Who tried to use the telephone. -Laura Elizabeth Richards, Eletelphony It's only money. And when most of your...
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Olga Bonfiglio
2003 Flashback: Maybe Democracy Happened That Day
Amid the freezing 24-degree day under the sunny skies of Washington, D.C. with the drums, speeches, occasional whiffs of sweet-smelling incense, and the chants and signs calling for peace not war,...
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Dave Lindorff
A Tax Rebate Won't Fix This Mess
When you hear a number like $100 billion (the amount Bush is proposing to give back to people in the form of tax rebates, at about $800 per adult family member) or $145 billion (that $100 billion,...
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Friday, January 18, 2008
Paul Rogat Loeb
Hillary Clinton's Sleaze Parade
Politics can be a rough game. Candidates need to hold their competitors accountable and challenge distortions and lies. And God knows, we need a Democratic nominee who's willing to fight. But Hillary...
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Erica Jong
Barack Hearts Ronnie: An Old, New Song
I've already said I'll work for the Democrat who gets the majority of delegates -- whether Hillary, Barack, Edwards or Kucinich. But if Barack is such a breath of fresh air, why is he raving about...
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David Sirota
Digging in the Right Place
There's a memorable moment in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" when Indiana Jones sees a rival's archaeological excavation and realizes the buried treasure is somewhere else. "They're digging in the wrong...
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Carla Wise
How Oil Finds Its Way Into Your Starbucks Latte, and Other Good News
Oil prices recently hit 100 dollars a barrel, and the days of cheap oil appear to be over. Meanwhile, Starbucks is struggling with plummeting stock prices and falling profits. These facts are...
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Tom Andrews
Contrary to the Headlines: There Will Be No Retreat From the Anti-War Movement on Iraq
A foolish headline in today's Politico suggests that the anti-Iraq War movement is planning a retreat. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm the national director of one of the largest anti-...
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Paul Krugman
Don't Cry for Me, America
Mexico. Brazil. Argentina. Mexico, again. Thailand. Indonesia. Argentina, again. And now, the United States. The story has played itself out time and time again over the past 30 years. Global...
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John Nichols
Obama and the Reagan Wing of the Democratic Party
"The genius of American democracy has somehow done it again. George Bush is the right president at the right time." So declared the consistently-conservative Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper on the...
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Jill Hopke
Respect Women's Rights
Next Tuesday marks the 35th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. In this election year, it is critical to restore women's access to the full range of reproductive...
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Mark Morford
Guess Which Drug Is Illegal?
One deadens nerves, barely works, has foul side effects. The other helps you feel God
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Roger Morris
Pakistan Has Paid Dearly for America's Most Generous and Tragic Patronage
Benazir Bhutto was a precocious 23-year-old in 1976 when she noticed Army Chief of Staff Mohammed Zia ul-Haq come and go at the office of her father, Pakistani prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. "A...
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Ben Trott
Shepherding Social Change
The battle to halt whaling in the Southern Ocean represents in microcosm why we must put the planet before profit
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Joan Chittister
What About the Ones Who Are Both Sexist and Racist?
One of the more interesting dimensions of the current presidential campaign is that we may all need to wrestle now with the question of which is more prevalent in US society -- racism or sexism. This...
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Robert Fisk
Bloody Reality Bears No Relation to the Delusions of This President
As a bomb explodes in Beirut and Israel kills 19 in Gaza raids, Bush takes his Middle East peace mission to Saudi Arabia (and signs off $20bn weapons deal with repressive regime)
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Danny Schechter
Stimulate This: Why the Talk of Economic Stimulus Will Remain Talk
The new word of the week is "economic stimulus package." Everyone is for it. The President wants it if only because he knows a worsening economic crisis will leave his Administration in deep doo-doo...
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Stephen Zunes
Barack Obama on Diplomacy
The rise in popular support for Senator Barack Obama's candidacy reflects the growing skepticism among Democratic and independent voters regarding both the Bush administration's and the Democratic...
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David Michael Green
So You Wanna Be My President, Huh? Answer Me This!
One of the greatest deficiencies of American democracy - such as it is nowadays - is the near complete lack of accountability to which elected and selected officials are subjected. There are other...
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Robert Naiman
Congress Should Investigate Release of Pentagon Iran Video
The story that the Pentagon presented to the world through the news media a week ago about the naval encounter with Iran in the Straits of Hormuz has now largely unraveled. We now know the following...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Corpse on the Gurney: The 'Success' Mantra in Iraq
The other day, as we reached the first anniversary of the President's announcement of his "surge" strategy, his "new way forward" in Iraq, I found myself thinking about the earliest paid book-editing...
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Joe Conason
What They Call 'Progress' in Iraq
As America marks the first anniversary of the troop escalation in Iraq, at least one thing has become clear. Although the "surge" is failing as policy, it seems to be succeeding as propaganda. Even...
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Roberto Lovato
Presidential Candidates Take the 'Social' Out of 'Change'
The spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. still seems to stir serious controversy among politicians. But, as we're witnessing with the latest racial politics pushing the primary process, the...
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Joseph A. Palermo
The Terrific News in Iraq
I really hate to break it to Michael Barone, William Kristol, Kenneth Pollack, Michael O'Hanlon, and other triumphalists, but the United States is not "winning" in Iraq (whatever that means) and...
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Editorial
Dan Rather's Search for Truth
The decision of a New York judge to allow former CBS anchorman Dan Rather's lawsuit against his old network to go forward is good news for everyone who wants to force the broadcast media -- which use...
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Rosa Brooks
Monsters of Our Own Making
Foreign policy nightmares are everywhere for the US these days.
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Wanda Grasse Hass
Let's Jump In Where Vietnam Protests Left Off
I was wrong. Gulp. People who know me must have choked when they read that line. It is rarely uttered by me. I was wrong and in a big way. When the war in Iraq started I was certain about two things...
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Glenn Greenwald
Lawbreaking Telecoms Still Conniving to Obtain Immunity from Congress
Over the past several months, Democratic Senators Jay Rockefeller and Harry Reid have been the two most valuable instruments in the Bush administration's efforts to obtain vastly expanded warrantless...
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Eva Sohlman
According to Harold Bloom, "What We Are Seeing Is…the Fall of America"
Harold Bloom, Yale literature professor and cultural critic, is one of America's most prominent and provocative intellectuals. Unabashedly, he has always spoken up for what he calls "the fight for...
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Joyce Marcel
Back in the Box
When America invaded Iraq in 2003, the reports from the front-line were as fascinating as they were revolting. We sent a volunteer army into Iraq. Many of the soldiers were from small towns. Many...
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Stephen Zunes
Bush's Middle East Trip: Still No Peace
President George W. Bush has been using somewhat stronger language than he has uttered previously about the Israeli-Palestinian situation and has made some optimistic predictions of a peace agreement...
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Antonia Zerbisias
No Movie Endings for Pregnant Teenagers
Nicole Richie's new baby daughter is not Paris Hilton's latest purse, or even her chihuahua. Neither is Christina Aguilera's new son, Courtney Thorne-Smith's new boy or the soon-to-be spawn of Nicole...
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Dean Baker
Year of the Fat Cats
One of the standard year-end rituals is to assess the stock market's performance for the year. Many people noted the Dow Jones index rose a respectable 7.5 percent in 2007. Before anyone celebrates...
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Baby Alive African American Joan Steinau Lester
Will Obama Have to Spend More Than His White Rivals?
Will Barack Obama have to spend more than a white candidate would to secure the Democratic Party nomination? It seems preposterous, but actually, across the board, African Americans pay more for...
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
John Nichols
Michigan's Ominous Message for Hillary Clinton
The question in Tuesday's Michigan Democratic primary was not whether Hillary Clinton could beat anybody . The question was whether Clinton could beat nobody . As the only leading Democratic...
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Grace Lee Boggs
King's Legacy of Change
I have had the privilege of participating in most of the great humanizing movements of the second half of the last century: peace, labor, civil rights, black power, women's rights, Asian-American...
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Robert L. Borosage
Oops, It's a Recession
It ain't sexy, I know, but a word about the economy and the presidential debate. Wall Street banks are holding a fire sale; employment is down, holiday sales tanked. Burdened with record debt and...
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David Thomson
America's Pain Inside
US audiences may have rejected films about the war, but a thirst for blood reveals the nation's mood
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Dave Zweifel
World Too Dangerous a Place for Nukes
Steve Leeper, the West High School grad who is the first non-Japanese person to head the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, is terribly worried that despite everything the world knows about nuclear...
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Pat LaMarche
Bush's Legacy in the Making
So George Bush wants a legacy. Maybe precipitous economic decline, the widest gulf between the poor and the rich since the Great Depression and war without end don't feel like a legacy to him. But...
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Scott Ritter
The Pakistan Conundrum
The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhuto has prompted much instant analysis and 'Monday morning quarterbacking' by observers of that volatile region. Early assessment's...
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Rebecca Solnit
Revolution of the Snails: Encounters with the Zapatistas
I grew up listening to vinyl records, dense spirals of information that we played at 33-1/3 revolutions per minute. The original use of the word revolution was in this sense -- of something coming...
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Allan Nairn
Skinny Kids: Economic Indicator
Returning to a familiar neighborhood after an absence of nearly two months it seemed that many kids were skinnier, though there were various possible explanations. The rains were slowing, so it was...
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Anita Inder Singh
Blowback in the War on Terror
The west has lost credibility by failing to adhere to international law and human rights norms in its promotion of security
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Robert Scheer
Those Ungrateful Saudis
Why is it that George W. Bush gets only a 12 percent favorability rating in Saudi Arabia? Even Osama bin Laden and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scored higher in a poll last month by the...
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Mark Weisbrot
Americans Need to Look Beyond the Media on Venezuela
If we read the newspapers and watch TV in the United States, we are told that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is a "dictator," "authoritarian," "a threat to democracy" in his own country and the...
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Robert Weissman
Big Business Is Even More Unpopular Than You Think
The U.S. public holds Big Business in shockingly low regard. A November 2007 Harris poll found that less than 15 percent of the population believes each of the following industries to be "generally...
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Nick Clegg
Let's Not Spy for the FBI
Plans for the US to access UK citizen's personal information via a shared international database are disturbing: we shouldn't sign up to it
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Tor Hundloe
Robert Kennedy Warned Us About the Environment
The year 1968 is one etched in history. Youngsters born a generation later know it through the music of the period - Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and, of course, Bob Dylan. The...
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John Nichols
MLK, LBJ, Clinton, Obama and the Politics of Memory
In the agonizingly absurd civil rights "debate" between the supporters of Democrartic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I'm with the Lion of Anacostia. "If there is no...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Obama-Clinton Health Debate Ignores Real Issue
THE DEBATE BETWEEN Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on health care probably looks like a small nuance in two proposals that are remarkably similar. But the issue at the center of their...
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Jesse Jackson
Dem Hopefuls Must Keep Eyes on the Prize and Stay Civil
When I think back on the Rev. Martin Luther King on his birthday, I know he would have been both pleased and troubled by our current state.He would surely have been pleased at a picture of the...
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Marie Cocco
No Time to Argue About the Economy
Now that even the Bush White House sees grim economic news as a sign that perhaps we should do something besides pretend things are rosy; now that Republicans on Capitol Hill sense in the broadening...
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Editorial
A Rush to War?
When we heard about the alleged confrontation between three U.S. Navy warships and five Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz on Jan. 6, three words immediately came to mind...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Hillary and the Race Card
Hillary Clinton's surrogates constantly remind us of Barack Obama's youthful cocaine use (which Obama himself wrote about to emphasize the power of redemption). Former President Bill Clinton said of...
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Susan Faludi
The Correct Hillary Clinton Stereotype
Forget the 'mommy' image. Female voters see bedrock competence.
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Ralph Nader
Candidate Taboos
Here is a short list of what you won't hear much of from the front-runners in this presidential primary season. Call them the candidate taboos. You won't hear a call for a national crackdown on the...
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James Reston Jr.
Iraq, Anyone?
Why aren’t presidential candidates talking about the postwar era and how they would repair the damage this terrible war has done to the nation? After all, our own reconstruction is at stake.
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Cindy Sheehan
The 'I' Word
Once, when my children were young, one of them rushed into me and said: "Mama, so-and-so said the 'K' word." I don't remember which one of my children was the tattler, or which one was the tattlee,...
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Phyllis Stenerson
Change, Martin Luther King, Jr., British Petroleum and Precinct Caucuses
Combine these elements for a quick look at how change happens.
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Monday, January 14, 2008
David Corn
Clinton Smears Obama on Iraq — Again
Senator Hillary Clinton appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday, for the entire show, and asserted once again that Senator Barack Obama's rhetoric does not match the reality of his record. Referring to...
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Al Meyerhoff
Financial Forces Run Amok
Without regulation, the invisible hand of the market is robbing us blind.
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Charles Knight
Ideas, Homework, and Message
Randall "Randy" Forsberg was best known as the creator of the Nuclear Freeze idea that blossomed into a movement in the early 1980. Randy passed away in the fall of 2007 after the recurrence of...
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Stephen A. Marglin
Where Have You Gone, George Bailey?
Another holiday season has come and gone with more reruns of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life." We could sure use banker George Bailey now that the mortgage mess threatens to do what the...
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Cynthia Tucker
Voter ID Scam Is the Real Fraud
If the U.S. Supreme Court upholds Indiana's harsh voter ID law, as its justices seem poised to do, hundreds of thousands of black Americans should march in protest. So should hundreds of thousands of...
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Editorial
State Secrets: Government Officials Making It Harder and Harder to Hold Them Accountable
"Democracies die behind closed doors." If that's the case, democracy in America is in dire need of CPR. Since President Bush took office, greater secrecy in government has been the norm, and it often...
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Paul Krugman
Responding to Recession
Suddenly, the economic consensus seems to be that the implosion of the housing market will indeed push the U.S. economy into a recession, and that it's quite possible that we're already in one. As a...
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Johann Hari
President Bush's Only Achievement in the Middle East is to Increase the Power of Iran
The most soaring rhetoric about democracy is swiftly choked to death by petrol fumes
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Andy Worthington
The Future of Guantánamo
After the sixth anniversary, is there a growing consensus that the prison should be closed and if so, how can it be achieved?
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Beth Quinn
Seven Down, One Year to Go for America
As I watched Americans caucus in Iowa and enter voting booths in New Hampshire these past two weeks, I felt the first stirrings of hope for my country that I've felt in a very long time. It is as...
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Chris Hedges
The End of the Road for George W. Bush
The Gilbert and Sullivan charade of statesmanship played out by George W. Bush and his enabler, Condoleezza Rice, as they wander the Middle East is a fitting end to seven years of misrule. Despots...
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Ira Chernus
Is Religion a Threat to Democracy?
Faith Talk on the Campaign Trail
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Sunday, January 13, 2008
Frank Rich
Haven't We Heard This Voice Before?
She had me at "Well, that hurts my feelings." One cliché about Hillary Clinton is true. For whatever reason - and it's no crime - the spontaneous, outgoing person who impresses those who meet her...
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John J. Mearsheimer
Candidates' Unconditional Support Isn't Right for Jewish State
Once again, as the presidential campaign season heats up, the leading candidates are going to enormous lengths to demonstrate their devotion to the state of Israel and their steadfast commitment to...
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Clint Talbott
Truth About Abstinence
Simple answers to complex problems are often appealing. Given the nuance and complexity of the human condition, however, simple edicts are the wrong way to change the behavior of the masses. That is...
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