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Friday, December 1, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Moral Health Tip to America: Stay Out of the Draft
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) celebrated the Democratic election victory by proposing to renew the military draft. His oft-repeated argument is that the draft would produce an army with social and...
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Bill Moyers
Message To West Point
This is an excerpt from the Sol Feinstone Lecture on The Meaning of Freedom delivered by Bill Moyers at the United States Military Academy on November 15, 2006.
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Monday, November 27, 2006
Jeff Cohen
TV Blowhard Barks at Iran: Let’s Hold CNN Accountable
Turn on CNN Headline News -- a supposed "news" channel -- on weekday nights and you'll be subjected to the lectures of a loudmouthed, factually-challenged, occasionally funny know-it-all whose shtick...
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Friday, November 24, 2006
Molly Ivins
Thanks -- No, Seriously
It's time to give thanks, and I want to start off with a great, big thank you for the top American movement conservatives and all the fun we've had since Election Day. I know I promised not to gloat...
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Andrew Greeley
What is the Point of Iraq Deaths?
My mother used to tell me when I was very young a story about the last American to die on Nov. 11, 1918, at 10:59 in the morning. It was an urban folk tale of that era, doubtless, though indeed there...
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Amy Goodman
Rumsfeld and a Mountain of Misery
Frederick Douglass, the renowned abolitionist, began life as a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. When his owner had trouble with the young, unruly slave, Douglass was sent to Edward Covey, a...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Thom Hartmann
Rangel and Jefferson Agree on a National Service Program
Many of the world's mature democracies require every high-school graduate to serve a year or two of either military or nonprofit service, as Congressman Charlie Rangel has proposed every year for...
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Caroline Arnold
Turkeys: Personal, Political & Planetary
My Thanksgiving for the election outcome was quickly tempered by gobbling from assorted turkeys -- personal, political, and planetary. Reviewing my personal finances at my kitchen table I found...
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Friday, November 17, 2006
Helen Thomas
Neocons Blame Bush for Iraq Fiasco
The mid-term elections sounded the requiem for the group of neoconservatives who helped design the disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq.
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William Greider
Watershed: The Democrats Weren't Ready for This
The Democratic Party was not really ready for this. Democrats have been in the wilderness so long--since Ronald Reagan launched the conservative era twenty-five years ago--that older liberals began...
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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Norman Solomon
The New Media Offensive for the Iraq War
The American media establishment has launched a major offensive against the option of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. In the latest media assault, right-wing outfits like Fox News and the Wall...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Amy Goodman
Bush Has Chance to Hold Terrorists Accountable
The troops marched slowly, their U.S.-made M-16s raised. It was Nov. 12, 1991, a day that would forever be seared into my memory, and into history. I was reporting in East Timor, a small island...
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
John Buell
Protecting Democracy in a Lame Duck Congress
Democracy is more than simply the biennial ritual of electing our D.C. representatives. Political theorists have long debated the nature and prerequisites of democracy, but at a minimum it includes...
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Monday, November 13, 2006
James Carroll
War, Religion, and Gay Rights
In Jerusalem, Muslims and Jews have found common cause: attacking gay people. A gay pride parade was scheduled for Friday. In Palestinian areas, Muslim leaders vigorously condemned homosexuality as...
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Sunday, November 12, 2006
Jeff Faux
Reagan Era Is over: Are Democrats Ready?
After World War I a French general was asked how one beats the Germans. "Retreat and retreat," was the reply, "and wait for the German mistake." Last week, the Democrats recaptured the Congress by...
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Friday, November 10, 2006
Nancy Snow
Howard Zinn: The People's Ambassador
State Department Should Nominate Politically Incorrect Howard Zinn to Help Michelle Kwan Polish US Image
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Andrew Greeley
Iraq Disaster Finally Caught up with Bush
Even the "born-agains" may have been part of the Democratic revolution last Tuesday. In its final pre-election poll, the New York Times, with its usual religious tin ear, presented but did not...
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Thursday, November 9, 2006
Amy Goodman
New Vermont Senator Not Standard Fare
Bernard Sanders is the new U.S. senator in Vermont. He ran as an independent, but he is the first self-described socialist to be elected to the Senate.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Madeleine Mysko
Fire, Glory and the Old Lie Revisited
Walking early this morning, I make my usual loop through the Baltimore County Courthouse grounds. I pass the fountain with its wrought-iron fence, and arrive at the old green cannon with its perfect...
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Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Molly Ivins
Campaign '06 -- Goodbye and Good Riddance
Right to the end, this insane conversation between reality and Not Reality. The president of the United States STILL says we are reducing terrorism by fighting in Iraq; STILL says we are creating...
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Sunday, November 5, 2006
Amy Goodman
Beyond the Nine-Second Sound Bite
My goal as a journalist is to break the sound barrier. To cut through the static and bring forth voices that are not usually heard. I am not talking about a fringe minority, or the Silent Majority,...
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Robert Freeman
The Bush Economy: NOT an Election Winner for Republicans
Iraq has blown up in their faces. Terrorism is a much greater threat than when they took office. Competence went south with Katrina. Integrity has been ground under the wheels of the Tom Delay-Jack...
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Friday, November 3, 2006
Helen Thomas
Election a Referendum on War and on Administration's Credibility
WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq is the issue in the critical Nov.7 election -- and it should be. Voters surely will want to have a say on the national policy that has taken a huge human toll of...
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Thursday, November 2, 2006
Debi Smith
Dear World: Please Know that we are Intent on Changing the Direction of our Country
Dear World, How are you doing? What have you been up to lately? Sorry it's been so long since I've written. I was actually in the middle of writing an open letter to President Bush when I thought of...
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Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Saul Landau
Bush's Anti Terrorist Record: Don't Look Too Hard!
President George W. Bush has promoted himself as single-mindedly tough on terrorists and those who protect them. "We make no distinction between those who committed these acts and those who harbor...
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Bill Moyers
Moyers on Urban Education: America 101
Bill Moyers delivered these remarks in San Diego on October 27, 2006 to the Council of Great City Schools , an organization of the nation’s largest urban public school systems.
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Monday, October 30, 2006
Norman Solomon
How I Was Wrong About Thomas Friedman
Last week my column was a parody of how Thomas Friedman writes about the global economy. Since then, I've learned that I was in error on a matter that shines some light on the worldview of the...
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Sunday, October 29, 2006
Robert Freeman
Bush's Economic Policies: Don't Look Behind the Curtain
One of the most famous scenes in all of movie history is when Dorothy and her three companions stand before the Wizard of Oz. As the travelers beg for help, the gaseous phantasm explodes, "Silence! I...
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Saturday, October 28, 2006
Ralph Nader
Bill Moyers For President
How does "Bill Moyers for President" sound to you? The long time Democrat and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson would surely widen the political debate inside the Democratic Party and...
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Friday, October 27, 2006
Jeff Cohen
How to Turn This Election Into a Progressive Mandate
Many pundits are comparing the expected Democratic victory in the upcoming election to the Newt Gingrich-led Republican triumph of 1994, an election in which the GOP gained 52 House seats and ended...
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Jonathan Schell
The Torture Election
The Congressional campaign of 2006 slouches toward election day through a grotesque landscape of torture and excuses for torture, scabrous messages from a Congressman to young boys, a Congressional...
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Nancy Snow
Iraq War: Truth and Arrogance
Do a Google search in the last 24 hours on the word "arrogance" and you'll find over 800 articles devoted to the remarks of a senior U.S. diplomat who dared to speak the truth about Iraq. A regular...
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Howard Zinn
Why War Fails
I suggest there is something important to be learned from the recent experience of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive military attacks are not only morally reprehensible...
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Jeff Cohen
Let's Challenge TV's Lockout of Progressives
Martin Luther King Jr. often referred to 11am on Sunday as "the most segregated hour in America" -- his way of highlighting hypocrisy and racial exclusion in Christian churches. Today on television,...
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Monday, October 23, 2006
James Carroll
A Time to Remember Our Own Mortality
THIS OCTOBER has been a month of reckoning for Americans. A long-simmering anguish about the war in Iraq has come suddenly to a boil. One sees this in the readiness of Democratic politicians, finally...
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Sunday, October 22, 2006
Robert Freeman
Is Iraq Another Vietnam? It is Already Lost
Wars are lost before they are quit. The Germans lost World War II by the end of 1942 when their Sixth Army was destroyed at Stalingrad. Yet, they would “stay the course” for another two and a half...
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Friday, October 20, 2006
Helen Thomas
Law Legalizes Shameful Treatment
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has signed the law that legalizes the administration's shameful treatment of detainees suspected of terrorism. The same measure also empowers the president to define...
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Thursday, October 19, 2006
Thom Hartmann, Lamar Waldron
JFK's Biggest Secret Revealed -- But Will Congress Keep History from Repeating Itself?
The US government has finally made available to the public the biggest secret of JFK's presidency: In November 1963, JFK was secretly working with the #3 official in Cuba -- Commander Juan Almeida,...
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Saturday, October 14, 2006
Jonathan Schell
Shock Waves From Kilju
The reported North Korean nuclear test, occurring in an underground shaft in a place called Kilju, was pretty much on the opposite side of the earth from the United States, yet it felt very close,...
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Friday, October 13, 2006
Molly Ivins
Dear Leaders
AUSTIN, Texas - Nobody else seems to be asking the obvious question about Susan B. Ralston, former administrative assistant to Jack Abramoff and, until last week, assistant to Karl Rove. She got...
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Monday, October 9, 2006
Chris Hedges
Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse
The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport...
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Saturday, October 7, 2006
Helen Thomas
Past Comes Back to Haunt Us in Form of Kissinger
WASHINGTON - Say it isn't so. Hawkish Henry Kissinger is advising President Bush about Iraq war strategy? This is déj à vu all over again. The former secretary of state -- who served in that job from...
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Peter Bosshard
World Bank Shuts Out Dissident Voices
To the bankers and government officials who descended on the city state for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings in September, Singapore may have looked like the perfect...
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Thursday, October 5, 2006
Tom Gallagher
Democrats and America's Wars
Phil Angelides says get out of Iraq; John Kerry says get into Afghanistan. The Democratic Party faces no more important question than which of these directions will prevail. California gubernatorial...
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Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Phyllis Bennis
Just Say No to War in Iran
A new U.S. intelligence report, representing the consensus of all 16 intelligence agencies, comes to the same conclusion many have known for a long time: The Iraq War isn't making us safer. It's...
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Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Pierre Tristam
Precedents of Public Service and Far Less by Ex-Presidents
Ex-presidents' lives offer a retrospective lesson in contrasts. Since World War II, Democrats have usually distinguished themselves as public servants. Republicans have distinguished themselves --...
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Jeff Cohen
Is Olbermann on Thin Ice?
I fear for Keith Olbermann. Like so many others who hunger for some journalistic independence on TV news, I often marvel at Olbermann's dogged reporting and unique commentary. In a cable news...
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Saturday, September 30, 2006
Ralph Nader
Democracy The Big Loser on Habeas Corpus
The messianic, authoritarian George W. Bush and the minds of his cohorts have further collapsed the rule of law with his bulldozing through a divided Congress more dictatorial powers in his...
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Richard W. Behan
How George Bush Admitted His War Crimes
It was brilliantly deceptive, trumping even his orchestrated dishonesty in leading us to war. Buried in the 94 pages of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 - the "detainee act" or the "torture bill...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
HP and The Privacy Erosion
It's hard not to be mesmerized by the bubbling scandal at Hewlett-Packard. Former chair of the board Patricia Dunn had the company hire private detectives to track down who on the company's board was...
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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Molly Ivins
Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)
With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.
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Monday, September 25, 2006
Tom Gallagher
A "Thug," Nancy?
So Hugo Chavez comes to the United Nations and calls George Bush "the devil" and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco responds that not only has the Venezuelan President "demeaned"...
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Saturday, September 23, 2006
Amy Goodman, David Goodman
Syria and the US: Fellow Travelers at the Crossroads for Terrorism
Commentary: When President Bush made torture a centerpiece of his foreign policy, it bound the US to the world’s worst human rights abusers.
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Friday, September 22, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Exploitation of 9/11 Was Shameful
The remembrance of the World Trade Center last week was an unbearably ugly event, a national disgrace, another blot on the integrity of the country. Under the deft direction of the administration and...
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Jeff Cohen
“Devil” in the Details: Chavez, Limbaugh and Hypocrisy over Name-Calling
Across the U.S. political and media spectrum, there was wide agreement yesterday: Name-calling and personal attacks are bad for national and global dialogue. Prompting the unity were Venezuelan...
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
Molly Ivins
A Tortured Debate
AUSTIN, Texas - Some country is about to have a Senate debate on a bill to legalize torture. How weird is that?
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Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming The Issues: "Keep George Out Of Jail"
The Republicans are trying to keep George W. Bush out of jail. So far, the media and the Democrats haven't done much to stop them. On the surface, it seems the Republicans are having a debate about "...
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Friday, September 15, 2006
Molly Ivins
Remembering Ann Richards
AUSTIN, Texas—She was so generous with her responses to other people. If you told Ann Richards something really funny, she wouldn’t just smile or laugh, she would stop and break up completely. She...
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Helen Thomas
Bush's Iraq Rationalization is Lame
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is relying on a slender thread to justify its disastrous war in Iraq: Saddam Hussein is now in jail. "The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in...
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Andrew Greeley
Presidents Don't End Wars They Start
Much of the history of the United States in the last half century has involved wars that the country should not have waged and from which it could not extricate itself.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006
Bianca Jagger
Curb this Deadly: Trade Those Who Oppose the Proposed UN Arms Treaty Could Derail a Chance to Save Millions of Lives
As the UN general assembly opens this week, it has its best opportunity in years to make a life-saving difference to people all over the world. An opportunity to stop human rights abuses, limit the...
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Jeff Cohen
Smoking Gun: Washington Post Hires Top Bush Speechwriter
Few media marching bands have beat the Iraq war drums more frantically and with more influence than the editorial pages of the Washington Post. On Monday, the Post announced the hiring of another...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Robert C. Byrd
I Hope That We May Find the Courage...
US Senate Floor Remarks -- September 13, 2006
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Tom Gallagher
Universal Health Insurance and the Race for Governor of California
You generally figure a thirteen point poll deficit will set a campaign looking to scare up a little excitement out on the hustings. So when California Senator Sheila Kuehl delivered Democratic...
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Max Blumenthal
ABC 9/11 Docudrama's Right-Wing Roots
On Friday, September 8, just forty-eight hours before ABC planned to air its so-called "docudrama," The Path to 9/11, Robert Iger, CEO of ABC's corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company, was...
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Monday, September 11, 2006
Medea Benjamin
Historic Latino Congreso Takes Strong Anti-War Stand
Billed as the most comprehensive gathering of Latino leaders in the US in three decades, over 1,600 delegates and observers attended the Latino Congreso in Los Angeles from September 6-10. The...
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Saturday, September 9, 2006
Pierre Tristam
Mastermind Theater: Al-Qaeda Video Awards
It’s becoming the olive-skinned noise of American elections: A few weeks before the vote, Osama, as if on cue, makes a video appearance. It happened in 2002, just three weeks before the mid-term...
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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Gary Olson
Nationalism, Not Islam, Motivates Most Suicide Terrorists
Here is today's discussion question: Suicide terrorism is primarily caused by Islamic fundamentalism. True or false? Although it seems counter-intuitive, especially given everything we read and hear...
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Robert Freeman
Rehabilitating Fascism: How Would We Know It If We Saw It?
With his announcement that the war on terror is actually a war against "Islamo-fascism," President Bush has opened a fruitful debate. As is so common with Bush, however, his use of the term seeks to...
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Saturday, September 2, 2006
Howard Zinn
War is Not a Solution for Terrorism
There is something important to be learned from the recent experience of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive military attacks, inevitably indiscriminate, are not only...
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Friday, September 1, 2006
Norman Solomon
Bush vs. Ahmadinejad: A TV Debate We'll Never See
When Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, invited President Bush to engage in a "direct television debate" a few days ago, the White House predictably responded by calling the offer "a diversion."...
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Andrew Greeley
Blame 9/11 on Airlines, Congress, Bush
The fifth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack is coming up soon. It should be a time of national disgrace and shame. It never should have happened. Americans have been so busy for the past...
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Monday, August 28, 2006
William Greider
Course Correction
The New York Times carried a very important news story today as its front-page lead. It revealed in devastating detail how American workers have lost ground on wage incomes during this so-called...
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Jeff Cohen
Sick Puppy Meets Media Beast
John Mark Karr is one sick puppy -- a school teacher who fantasized that he'd engaged in consensual sex so passionately with six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey that he accidentally killed her. And...
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Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming The Issues: Islamic Or Republican Fascism?
In the years since George W. Bush first used 9/11 as his own "Reichstag fire" to gut the Constitution and enhance the power and wealth of his corporate cronies, many across the political spectrum...
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Thom Hartmann
JonBenét Died - And Bush Lied?
I was on the air doing my radio program two weeks ago when the story came down the wire that the killer of JonBenét Ramsey had been captured in Thailand just hours earlier. I opened the microphone...
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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Caroline Arnold
Education 101
Years ago, when I taught at Ohio State, a colleague from the English department recounted his experience with an irate parent who objected to "immoral" selections in his freshman daughter's English...
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Friday, August 25, 2006
Frances Moore Lappé
A Right to Food?
"If someone can't afford to buy food, they're still a citizen and we're still responsible to them," city official Adriana Aranha in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, told me in 2000. What a concept--and one...
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Helen Thomas
Warrantless Wiretap Program in Doubt
WASHINGTON - "There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created in the Constitution." That eloquent putdown of an imperial presidency was the essence of a ruling by U.S. District...
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Hillary Still Hiding on War; Time Warner Provides Cover
The cover story in the new issue of TIME, the flagship publication of the Time Warner media empire, informs readers that Hillary Clinton has "virtually nonexistent opposition for her senate seat."...
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Molly Ivins
Let the Truth-Telling Begin
Royal Masset, a Texas Republican political consultant who has been accused of being less than brilliant, recently had this to say about Karl Rove: “I think we actually like Karl a lot more now than...
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John Buell
Labor and Local Sweat-Free Procurement Initiatives
A tale of two mid-20th century titans may be apocryphal, but it offers insights into U.S. history. Henry Ford II and Walter Reuther are touring a modern auto plant. Ford jokingly jabs at Reuther: "...
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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Jeff Cohen
TV News Vultures Circling JonBenet’s Corpse -- Again
The top story on TV news lately has not been the Iraq war or tentative Lebanon peace, or major court rulings on tobacco and warrantless wiretapping, or oil prices or pension "reform" or any of a...
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Friday, August 18, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Tampers with War Prisoner Rights
Why does the Bush administration insist on tinkering with the long-established laws on military conduct and treaties of this land? Bush administration officials are drafting amendments to the 1996...
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Ralph Nader
Bush -- "Take Your Time"
Open letter to President George W. Bush: The widespread destruction of a defenseless Lebanon-its civilians, its life-sustaining public services, its environment-is a grim and indelible testament to...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Michael Schwalbe
Six Lessons for Young Men on the Edge of War
Military service was a rite of passage into adulthood for males in my family. My grandfather and two uncles served in the navy. One uncle served in the air force. And my father spent three years in...
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Pols Who Cried Wolf
AUSTIN, Texas - We have nothing to fear but fear itself, especially since fear is now being fomented and manipulated for political purposes by a bunch of shameless hacks. Who is trying to make you...
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Monday, August 14, 2006
John Atcheson
What We Learned from Mainstream Media Last Week (and What We Didn't)
Lesson #1: The thwarted attempt of the English-born PAKISTANI terrorists justifies Bush's IRAQI misadventures.
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Norman Solomon
Who's Afraid of Hillary Clinton?
The leading pro-war Democrat in the Senate is hoping for a landslide in the New York primary next month. And unless progressives quickly mobilize to dent her vote total, she's likely to get it.
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Sunday, August 13, 2006
William Greider
Fear and Smear
An evil symbiosis does exist between Muslim terrorists and American politicians, but it is not the one Republicans describe. The jihadists need George W. Bush to sustain their cause. His bloody...
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Friday, August 11, 2006
Helen Thomas
Rice is in Way over Her Head
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has flunked her first foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. She went to the turbulent region last month in the early days of the war that began...
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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Eugene Jarecki
Truman Haunts Us
61 years ago this week, the United States became the first and (to this day) only nation ever to use a nuclear weapon. It happened twice. First "Little Boy" was dropped on the Japanese city of...
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Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Lamont's Victory -- A Media Defeat
Besides defeating Sen. Joe Lieberman, challenger Ned Lamont has also registered a triumph over much of the Washington press corps that had rallied so ridiculously to Lieberman's defense. A victory...
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Debi Smith
A Bowl of Cucumbers and a Pot of Beans
Maybe it was just midnight mind talking. You know, that tendency to get all worried, scared, panicky, stressed about things in the middle of the dark and silent night that wouldn't ordinarily bother...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
John Buell
Democrats and the New Axis of Evil
With the signs of a failed war in Iraq all around them, most congressional Democrats are strangely eager to join the Bush administration's support of Israel's war of pre-emption against Hamas,...
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Rachel Shteir
The Shame of America
The Public Humiliation of Offenders has Spread Throughout the Country, But It Is No Panacea
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Monday, August 7, 2006
James Carroll
The Nagasaki Principle
Today is the anniversary of what did not happen. Sixty-one years ago yesterday, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The scale of nuclear devastation was apparent at once. The next day, no...
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Sunday, August 6, 2006
HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMB - August 1945 Robert Freeman
Was the Atomic Bombing of Japan Necessary?
There was no pressing military necessity for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan
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Saturday, August 5, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
A Global Pursuit of Eden Begins in Our Own Backyard
Columbia, South Carolina -- Escaping the hammering yammering of television�s incessant talking heads, who hype out-of-control war and weather, and blather on about Armageddon, I find refuge on our...
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Saul Landau
So You Say You Want a Revolución?
On July 26, five days before Fidel Castro entered the hospital for intestinal surgery, he led a celebration of the 53rd anniversary of his attack on Fort Moncada, which kick-started the Cuban...
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