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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Nicholas Von Hoffman
The Ethanol Hoax
The other day the French, who we Americans know cannot do anything right, sent one of their trains hurtling down a railroad track at 357 miles per hour. France has more than 1,000 miles of high-speed...
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Stephen Burd
The Student-Loan Scam
Under a Republican Congress, For-Profit Lenders Pursued Their Own Interests -- Often With The Help of Colleges.
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Scot Lehigh
A Long, Contentious Grind
George W. Bush was at his best at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner two weeks ago, self-deprecating, funny, and gracious as he addressed the broadcasters.So why is it this...
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George Monbiot
There Is Climate Change Censorship - And It's The Deniers Who Dish It Out
Global Warming Scientists Are Under Intense Pressure to Water Down Findings, and Are Then Accused of Silencing Their Critics
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Tom Matthews
Sometimes, These Colors Must Run
Running away.It is taboo to even utter the words in relation to battle. Once the war is engaged, once the armaments start roaring, once your fellow soldiers begin falling dead on either side of you...
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H.D.S. Greenway
Cambodia Reflected in Iran Waters
When I saw pictures of the British sailors and marines, on the eve of their freedom from Iran, dressed in ill-fitting suits that Iranian tailors had run up for them, memory raced back nearly 40 years...
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Pierre Tristam
Recipe For The Republic Depends On Diluted Power; Not Bush Rule
James Madison believed in a strong, central government, but not a unilateral one. He also believed in states' rights, and above all in individual rights. In other words, he wanted his constitutional...
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Monday, April 9, 2007
John Brown
Karen Hughes and Her "Diplomacy of Deeds"
"Propaganda of the deed," a phrase attributed to the Italian revolutionary Carlo Pisacane (1818-1857), has long been associated with the tactics of terrorism. The Bush administration's image czarina...
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Peter Rothberg
Step It Up 2007
A new global warming report issued on April 5 by the United Nations paints a near-apocalyptic vision of Earth's future: hundreds of millions of people short of water, extreme food shortages in Africa...
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Adam Howard
No More Imus
Black people have a great sense of humor about themselves. I don't just say this because I happen to be black but because there's ample evidence to support this. For instance, arguably the most...
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Neal Peirce
Paving The Way For Smarter Roads
Decaying roads, rising traffic congestion, and voters distrustful of government and extraordinarily leery about increased gas taxes. What are political leaders to do? The "hot" new idea is "...
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Andrew J. Bacevich
'Your Iraq Plan?' Is a Pointless Question
Candidates Should Acknowledge That Bush's War is a Failure and Look Beyond Iraq.
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James Carroll
Fingerprint Foreboding
I was jolted to read last week that public schools in Taunton are planning to use a fingerprint scan as a way to enable students to pay for lunch. At the cash register, the student will simply tap a...
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David Abromowitz and Joan Ruttenberg
Sharing The Burden of War and Taxes
TAX DAY is coming. For most Americans, it's merely a reminder to get that paperwork done. But for many years, tax day reminded Americans that war means sacrifice.Since Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush...
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Miami Herald Editorial
Secrecy, Coercion, Torture: This Is Legal?
Our Opinion: Shut Down Guatanamo Facility For Terror Suspects
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Tom Engelhardt
Six Crises in Search of an Author
How the Bush Administration Destabilized the "Arc of Instability"
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Media's Ideological View of Pelosi's Trip
As Glenn Greenwald rightly points out in a recent post from his Unclaimed Territory blog, media coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent trip to Syria can fairly be labeled "hysteria-driven."
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Cynthia Tucker
The Bloody Results of America's Bizarre Love Affair With Guns
Atlanta, GA- Last Tuesday, a man followed a woman into a downtown Atlanta hotel - in the same complex as CNN's headquarters - and shot her in the face and upper body, leaving her fatally wounded. He...
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Paul Krugman
Sweet Little Lies
Four years into a war fought to eliminate a nonexistent threat, we all have renewed appreciation for the power of the Big Lie: people tend to believe false official claims about big issues, because...
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Chris Hedges
Praying for the Apocalypse
The Gilead Baptist Church, outside Detroit, is on a four-lane highway called South Telegraph Road. The drive down South Telegraph Road to the church, a warehouse-like structure surrounded by black...
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Linda Milazzo
Tell Me, William Donohue, Would A Vanilla Jesus Do? The Real Truth About Chocolate Jesus
Once in a while I see Norman Lear. Not surprising. In Los Angeles' progressive community it's bound to happen. Eerie how he never seems to age. I first met Mr. Lear in 1982. I was happily ensconced...
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Sunday, April 8, 2007
Ezra Klein
This Time, We Want Healthcare Reform
On March 24, every major Democratic presidential candidate - and a handful of minor ones - gathered in Las Vegas to spend a long afternoon getting grilled on the precise details of their healthcare...
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Eric Margolis
Power to the Pelosi
President George Bush charges that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's trip this week to Syria was undermining U.S. foreign policy. He's absolutely correct. If ever there was an administration whose...
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John Nichols
Exit Iraq? Republicans say "Yes!"
QUESTION: Do you favor a withdrawal of all United States military from Iraq within the next six months?ANSWER: Yes 52% No 39% Undecided 9% No, those are not particularly shocking numbers. We have...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Address Root Causes of Terror, Expert Advises
When I was in Singapore recently, I learned about two interesting anti-terrorism initiatives: Detained terrorism suspects on that island state are being cured of their militancy by Islamic...
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Mark LeVine
Moderation Rocks in Pakistan
Driving into Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, there is a sign on the road that welcomes you to "the land of hospitality." This is not what you'd expect to find on your way to Peshawar,...
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Christopher Cooper
The Blessings Of Liberty To Ourselves And Our Posterity
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David Lindorff
Torture Blowback and Selective Outrage
The alleged torture of British Navy personnel by Iraqi Revolutionary Guards was page one news in the New York Times and other US publications on Saturday, and the outrage in America and Britain was...
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Caroline Arnold
The High Price of Mediocrity
According to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, the top issues for Democratic voters are: war, Iraq, universal medical care (not necessarily health insurance) and torture/detentions. Next tier, in...
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Saturday, April 7, 2007
Johann Hari
Big Oil's Vendetta Against the Electric Car
Somewhere out there, in the dusty basements of the Chevron-Texaco corporate headquarters, there is a technology that can - in one swoop - slash global warming emissions, save millions of people from...
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Alka Chandna, Ph.D.
FDA is MIA on Safe Pet Food Regulation
When dogs and cats began to sicken and die after eating certain brands of commercial food, the public had the right to expect swift action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to resolve the...
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Ralph Nader
Get Your Telephone Excise Tax Refund: It's Your Money
The IRS has a $10 billion tax credit for 140 million Americans. But the deadline is April 17th - unless you file for an automatic extension.On May 25, 2006 the U.S. Treasury Department decided to...
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Andrew Christie
The Big Circus Tent: Industry Hucksters Get in on Global Warming
Did you hear? Genetic engineering will curb global warming!Liquefied natural gas will curb global warming! Nuclear power will curb global warming! All of these claims are from actual press releases,...
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Cesar Chelala
Pelosi's Visit Offers New Peace Opportunities
NEW YORK - One of the most famous characters in fiction, Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha, is credited with saying, "The dogs are barking at us, Sancho, a signal that we are making strides." To...
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Eric Alterman
The Politics of Pundit Prestige...
Back in the pre-Internet days of yore, political punditry was the best job in journalism and one of the best anywhere. You could spout off on anything you wanted, and almost nobody would call you on...
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John Nichols
Conservatives for the Constitution
Just imagine if one of the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination endorsed this radical agenda: • End the use of military commissions to prosecute crimes. •...
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Robert Fisk
The True Story of Free Speech in America
Laila al-Arian was wearing her headscarf at her desk at Nation Books, one of my New York publishers. No, she told me, it would be difficult to telephone her father. At the medical facility of his...
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Robert Kuttner
The Housing Squeeze
US REPRESENTATIVE Barney Frank of Newton , chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was in town this week to hold a hearing on the squeeze on household incomes and housing costs. In city...
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Friday, April 6, 2007
Laura Flanders
Bottom-Up Power
This article is adapted from Laura Flanders' new book, Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics From the Politicians (The Penguin Press).
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Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial
Karl Rove and the GSA
Politics Served Up At A Brown-Bag Lunch
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Carole Whelan
In This Mission Impossible, Politics Kills Soldiers
The Maine Chapter of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) has been providing DVDs and articles to members of Congress to help them understand our increasing concerns about the safety and mission of our...
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Mark Floegel
A Way Forward
It's been a big week for the atmosphere. Monday, the Supreme Court ruled five to four (Hang on, Justice Stevens!) that the Clean Air Act does allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate...
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John Atcheson
Snatching Defeat From The Jaws of Victory
The Republican spin machine has settled on their talking points regarding the Democrat's vote to bring an end to the Iraqi war. As usual, they're singing in unison. To hear the administration, Fox...
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David Michael Green
Playing Politics With War
If there's a way for the regressive right to be more repugnant, I, for one, am at a loss to see how. Their latest trick is to accuse Democrats seeking to end the travesty that is Iraq of "playing...
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Richard W. Behan
The Complicity of Congress in a Criminal War
The US Congress has gone beyond compliance with George Bush's illegal war, and is now technically an accomplice-it is assisting with full knowledge in the perpetration of a crime. Congress has...
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Rosa Brooks
Bring On The Iraq Micromanagers
Why Congress Has Every Right to Pull Strings and Show Leadership in Executing The War.
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Craig Bowron
More Powerful Than We Imagine
When It Comes to Damage Humankind Can Wreak on Planet Earth, People Have a Way of Making the Far-Fetched Come to Fruition.
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Paul Krugman
Children Versus Insurers
Consider the choice between two government programs.
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Elizabeth R. Sawin
Climate Change: A Window of Opportunity
On the surface, our lives run on as usual, with ordinary obligations and ordinary successes - mortgage payments, leaking faucets, overdue library books, deadlines met, milestones marked and moved...
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Tom Engelhardt
The President's Global War of Terror
On Tuesday, meeting with the press in the White House Rose Garden, the President responded to a question about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria this way: "[P]hoto opportunities and/or...
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Juan Cole
How to Get Out of Iraq
Both houses of Congress have now backed a timeline for withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq in 2008, which George W. Bush has vowed to veto. He gives two major rationales for rejecting withdrawal...
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Noam Chomsky
What If Iran Had Invaded Mexico? Putting the Iran Crisis in Context
Unsurprisingly, George W. Bush's announcement of a "surge" in Iraq came despite the firm opposition to any such move of Americans and the even stronger opposition of the (thoroughly irrelevant)...
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Thursday, April 5, 2007
Danny Schechter
Memo To Our Media: How To Cover The Debt Crisis
Well over a year ago, I wrote an article for Harvard's journalism journal Nieman Reports complaining about deeply flawed media coverage of credit and debt issues in America." There is a credit divide...
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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
Ohio's Election Protection Movement Wins Two Big Victories
In a victory for election protection activists, Ohio's powerful GOP Chair Bob Bennett will be forced to face a public hearing on his removal as Chair of the Cuyahoga (Cleveland) Board of Elections...
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Boston Globe Editorial
The True Cost of Campaigning
Senator Barack Obama's $25 million "call" yesterday qualifies him for another round at the presidential poker table. But the $129 million total pot raised by all the presidential candidates in the...
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Marianne Means
Bushies Remember They Can't Recall
Washington -- The oldest legal dodge in the political witness testimony game is to simply say, "I can't remember." The Bush administration did not invent this hoary old practice, but his chosen few...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush Plays Superhero in Iraq
Bush and Cheney are playing their ace in the hole: The old, tattered "you don't support the troops" card.Any Democrat and any Republican too (hear that, Chuck Hagel) who doesn't want to throw another...
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Kate Allen
This Guantánamo Man May Have Gained a Trial, But It's Not Justice
The prosecution by a military court last week of the Australian David Hicks had a surface veneer of respectability (Australian's guilty plea at Guantánamo hearing, March 27). But this was a facade...
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Ben Wizner
The Real Crime in The David Hicks Case
Any Legal System in Which a Supposed Deadly Terrorist Goes Free by Admitting His Crime is a Disgrace.
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Joshua Colangelo-Bryan
No Hope in Guantánamo
O n Monday, I was at Guantánamo Bay to meet with Jumah Al Dossari, one of the detainees my firm represents. As always, I spent the first few hours of our meeting trying to convince Jumah to fight the...
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Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh
What We Can Learn From Britain About Iran
THROUGH the capture of and subsequent announcement that it would release 15 British sailors and marines, the Islamic Republic of Iran sent its adversaries a pointed message: just as Iran will meet...
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Peter Rothberg
Refunds For Good
Did you know that the most wide-reaching tax refund in IRS history is on tap for this year?
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Pierre Tristam
"Operation Wetback": Illegal Immigration's Golden-Crisp Myth
Three weeks ago I wrote about Dwight Eisenhower's 1959 "peace and friendship" tour through several Asian countries, a trip characterized by an outpouring of warmth from millions in countries where...
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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Ellen R. Shaffer
Universal Healthcare and the 2008 Campaign:
Can We Get It Right This Time?
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John Smith
The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act
Courtesy of the Easter Bunny
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Guardian Editorial
A Lack of Charity
The world of development is prone to what could be called the false-dawn syndrome. No sooner do politicians hail the reaching of a great milestone than their referees in non-governmental...
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Bernardo Alvarez
What Venezuela's Revolution Is About
As Venezuela's ambassador to the United States, I have spent a large part of my tenure attempting to encourage Washington's policymakers to look beyond the deceptive information they receive about...
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New York Times Editorial
More Than a Feeling
President Bush and his advisers have made a lot of ridiculous charges about critics of the war in Iraq: they're unpatriotic, they want the terrorists to win, they don't support the troops, to cite...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
One of The Greatest Rulings on Earth
On the first Earth Day in 1970, James Milkey picked up garbage along a river bank with his eighth-grade classmates in West Hartford, Conn. On Monday, 37 years later, the Massachusetts assistant...
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Robert Scheer
Leave Your Morals at the Border
Onward Bush's soldiers, torture as ye may, but do it in Guantanamo, and not in the USA. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the habeas corpus plea of a Canadian national, captured in...
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Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon
The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV
It's become a TV ritual: Every year on April 4, as Americans commemorate Martin Luther King's death, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader." The remarkable...
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Elizabeth de la Vega
Doin' the Karl Rove Dance
A Chorus Line of "Loyal Bushies"
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Tom Hayden
Stop The Dirty War
Why Should American Blood and Taxes Be Spent on Propping Up a Sectarian Shi’a State Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing and Daily Human Rights Abuses?A Time For Congressional Hearings
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Mark Weisbrot
Is Hugo Chavez a Threat to Stability? No.
I have been asked to comment on the question of "whether President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela poses a threat to regional stability and how his critics, including the Bush administration, should respond...
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Benjamin R. Barber
Overselling Capitalism
Why Today's Markets Are Headed For Disaster Unless There is a Shift in Focus.
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Bill Quigley
Protesting Priests Escape Jail Before Torture Trial
Despite calls by federal prosecutors to jail two priests protesting against torture training at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, a federal judge has allowed them to remain free until their trial, which is set...
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Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Scott Bontz
How Will Our Grandchildren See Us?
Thirty years ago, Alex Haley's "Roots" on television inspired millions to sleuth their blood ties to history. On this anniversary, let's imagine what our own descendants will make of us when they...
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Jesse Jackson
Invest In Hope, America, Not Despair
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a pretty good working definition of insanity. But that is the state of America's failed policy for poor children. For the...
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John Buell
Climate Science and The Politics of Economic Growth
The business press worries a lot about "moral hazards." They remind us that government beneficence corrupts hard-working citizens. Social Security deters citizens from saving for retirement,...
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Eugene Robinson
Torture of Terror Suspect Surprises No One
HERE'S WHAT the Bush administration has done to the values, traditions and honor of the United States of America: An accused terrorist claims he confessed to heinous crimes so that agents of the U.S...
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DeWayne Wickham
Bush Conjures Up Tortured Defense of Executive Privilege
George W. Bush isn't the first president to make the case for executive privilege. He just does it badly.His assertion that he has a right to keep secret the advice he gets from his staff is about as...
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Pierre Tristam
The Talented Mr. Dowd
Matthew Dowd was once a Texas Democrat. Then he wasn't. In the 1990s he fell in love with George Bush. He loved his knack for bi-partisanship, his talk of going beyond business as usual, his focus on...
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George Monbiot
Sharks Deserve The Conservation Status We Give To The Giant Panda
Marine Predators Are On The Verge of Extinction, But The Fishing Industry Still Rips The Nnvironment to Shreds With Impunity
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John Burke
300 Seen as a Tool To Work Up Anti-Iran Sentiment
The overseas press: The Movie Draws Much Attention and Scorn, its East v. West Theme is Seen as Hollywood Joining The Bush Administration in the March to Tehran.
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Brendan Smith, Tim Costello, and Jeremy Brecher
Undue Influence
Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China’s New Labor Lawâ€â€But Human Rights and Labor Advocates Are Pushing Back
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Robert Naiman
Senator Obama, Congress Has Many Options Besides Full Funding Without Withdrawal
One of the things that appeals to many progressives about Barack Obama's presidential candidacy is his background as a community organizer. It's not just that he can claim familiarity with the...
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Jennifer O’Connor
Iditarod Deaths Stain Race's Reputation
Now that the last dog has crossed the finish line, Iditarod organizers are rushing to patch up "The Last Great Race's" tattered reputation after three dogs died and a veteran musher, Ramy Brooks, was...
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Ralph Nader
Community Garden Decontamination
Years ago, when leaded gasoline was what gas stations sold to motorists, I would be driving through the fertile valleys in California and see the crops growing right up to shoulders of the narrow...
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Mark Weisbrot
Every Uninsured Child Should Have Access to Health Care
When Medicare and Medicaid - our government programs to provide health care for the elderly and the poor - were approved in 1965, they were widely seen as a step toward the universal health care that...
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Larry Beinhart
Ah, Alberto Gonzales
About a year from now pundits and instant historians will point back at the firing of the federal prosecutors and say, 'That's where the impeachment began.'I'm glad that it began with, or at least...
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Monday, April 2, 2007
David Michael Green
American Mugabe: George W. Bush
Most Americans really don't understand their president. And, no, I'm not even talking about the thirty percent or so who still give him a positive approval rating. I'm not sure those folks understand...
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Monica Benderman
On Keeping Men Alive
Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Home of the "Mighty Third Infantry, Rock of the Marne." I always find it interesting as I drive through the gate onto post. As the contracted gate guards check my ID and verify...
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Robert C. Hinkley
Another Inconvenient Truth
Government in the liberal democracies of the developed world is based on an experiment undertaken in the last half of the 18th century. That experiment theorized that the public interest could be...
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Norman Solomon,
While McCain Walks in McNamara's Footsteps
The media spectacle that John McCain made of himself in Baghdad on Sunday was yet another reprise of a ghastly ritual. Senator McCain expressed "very cautious optimism" and told reporters that the...
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Harry P. Pachon
Paying Too Much To Be American
Increasing Naturalization Fees Would Alienate Foreign-born Residents From Our Political System.
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Kevin Watkins
Tide of Suffering
The Rich World Created The Climate Change Threat. It Must Help The Rest Deal with The Consequences
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Carol Pier
A Pact With The Devil
Washington -- Carmen Cecilia Santana Romaña, a 28-year-old mother of three and a national trade union officer, was shot dead in her home in Antioquia, Colombia, on Feb. 7. Her murder came as little...
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Michael Gawenda
U.S. Values on Trial Alongside Hicks
Two days before David Hicks arrived at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on January 11, 2002, flown there in a military transport from Afghanistan where he had been captured by Northern Alliance forces and sold...
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Lyse Doucet
Mideast Facing Iraq Refugee Crisis
Jordan and Syria are Home to Millions Fleeing Relentless Violence at Home
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Jay Bookman
When Myths Take Priority Over Facts
By the time we become adults, we've all compiled a personal mythology. These are the stories that tell us how the world works, why things are the way they are and what roles various people and forces...
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