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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Timothy Patrick McCarthy
Homophobes, Hypocrites and Haters
It doesn't take much for Americans to get on their high horse about homosexuals. The most recent pony ride comes amid the revelation that Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested in June following a...
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Alan M. Collinge
Student Borrowers Often Victims of Serious Abuse
For four months this year, while Congress was overhauling student loan laws, I traveled the country in a beat-up RV meeting with citizens and legislators. My mission was simple: Persuade Congress to...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Facing Down Poverty
Last week, President Bush cited the recent Census Report as proof "that more of our citizens are doing better in this economy, with continued rising incomes and more Americans pulling themselves out...
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David Bromwich
Iraq, Israel, Iran
When John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's article on the Israel Lobby appeared in the London Review of Books, after having been commissioned and killed by the Atlantic Monthly, neoconservative...
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Matthew Rothschild
CBS Early Show Removes Anti-War Protesters from View in Kansas City
On August 10, the CBS Early Show came to Kansas City, Missouri. Using Liberty Memorial Park, the Early Show was featuring the country western band Big & Rich, which is famous for "Save a Horse (...
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Tom Engelhardt
Seven Years In Hell: On Body Counts, Dead Zones, and an Empire of Stupidity
On August 22nd, breaking into his Crawford vacation, the President addressed the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, giving what is already known as his "Vietnam speech." That day,...
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Robert Scheer
Why Is This Man Smiling?
OK, throw another $50 billion down the rat hole that is the Iraq occupation. It's only money, if you ignore the lives being destroyed. That's what the White House is asking for, in addition to the $...
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Dean Baker
The Dirty Toilet Principle: The Fed and the Housing Bubble
We all know the dirty toilet principle. If the toilet is dirty, the custodian gets fired. That's the way it works for most people. If you mess up on the job, there are consequences. And if you mess...
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Amy Goodman
From the Bayou to Baghdad: Mission Accomplished?
During the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several dozen public-housing residents and activists marched to the headquarters of the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The marchers occupied the...
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Andrew Greeley
True or False: Can Bush Tell Difference?
Is President Bush able to distinguish truth from falsehood? Is he too caught up in the double-talk generated by his spin masters to grasp the difference? After reading his talk to the VFW last week,...
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Cindy Sheehan
Kristol: Another Dishonorable Chicken-hawk
I know just a little bit about Mr. William Kristol: He is the son of one of the founders of the "neo-conservative" movement, Irving Kristol . He is a commentator on Fox News. He was Chief of Staff...
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Medea Benjamin
Nancy Pelosi Should Listen to Karl Rove
Karl Rove might be a nasty guy, but he's no dummy. In a press interview as he left office, he gave the Democrats some free advice. He described his politics as building on the energy of the base of...
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Steven Laffoley
Just a Cock-Up Democracy or the Theory of Bush's Nose
In the study of history, the Cock-Up Theory argues that our collective past is the sum of important people's endless errors and many inadequacies. This idea is also called the Theory of Cleopatra's...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary Rolls On: Are Netroots a Paper Tiger?
As a longtime progressive tired of ineffective protesting, I've watched in glee as MoveOn has amassed political power by Webbing a few million of us and our dollars together. I'm a proud MoveOn...
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Robert Fisk
Strange Goings-On Here In Lebanon
Stories that just don't seem to make it into print. Did you know that the Hizbollah "Party of God" has installed its own private communications network in the south of Lebanon, stretching from the...
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Robyn Blumner
The Difference Between The Parties Is As Deep As A Coal Mine
A lot of people tell me that they are sick of both political parties. They claim the parties are essentially the same and it doesn't matter who is in power, because the Democrats and the Republicans...
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A Boston Globe Editorial
Mount Stripmine?
While the nation's attention was focused on the nine lives lost in the deep coal mine of Crandall Canyon in Utah, the Bush administration has been busy pushing a form of strip mining in Appalachia...
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Mary Dejevsky
Shame The Doubters Were So Quiet When We Went To War
The British withdrawal from Basra Palace might not have been defeat as such - there was no panic, no Saigon-style helicopters, and no triumphal enemy firing that we know of - but it was hardly...
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John Nichols
Edwards Gains Key Union Endorsements
John Edwards had a very good Labor Day. At a rally in Pittsburgh, the populist candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination received the endorsements of two of the nation's most...
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Neal Peirce
Drug War's Latest Achievement: Boosting Global Terrorism
Thirty-eight million arrests, most for simple possession. Lives ruined, families disrupted. America turned into the most prison-happy nation on the face of the earth. Illegal rewards incentivizing...
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Richard D. Kahlenberg
A World Without Teacher Unions?
For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer and a time to return to school; others see it as a day to contemplate the role of trade unions in American society. For one group in America -- leaders and...
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Barbara Lee
Time For Congress To Take A Stand
If you believe the Beltway hype, members of Congress will return today to a fiery debate about whether or not the president's so-called "surge" has produced military progress in Iraq. Beltway pundits...
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Ralph Nader
Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act
This August marks the 60th anniversary of the Taft-Hartley Act, one of the great blows to American democracy, going into effect. The Act, which was drafted by employers, fundamentally infringed on...
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Jesse Jackson
Invest In US Instead of Sacrificing in Iraq
This nation faces a clear choice this September. President Bush will insist that Congress continue the war in Iraq and demand another $50 billion for the occupation. That is on top of the $147...
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Adam Penn
Were You Tricked Senator Clinton?
In the recent ABC News Presidential debate on August 19, Hillary Clinton came the closest she has to date to admitting that her decision to authorize military action in Iraq was a mistake. She didn't...
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Hank Edson
Edwards/Kucinich 2008?
The Gold Standard For Progressive Candidates
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Ira Chernus
Bush PR Machine Works Myth and Magic on Iraq
George W. Bush's trip to Iraq was the ultimate stunt in a huge long PR campaign to turn public opinion on the war. And let's face it: Sad to say, it's working. Many Democrats who thought they could...
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Monday, September 3, 2007
Stacy Bannerman
When Mental Healthcare Goes AWOL
America must quit treating its National Guardsmen and reserves like second-class soldiers. To an unprecedented extent, President Bush has been relying on the men and women of our National Guard to...
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Danny Schechter
When Is a Non-Bailout Really A Bailout, and Why It's A Joke
It's official. It's Presidential. The "Decider" has decided. Yes, Houston, we do have a problem with the housing mess. And yes, Congress, your White House is finally going to act to help homeowners...
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Marie Cocco
Don't Ask, Don't Kvell
I'd been enjoying a good chuckle at the YouTube video documenting Mitt Romney's transformation from dedicated pro-choice advocate in Massachusetts to die-hard abortion foe on the Republican hustings...
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Chris Hedges
The Next Quagmire
The most effective diplomats, like the most effective intelligence officers and foreign correspondents, possess empathy. They have the intellectual, cultural and linguistic literacy to get inside the...
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Paul Krugman
Snow Job in the Desert
In February 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell, addressing the United Nations Security Council, claimed to have proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He did not, in fact,...
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Andy Stern
Restoring the Promise of the American Dream
The promise of America is that if you work hard, you will be rewarded. You will be able to provide for your family, own a decent home, afford quality health care, and enjoy a secure retirement. It is...
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Howard Rodman
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bombing Iran
For long time now, perhaps a year, I've been hearing (we've all been hearing) that the White House is planning to bomb Iran. As the neo-cons say, "Boys go to Baghdad; real men go to Tehran ." It's a...
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Robert Fox
Before It's Too Late, British Brass Should Tell Us More
Criticisms at the weekend by Generals Mike Jackson and Tim Cross of US policies for post-Saddam Iraq are not remarkable in themselves - it's clear enough that the postwar planning was "intellectually...
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Gary Younge
In The US, Class War Still Means Just One Thing: The Rich Attacking The Poor
In July the Florida Republican state representative Bob Allen was caught offering to pay a black undercover cop $20 so that he could perform oral sex on him in a park. Allen's defence? Blow jobs and...
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Mario M. Cuomo
What The Constitution Says About Iraq
Congress and The Courts Must Recommit To The Legislative Branch's Sole Authority To Declare War.
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James Carroll
Labor's Failure
Labor Day can seem like a holiday that belongs to another era. That is not because the trade union movement is no longer relevant, nor does the impulse to honor work and workers ever lose its...
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Sunday, September 2, 2007
Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis
'Occupy, Resist, Produce'
On 19 March 2003, we were on the roof of the Zanón ceramic tile factory, filming an interview with Cepillo. He was showing us how the workers fended off eviction by armed police, defending their...
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Joanna Blythman
Cost of War Is Always Too High
The case of paratrooper Ben Parkinson, who has been offered niggardly compensation from the army for his appalling injuries suffered in Afghanistan, offers another graphic example of the painful...
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Jeremy Seabrook
A Rich Man's World
Proposed remedies to cure our ailing society are vacuous because no one wants to admit the real problem: economic prosperity.
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Elizabeth Sullivan
The Damaging Skein of Lies about Jesse Buryj's Death in Iraq
When Peggy and Steve Buryj set out to discover the truth about their son's death in Iraq, they ran into an Army bureaucracy that was determined not to tell them.
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Gordon Clark
Al Gore, James Hansen, and Civil Disobedience
How long can any of us wait?
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Marjorie Cohn
Bush Plans War on Iran
The Sunday Times of London is reporting that the Pentagon has plans for three days of massive air strikes against 1,200 targets in Iran. Last week, Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national...
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Ray McGovern
Do We Have the Courage to Stop War with Iran?
Why do I feel like the proverbial skunk at a Labor Day picnic? Sorry; but I thought you might want to know that this time next year there will probably be more skunks than we can handle. I fear our...
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Saturday, September 1, 2007
Stephen Eric Bronner
Is Neoconservatism Dead?
The Bush administration may be in a tail-spin but neo-conservatism will survive because it feeds on deeply-rooted fears.
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Travails of the Super-Rich
On Labor Day we customarily give a nod to America's underpaid and overworked blue- and pink-collar workers--janitors, flight attendants, forklift operators and the like. But this year let's go a step...
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Robert Naiman
Slam Dunk: The Bush Administration Is Trying to Provoke Iran
The Bush Administration is once again escalating its confrontation with Iran. Clearly they have multiple motivations for doing so. They're trying to "change the channel" from the failure of the "...
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Sean Gonsalves
'Actionable Intel' in Class War
Every year around Labor Day, United for a Fair Economy ( UFE ) issues a report on the excesses of CEO pay. This year's report - Executive Excess 2007: The Staggering Social Cost of U.S. Business...
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Christopher R. Brauchli
Imprecatory Prayer
When you ask God to send you trials, you may be sure your prayer will be granted. - Léon Bloy, Pages de Léon Bloy For those who are skeptical about the power of prayer to say nothing about the...
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Ralph Nader
A Call on President Bush to Select New AG Who Respects the Constitution
President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush,
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Friday, August 31, 2007
Adrian Hamilton
Bush's Increasingly Tenuous Hold On Reality
One explanation for President Bush's rant against Iran this week, following on from his extraordinary speech comparing Iraq with Vietnam last week, is that the pressure is finally getting to him. US...
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Glenn W. Smith
The American Tragedy of Our Troops Held Hostage
President Bush is holding our troops hostage and threatening them with death. Here is what he is saying to Congress:"Order me out of Iraq, and I will abandon the troops in the field. The blood of...
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Naomi Wolf
Dodd Defends Constitution -- Where are the Others?
Ten days ago, I wrote in this space about the American Freedom Campaign's launch of a U.S. citizens' democracy movement that will drive the issue of defending the Constitution to the center of the...
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Nathan Gonzalez
Five Reasons to Engage Iran
It seems that with every news cycle comes yet another attempt by the Bush administration to pave the way for a war with Iran. As if we weren't facing enough problems in Iraq, there seems to be a...
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E.J. Dionne Jr.
Why Do The Poor So Rarely Make The News?
Who could not guffaw over the news that Leona Helmsley left her dog "Trouble" a $12 million trust fund while cutting two of her grandchildren out of her will? The queen of mean, as the tabloids...
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John Nichols
Evolution in Texas -- On the Death Penalty
There are many Americans who do not believe in evolution. And it is probably fair to say that a disproportionate number of them reside in Texas. But it is from Texas that we gain confirmation of the...
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Matthew Rothschild
A Cameo by the Old John Conyers
I'd been waiting for the old John Conyers to reappear. Conyers rightfully brags about being a leader in the movement to impeach Richard Nixon back in the day. And in the last Congressional term,...
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Jean Casella, James Ridgeway
Windfall: How Conservatives, Contractors, and Developers Cashed In on Katrina
In those first emotional days after Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast, widespread predictions of a political sea change arrived from liberal and even some conservative commentators. "Americans are...
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Rosa Brooks
Succeeding by Withdrawing: US Forces Would Only Make Things Worse by Staying In Iraq.
What? You want us pundits to stop complaining about what a mess the Bush administration has made in Iraq, and say something constructive for a change? But sniping is so easy! Did you know that a...
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Conn Hallinan
Death at a Distance: The US Air War
According to the residents of Datta Khel, a town in Pakistan's North Waziristan, three missiles streaked out of Afghanistan's Pakitka Province and slammed into a Madrassa, or Islamic school, this...
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Robert Weissman
The Benchmarks Iraq Is Meeting - And One It Thankfully Is Not
The Government Accountability Office has confirmed the obvious: the "benchmarks" the U.S. Congress set out to assess progress in the Iraq war will not be met by a September deadline. Unfortunately,...
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David Michael Green
American Indigestion: Why Bush Governs From the Gut
George W. Bush is actually one of the most educated of American presidents, believe it or not. That statement depends, of course, on a couple of whopping assumptions. Like defining education formally...
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Frida Berrigan
Fighting Fire With Fire?
New Weapons Sales and Military Aid Will Not Bring Peace and Stability to the Middle East
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Robert Shetterly
The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
Several years ago I gave a talk on Martha's Vineyard about many of the people whose portraits I've painted in the Americans Who Tell the Truth series. I spent some time talking about the legacy of...
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Matt Taibbi
The Great Iraq Swindle: How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury
How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest...
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Jimmy Breslin
Remove Bush Over War Lies
There had been the sound of many feet on a Brooklyn street at the first funeral, of firefighter Joseph Graffa-gnino, and at the second funeral, of firefighter Robert Beddia, a fire engine sounded in...
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Doug Pibel
Standing Up To Corporations One Town At Time
In 1819, the Supreme Court declared for the first time that corporations are entitled to protection under the Constitution. That case started in New Hampshire. Since then, corporations have been...
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Marie Cocco
Free Market Madness
With Labor Day approaching, it must not go unnoticed that Angelo Mozilo, chief executive of Countrywide Financial-the company that has helped drive world markets into turmoil with its lending-raked...
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Matthew Rothschild
Another Person Arrested for "Impeach" Sign
Watching Melissa Etheridge on TV at the Live Earth concert persuaded Jonas Phillips and his wife, Kindra, to go out and do something about the Bush Administration's abuses. So they made a cardboard...
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Michael Tomasky
The Legacy of Katrina
The Events In New Orleans Exposed The Bush administration as Callous and Incompetent. And Neither The City Nor The Administration Have Recovered in The Two Years' Since.
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Robert Kuttner
What's Behind the Sub-Prime Disaster
The current high-risk mortgage mess is not so much a new crisis as the result of decades of government deregulation of the financial industry. The calamity in "sub-prime" mortgages has exposed the...
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Paul Waldman
A Guide to Media Manipulation, Republican Style
In recent years the GOP has turned the technique of making hay from their opponents' words into a reliable formula for success -- with a few distortions and a little help from the media, of course...
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Robert B. Reich
What Happened to Labor Day?
A young person asked me not long ago -- only half in jest -- whether Labor Day was named in honor of natural childbirth. Most young people today have no memory of a time when Walter Reuther of the...
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Hank Edson
In The Name of Sincerity: Politics, Corporations, and... Revolution?
The Sincerity Question We Don't Need to Ask
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Megan Tady
Offsets Aren't Enough: Two Environmental Groups Cave To Big Coal in Texas
As someone who once sunk a shrimp boat as an act of civil disobedience, Diane Wilson was disappointed when two big environmental groups opted for a less-than risky alternative to blocking a new coal-...
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Robert Higgs
The Carnage in Iraq—Past, Present, and Future
The headline of an August 22, 2007, article in the New York Times reads, "Citing Vietnam, Bush Warns of Carnage if U.S. Leaves Iraq." Readers with live brain cells must be stunned by such a warning...
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Elizabeth Sawin
Overdosing The Earth
No long ago I lived through a few minutes of very deep fear, thinking it possible that I had accidentally given my six-year-old an overdose of an over-the-counter medication. I filled the little...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Abu Ghraib: Top-Down Responsibility, Bottom-Up Accountability
The only Army officer to be court-martialed for Abu Ghraib abuses just got off with a tap on his oak leaf -- a reprimand but no jail time. The shaky case against reserve Lt. Col. Steve Jordan did...
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Ted Rall
Gonzales vs. The United States: A Torturer Takes a Victory Lap
Al Capone served six years at Alcatraz--for tax evasion. The true Original Gangsta was never held to account for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that left seven men cut in half by machine gun fire...
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Dahlia Wasfi
The Legacy of Oppression and The Legitimacy of Resistance
The following remarks by Dr. Wasfi were given at the March and Rally For Peace held in Kennebunkport, Maine on Saturday, August 25th: I speak to you today on behalf of relatives on my mother's side-...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Robert Freeman
The Frightening Future in the Market Meltdown
For the better part of a year every senior government official involved with the economy, from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to Treasure Secretary Henry Paulson, has said that the bursting housing bubble...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Just War Theory Revisited
Army captain and Iraq War veteran Robert P. McGovern's new book All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq makes the case that "as a lawyer, a soldier, and a graduate of four...
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Glenn Greenwald
The President's Escalating War Rhetoric On Iran
George Bush, speaking before yet another military audience, yesterday delivered what might actually be the most disturbing speech of his presidency , in which he issued more overt war threats than...
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Jeremy Koulish
Unequal Fallout from the Bursting Mortgage Bubble
While the American dream of home ownership has turned out to be merely a house of cards for hundreds of thousands of families, the costs of the mortgage crisis are not being shouldered equally by...
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Michael Marx and Marjorie Kelly
Who Will Rule? Citizens Movements Take On Corporate Power
Corporate power lies behind nearly every major problem we face-from stagnant wages and unaffordable health care to overconsumption and global warming. In some cases, it is the cause of the problem;...
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Amy Goodman
Abu Ghraib: One of Al's Claims to Fame
The abrupt resignation of Alberto Gonzales as United States attorney general on Monday morning was not soon enough. But the policies and politicization of justice that have been his hallmark remain...
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Robert Scheer
A Legacy of Legitimizing Torture
The resignation of the torturer in chief was noted by his patron, the president, as an unfortunate day for American democracy. "It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person...
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John Nichols
Attorney General Bruce Fein
It is likely -- though not entirely certain in these tumultuous times for the dangerously adrift Bush-Cheney administration -- that the next Attorney General of the United States will be a...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Confronting the CEO Pay Gap
The staggering gap between CEOs and workers is, at long last, getting some attention in Campaign '08. But there's still more to be done to tackle the gap. If candidates really want to turn up the...
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Adele M. Stan
Defending the Constitution After Gonzales
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was deeply involved in both of the scandals that may yet yield contempt of Congress citation for members of the executive branch. But will Congress step up to defend...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Kucinich Is Right On Healthcare
Dennis Kucinich rarely gets much airtime in Democratic presidential debates. That was underscored recently when ABC's George Stephanopoulos called on him in an Iowa forum to talk about God. Kucinich...
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Michael Winship
History Will Tell Lies, Sir, As Usual
Monday, Monday. Can't trust that day. The GOP always seems to purge its leadership ranks on Mondays -- just when I'm sweating the deadline for this column, so I have to start all over. I swear, it's...
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Hope Marston and Ben Grosscup
Gonzales's Constitution Day Gift to The United States
Constitution Day (September 17) will be an especially fitting day for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to officially leave office. He has been one of the many administration officials deeply...
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Erica Etelson
After Oil Supplies Dry Up, What's Plan B?
When Hurricane Katrina struck two years ago, Americans learned just how ill-equipped the government is to respond effectively to natural disasters. But if you think the government's response to...
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Alan Parker
Indigenous Nations For United Voice
At the invitation of Evelyn Jefferson, chairwoman of the Lummi Indian Nation, about 40 indigenous nations met to discuss a proposed treaty that would establish a United League of Indigenous Nations...
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Bill C. Davis
In The Men's Room
Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) most likely thought he was invisible - or he didn't fully exist when he was in the men's room. What was he thinking? What did he need? Could he have found someone with...
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Diane Farsetta
The Other Half of the Nuclear Industry's Power Couple: Christine Todd Whitman
"Was it wrong to try to get the city back on its feet as quickly as possible?" an exasperated Christine Todd Whitman asked members of Congress. The occasion was Whitman's first appearance before the...
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Bernard Weiner
CheneyBush's "Mercenary" Legions
"Outsourcing" jobs overseas is only the tip of the iceberg. How about the CheneyBush Administration "outsourcing" our military, our intelligence-gathering, our nation's soul? Taking private...
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Sam Provance
Army Adds Farce to Abu Ghraib Shame
Breaking News: The Army officer in charge of the interrogation/torture operation at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 is being court-martialed. My first thought was: Finally an officer is being held...
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