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Friday, August 17, 2007
John Nichols
The Worst House Speaker in American History
Dennis Hastert, who served eight years as the most lamentable Speaker of the House in the chamber's history, will begin a slow exit from the Congress Friday. It is on that day that the former...
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John Pilger
The Old Iran-Contra Death Squad Gang Is Desperate to Discredit Chavez
I walked with Roberto Navarrete into the national stadium in Santiago, Chile. With the southern winter's wind skating down from the Andes, it was empty and ghostly. Little had changed, he said: the...
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Dan Kennedy
The Dogs of War
One recent evening on the Fox News Channel, right-wing media-basher Brent Bozell and pudgy patriot Sean Hannity were doing what they do best: exposing America's enemies among the treacherous liberal...
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Diane Gillespie
Villagers Hope to End Barbaric Practice
On Aug. 5, in the Senegal village of Malicounda Bambara, I witnessed the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of this village's public declaration to abandon female genital cutting -- the first...
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Clint Talbot
Whole Foods Prevails:
Will 'Operation Goldmine' now follow?
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Eugene Robinson
Genocide in Tranquil Kurdistan
WASHINGTON-The next time you hear confident assurances from the White House and its supporters that the "surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq is working and that something called "victory" is now within...
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Bill Moyers
The Rove Legacy
What struck me about my fellow Texan, Karl Rove, is that he knew how to win elections as if they were divine interventions. You may think God summoned Billy Graham to Florida on the eve of the 2000...
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Joseph Nevins
On Dogs and Illegals
The public outcry and debate surrounding the July 17 indictment of football star Michael Vick for dogfighting raises many questions. Among them--given the widespread, simultaneous silence surrounding...
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David Michael Green
Karl Rove and the Damage Done
Imagine you could be a gambler, and never lose. Now you understand Karl Rove.How can a gambler never lose? Only when he gets to throw the dice, and pick up the winnings, while somebody else stakes...
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Anna Blackshaw
Trading Away the Health of Our Children
These days my two-year-old son's favorite word is why. Usually I have very reasonable explanations. But when he asked me recently why I was taking away his beloved Thomas the Tank trains, I had no...
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Danny Schechter
'An Entity We Can't Even See'
Mythifying Markets and Mystifying the Public About the Financial Crisis.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Naomi Klein
Lost Worlds: Is Another World Possible?
AMY GOODMAN: The State Department is coming under criticism this week for refusing to allow a prominent South African social scientist to enter the country. Adam Habib was scheduled to speak at the...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Lions Devour Christians in Weekend Rout
Last weekend was a tough one for the Christians who continued the struggle to maintain their spiritual legacy at the hands of the Lions who packed their defensive line with both the obfuscation of...
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Cindy Sheehan
Collateral Damage: Bethena
Amman, Jordan - Last month when Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Ray McGovern and I took over 300 people and a petition with over a million signatures to Congressman John Conyers (D-Mi, Chair House Judiciary...
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John Farrell
On Renewable Energy, Go Local
A focus on output in gallons and megawatts leads to large-scale ethanol plants and wind farms. Such facilities aren’t the most beneficial, nor even the most efficient.
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New York Times Editorial
Amateur Hour on Iran
The dangers posed by Iran are serious, and America needs to respond with serious policies, not more theatrics. Labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization - as the...
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Helen Thomas
Dean Warns Democrats Against Overconfidence in 2008
Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is warning Democrats not to be too overconfident about their election prospects in 2008. Dean expresses optimism that the Democrats...
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Arianna Huffington
Why Are the New York Times and So Much of the Traditional* Media Neglecting a Vital Part of the Utah Mine Collapse Story?
Yesterday, while speaking at the Aspen Institute's Forum on Communications and Society , I commented on how the mainstream media have, with a few exceptions, been focusing on only one aspect of the...
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Harvey Wasserman
Do the Neo-Cons Need Karl Rove When They Can Count on the Democrats?
Karl Rove scoots off the sunken White House ship with his plans for future neo-con dominance safe and secure---in the hands of Democrats unwilling or incapable of challenging his dirtiest deeds...
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Erwin Chemerinsky
Don't Rush To Execution
Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales is about to adopt an unnecessary and mean-spirited regulation that will make it harder for those on death row to have their cases reviewed in federal court. State Atty...
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Helaine Olen
The Medical Credit Card Trap
Health care providers are increasingly pushing special credit cards as a way for the cash-strapped under-insured to cover their medical expenses. But then the bills start piling up.
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John Nichols
"An Attempt to Deceive Americans Into Yet Another War"
Dennis Kucinich may not be a front runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But the congressman from Cleveland has succeeded in distinguishing himself from the other contenders...
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Marie Cocco
One Trick Elephant: The GOP and Taxes
WASHINGTON-The corpse has a pulse. Or at least the Bush White House and congressional Republicans are counting on the predictable thump, thump, thump about taxes to resuscitate themselves. To...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Iraq News That Speaks For Itself
Opinions, subjective though they are, ideally rest on facts, widely garnered and reasonably interpreted. Sometimes, facts alone are enough, obviating the need to pontificate. Such is the case with...
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Norman Solomon
Backspin for War: The Convenience of Denial
The man who ran CNN's news operation during the invasion of Iraq is now doing damage control in response to a new documentary's evidence that he kowtowed to the Pentagon on behalf of the cable...
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Johann Hari
We Must Pay Attention to Pakistan
When a country with 50 nuclear weapons and hundreds of thousands of jihadi fanatics is hissing and crackling towards collapse, it is time to pay attention. General Pervez Musharraf - the man who...
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George Bisharat
Boycott Movement Targets Israel
When does a citizen-led boycott of a state become morally justified? That question is raised by an expanding academic, cultural and economic boycott of Israel. The movement joins churches, unions,...
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Rick Jacobs
Blackwater West
You would never imagine that California would need or want a Blackwater mercenary training facility. And you'd be right: California and the residents near where Blackwater wants to set up shop really...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel & Greg Kaufmann
Americans Against Escalation in Iraq
This summer, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq - a broad coalition of advocacy organizations and political action committees from across the political spectrum - has launched the Iraq Summer...
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Robert Scheer
Hillary Pushes the Button
What in the world was Sen. Hillary Clinton thinking when she attacked Sen. Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in going after Osama bin Laden? And why aren't her supporters more...
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Amy Goodman
Rove's Science of Dirty Tricks
Karl Rove's resignation as deputy White House chief of staff cements the political future of the waning Bush administration. George W. will have little to do except wield his veto pen; he doesn't...
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Garrison Keillor
Good Riddance Turd Blossom
What truly cheers me up through these dog days of summer is the thought that two old friends of mine are up north on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and that I am not there with them...
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Francis Calpotura
Remittances: For Love and Money
Yania Marcelino was a six-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic when her mother left their family to find work in another country. She went first to Puerto Rico, then later to New York City to work...
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Joan Lester
In Church With Fannie Lou Hamer: August 24-27, 1964, Atlantic City
Our rag-tag group slept on the pews in our sleeping bags, jammed together, giddy, singing freedom songs half the night. "We shall overcome, some day." My sleeping bag, borrowed from a friend, was...
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George Lakoff
No Center, No Centrists
"Centrism" is the creation of an inaccurate self-serving metaphor, and it is time to bury it. There is no left to right linear spectrum in the American political life. There are two systems of values...
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sydney Blumenthal
We'll Go No More A-Rove-ing
The country takes leave of the political serial killer who tried to forge a one-party state. But don't expect the Mayberry Machiavelli to pay for his civic sins. With the departure of Karl Rove the...
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Bruce Fein
Pelosi Needs To Put Impeachment On The Table
President Woodrow Wilson recanted his no-war pledge, President Franklin D. Roosevelt disowned his balanced budget promise and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should learn from those examples...
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Robert Kuttner
First Gonzales, Then Bush: Impeachment Should Be A Serious Option - With An Intermediary Step
In American politics, brave actions are politically unthinkable until someone thinks to act on them. Then public opinion can turn, sometimes with surprising speed. For several months, I have been...
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George Monbiot
Selling Ecocide
Is It Time To Consider A Ban On The Adverts Which Help To Cook The Planet?
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Cristina Page
What Pro-Choice Presidential Candidates Should Be Saying
Pro-choice presidential candidates are missing a huge opportunity to win over an unlikely voting bloc: pro-life voters. The debate over reproductive rights has for decades existed in the abstract, a...
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Johann Hari
We Should All Be At Heathrow Protesting
It is collective pressure on government, not consumer choices, that the world needs now
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John Nichols
Karl Rove: The Machiavelli Who Failed
Karl Rove's never-particularly brilliant career as a manipulator of the political processes of the nation will end as it began: mired in scandal and failure. As a brash 26-year-old former chairman of...
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Matthew Rothschild
'Impeach Bush' Sign = Littering?
Kevin Egler is a teacher in Kent, Ohio. To say the least, he is displeased with George W. Bush and the President's performance in office. So much so that Egler has placed more than 400 "Impeach Bush...
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Dean Baker
Welfare as We Know It Now
In the days before welfare reform, single mothers could collect five or six hundred dollars a month without working. That was what welfare looked like before 1996. In the Internet Age, welfare is...
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Dr. Laurence Jacobs
Open Doors To Medical Care To All; Adopt Single-Payer System
The movie Sicko has stimulated discussion of health care costs and access in the United States. Our patchwork nonsystem of competing health care insurances, with its profit motive driving denial of...
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Marcy Wheeler
What Is Karl Rove Hiding?
When asked whether he's resigning because of congressional scrutiny, Rove didn't exactly deny it.
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Michael Winship
The Jaundiced Rove of Texas
Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Karl Rove? Not bloody likely. If you think otherwise, you've got greater faith in the power of wolf's bane, garlic and wooden stakes than I have. But why is he...
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Paul Campos
The Cult of 9/11
When Stu Bykofsky, a columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News, wrote a column last week in which he openly hoped that America suffers "another 9/11," he merely had the poor judgment to say what many...
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Cindy Sheehan
Crisis
Cri-sis (n.) 1. a situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or painful, especially a time when action must be taken to avoid complete disaster or breakdown 2. a time when...
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Glenn W. Smith
The Trouble With The DLC
Why are Harold Ford and others from the more paternalistic and condescending quarters of the Democratic Party so keen on discrediting the rising progressive movement? What have been the consequences...
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Monday, August 13, 2007
Matthew Rothschild
Exit, Karl Rove, Stage Right
Karl Rove went out the way he came in. Arrogant, conniving, thieving-a Mayberry Machiavelli, as one former Bush appointee put it so aptly. Rove was a dirty trickster from the very beginning, and we...
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Gary Younge
Military Families Live in Dread, While the Rest of America is Busy Shopping
Mom, I had another friend die today from a massive ied [improvised explosive device] and many more wounded with shattered bones and scrapes. We used to be in the same platoon. 1st platoon and the...
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Neal Peirce
Slum Dwellers of the World, Unite
BELLAGIO, Italy -- Un-Habitat suggests that within the next 30 years, one in every three inhabitants of our globe will live in the "slums" of the world's exploding cities, most located in Africa,...
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Jenna Kern-Rugile
Hillary Clinton: More Disappointing than Liberal
When an e-mail chat with a friend turned to the subject of the presidential race the other day, I expressed my disappointment over several recent comments by Sen. Hillary Clinton. My friend's reply...
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Bill Press
Cowardly Democrats Give In to President on NSA Wiretapping
Use it or lose it. That's the first lesson of political power - which Democrats still haven't learned. As they proved by their vote on the National Security Agency wiretap legislation, when push...
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Robyn Blumner
Nixon Set the Stage for Bush's Excesses
It was a matinee crowd. This was apparent by all the gray heads around, for those lucky enough to still have hair. And then there was that 10 minutes of disruption at the show's beginning when...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Myths of World War II
Back in April, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and the Public Broadcasting Service announced a collaborative initiative to collect war stories, which will include Ken Burns' new film...
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Jeremy Scahill
The Mercenary Revolution: Flush with Profits from the Iraq War, Military Contractors See a World of Business Opportunities
Originally published by The Indypendent newspaper If you think the U.S. has only 160,000 troops in Iraq, think again. With almost no congressional oversight and even less public awareness, the Bush...
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Tom Engelhardt
Escalation by the Numbers, What 'Progress' in Iraq Really Means
Someday, we will undoubtedly discover that, in the term "surge" -- as in the President's "surge" plan (or "new way forward") announced to the nation in January -- was the urge to avoid the language (...
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Sunday, August 12, 2007
Clint Talbot
American Values On Trial
One of the 16 Senate Democrats who buckled to White House pressure to expand the president's warrantless-wiretapping program happened to visit this newspaper last week. He faced but failed to...
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Frank Rich
Shuffling Off to Crawford, 2007 Edition
THE cases of Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch were ugly enough. So surely someone in the White House might have the good taste to draw the line at exploiting the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter...
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Sentient World Simulation Heather Wokusch
Welcome to the Jungle: US Military Psychological Operations and You
"...the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other." - Benjamin Franklin, 1787 They say that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water it will...
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Deborah Morse-Kahn
A Measure of Who We Are
"Don't cry baby. Knew this was one way ticket, but you know I had to come. Love you wife." -- The Abyss, 1989 I came in on Interstate 394 and up onto Washington Avenue, and made my way east to...
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Army National Guard Spc. Eleonai "Eli" Israel
From Sniper To War Resister: My Journey
Two months ago, I took a stand that changed my life forever. As a Soldier, a JVB Protective Service Agent, and a Sniper with the Army who had been in Iraq for a year (running over 250 combat missions...
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Dexter J. Kamilewicz
I Confess, Now It's Bush's Turn
I have a confession to make. I am guilty of wanting to overthrow the government of the United States of America because I believe that the president and the Congress have committed high crimes in...
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Kathy Kelly
Get To Work!
AMMAN Jordan - "GET A JOB!" These three words are very familiar to activists bearing signs calling for an end to war, whether standing on street corners, walking along highways, holding vigils, or...
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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Heather Wood
Irresponsible Journalists of the Week: Tucker Carlson and his Whitewashed Panel Discussing "Blackness"
Oh no, they didn't.. So, when the producers of MSNBC's Tucker program decided to air a segment on "blackness" this week -- specifically the degree and quality of presidential candidate Barack Obama's...
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Danny Schechter
Subprime or Subcrime? Time To Investigate and Prosecute
There comes a time when the frame of a news story changes. It happened in Iraq when the "war for Iraqi freedom" became seen as a bloody occupation, not a beneficent liberation. It is happening as the...
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Liliana Segura
Kenneth Foster and the Texas Death House
Kenneth Foster's time is running out. On Tuesday, August 7, in a six-to-three decision, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied his final writ of habeas corpus, giving the legal green light for...
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Matthew Rothschild
The UN Mirage In Iraq
Once again, the United Nations Security Council is letting itself be turned into a tool of the United States. On August 3, it voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to expand the U.N.'s role in Iraq...
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Amitabh Pal
China's Hosting Contradicts Olympic Spirit
China as host of the Olympics negates everything that the games are supposed to represent. Whose bright idea was it to award the event to Beijing? Actually, if you know the background of the guy who...
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Peter Rothberg
Kenneth Foster's Fate: Death Penalty Craziness In Texas
In less than three weeks Kenneth Foster, an African American man sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of Michael LaHood, is scheduled to be executed in Texas.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Tax Collector Cometh
A New Way to Pay Old Debts - Title of a play by Phillip Massinger It is just as everyone feared. No sooner do the Democrats take over Congress than they begin to undo some of the legislation so...
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Marina Hyde
Oh Well. At Least Losing All Those AK-47s Builds A Market
George Bush is a true glass-half-full kind of guy. He won't let a mere 190,000 weapons missing in Iraq break his stride
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Frida Berrigan
Peace Is Not Presidential: The Candidates On The Pentagon
The war in Iraq is a failure. The "Global War on Terror" cannot be won by military might alone. Access to health care is a right for all. The growing divide between rich and poor is a problem...
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Ralph Nader
GM Courts Talk Radio Hosts
Just when one guesses that the standards and practices of national talk radio could go no lower, General Motors comes along to show the way to new lows. Automotive News (August 6, 2007), the leading...
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Friday, August 10, 2007
Raj Nayak
Waiting Tables And Still Waiting for a Raise
Last month, many of our nation's low-wage workers got their first raise in a decade as the federal minimum wage inched up to $5.85 an hour. But millions more who are paid in part with tips - low-wage...
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Paul Krugman
Very Scary Things
In September 1998, the collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a giant hedge fund, led to a meltdown in the financial markets similar, in some ways, to what's happening now. During the crisis in '...
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The Nation
The Protect Alberto Gonzales Act of 2007
I don't get it. All summer we listened to incoherent testimony from the Attorney General of the United States. Alberto "prohibitions against torture are quaint" Gonzales, the guy who believes "there...
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Helen Thomas
Yet Again, The Democrats Roll Over
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has the Democrats' number on Capitol Hill. All he has to do is play the fear card and invoke the war on terror and they will cave.What's more, the president has found out...
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John Nichols
AT&T Censors Criticism of Bush
Telecommunications giant AT&T says no one should worry about their aggressive lobbying to eliminate net neutrality -- the first amendment of the internet that guarantees equality of access to all...
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David P. Barash
Give Peace A Chance — And A Name
Now that Congress has failed - once again - to call a halt to Bush's Blunder in Iraq, conventional wisdom attributes the inaction to political stalemate and the arcane rules of the U.S. Senate. We...
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Rubrick Biegon
Build Bridges, Not Bombers
Foreign policy and bridges are not typically associated with one another, except perhaps in the metaphorical sense, as with President Clinton's "building a bridge to the twenty-first century"...
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Dilip Hiro
Tehranophobia
On Monday, the Iranophobia of US president George Bush was once again on display. The occasion was the joint press conference he gave at his Camp David resort along with Afghanistan's president,...
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Marjorie Cohn
FISA Revised: A Blank Check for Domestic Spying
Responding to fear-mongering by the Bush administration, the Democrat-led Congress put its stamp of approval on the unconstitutional wiretapping of Americans. George W. Bush has perfected the art of...
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Daniel Ellsberg
A Personal Vision for Cindy Sheehan's Campaign
Remarks of Daniel Ellsberg at a press conference August 9, 2007 at which Cindy Sheehan announced her independent candidacy for the 8th Congressional District of California, an office now held by...
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David Michael Green
Give It Back, Dick: A Modest Proposal Concerning Money, War and Politics
Indulge me for a moment, wouldya? Let's mull over a few related facts and see where it takes us. Fact #1: With the possible exception of George W. Bush, no one in the world is more responsible for...
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Andrew Greeley
Bumbling CIA's Failures Hurt America
"The structure of our intelligence organization is faulty. It makes no sense. It has to be reorganized and we should have done it long ago. Nothing has changed since Pearl Harbor. I have suffered an...
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John Dean
The So-Called Protect America Act:
Why Its Sweeping Amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Pose Not Only a Civil Liberties Threat, But a Greater Danger As Well
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Thursday, August 9, 2007
Abbas Edalat and Mehrnaz Shahabi
Prospects of Armageddon: The Logic That Defends Past Nuclear Atrocities Is Now Used To Support a Strike Against Iran
It is appalling, if unsurprising, to read the neoconservative cheerleader Oliver Kamm arguing in these pages that the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki 62 years ago saved lives and...
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Robert Sullivan
Grass Roots Rising: Paul Hawken's "Blessed Unrest"
" Blessed Unrest " is about a movement that no one has noticed, not even the people involved. "The movement," as Paul Hawken calls it, is made up of an unknowable number of citizens and mostly ragtag...
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Harvey Wasserman
Radioactive "Bailout-In-Advance" Opens Fierce New War Over Nuke Reactors
After fifty years of what Forbes Magazine long ago called "the largest managerial disaster in business history," the nuke power industry is demanding untold billions in a federal "Bailout-in-Advance...
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Bruce Dixon
"Terror War" Terrorizes Spineless Democrats
When Democrats compete to adopt the phony "global war on terror" as their own, and promise they can do it "better" or "smarter" than Republicans, they erase what little difference remains between the...
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Seattle PI Editorial
Cuban Prisoners: Send 'Em To Court
At the behest of Britain's brand spanking new Prime Minister Gordon Brown, five Brit residents currently imprisoned at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay might be released and sent back home. Which leaves about...
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Mark Morford
Totally Free! Click Here Now!: What You Win If You Just Stop Caring
Our National Obsession, The Thing We Simply Cannot Resist, The Most Magical Word of All
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Jesse Jackson
A Lot More Than One Bridge Could Crumble Under GOP
A 40-year-old bridge collapses into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Levees give way in New Orleans at the foot of the Mississippi. An 83-year-old steam pipe produces an eruption that terrorizes...
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Ted Rall
Perverted Justice: Don't Just Watch What You Say, Watch What You Think
NEW YORK -- "This is not a crime about thought," says the assistant U.S. attorney. Then what is it? Mahmud Faruq Brent, a 30-year-old D.C. taxi driver, is about to spend the next 15 years behind bars...
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Sydney Blumenthal
Will The Real Colin Powell Stand Up?
The White House Fears That The Former Secretary of State Will Finally Tell The Truth About Planning For The Iraq War.
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John Nichols
Bush More "Disastrous" Than Nixon
Carl Bernstein will always be known as the journalist who brought down a president whose disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law disqualified the errant executive from completing a second...
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Megan Tady
Tracking Pharma Gifts to Doctors
A slow wheel is beginning to turn in Congress in favor of forcing Big Pharma to disclose the amount of change it's dropping into doctors' pockets. While it's no secret that pharmaceutical companies...
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