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Gore Vidal Sounds Off on Solar Power Caper

Note to public utility companies:  Do not cross Gore Vidal.  What began as a personal nuisance—the shutdown of his newly installed home solar power system by Los Angeles’ water and power provider—has become emblematic of a bigger issue (or two) for the venerable writer, who states his position in no uncertain terms in this interview.

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Judges?

Remember when President Bush promised to fire anyone in the White House involved in the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity? How far we’ve come. “Scooter” Libby’s commutation is but the latest outrage perpetrated by an administration more concerned with protecting its secrets than the rule of law.

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The Supremely Disappointing Court

Let me wish the Supreme Court justices a fond farewell as they set out on their summer vacation. We can all rest assured now that they won’t do any more damage until the first week in October.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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A Farewell to Arms Control

Scott Ritter, a former U.N. weapons inspector and the author of “Waging Peace,” mourns the passing of the United Nations agency charged with monitoring Iraq’s WMD program. That agency suffered a political assassination recently to save the Bush administration any lingering embarrassment. With the closure of UNMOVIC, Ritter writes, the world has lost perhaps its last best hope for meaningful arms control and inspection.

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The High Cost of Libby’s Silence

Bush probably has ensured that Cheney’s guy won’t spill the beans.  But in doing so the president has thrown dirt on the words of the Declaration of Independence.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Independence Day for Libby

No one should be celebrating July 4th more than I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who has been so liberated by certain of the nation’s top officials that he apparently breathes the same rarefied air—somewhere high above the law. 

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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It’s the Ecstasy, Stupid

Oakland’s skyrocketing murder rate has experts scratching their heads, but cultural critic Sheerly Avni suggests that one answer lies in plain sight.  Just ask the kids who are likeliest to kill and be killed, and you will learn that a major villain is the “hug drug.”

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Six Years and Counting

Why is it that since 9/11 the U.S. hasn’t seen terrorist bombing attempts such as the ones that fizzled last week in Britain?  The reason may rest in America’s genius for manufacturing possibility.

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Leadership Vacuum Leaves the Electorate Pissy

The nation is unhappy over Washington’s many flops, and the failure of the immigration bill is the latest result of the voters’ crankiness.

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America’s Approval Rating Takes a Hit

Much of the world still likes our movies, and what used to be called American ingenuity—the scientific and technological genius that cures disease and connected the world through the Internet. But there’s not much else to admire about the United States.

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