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Classic Molly Ivins: Economic Morality Has Been Buried

Molly Ivins is on vacation. In this column from 2001, she argues that in a country where CEOs make 475 times the salary of their employees, most people’s “economic freedom” is limited to a choice between cinnamon- and mint-flavored toothpaste.

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Robert Scheer: Bush Should Channel Nixon in North Korea

Truthdig’s editor in chief argues that President Bush could defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea by coddling its attention-starved leader—similar to what Nixon did with China. “Hell, Bush might even empathize with Kim’s desire to escape from the shadow of a father from whom he inherited his crown.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The Politics of Greed

“Anyone who doesn’t think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers—this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts.”

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Marie Cocco: The Lieberman-Lamont Litmus Test

Is Ned Lamont running a one-issue campaign against Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman? Perhaps. But can you think of any one issue more important than the one in question?

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: Why I Wasn’t Prepared for George W. Bush

In an interview with Democracy Now!, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer explains how, after he had spent decades covering U.S. presidents, Bush threw him for a loop: “At least the other [presidents] knew a lot about the world, had experience, had brains about this, cared. This guy had the platinum American Express card and didn?t even want to see Paris or London.”

  • Read the whole story in Robert Scheer’s new book “Playing President.”

  • Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    Andy Borowitz—Kim Jong-Il: I Want to Be Villain in New Bond Film

    “The question ‘What does Kim Jong-Il really want?’ was definitively answered today when the mercurial North Korean dictator offered to abandon his nuclear weapons program in exchange for the role of the villain in the new James Bond film.”

    Posted on Jul 8, 2006 READ MORE


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    America and Iran: Three Nuclear Ironies

    The United States is apparently considering the use of nuclear weapons to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. How can we contemplate nuking people who might nuke people to show that nuking people is wrong? A veteran nuclear weapons expert at Physicians for Social Responsibility unpacks the apocalyptic irony.

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Jay-Z boycotts Cristal
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    Jabari Asim: In the Jay-Z/Cristal Flap, a Ray of Hope?

    With the superstar rapper (above) boycotting the vaunted champagne company for publicly insulting him, might this be an opportunity to encourage the hip-hop and liquor industries to stop pushing alcohol on kids? 

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Has ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Reached ‘Tipping Point’ Status?

    It looks as though “inconvenient truth” is set to join “perfect storm” and “tipping point” in the ranks of superstar catch-phrases. The latest iteration: George Lakoff’s column on the Huffington Post, “Occupation: The Inconvenient Truth About Iraq.”
    Are there other instances? Send ‘em in via the comments box….

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: More Immigrant Bashing on the Way

    “Can’t you see that everything that’s wrong with this country is because of illegal aliens? It’s all their fault. The people in charge have nothing to do with it.”

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


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