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The Uncounted Casualties of War

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey is not counted among the Iraq war dead. But he did die, when he came home. He committed suicide.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


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A Call to Service

The “Waging Peace” author argues that the antiwar movement’s strategies are failing to reach everyday Americans and doing little to end the war or repair our troubled democracy. He proposes a different model to win the hearts and minds of mainstream America: national service.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Keeps Israel Close, Saudi Arabia Closer

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is busy shopping a recently unveiled arms package, totaling a staggering $63 billion in aid and first-rate weaponry, to America’s Mideast “allies” like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia—but, as Scheer notes, there’s a discrepancy between the Bush administration’s official reasons for this show of goodwill and the real motives behind the deal.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Defend Big Tobacco From Sick Children

In keeping with Oscar Wilde’s adage that one cannot be too careful in the choice of enemies, congressional Democrats have chosen wisely and well.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


An Absurd Debate

One of the most predictable arguments is also one of the most useless: that politics come down to a choice between being for “big government” or “small government.” Those catchphrases explain remarkably little about what politicians do, or what voters want.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Will ‘They’ Let Obama Win?

The question of whether America is ready for a black president has already become a tiresome cliché in this campaign, but it seems that Barack Obama is having a hard time convincing African-Americans that white voters will say yes to a black candidate.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney: What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The satirist reports that Vice President Dick Cheney, having briefly assumed Bush’s duties while the president underwent a routine colon procedure June 21, told reporters the next day that he “enjoyed the downtime immensely.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal

Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order.  Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 READ MORE


Out How:  The Economics of Ending Wars

In this 10-point essay, originally delivered as a speech at the 2007 conference of the Allied Social Science Association, economics expert Dr. Intriligator tallies up the astronomical costs of the Iraq war (one estimation put the price tag for the war at $2.267 trillion) and rips apart the Bush administration’s list of purported “benefits.”

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Scandal Fatigue

It’s way past bedtime for Gonzo. At this point, every day Alberto Gonzales continues as attorney general means more dishonor for the office and the nation—and higher blood pressure for Senate Judiciary Committee members trying desperately to get a straight answer out of the man.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


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