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A Challenge to Conservatives

It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: William Binney

It’s the first day of the HOPE conference, and hackers and technology enthusiasts have come to hear NSA whistle-blower William Binney give the meeting’s keynote address.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Penn State, JPMorgan Chase, and the War on Youth

When asked if criminal charges should be brought against a number of people in the Penn State scandal, including former university President Graham Spanier, lead investigator Louis J. Freeh said that decision wasn’t up to him, confirming that justice in America works primarily for the rich and powerful and against the poor, marginalized and young.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 READ MORE



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War Is Betrayal

War is always about betrayal—betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Painful Price of Numbness

Drugs are all anesthesia from pain. The ruthless Mexican cartels crave money, which they make from the Yankee craving for numbness. They sell unfeeling, and we buy it, at tens of billions of dollars and thousands of Mexican lives per year.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


If We’re Headed Toward Greece, Republicans Are Driving Us There

The central problem in Greece is the government’s failure to collect what taxpayers (especially wealthy taxpayers like Mitt Romney) actually owe under the law.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


Joe Pa’s Shame

Penn State’s Board of Trustees commissioned former FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate how child molester Jerry Sandusky—for years one of Joe Paterno’s most trusted and loyal assistants—could have committed his awful crimes under the noses of university officials. The answer is simple and shocking: Those officials simply looked the other way.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Misdiagnosing Romney’s Campaign

Could it be that Mitt Romney is correct from a strategic point of view to tell us little about what he’d do as president?

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


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