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Americans Suffer While Finance Tax Waits for Congress’ Attention

The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.

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Congress Couldn’t Care Less About Unemployment

Only four lawmakers were in attendance at a congressional hearing about the important issue Wednesday.

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Slippery Slope

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Gun Bill

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Congressional Air

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Congress’ Best Side

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277 Million Boston Bombings

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil.

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Did Earth Day Blow It?

With apologies to the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who is widely credited as the founder of Earth Day, I don’t really feel like celebrating.

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GOP and Guns

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Senate Votes Against Background Checks

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Senate Gun Fail

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Sandy Hook Legacy

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Gun Heart

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Boston and Washington

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the USA, Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the U.S.A., Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

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Backbone Checks

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Mutual Interests

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And He Is Us

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Pressure Cooker

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Poison Sent to Senator’s Office, Erik Rush’s Incendiary Tweet, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of a post-9/11 torture report that lays the blame squarely at the feet of the nation’s highest officeholders and the unveiling of a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Mass Violence, Gun Control and the American Culture of Death

In the wake of Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, should we urge the Senate to proceed with the gun control debate as scheduled? Or should we condemn both chambers of Congress and the president for doing too little, too late to deal with the problem of mass violence and what some have termed the nation’s culture of death?

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE

How the News Is Killing You

Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE

Obama in the Middle

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Taxpayer Attempts Sequestration

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 ENLARGE

America Blinks

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 ENLARGE

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Sweatshops on Wheels

Exploitation of bus drivers is just one part of the corporate disemboweling of the U.S. public transportation system. As the destruction of city and state bus and subway services enters its final phase, their unions have either disappeared or lost clout.

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Obama Budget

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School Clothes

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Grand Bargain Budget Shock

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Sammy Get Your Gun

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Background Check

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 ENLARGE

GOP Tax Switch

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 ENLARGE

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Obama Submits Destructive, Unnecessary Budget Plan

The president is following through on his intention to abandon the welfare of elderly and disabled Americans in a budget deal that would cut $130 billion from programs like Social Security over the next 10 years, and that could starve the system in the long run.

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Anonymous Murder From a Safe Distance

War is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE

False God

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Totally Safe Schools

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 ENLARGE

The End of Majority Rule?

The National Rifle Association is facing attacks from Gun Owners of America for being too soft on gun control. This is like a double cheeseburger coming under severe criticism for lacking enough cholesterol.

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NRA School

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The Assault

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Bad Guys with Guns

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 ENLARGE

Distinguishing Armed Schools From Prisons

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Mass Shooting

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Free At Last

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Deadly Weapon

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Guns and Rifles

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 ENLARGE

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