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Connecting With Daily Life of the Past

The struggle for the serious study and appreciation of literature continues in our society, where enormous emphasis has been placed on the “practical” disciplines of math and science, and specialized academics more and more produce arcane, overtly politicized work that the public seems to find joyless and irrelevant. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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GDP Growth Falls to 1.8% in First Months of 2011

Economists and other Americans were disappointed to see the country’s GDP growth slow to an aching 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

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Fouling the Clean Air Act

In a largely hidden component of its attack on the federal budget, the House of Representatives has approved a key Republican campaign promise to big business: protecting it from what the new majority calls the handcuffs of environmental safeguards.

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Alexander Haig Dies

Alexander Haig was chief of staff to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, NATO’s supreme military commander and a longtime Republican hawk. He died Saturday in Baltimore at 85 from complications from an infection.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Stealing Fire From the Gods

A friend of mine once had a Toyota that wouldn’t die. The odometer had only a dim recollection of passing 100,000 miles, the body was dinged and the paint was faded and the interior was worn, but the thing just kept running. He finally parked it at the airport, removed the plates and walked away.

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U.S. Will Be Addicted to Foreign Oil for Another Generation or More

A new government report has found that the United States will import almost as much foreign oil 25 years from now as it does today. Pitiful policy initiatives simply haven’t done enough to fulfill the stated ambition of just about every administration since Richard Nixon’s—to liberate the homeland from a dangerous dependency on energy imports. (Continued)

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



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A Green Checkered Flag for Ford

Ford Motor Co. has seemingly shifted out of crisis mode and is now reporting a profit of $2.7 billion for 2009, a considerable success given the state of the U.S. auto industry and the sluggish economy.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Chavez’s Muffler Rattling

Hugo Chavez muffler-rattled against the likes of Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat in a speech to the country Thursday, attacking those companies for not sharing technology with local industry and threatening to kick them out of business if they did not comply.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Cash for Clunkers’ Gives Auto Industry a Lift

Those dangerous socialists in our federal government have really done it this time. Why, they’ve ... engineered a way to give the American auto industry a much-needed boost with their successful “Cash for Clunkers” program.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE



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Hold On to Your Clunkers, the Cash Is Coming

The Senate is finally getting around to approving more money for the wildly successful “cash for clunkers” program, which seems to have saved the auto industry from the forces of recession and bankruptcy. With an additional $2 billion on the way, the administration hopes to transform 500,000 more clunkers into cleaner, smaller, more efficient vehicles.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


A Lemon of a Bailout

With GM’s bankruptcy filing on Monday, we the people have become majority owners of a museum-quality piece of industrial history.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


Downward Automobility

It makes sense to prop up ailing carmakers. Allowing GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt could be a triggering event that might make a very bad economy much worse.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Auto Task Force ... Activate!

What’s to be done about the floundering American automotive industry? Appoint a “car czar,” you say? No, this is a job for a whole team of people, such as the newly formed Presidential Task Force on Autos. One small hitch: It’ll be headed up by Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE


Tahoe
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End of a Supersized Era

Gas prices and fiscal concerns are causing the demise of the American-made sport utility vehicle, a welcome development in the eyes of many fellow drivers but one that also spells the end for thousands of American jobs.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Passes Bailout Buck to Obama

Although President Bush has kicked off the auto industry bailout process before leaving office, some would call Bush’s strategy more of a punt to his presidential successor, Barack Obama.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Bailed Out
The New York Times / Doug Mills

To the Bailoutmobile!

In an avowed effort to save capitalism from itself, President Bush announced Friday that he would throw the Big Three failing auto companies a $17.4 billion lifesaver, siphoning that money from the initial $700 billion bailout slush fund authorized by Congress in October.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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New York Times / Stephen Crowley

Bailout to Jump-Start Detroit

Agreement has been reached between the White House and congressional Democrats to offer the U.S. auto industry a $14 billion emergency package aimed at keeping the Big Three going until spring. Also, in the grand tradition of state socialism, the deal includes a new auto “czar” to oversee the restructuring of Detroit.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Poll: Auto Bailout Low on Fuel

With a bailout of the Big Three hovering over our political landscape, popular opinion has signaled a considerable voice against any federal support for the failing auto industry. A poll shows 61% of Americans oppose a bailout, believing any government assistance would be both unfair and ineffective in fixing the economy.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Ford Asks Gov’t for $9 Billion

After a dismal November, Ford Motor Co. is hanging by a thread, but the automaker told Congress on Tuesday that it is in better shape than Chrysler and General Motors and could make it through its current economic crisis with a little help—to the tune of $9 billion in standby loans.

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Carlos Osorio

Bailout or Bust: How to Save the Big Three From Themselves

There’s no guarantee that a bailout would save the incompetently managed American automobile industry. However, doing nothing may be worse, especially for the state of Michigan.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


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washingtonpost.com

Running on Empty

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby seems to be one of the only real capitalists left on Capitol Hill. The Alabaman argued Wednesday that U.S. auto firms should be left to the realities of the market, letting companies like Ford, GM and Chrysler go bankrupt and forcing the failing industry to carry out what Shelby believes are much-needed reforms.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE



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Detroit Bailout Looks Unlikely

The chief executives of the Big Three American car companies head to Washington Tuesday along with the head of the United Auto Workers to beg Congress for a bailout that seems less and less probable.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Rummy and Ford
White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Rumsfeld: The Power and the Glory

Roger Morris, a historian and investigative journalist who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, brings his wisdom to bear on the rise and fall of Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Trouble for Ford

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Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Nixon and Ford

Did Ford Trade Nixon Pardon for Presidency?

Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation, recalls the magazine’s legal battle over Gerald Ford’s memoirs and the alleged deal the former president struck to pardon Richard Nixon.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and Ford
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Bush to Avoid Ford’s State Funeral

President Bush will skip out on President Ford’s state funeral on Saturday, instead remaining in Texas until services are held on Tuesday. Ford gave two embargoed interviews critical of the current president that were released shortly after his death.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bookending the Acrimony of 2006

At year’s end, I pay tribute to the readers who took the time to offer their, ahem, colorful responses to my columns.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Pardon Envy

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Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE    


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White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Gerald Ford Dead at 93

The 38th president has died after suffering a year of intermittent health problems. Ford was both the longest-living president and the only one to hold the office without being elected.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-Mehlman ad

Gay Rights Group Releases Anti-Mehlman Ad

Proud Of Who We Are, an organization that calls upon closeted gay officials to come out, has produced a dead-on satire of RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman’s race-baiting ad against Democrat Harold Ford.
Watch it and read about it.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Racial and Sexual Politics

There’s something off about making a TV ad that equates your first time voting with your first time having sex.

Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Bill Maher delivering the best analogy about America’s presence in Iraq that we’ve ever heard; a race-baiting ad leveled against Rep. Harold Ford; and President Bush ludicrously trying to convince America that he never said the words “stay the course.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Racial Ads Linked to Smear Artist

The recent spate of racially charged ads against Rep. Harold Ford Jr. have been linked to a Rove acolyte and veteran hitman with a history of dirty campaigning.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Jungle Drums

Anti-Harold Ford Ad Features Jungle Drums

Just how racist can Bob Corker get? The GOP Senate candidate has produced a radio ad that features African-sounding jungle drums at every mention of his opponent, Rep. Harold Ford, who is black.

  • Earlier: The RNC runs an anti-Ford TV ad that plays on sex-related racism

  • Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


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    Anti-Harold Ford Ad Draws Racism Charges

    This Republican Party ad, which features a white woman inviting Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.), who is black, to “call me,” is so loaded with racist overtones that even Ford’s opponent is distancing himself. Read about it and/or watch it for yourself.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Gas-guzzling Ford
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    Kicking the SUV Habit—Finally

    Ford announced its largest production cuts in 20 years, blaming high gas prices for customers shifting away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models.

  • We were wondering how long it would take Americans to wean themselves from their SUV addiction.
  • Now, if we could just get a few more of these next-generation electric cars on the road….

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Carl Ford

    Former Bush Intel Official Derides ‘Crap We Give You’

    Former Bush Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Carl Ford tells members of Congress not to “accept the crap we give you” regarding intelligence data. (via Huff Po)

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Blast From the Spying Past

    Newly released documents from the Ford administration show that it, too, tried to eavesdrop without warrants. | story
    And in an “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” moment, then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush “complained that some major communications companies were unwilling to install government wiretaps without a judge’s approval,” according to the article.

    Posted on Feb 5, 2006 READ MORE


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