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One-Third Didn’t Return Census Forms

Maybe it’s laziness or maybe it’s privacy concerns, but the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 32 percent of all U.S. households receiving census questionnaires did not return them ahead of Friday’s official deadline. Come May 1, census workers will begin pounding on the doors of the laggards.

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the Financial Crisis

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column, the financial meltdown and its enablers with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Why You Should Want to Pay Higher Taxes

The notion that taxes are bad for the middle class is akin to the notion that cigarette smoking is harmless, and it should be dealt with by similar means.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Stop Slandering the IRS

Every April the Web and the commentary pages overflow with sweeping falsehoods that libel the work of committed federal employees, such as Vernon Hunter, the Vietnam veteran who was recently murdered by an anti-tax terrorist.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Have a Real Debate About the Court

A serious debate on “constitutional issues” might reveal our fundamental differences: Republican extremists would use the Supreme Court to prohibit every social and political advance since before the Civil War.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Do Tea Party Numbers Warrant All the Fuss?

Assuming a new CBS News/New York Times poll is accurate, tea partyers are older, whiter (just 1 percent are black), angrier and better-educated than your average American. And if you count only those who have actually gone to a rally or given money, you’re talking about 4 percent of the population. (continued)

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Deaths Among Contractors in Afghanistan Accelerating as They Outnumber Soldiers

There are now more civilian contractors in Afghanistan than U.S. soldiers. Using civilian contractors to haul food, prepare meals and act as bodyguards has kept the Pentagon’s official casualty figures lower than they would have been in past conflicts, where contractors were not as heavily used.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Iran Casts a Vote in Iraq

Shiite-dominated Iran has shifted its stance toward neighboring Iraq, backing Sunni inclusion in a new government in Baghdad and likely putting a damper on current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s attempts to shape the new government.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Rebuilding an American Legacy

The collapse of American infrastructure is a shamefully old story by now, featuring scary statistics that must be updated regularly as the situation worsens.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Will We Forget the Miners Again?

There is a dispiriting and, yes, heartbreaking sameness about how we respond to mining disasters.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Kyrgyzstan in State of Emergency as Protesters Storm the Capital (Update)

Kyrgyzstan was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after clashes between protesters and police killed at least 17 people, according to The New York Times, and caused Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital of Bishkek.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Red Shirts’ Storm Parliament in Bangkok

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in front of the Thai parliament on Wednesday demanding new elections. The demonstration forced legislators to pack it in and some of the Red Shirt protesters smashed through the compound’s gates, though they left shortly thereafter.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE



Collateral Murder in Iraq

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



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As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, U.S. Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



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The Invisible Ward 8

Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate these days.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Karl Rove Stumps for the Census

A rash of big-government paranoia has Republicans worried that some constituents won’t participate in the census, thereby depressing conservative representation in the House. Enter Karl Rove, James Madison fan and pitchman for the 2010 census.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama, Meet Sisyphus

President Obama’s health care victory marked the beginning of a new phase in the administration’s political struggles, not a final triumph.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



Polyglot Edition

Today on the list: The language everyone in the world is learning, YouTube’s original sin and whither the SEC?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Democracy and Domestic Violence

When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Judge Rules That Bush’s Illegal Wiretap Program Was Just That

Lagging a few years behind the liberal media, public opinion and common sense, the justice system has come to the conclusion that President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program broke the rules. (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package

A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



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The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Greece Isn’t Europe’s Only Problem

Today’s European crisis was precipitated by Greece acting with possibly reckless honesty, and Germany behaving badly.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Says ‘We’re at a Ground Zero Moment to Save Real Journalism’

The winner of the second annual Izzy Award, named after muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, discusses independent media and this critical moment in journalism.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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A Plague in Time for Passover

Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar has seized upon the holiday to suggest a biblical metaphor: “For 43 years, the Israeli public—schoolchildren, TV viewers, Knesset members and Supreme Court judges—have been living in the darkness of the occupation.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Leave This Voting Thing to the Socialists, OK?

Thousands of self-styled tea-baggers marched on the Capitol today to make the point that, in the words of one of their number, “Voting has no place in Congress.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Difference Between Liberalism and Progressivism

Even as the word progressive is now ubiquitous, a perverted form of liberalism has almost completely snuffed out genuine progressivism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Right-Wingers Who Cried Wolf

Going too far for Bill O’Reilly is going very far indeed, but the madness of the conservative reaction to the health care bill has yet to abate.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Edition

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children, and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE



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The Prince of Tides

Hoping to become the “Saudi Arabia of tidal energy,” the Scottish government is offering 10 million pounds to spur innovation in wave power. Some say the incentive is unnecessary, since private companies are already racing to figure out the best way to generate electricity from the ocean.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Will True Conservatives Stand Up?

The debate over the health care bill, which mercifully came to a close Sunday night, was not American conservatism’s finest hour.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



‘Health Care Reform Is Law’ Edition

Why are Scandinavians so good at murder mysteries? Was Cleopatra really hot? Plus: Stealing your water and the secret deal Obama made to kill the public option.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Takes a Step Away From China

In an effort to work through some of its issues with the Chinese government and circumvent Web censorship, Google is pulling its search operations out of the mainland and routing Chinese traffic through the company’s Hong Kong portal. Google will leave its engineering and business operations in China proper. (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



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The Health Care Hindenburg Has Landed

As politicians go, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is about as good as they get, but he is still a politician. And so he signed on to a bill that will do nothing to ameliorate the suffering of many Americans, will force tens of millions of people to fork over a lot of money for a defective product and, in the end, will add to the ranks of our uninsured.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


In Texas, History Isn’t What It Used to Be

If you were the state responsible for George W. Bush being elected president, you’d throw out your history books, too.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Inquiring Brits Want to Talk to Bush and Friends

That U.K. inquiry into the Iraq war has already spoken to two prime ministers, but Sir John Chilcot’s panel would like an American take on things. Senior officials from George W. Bush’s administration, and maybe even W himself, have been cordially invited to give evidence.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


What’s the Matter With Democrats?

Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


‘Kumbaya’ No More

No matter what the Democrats attempt or how they go about it, Republicans are going to complain, obstruct and attack. It’s hard to fathom why that took so long to sink in.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Score One for Skepticism

Democrats are delighted with the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of their health care bill, but the Republicans have good reason to be skeptical.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



Privacy Is Dead Edition

The many legal ways your boss is probably spying on you, Stephen Baldwin’s latest crusade, and the famous photo even professional journalists don’t recognize—all this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


The Truth About American and Israeli Interests Comes Out

The relationship between the United States and Israel has always rested on a number of pretensions, politically useful to politicians on both sides, but because they are untrue, certain eventually to prove destructive to both countries.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


This Bill Is Pro-Life Enough Already

There are any number of good reasons for House Democrats to vote against health care reform. Abortion isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Thai Red Shirts Dump Their Own Blood on the Government

An estimated 50,000 red-shirted protesters donated their own blood to be poured onto government and ruling party headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday. The supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanded new elections. Their numbers crested at an estimated 100,000 but appear to be dwindling.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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