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AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

GOP Obstruction Goes Unnoticed—and Unpunished

Democrats in the Senate may engage in collective suicide, but it’s Republicans who, with Machiavellian brilliance, have brought the country to a halt.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


What Is So Patriotic About Hysteria?

The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots, but when did fear-mongering in a time of war become an act of patriotism?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



Modified from an archival White House photo by David Morse

The Demilitarization of the White House

Barack Obama has made a welcome change to the presidency, dropping the praetorian guard that used to flank his predecessor at every opportunity.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Rachel Zack

1 in 7 Americans Went Hungry in 2008

That recession is over statement looks more unfortunate every day. The Department of Agriculture disclosed Monday that a little more than 49 million Americans had trouble putting food on the table last year—the highest percentage since the government began keeping track in 1995, up 13 million people from the previous year. (continued)

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


We Need a Civilian ‘ROTC’

The military does not rely solely on patriotic feelings to build its force, and neither should the civilian parts of government.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Where Are the Real Deficit Hawks?

Save $110 billion, or spend $6.3 trillion? In recent months, tea party protesters and Congress’ so-called fiscal conservatives chose the latter.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Let Abortion Destroy Health Care Reform

Pro-choice Democrats need to accept that their House majority depends on a large cadre of anti-abortion colleagues. They can denounce that reality, or they can learn to live with it.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Daniel Martin Moman

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Rains on Surge Parade

Karl W. Eikenberry, a former top-ranking general who once commanded allied forces in Afghanistan and now leads America’s diplomatic mission in Kabul, has reportedly urged President Obama to delay any escalation of the war until Hamid Karzai ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Department of Health Care Misinformation

The outright falsehoods peddled by Republican opponents to the House health reform bill lead one to wonder whether they have any genuine fact-based objections.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


When Voters Disrupt the Tea Party

Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing anti-government crowd directly, the government-haters lose.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / SEIU International

Kucinich: Why I Voted No

Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the landmark health reform bill, which he says “continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America’s manufacturing and service economies.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE



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The Rich? They Get Elected

A day after it was announced that the U.S. unemployment rate had hit the double-digit mark, a report was released showing that nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires, seriously questioning the notion that our lawmakers identify with “we the people.”

Posted on Nov 7, 2009 READ MORE


We Are What We Trade and How We Trade It

The rules governing what we buy and sell are now playing such a decisive role in almost every major policy that we ignore them at our peril.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


I.F. Stone
kean.edu

Keep the Government Out of the News Business

I’ve been thinking of I.F. Stone while reading the growing stack of reports and essays giving recommendations on how to save the declining news business. The outrageous solution increasingly favored by the journalism establishment is one that Stone would have hated—turning to Washington for help.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Learning to Speak Anew in a Tribal World

The international conversation since the Second World War tended to be something of an American monologue, but that’s changing now that the United States is widely perceived as a large part of the current world problem.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


The GOP’s Toxic Tea Party

The more that Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and kindred spirits appear to represent the Republican brand, the less appeal that brand possesses.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Today’s U.S. Army and Its Ambitions

It is possible that the creation of an all-professional U.S. Army has been Congress’ most dangerous decision.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


The Tortured Logic Continues

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Best Justice That Money Can Buy

It is somewhat late in the day to lament the politicization of the judiciary, a condition that has always existed, but extravagant campaign contributions have now perilously altered the landscape.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Opium, Rape and the American Way

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP / David Guttenfelder

McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama?

President Obama may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but if he allows himself to be bullied into supporting Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s foray into Afghanistan, he will reveal himself as the worst kind of warmonger.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Poppy Trade Blurs All the Lines

The opium poppy was introduced to Afghanistan more than 2,300 years ago by the armies of Alexander the Great. His forces were eventually driven out, like those of every would-be conqueror since. The poppy has proved more tenacious.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

TARP on Steroids

The former financial executives inside the Obama administration have labeled their bill the “Financial Stability Improvement Act,” but it’s more like the 9/11 of bailouts.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


When the Tough Should Get Going

The former Marine officer Matthew Hoh, who resigned his Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and not worth dying for, deserves all the attention he’s gotten and more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Caveman 92223

Pot Politics: California Could Go All the Way

California was the first to legalize medicinal marijuana and, if three ballot measures and a bill floating around the state legislature have anything to say about it, the Golden State could be the first to legalize and tax adult marijuana use across the board. (continued)

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Dennis Cook

The Party of Choice

By acting on their convictions rather than their fears, the Democrats could ultimately find that the public option can be turned to their advantage for years to come.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Geithner’s Fed Made AIG Pay Banks to the Max

That Timothy Geithner must love the big banks he spends all day talking to. Back when he was in charge of things, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York forced AIG to pay off Wall Street tycoons for all those toxic bets, even though the mega-insurer was busy trying to negotiate a better deal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



NLN / Thomas Good

Don’t Ruin the Public Option for Everyone Else, Arkansas

While the House is chugging along with what’s shaping up to be a strong public option, the Senate has come up with a compromise that might make room for government insurance. Essentially, states that don’t dig government-run health care wouldn’t have to have it.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


Wall Street ‘Crimes’ Need Better Policing

Slashing bonuses at bailed-out companies is like arresting jaywalkers while ignoring the bank robbery that’s happening in broad daylight down the block.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Tia P. Sokimson

The Country That Cries Wolf

European allies have tired of America’s cries of “wolf! wolf!” in Iraq (yesterday), Afghanistan (today), and (I fear) Pakistan or Somalia or Kashmir tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Blinded by Reform

The Obama administration has committed serious money to education reform, but many of the Department of Education’s big ideas are flawed.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Playing Monopoly With America’s Health

Anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Nancy Pelosi Promises Public Option on the Cheap

The House speaker is thrilled to hear from the Congressional Budget Office that all three versions of the public option under consideration in the lower chamber would be cheaper than expected and would actually reduce the deficit over 10 years.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



DEA

Boom Times for Pot Growers

The lousy economy has driven some Californians into the marijuana industry, which is doing a lot better than, say, construction. According to this Miller-McCune profile, California will grow an estimated $15 billion worth of weed in 2009, a good portion of it in the backyards and basements of amateurs and newcomers.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ItzaFineDay

Trick or Treat for Climate Change

Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are stepping up the pressure by staging elaborate stunts.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


With Al-Qaida Fading, Why Expand the Afghan War?

Given the Western world’s obsession with al-Qaida, it’s remarkable that public discourse makes little mention of the fact that the terror group is going out of business.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / toddalert

Sorry Grandma, No COLA for You

For the first time in 34 years, Social Security beneficiaries will not get a benefit boost from a cost-of-living adjustment. Falling energy prices, in particular, should keep seniors flush with their monthly average $1,094 checks. So what if their health care costs have gone up by a third?

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Samory Santos

Looking for a Middle Class

The challenge of our time is to re-create America as a middle-class nation. [This is Marie Cocco’s last column.]

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


Olympia Snowe
AP / Charles Dharapak

Snowe Helps Baucus Bill Pass Committee Hurdle

Maine’s Olympia Snowe explained her vote for health care reform by saying “when history calls, history calls.” It called, she answered, and now the Senate Finance Committee’s Baucus bill, which would force Americans to buy health insurance without offering a public option, is off to get married to the more progressive Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bribe, Vote, Repeat

The votes of lawmakers are so routinely purchased by corporations that it takes a scandal of unusual proportions to generate news coverage.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


Night of the Living Deadbeats

Zombies have made a pop culture comeback. It might have something to do with all the undead banks and the bankers whose careers live on after the economic apocalypse they caused.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



speaker.gov

Pelosi Responds to Republicans’ Sexist Nonsense

Nancy Pelosi wasted no time slapping down a National Republican Congressional Committee press release that said “taxpayers can only hope [Gen. Stanley] McChrystal is able to put her in her place.” That’s “her,” as in the House speaker, whose place is running one of the coequal branches of government.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Obama Must Spend More

If the president and Congress don’t come to the aid of workers, the political consequences will be severe, and deservedly so.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / G20Voice

Watch What You Tweet

A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh to participate in the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at his home—all for using Twitter.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

The Missing Health Care Debate

One way to give people a good deal on their health care is the so-called public option. A better way is the kind of strong regulation that isn’t even being discussed.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


A Slippery Slope on Guns

If it wins an upcoming battle in the Supreme Court, the gun lobby is prepared to challenge every gun control law enacted at any level of government.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



pagetutor.com

Pox Americana: The Real Cost of Bailing Out Wall Street

In the 20th century, smallpox killed more people than all of that bloody century’s wars combined. It cost $300 million to eradicate the disease. What might have been achieved with the $4 trillion we gave Wall Street?

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


‘Socialism’ and Sham in the Senate

Listening closely to the politicians with the most clout in the debate over health care, it is startling to discover how little they actually seem to know about the subject.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Who’s in Charge: Obama, Congress or the Military?

The Washington Establishment clearly believes elected officials should defer to the military, no matter what that pesky Constitution says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


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