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Lessons From a Low-Impact Week

After spending a week trying to reduce my individual environmental footprint, I can report that it was not easy and that I did not achieve perfection—not even close.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Billionaire Right-Winger

It certainly seems unlikely that David Koch has ever encountered any of the folks who turn up at a typical tea party event or that he has ever showed up at a congressional town hall meeting to scream about health care reform. For Koch, the tea partyers are merely pawns.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Rotten Eggs and Our Broken Democracy

The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner’s Bumper-Sticker Politics

The man who would be speaker outlined his agenda Tuesday in a speech to the City Club of Cleveland: economic policy reduced to, literally, five easy tweets.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Reed Saxon

Fox and Friends Trying to Bully and Buy Their Way Back to Power

Fox News and its boss, Roger Ailes, along with Karl Rove and unlimited corporate campaign contributions, pose an enormous threat to President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates this fall.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



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ESPN Is the Diva, Favre Is Just an Old Pro With a Bum Ankle

In the 10 months from September to July, at least two of the four major leagues are playing. In July and August, we’re on our own and the Big Paparazzo does what it does when it has nothing ... guess at something, blow it up, project from it and comment on it.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

Shorting Economists: The ‘Experts’ Keep Getting it Wrong

Why have economists been so wrong so often? Certainly theirs is a tough job, since the global economy is a complex creature. Yet it turns out that their measuring sticks are woefully inadequate. Indeed, they aren’t even sure what to measure.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Drink Up, Ladies

There are three kinds of studies we hear about. (1) Something incredibly obvious turns out to be true. (2) Something you like is good for you. (3) Something you like is bad for you. Obviously we prefer No. 2s, like this study out of Norway that says drinking wine—especially if you’re a woman—might make you smarter.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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On the Government’s Growing Obsession With Hollywood-Style Command Centers

Blooming in every corner of the country are high-tech command facilities for fighting terrorism, battling crime linked to national security, coordinating disaster responses, enhancing infrastructure protection and more. The desire for them is insatiable, and Congress seems ever the enabler.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



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HIV-Positive Pop Star Could Go to Prison

Twenty-eight-year-old German singer Nadja Benaissa faces prison time for allegedly having unprotected sex with multiple partners without informing them that she has the virus that causes AIDS.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Fishermen Test Troubled Gulf Waters

Americans get half of their shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but that was before it was contaminated by 190 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant. Shrimp season officially started Monday, but it will be some time before we know whether the ravaged Gulf waters—and American appetites—are up to it.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Ganging Up on Alzheimer’s

A decision by scientists back in 2003 to share their findings on Alzheimer’s research has led to a “wealth of recent scientific papers” and important advances in moving to understand the disease and develop drugs to combat it.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Breakthrough Test for Alzheimer’s

Researchers say they have developed a 100 percent accurate spinal tap test for the brain disease. Brain scans, too, have become a potentially important tool in diagnosing the disease. The new tests are significant because Alzheimer’s can begin more than a decade before symptoms show up and because there is hope that new drugs could be effective.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Dodd and the Politics of Joy

When I sat down last week at the Capitol with Chris Dodd to talk about his 36 years in Congress, he didn’t change my attitude toward the longest-winded legislative body in the world. But he reminded me of something missing in our public life: an ebullient joy about what democratic politics can accomplish.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE



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You Just Ate a Clone, Guv

Meat from a bull descended from a cloned cow entered the British food supply, a government regulator said, and “will have been eaten.” Sale of the meat was apparently in violation of European law as the Food Standards Agency has not yet decided whether meat derived from cloning is kosher, so to speak.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Moscow Is Melting

The Russian capital has suffered nearly 50 fires as Muscovites cope with the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the city. The BBC reports that it got up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. Guess they won’t be needing those funny hats.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


Quack Medicine on Taxes

The modern Republican argument about taxes seems to boil down to two principles, both misguided: Taxes can be reduced, but they can never be allowed to go up. And whatever level taxes are at, they are too high.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Surgery Suggests Cheney Could Be Running Out of Juice

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has revealed that he had surgery last week to have a pump implanted in his heart. Cheney has survived five heart attacks. Implantation of the device, known as a “bridge to transplant,” points to serious medical trouble, Reuters reports.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Time Out for Recess Appointments

A recess appointment should be a last step in cases of egregious delay, not one of the first. That standard was nowhere near met in the case of President Obama’s latest appointee.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


A Different Kind of Malaise

President Obama gave a good and sensible speech that was not a home run. What’s odd is that Obama was seen as needing a home run. This is where the Democratic malaise comes in. Democrats should feel a lot better than they do.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE



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The Five-Morning-After Pill?

A European contraceptive that works as a five-day alternative to the “morning-after” pill may be coming to American shores, but a thorny debate surrounding the drug’s chemical similarity to the RU-486 abortion pill raises some politically charged questions for the FDA.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE



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The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger

Tens of millions of Americans are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



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A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat of Elites

Whether in war or finance, the imperial mentality of elites is increasingly threatening the “unpeople” of the world, as Noam Chomsky writes in his latest book.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Marijuana Delivery Services Evade Bans on Dispensaries

A flourishing and unregulated industry of pot delivery services is circumventing bans on storefront dispensaries and bringing medical marijuana directly to homes, offices and more unconventional locations across California, records and interviews show.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



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A One-Shot Treatment for Breast Cancer

British researchers have demonstrated that a single, targeted dose of radiation in treating breast cancer can be just as effective as the prolonged course of radiotherapy that is commonly used to treat the disease.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



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WHO Accused of Overstating Swine Flu Threat

Two reports released Friday are critical of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic—which was dubbed “exaggeration on stilts”—as well as the fact that some WHO scientists had previously been on the payroll of big drug companies.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


BP’s Mr. Sunshine

How is it possible that BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward hasn’t been fired? At this point, how can anyone believe a word the man says? If he told me my mother loves me, I’d want a second source.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Another Reason to Lay Off the Cocaine

Although it has enjoyed a seemingly unrelenting resurgence since, say, the late ’90s, cocaine could fall from druggie glory if more people were hip to one particularly distressing potential side effect ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Tanning Machines Cause Cancer, Study Finds

File this one under the medical science of “duh,” but people who use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent likelier to develop melanoma, a new study has found. According to one researcher, “Our data would suggest that there is no safe tanning device.” Someone alert the cast of “Jersey Shore.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Weight Loss Drug Linked to Liver Injury

The instances in which a popular weight loss drug, orlistat, has been associated with liver damage may be rare, but said damage can also be severe. That would be Alli, as in “my Alli.” Not so much, apparently.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



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D.C. Upgrades Its Free Condom Program

It may just be an extraordinary guerrilla marketing tactic, but after complaints that the condoms given out by D.C. schools are too small and flimsy and awkward to receive, officials have announced they are stocking up on Trojan brand condoms—including the super-size Magnum variety in a shiny gold wrapper.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Cell Phones, Cancer and You

Here’s some good news for all of us who are tragically glued to our mobile phones: According to a new study, there may be reason to doubt the alarming cell-phones-cause-cancer theory, but it should be noted that this study was funded in part by the mobile industry.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


Primaries Show Off Dems’ Diversity

This year’s elections may exacerbate the difference between our two political parties, but not in the way most people are talking about.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Forget Polar Bears, We’re Killing Our Food

Scientists once thought all that carbon dioxide that humans have been pumping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution kicked off might be good for plants (even if it hotboxes the planet in the process), but recent studies show we have a lot to worry about. (continued)

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



Worst Popes Edition

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater, why humans sigh, the 10 worst popes (and no, Benedict isn’t among them) and Aaron Sorkin’s response to the Newsweek gay actor saga.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


BP: Billionaire Polluter

Less than a week after British Petroleum unleashed what could be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history, the company announced more than $6 billion in profits.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Prostate Cancer Vaccine Wins OK

A new vaccine called Provenge has just been accepted by the FDA, making it the first to be approved by the agency for men fighting advanced prostate cancer. While Provenge is not a cure, it has shown promise in extending the lives of patients.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Good Ol’ Days Before Anesthesia

Nevada’s leading Senate candidate, who wants to return to the barter system, makes Sarah Palin sound like an intellectual, but they share a nostalgia for a golden age that never was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Why Financial Reform Will Be Easier Than Health Care

For the first time in Obama’s presidency, Republicans are uncertain as to whether resolute opposition to a Democratic idea is in their political interest.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Salt Kills, FDA Stalls

It’s bad enough that Americans eat about twice as much salt as they need—and much more than is healthful—but most don’t even realize it. Reducing sodium in processed foods like cereal and soup and in restaurant meals could save more than 100,000 lives a year, and medical groups are urging the government to take action. (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


Journalism’s Parasites

It’s time to shame by name the access traders, double agents and watchdog turncoats destroying journalism for their own personal gain.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



No Way to Treat a Senator

There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason. There is something dangerous going on in the Republican Party when he is vilified for it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Clear and Pheasant Danger

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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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Tennis Champ Navratilova Says She Has Breast Cancer

Tennis star Martina Navratilova has added her name to the list of women battling breast cancer in the public eye. On Wednesday, Navratilova announced that she has the disease on “Good Morning America.” Luckily, it’s of the noninvasive and highly treatable variety.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


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