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Sunday, den 19. August 2012

On this week’s edition of “The DMZ” on Bloggingheads.tv, Kristen Soltis and I size up the Ryan pick. Watch it below.

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Sunday, den 19. August 2012

We make the case that the Ryan pick is evidence that Mitt Romney has lost his mind. Plus, Traci Olsen and the Stabby Five. You can download the podcast at these links: ( iTunes / XML feed / MP3 ).

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Via Climate Progress : Meet Paul Ryan. Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte. Posted: 11 Aug 2012 05:46 AM PDT.

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

How Obama has opened up a significant lead on Romney: with issues. Plus, Traci Olsen and the Stabby Five. You can download the podcast at these links: ( iTunes / XML feed / MP3 )

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

Via Climate PRogress : July The Hottest Month Ever Recorded As Drought Reaches Two-Thirds Of U.S..

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Monday, den 6. August 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT In a day or two, BuzzFlash Commentary (formerly known as the BuzzFlash blog) will move to the actual Truthout site. It is an exciting step in the continued integration of BuzzFlash into Truthout.

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Monday, den 6. August 2012

WILL DURST FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Mitt Romney has to be more relieved than an Iowa corn farmer in the middle of a thunderstorm to be back on home soil. Arms wide. Head back

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Sunday, den 5. August 2012

An upcoming event by the pro-President Obama superPAC Priorities USA Action will feature former President Bill Clinton . Clinton is headlining the August fundraising event, in New York, a source confirmed to The Hill on …

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

Via Climate Progress : Arctic Death Spiral Continues: Record Low Sea Ice Volume Appears Likely. Arctic Death Spiral Continues: Record Low Sea Ice Volume Appears Likely. Posted: 04 Aug 2012 07:13 AM PDT

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

Via Climate Progress : Why Transportation And Walking Are Central To Discussions About ‘The Fattest People In The World’. Why Transportation And Walking Are Central To Discussions About ‘The Fattest People In The …

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

ROBERT C. KOEHLER FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT We wrecked Iraq, we pulled out, we redeployed in Anaheim

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT State and local budget crises and the election of anti-government ideologues have left taxpayers and communities increasingly vulnerable to predatory “privatization” of government services and public infrastructure. “Desperate government is our best customer,” says one finance company executive specializing in the privatization of public infrastructure

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT New data indicates Chick-fil-A’s image with consumers has dropped dramatically since the company’s president proudly embraced the organization’s anti-LGBT donations. The new numbers come as former Governor Mike Huckabee and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) attempt to make today a national “Eat at Chick-fil-A” day. According to YouGov’s BrandIndex, Chick-fil-A’s brand perception among consumers has dropped by more than 20 points since Dan Cathy replied “guilty as charged” when asked about Chick-fil-A’s donations to groups that work to demonize and harm LGBT people.

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

STEVEN JONAS, MD, MPH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT On July 30, 2012, former Vice-President Dick Cheney described President Obama as one of the “weakest” Presidents, ranking even (sic) Jimmy Carter above him (1).

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Isn’t it voter fraud to deny US citizens the right to vote? That is what the Republican Party is engaged in its campaign to place onerous requirements on the poor, infirm and destitute seniors, the homeless, students and others to vote

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Wednesday, den 1. August 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Okay, okay, it is highly unlikely to occur – particularly given that Cheney and his former finger puppet, George W. Bush, are not going to the GOP convention this year, likely because the Romney people told them that they are not welcome.

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Tuesday, den 31. July 2012

STEPHEN PIZZO FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Some weeks ago I wrote something that got me in hot water with fellow progressives. I wrote that Democrats were making a big mistake in how they were responding to the GOP’s naked and obvious attempts to suppress voter turnout with state voter ID laws. First, let’s be clear

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Tuesday, den 31. July 2012

PAUL BUCHHEIT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT The privatization of public goods and services turns basic human needs into products to buy and sell. That’s more than a joke, it’s an insult, it’s a perversion

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Tuesday, den 31. July 2012

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT When Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy came out loud and clear against same-sex marriage, some folks decided that CFA restaurants are for the birds, and are taking their business elsewhere. Christian right culture warriors, incensed by the outpouring of anti-Chick-fil-A sentiment, are mounting a pro-CFA campaign.

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Tuesday, den 31. July 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2003, “HCA Inc. (formerly known as Columbia/HCA and HCA – The Healthcare Company) has agreed to pay the United States $631 million in civil penalties and damages arising from false claims the government alleged it submitted to Medicare and other federal health programs, the Justice Department announced today.” The DOJ entitled its press release on the settlement, “The Largest Healthcare Fraud in US History.” The DOJ news release also records additional HCA civil and criminal fraud in billing the government illegally for services: Previously, on December 14, 2000, HCA subsidiaries pled guilty to substantial criminal conduct and paid more than $840 million in criminal fines, civil restitution and penalties. Combined with today’s separate administrative settlement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), under which HCA will pay an additional $250 million to resolve overpayment claims arising from certain of its cost reporting practices, the government will have recovered $1.7 billion from HCA, by far the largest recovery ever reached by the government in a health care fraud investigation.

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Sunday, den 29. July 2012

How Obama is playing for a 2nd term mandate.

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Saturday, den 28. July 2012

On this week’s edition of “The DMZ” on Bloggingheads.tv the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and I debate why is Romney doing a foreign trip, if the GOP is successfully quoting Obama out of context and is it worth going to the conventions? Watch it below.

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Saturday, den 28. July 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Reportedly, Mitt Romney made so many offensive comments in London that one paper posted a list of his top ten gaffes. The Vancouver Sun of Canada headlined a story , “Team Romney earns gaffe gold in Britain: Criticism of Olympics rankles British PM, while one blog Tweets Romney ‘kind of like Mr.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT No matter how many gaffes Mitt Romney and his advisors commit during their current European trip, and despite not having much love for the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential candidate, conservative Christian evangelicals will turn out in November in droves to vote against President Barack Obama. A question I raised in an April piece for BuzzFlash, titled “Will They or Won’t They?

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

ROBERT C. KOEHLER FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT “In the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy,” President Obama said this week in Aurora, Colo., after the shootings.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT More than 170 workers in Freeport, Illinois, are about to lose their jobs, outsourced to China by the majority shareholder in their company: Bain Capital. Sensata is the name of the firm, and the soon to be former employees sent a direct appeal to Mitt Romney to get his former colleagues to keep their plant in the United States, according to the Associated Press : Since early 2011, Cheryl Randecker and her co-workers have known their jobs making electronic sensors at a factory in Freeport, Ill., would be lost to China.

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

NIKOLAS KOZLOFF FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT On a certain level, I wonder whether Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who is now defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, agreed to take the assignment for personal reasons. In recent years, Garzón has come to international attention for pursuing a number of high profile international cases. In 1998 for example, the judge sought to apprehend brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Washington’s ally during the Cold War

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

MARK KARLIN, BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT It’s something that sounds like a conspiracy theory to learn that there were Ivy League professors who supported Aryan purity, akin to Hitler’s eugenics, contemporaneously with his rise to power.

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Any enterprise that has Rupert Murdoch’s fingerprints on it should be accompanied by a, “Warning: Danger Ahead” sign. A recent report by Education Week’s Jason Tomassini detailing Murdoch’s News Corporation’s rebooting of its efforts to develop and market digital educational products to public schools will either have you shaking your head in disbelief, or make your head explode

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Wednesday, den 25. July 2012

PETER MICHAELSON FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT I’ve been trying for some time to fathom the psychology of educated and supposedly sophisticated people who, in paralysis and resistance, are unwilling to respond rationally to the perils of global warming.

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Wednesday, den 25. July 2012

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today questioned why President Barack Obama has not defended Social Security against Republican calls for deep cuts in the program that benefits some 55 million retired and disabled Americans, widows and orphans.

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Wednesday, den 25. July 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Lost in the news last week was a devastating repor t on the treachery of the international financial/banking community, in this case HSBC. In a report entitled “HSBC Exposed U.S.

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Tuesday, den 24. July 2012

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT I wrote last week about the Aurora, Colorado, shooting and America’s responsibility for starting to look at our culture of violence – and our glorification of the gun and the “right” of people who feel victimized to use it to avenge themselves. This is the subtext after all, as BuzzFlash at Truthout pointed out, of the “shoot to kill/stand your ground” law in Florida, which only requires that the shooter perceive a threat – however that might be defined by the shooter – to kill someone.

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Tuesday, den 24. July 2012

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT In a world where Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is hands-down the champion of wackiness, two new contenders are challenging her for the title: Judson Phillips, president of the for-profit Tea Party Nation, and veteran conservative Dinesh D’Souza, author and president of The King’s College in New York City, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ. read more

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Tuesday, den 24. July 2012

WILL DURST FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT You might say it was a turbulent week for Mitt Romney. You could also say a light lemon sugar wash makes for ineffective mosquito repellent. He claims to have totally left Bain Capital to run the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics even though his company handed the government multiple signed documents stating otherwise and now financial questions plague his campaign like a swarm of dive-bombing bees in a bathroom stall.

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Sunday, den 22. July 2012

NIKOLAS KOZLOFF FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT For isolated and impoverished countries, it can sometimes prove difficult to pursue an independent foreign policy which challenges Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. Take, for example, tiny Paraguay which has recently been convulsed in political instability. Four years ago, Fernando Lugo was elected president after pledging to take on political and economic elites on behalf of Paraguay’s poor.

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Sunday, den 22. July 2012

Why Ann Romney will not become Mitt’s unstoppable surrogate. Plus, the final result of the Stabby Five theme song contest! You can download the podcast at these links: ( iTunes / XML feed / MP3 ). Or you can simply listen below.

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Saturday, den 21. July 2012

On this week’s edition of “The DMZ” on Bloggingheads.tv the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and I debate Obama’s view on the role of government to support new business. Watch it below.

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Saturday, den 21. July 2012

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT From his early days in the securities industry to his involvement with junk bonds, from serial bankruptcies to multiple violations of environmental standards, from polluting coal mines and steel mills to war profiteering, the Brooklyn, New York-born Ira Leon Rennert has apparently profited from a degenerative ethics disorder. Now the billionaire whose lead smelters have caused irreparable harm to children; whose use of bankruptcy law evades environmental liabilities, whose RG Steel Sparrows Point mill will likely get away with not having to pay Baltimore the more than $5.4 million it owes the city for water and treated sewage, whose Humvee manufacturing company raked in millions of dollars from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, whose so-called support for Israel had him help fund restoration of an ancient tunnel system near Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, where the 1996 opening of a long-blocked route set off deadly riots, has incurred the wrath of a gaggle of millionaires in the Hamptons. read more

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Saturday, den 21. July 2012

STEFHANIE PENN SPEAR FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT In 2009 it seemed as though Congress was finally going to pass legislation that would transition our country to a renewable energy future.

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