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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

The ability of Washington to turn everything on its head has no limits. We are in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Even though the recession officially ended two years ago, there are still more than 25 million people who are unemployed, can only find part-time work or who have [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

Although he passed away in 2006, states are now grappling with many of the toxic notions left behind by University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman.Although he passed away in 2006, states are now grappling with many of the toxic notions left behind by University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman. In her groundbreaking book, The Shock [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

Throughout the budget battles, it’s become a common GOP tactic to invoke the martyred image of impoverished future children in order to depict President Obama’s spending plans as being irresponsible and reckless. “We keep kicking the can down the road and splashing the soup all over our grandchildren,” said Sen. Tom Coburn of the nation’s [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

No, I didn’t make up the whistleblower title for Registered Geologist Robert (Bob) H. Gilkeson. For his important work on groundwater contamination at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in 2007 he received the annual “Whistleblower Award” from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability at a Washington, D.C. reception. The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

Throughout the budget battles, it’s become a common GOP tactic to invoke the martyred image of impoverished future children in order to depict President Obama’s spending plans as being irresponsible and reckless.  Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison budget cuts ensure that what is happening at Pelican Bay won’t be an isolated event. 2 comments The government [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.   “We are sorry” read the full-page ads Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has taken out in Britain, part of a new atonement campaign clearly orchestrated by the public relations firm brought [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

With a blessing from President Obama and support even from some deficit-hawk Republicans, momentum is building for the ten-year deficit reduction plan announced Tuesday by the “Gang of Six” Democratic and Republican senators. “Can’t We All Just Get Along” commentators like the proposal, while headlines declare: “Bipartisan Support Builds for Gang of Six $3.7 Trillion [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book. Greg Mitchell Live blogging [...]

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Wednesday, den 20. July 2011

After weeks of ignoring News Corp.’s phone hacking scandal, Bill O’Reilly finally covered the issue on his show last night. His coverage consisted of a report from Amy Kellogg, who has been reporting on the topic for Fox News from London, and a discussion with Heritage Foundation senior fellow Nile Gardiner: In all, the segment [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

What can a humble loaf of bread tell us about the world? The answer is: far more than you might imagine.  For one thing, that loaf can be “read” as if it were a core sample extracted from the heart of a grim global economy. Looked at another way, it reveals some of the crucial [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

It currently appears that the most likely resolution to the debt ceiling situation will be the use of the Mitch McConnell-Harry Reid back up plan. This plan will probably include some form of the Catfood Commission II. A bipartisan commission that would work in secret to come up with package that would be fast tracked [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

The dominant story of the current political debate is that the government is broke. We can’t afford to pay for public services, put people to work, or service the public debt. Yet as a nation, we are awash in money. A defective system of money, banking, and finance just puts it in the wrong places.(Image [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

Millenials all over the world have received a brutal political education. The lucky few of us paid far more and will get far less for our college degrees than any generation before, we have watched with dismay as our parents squabble over light bulbs while the seas boil, and we have witnessed the steady erosion [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

The world is not simply in the midst of a deep economic slump. This is but one aspect of the crisis of legitimacy that confronts almost all of the political and economic institutions that comprise the capitalist world system today. The ongoing revolt in the Arab world against political corruption and socioeconomic exclusion is unquestionably [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

When Representative Luis Gutiérrez, a liberal member of the House Financial Services Committee, heard over the weekend that President Obama had nominated Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he wasn’t sure what to think. Not because he was unsure about Cordray’s record—Gutiérrez just didn’t know who he was. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here. Katrina vanden Heuvel This week, gridlock over the debt-crisis is deflecting attention from the real issue—14 million people unemployed. The Murdoch scandle gets worse; contributor D.D. Guttenplan asks, “Is this is [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

This is just a quick blog post to flag an important media trend: The American press is finally covering the economy again. Ari Melber Some liberals argue Obama’s three-dimensional chess is finally paying off. 17 comments In an unusual new media event, the president served up some long answers to short questions. Is this an [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

Much as he did with his Restoring Honor rally in Washington, D.C. last year, Glenn Beck is hyping his upcoming Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem with his usual mix of hyperbole and self-importance. Beck is promising that the rally will be a “life-changing, life-altering event” that could “change the direction of the world” and open [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

I’m a vegetarian. But my husband’s not. And, go figure, my kids aren’t either. Which is exactly why I care about the meat I buy. Yes, I buy meat. I’d rather not, but if it’s coming into the house–and into my kids’ bodies–then I need to know exactly what I’m buying. And I not only [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

This is a big week for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Today, the President will announce his intent to nominate Richard Cordray to serve as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On Thursday, the CFPB makes its transition from a start-up to a real, live agency with the authority to write [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

As the debt doomsday of August 2 draws closer, what sort of end-game can we imagine? The worst scenario would be for an outbreak of common sense and self-interest to overtake the extremism of the House Republican caucus. If the Republicans were to accept Obama’s proffered deal, they would weaken Social Security and Medicare — [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

Joseph T. Dwyer writes for the PolicyShop, blog for the non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization Demos.

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

WILL DURST FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Pity the poor rich. Allow me to offer up a few words in defense of one of the most maligned groups in America today. Citizens, who through a simple twist of fate, are routinely subjected to some of the most scathing condemnation and slanderous stereotyping in the annals of [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

STEVEN JONAS, MD, MPH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT The GOP faces a major dilemma in the upcoming presidential election. Before I get into that, let’s define what I mean by “The GOP.” First, I don’t mean most of their public figures. Their elected officials for the most part are bought and paid for employees by [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT “What else can the powerless, the weak and disenfranchised offer up to the world but their own soft bodies? The frailty of that body is contrasted with the might of authority.” — Sharman Apt Russell, author of Hunger: An Unnatural History Life in prison can be a fascinating subject, [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out most everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

The Women’s World Cup has proven to be a sparkling oasis amidst the most arid section of the sports calendar. The tournament provided a series of non-stop thrills, culminating with Japan’s heart-palpitating final victory against the US, winning 3-1 on penalty kicks after extra-time finished with the game tied at 2. Star US player Abby [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book. Greg Mitchell  Why is [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book. Greg Mitchell  Why is [...]

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

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Tuesday, den 19. July 2011

James O’Keefe, who has a history of releasing deceptively edited videos that ultimately failed to back up his claims, has come out with a new video. This time, he claims that “citizen journalists have uncovered widespread Medicaid fraud.” The video is a compilation of several clips, showing two men, posing as Russian drug smugglers who [...]

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Monday, den 18. July 2011

Back in 2004 I met a pleasant Republican called Burton Kephart, who had lost his son in Iraq and wanted to save my soul. Opening his Bible at Matthew and Romans, he told me I was born a sinner but that, if I accepted Jesus into my heart, I could be saved.(Illustration by Andrzej Krauze) [...]

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Monday, den 18. July 2011

I was born and raised in Washington, DC before the miracle of air-conditioning. I know well that July is a beast in that city. Yet I will return to Washington, DC on July 30 to participate in the Save Our Schools march and rally. Why? Because I don’t want to lose something that defined my [...]

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Monday, den 18. July 2011

Five Supreme Court Justices–Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals. The artificial entity called “the corporation” has no mention in our Constitution whose preamble starts with “We the People,” not “We the [...]

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Monday, den 18. July 2011

There is a concerted campaign underway to ensure that the War on Terror bonanza continues unimpeded in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, and even despite Leon Panetta’s acknowledgment that Al Qaeda has a grand total of “fewer than two dozen key operatives” on the entire planet.  That effort relies primarily on touting a [...]

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Monday, den 18. July 2011

The threats to Social Security and Medicare benefits right now are very real. And anyone who says “wait until we know more” is trying to keep you inactive while you’re fattened up for the slaughter. They intend to drop this thing with lightening speed once they have a deal, and vote on it before anyone [...]

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Monday, den 18. July 2011

TONY PEYSER FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT This means all the compliant hostsFor Rupert can still get work —Who needs a Potemkin village whenYou’ve got a Potemkin network? Read Article: http://thinkprogress.org/media/2011/07/15/270344/fox-news-defends-news-corp/

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