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Monday, June 21, 2010

Get real about combating global warming

If the right-wing chorus insists that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "Obama's Katrina," then let us hope the president will make the most of that slogan. The comparison between the utter failure of the Bush administration and the missteps and errors of the Obama White House is fundamentally false. Yet there is nevertheless a crucial parallel...
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Torture violated ethics and laws

Torture is no longer a pressing concern for the American public, if it ever was. The country's attention has understandably turned to lost jobs, costly health care and spilled oil. Most Americans probably agree with President Obama that rather than dwell on the secret abuses of the Bush-Cheney regime, we ought to be looking forward...
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Monday, June 7, 2010

The flotilla attack is the latest miscalculation

The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state's toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could. By treating a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as a military threat, killing nine civilians and imprisoning hundreds more, that government...
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The libertarian view of the government’s safety net, worker and environmental protections and gun rights

Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding "overexposure." Senior Republican Party operatives, worried by the Kentucky Senate nominee's all-too-revealing remarks after his primary victory, have urged him not to grant any interviews for a while. So he flip-flopped on his criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, flaked out on a "Meet the Press" appearance and has scarcely been heard from...
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Ineffective regulations, reckless profiteering

The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here. Like the explosion of the housing bubble that ruptured the world economy, this human and environmental tragedy resulted from a system that...
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Elena Kagan’s gender isn’t an issue

Someday, when Americans have learned to live the true meaning of our creed, a Supreme Court nomination of a woman, a Latino, an African-American or any other variety of human being—including a gay man or woman—will provoke no comment or concern. Until then, we should applaud every step toward that future. The latest is President Barack Obama's choice...
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smart police tactics can halt terrorist attacks

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on FOX News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us. Evidently, the president and his...
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Monday, May 3, 2010

The financial system must be reformed, not worshipped

With a furious majority of American voters demanding security from the depredations of Big Capital, all of the filibustering and bargaining in Congress will inevitably produce a bill described as "financial reform." Partisan sniping aside, neither Democrats nor Republicans so far have proposed a deep and thorough cleansing. Republicans like to pretend that they had nothing to do with the enormous bank and...
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Favorable views around the world will boost American diplomacy

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship. A new international survey by the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) reveals that views of the United States around the world have "improved sharply" during the first year of the Obama presidency, with positive opinion outweighing negative for the first time since 2005, when...
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Monday, April 19, 2010

A full debate would reveal right-wing extremism

Choosing a Supreme Court justice has become a deplorably dishonest process that hides ideological disputes behind petty and often personal matters. Nominees pretend to have no opinion about controversial issues such as abortion, when everyone listening knows they certainly do. Politicians pretend to worry about nothing except judicial qualifications, temperament and balance...

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