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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

A political victory without democracy

On Aug. 4, President Barack Obama celebrated the anniversary of his birth, an event that occurred 48 years ago in the state of Hawaii. This is an indisputable fact, as sane critics on the right, such as the editors of the National Review and the veteran pundit Patrick Buchanan, acknowledge.
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Monday, Aug. 3, 2009

Obama should make use of his political skills

In his struggle to change the nation's health care system, Barack Obama again faces certain obstacles that almost stopped his amazing march to the presidency. Aside from the Washington chattering class and the right-wing media, which always oppose progressive reform, Mr. Obama is losing his grip on the middle...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Protectors of insurance companies and defense contractors

"Fiscal conservative" is one of those terms used by politicians of all sorts to describe themselves, without any real justification. Parroted mindlessly from one news cycle to the next by major media outlets, that phrase is often used to mislead the public about the priorities and policies favored by those who claim to embody budgetary prudence...
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We need a serious investigation of Wall Street’s meltdown

Very soon, congressional leaders are expected to announce the creation of a new commission to investigate the real causes of America's crippling financial disaster. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Who’s ready for prime time?

The new senator from Minnesota is a comedian, writer and actor who lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and raised a lot of money from friends in Hollywood. The departing governor of Alaska is a hockey mom from a small backwoods town who likes to hunt and fish. Yet today...
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Put the price of health care reform in perspective

If Americans hope to discuss health care, climate change, green economics or public infrastructure with any degree of realism, then the time has come to acknowledge that hearing someone say "a trillion dollars...
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Organization joined the far right to defeat universal care

Campaigning to build the widest possible consensus for reform of the nation's health care system, Barack Obama told the delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) that he wants their support, too. Persuasive and always polite...
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Monday, June 15, 2009

It’ll expose private insurers’ profits

Within the coming weeks, Americans will begin to consider critical issues concerning the future of health care for themselves and their children, including universal coverage, taxation of benefits, computerized records and the controlling of costs. But before the debate commences in Congress and the media...
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Abortion doctor’s murderer wasn’t a lone nut

If right-wing broadcasters don't want to be blamed when someone murders a person they have demonized repeatedly-as in the case of George Tiller, the doctor shot dead in his Wichita, Kan., church last Sunday by an anti-abortion zealot-then they ought to moderate their rhetoric. No doubt they will choose their words more carefully for a while, and they will whine piteously about anyone who calls attention...

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