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Monday, June 1, 2009

Obama outmaneuvers predictable right-wing attacks

Choosing Sonia Sotomayor as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will allow Barack Obama to prove three important things. As a politician, he is not afraid of a fight. As a constitutional lawyer, he is willing and able to defend his conception of that living document. And as president, he is prepared to brush aside the phony...
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Emerging evidence of officials’ criminality

Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as "enhanced interrogation" or simply...
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Promise to “reform” while opposing reform

Uplifting as it was to see insurance executives, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospital officials and doctors gather at the White House on May 11, pledging cooperation toward health care reform, nothing they said or did was inconsistent with precisely the opposite objective. According to the famed pollster who is helping Republicans...
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Monday, May 11, 2009

They want to listen, but Rush Limbaugh wants to teach

Hoping to re-brand their declining party, a group of prominent Republicans recently launched a national "listening tour," presumably as an exercise in market research. They would like to know why voters-and especially younger voters-increasingly reject the GOP. They want to "ask the American people what...
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Embarrassing right-wing reactions to sound health policy

In the turbulent imagination of the hardcore conservative, American foreign policy should be about telling off the rest of the planet. According to the right-wing...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And Bush kissed the Saudi king

Few aspects of American politics are as ridiculous and dangerous as the right-wing urge to substitute macho posturing for foreign policy. That irrepressible habit surfaces constantly now that President Obama is in the Oval Office, most recently when he shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Summit...
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Republicans still offer nothing new

If conservative leaders no longer even try to offer serious solutions to national problems, nobody should underestimate their capacity or their will to mobilize angry Americans. Behind the April 15 "tea parties" rallying against President Barack Obama's economic program-promoted as a new phenomenon by Fox News Channel and right-wing bloggers-stands a phalanx of Republicans whose ideology...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

His diplomatic efforts revive faith in American values

In America's struggle against the extremists and terrorists epitomized by Al Qaeda, the strategic imperatives are to divide the enemy and neutralize their base. Fortunately for the United States and its allies, the new American president understands how to do that-and is uniquely suited to accomplish the mission...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We can’t lose $100 billion a year to offshore tax havens

While the leaders of the world's largest economies debate stimulus and regulation in London, let us hope they do not forget about crime and punishment. Rooted in the most massive swindles in financial history, the global crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity to prosecute the criminals whose machinations steered...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Obama inherited Bush’s mess, period

As Barack Obama’s economic advisers confront choices that vary from bad to worse in their mission to revive the financial sector and the broader economy, it is worth remembering that those choices were in essence inherited by the president, who is still new to his office. Listening to his critics, especially on the right...

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