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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mass transit won’t be an option

Likely Republican nominee John McCain’s recent rollout of his plan to make the United States energy-independent— the Lexington Project— included offshore drilling, a $300 million reward for a next-gen car battery, and big handouts to nuclear power and coal companies.
Thursday, July 17, 2008

The nominee fails to support Medicare

Last week, only one senator failed to vote on a bill that would prevent pay cuts for doctors who take care of 44 million Medicare patients—older Americans, those with disabilities and military families. The lone senator was not Sen. Edward Kennedy, who took a break from his cancer treatments to make the important vote in the...
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008

Offshore drilling won’t reduce gas prices

McCain—who has accepted more than $1 million from Big Oil donors—is hoping that voters who are outraged by the high cost of gas will support his desire to find new domestic sources of oil and natural gas.
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008

Young, tech-savvy voters aren’t welcome

Take one look at Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s Web site and you’ll see that he isn’t fighting for the youth vote—young voters who rely on the Internet for a good chunk of their political information.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
In yet another troubling sign for the U.S. economy, more Americans are borrowing against their 401(k) retirement plans to make ends meet. What’s more, some banks are making it easier by offering people debit cards that tap into their retirement funds.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Fairly Detached Observers

While the Brewers were rolling past the Cardinals and taking aim at the Cubs, the Observers convened at the Ball Park—a South Side sports bar, not the place with the sliding roof. Frank: Breaking news, Artie! I’ve discovered that the stars are aligned for the Brewers...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Are We at a Turning Point or Another Stalemate?

Is this it? Five-plus years after the United States’ invasion of Iraq and two years after Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold first called for a troop-withdrawal timetable, the U.S. may be shifting its military and diplomatic strategy in the Middle East. Maybe.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week

Almost 90% of women use or have used birth control, yet the Bush administration wants to make it more difficult for these women to access it. The Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to change the definition of abortion so that it could include the pill, emergency contraceptives and IUDs.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Whenever a sensational violent crime occurs in a poor neighborhood, right-wing talk show hosts who have nothing but contempt for anyone living in desperate circumstances always rush in to shoot the wounded. Their immediate attacks on poor people victimized by murder and violence go like this:

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