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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 31st, 2013

Want to Be Terrified? You Could Be as SiCKO as Me

Happy Halloween out there. Since it's the day for all things scary, keep this in mind. You could be just one illness away from the same sort of SiCKO financial collapse that my husband Larry and I experienced while carrying health insurance, disability insurance and a small health savings account.Worse ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 29th, 2013

Unmanned

"What, quite unmanned in folly?"--Lady MacBethThe new film Unmanned: America's Drone Wars should be required viewing in all schools and homes in the United States, including the home of the U.S. president who could not be bothered to meet with the child victims of his drones who spoke in Congress ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

October 28th, 2013

For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

As a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, I am more than aware that a $17 trillion dollar national debt and a $700 billion deficit are serious problems that must be addressed.But I am also aware that real unemployment is close to 14 percent, that tens of millions of ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 28th, 2013

Keeping Our Health Care Heroes In Mind and Heart

As we all listen and watch the political posturing around the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, which has dragged on for years now but elevated in intensity as the state insurance exchanges went live, perhaps we can pause to pay attention to some of the heroes for health care justice in the ... continue reading

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

October 28th, 2013

X-Ray of a Flagging Presidency: Will Obama Block the Keystone Pipeline or Just Keep Bending?

Crossposted from TomDispatch  As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has worn on -- and it’s now well over two years old -- it’s illuminated the Obama presidency like no other issue. It offers the president not just a choice of policies, but a choice of friends, worldviews, styles. ... continue reading

Andrew Bacevich

Historian/Veteran

October 28th, 2013

Always and Everywhere: The New York Times and the Enduring “Threat” of Isolationism

Crossposted from TomDispatch  The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend. Purporting to steer clear of war, isolationism fosters it. Isolationism impedes the spread of democracy. It inhibits trade and therefore prosperity. It allows evildoers to get away with murder. Isolationists prevent the United States from accomplishing ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

October 28th, 2013

Why Washington Can’t Stop: The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts

Crossposted from TomDispatch In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it.  Its military has divided the world -- the whole planet -- into six “commands.”  Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules the seas and has done so largely unchallenged for almost seven decades.  ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

October 24th, 2013

Government needs to fix Obamacare glitches — fast

Now that the federal government is open again, the attention of the public, media and, of course, politicians, will turn, as it should, to whether the Obama administration will be able to make the glitch-plagued health insurance exchanges work. I wasn’t at all surprised that people were having a hard ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 23rd, 2013

The Lessons My Cancer Teaches in a Dysfunctional Society

Some say I should never call it "my" cancer. But after three rounds of this fight waged and two won so far, I think I am entitled (yes, I said entitled) to call this whatever I wish to call it. So, it is my cancer. It is my cancer struggle, ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

October 23rd, 2013

Discovering a Black Man Having a Heart Attack On the Sidewalk

Crossposted from In These TimesEarlier this month, a terrifying event occurred that made me wonder if I had been lying to myself about something important.  As a Jew, I've always prided myself on my family and people's traditions on being progressive about matters of race. Indeed, my father, a very ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

October 22nd, 2013

George W. Bush's Ass-Based Foreign Policy

George W. Bush's foreign policy was many things, but first and foremost, it was about asses. So it's no surprise an anonymous senior Bush administration official is now saying this: "The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 22nd, 2013

A New Kind of War Is Being Legalized

There's a dark side to the flurry of reports and testimony on drones, helpful as they are in many ways.  When we read that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose drone strikes that violate international law, some of us may be inclined to interpret that as a declaration that, ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

October 16th, 2013

My Skin in the Game: How Ted Cruz and the Right Want to Help Cancer Kill Me, and Maybe You

There are lots of studies about how many people die in the U.S. because they don't have health insurance. What no one ever talks about (except in 'SiCKO') and has never been counted, is how many people die because they have bad insurance – insurance with deductibles or co-pays so ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

October 15th, 2013

Edward Snowden’s Brave Integrity

I’ve had a couple of days to reflect after arriving back from Moscow where my whistleblower colleagues Coleen Rowley, Jesselyn Radack, Tom Drake and I formally presented former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with the annual Sam Adams Associates award for integrity in intelligence. The thought that companioned me ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 13th, 2013

Slavery Was Believed Permanent Longer Than War Has Been

This article is excerpted from the new book War No More: The Case for Abolition.In the late eighteenth century the majority of people alive on earth were held in slavery or serfdom (three-quarters of the earth's population, in fact, according to the Encyclopedia of Human Rights from Oxford University Press). ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 13th, 2013

Cancer Chronicles and the ACA/Rombamacare

Because I have never seen the situation Larry and I face as unique within the dysfunctional, profit-driven US health care system, I think what is happening to us is happening to many more people. My cancer chronicles will follow not only what is happening with my disease but also how ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 9th, 2013

Waiting and Waiting Some More -- But Keeping Up Anyway Until We Cannot Any More

We're waiting for my cancer test results. Since last week. I expect someone has the results. But I expect they're just too busy to call me or post to the "patient portal" where I could look for myself and then interpret via web search.We've been waiting for a while for ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

October 7th, 2013

Shutdown takes focus off Obamacare glitches

If health care reform advocates and Obamacare lovers haven’t done so already, I suggest they send the House Republican caucus a thank you note.Because of the actions they’ve taken to shut down the federal government, congressional Republicans have kept the Washington media so preoccupied over the past several days that ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 6th, 2013

Beginning the Ending of War

This article is the Introduction to the new book War No More: The Case for Abolition, published in October 2013.As I write this, in September 2013, something extraordinary has just happened. Public pressure has led the British Parliament to refuse a prime minister's demand for war for the first time ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 3rd, 2013

Wanting Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Success and Medicare for All for Life

Yes, it is true. I want the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare to be successful, and I want single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all for life. I can hear it now, and almost predict who will be saying it, "Oh, Donna's a single-payer sell-out. Look, she said she wants the ACA ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

October 3rd, 2013

What the gov’t shutdown teaches us about the Afghanistan war

Let’s look at this debate and the shutdown for what it really is, and what the attitudes about the politicians involved teach us about their management of our lives.  For veterans and service members, the government shut down means the closing down of many essential services. The Veterans Benefits Administration ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

October 2nd, 2013

Beginning of the end for major health insurers

I’ve often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of reform. Starting October 1, 2014, that law will signify the beginning of the end of the health insurance industry as we know it. As I’ve noted previously, my former CEO at Cigna said at a leadership ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

October 1st, 2013

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: We All Live Downstream

I can still recall my sense of ‘shock and awe’ when, at home on a break from 4 months of ‘occupying’ a tent, two General Assemblies (GAs) a day and multiple protests each week, I watched on live stream as the police charged through the Washington, D.C. encampment at Freedom ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
12:41 PM
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
2:00 PM
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
9:48 AM
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
2:00 PM
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
7:38 PM
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
5:38 PM
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
9:08 PM
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
8:39 PM
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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