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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 31st, 2010

The Lights are Out in Washington

I was late with my column this morning. It was the first time that I missed a deadline since I started college. This made me angry, not just because I hated to see a 34-year-streak end, but more importantly because of the reason I was late. Sunday afternoon a storm ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

July 30th, 2010

Our Complicity

Photography by Erika BlumenfeldWe rather be ruined than changed. We rather die in our dread, than climb the cross of the moment, and let our illusions die.-W.H. Auden, excerpted from “The Age of Anxiety”Photo by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010Not long ago we strolled along a beautiful white-sand beach in Orange ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 30th, 2010

Nation Fails to Honor, Protect 9/11 Heroes Again

For nearly nine years the 9/11 rescue workers have labored to have access to healthcare to treat the injuries sustained when they worked at ground zero on September 11, 2001, when planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. And the bill that would finally have granted those ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

July 30th, 2010

Citizen Mobilization for Housing in Haiti (The Urgency of Housing, Part IV)

“We’re mobilizing people in the camps and the shantytowns to let them know that getting housing is a right. Our vision is to make the problem of housing a focal point of people’s struggle,” said Reyneld Sanon of the Force for Reflection and Action on Housing (FRAKKA by its Creole ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

July 29th, 2010

The Disappointment

Barry, things have run amokTake the blinders off your eyesDon't you see that we're stuckin a lethal, tight'ning viseYou helped us hope once moreGot us wired and inspiredWe expected there'd be no more warFear and despair were retiredBut, things didn't change as expectedWhere did the promises go?Bad policies stayed uncorrectedYour ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 29th, 2010

I Have Become Uncomfortably Numb

I am numb, I think. Since the U.S. Corporate Military Industrial Complex forced me into the World of the Aware after my son’s murder in Iraq, I feel that the news freshly assaults me on a daily basis. I am numb, I think, from being abused by this Empire on ... continue reading

Jeff Cohen

Director, Park Center

July 27th, 2010

WikiLeaks: Time to Celebrate, Time to Mourn

It's time to celebrate. It's a big win for Internet-based indy media that WikiLeaks.org posted its "Afghan War Diary," which is based on 90,000 leaked U.S. military records and details a failing war in which U.S. and allied forces have repeatedly killed innocent civilians. This on-the-ground material is vaster than ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 27th, 2010

The Budget Deficit Chicken Hawks

Most people are familiar with the concept of "chicken hawks." Chicken hawks are the politicians who are anxious to send other people to risk their lives in war, but somehow managed to avoid service when they had the opportunity to fight themselves. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney and former President George ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 27th, 2010

Who Tells the Dead Patient Stories Now?

Since the health insurance reform bill passed this past spring, you’d think we suddenly stopped having American patients die and suffer unimaginable horror at the hands of the corporate owned and operated healthcare business system in the United States. No one tells the stories. The reality is that patients were ... continue reading

Fr. Dick Preston

Father Dick Preston is the priest who married Michael Moore and his wife and is featured in 'Capitalism: A Love Story.'

July 26th, 2010

Report Finds that Ascension Health Has Strayed from its Mission

Greetings in solidarity with all God's creatures, especially the meek, hungry, imprisoned and workers everywhere. Since my last posting, events have intensified in Flint, MI, during contract negotiations at the Catholic-owned Genesys Regional Medical Center (part of the corporate giant Ascension Health). Although the union that represents 300 licensed nurses, ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 26th, 2010

Why I Fight

I really hate to use the language of the violent-patriarchy, but since my precious oldest child was killed in Iraq, I have been in the fight of my life. I consistently feel bruised and banged up by the system, but never defeated and never as mangled, spindled, torn and mutilated ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

July 26th, 2010

Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people. Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

July 26th, 2010

The Right to Housing in Haiti (The Urgency of Housing Part III)

Colette Lespinasse is director of the Support Group for the Repatriated and Refugees (GARR, by its French acronym) in Port-au-Prince. Here are her thoughts on solutions to the crisis in which 1.9 million homeless people are still living in precarious tents and other makeshift structures, six months after the earthquake ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 25th, 2010

Never Mind: America Speaks Again

Yes Saturday Night Live fans, Emily Litella is back! For those too young or too old to remember, Emily Litella was the frumpy commentator on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." She would invariably go into a tirade over some misunderstood word or phrase. Ms. Litella would then be corrected by ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 23rd, 2010

Myth America II: FREE PDF FILE

Dear Friends,Last year in January, I found myself in an awkward place -- being pro-peace in a nation that had seemed to have turned itself upside down either in questionable euphoria or abject fear because a new member of the elite class had been installed as president of the United ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

July 23rd, 2010

What Happens Next?

Photography by Erika BlumenfeldPhoto by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010Recently we met with Captain Louis Skrmetta who runs Ship Island Excursions out of Gulfport, Mississippi. His father Pete came to the US from Croatia in 1904, and began working as an oyster fisherman, now an endangered endeavor. From that background arose ... continue reading

Laurel Krause

Director, Kent State Truth Tribunal

July 21st, 2010

We're Heading West

Back in spring 1970, just after the shootings at Kent State, the Kent State University (KSU) campus went on lockdown and every KSU student was forced to leave within hours, many for good. Since we formed the Kent State Truth Tribunal (KSTT), I have heard many KSTT participants recollect their ... continue reading

Ethan McCord

Iraq Vet

July 21st, 2010

Feces, Urine, Blood, Smoke, and Something Indescribable

The smell was unlike anything I've smelled before, a mixture of feces, urine, blood, smoke, and something else indescribable. That day started out much like many days in Iraq. We were woken up about 2:30 am to prepare for a mission, one of many that seemed pointless. Our Battalion commander ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

July 21st, 2010

The Republican Plan: Punch Me in the Face

They may not have a health plan. Or a jobs plan. Or a peace plan. But they do have a plan.Here is the Republican plan:"I'll give $100 to first Rep. who punches smary [sic] idiot Alan Grayson in nose."That incitement to violence was tweeted by Dan Gainor. Who is Dan ... continue reading

Barry Eisler

Author and former CIA agent

July 20th, 2010

The Ministry of Truth

Recently, I had the good fortune to be invited by NPR to submit an essay on a favorite thriller of mine. I decided to write about George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is both an excellent thriller and an increasingly powerful and relevant political warning -- a combination readers of my ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

July 20th, 2010

BP Oil Poisons the Gulf of Mexico’s Food Chain

Photography by Erika BlumenfeldPhoto by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010NEW ORLEANS – Environmental experts warn that the eco-systems and food chain in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding region already deeply harmed and toxified by the ongoing British Petroleum (BP) oil disaster likely face much greater damage.“You know how the pelicans ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 20th, 2010

The Casey Sheehan "End to War" Bill

My son, Casey, joined the military in 2000, shortly before his 21st birthday, to help pay for college. He had already completed everything he could take at the local JC and was eager to move on—but he had a fulltime job, and even though we (his dad and I) helped ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

July 20th, 2010

Join the FAT (Fast Against Torture) on August 1, 2010

Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally, unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney administration. Sunday August 1, 2010 is the eight-year anniversary of the writing of the "torture memos" by Office of ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 20th, 2010

The Senators Who Gave Us 15 Million Unemployed Want to Deny Them Benefits

It is amazing how people in Washington are so forgiving -- of each other. We have close to 15 million people unemployed and more than 8 million people under-employed because the folks managing our economy were incompetent. In spite of the efforts of economists and policy types to portray the ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

July 19th, 2010

BP’s Scheme To Swindle The “Small People”

Photography by Erika BlumenfeldClint Guidry, the Louisiana Shrimp Harvester Representative on the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force created by Executive Order of Gov. Bobby Jindal, has called BP "liars" and "killers." (Photo by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010)Gulf Coast fishermen and others with lost income claims against British Petroleum (BP) are outraged ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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