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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 31st, 2012

The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare

Many people are following the presidential election closely with the idea that the outcome will have a major impact on national policy. However, according to Steven Pearlstein, a veteran Washington Post columnist and reporter, it may not matter who wins the election. In a column last week, Pearlstein told readers ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

July 30th, 2012

The Cost of Care for Colorado’s Victims

One of the reasons Americans seem so willing to tolerate the fact that 50 million of us are uninsured and almost 30 million more of us are underinsured is that most of us who have coverage assume we are OK. That nothing truly catastrophic will happen to us, and that, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 29th, 2012

Insurance Companies Gaming the System – Don’t Be Fooled

Has your insurance company called you recently to ask you to sign up for a wellness or disease management program?  Has that same company told you it’s a free service to policyholders and promised you that they do not share the information with the departments and people who administer your ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

July 29th, 2012

The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa: An Exchange between Colonel Tom Davis and Nick Turse

Crossposted from TomDispatchFROM:  Colonel Tom Davis Director, U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany TO:  Mr. Tom Engelhardt, Editor   Dear Mr. Engelhardt, We read the recent article “Secret Wars, Secret Bases, and the Pentagon’s ‘New Spice Route’ in Africa” with great interest. It is clear ... continue reading

Stephan Salisbury

Author

July 29th, 2012

Police Shootings Echo Nationwide: Aurora Gets the Attention, But Guns Are Going Off Everywhere

Crossposted from TomDispatchWelcome to the abattoir -- a nation where a man can walk into a store and buy an assault rifle, a shotgun, a couple of Glocks; where in the comfort of his darkened living room, windows blocked from the sunlight, he can rig a series of bombs unperturbed ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

July 27th, 2012

Guess What % of Americans Know Military Spending Is Increasing

And keep guessing some more, because pollsters are unlikely to ask that question. A year and a half ago, a poll found that Americans drastically underestimate how high U.S. military spending is. This fits with consistent polling showing slim majority support for cutting military spending, but strong support for major ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 26th, 2012

Healthcare, Migratory Waterfowl, Sparrows, Guns and Our Children

Most often, I am writing about healthcare reform and making our way to one single standard of high quality care for all under an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system.  And certainly as I write this, I think every person facing physical or emotional injuries from the ... continue reading

William deBuys

Author/Conservationist

July 26th, 2012

The Oxygen Planet Struts Its Stuff: Not a “Perfect Storm” But the New Norm in the American West

Crossposted from TomDispatchDire fire conditions, like the inferno of heat, turbulence, and fuel that recently turned 346 homes in Colorado Springs to ash, are now common in the West. A lethal combination of drought, insect plagues, windstorms, and legions of dead, dying, or stressed-out trees constitute what some pundits are ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

July 26th, 2012

Regulate Guns Like Cars

I like driving cars. And as a driver, I have no problem registering my car in each new state I move to, keeping my insurance up-to-date, having regular required inspections and submitting to a driver's test to get my driver's license. Driving a big piece of metal and glass at ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

July 25th, 2012

The Road to Oligarchy

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing Tuesday on “Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to Citizens United and the Rise of Super PACs” Here is Sen. Bernie Sanders’ testimony:   “Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening a hearing on ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

July 24th, 2012

It's the Guns – But We All Know, It's Not Really the Guns

Since Cain went nuts and whacked Abel, there have always been those humans who, for one reason or another, go temporarily or permanently insane and commit unspeakable acts of violence. There was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who during the first century A.D. enjoyed throwing victims off a cliff on the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 24th, 2012

Justice Unresolved and How We Forget Survivors

Horror.  Horrific.  Unthinkable violence.  Death around us.  Resolve to recover and to remember those killed and injured.  Media frenzy to show the trauma.  The pattern of how we deal with mass murders in America is now becoming standard operating procedure for the media and also, unfortunately, for many communities.  And ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

July 23rd, 2012

Paterno and the Larger Cover-Up

If Heaven and Hell are the real deal in the afterlife, as we were taught in Catholic school and church, where is Joe Paterno’s soul today? I ask this not in a mocking or facetious way. Like the late Penn State football coach, I am a “Latin Mass” Catholic.  Although ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

July 23rd, 2012

Will Downing St. Memo Recur on Iran?

Written with Annie MachonRecent remarks by Sir John Sawers, who heads Britain’s MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service that is Britain’s CIA counterpart), leave us wondering if Sawers is preparing to “fix” intelligence on Iran, as his immediate predecessor, Sir John Scarlett, did on Iraq. Scarlett’s pre-Iraq war role in creating ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

July 23rd, 2012

A nice little gift from ObamaCare directly to you

I’ve often said the U.S. health care system is so complex that trying to understand it makes your hair hurt. Case in point: the Affordable Care Act runs more than 2,000 pages. I’ll grant you that it’s a massive piece of legislation — but lawmakers felt that’s what was needed ... continue reading

Noam Chomsky

Linguist/Activist

July 22nd, 2012

Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive.  Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear. That should be a matter of serious immediate concern.  What ... continue reading

Russell Foltz-Smith

Programmer

July 21st, 2012

Shadows

I’ve told some of my story to friends and family in my life, but never really publicly and certainly no one knows this internal dialog I’ve had with myself for 19 years. When you write something down and/or tell a wider audience about it it takes on a whole different ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 20th, 2012

Today in Aurora, 19 Years Washed Away

Nineteen years ago, on a chilly evening just before Christmas 1993, Ben, Sylvia, Coleen and Marge died and Bobby was shot at the hands of a lone gunman at the Aurora, CO, Chuck E Cheese pizza parlor where my son Russ was working.  Russ had arrived home early from his ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

July 19th, 2012

That Makes No Sense!: Your Security’s a Joke (and You’re the Butt of It)

When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours.  In a series of scenes, it described frustrating incidents in the life of a young girl, each ending with the line -- which my tiny daughter would boom out with remarkable ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

July 18th, 2012

Harassing the Whistleblowers

Controversy generated by recent reporting by Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane of the New York Times about Food and Drug Administration spying on its doctors and scientists focuses on the blatant invasions of privacy, with Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, complaining of “Gestapo” tactics. But what about us? What about the ... continue reading

Mattea Kramer

National Priorities Project

July 17th, 2012

Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World: How Not to Solve an American Crisis

We’re at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster!  National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone!  Obamacare will sink the ship of state!  Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years’ worth of precious airtime. That’s ... continue reading

David Vine

American University

July 17th, 2012

The Lily-Pad Strategy: How the Pentagon Is Quietly Transforming Its Overseas Base Empire and Creating a Dangerous New Way of War

Crossposted from TomDispatchThe first thing I saw last month when I walked into the belly of the dark grey C-17 Air Force cargo plane was a void -- something missing. A missing left arm, to be exact, severed at the shoulder, temporarily patched and held together.  Thick, pale flesh, flecked ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

July 17th, 2012

With needed defense cuts on the horizon, industry forces rev up the propaganda machine

Co-authored by John Amick You know it’s a big moment for defenders of the United States’ bloated military budget when some of the all-time superstars of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex descend on Capitol Hill to fight for their perceived right to profit. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to address ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 17th, 2012

California Gold Rush? Righting Underwater Mortgages

Ever since the housing bubble collapsed, the Federal government has refused to take major initiatives to help underwater homeowners. As a result, we are likely to see close to one million foreclosures both this year and next, with the numbers only gradually slipping back to normal levels by the end ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

July 16th, 2012

Why insurers want ObamaCare's Medicaid business

The House of Representatives voted for the 33rd time last week to repeal ObamaCare, and for the 33rd time it was an exercise in futility. The Senate will ignore the House vote and allow the reform law to move forward, just as the Supreme Court did last month. House members ... 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...

Apr 18th
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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