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Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

May 31st, 2011

Health Insurers Have Had Their Chance

Of the many supporters of a single-payer health care system in the United States, some of the most ardent are small business owners who have struggled to continue offering coverage to their workers. Among them are David Steil, a small business owner and former Republican -- yes, Republican -- state ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 31st, 2011

The NCAA and Jim Tressel: Giving Eric Cartman the Moral High Ground

Crossposted from The NationIt’s fitting that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned in disgrace on Memorial Day. This is, perhaps, the most misunderstood holiday on the books: a day used by politicians to celebrate war, which was first organized by freed slaves to honor Union soldiers buried in a ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

May 31st, 2011

Soldiers speak out on Memorial Day: 'Remember Sgt. Kirkland! No more deaths from Wall Street’s wars!'

On Memorial Day, we are asked to remember those who have died in Washington’s wars. Of course, we’re only asked to remember the lives of U.S. troops; the lives of civilians killed in the current wars are supposed to not exist. As veterans, we know the human toll all too ... continue reading

Jefferson Cowie

Professor & Author of 'Stayin' Alive'

May 31st, 2011

Writing History in an Age of Inequality

Jefferson Cowie is associate professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of "Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class" (The New Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and has been awarded the Organization of American Historians' ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

May 31st, 2011

In Haiti, "Homes and Land are the Source of Life": International Forum on the Crisis of Housing

May 31, 2011 Below are excerpts from the International Forum on the Crisis of Housing, held in Port-au-Prince May 19-21, 2011. During the forum, hundreds of Haitians, plus allies from around the Americas, developed strategies to force a solution to Haiti’s greatest crisis: homelessness. Almost 17 months after the earthquake, ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

May 31st, 2011

Dumb Question of the Twenty-first Century: Is It Legal?

Is the Libyan war legal?  Was Bin Laden’s killing legal?  Is it legal for the president of the United States to target an American citizen for assassination?  Were those “enhanced interrogation techniques” legal? These are all questions raised in recent weeks.  Each seems to call out for debate, for answers.  ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 30th, 2011

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Didn't Have To Die in Afghanistan

Written by Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe Memorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to remembering Americans killed in wartime. This year, unfortunately, we remember war dead who didn't have to die, and unless Congress and the president act, we'll remember more needless deaths next year. As of today, 1,516 ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 30th, 2011

Memorial Day Should Not Be For Campaigning

On Memorial Day, making stops in Mount Vernon and Gettysburg Pennsylvania; Sarah Palin kicked off the start of what she is calling her “One Nation” tour.  For the untrained eye, she is using Memorial Day events in those areas to test the waters on what she hopes will amount to ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

May 29th, 2011

"Yankees, Go Home!"

I am in Caracas, Vz today (May 29th--Casey's birthday)—a country I love and a people that I support with all my heart in their struggle against US imperialism and corporate interests so they can make their own lives better. Nine of us came from the US to support the people ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 29th, 2011

Memorial to Another Day

It’s impossible for me to allow Memorial Day to pass without thinking of the sacrifices my father and his generation made to build better lives for future generations like mine.  And so it is today, Memorial Day 2011, when my thoughts turn to what he dreamed for me and his ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

May 29th, 2011

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla-One Year Later and Another Flotilla on the Horizon

On May 27, 2011, UN Secretary General Bon Ki-moon in letters sent to countries in the Mediterranean stated that the Gaza situation was “unsustainable” and Israel should take "further meaningful and far-reaching steps" to end the blockade of Gaza.Bowing to Israeli pressure, Bon Ki-moon also asked those countries to dissuade ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

May 27th, 2011

Haitian Mayor's Office Vows to Destroy All Refugee Camps, Launches Violent Campaign

On May 23 and 25, police in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince destroyed camps which sheltered people who were otherwise homeless since the earthquake. Police and other municipal workers beat and arrested residents, and physically threatened the lives of a human rights lawyer and an advocate who had come to ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

May 26th, 2011

Wisconsin Judge Declares Walker’s Collective Bargaining Bill “Null and Void”

Today, Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill," which would eviscerate collective bargaining rights for most public workers in the state, "null and void." Sumi ruled that lawmakers clearly violated the state's open meetings law in their rush to pass the bill at the height of ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 26th, 2011

Hooked on Hope

"By the end of my first term, we're going to make sure that everybody's got decent health care in this country. We can do that." -- Barack Obama, 2008 Last week, we heard from one of Barack Obama's most fervent supporters -- moral philosopher Dr. Cornel West. In 2008, West ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 25th, 2011

1,500 Broken Promises from Afghanistan War Backers

With Memorial Day coming up, we should take a moment to consider something that's gone largely unremarked in the mainstream media: more than 1,500 troops have now died in a war the American people oppose. That's a national tragedy, and it's one Congress can mitigate by demanding a date certain ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 25th, 2011

Why Lance Armstrong Will Survive '60 Minutes' and the Feds

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is now facing the systematic disemboweling of his legacy as an athletic icon. As revealed Sunday on 60 Minutes—a show that usually doesn’t do sports features unless there’s a synergistic tie-in with CBS Sports—three of Armstrong’s teammates have testified to a federal grand ... continue reading

May 25th, 2011

Michael Moore on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, May 24, 2011 -- Part 2

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May 25th, 2011

Michael Moore on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, May 24, 2011 -- Part 1

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Bill Quigley

Law Professor

May 24th, 2011

Over Two Thousand Six Hundred Activists Arrested in US Protests

Since President Obama was inaugurated, there have been over two thousand six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US.   Research shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside the US already in 2011, over 1290 were arrested in 2010, and 665 arrested in 2009.   These figures are ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

May 23rd, 2011

Wall Street Banker Peter Peterson and the Deficit Ostriches

Last spring, Wall Street investment banker Peter Peterson hosted a lavish, daylong conference devoted to the budget deficit. One of the highlights was an appearance by President Clinton. Clinton boasted of how he had wanted to cut Social Security back in the mid-90s but Congressional leaders from both parties wouldn't ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 23rd, 2011

Trump Circus Possibly Back On Tour

Last week when Donald Trump announced that he was not going to run for President of The United States, I had assumed that the Trump Circus was over.  That we could strike the tents and put the performing animals back in their cages.  Well, now that he’s got Celebrity Apprentice ... continue reading

Rebecca Solnit

Author

May 23rd, 2011

Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite

How can I tell a story we already know too well? Her name was Africa. His was France. He colonized her, exploited her, silenced her, and even decades after it was supposed to have ended, still acted with a high hand in resolving her affairs in places like Côte d’Ivoire, ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

May 23rd, 2011

Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs

There is a raging battle going on in this country over whether we use our resources to benefit the haves or to protect those who don't have as much as the most wealthy among us. We see this where tax cuts for the millionaires are required in order to continue ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

May 20th, 2011

Obama Should Follow His Own Advice on the 'Moral Force' of Non-Violence

Written by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis Given that President Obama daily authorizes the firing of hellfire missiles and the dropping of cluster bombs in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, it was awful odd seeing him wax eloquent this week about the “moral force of non-violence” in places ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

May 19th, 2011

BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RALLY AGAINST THE AFGHAN WAR; Prove There Can Be a Youth Anti-War Movement

The day was downcast, but the wonderful high school seniors from Brooklyn Collaborative School standing in the rain on Fifth Avenue were not.  You could say they were upcast.  They were living proof that daring and principled teachers could raise their students' consciousness about the material and political costs of ... continue reading

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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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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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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
12:58 PM
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
1:40 PM
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