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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 31st, 2012

Dead Woman Working: I’m No Robin Roberts

If you follow morning television at all or have it droning in the background as I often do while getting ready for my day, then you may have followed the cancer story of ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts.  Her struggle has been an awful one, as is often ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 31st, 2012

It's wacky! It's zany! It's GOP-TV!

As might be expected, Comedy Central is best-suited to cover a television (sur)reality series like the Republican Convention, which aired this season’s final episode Thursday night.  The Republicans tried to present Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a script that could have been called “Ward Cleaver meets Dirty Harry.” It was ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 30th, 2012

Meet the industry that makes the Koch brothers look poor (VIDEO)

Co-authored by Jesse Lava When will the United States start thinking beyond bars? This nation is now spending over $200 billion a year on a justice system that locks up more people than any country on earth. We have more prisoners than China. More than Russia. More than anyone. This ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

August 29th, 2012

The Creole Connection: New Orleans, Haiti, and Catastrophe

By Beverly BellAugust 28, 2012 As a native and resident of New Orleans who has spent three decades in and out of Haiti, and as director of an organization with offices in both places, this has been a harrowing week. The two locales sit squarely in Hurricane Isaac’s path. We ... continue reading

Jennifer Granholm

Current/Former MI governor

August 29th, 2012

Republicans: What About Children Outside the Womb?

The Republican Party platform includes support for the "Human Life Amendment," also known as HR 212. It gives a fertilized egg inside the womb the same rights as a person outside the womb. It's designed to ban all abortions. Now, we all know how deeply the issue of abortion hits ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

August 29th, 2012

Selling War as Smart Power

In recent years, it has become evident that use of deadly force by a U.S.-dominated NATO is not only outside the parameters of international and constitutional law, but also in some cases outside basic legal principles that have stood the test of time for decades and even centuries. One explanation for ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 28th, 2012

Jeb Bush vs. Mark Levin

Fox News Channel and right-wing radio have formed a formidable propaganda factory to influence and intimidate the Republican Party, right wingers and conservatives.  But the cracks in their coalition became evident this week when talk-show host Mark Levin attacked Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.One immediate issue was the ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

August 28th, 2012

Physicians' group will barnstorm conventions with truth-telling on ObamaCare

As the Republican convention gets underway today in Tampa, we can expect to hear the politicians and delegates gathered there — including GOP nominee Mitt Romney — rail against “Obamacare”, insisting that what we need instead of a “government takeover of health care” is “patient-centered” care, although what that would ... continue reading

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN

August 27th, 2012

The one horror story that’s missing when Canadians talk about health care

I just spent a week in Canada. Most days were spent enjoying the glory that is a Manitoba summer on the sandy shores of lake Winnipeg, the kids playing in the water and building sandcastles while the parents chatted. As often happens, when people find out that I’m a doctor, ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

August 27th, 2012

The Best Laid Plans: How Quickly Will the U.S. Leave Afghanistan?

In the wake of several deaths among its contingent of troops in a previously peaceful province in Afghanistan, New Zealand (like France and South Korea) is now expediting the departure of its 140 soldiers.  That’s not exactly headline-making news here in the U.S.  If you’re an American, you probably didn’t ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

August 25th, 2012

Our officers kill more U.S. troops than the Taliban

This article was originally posted on OurLivesOurRights.org The U.S. Army revealed that July yielded the highest number of active-duty soldier suicides on record, with 38 in just a single month (this number does not include other branches of service, or Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who commit suicide once they get ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

August 25th, 2012

Katrina Pain Index 2012: 7 Years After

1 Rank of New Orleans in fastest growing US cities between 2010 and 2011. Source: Census Bureau. 1 Rank of New Orleans, Louisiana in world prison rate. Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of the other 50 states. Louisiana rate is five times higher than Iran, ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 24th, 2012

Why don't Presidential candidates debate guns?

Earlier this week, while walking through Midtown Manhattan on the way to the theatre, I came across a cluster of New York police officers in heavy blue clothing on a hot day. They stood in the shadows of a building entrance, as inconspicuous as they could be while wearing helmets with ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

August 23rd, 2012

Real-world health insurance math doesn't add up

Aetna’s had a lot to say lately about how business is good. The company disclosed last week that it made $458 million in profits this spring, and said it expected to make more money this year than executives previously thought possible. The firm also signaled it set aside three quarters ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 22nd, 2012

Aetna Builds Empire: One Denial at A Time

It’s a business.  It’s big business, and it’s all about the money.  When plans for Aetna to purchase Coventry Health for $5.7 billion surfaced this week, all I could think about is where people like me –  Aetna’s insured – figure in the business models.  I’m not a patient in ... continue reading

Beau Friedlander

Writer/Consultant

August 22nd, 2012

Shut-Down Propaganda and Magical Thinking: Akin as Romney-Ryan Ticket

While I was reading commentary about Rep. Todd Akin's overshare regarding abortion, the female body and the dark night of the GOP's soul, it occurred to me that the same attitude that allowed him to say what he said (call it ignorance, anti-intellectualism, magical thinking) has been at work in ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

August 22nd, 2012

The Koch Brothers Must Have LOVED Monopoly As Kids

The Koch brothers don't just have a gazillion luxury homes and boats. They've been using their wealth to shut out the voices of the 99% -- pledging to spend at least $100 million on the 2012 elections. The pro-corporate policies they favor are, of course, antithetical to the public interest. ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

August 21st, 2012

'Courage' in Washington Doesn't Have the Same Meaning

Last week Vice President Joe Biden did a courageous thing, he promised an audience in southern Virginia that there will be no cuts whatsoever to Social Security in a second Obama Administration. He used the strongest possible language, telling customers at a local diner: "I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, ... continue reading

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN

August 21st, 2012

Did Todd Akin get his misinformation on rape and pregnancy from Physicians for Life?

By now everyone knows that Congressman Todd Akin (Missouri’s 2nd District) thinks some rapes are legitimate and some are, well, apparently not legitimate. We also know that “what he understands from doctors” is that pregnancy from legitimate rape is “really rare” because women can block unwanted pregnancies through a stress response ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 19th, 2012

Rock Star Politics

One of Homer Simpson's best lines came in an episode with Paul McCartney as the guest star."Rock stars," Homer said, awe in his voice.  "Is there anything they don't know?"The joke was on those of us who too seriously cherish the opinions of people who sing and play instruments.The problem ... continue reading

Jeff Cohen

Director, Park Center

August 19th, 2012

My Visit to a London Embassy Under Threat

London -- On Friday, I visited Ecuador's embassy here in the capital of the former British empire and saw a building surrounded by a phalanx of cops, with several of them at the front door. The embassy is in an upscale neighborhood near Harrods department store. The intimidating police presence ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 18th, 2012

Paul Ryan's Medicare Scheme

Paul Ryan's scheme to attack Medicare is clever and insidious.Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice-president on Mitt Romney's ticket, tries to lure older voters by telling them that nothing will change about Medicare for those 55 years old or older.  He did it again Saturday in Florida, double-talking senior citizens ... continue reading

August 15th, 2012

UK Threatens to Violate Ecuadoran Embassy Grounds to Arrest WikiLeaks' Julian Assange – After Condemning Iran for Violating the UK Embassy in 2011

Reuters, August 15th, 2012: Ecuador said on Wednesday the British government had threatened to raid its embassy in London if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not handed over, and that Quito would make its decision on his asylum request on Thursday. "Today we've received a threat by the United Kingdom, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 15th, 2012

Dead Woman Working: American Dream Died Long Ago

It was a slow and torturous death, my American dream.  And for millions of others, I am guessing it is the same.  Nothing this current round of politicos is planning to do can restore it.  Just like there is nothing to being a little bit pregnant, there is nothing anyone ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 15th, 2012

Olympics: Now you see them, now you don’t

After treating its captive Olympic audience shabbily for more than two weeks, NBC saved its final sucker punch for the last hour Sunday night during its tape-delayed closing ceremonies.   Instead of showing the festivities continuously from start to finish, NBC pulled a classic-bait-and switch with its audience – at ... continue reading

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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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
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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
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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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