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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 9th, 2011

Trauma of the Working Class in America: Fray or Distraction?

All over America, working class people are trying hard just to maintain.  Jobs are not plentiful.  Good jobs are less so.  Most experts on the economy think it will be years, if ever, before the U.S. economy recovers to the point where unemployment dips much below 8 percent. Think what you ... continue reading

Laurel Krause

Director, Kent State Truth Tribunal

March 8th, 2011

Dear President Obama: Please Honor Allison on International Women's Day

Dear President Obama, My sister Allison Krause was one of four students killed by national guard gunfire at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. Allison protested the Vietnam war and the military occupation of her campus that day. Here's my writing, also published at Rep Kucinich's request in the ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

March 8th, 2011

Charlie Sheen and Libya

I don’t write a column every day.  There’s a reason for that.  I like to provide you with nothing but the finest in news, opinions, information, and occasional light entertainment.  To provide you with all of that at once today;  I’m just going to rapid fire a whole bunch of ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

March 7th, 2011

Say it Loud on Opening Day: Baseball Must Move the All-Star Game from Arizona

First run at thenation.com At the risk of profound understatement, it’s been a difficult 2011 in the state of Arizona. Jared Loughner’s shooting spree that grievously injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six, including 9-year old Christina Green, was a national horror. The killings also focused global attention on Arizona’s ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

March 6th, 2011

Under Obama, Better to Commit a War Crime Than Expose One

Written by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis Bradley Manning is accused of humiliating the political establishment by revealing the complicity of top U.S. officials in carrying out and covering up war crimes. In return for his act of conscience, the U.S. government is holding him in abusive solitary confinement, humiliating ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 6th, 2011

Manchurian Senators

People are doing journalism and the Washington Post is pissed. How to respond? Apparently the answer arrived at by Post editors is to just give up on any Americans who have been informing themselves and target those Americans who believe anything that super important people say. How else to explain ... continue reading

David Coombs

Bradley Manning's lawyer

March 5th, 2011

The Truth Behind Quantico Brig's Decision to Strip PFC Manning

The Brig has stripped PFC Manning of all of his clothing for the past three nights, and they intend to continue this practice indefinitely.  Each night, Brig guards force PFC Manning to relinquish all of his clothing.  He then lies in a cold jail cell naked until the following morning, when he is ... continue reading

Sondra Youdelman

Community Voices Heard

March 5th, 2011

Reclaiming Our Democracy…from the States to the Capitol

What’s happening across our country is both tragic and inspiring. On the tragic side are the blatant attacks against public sector workers and low-income families. On the inspiring side are the mobilizations happening in Wisconsin and beyond as people stand up and fight to take the country back. Things got ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

March 4th, 2011

Scott Walker Down the Rat Hole with the Palace Guard

The Wisconsin State Capitol has erupted in a torrent of lawlessness this week that schoolchildren will be reading about for years. No, I don't mean rowdy protests resulting in mass arrests. Even though some 300,000 people have visited the capitol in the last two weeks, the crowds have been peaceful ... continue reading

David Coombs

Bradley Manning's lawyer

March 4th, 2011

PFC Manning Stripped Naked Again

PFC Manning was forced to strip naked in his cell again last night.  As with the previous evening, Quantico Brig guards required him to surrender all of his clothing.  PFC Manning then walked back to his bed, and spent the next seven hours in humiliation.  The decision to require him to ... continue reading

David Coombs

Bradley Manning's lawyer

March 3rd, 2011

PFC Manning Forced to Strip Naked

Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig.  He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours.  At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees.  At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell.  The Duty ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 3rd, 2011

Spending Cuts Won't Help 25 Million Hurting for Jobs

The politicians in Washington and the media have been busy setting the scene for a great battle over the 2011 budget. The newly empowered congressional Republicans are demanding large cuts to get spending under control. President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate promise to defend important public programs. This ... continue reading

David Coombs

Bradley Manning's lawyer

March 3rd, 2011

Article 104 Offense

This is the Military Judges' Benchbook instruction on the elements of the offense of Article 104.  AIDING THE ENEMY—GIVING INTELLIGENCE TO THE ENEMY (ARTICLE 104) ELEMENTS: (1) That (state the time and place alleged), the accused, without proper authority, knowingly gave intelligence information to (a) certain person(s), namely: (state the ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

March 3rd, 2011

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel

Written by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis With the U.S. economy in the tank and governments at all levels facing massive budget shortfalls, politicians left and right are seeking ways to curb spending. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate collective bargaining rights and the decent pay that goes with ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 3rd, 2011

Will Sweden Kill Assange?

Sweden banned censorship and guaranteed free speech in 1766, 10 years before the Declaration of Independence in the American British colonies, and -- apart from shameful episodes of caving in to dictatorships and Nazis -- has pretty well kept it in place. Sweden banned the death penalty and has not ... continue reading

Reggie Cervantes

9/11 Rescue Worker

March 2nd, 2011

The Wizard Will See You Now, Scott Walker

I've been thinking of how Republicans and Tea Partyers hate socialism, communism and want less government -- but don't act like it. The Governor of Wisconsin, the great Cheese Head himself, wants to kill collective bargaining for public unions -- in other words, give no control to Wisconsinites like teachers ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 2nd, 2011

Rethink the Cost of War With Us on March 12

The movement to end the Afghanistan War is gaining momentum, and on March 12, it will gain some more. In a little less than two weeks, supporters of Rethink Afghanistan (“Rethinkers”) will get together with their neighbors in hundreds of communities to talk about what can be done locally to ... continue reading

Zach LaPorte

Veteran, Wisconsinite

March 2nd, 2011

Corporate Hijacking

Last night, as I struggled to finish my homework, Walker’s new budget plan was released.  As expected, the cuts to the University system and k-12 education were deep.  As I read further, I couldn’t help but feel a deep-seated anger rising inside of me.  How dare he put these cuts ... continue reading

Darrell Bouldin

Activist and Organizer

March 1st, 2011

Let's Remember Real Labor History -- From Madison to Memphis

Last Saturday February 26th I spoke in Nashville, Tennessee at one of the nationwide rallies to Save the American Dream promoted by MoveOn.org along with numerous other organizations. With a good 400 to 500 in attendance despite the media quoting a lower figure, I'd say that this little planned gathering ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 1st, 2011

Right to Work: Representation Without Taxation

Part of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting agenda is including a "right to work" rule for public-sector employees. Several other Republican governors are considering similar measures for both the public and private sectors. Insofar as they succeed, these right-to-work measures will seriously weaken the bargaining power of workers. "Right to ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 1st, 2011

Like Scott Walker, Honeywell CEO Has Threatened to Use Troops to Bust a Strike

Last Friday, two van loads of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7-669 members, who have been locked out of the Honeywell uranium facility in Metropolis, Ill., for nine months, traveled through the night to join the ongoing protest in the Wisconsin State Capitol. “After all the support we have seen from ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

March 1st, 2011

Lawsuit Filed Against BP Compensation Czar

TAMPA, Florida, Mar1, 2011 - A first-of-its-kind lawsuit alleging gross negligence and fraud has been filed in a Florida state court against Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the 20-billion-dollar compensation fund for victims of BP's Gulf oil spill, and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF).Attorney Brian Donovan of the Donovan ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 1st, 2011

Turn, Turn, Turn – A Season for Healthcare Policy

Today, I heard the news.  President Obama supports the Wyden-Brown amendment allowing states to innovate on healthcare reform.  You’ll have to pardon some of us while we readjust the mirrors. Just 20 brief months ago, I recall the trepidation and trauma that surrounded allowing the U.S. House of Representatives Education and ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 1st, 2011

2008 Factory Occupation Leader Inside Wisconsin State Capitol

In December 2008, United Electrical Workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago shook the world when they occupied their factory after its closure was announced. For eight days and nights, they held the attention of state, national and international media as unions around the world issued statements of solidarity. ... continue reading

Rose Ann DeMoro

Executive Director, National Nurses United

March 1st, 2011

Nurses Offer to Buy President's Shoes to March With Workers

The past two weeks have been a "Where's Waldo" moment for President Obama. He's been largely a bystander while tens of thousands of American workers, joined by students, and community allies, marched in Madison's snow and freezing temperatures, and slept on the floors of the capitol to defend their most ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

Apr 22nd
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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...

Apr 20th
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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