Going Out as He Reigned

By |February 21st, 2011|

"He has to get out...We will soon see the fall of this regime." - Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to UN on Al Jazeera English Al Jazeera's reporting today on Libya has been harrowing, with several of Moammar Gadhafi's own ambassadors in stations around the world resigning. The Arab League is having an "emergency meeting" [...]

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American Oligarchy

By |February 21st, 2011|

So will the attack on unions succeed? I don't know. But anyone who cares about retaining government of the people by the people should hope that it doesn't. - Paul Krugman It's interesting to see that "moderate" Republicans are offering a compromise, proving some people understand what taking collective bargaining away from any [...]

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Why Does Maureen Dowd Bother?

By |February 20th, 2011|

What a yawn. Is anything more outdated than Ms. Dowd's weekly column? Nicholas Kristoff has been making waves tweeting and blogging exciting columns live from Egypt, then Bahrain. Paul Krugman keeps writing regular columns, but blogs daily. Ms. Pearls weighs in this week offering a re-hash of old news and views from last week, which [...]

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Forget Unemployment, the War on Women is the Right’s Job One

By |February 20th, 2011|

The House of Representatives has been cutting like crazy! Down with Planned Parenthood and PBS! We can't afford to worry about mercury contamination! Safety nets are too expensive! But keep your hands off the Defense Department's budget to sponsor Nascar racers. - Gail Collins Yo, Cecile Richards. I told you so. This is what happens [...]

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Sarah Palin’s First Ode to the Independent

By |February 19th, 2011|

Taking on birthers, then unions, Sarah Palin shoots for the... er... um... center? Just maybe, or perhaps she's taking a stab at sounding reasonable to the Right and those fickle independents that put Tea Partiers in office last year and who will be so important in 2012. Because everything Sarah does right now is about [...]

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Queer Talk: Conversations that never seem to ENDA

By |February 19th, 2011|

President Obama's response to a press conference question about his budget, and why it doesn't include many of the recommendations of his bipartisan fiscal commission, has received a good bit of attention: "you guys are pretty impatient. ... I've had this conversation for the last two years about every single issue that we've worked on, [...]

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Pence Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Passes House

By |February 18th, 2011|

A longtime anti-abortion crusader, Pence has three times previously tried to cut off legislative funding, called Title X, for any group that provides abortions. The money cannot be used to pay for abortions, and Pence has not argued that Planned Parenthood has used the funds to do so. But he argues that cutting off support [...]

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On the Backs of the Middle Class

By |February 18th, 2011|

Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, "We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing." - Wis. governor: GOP [...]

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Feingold Launches Progressive Movement to End Corporate Money in Govt.

By |February 18th, 2011|

Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA7BqhZQKZo Russ Feingold launched his progressive group and it sounds like it will do America much good. It is an organization to fight corporate money in our political system. It will take on BOTH Democrats and Republicans who get too cozy with corporations. More: "¦Progressives United [...]

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Picture of the Week Represents Rolling World Events

By |February 18th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Oddly enough, the union battle in Wisconsin, which has the added element of Pres. Obama and the DNC entering, adds a U.S. labor element to workers rising up from Tunisia to Egypt to Bahrain and even Libya. Col Muammar Gaddafi is the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. Protests are not allowed in Libya, [...]

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