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Perry Hams It Up
Jim Hightower
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Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. ...

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Truth Has No Place in the Attack of Inflation Hawks
Dean Baker
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There is a growing push by inflation hawks to get the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates. They argue that inflationary pressures are picking up steam and if the Fed doesn’t move quickly, we will soon be caught up in an inflationary spiral.

If this sounds obscure and ...

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The Guns of August
Amy Goodman
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In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Guns of August,” historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration. Before people realized world wars had to be numbered, ...

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Rick Perry’s Clown Show
Jim Hightower
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Trial lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich! Here in my burg of Austin, Texas, grand jury has ...

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Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, following on a massacre of 68 worshipers Friday at a Sunni Mosque in mixed Diyala Province.  This violence was strategic, not random.  One side effect was a severe setback in the attempt of Haidar al-Abadi, the prime minister designate, to form a government of national unit that includes Shiites, Kurds and Sunni ...

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Some Numbers for the ‘Entitlement’ Bashers
Paul Buchheit
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Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich. The following annual numbers may help to put our country's expenses and benefits in perspective.

 

$220 Billion: Teacher Salaries

 

According to the ...

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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist
David Sirota
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As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don't like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors ...

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Vermont Tries to Throw Out Big Biotech’s GMO Labeling Lawsuit
Christina Sarich
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When biotech told Vermont they would sue the state in order to reverse the voters’ wish to have GMO foods labeled, the state decided to prepare for the worst-case scenario. They started a fund to help them fight Monsanto and the biotech bullies in court.

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The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson
Amy Goodman
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The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson.

Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in ...

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Ferguson Exposes the Creeping Militarization of Police Forces
Jim Hightower
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The tragedies unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, are doubly infuriating.First, there is the obvious outrage of yet another unarmed black teenager being stopped by one of the town’s white police officers as he was walking to his grandmother’s home.

A scuffle ensued, and officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown (six times, including twice in the head, according to an autopsy report). The young man’s corpse was then left lying in the street for hours, ...

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What We’ve Paid for War and Afghanistan and Iraq
Jim Hightower
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War is Hell.

Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that — but, sadly, he's dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier ...

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The Disease of American Democracy
Robert Reich
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Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.

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How to Bypass Mega Grocery Chains and Buy Direct from Organic Farms
Christina Sarich
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There are three reasons that Big Ag can’t compete with the small farm in the long-term:

Research at the land grant universities in the United States is often funded by big agribusiness corporations, but consumers want fresh, organic food - not GMO, chemical-laden, mono-cropped refuse.Some of the most promising solutions don’t ..." ::
The Carnage of Capitalism
Paul Buchheit
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Capitalism is expanding like a tumor in the body of American society, spreading further into vital areas of human need like health and education.

Milton Friedman said in 1980: "The free market system distributes the fruits of economic progress among all people." The father of the modern neoliberal movement couldn't have been more wrong. Inequality has been growing for 35 years, worsening since the 2008 recession, as a few well-positioned Americans have made ...

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John Boehner’s Kabuki Dance
Jim Hightower
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If John Boehner is so worried about the president’s executive orders, why didn’t he sue George W. Bush?

What a hoot to see House Speaker John Boehner up on his hind legs, braying like a goofy mule as he declares that by golly he’s filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for “aggressive unilateralism.” Or, was it unilateral aggressivism?

Whatever.

The Ohio Republican says it’s an outrage that a president would issue ...

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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?
David Sirota
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Wall Street is one of the biggest sources of funding for presidential campaigns, and many of the Republican Party's potential 2016 contenders are governors, from Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Perry of Texas to Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. And so, last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed ...

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A Ticket to Sarah Palin’s Funhouse
Jim Hightower
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I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize for “Goofiest Politicos in America.”

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What’s Wrong With the GOP’s ‘Hell No’ Faction
Jim Hightower
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Ah, August — that time of year when the going gets tough ... and Congress gets going.

On vacation that is. And, to be fair, maybe Congress needs a vacation. All the stress of not ...

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The Entitlement of the Very Rich
Dean Baker
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The very rich don’t think very highly of the rest of us. This fact is driven home to us through fluke events, like the taping of Mitt Romney’s famous 47 percent comment, in which he trashed the people who rely on Social Security, Medicare, and other forms of government benefits.

Last week we got another opportunity to see the thinking of the very rich when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, complained at a summit with African heads of state and business leaders ...

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The Wall Street Journal: The Funny Papers of Modern Journalism
Paul Buchheit
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Funny, in a sad sort of way.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) gets respect from the mainstream because it speaks for the money interests. To many of those outside its golden circle, the commentary of its writers is generally suspect, occasionally frightening, and often unintentionally humorous.

Delusion: Middle-class Americans have more buying power than ever before.

WSJ compares the present day to the 1950s, ignoring changes in education costs, health care ...

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Good and Bad Inequality
Michael Spence
Op-Ed
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From Ferguson to Palestine Occupation is a Crime
Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Video Report

NOC BULLHORN

Fracking

Help stop E&B Natural Resources from making Hermosa Beach residents their next guinea pigs.

Banking Policy

This sector of banking is thriving and its future is bright.

Genetically Modified Foods

Brazilian scientists are urging Pope Francis to join the Brazilian government and help ban genetically modified foods.

The Supreme Court

Join the dissent and stop CEOs in America from “forcing their personal beliefs on employees.” Take action and tell lawmakers to give us back control of our own bodies.

Climate Change

Forget about everything you think you know about climate change because in this new documentary, capitalism is to blame.

Media

Unique freedom of speech and privacy laws from Finland are now available to the rest of the world.

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees. Sign the petition.

Human Rights

“We will continue to resist. We will build a beautiful new tomorrow.”

Climate Change

The connection between the Ferguson tragedy and the climate crisis is one activist’s catalyst for her work.

Legalizing Marijuana

Together with Occupy the Federal Reserve, the Green Rush campaign will band together and protest on Sept. 17 outside the Federal Reserve in New York City.

Police Brutality

Police brutality is at an all-time high, but a call from the Dream Defenders is sparking a national campaign to change this.

Environment

Take action and help protect sea turtles against illegal poaching by asking the Mexican government to promote and support coastal communities’ ecotourism and sustainable travel.

Environment

Architect transforms unused government land into community centers, concert halls, art studios and homes.

Workers’ Rights

Let’s get with the times and make a change. We must demand a raise for tipped employees. Show your support and sign the petition.

Environment

One man’s concept will soon make swimming in New York’s East River safe and clean.

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