Occupy Movement Enlists New Activists for Social Change Struggles

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Randy Shaw: Occupy has gone beyond the usual suspects and given a new generation of activists a desperately needed vehicle for advancing progressive change.

Big-Drama Obama

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Brent Budowsky: The Truman metaphor is right for Obama, but it must presage a sustained battle for jobs, and not another brief theatrical scene in an incoherent drama with an inconclusive ending.

Separation Anxiety

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Wendy Block: My worst long-range political nightmare is watching the next Republican president appoint even one Supreme Court justice (Go Ralph Nader for President in 2000!).

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil

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Ellen Brown: North Dakota is the only state to be in continuous budget surplus since the banking crisis of 2008.

New York Times Smacks Down Darrell Issa’s Demand

Lee Fang: In responding, Dean Baquet, the assistant editor of the Times, debunked claims of factual inaccuracies listed by Issa spokesman concerning a major investigation it had published two weeks ago.

How Not To Talk About Financial Panics: New Rules For Pundits

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James Livingston: Never act like you know what will happen next. You don’t, and nobody else does either. In fact, nobody knows what just happened.

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Prettying the Porker’s Puss, Republican Style

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Berry Craig: This union-card carrying Hubert Humphrey Democrat from Kentucky — where Steve Beshear, our second-term-seeking, union-endorsed Democratic governor is up two dozen points over his Scott Walker-wannabe Republican challenger in a recent bellwether poll — hopes Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s “way forward” will include a recall election that will unemploy him, too.

Michele Bachmann: A Serious Candidate?

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Stanley Kutler: Bachmann is so obviously an off-the-wall politician, one deservedly dismissed as a fringe candidate. But ironically, the liberal media have propelled her rise from well-deserved mediocrity to suddenly a “serious” candidate

Look Out, World, If Rick Perry Wins!

Sherwood Ross: Perry, an evangelical Christian who would make a formidable candidate, appears to actually believe the U.S. military is divinely directed and is liable to continue U.S. interventions in the region.

London’s Youth Are Falling Down

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Mariah Adin: Let this serve as a warning: of the danger of creating a class of young people who have no stake in society, and thereby have nothing to lose by destroying it.

How Debt Ceiling Crisis Reelects Obama

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Tom Hall: The mainstream media has had little to say about Obama’s accomplishments. Why would they? The mainstream media is owned by, and serves, a handful of huge corporations in New York.

How Not to Make Friends in the Greater Middle East

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Tom Englehart: the U.S. military has gathered biometric data—“digital scans of eyes, photographs of the face, and fingerprints”—on 2.2 million Iraqis and 1.5 million Afghans, with an emphasis on men of an age to become insurgents.

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Nixon’s “Decent Interval” Vietnam Strategy Should Give Obama Pause

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Ken Hughes: Forty years ago this month, President Richard Nixon quietly sold South Vietnam down the river for political gain.

Crunch Time for Public Sector Unions

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Shamus Cooke: Public sector unions must mobilize their members and the community they serve to fight back. They have no other choice if they are to remain powerful or even relevant.

The National Education Association Flunks a Crucial Test

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: As long as the N.E.A. as well as organized labor in general remain tied to the corporate-dominated Democratic Party, public education will deteriorate, critical thinking will be undermined, wages will remain low, and the working class will continue to suffer a decline.

At What Point Does the GOP Become a Hate Group?

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David Love: There is no question, based on the evidence, that the GOP is that peculiar institution in which people thrive, based on an alternate set of facts, divorced from reality.

How to Save the U.S. Labor Movement

Shamus Cooke: Labor unions do not need genius-caliber ideas or fancy gimmicks to save themselves; there are numerous practical, common sense solutions that could be implemented immediately.

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Christie, Kasich Win Media Cheers While Public Pays the Price

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Randy Shaw: Eliminating this human element allows Christie, Kasich and others to avoid appearing like plutocrat-serving elitists who do not care about common people.

Gay Marriage Offers Lessons for Immigration Reform

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Randy Shaw: Gay rights advocates have been far more publicly critical of the President than immigrant rights groups, and have done a far better job of holding Obama accountable for his actions rather than his words.

Obama’s Disappointing Peace Plan

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Rebecca Griffin: Unfortunately, the president’s plan allows the war to last indefinitely and leaves in place almost twice as many troops as when he came in office. The American and Afghan people will pay the price for prolonging this disastrous policy.

Conference of Mayors May Vote Monday Vs. Wars

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Sherwood Ross: The Conference, which speaks for 1,200 mayors, expresses the pain felt by city officials as urgent domestic needs have been long scuttled so that America’s imperial presidents can wage wars in the Middle East to control the region’s oil.

Netroots at Crossroads in Minneapolis This Weekend

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Paul Hogarth: I look forward to this Conference as a way of re-engaging in the national struggle, and harnessing the energy everyone with a Wi-Fi connection can take to fight for progressive change.

Politics of Inaction: The Reality Behind the Jobless Stats

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Carl Bloice: Our principle concern here must not be the 2012 Presidential election but the condition of the almost 12 milion people who want to work and can find no employment.

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The Fight for Peace Heats Up

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Tom Hayden: The fact is that Democratic constituencies and leaders, responding to overwhelming public sentiment against the war, have been uniting in recent weeks behind a call for “substantial and significant” troops reductions and a transfer of war funds to job creation at home.

How Obama Can Revive Hopes for Change

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Randy Shaw: In hindsight, activists should have taken it upon themselves to become the vessels of hope rather than trusting Barack Obama. But at this political moment, it is Obama who is best positioned to restore the hopes of his core supporters.

Hating Boomers: America’s Last Acceptable Prejudice

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Leonard Steinhorn: Thanks to a new report released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we now have a group of people singularly deserving of blame: baby boomers.

New Food Safety Threat Emerges

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Marian Wang: Also unclear is whether the federal agencies in charge of changing the food safety system will be adequately funded. Republican proposals to cut the FDA’s budget and the USDA’s inspection budget could cut into efforts to update the system.

Matt Drudge, the Great Communicator

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Brent Budowsky: The Times is making the point I have made repeatedly in the past, where I have suggested that (for better or worse) Matt Drudge has more influence on American media than any other single media figure.

Prediction: The U.S. Stays in Iraq

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Tom Hayden: It is becoming almost certain that the U.S. succeed in forcing Iraq to “invite” thousands of American troops to stay indefinitely in the latest imperial outpost of the United States in the Arab world

Black Women Jobless Rate

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Carl Bloice: Unemployment is up. Joblessness has increased for African Americans. Black women are being hit especially hard. The question now is whether the people running the country really care? And if they do, why are they avoiding the subject?

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