Enslaved People Built That

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Wilson Riles: Everywhere we scratch the historical surface it seems that government is there picking winners and losers and sanctioning horrendous oppression and injustice.

Red State, Blue State

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Steve Hochstadt: The few people who are signing petitions to secede from the U.S. are the same ranters who call everyone else traitors, who don’t let facts get in the way of their opinions, and who keep trying to convince some Americans to hate other Americans.

Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff

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Robert Reich: Excuse me for sounding impertinent, but isn’t this fear-mongering likely to buttress Republican arguments that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for everyone — including the rich?

Is the Tea Party Over?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Can the die-hard group hanging out in the kitchen keep the party going? Can Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, and the state-level Tea Partiers keep the music playing and the drinks flowing?

Dog Days for the Mittster

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Tom Degan: It must be a terribly frustrating thing to be Mitt Romney these days. Were he to be elected president (and that’s never gonna happen, I promise you) he would be an unerringly reliable water boy for the plutocracy.

Sex for Work in Haiti

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Georgianne Nienaber: Could it be true that transactional sex, kickbacks, and other “favors” are de facto requirements for Haitians applying for work that is funded by USAID?

Obama Suggests Lincoln-Like Humility

President Barack Obama's spring 2010 commencement address at the University of Michigan will come 10 years and one day after President Bill Clinton delivered the commencement address at Eastern Michigan University in 2000.  (AP Photo)

Walter Moss: One of the great ego traps for any president is being surrounded by “yes men and women” who tell him (and maybe someday her) that he is always right. In The Audacity of Hope, Obama wrote of an occasion when President Bush’s “eyes became fixed, his voice took on the agitated, rapid tone of someone neither accustomed to nor welcoming interruption. His easy affability was replaced by an almost messianic certainty. As I watched my mostly Republican Senate colleagues hang on his every word, I was reminded of the dangerous isolation that power can bring, and appreciated the founders’ wisdom in designing a system to keep power in check.”

Hiding Behind the Skirts of Women

Afghan women lining up for food during the Taliban regime. (UNHCR Photo)

For eight years, many Americans have justified the war in Afghanistan as a moral battle to “protect” Afghan women. But Afghan women tell another story: more U.S. war will bear them more suffering. Three decades of foreign occupation — with little sign of ending — have led to the complete collapse of more than a [...]

A Philly Tragedy Reminds Us of America’s Gun Lust

An Oakland police officer pauses by his patrol car near the scene of a police involved shooting on MacArthur Boulevard where two police officers were shot, Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Oakland, Calif.(Xinhua/AP Photo)

here’s a story out of Philadelphia that’s enough to break your heart. On April 21, a man shot his girlfriend to death in front of her 11-year old daughter, then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Aleen Ali, 45, a supervisor at the city’s Department of Human Services (DHS), walked up to the [...]

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