Confessions of a Juiced Journalist

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*+-Walter Brasch: I must confess now. While Stephen King, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and thousands of other great writers used coke or pot to get high and produce great works, I used steroids.

10 Most Read Articles: Fracking Series

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*+-Walter Brasch’s three-part series that takes an in-depth look at the process of fracking to extract natural gas from deep below the surface leads this week’s parade. Fracking, a little known or understood process for extracting gas, is controversial and dangerous.

A Crock Pot Tax-Exempt Idea

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*+-Walter Brasch: “There are four million words in the IRS Code,” said Marshbaum. “Lower-class and middle-class Americans get a few thousand of those words. The rest of the code is a roadmap to help the wealthy and their corporations avoid paying taxes.”

Tax-Deductible Invasions

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*+-Walter Brasch: If 60 million Americans want war, and the cost is a mere $300 million a week, then each supporter would have about $5 per week deducted from his or her paycheck.

Scott Walker Lies

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*+-Walter Brasch: Newly-elected Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated Wisconsin legislature have proven themselves to be “quick studies,” having learned how to tell whoppers about the working class and unions.

This Week in Hollywood Progressive

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*+-Reviews of films “Amigo,” “For Colored Girls,” “Problema,” and “Fair Game”and the play “The Game Is Afoot.” Also, a look at the origins of the Hayes Code and the latest from Keith Richards.