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LA Progressive: September 7 to 13, 2009 -- Tables of Contents

OpedNews Journalist and Six Protesters Arrested At “Army Experience Center” in Philadelphia. Six members of various anti-war groups were arrested today at a protest organized to shut down The Army Experience Center, located in Franklin Mills Mall. -Linda Milazzo


UK Perspective: Where Have You Gone Teddy, Tip, and Ronnie? President Obama presented a strong hybrid speech last night. He reached out to Republicans who clearly will not vote for it, encouraged Democrats to grow a spine, and went back to his community organising sharp elbowed Chicago political style. -Denis Campbell

Turning Hoes into Housewives. Tattered and fractured relationships have so become the norm, that we have placed conventional labels on these incredibly conditional.arrangements. -K. Danielle Edwards

To Escalate the Escalation? The debate rages among experts on whether to escalate the escalation of Barack Obama’s “war of necessity” in Afghanistan—seemingly oblivious to American public opinion at home that has turned against waging the conflict at all. -Ivan Eland

Healthcare Reform Is America’s Anti-Theft Device. If healthcare reform is to succeed, its proponents must reframe the issue as one of nationwide criminality. The current health insurance system is a recurring act of national theft. -David A. Love

Obama Didn’t Deliver for Progressives, But Paved Way For Success. The Obama Administration knows that the final health care bill won’t get a single Republican vote – and is preparing to make it possible to pass a public option. But it will only become a reality if progressives focus like a laser beam in order to make that happen. -Paul Hogarth

The Final Sprint for Health Care Has Now Begun, and Where the White House Is Placing Its Bets. Obama’s Wednesday night speech reassured the Democratic base that the President is deeply committed to getting universal coverage. But the speech also made clear that the White House has decided to side with the Senate Finance Committee and against the Democratic base on the details. -Robert Reich

Remembering 9-11. It was June 2001 and I was the proud mother of a soon-to-be Vassar College graduate. My mother and I flew from Los Angeles to New York to attend the graduation and to visit -Sharon Kyle

The Phoenix Program Was a Disaster in Vietnam and Would Be in Afghanistan — And the New York Times Should Know That. K. Barton Osborne, a military intelligence specialist told Congress that he witnessed acts of torture including the prodding of a person’s brain with a six inch dowel through his ear, and that in his year and a half with Phoenix, “not a single suspect survived interrogation.” -Jeremy Kuzmarov

The Nativists Behind the Man Who Called Obama a Liar. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst was certainly out of line, but his indefensible fit of temper was illustrative of a larger discussion taking place amongst HIRC members and anti-immigrant groups who see the health care debate as yet another opportunity to promote their nativist agenda by advancing illogical fears, misplaced anger, and calculated misinformation. -Andrea Christina Nill

Just Another Joe Wilson to Love. Joe Wilson may not necessarily be the Evil Twin of Plame’s husband. But he indeed is the newly crowned, self-appointed hero of the politically deranged. -Mary Lyon

GOP: The Death Party. The GOP Death Party will plunge along until it dies an unnatural death, or they run out of Death phrases, whichever comes first. The death team of Death Writers in the Pie like Frank Luntz, are furiously writing 24/7. Maybe some of them will come to the realization their work is a dead end and a nation killer. -Jerry Drucker

Labor Day, 2009: Picnics, Parades, and a Pinch of Protest. We are in a situation in America where the working class, and in particular the union working class, has shrunk to the lowest point its ever been, and this is the reality we are going to have to face in a global economy…We’re talking about a Global Labor Movement and that’s the only way American workers are going to survive. -Gene Rothman

What Still Ails America. Leave it to President Obama to wrap up his speech about health care reform in a brief examination of the American character. True. For the love of God, somebody has to say something. Obama, however, did not see America the Mean. -Mary Lyon


Joe Wilson Shouts “You Lie”. On September 9, 2009 while President Barack Obama was addressing congress, Rep. Joe Wilson yelled, “you lie” as the president discussed what was in or not in the healthcare reform bill. –Sharon Kyle

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When Will Obama See Afghanistan’s Daughters as His Own? Congratulations to the White House and Congress: America is now at war in three Middle Eastern nations, on behalf of governments in all three that are weak, unpopular, and corrupt. -Sherwood Ross


The Real News About Jobs and Wages: An Ode to Labor Day. If we’ve learned anything from the Great Recession-Mini Depression of the last 18 months, it’s that the skewing of income and wealth to the top has made our economy far less stable. –Sharon Kyle

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, Out. Will argues that we should take the Iraqi government at its word and wind down our involvement there, as specified in the 2008 security agreement: “The United States should treat this as a Dirty Harry moment: Make our day.” -John Peeler

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