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Darrell Issa, Step Away From the Corporations

(42) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 2:45 PM

Remember "freedom fries"? That's what the House Republicans, when they were last in the majority, renamed french fries, after France refused to support the invasion of Iraq. It seems like renaming fries might be just about the extent of food regulation that some in Congress are willing to support.

The...

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Eve Ensler: Bald, Brave and Beautiful

(8) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 2:37 PM

Bald, brave and beautiful: Those words can't begin to capture the remarkable Eve Ensler. She sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eve, the author of the hit play "The Vagina...

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Haiti, Six Months After the Earthquake

(20) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 11:58 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--July 12 marked the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake here in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left much of the country in ruins. Up to 1.8 million people are living in squalid tent cities, with inadequate sanitation, if any, no electricity and little security,...

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Interview: Israel Attacks Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

(659) Comments | Posted May 31, 2010 | 5:47 PM

I interviewed Adam Shapiro, board member of the Free Gaza Movement, hours after the attack on the Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

Listen Here - Transcript below.

Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza strip. Dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, the ships...

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Boycotting Arizona's Racism

(188) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Arizona was the only territory west of Texas to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy during the Civil War. A century later, it fought recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. This week, an anti-immigrant bill was signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. Arizona...

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Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, But Criminal

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 10:07 PM

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal. When corporations are guilty of crimes, however, they don't go to prison, they don't...

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Obama's Bad Prescription for Indonesia

(16) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 11:17 PM

President Barack Obama dedicated the signing of health-care legislation to a number of people, including his mother, S. Ann Dunham Soetoro, who, he said, "argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days." The health-care legislative process, and its frenetic endgame, prompted the president to postpone...

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Rachel Corrie's (Posthumous) Day in Court

(237) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 7:41 PM

An unusual trial begins in Israel this week that people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

Corrie was volunteering with the group...

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Domestic Violence: A Pre-Existing Condition?

(24) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 11:11 AM

March is Women's History Month, recognizing women's central role in society. Unfortunately, violence against women is epidemic in the United States and around the world.

Domestic violence is on the minds of many now, as reports published by the New York Times implicate New York Gov. David Paterson in an...

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Te Tremble - The Haitian Earth Trembled

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 6:33 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Te tremble (pron. Tay Tromblay) is Haitian Creole for "earthquake." Its literal translation: "The earth trembled." After the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, the stench of death is everywhere. At the General Hospital, bodies had been stacked 4 feet high near the morgue. In the community house...

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Sick with Terror: Inadequate Health Care Kills 45,000 Americans Per Year

(48) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 10:23 PM

The media have been swamped with reports about the attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now dubbed the "underwear bomber," failed in his alleged attack, the lives of close to 300 people were spared what would have been, most likely, a...

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Soldier Suicides: The War Condolences Obama Won't Send

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 2:48 PM

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq June 19, 2009, from "a non-combat related incident," according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself. He was just one in what is turning out to be a record year for suicides in the U.S. military.

In August, President Barack Obama...

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Trick or Treat for Climate Change

(14) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 7:13 PM

Halloween is around the corner, and children will soon be dressing up and chanting "trick or treat," their demand for candy backed up by the threat of a prank. Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are doing the same. This past Monday, the activist artist group The Yes Men staged...

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Lt. Choi Won't Lie for His Country

(36) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 11:03 PM

2009-10-15-dan_choi.jpgLt. Dan Choi doesn't want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on The Rachel Maddow Show, "I am gay." Under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" regulations, those three words are...

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Van Jones and the Boycott of Beck

(66) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 6:34 PM

Glenn Beck was mad. He's the right-wing talk-radio host who has a television program on the Fox News Channel. Advertisers were fleeing his Fox program en masse after the civil-rights group Color of Change mounted a campaign urging advertisers to boycott Beck, who labeled President Barack Obama a "racist."...

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Who Is Obama Playing Ball With?

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 8:42 PM

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his Martha's Vineyard vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. Wolf, an early financial backer of Obama's...

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Health Care Reform Needs an Action Hero

(9) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 1:51 PM

Imagine the scene. America 2009. Eighteen thousand people have died in one year, an average of almost 50 a day. Who's taking them out? What's killing them?

To investigate, President Barack Obama might be tempted to call on Jack Bauer, the fictional rogue intelligence agent from the hit TV series...

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Obama's Military Is Spying on U.S. Peace Groups

(174) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 9:20 PM

Anti-war activists in Olympia, Wash., have exposed U.S. Army spying and infiltration of their groups, as well as intelligence gathering by the U.S. Air Force, the federal Capitol Police and the Coast Guard.

The infiltration appears to be in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act preventing U.S. military...

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Henry Louis Gates, Troy Anthony Davis, and the 21st Century Color Line

(118) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 1:15 AM

W.E.B. Du Bois' classic 1903 work "The Souls of Black Folk" opens with "The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." Du Bois helped form the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Henry Louis Gates...

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The Free Market's Marked Men, From The Niger Delta To The Amazon

(9) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 12:39 AM

Ken Saro-Wiwa and Alberto Pizango never met, but they are united by a passion for the preservation of their people and their land, and by the fervor with which they have been targeted by their respective governments. Saro-Wiwa was executed by the Nigerian government Nov. 10, 1995. Pizango this week...

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