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A Trillion Dollar Turning Point?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Americans of all political stripes should take a moment to consider what war spending on the trillion dollar scale means, not just in dollars spent, but in terms of opportunities lost to strengthen, invest in, and improve our country.

Respect Life? Gimme a Break.

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Forbes

Protect life? Respect life? Gimme a break. The very people who prescribe life more than often also prescribe death. And like death row, healthcare, or the dearth thereof, continues to take American lives.

The Coming Black Death: BP Destroys Both Nature and the Human Spirit

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

As wave after wave of black crude washes ashore in Louisiana, the stench of death follows. It is a smell familiar to the people of New Orleans and South Louisiana, five years after Katrina. But this time the air of defeat is the most crushing blow.

The Passing of the Baton and the Ultimate Finish Line for Healthcare

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

There was indeed a great victory last night, the baton was not dropped. But we cannot celebrate too long because the race is not over.

Does the Black Church Support Immigration Reform? A conversation with Bishop Vashti McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

For several months I've been in conversations with organizations working to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. All of these organizations ...

America the Barbaric: Without Universal Health Care We Cannot Be a Great Power

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

No other industrialized nation in the world denies its citizens universal health care. That ours still does is a moral affront to everything we stand for.

"YouCut" Stacks the Deck Against Emergency Fund

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

Given the wildly inaccurate description of the TANF Emergency Fund on the "YouCut" website, the vote to eliminate the program is meaningless. Far from...

No More Life Without Parole - It's About Time

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Reginald Dwayne Betts My story was in...


Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

That's right, actually getting a solid estimate of the amount of poison that is currently geysering into the waters of the Gulf is not desirable, or even really that important.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Not A Big Deal, Poll of Iraq and Afghan Vets Finds

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

This poll proves what we all know to be true -- our military is the most professional organization that the world has ever known. Those who wear the uniform can handle change.

Several Reasons Why Closure of Lanterman & Fairview Does Not Pass Legal Muster

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Boris Mamlyuk

I want to outline several reasons why the closure of Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona, CA) and Fairview Developmental Center (Costa Mesa, CA) is...

Voice Your Opposition to Lanterman Closure March 17!

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Boris Mamlyuk

It seems the folks in Sacramento are pulling out all the stops to fast-track legislation to close Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona, CA) and Fair...

Eric Massa's Revenge Becomes Fox News's Latest Attack: Not Silly, It's Scary

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

It's foolish to be so dismissive of a man who just added a ton of proverbial coal to the conspiracy spewing powerplant that is Fox News.

Student PIRGs In Naive, Pointless Effort to Thwart Corporate Persons

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

A new video contest sponsored by Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) is seeking entries that "show Congress that corporate persons should ...

"Mexicans Are Filthy Stinking Animals"- Teabaggers: That's Really Not Racism

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Axel W. Caballero

Mainstream media has time and again given the Tea Party and teabaggers a free pass and the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their use of racism t...

Times Misses Mark: Governor Paterson Should Be Applauded for Hiring Former Drug Dealer

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

As an ex-offender who served hard time, I believe that Paterson should be applauded for giving his aide David Johnson the opportunity to excel.

The Fire Next Time: IRS Plane Assault Hints of Things to Come

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

Deplorable though he might be, Joe Stack is not quite a "random bad apple." We ignore his screed, suicide, and crime at our own risk.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Parker Griffith, the man who pandered to labor unions and single-payer advocates to get elected as a Democrat, met the Teabag Terror and was terrified into switching parties.

Swiss Take Two Guantanamo Uighurs, Solve Obama's Problem

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama is fortunate to have such kind allies, but he himself is the loser, the longer he refuses to tackle those who insist, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that everyone who was held at Guantánamo was a "terrorist."

Did Al Qaeda Trigger the Wall Street Panic?

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Bin Laden's guise of protecting the environment through jihad could indicate what's coming next: attacks on our economy.

The Politics of Unemployment

Paul A. London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul A. London

If politicians succumb to pressure to reduce spending quickly, there is no way to get people back to work. Somebody has to spend money, but who will do it if not the government?

Kill A Company, Face Murder Charges: The Fair Consequence Of Corporate Personhood

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Warmowski

Today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, led by corporate enthusiast and Bush appointee Chief Justice John Roberts has fully removed the pre...

The Night They Brought Old Dixie Back

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

The Republicans are resurgent, at least for now. It's going to be a hard slog in 2010 and 2012 to keep the grassroots fervor alive -- and the funding to sustain it. In Virginia, we are just plain tired.

Governor Schwarzenegger Should Wash his Mouth Out with Soap

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Governor Schwarzenegger called my students' protest against the recent 32% tuition increase at the University of California a "type of terrorism." Really. I'm not kidding. Shame on him.

Obama's Magical Surrealism in Honduras

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Ostertag

In light of the Honduran elections, Obama's representative decided that might be a good time to ridicule all the Latin American democracies.