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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.

David Paterson Does the Right Thing and Drops the Rock

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Having felt the sting of the Rockefeller laws firsthand -- serving 12 years under a 15-years-to-life sentence -- I understand the full meaning of the reforms that went into effect today.

How to Win by Negotiating with Ourselves

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Normally you don't win anything when you negotiate with yourself. You barter yourself into a worse and worse position. I see an exception. Sam Stein ...

We the Populists: How to Make Taxpayer Funded Bailouts Toxic

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

Want to join in the fun? Call Goldman's executive offices at (212) 902-1000, and tell them that nobody makes big profits at public expense while 10.2 percent of Americans are unemployed.

Congress, Accountability, and the Goldstone Report

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

Congress--and all Americans for that matter--should welcome each and every investigation of human rights violations, wherever and by whomever they may have been committed.

Obama Gambles: Travels to Massachusetts for Coakley

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

What can Obama do that millions of dollars from unions, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Pharma and the Massachusetts Democratic machine can't?

Time to Lower Drug Prices

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Byron Dorgan

I've offered a bipartisan amendment that would give the American people the freedom to purchase prescription drugs from other countries at a fraction of the price they are required to pay here.

The World's Original "Banana Republic" Strong-Arms the World's "Last Remaining Superpower?"

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Ostertag

The deal to reinstate Honduran President Manuel Zelaya unraveled this week, leaving the U.S. as the only government in the western hemisphere willing to let the recent military coup there stand.

The Legacy of a Great Mayor - Atlanta's Shirley Franklin

Henry Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henry Miller

Shirley Franklin was the first woman to serve as Mayor of Atlanta and the first African-American woman ever to run a major Southern city. She was re-elected in 2005 with more than 90 percent of the vote.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Geithner Should Step Down

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

Geithner's problem is not that he is by nature a corrupt man. It's that he is steeped in the Wall Street way of doing business, which itself is riddled with fraud -- and billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake.

A Tough Call for Conservative Anglicans: Openly Gay Clergy, or Closeted Pedophiles?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Now all those disgruntled Episcopalians have a choice to make: stay on the team that accepts openly gay priests, or bolt for another team run by closeted homosexual pedophiles. It's a tough call.

Eliot Spitzer Kept On Black Stocking Socks During Prostitute Romps, Feds Told

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The New York Daily News reports that a controversial political strategist alerted federal authorities to Eliot Spitzer's dalliances with prostitutes, ...

Millionaire Call Girl? Spitzer's Hooker Rakes In A Fortune Online From Her Music

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When do you go from an aspiring singer to a successful one? Ashley Alexandra Dupré, the high-priced call girl at the center of the scandal that fe...

Guantanamo Envoy: U.S. Should Have Taken Cleared Prisoners; Some Should Never Have Been Held

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

To my mind, President Obama missed a golden opportunity to bring 17 Uighur prisoners to the U.S. in his early days in office.

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.

Hey, I Got Your Civility Right Here, Champ!

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

I hope that President Obama calling people out on the incivilities will lessen the rewards for acting like a dope. Whether the Kanye comment was leaked or not, we all need to just start calling this behavior for what it is.

Joe Wilson: Don't Censure - Take His Time

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Mumbled apologies or standing up in front of everybody for questionable dress downs doesn't really do much for moving forward. It just gets people madder and more resentful.

Spanish Judge Resumes Torture Case Against Six Senior Bush Lawyers

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

With New Strategy White House Plays Last Card on Health Care: Lead a Bipartisan Bill or Risk a Defining First Year Failure

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Donahue

The public option has to be minimized and renamed. Co-op is now a loaded a term; try 'non-profit optional choice for those who have no insurance' instead.

Malice, Blowback, and the "Yeah, So?" Gambit

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

Kennedy's last public act before he died was to write the Massachusetts Democratic leadership and plead for the law that forbids a governor from appointing a senator's successor, be changed.

Edward Kennedy's Passing -- A Window of Opportunity

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

It is 10:30 AM EDT on Saturday, August 29. As many of you, I am watching the funeral service of Senator Edward Kennedy. I am aware that you and I are also looking at a window of opportunity.

Remembering the Rock: How Senator Kennedy Helped 200,000 People Fall in Love

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Thanks to Kennedy, passage of comprehensive immigration reform is no longer a matter of if but of when.

Take That! Moms in Capes Bust Healthcare Myths Across the Nation

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

SuperMoms dressed in red capes are distributing powerful truth flyers to passersby to educate them about what health care reform will really do and how it will help.

A Plea to Barack Obama from the Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Four months ago, 17 unjustly detained prisoners wrote a letter to Obama asking for their release. The government censors have only just cleared it and I have reprinted it here.