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The True Nature of Our Political Crisis: A Response to David Brooks

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

The real belief of Adam Smith and the Founders was that free markets without government oversight were impossible, since powerful private players would rig the markets and cheat the less powerful.

Where Is the Corruption Rhetoric in the US?

Rosalia Gitau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rosalia Gitau

A more appropriate definition of corruption today would be the abuse of public trust for private gain. The US has the resources to pursue such a definition both at home and abroad.

The F Word: Pedophilia is Fine, but Hold the Abortion

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

In another story from Arizona, but one that's attracting less attention than that state's check your documents anti-immigration law, a nun in Phoenix ...

A Capitol Game

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

The game is always on in the halls of government. Only big rollers are allowed. ...

Blagojevich Trial Will Start In June: Defense Request To Push Back To November Denied

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge refused Wednesday to postpone the June start of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial, brushing aside defense...

Bring Back the Kitchen Mamas

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

If humanitarian organizations hope to deliver on their mission of providing relief to the people, and if the tide of extremism is to be stemmed in Somalia, then try bringing back the kitchen mamas.

Haiti: "All the Resources Are in the Wrong Place"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

There is plenty of blame and criticism to go around, but that being said, the humanitarian situation in Haiti is so dire it seems as if there may be no comprehensive solution.

Imagine That! Putin Might Not Be So Pure After All.

Matvey Ganapolskiy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matvey Ganapolskiy

The opposition has legitimate grounds for suspicion: If Putin is so indifferent to worldly possessions, why is practically every key economic post filled by one of his pals?

Regaining Control of the Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

We are forced into an unfair position of being for or against a successful war in Afghanistan. It's never a good thing to be against something successful, so clearly the only rational choice is to you're for it.

Will Nothing Get Us Off Oil?

Sara R. Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sara R. Nichols

BP has been responsible for some of the worst oil-related accidents in our nation's history and has been charged with nothing more than misdemeanors. Incredible.

Chinese Corruption Is Hazardous to Your Health

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Before the Chinese government embarks on ambitious health-care reform, it needs to address basic priorities. Chinese officials must understand that their job is to protect health, not profits.

Iraq Corruption: 50 New Fraud Investigations Involving Americans In $150 Billion Program

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large...

Purple Shame: Doing Big Banks' Bidding Knows No Party on K Street

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Just when you thought it was safe to look at your 401(k) balance again, a new report from National People's Action and the Campaign for America's Fut...

Withdrawing from Afghanistan: What's the Rest of Our Plan?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's pretty much conventional wisdom at this point that we're going to have to negotiate with the Taliban. Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad will div...

Who is this guy? Philippines President Elect - Mr Vanilla of Manila

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

With his penchant for badly fitting shirts, dorky hair style, and complete lack of personal charisma, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino appears the most unlikel...

Private Military Contractors as Buzz Lightyear: To Afghanistan and Beyond

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

While the role and impact of private military and security contractors in Iraq is hardly a spent issue, increasingly, eyes and attention are turning t...

NY Fed Under Geithner Implicated in Lehman Accounting Fraud Allegation

Yves Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Yves Smith

Quite a few observers, including this blogger, have been stunned and frustrated at the refusal to investigate what was almost certain accounting fraud...

Time to Replace Los Angeles' Third World Education System

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

The idea that we can wait, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, for the system to somehow fix itself is unacceptable. The lives of the 700,000 students currently in the LAUSD are at stake.

Banning Earmarks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's more fun to watch Massa's implosion on nationwide television, but we shouldn't allow this to distract us from what could shape up this year as a contest between Democrats and Republicans over who can denounce earmarks the loudest.

Granny D in the Mountains

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

What I see is her eyes, which at 100 were the sparkling blue of intense young intelligence burning with earned strength, wisdom and discernment. She died March 9, 2010, not that she ever will.

It Only Cost $31,000? Really?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

There are few more vicious participants in the economy than the so-called "pay day lenders" -- those storefront practitioners of loan sharking that prey on the working poor.

The Stoning of David Paterson

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

The stoning of David Paterson furthers the myth that we can pinpoint the failures of our state on the misdeeds of its executive. It's a childish, short-sighted way to address injustice.

Size Doesn't Matter: Missing the Point Of ISAF's Failure in Marja

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

A man in his early 30s summarized the pragmatism of many Afghanis: "If the Taliban tap me on the shoulder, I will be with them, and if the government taps me on my shoulder I will be with them."

Elections in Iraq and Escalation in Afghanistan: Paying For A "Violent Semi-Peace"

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

This weekend Iraqis turned out in the millions to vote in their 2010 parliamentary elections. By most accounts, it was a relative success. There were ...

New Populist Heroine Sparks a Movement (VIDEO)

Harry Hanbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Hanbury

By giving corporations the power to buy our politicians, the Supreme Court may have unintentionally sparked a grassroots wildfire that will turn our corporatocracy into a true democracy.