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"Death Panel" Scare Tactic May Backfire on Republicans

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

"Death panels" are made up out of whole cloth by people who specialize in generating fear to protect wealthy special interests -- in this case the health insurance industry.

Why We Need to Declutter Our Friendships

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Audit your friendships -- because having too many bad ones can prevent you from having good ones.

Painful Teen Friendship: What's a Mom to Do?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Unless your teen's health or safety is at risk, resist the temptation to solve friendship problems for her.

Fear, Anger, Hope and Inspiration Will Decide Health Care Battle

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

A strong public option is critically necessary to accomplish the administration's goals of controlling health care costs by competing with private insurance companies, driving down rates and keeping them honest.

Summertime When the Friendships Comes Easy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

My conversation with Julie Kraut on her new book dealing with the nearly universal camper affliction: homesickness.

If Congress Fails to Pass the Obama Health Care Plan

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

History shows that swing-district Democrats have the most to lose if Congress fails to pass President Obama's sweeping health care proposal.

How Progressives Can Deliver on the Promise of Change in 2009 -- Seven Rules for Success

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The critical battles being fought in 2009 are not about "policies" -- they are about the distribution of wealth and power.

Who is Kristan Cole? Sarah Palin's BFF

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Irene S. Levine

These two could have easily drifted apart as their lives and career paths diverged, but for better or for worse, Sarah and Kristin remain BFFs.

When Private Insurers Claim They Can't Compete Against a Public Health Insurance Option, They Just Make Themselves Look Silly

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The real problem for private insurance companies isn't that they can't compete with a public plan. It is that they can't compete and continue to do business they way they want to do business.

Four Reasons Why Giving Consumers the Choice of a Public Health Insurance Plan Is Great Politics for Democrats

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The private health insurance industry has begun to spin the narrative that offering consumers a choice of a public health insurance plan is never going to pass Congress. This narrative is flat wrong.

Fixing Health Care Does Not Require a "Bi-Partisan" Bill -- It Does Require a Public Health Insurance Option

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

While a public health insurance option may not have bi-partisan support in Congress, it has big time bi-partisan support among the voters.

Transferring Some Guantanamo Detainees to the U.S. Will Actually Make America Safer

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Why take the "chance" by bringing additional Guantanamo detainees to our shores? Because it is essential to our national security that we close it down -- and this step is necessary to make that happen.

After US Strikes, Afghans Describe "Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies"

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

As rage spreads in Afghanistan after US bombing that killed up to 130 people, unnamed Pentagon officials are spinning another cover-up. Defiant Obama moves ahead with troop increase.

Al Jazeera Strikes Back at Pentagon, Releases Unedited Footage of US Soldiers' 'Bible Study' in Afghanistan (Video)

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

A day after the Pentagon accused Al Jazeera of being 'irresponsible and inappropriate' for broadcasting the 'hunt for Jesus' in Afghanistan footage, the network releases unedited tapes.

US Soldiers in Afghanistan Told to "Hunt People for Jesus... So We Get Them into the Kingdom" (Video)

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Trying to convert Muslims to any other faith is a crime in Afghanistan. The fact that the video footage is being broadcast on Al Jazeera guarantees that it will be seen throughout the Muslim world.

New UN Report Shows the US Combo of Torture and Impunity Thrives in Iraqi Prisons

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Iraqi authorities widely use torture to interrogate prisoners and extract confessions without fear of consequence. Sadly, the US doesn't have the credibility to confront these crimes.

Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer: A Cautionary Tale Of No

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

Whoever did the training for Spitzer should go back to selling shoes -- it's that simple.

Does Torture Work?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

As a country, we need to emerge from this debate having placed the argument that "torture works" outside of the boundaries of acceptable political discourse once and for all.

Extra! Extra! Newspapers Need an Overhaul, Not a "Rescue Plan"

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard M. Benjamin

Any viable rescue plan for newspapers must integrate new media in their operations from bottom up, rather than "tack on" new media as an afterthought to failing operations.

Sarah Palin Lost the W.A.R.

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

After weeks of losing ground, the joint body of the Alaska legislature has voted to reject Wayne Anthony Ross as Attorney General. Our representation...

If a Financial Institution is Too Big to Fail, It's Just Too Big

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Creamer

Those who advocate allowing unlimited corporate growth argue for the advantages of economies of scale. But once you look at the actual functions of financial institutions, these arguments fall flat.

Media Vultures, Waiting On Death

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

The ghoulish, hasty public deathwatch by the media exploits and reflects our dark side, our urge to rubberneck at an accident site, to scan the tabloid headlines and talk about the terminally ill.

AIG Bonus Scandal Spotlights the Bankruptcy of Wall Street's "Greed is Good" Values

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Creamer

Greed was never good. Normal people know that, but it has been completely lost on the Wall Street crowd and the American economic elite.

A Family-Friendly Recession?: Cut Hours, Not Jobs

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elizabeth Gregory

During a recession, gains for women earned through years of effort may be swept away in the undertow of layoffs, when flexibility and diversity efforts suddenly disappear.

Obama and the Revival of Responsibility

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Last night Barack Obama spoke to Americans as adults. He told America that responsibility for others is not just a stupid value for chumps -- but the definition of begin a grown-up.