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Laura Flanders

The F Word: Kabul, I Think We Have A Problem

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At least 18 are dead including six NATO officials, five of them Americans, after a suicide attack by the Taliban. That news could sound like another r...

The F Word: All The News That's Fit To Print?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A top general appears in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee and what does he say? Well, it depends what you read, doesn't it? Read the New ...

The F Word: Why Are Voters So Mad?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

An 800 billion dollar stimulus package, a budget boost for schools, an agreement with Russia on nukes, reduced forces in Iraq, not to mention healthca...

The F Word: The Femivore's Real Dilemma

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Laura Flanders

The latest women's movement story from the New York Times Magazine has a farming theme. "The Femivore's Dilemma" by Peggy Orenstein describes how some...

The F Word: Credit Where Due, Geithner

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

We talked about the economy today, and whether Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner deserves more credit. What he should be getting credit for, it seems...

The F Word: Winners and Losers in the UK Election

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Flanders

In Britain, the Conservatives are back in power in coalition with centrist Liberal Democrats. For all their differences, both are deficit-obsessed.

The F Word: Service Cuts Come From Low Taxes

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Across the U.S., in virtually all states and localities, government is on the verge of, or has already, stopped providing essential services. The pub...

The F Word: Aren't We Cheneyed Out Yet?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At what point do we call them the family of mass intimidation and simply stop playing into the Cheney clan's tired old terror tactics? Liz is the lat...

The F Word: Newsweek and New Media

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Laura Flanders

This week, Newsweek's owner, The Washington Post Company, put it on the block, its ink turned to red and its fiscal outlook poor.

The F Word: Working Families Still Squeezed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The president's failure to deliver on two key issues: labor law reform and taxing Cadillac health plans, have enraged union members who see cumbersome rules as an impediment to organizing new workplaces.

Weekly Audit: Doomsday for the CFPA?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Alison Hamm, Media Consortium Blogger Just when the Democrats need to be tougher than ever on financial reform, Senate Banking Committee Chair Sen....

The F Word: Challenging "High Road" Contracting

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

This is what must make it hard for people working inside the Obama administration. No sooner does the White House start talking up something good, tha...

The F Word: Today's Secrets Are In Plain Sight

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Today's biggest "secrets" don't require a top-secret hiding or marking "confidential". They just require politicians, a press corps --and a public--that's paying no attention at all.

The F Word: Who's Protecting the People From Banks?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

In the Senate, chair Christopher Dodd seems to have given up on protecting consumers. If going head to head with bankers alone is too scary for Warren Buffett, why are the rest of us being thrown to the financial wolves?

The F Word: Better Uses for Bankers' Billions

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

What could be done with the $20 billion in Wall Street bonuses paid out this year? You could pay the salaries of more than 390,000 public school teachers across the country.

The F Word: Looking Closer at Joseph Stack

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

By all means hold those who praise Stack to account, and call out media hypocrisy and double standards. But before you dismiss him as simply a crazy, read his manifesto.

The F Word: Human Interest in Bank Practices

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

Wells Fargo made a bundle selling risky, high-cost subprime loans to African Americans, including long-time African American homeowners.

The F Word: Lifting the Veil on US Troops in Pakistan

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

"The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan." S...

The F Word: Another Super Bowl, Another Scandal

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's Super Bowl season, another year, another scandal. This year's outburst over CBS's $3 million Focus on the Family ad has revived the mythology a...

The F Word: Integrity Isn't Just a Military Value

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

On Tuesday, several the nation's top military officials, including Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Ro...

The F Word: The Defense Industry is Pleased with Obama

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Who says the president is failing to show leadership? In one area at least, there's no sign of flag or falter. If anything, the administration's only...

The F Word: Hijinks or Undercover Ops?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

[NOTE -- GRITtv will feature a segment on the Landrieu break-in with David Price and Lindsay Beyerstein, posting Tuesday, Feb. 2, 8 pm EST.] If four ...

Weekly Audit: Don't Let Citizens United Wreck Our Economy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger In a landmark decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited funds to in...

The F Word: In Defense of Root Canals

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A few words in defense of root canals. In his State of the Union, President Obama scored some laughs early on with his comment that the bank bailou...

The F Word: Extracting Recovery, Too?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Yesterday it was security, today's it's recovery: another nifty, ubiquitous word that means a whole lot of different things to different people. When...