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Category Archive for 'Politics As Usual'

One of the reasons I’m always so pissed at Obama for going along with austerity cuts is the loss of vital services, and his apparent inability to effectively advocate for them. I kept waiting to hear him make this speech: “Let me be clear. What these Republican cuts mean are increasing numbers of illness and […]

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Two hours to execute a prisoner, and of course it’s Arizona: The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance it had insisted on keeping secret. Joseph Wood took an […]

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More from Robert Parry: As the U.S. government seeks to build its case blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the evidence seems to be getting twisted to fit the preordained conclusion, including a curious explanation for why the troops suspected of firing the fateful missile may have […]

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So you approach Muslims, talk them into taking part in “terror” plots, then announce you’ve caught a terrorist. Why, it’s just like the drug war: The U.S.  Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism “sting operations” based on religious and ethnic identity, Human Rights Watch and […]

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Anybody but Hillary

Max Sawicky is back, with some interesting thoughts on how (and why) to break open the Democratic primary: The sort of campaign that can have some constructive effect is one that imposes costs on the front-runner and by extension, the party’s national elite/big donor/consultant machine. One cost is to compete with Clinton in such a […]

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We can only hope. Go read: Teachout and Wu are trying to place the citizen at the center of policy. They do that through their proposals for public financing, for antitrust, for social insurance, infrastructure and labor. It’s a callback, not just to 20th century Democratic presidents like Franklin Roosevelt, but to the politics of […]

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Why cutting public pensions will not lower your property taxes.

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Elizabeth Warren, refusing to answer questions about Gaza. Elizabeth Warren is making the keynote speech at Netroots Nation this morning, and of course everyone loves her. But once again, too many members of the netroots think supporting a progressive hero like Warren will somehow fix everything. FYI: She’s not progressive on everything. She’s either not […]

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Another state done with it: California’s system for imposing and carrying out the death penalty is so long and drawn-out that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Ruling in the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1995 and has yet […]

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Negativity bias

I’m pretty sure I wrote about this before, but maybe you missed it the first time: You could be forgiven for not having browsed yet through the latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences. If you care about politics, though, you’ll find a punchline therein that is pretty extraordinary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences employs a […]

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