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Category Archive for 'Politics As Usual'

Our sanctions managed to kneecap a secular, woman-friendly state and turn it into a fundie breeding ground: As independent journalist Rania Khalek explained earlier this year: Contrary to popular imagination, Iraqi women enjoyed far more freedomunder Saddam Hussein’s secular Ba’athist government than women in other Middle Eastern countries. In fact, equal rights for women were enshrined in Iraq’s […]

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Fattah isn’t exactly renowned for his engagement with policy, although he does have the very occasional good idea — he’s more famous for ducking out of work to play golf. Lots of rumors like this dogged his long tenure and it looks like this may catch up to him: A longtime aide and political adviser […]

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Isn’t this thoughtful? Pop quiz, teachers: Would you like to inject a strong dose of libertarianism into the curriculum you take back to school this fall? If you answered yes, then a Koch-funded think tank has exactly what you need. And it won’t cost you or your school a penny. The EDvantage, a project of […]

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Not to beat a dead horse, but you really need to let your electeds know you oppose the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger. It will only spread the misery and exploitation to an even larger segment of America: Setting limits on data and charging extra when customers exceed them is precisely the type of scheme that […]

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Jon Stewart on Ferguson

He’s back from vacation, and did a really powerful show based around Ferguson. I can’t get their embed code anymore, but you can watch all of it here.

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And apparently, they’re not even moving their headquarters to avoid taxes, as first thought. It’s to appease Canadian regulators: Updated, 8:45 a.m. | Burger King Worldwide agreed on Tuesday to buy the Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons for about $11.4 billion, creating one of the biggest fast-food operations in the world – with a little […]

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So the “Just Us” Department is really, really good at going after medical marijuana users, but not so good at enforcing laws that might upset powerful special interest groups — and not just Wall Street! One of the reasons we don’t have data on police use of excessive force is because compiling this information relies […]

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Here’s one. Putting Democrats in control gives us a chance to fix things like this: Joshua Cohen works with troubled student loan borrowers. What’s surprised Cohen lately is the increasing number of gray-haired people walking in his doors with a problem: A portion of their meager Social Security benefits are being taken by the government […]

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No perfect candidates

See? This is why personality-based politics is a dead end. Here’s Bernie Sanders, confronted over his vote to support Israel: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got into a heated confrontation with constituents during a town hall in his home state this past weekend. After a woman in the crowd asked Sanders about a Senate resolution that […]

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You knew this was going to happen: Progressive radio host Thom Hartmann wonders how long it will take for Texas to change their open carry laws now that groups like the Huey P. Newton Gun Club are taking to the streets to protest. As he discussed in the segment above, they used to have open carry in California […]

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