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       Friday, August 17, 2012
How President Obama Created Paul Ryan No one deserves more credit for Ryan's rapid rise into stardom than President Obama, who opened heavy political doors for the aspiring Republican vice president, none more weighty than that Pandora's box of "entitlement reform" -- cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other social programs.

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       Friday, August 3, 2012
The Next Stage in the Destruction of Syria The systematic dismantling of Syria has more to do with western media lies and geo-politics than "revolution;" and the more that the U.S. media cheers on this bloodletting, the more politicians feel enabled to spill it.

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       Thursday, July 26, 2012
Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution The heat wave has helped convince tens of millions of Americans that climate change is real, overpowering the fake science and right-wing media - funded by corporate cash - to convince Americans otherwise.

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       Monday, July 2, 2012
A Victory for Obamacare, A Defeat for the Left Aligning with Obama will have dire consequences for his allies, who are leaving the wider working class behind in an attempt to boost a President who hasn't earned the support.

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       Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter's Union All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union's Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter's Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.

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       Monday, June 25, 2012
Obama's Second Latin American Coup The U.S. mainstream media and politicians are not calling the events in Paraguay a coup, since the president is being "legally impeached" by the elite-dominated Paraguayan Congress.

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       Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Counter Revolution Disguised as Democracy in Egypt In a country where the embers of revolution are still glowing, you would assume that a presidential election would produce a revolutionary-appearing government. Not so in Egypt. The revolutionaries who toppled the hated dictator Mubarak will have zero representation in the upcoming runoff election for president.

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       Sunday, May 27, 2012
The First Domino Falls in Greece Greece's situation is not an isolated event, but a bellwether for the industrial world and beyond. The fallout from the 2008 global crisis hasn't reached bottom yet, and the depths will be dug deeper as the Euro crisis spreads

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       Sunday, August 29, 2010
The AFL-CIO and the Democrats: Friends or Foes? Demands are reserved not for friends, but foes. The AFL-CIO is forced into the awkward position of having to "demand" that its "friends" the Democrats to keep their promises.

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       Saturday, August 21, 2010
Obama's Delusions: The Economy and Iraq If you've listened to recent speeches the President has given about the economy and the Iraq war, you'd think that two of the biggest social issues facing working Americans are improving. But facts are stubborn things.

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       Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A Permanent Housing Collapse? The recent chaos that erupted when 30,000 people waited hours in the Atlanta, Georgia heat to receive applications for subsidized housing is a mere symptom of a worsening national problem.

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       Monday, July 26, 2010
Teachers and Democrats Head for Divorce It's best to quickly recognize the red flags in any failing relationship. This way, ties can be severed instead of allowing things to linger forever in dysfunction. For Democrats and teachers' unions, the writing is on the wall. The two are simply going in opposite directions.

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       Saturday, July 3, 2010
Obama's New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War When the UN refused to agree to the severe sanctions that the U.S. wanted, Obama responded with typical Bush flair and went solo. The new U.S. sanctions against Iran -- signed into law by Obama on July 1st -- are an unmistakable act of war.

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       Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. the Banks The most powerful nations in the world met recently at the G-20 in Toronto and managed to agree on only one thing of significance: the need to reduce deficits, "half by 2013." Implied by the statement is the need to lower deficits via "austerity," meaning eliminating or reducing social programs.

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       Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Gulf Oil Disaster Will Not Change U.S. Energy Policy The environmental destruction brought on by corporate greed has opened the eyes of millions in the U.S. -- eyes that are struggling to stay open as they now face the enormous sleep-producing machine of the mainstream media.

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       Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The Gulf Spill Continues: Is Obama Powerless Against BP? More than one gigantic eco-system may be destroyed by BP, and the President of the U.S. is sadly reduced to lecturing in "serious tones," with daily adjustments of tone based on the results of polling agencies.

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       Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Rift between Teachers and Democrats Widens Because teachers' unions are the biggest obstacle to the creation of private charter schools, unions must be undermined.

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       Saturday, May 29, 2010
The European and U.S. Economies: Falling Dominoes Massive, bad debt is often cited as the cause of the global depression, but why this debt existed in the first place is never discussed. Quite simply, the debt was needed to buy the products of corporations that wages once consumed.

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       Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The International Attack on Public Workers Public workers are being painted as scapegoats for the recession that was triggered by the Wall Street super-rich, who are working hard to shift the nation's rage away from themselves, towards public workers-- especially unionized public workers-- immigrants, and other groups of working-class people.

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       Sunday, May 16, 2010
Massacre in Thailand: Obama's Bloody Hands When the White House is quiet as protesters are butchered in the streets of Bangkok Thailand, suspicions are raised. Silence often equals complicacy. One can only imagine what the U.S.' response would be to a Venezuelan government slaughter: the U.S. media and Obama would loudly condemn such an act, in contrast to the muted response to Thailand's blood bath.

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