Thursday, March 18, 2010

Truthout 3/18

Dahr Jamail | Operation Enduring Occupation
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "The 2008 National Defense Strategy reads: US interests include protecting the nation and our allies from attack or coercion, promoting international security to reduce conflict and foster economic growth, and securing the global commons and with them access to world markets and resources."
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Zero Public Option + One Mandate = Disaster
Norman Solomon, Truthout: "Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for health care reform. Now, suddenly, it's incidental."
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New Legislation Will Bring Light to Government's Dark Spaces
Allen McDuffee, Truthout: "On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York) introduced a banner piece of legislation to create greater governmental transparency by making public government information available online. The bill, the Public Online Information Act (POIA), directly confronts the problem that massive quantities of government data and documentation are still largely inaccessible because they are difficult to find and difficult to read, despite being designated as 'public,' according to Israel."
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Ira Chernus | Your Friend, the Pentagon
Ira Chernus, Truthout: "Progressives making friends with the Pentagon? It has happened before. The top military brass have often shared progressives' preference for avoiding war. They were quite skeptical, for example, about the invasions of Iraq launched by both presidents named Bush."
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Republicans Take Aim at Holder Over Previously Undisclosed Legal Brief
Kyle Berlin, Truthout: "The Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it will hold a Justice Department oversight hearing on March 23. The committee will have an opportunity to question Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been at the center of a number of heated controversies concerning the treatment and trying of suspected terrorists."
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Justice Roberts Stokes State of the Union Controversy
Glynn Wilson, Truthout: "The arch-conservative University of Alabama Law School, with an active Federalist Society chapter, was the perfectly sympathetic setting last week for what most American legal experts would consider shockingly inappropriate political remarks by the chief justice of the United State Supreme Court."
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A Tale of Two Wars From a Man Who Was There for Both
Michael Gass, Truthout: "In May 1991, my Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit stationed at Incirlik AB, Turkey, was deployed into northern Iraq in support of the Kurdish relief efforts. Our mission was simple; find and destroy any ordnance that posed a threat to the civilian population. In four months, our unit found and disposed of over 1,000 tons of high explosives."
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E.J. Dionne Jr. | On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns
E.J. Dionne Jr.: "One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades."
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Nuclear "SpinCo"
World Business Academy, Truthout: "The nuclear industry, like Wall Street, knows how to make money with other people's money: move liabilities off balance sheet, use lots of borrowed money and leverage, don't worry about loading too much debt onto the company as long as insiders can walk away with plenty of money and look to the fool taxpayer to cover the losses."
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How Two Little-Known Offices Will Shape the Vote on the Health Care Bill
Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor: "The complex, highly partisan closing push for health care reform is, in many ways, coming down to two Washington institutions whose devotion to nonpartisanship and a mastery of the arcane make them virtually inside-the-Beltway priesthoods: the Congressional Budget Office and the Senate Parliamentarian's Office."
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Climate Legislation: The CLEAR Choice
Ted Glick, Truthout: "It is a very unfortunate fact that what the US Senate does about the climate crisis, and when, is decisive when it comes to the possibility of an eventual solution to that absolutely critical issue. If the Senate does nothing, or very little, this year or for the next few years, the odds of staying this side of climate tipping points and avoiding climate catastrophe are definitely worsened, and they're not so good right now."
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The Top Five Questions We Should Ask the Pentagon
William J. Astore, "When it comes to our nation's military affairs, ignorance is not bliss. What's remarkable then, given the permanent state of war in which we find ourselves, is how many Americans seem content not to know."
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