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Obama, Manning, and Crowley

This is despicable. On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denounced the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid,” forcing President Obama to address those comments in a Press Conference and defend the treatment of Manning. Today, CNN reports, … Continue reading

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Krugman and Fail on the Deficit Debate

Paul Krugman: The Congressional Budget Office expects Social Security outlays as a percentage of G.D.P. to rise 30 percent over the next quarter-century, as the population ages, but it expects a near doubling of the share of G.D.P. spent on … Continue reading

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Silence Implies Consent: Obama Quiet on Repression in Iraq

We saw it with Yemen, and now we’re seeing it again with Iraq: the Obama administration is conspicuously quiet when friendly Middle East regimes use ugly tactics — including violence and imprisoning peaceful demonstrators — to quell growing protest movements in … Continue reading

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Rich on the Right, Right as Usual

Frank Rich: The highest priority of America’s current political radicals is not to balance government budgets but to wage ideological warfare in Washington and state capitals alike. The relatively few dollars that would be saved by the proposed slashing of federal … Continue reading

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Was the Stimulus a Dead Fish or a Live One?

Paul Krugman: the stimulus can’t have failed, because it never happened. Once you take state and local cutbacks into account, there was no surge of government spending. Here’s total (all levels) government spending over the past 10 years: The Great Abdication … Continue reading

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“The Torture Never Stops”

Scott Horton, at Harper’s: Cherif Bassiouni, a law professor at DePaul University in Chicago, was one of the key authors of the Convention Against Torture and is one of the world’s preeminent experts in international criminal law, particularly from the … Continue reading

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Arms Treaty With Russia Now in Effect

President Barack Obama signed ratification documents for America’s new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia on Wednesday, clearing the way for the two powers to put the landmark accord into effect. The agreement, known as the New Strategic Arms Reduction … Continue reading

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Middle East, Yemen: Another Wobbling Domino

Update, CNN: The US has abandoned Mubarak. Leaders around the globe joined a chorus of condemnation Wednesday over the eruption of violence in Cairo as embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak struggled to maintain his grip on power. … The time … Continue reading

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A Crack in the Wall

On Thursday, President Obama said the question of drug legalization and regulation is an “entirely legitimate topic for debate” — the first sitting president to do so since cocaine, heroin and marijuana were made illegal in the U.S. Drug Legalization … Continue reading

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What’s Your Dream?

      Very cold cartoon from Mr Fish. A Cartoon—By Mr. Fish (Harper’s Magazine)

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