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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Now Even the Dead Rip President Obama

Here’s the really ominous and frightening thing that resulted from the act of the family of dead man Donald Charles Unsworth. It wasn’t their plea in his obituary when Unsworth passed back in September in Rome, Georgia that read, “The family respectfully asked in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.” They have that right. And that could easily be shrugged off as a warped, cranky, and hateful dig from another of the pack of visceral Obama loathers. The woods
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James Denselow: The Invisible War Against Iraq

Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions by Joy Gordon, Harvard, 359 pp, £29.95, April 2010 Joy Gordon has crafted a well researched and sobering story of the US-led failure of international governance in the case of the 13 years of sanctions on Iraq. The underlying argument made is that the UN Charter’s mandate to achieve ‘health, education and economic development’ was fatally compromised by a US policy which was premised on ‘an ongoing commitment to regime change’. As far as the US was concerned, sanctions were designed to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein by depriving the
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Sharron Angle: ‘Sometimes Dictators Have Good Ideas’

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle — who fell short in her quest to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier this month — found herself back in the spotlight on Wednesday after questionable comments she reportedly made towards the end of her campaign came to light. “Sometimes dictators have good ideas,” explained the Tea Party darling at a private campaign event, according to Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston. At the Las Vas Sun, he writes, “Her staff fretted the line would get out. It did not. Until now.” Angle, who developed a reputation for sparking controversy over the course of her
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Texas State Rep. Introduces ‘Birther’ Bill

Texas State Representative Leo Berman (R) furthered his campaign against President Obama Tuesday, a man that he has before characterized as “God’s punishment on us,” by introducing a bill that would require future presidential and vice-presidential candidates to produce “the original birth certificate indicating that the person is a natural-born United States citizen” to the Texas secretary of state. Berman told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the bill, House Bill 295, is a compulsory step to take in order to correct an alleged gap in the law that allowed Barack Obama, who he believes could be foreign-born, to run for president.
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Evelyn Leopold: A Bit of Gay Bashing at the United Nations

United Nations – African and Arab nations succeeded by a whisker in deleting three words from a resolution that would have included gays in a denunciation of arbitrary killings. Europeans protested in vain. At issue was a measure on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions adopted by a General Assembly committee. Usually a vote in the committee, which includes all UN members, is tantamount to official passage by the Assembly. The reference in the three-page draft came in the sixth of 22 paragraphs and urged investigations of all killings “committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation.” The provision was among
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State AGs: Foreclosure Reform Deal With Banks Is A Long Way Off

Changing the face of foreclosure in America will take some time, several state attorneys general said Wednesday, cautioning that an agreement with major lenders over revamped foreclosure practices was not imminent. “We want to move as quickly as possibly but it has to be done right,” said Roy Cooper, the attorney general of North Carolina. “We have plowed this ground before.” Ever since the law enforcement officials from all 50 states signed on last month to a highly publicized investigation of big mortgage lenders, there has been a public tug of war. From The Huffington Post
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Cenk Uygur: Why Can’t We Be the Job Creators?

The Republicans always use the excuse that we have to give the rich huge tax cuts because they are the “job creators.” Of course, the reality is that giving tax cuts to the rich is the very worst way of getting more money into the economy. The multiplier effect for tax cuts for the wealthy is the lowest of almost any stimulative program the government can try. Plus, if they are creating jobs, it isn’t here. The money is flowing out of the country and into developing markets at an incredible rate. Between 2002 and 2008, the Bush tax cuts
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Congress Got Richer During Recession

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are enjoying their own financial stimulus. Despite a stubbornly sour national economy congressional members’ personal wealth collectively increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics of federal financial disclosures released earlier this year. And while some members’ financial portfolios lost value, no need to bemoan most lawmakers’ financial lot: Nearly half of them — 261 — are millionaires, a slight increase from the previous year, the Center’s study finds. That compares to about 1 percent of Americans who lay claim to the
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Ian Gurvitz: Springtime for Palin?

“President Palin.” Rupert Murdoch’s masturbatory mantra, and the rest of the country’s nightmare. The polls say it can’t happen. That she’s a joke as a national candidate, with no support outside the Tea Party. But there hasn’t been a major news broadcast in the last two years that hasn’t touched on the question: “Will she or won’t she run for president?” Unfortunately, not one seems to touch on the question: “Is she smart enough to be president?” The simple answer is no. The more subtle answer is: It may not matter. Republicans have no problem with stupid. The previous “not
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Victor Williams: Lame-Duck Fights: Confirm OMB’s Jack Lew, DOJ’s Jim Cole and 23 Federal Judges

Partisan “leaders” are now chosen, weeks ahead of the Republic’s 112th Congress. Now is the time to confirm Executive Branch leaders for the next two years. It is past time to appoint leaders for independent regulatory agencies and leaders for our federal courts. Barack Obama reminded us that “Leadership isn’t just legislation” in his 60 Minutes interview. Leadership depends on an assertive and effective appointment process. A central lesson of the midterm elections is that an understaffed Administration cannot effectively communicate its accomplishments, engender public confidence or timely tack when off course. For 22 months, the Obama Administration has been
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