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Arianna Huffington: The Split-Screen Struggle Over Gay Rights

Protesters chaining themselves to the White House gate today, objecting to what they called the “silent homophobia of those who purport to be our friends and do nothing,” capped a tumultuous few days in the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — and the larger fight for equality. There was the one step forward represented by the leak of a Pentagon study showing that 70 percent of active-duty and reserve troops surveyed thought lifting DADT wouldn’t have a negative impact on America’s armed forced. Followed by the two steps back of the Supreme Court’s order on Friday allowing the
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Harvey Wasserman: America’s Eggshell Nukes

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made it clear that America’s 104 licensed atomic power reactors are not accidents waiting to happen. They are accidents in progress. And proposals to build a “new generation” of reactors are not mere scams. They comprise a predictable plan for permanent national bankruptcy. On November 10, the USNRC delivered a stunning reprimand to Japanese-owned Westinghouse, which proposes building new atomic reactors here and around the world. The commission warned that the containment design for the new AP1000 did not include a “realistic” analysis of its ability to withstand a jet crash. An NRC rule
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Haley Barbour Punts On 2012

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s not setting any “artificial deadline” to decide whether he’ll run for president in 2012. Barbour has deflected questions for months by saying that as chairman of the Republican Governors Association he has been focused on getting his party’s candidates elected. With the Nov. 2 elections over, Barbour has returned from a brief vacation. At a news conference Monday, he was asked anew about possible White House aspirations. Barbour says he wants to see if there’s “somebody who has a better chance of winning than I do.” He says he and his
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Steve Kirsch: What I Learned at the MoveOn "Potluck for Progress"

MoveOn held about 600 “Potluck for Progress” meetings all around the country yesterday. I attended one in Mountain View, CA. Here’s what I learned: Nobody was happy with the results that Obama has achieved — e.g., the economy, the wars, global warming, etc. MoveOn’s goal should be to ensure that we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Money is corrupting the integrity of the political system. Beyond public financing of elections, we need a constitutional amendment to restrict the amount of money that corporations can use to influence elections and public policy. This
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Chris Weigant: Tea Party Republicans Win Earmark Fight

Republicans in Congress are going to be interesting to watch for the next two years, as they try to cope with the influx of the Tea Party Republicans who have just been elected to office. Some of these skirmishes are happening already, as both parties prepare to hold their official party caucus meetings this week, where they will vote on their leadership positions and on their policies for the next Congress. The Tea Party Republicans failed to elevate Representative Michele Bachmann to the lowest rung of the House leadership positions, causing her to withdraw her candidacy last week. But just
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Robert Naiman: Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

According to the editors of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, with Republicans taking over the House, and measured unemployment at 9.6%, now is the time for President Obama to “show leadership” by pushing for (so-called) “free trade agreements” negotiated by former President George W. Bush. (Democrats “show leadership” by betraying the people who elected them — that’s a standard editorial theme.) But what the nation’s editorialists won’t tell you is that this agenda would be a big electoral loser for President Obama, because the public opposes it; in particular, Republican and independent voters
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David A. Love: Fox News Must Fire Glenn Beck for Mocking a Holocaust Survivor

This time, Glenn Beck has managed to outdo even himself. Finally, can we say enough is enough? Recently, the Fox News host made some unacceptable comments about George Soros, the Hungarian-American philanthropist and Holocaust survivor. On his radio show, Beck claimed that Soros — who as a 13-year-old boy was separated from his parents in Nazi-occupied Hungary — “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. … It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.” In order to escape
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‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Ratings Break TLC Record

The premiere of Sarah Palin’s new reality show delivered record-breaking ratings for TLC. The first episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on Sunday night drew 5 million viewers — the biggest ever launch in the channel’s history. It’s also a big jump from the relatively lackluster ratings that Palin’s special for Fox News, “Real American Stories,” drew in April. Not all of the 5 million who tuned in were fans, though, as an Alaskan environmentalist accused Palin and her family of violating the states’ wildlife guidelines by fishing too close to a group of bears. From The Huffington Post
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Voters Don’t Want Congress To Cut Extended Unemployment Benefits: Poll

Seventy-three percent of voters want Congress to keep the extended unemployment benefits put in place to fight the recession, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Employment Law Project, and they don’t care about the deficit. With unemployment expected to hover above nine percent for the foreseeable future, nearly three out of four voters say “it is too early to start cutting back benefits for workers who lost their jobs.” “There is deep public support for continuing the federal unemployment programs at a time when unemployment is at 9.6 percent and millions are still out of work,” said
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Clarence Thomas’s Wife Steps Down From Tea Party Group

Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is retiring her title as head of Liberty Central, a conservative group with Tea Party ties that she launched earlier this year amid much scrutiny. “She’ll take a back seat so that Liberty Central can continue with its mission without any of the distractions,” the group’s spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll told the Washington Post Monday. “After discussing it with the board, Mrs. Thomas determined that it was best for the organization.” Apart from the distraction of having a wife of a Supreme Court justice aggressively tackling initiatives determined to beat back the
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