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An Easy Fix for Rising Gas Prices

To the Editor of the New York Times, Your editorial “Speculators and the Gas Pump” urging tighter regulation of the oil market is a fool’s errand in these days of legislative gridlock.  But contrary to your assertion, there is an “easy fix” available to President Obama, although not the Republican prescription of “more drilling or […]

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Iraq: It’s Still about Oil

Provocative suggestion: Obama’s increasingly desperate efforts to abrogate Bush’s Dec 31 withdrawal deadline and continue the military occupation may reflect, among other considerations, the need to protect the US drilling companies’ business. . . . American drilling companies stand to make tens of billions of dollars from the new petroleum activity in Iraq long before […]

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Jared Lee Loughner

Which One Gets to Be Called a Terrorist?

This one killed six people while trying to assassinate a blue dog congresswoman. . . This one didn’t kill anyone but was used last month to scare the public in the FBI’s Portland sting operation. I submit the media refuses to call white men terrorists because a significant minority of its audience shares their basic […]

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Regarding New York Times Labor Coverage

To: Business Editor The New York Times I appreciate your detailed reporting on Chinese unions and workers vs. Japanese employers, but I write to ask whether that use of your resources is the cause of your ignoring similar union stories here at home. For example, I can find no coverage in the Times of the […]

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Only 2 Dems against $60B for AfPak War

The vote to send another $60B of taxpayers’ money to pay for Obama’s AfPak occupation was 67-28-5.  But almost all the no votes were conservative Republicans.  Only two Democrats, Feingold (WI) and Wyden (OR), voted against.  Three Republicans and Lincoln (AR) and McCaskill (MO) did not vote. To their shame, the other 15 Dems and […]

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Dems Kill Public Option in Senate Committee

The five Senate finance committee Dems who embraced all 10 Repubs in voting down Rockefeller’s (WV) public option amendment 15-8 were Baucus (MT), Conrad (ND), Carper (DE), Lincoln (AR), and Nelson (FL). Baucus and Conrad also voted against Schumer’s (NY) much more modest amendment that went down 13-10. Michael Munk is the author of The […]

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“Antiwar Party” Votes for War

The five senators voting against $106 billion for Obama’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were three reactionaries — Coburn (R-OK), DeMint (R-SC), and Enzi (R-WY) — and only two progressives Feingold (D-WI) and Sanders (I-VT). Not voting were two sick senators, Byrd (D-WV) and Kennedy (D-MA), and one just disgraced one — Ensign (R-NV). A […]

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