Monthly Archives: January 2009

Loving’s Take on the Wall Street Bailouts

Cartoon by Charlie Loving / The Rag Blog

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Iraq Elections May Change the Political Landscape

ON ALERT: An Iraqi soldier checks security at a polling station in the southern city of Basra. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images.Iraq elections: Security tight for provincial voteBy Tina Susman / January 31, 2009 There is a curfew on cars in … finish reading Iraq Elections May Change the Political Landscape

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So Far: Obama Has Defied the Odds On Palestine

Palestinian Presidident Mahmoud Abbas: Obama called him first. Photo by Mohammed Omer / Rafah Today.Obama and the Oddsmakers:‘Obama — to offer yet again one of my favorite quotes from Lenin — has to become as radical as reality itself.’By Alexander … finish reading So Far: Obama Has Defied the Odds On Palestine

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Medical Mistakes Kill 100,000 Per Year in the US

See related John Rockefeller Op-ed below. Health Care in AmericaBy Janet Gilles / The Rag Blog / January 31, 2009 In this video, Tom Daschle analyzes our health care system, not the best in the world. In the US, medical … finish reading Medical Mistakes Kill 100,000 Per Year in the US

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Texas and the Killing Chamber

‘At the execution facility in Texas, there is seating for people who have come to take their satisfaction from seeing an act of death.’ By Greg Moses / The Rag Blog / January 31, 2009 I don’t know much about … finish reading Texas and the Killing Chamber

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Boehner : Lighten Up Already

‘Boehner is like a talking toy that repeats the same thing over and over when you pull its string.’ By Larry Ray / The Rag Blog / January 30, 2009 There is great speculation that GOP house minority leader John … finish reading Boehner : Lighten Up Already

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Foreclosed On? Congresswoman Says: Stay and Fight

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, wants those losing their homes to stay and fight. Photo by Rick Bowmer / AP.‘So I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes,’ said Congresswoman Kaptur before the House of Representatives. … finish reading Foreclosed On? Congresswoman Says: Stay and Fight

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Hurricane Watch : Texas-Cuba Alliance?

Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, who will lead a delegation to Cuba, is shown with Shreveport, La. Mayor Cedric Glover, testifying on Capitol Hill Sept. 23, 2008, before a Senate hearing on disaster recovery. Photo by Jose Luis Magana / … finish reading Hurricane Watch : Texas-Cuba Alliance?

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Unions and the Left : A Million March in France Against Sarkozy

An anti-government demonstration in Bordeaux Jan. 29, 2009. Photo by Getty Images. The US mainstream media did not even approach this kind of coverage. Of course the left-center European press — like The Independent and Le Monde — is much … finish reading Unions and the Left : A Million March in France Against Sarkozy

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Melting Arctic Ice Creates International Drilling Free For All

Melting ice will open up much of the Arctic to undersea excavation of natural resources. ‘The United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and other interested parties are all attempting to claim jurisdiction over the opening Arctic territory… Increasingly lost in … finish reading Melting Arctic Ice Creates International Drilling Free For All

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The Late Great Molly Ivins : What Would She Think?

Carlton Carl and Elna Christopher hug beside a portrait of Molly Ivins, during a memorial service for the late columnist and political sage, on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, in Austin. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez / AP.After Barack Obama’s 2004 speech … finish reading The Late Great Molly Ivins : What Would She Think?

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Austin : Watch Out for Zombies

Austin road signs warn of zombies. Photo from KXAN.Construction signs warn of zombies:Hackers change public safety message.By Shannon Wolfson / January 29, 2009 See Video below. AUSTIN — Austin drivers making their morning commute were in for a surprise when … finish reading Austin : Watch Out for Zombies

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