Dec 9, 2011

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Understanding the Conservative Mind: Why Reactionaries from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Have Fought Real Liberty

Historically, conservatism has been driven by the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back. READ MORE

Corey Robin / Oxford University Press

10 of The Craziest Things Newt Gingrich Has Ever Said

Among other things, Newt worries that the country will become both atheistic and Muslim. READ MORE

Rania Khalek / AlterNet

Finally, Higher Taxes for the 1% — Is Occupy Behind Governors' Moves to Make the Wealthy Pay Their Share?

Is the narrative around taxes finally shifting? Thanks to heavy public pressure, Governors Cuomo and Brown propose taxing their states' ultrarich. READ MORE

Sarah Jaffe / AlterNet


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10 Most Horrifically Unhealthy Cereals

Many popular cereals contain more sugar than a Twinkie or Chips Ahoy cookies. READ MORE

By Kiera Butler / Mother Jones

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How the US Is Undermining Critical Climate Talks and Putting the World in Jeopardy

The only thing the U.S. brought to the table was a wrecking ball. This isn't just a delay, it's a death sentence. READ MORE

By Jamie Henn / YES! Magazine

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The Destructiveness of Remote U.S Wars

Here's an American fact: the 99% are far too remote from our wars of choice and those who fight them. To reclaim the latter, we must end the former. READ MORE

By William Astore / TomDispatch.com

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Obama's Cowardly Capitulation to Religious Right-Wingers Scared of Sex

The FDA cannot find a single reason why Plan B can't be on a shelf where anyone can buy it. Katherine Sebelius, and her boss, Barack Obama, they moved the football again. READ MORE

By Lorraine Berry / RH Reality Check

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Police Commissioner's Order Was Not Enough: NYPD Continues to Make Thousands of Illegal, Racially Biased Pot Arrests

While arrests have dropped ever so slightly since Police Commissioner Kelly issued his order, the NYPD is still using stop-and-frisk to make thousands of unwarranted pot arrests. READ MORE

By Gabriel Sayegh / AlterNet

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6 Members of Walton Family Have More Money Than 30% of Americans

There's been a constant stream of headlines about the widening gap between rich and poor for months now, but this latest one is pretty remarkable. READ MORE

By Justin Elliott / Salon

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It's My Fault Because I Had a Drink? How Being Sexually Assaulted Introduced Me to Victim-Blaming Culture

When I was sexually assaulted and mugged last month, I was abruptly introduced to the culture of victim blaming — from the police, and even my family and friends. READ MORE

By Carey Purcell / AlterNet

After Recall, Arizona Moves Towards Humane Treatment of Immigrants

They propose that the city adopt guiding principles that focus on keeping immigrant families together and enforcing the law in a humanitarian way. READ MORE

By Valeria Fernandez / New American Media



After Being Denied Food Stamps, Despairing Mother Shoots Her Two Children In Welfare Office
By Marie Diamond | Think Progress

 

Obama Ditches Science & Women, Overrules FDA Recommendation to make Plan B Over-the-Counter
By Jodi Jacobson | RH Reality Check

 

New Report Challenges Notion That Harsh Enforcement Measures Drive Unauthorized Immigrants Out
By Seth Hoy | Immigration Impact

 

Alert Declared After Shots Reported at Virginia Tech
By Agence France-Presse

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