Holiday Treat for the Bush Tax Cuts?

Maybe it’s the holiday season, but if the reports are true President Obama and congressional Republicans have reached a compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts that gives taxpayers and the economy a wondrous gift. While details are sketchy and ever-so-important, President Obama announced he has agreed to extend all the Bush tax cuts for […]

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Shattered Lens: Part 2

In the first part of our study, we examined how the topic of the Gaza flotilla was cynically exploited by photographers and caption writers to draw negative attention to unrelated aspects of Israel. In the cases we profile here, the topic of the soccer / football World Cup is used in much the same way. CLICK HERE TO […]

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Obama’s November Jobs Deficit One More Reason to Extend Bush Tax Cuts

“You are what your record says you are.” So says Bill Parcells, three-time Super Bowl–winning coach. Professional sports, athletes, coaches, and commentators can spin the numbers with the best of politicians, but in the end you are what your record says you are. The record on the first two years of President Obama’s economic policies […]

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Hold the Brownies! Bill Could Limit Bake Sales

Washington (AP) – Don’t touch my brownies! A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama – and championed by the first lady – gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates say sometimes replace wholesome meals in the lunchroom. Republicans, notably Sarah Palin, and public […]

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VIDEO: Congress Must Cut Spending

In advance of today’s vote on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform’s report, there has been increased attention on the nation’s fiscal health and the serious dangers posed by our out-of-control national debt. But while this issue has garnered increased scrutiny, some continue to ignore the real cause of our debt and deficit […]

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Why Is the Obama Administration in Cancun?

Last year at this time, the United Nations was coming to grips with the fact that the Copenhagen climate change summit would not produce a legally binding climate pact to succeed the failed Kyoto Protocol. In retrospect, nearly everyone acknowledges that the Copenhagen conference failed utterly to achieve its objectives. A year later, nations are […]

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Putin and Medvedev Threaten a Renewed Arms Race

In his annual address Tuesday to both houses of parliament, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev warned that a new arms race would erupt if Moscow and the West cannot agree on a joint European missile defense program. Medvedev gave the following ultimatum: “Either we reach agreement on missile defense and create a full joint cooperation mechanism, […]

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Churchill Saw It Coming

One hundred and thirty six years ago this week, Winston Churchill—arguably the leading statesman of the twentieth century—was born. The son of a British father and an American mother, Churchill is often remembered for his formidable oratory skills and his love of fine cigars. Yet Churchill was also a great friend to America whose warnings […]

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The 9/11 of American Diplomacy

Not since Leon Trotsky began publishing the secrets of the Romanov archives in 1918 has there been a more devastating leak of diplomatic documents than this week’s WikiLeaks dump. The Romanov files contained the secret treaties the imperial Allies had signed to carve up the Hohenzollern, Habsburg and Ottoman empires after a war fought “to […]

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