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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 31st, 2009

Blood Money 2010: Healthcare in America

Ask patients who need lab work done how that all works out today in America, and then imagine where this trend is going in the future. It’s blood money paid up front and in full or patients must take their chances. Getting laboratory tests or other medical testing done has ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

December 26th, 2009

Racism and U.S. War

When I first joined the army, we were told that racism no longer existed in the military. A legacy of inequality and discrimination was suddenly washed away by something called "Equal Opportunity." We would sit through mandatory classes, assuring us that racism had been eliminated from the ranks, and every ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

December 24th, 2009

Break the CIA in Two

After the CIA-led fiasco at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, President John Kennedy was quoted as saying he wanted to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds." I can understand his anger, but a thousand is probably too many.Better is a Solomon ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 24th, 2009

A Patient’s View of the Senate Christmas Healthcare Gift

So, all the great fanfare and all the king’s horses. The great and almighty U.S. Senate has spoken. I will have to buy private health insurance – forever, amen. The defective product that has left me wanting for real healthcare for all of my adult life is now a step ... continue reading

Rep. Eric Massa

Rep. Massa represents the 29th Congressional District of New York

December 23rd, 2009

Christmas Eve Is the 3,000th day in Afghanistan and 30th Anniversary of the Russian Invasion

Christmas Eve is a time to gather with friends and family to reflect on the good things in life. It's a time to share our joys and our hopes for peace on earth and good will towards all. This year Christmas Eve has a sad and ironic twist to it ... continue reading

Tom Morello

Tom Morello is the Grammy Award-winning guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. He performs solo, acoustic as The Nightwatchman.

December 22nd, 2009

The 7th Anniversary of Joe Strummer's Death

Today marks the 7th anniversary of Joe Strummer's death. I wrote the following immediately after he passed:The first time I heard of the Clash was in high school. I was working on the school newspaper, and one day a fellow named Dave Vogel came in with a copy of London ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 22nd, 2009

Grief: The "Gift" That NEVER Stops Giving!

Since our son-brother, Casey, was killed in Iraq, even precious and happy moments are tinged with grief. Today is such a day—it is Casey’s youngest sibling’s birthday. As I write this, I vividly remember the day Janey was born back in 1985. I gave birth to my babies at home ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 22nd, 2009

Senate, White House Health Reform Tucks in Gun Rights

Could we make this stuff up?  We cannot get healthcare as a basic human right for one another.  But we sure can make sure gun ownership protections are tucked into the Senate health reform bill that is so celebrated as historic by the White House.It gives a whole new meaning ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 18th, 2009

Healthcare Crisis Tears at Fabric of Holiday Traditions

Our elected officials in Washington, DC, are rushing to finish their work and get home for the holidays. Many of the people who elected them aren’t so richly blessed. Millions and millions of Americans do not get the Norman Rockwell holiday scene played out in their lives because millions and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 16th, 2009

Sanders Says Single-Payer Day Will Come as He Withdraws Amendment

Sickening.  Saddening.  Maddening.  And the stuff of future determination in the political struggle for healthcare for all in the United States.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate today, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont rose to offer his single-payer, Medicare for All amendment No. 2837 and to begin debate.  Then, ... continue reading

Jamilla El-Shafei

Jamilla El-Shafei is the co-founder and organizer for Save Our Water in Southern Maine

December 16th, 2009

YES HE DID! Now What?

Last Saturday, following President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech in Oslo, anti-war political leaders, the cadre of the peace movement, and activists and citizens of conscience gathered at Lafayette Park across from the White House in protest of his escalation of the war in Afghanistan. The “NO YOU CAN’T!” rally featured ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2009

Sanders Single-Payer Healthcare Amendment to be Considered in Senate

This is it, Medicare for All, single-payer advocates. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Announced tonight that tomorrow the Senate will hear several more amendments to the health reform bill – and one of those amendments is Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer amendment No. 2837. The amendment also has two other original ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 11th, 2009

Senate Tweaks Away Your Healthcare

As my grandmother used to say, “I was born on a weekend but not last weekend.” The latest insult to Americans hungry for a bit of healthcare justice for all comes from the news that the Senate health bill now allows insurance companies to place annual limits on payments for ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 11th, 2009

The Return of the TARP Hostage Takers

When Congress debated the TARP last fall, the political elites insisted that the bill must be passed immediately or the economy would collapse. For example, Federal Reserve Board President Ben Bernanke told Congress that the commercial paper market was shutting down, which meant that the country's largest companies would soon ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 9th, 2009

Health Reform Advances 2,300 Miles Away from DC

While the healthcare reform legislative debate lumbers on in the Senate, the biggest advance for U.S. patients came early this week in Phoenix.  Nurses joined three separate nurses’ unions into an RN “super union” with the goals of improving the professional lives of clinical RNs and building a healthcare system ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 3rd, 2009

History in a Number: Senate Amendment 2837

The idea of a Medicare for All type, single-payer healthcare system will be heard on the Senate floor.  Late last evening, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont filed Senate Amendment No. 2837, and there are two additional original co-sponsors of this amendment, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Sherrod Brown ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 2nd, 2009

30,000 Wrongs Won't Make it Right

I have had to reluctantly watch many presidential speeches since my son was killed in Iraq in 2004. I was even dragged out of a Bush State of the Union speech in 2006, that I didn’t want to go to anyway, for just wearing a shirt with an anti-war message.Now, ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 1st, 2009

Mortgage Modification: Bank Bailouts By Another Name?

The big talk in Washington these days is "helping homeowners." Unfortunately, what passes for help to homeowners in the capitol might look more like handing out money to banks anywhere else.The basic story is fairly simple. Tens of millions of US homeowners are now underwater: they owe more on their ... continue reading

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
3:28 PM
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
2:00 PM
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
9:48 AM
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
2:00 PM
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
7:38 PM
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
5:38 PM
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
9:08 PM
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
8:39 PM
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
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