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Robert Reich: The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality

"You shouldn't get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers," President Obama said Thursday.

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William Schell, Jr: Why Do We Have an Illegal Immigration Problem from Central America? We Should Know. We Helped Create It.

By now we have all heard and read of the expediential growth in Central American refugees fleeing to the US which has evolved, almost overnight, into a form of human trafficking. Why would a 15 year old girl set off on her own enduring unspeakable hardship and abuse to get to America? Why would families sell everything in order to pay people smugglers to bribe border guards and slip them past checkpoints to the US border where they often simply turn themselves in?

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Henry Siegman: Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama's observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

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Sam Pizzigati: Narcissists Gone Wild!

Narcissists don't happen to be particularly nice people. They preen. They grab. And they never ever really feel our pain.

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Chris Mooney: Scientists Discover the Fascinating Psychological Reason Why Conservatives Are.Conservative
Full story: AlterNet.org

Molly Knefel: We should be shamed by the responses to the child refugees on the US border
Full story: The Guardian UK


Dahlia Lithwick: We shouldn't be running the capital punishment system as an ad hoc chemistry experiment
Full story: Slate.com

Simon Maloy: Cancel "Meet the Press": Why this icon of Beltway insiderism has to go
Full story: Salon.com

Cassandra Stubbs: Arizona Botches Execution, Imposes Cruel and Unusual Punishment on Joseph Wood

At 3:49 PM MST, the state of Arizona executed Joseph Wood by lethal injection. This was the fifth execution in the United States since Clayton Lockett's horrific death in Oklahoma in April.

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Emily Schwartz Greco: Hillary Clinton's Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States?

Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the presumptive next occupant of a prestigious office lacking — as comedian Jon Stewart observes — any corners.

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Frank Sharry: What's Needed: a Clean Supplemental, Not Cursory Interviews that Could Result in Child Refugees Being Sent Back to Their Death

The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice, with respect to the current Congressional debate regarding Central American children who are seeking safety at our border.

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Amanda Ufheil-Somers: Not Much Better than Bush

President Barack Obama got it right when he declared: "There's no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States."

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Mitchell Zimmerman: Running for Their Lives: The Child Migrant Crisis

As the Department of Homeland Security tries to deliver busloads of Central American children and families to places of temporary safety, shrieking demonstrators in California, Arizona, and other states are barring the way and demanding these kids be dumped over the border.

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Heather Digby Parton: Rick Perry's bizarre babysitters club: A new "solution" even too daft for him
Full story: Salon.com

Wenonah Hauter: Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

We are glad the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has announced it will suspend water shutoffs for 15 days to allow residents to demonstrate their inability to pay. But this is only a small step toward rectifying the problem in Detroit.

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James Zogby: The Nightmare of Gaza Continues

I can only imagine the horror in Gaza today as Israel intensifies its assault of that overcrowded, impoverished strip. It is a continuing nightmare story of pain and loss, of trauma and devastation. The heartbreaking numbers by themselves tell part of the story— with hundreds killed, thousands wounded, tens of thousands without homes, and now 600,000 without water. But the story of Gaza is more than these numbers and this current assault.


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Jill Richardson: Shortchanging Our National Treasures

Fabulous vacations don't come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.

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Terrance Heath: America's Border Crisis of Conscience

Sixty bodies lie in a heap on the floor of a morgue that receives the corpses of children under 10 and as young as 2. It's the body count for just one day, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. How can we in good conscience send children back there?

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Michelle Goldberg: Yes, Mr. President, the Border Kids Are Refugees
Full story: The Nation


David Suzuki: Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

Is dilution really the solution to pollution — especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is.


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Witness Against Torture: Navy Nurse Refuses to Torture Guantánamo Prisoner

These are the words of a Navy nurse assigned to force-feed prisoners who are hunger striking at Guantánamo Bay prison:

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Bob Lord: Worth More: One Man or an Entire City?

A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don't even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state's biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.

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Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins: The End of Pot Prohibition As We Know It

How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War?

This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that most Americans don't want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot.

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Robert Reich: The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything."

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Frank Sharry: Central American Kids at the Border Emergency Brings Out the Best and Worst of America

The fast-developing story regarding Central American unaccompanied children arriving at our border is bringing out the best – and the worst – in America.

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Center for Constitutional Rights: Time to end unqualified U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military support for the Israeli government's occupation of Palestine

We condemn in the strongest terms the Israeli government's indiscriminate killing and collective punishment of civilians in the Gaza Strip and call on the Obama administration to press for an immediate cease-fire on all sides that takes into account the need to end the inhumane and unlawful seven-year closure of Gaza. The blockade has resulted in severe shortages of water, food, electricity and medical supplies, the denial of freedom of movement to the Palestinians of Gaza and near economic collapse. As of today, 158 Palestinian civilians have been killed in this latest assault, including 36 children and 29 women; over a thousand have been injured, mostly civilians. A center for people with disabilities, a mosque and a hospital have been shelled, and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, causing the displacement of thousands of civilians.

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Richard Eskow: 7 Reasons Consumers Won't Love the $7 Billion Citigroup Deal

The Justice Department's settlement with Citigroup was finally announced Monday. A $7 billion settlement against a too-big-to-fail bank? What's not to love?

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Anna Aurilio: House Committee Slashes Environmental Funding, Blocks Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule

By slashing EPA's budget, this bill threatens the air we breathe and the water we drink. By dramatically underfunding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, this bill jettisons America's commitment to protect the very best of our natural legacy for future generations.

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Todd Miller: Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands
Full story: Tom Dispatch


Katrina Vanden Heuvel: False balance in the media: Presenting equal weight to discredited claims is shameful
Full story: Washington Post

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