Opinion

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Party of the rich: it’s disgusting

Instead of GOP, Republicans deserve the nickname "ROP" - Rich Only Party, and here's why.

Jobless benefits vs. taxes: deal or no deal?

Having a showdown fight on taxes, when the workers have to take a big hit at the get-go, is an invitation to greater divisions.

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Death penalty, shot through with racism, cannot be fixed

Justice John Paul Stevens say capital punishment is "shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria." It's  past time to end the practice.

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“Secession balls” in 2010?

There were two stories about the beginnings of the Civil War this week: Georgia acknowledges slavery, while neo-Confederates ignore it.

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Nelson Mandela's conversations - a review

"Conversations with Myself" provides the clearest glimpse yet into the mind of a man who is by nature private and reserved.

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Cruelty haunts the halls of Congress

"Cruelty" is defined as indifference to suffering, even positive pleasure in inflicting it.

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Government wage freeze — a bad idea

Obama announced his proposal for a two year wage freeze for all non-military government workers. The proposal is a terrible idea.  It's bad for the economy and  feeds into racist, anti-worker stereotypes of the "lazy" public worker.

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Tea party movement's new politics: dangerous shape-shifting

The usual norms of political discourse would emphasize a party's ability to ask pertinent questions and provide salient answers; to probe facts, poll members and seek solutions based largely on consensus or majority sentiment. Today's politics seem based on contradiction, on a party-constituency dynamic that turns the norms of political discourse on its head.

Two progressive deficit plans put workers, jobs first

It is possible to have job creation, reinvestment in America, improvement in retirement security and health care for all, while at the same time balancing the budget.

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The two Koreas: new approach needed

The hostilities between North and South Korea are dangerous and could escalate with more tragic consequences.

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