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Sanders on S&P downgrade: ‘Where were they four years ago?’

From U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' FB page on the S&P downgrade: I find it interesting to see S&P so vigilant today in downgrading the US credit rating. Where were they 4 years ago when they, and other credit rating agencies, helped cause this horrendous recession by providing AAA ratings to worthless sub-prime mortgage securities on behalf…
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Fire in My Belly, by David Wojnarowicz, censored by The Smithsonian

Removed from an exhibit on 1 December, that is, after a few conservative Republicans and Fox News commentators saw it as another government-funded assault on Christmas. The video installation, which was part of the exhibition Hide/See: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, opens with ants…
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Do you think Sarah Palin knows the story behind the Espionage Act?

Not likely. But that's no big surprise. Naomi Wolf reminds us: The Espionage Act was crafted in 1917 -- because President Woodrow Wilson wanted a war and, faced with the troublesome First Amendment, wished to criminalize speech critical of his war. In the run-up to World War One, there were many ordinary citizens -- educators, journalists,…
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Eight Years Later

Discussing his latest novel, Man in the Dark, Paul Auster tells The Guardian about the root of his frustrations in recent years. If there is something getting Auster's goat, it's American politics. It was his disgust at the outcome of the 2000 US elections that sparked the story-within-a-story at the heart of Man in the Dark, about a…
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