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Jacques Derrida on American Attitude. If Banks Paid Their Full Taxes, We Could Rehire All 132,000 Teachers Laid Off During The Recession — Twice. By Zaid Jilani on March 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm "If Banks Paid Their Full Taxes, We Could Rehire All 132,000 Teachers Laid Off During The Recession — Twice" Today, hundreds of people from Make Wall Street Pay, one member of a larger Main Street Movement that seeks to defend the American middle class, shut down a Bank of America branch in Washington, D.C. over the bank’s tax dodging.

Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs. 60 Minutes America's real job-creators...who can't afford to create any jobs.

Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs

In the war of rhetoric that has developed in Washington as both sides blame each other for our economic mess, one argument has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact: Rich people create the jobs. Specifically, entrepreneurs and investors, when incented by low taxes, build companies and create millions of jobs. Stop Coddling the Super-Rich. Obama Finally Talks Drone War, But It's Almost Impossible to Believe Him. President Obama doesn’t like to talk about how he uses drones to kill suspected militants — including American citizens.

Obama Finally Talks Drone War, But It's Almost Impossible to Believe Him

Explanations about who gets picked for remote-control death and who does the picking are left to underlings and aides. Just a few days ago, for example, Obama blew off a local Cincinnati television reporter who asked the president about his “kill list.” Dear White People. What I Didn't Find in Africa. By Joseph C.

What I Didn't Find in Africa

Wilson 4thPublished: July 6, 2003 Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. For 23 years, from 1976 to 1998, I was a career foreign service officer and ambassador. In 1990, as chargé d'affaires in Baghdad, I was the last American diplomat to meet with Saddam Hussein. It was my experience in Africa that led me to play a small role in the effort to verify information about Africa's suspected link to Iraq's nonconventional weapons programs.

In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney's office had questions about a particular intelligence report. Rape on the Reservation. To Our Faithful Users: Current's run has ended after eight exciting years on air and online.

Rape on the Reservation

The Current TV staff has appreciated your interest, support, participation and unflagging loyalty over the years. Your contributions helped make a vibrant place for discussing thousands of interesting stories, and your continued viewership motivated us to keep innovating and find new ways to reflect the voice of the people. We now welcome the on-air and digital presence of Al Jazeera America, a new news network committed to reporting on and investigating real stories affecting the lives of everyday Americans in every corner of the country. New Policy On Deportations Allows Some Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants To Stay. WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced on Thursday it will do a case-by-case review of deportations, allowing many undocumented immigrants without criminal records to stay in the United States indefinitely and apply for work permits.

New Policy On Deportations Allows Some Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants To Stay

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will send a letter on Thursday to Senate members who had asked for details on how the agency would prioritize its immigration enforcement. The policy change is meant as a framework to help prevent non-priority undocumented immigrants from "clogging the system," senior administration officials said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. First, the agency will look at its pending immigration cases and close the low-priority cases, so immigration courts can focus on the most serious ones, administration officials said. White House Window Reportedly Hit By Bullet: Secret Service Says Ballistic Glass Stopped It. WASHINGTON — A man with an apparent obsession with President Barack Obama has been arrested in Pennsylvania after the Secret Service discovered two bullets struck the White House while the president was away, authorities said Wednesday.

White House Window Reportedly Hit By Bullet: Secret Service Says Ballistic Glass Stopped It

One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters of the executive mansion but was stopped by ballistic glass. The arrest of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, came days after reports of shots fired on Friday night near the White House while Obama and his wife Michelle were on a trip to California and Hawaii. The president has since traveled on to Australia, second stop on a nine-day Asia-Pacific tour, and the White House had no comment on the unfolding events. The U.S. World Tonight: US and Pakistan: allies or enemies? How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali. On 12 October 2012, the UN Security Council voted unanimously in favour of a French-drafted resolution asking Mali’s government to draw up plans for a military mission to re-establish control over the northern part of Mali, an area of the Sahara bigger than France.

How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali

Known as Azawad by local Tuareg people, northern Mali has been under the control of Islamist extremists following a Tuareg rebellion at the beginning of the year. For several months, the international media have been referring to northern Mali as ‘Africa’s Afghanistan’, with calls for international military intervention becoming inexorable. Calling the shots: a US Special Forces soldier training Malian troops in Kita, May 2010. Alfred de Montesquiou While the media have provided abundant descriptive coverage of the course of events and atrocities committed in Azawad since the outbreak in January of what was ostensibly just another Tuareg rebellion, some pretty basic questions have not been addressed. A People's History of the United States. The Note: This great book should really be read by everyone.

A People's History of the United States

It is difficult to describe why it so great because it both teaches and inspires. You really just have to read it. We think it is so good that it demands to be as accessible as possible. Once you've finished it, we're sure you'll agree. US court lifts stem cell research ban - Americas. A US federal appeals court has ruled that government funding for embryonic stem cell research can go ahead, handing a major victory to President Barack Obama's administration.

US court lifts stem cell research ban - Americas

Friday's ruling reverses a previous decision that said the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines was in violation of a 1996 law that prohibits the use of taxpayer's money to pay for research that destroys human embryos. Opponents of human embryonic stem cell research, including many religious groups, find such research unacceptable - tantamount to abortion - because human embryos must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells.Stem cells come from days-old human embryos and can produce any type of cell in the body - ideally meant to replace diseased cells.

Scientists hope to be able to use them to address spinal cord injuries, cancer and diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The 2-1 decision said opponents of the research were not likely to win their battle in court, so funding should resume. CIA and ISI: Programmed to deceive. The hype preceding this past week's meeting in Langley between General Ahmed Shuja Pasha of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate and Leon Panetta of the CIA gave it all the drama of a Western shoot-out.

CIA and ISI: Programmed to deceive

Indeed, the tension leading up to this supposed mano-a-mano confrontation had been building for many weeks – at least since the 27 January detention of CIA contractor Raymond Davis for shooting two Pakistanis during an attempted traffic robbery in Lahore. Davis' extended incarceration and the legal proceedings against him – pursued, according to the Americans, in violation of his diplomatic immunity – threatened to bring about a serious rupture in Pakistani-American relations. Faced with the ultimate necessity of finding some solution to the politically-charged impasse before permanent damage was done, the CIA and ISI finally managed to do so, arranging for Davis' release on 16 March in return for a blood-money payment to the families of those killed. Why Are Great Teachers Leaving the Classroom? - Education.

Making it simpler to remove bad teachers from the classroom has been a hot topic in education reform, but policy-makers might want to shift gears and spend more time ensuring effective teachers stick around. According to a McKinsey study, 14 percent of teachers leave after one year, and 46 percent leave the profession before their fifth year. However, in nations with the highest results on international tests, the teacher turnover rate is only 3 percent.

So what's happening with American teachers that makes them leave the classroom in droves? In the above CNN interview, Florida high school math teacher Linda DeRegnaucourt shares why she made the difficult decision to end her 13-year career after the next school year is over. Money is definitely a factor—after all that time on the job, she only earns $38,000—but her decision to leave isn't just about the size of her paycheck. Mass psychosis in the US. Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.

Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses - primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Waiting to die: Cervical cancer in America. New York, NY - Cervical cancer is a hotly-debated political topic in the United States right now - a debate fuelled largely by Republican presidential contenders. The cancer is caused by strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted. As a result, discourse on cervical cancer centres around whether or not newly available vaccines to prevent the disease encourage promiscuity.

5 Reasons Why American Riots Will Be the Worst in the World. A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe - Chris Hedges' Columns. Spencer Pratt: Celebrity Inc.: The Truth Behind Kim Kardashian's Divorce. Paul Ryan's Office Calls Cops On Jobless Protesters. Don Lemon Calls Out Michele Bachmann, Thanks Sarah Palin. Gingrich Puts a Price on His Family Values : He sheltered his $4-million book bonanza from his struggling, non-trophy ex-wife. Recall Scott Walker Headquarters. Part 2: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head With Bill O'Reilly. Part 1: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O'Reilly. Infographic: What Congress Would Look Like If It Really Represented America - Politics. America is getting more and more diverse—for instance, our Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade alone—but you'd never be able to tell it by looking at our Congress.

Here's what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation. One thing not noted on this infographic is that, besides being nothing like America in terms of race, sex, or religion, our senators and representatives are also wholly different from most Americans in terms of wealth. FFV Docs: Torture: America's Brutal Prisons.

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Police brutality. Death penalty. The Koch Brothers - People & Power. By People & Power reporter Bob Abeshouse. US 'hate groups' bolstered by Obama's election. 6 July 2011Last updated at 00:36 By Jonny Dymond BBC News, Washington state. Seriously, What Is the Deal with These Idiots Who Hate Muslims? - Culture.