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Wednesday, 05 September 2007 03:22

Dave Zirin: Cleaning Up After the Orioles

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by Dave Zirin

Finally something newsworthy is happening at Camden Yards in September. No, it's not the Baltimore Orioles limping toward another lackluster finish at their ornate ballpark, famous for selling old-time baseball nostalgia at high-end prices. It's the scrappy members of the United Workers Association, fighting both the resistance of the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) and the apathy of Orioles owner Peter Angelos for a living wage.

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by Linda Milazzo

During previous American presidencies, less calamitous than that of George W. Bush, the most consistent visitors to local and national legislators were paid corporate lobbyists seeking favors that rarely, if ever, served the common good. Greedy K-Street "Abramoffs" exploited American capitalism and sacrificed the many to benefit the few.

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by Michael Winship

A winter of discontent, some 30 years ago. I was searching for a new job, trying to move from TV publicity work back into journalism. Rupert Murdoch had just bought the New York Post and it occurred to me that he'd probably be looking for a new television critic. The guy the paper employed prior to Murdoch's $30 million purchase had been writing about broadcasting since the days when folks tuned in radio signals with crystal diodes and a cat's whisker.

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by Kevin J. Keefe

Don't be so sure that the Inspector General's investigation into Gonzales will be a whitewash. When Gonzales wanted to sweep the US Attorney firings under the rug, he assigned it to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), rather than the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Why?

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by Micah Tillman

A recent search of the headlines revealed that talk, not action, has become news to the mainstream media. "Former NJ Governor's Wife Recalls Ordeal." "In Book, Bush Peeks Ahead to His Legacy." "As 9/11 Draws Near, a Debate Rises: How Much Tribute Is Enough?" "In Georgia, Voices of Reassurance." "2nd Retired British General Slams US."

The only thing that separates this "news" from high school gossip is the fact that talk by nationally significant people might predict nationally significant action. But is news now about speculation, not fact? How can something that hasn't happened be news? It isn't even new yet.

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by Ray McGovern

Why do I feel like the proverbial skunk at a Labor Day picnic? Sorry; but I thought you might want to know that this time next year, there will probably be more skunks than we can handle. I fear our country is likely to be at war with Iran -- and with the thousands of real terrorists Iran can field around the globe.

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by Glenn W. Smith

President Bush is holding our troops hostage and threatening them with death. Here is what he is saying to Congress:

"Order me out of Iraq, and I will abandon the troops in the field. The blood of your children will be on your hands, not mine."

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by Martha Rosenberg

Government's top veterinarian leaves to spend more time with industry.

Leaving a government job for the private sector used to mean an end to pressure, accountability, and visibility. But not for former Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administrator Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, the Department of Agriculture's top veterinarian.

Thursday, 30 August 2007 04:44

Greg Palast: New Orleans two years after

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by Greg Palast

"They wanted them poor n*ggers out of there and they ain't had no intention to allow it to be reopened to no poor n*ggers, you know? And that's just the bottom line."

It wasn't a pretty statement. But I wasn't looking for pretty. I'd taken my investigative team to New Orleans to meet with Malik Rahim. Pretty isn't Malik's concern.

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by Michael Winship

Monday, Monday. Can't trust that day. The GOP always seems to purge its leadership ranks on Mondays -- just when I'm sweating the deadline for this column, so I have to start all over. I swear, it's the work of that vast right-wing conspiracy. Go pick on somebody your own size, dammit.

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