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Greedy Bankers Devour Cyprus

Greedy Bankers Devour Cyprus
The banking crisis in Cyprus is great fun and a gift to editorial cartoonists — like me! It is a story of crazy economic collapse, with Russian mobsters laundering money in secret accounts and crooked Cypriot bankers who gambled the dirty cash away on risky Greek bonds, bringing down the economy of their tiny nation.
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American Capitalism's Proper Role in Corporate Responsibility

American Capitalism's Proper Role in Corporate Responsibility
American corporations have every right to protect their legitimate interests, and protect themselves from injustice. But so long as they wield their great power with indifference to justice, the capitalist force in America no longer deserves the kind of moral respect we gave it during the long years of the Cold War.
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Rand Paul and the New Isolationism

Rand Paul and the New Isolationism
Rand Paul is a throwback to that old GOP mindset. He broadly argues for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan and a serious reduction in the American military presence abroad. He contends that isolationism should be a major feature of what he calls "the new GOP."
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March Madness: The Fifth Straight Year of Extreme Corporate Tax Avoidance

March Madness: The Fifth Straight Year of Extreme Corporate Tax Avoidance
Corporations have simply stopped paying their taxes, perhaps using the 2008 recession as an excuse to plead hardship, but then never restoring their tax obligations when business got better. The facts are indisputable.
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Sequester: Starving Children to Protect Corporate Welfare

Sequester: Starving Children to Protect Corporate Welfare
Here's a pop quiz for Congress: If you cut food assistance for needy families by $333 million, and allow corporations to dodge $183 billion in federal taxes in the same year, how much did you end up reducing the deficit?
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Five Poisons of Privatization

Five Poisons of Privatization
Essential human needs are being packaged into products to be bought and sold. The right to food and water, education, health care, public spaces, and unrestricted speech shouldn't be based on who can pay the most, or on who can generate profits with the slickest marketing pitch.
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Big Business Must Pay Its Fair Share In Future Deals

Big Business Must Pay Its Fair Share In Future Deals
Business is business, but there are big differences between a multinational corporation on one hand, and a Main Street store or a mid-sized firm like my family’s publishing company in Smyrna ... and it’s not just the size of our bottom line.
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Is It Time For A New Constitutional Convention?

Is It Time For A New Constitutional Convention?
It's obvious to anyone paying attention at this point that this current government doesn't give a damn about anyone who isn't buying influence in Washington.
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Horror Care: How Private Health Care Is Shortening Our Lives

Horror Care: How Private Health Care Is Shortening Our Lives
Economists have told us that the profit motive of privatization comes with an "invisible hand" that automatically corrects inequities in the market. It hasn't worked that way for health care.
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The Senate's Cruz Missile

The Senate's Cruz Missile
Joe McCarthy discomfited and embarrassed his fellow Republicans for four years, before they finally summoned the courage to slap him down in 1954. Let's hope the current Senate brethren don't take nearly that long with Cruz.
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