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Jon Huntsman's 'Reasonable Man' Scam

  • Jon Huntsman, the 'Reasonable Man' sounds very pretty! But at last night's (Sep 7) debate, Huntsman neither stood up for science as a virtue in itself, nor did he courageously stand behind his criticism of the rest of the field.
  • 5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution

Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

For most of the year, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had a difficult time getting anyone interested in his campaign. The campaign's build-up -- which seemed more like a performance art piece than an actual political candidacy -- climaxed in an enervating announcement in front of the Statue of Liberty. Since then, he's mostly managed to win the war of glossy magazine profiles, but remained stuck in the low single digits in the polls and out of the media spotlight.

That changed on Aug. 18, when Huntsman (or someone with access to Huntsman's Twitter account) took a shot at new entrant Rick Perry and his climate denialism. The tweet read, “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

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5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution, Adele M. Stan, AlterNet

  • 'Cuddly' Libertarian Has Some Very Dark Politics
  • He's anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality and anti-education, and that's just the start.
  • Our Guide to the Best Coverage of Ron Paul and His Record
  • Ron Paul and Eric Cantor's Views on Hurricane and Disaster Relief Are Immoral, Selfish, Wrong

Questions for Tonight’s GOP Debate

  • Question of Priorities
  • Debate claims left out some key points

Progress Report, Think Progress

The pack of Republican presidential hopefuls — including, for the first time, Texas Gov. Rick Perry — gathers tonight (Sep 7) at the Reagan Presidential Library for the first of three debates this month.

Here are the important questions they should have to answer.

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Debate claims left out some key points, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
A look at some of the claims in the debate, and how they compare with the facts.

For Ten Years We've Avoided Asking the Real Question About 9/11

Why, in all the explanations and stories we've heard about 9/11, do we never discuss the role of US support for Israel?

Robert Fisk,  London Independent | UK

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By their books, ye shall know them.

I'm talking about the volumes, the libraries – nay, the very halls of literature – which the international crimes against humanity of 11 September 2001 have spawned. Many are spavined with pseudo-patriotism and self-regard, others rotten with the hopeless mythology of CIA/Mossad culprits, a few (from the Muslim world, alas) even referring to the killers as "boys", almost all avoiding the one thing which any cop looks for after a street crime: the motive.

Why so, I ask myself, after 10 years of war, hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths, lies and hypocrisy and betrayal and sadistic torture by the Americans – our MI5 chaps just heard, understood, maybe looked, of course no touchy-touchy nonsense – and the Taliban? Have we managed to silence ourselves as well as the world with our own fears? Are we still not able to say those three sentences: The 19 murderers of 9/11 claimed they were Muslims. They came from a place called the Middle East. Is there a problem out there?

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Third World America: One Year Later

  • I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future." Well, 12 months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed.
  • Noam Chomsky | America in Decline

Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

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A year ago, I wrote a post announcing the publication of my book Third World America. As I explained at the time, and in the book, America was clearly not a third world country, but there were many troubling trends taking us in that direction. I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future."

Well, twelve months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed -- or even addressed.

As it happens, not long before I wrote that post last year, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner published an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled "Welcome to the Recovery," in which he announced that "a review of recent data on the American economy shows that we are on a path back to growth." While allowing that "the devastation wrought by the great recession is still all too real for millions of Americans," Geithner concluded that, though "we suffered a terrible blow," America was "coming back." Call it a case of premature exaltation.

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Noam Chomsky | America in Decline, Noam Chomsky, Truthout
Corporate power's ascendancy over politics and society - by now mostly financial - has reached the point that both political organizations, which at this stage barely resemble traditional parties, are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate. For the public, the primary domestic concern is unemployment.

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