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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.



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?


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.



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.

Barack's Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can't Deny

  • The challenge of seeking truth and recognizing it when you see it.
  • Oh, the pain of the believer.

Danny Schechter, Reader Supported News

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President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. (photo: AP)

Journalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our "biases" are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we cover them.

Even "just the facts ma'am," journos for Big Media have to decide which facts to include and which to ignore.

Our outlooks are always shaped by our worldviews, values and experience, not to mention the outlets we work for.



Republicans Against Science

  • The odds are that one of these years we'll find ourselves ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge...a terrifying prospect.
  • Pay no attention to “fancy theories” that conflict with “common sense,” the Wall Street Journal tells us. Why should anyone need more than gut feelings to analyze things like financial crises and recessions?
  • Within the G.O.P., willful ignorance has become a litmus test for candidates.
  • Unscientific Republicans

Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

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Paul Krugman/Fred R. Conrad/New York Times

Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn’t a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. And that’s too bad, because Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.” This is an enormously important development. And it should terrify us.

To see what Mr. Huntsman means, consider recent statements by the two men who actually are serious contenders for the G.O.P. nomination: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got people's attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”



Richard Dawkins | Unscientific Republicans, Richard Dawkins, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
What is unusual about today's Republican Party is this: ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory.