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    A Robo-Survey from Rep. Donovan

    by  • 9 Nov ’15 • staten island, the nation • 0 Comments

    I just received an official telephone survey call from my newly-minted Republican Congressman, Dan Donovan. The 20 or so questions ran the gamut from raising the debt ceiling to abortion rights to putting troops on the ground in Syria. I’ve been exposed to the sausage-making of enough surveys that I know the wording of...

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    Pirates of the New Economy

    by  • 11 Apr ’09 • society, the nation • 0 Comments

    Skylar Deleon should have waited five years. The former child actor (he was a bit player on “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” not, alas, an actual Power Ranger) was sentenced to die by lethal injection for the murder of Thomas and Jackie Hawks. In November of 2004, Deleon responded to an advertisement that the...

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    Standing Up, Sitting Down

    by  • 10 Dec ’08 • the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    It figures that it would take the United Electrical Workers union to try to rally the fighting spirit in America’s battered working class with a sit-down strike at a shuttered factory in Illinois. The UE have a proud history of daring and desperate fighting stands that culminated in their expulsion from the Congress of...

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    Musings From the Campaign Trail

    by  • 8 Nov ’08 • the nation • 0 Comments

    I first noticed Barack Obama on the campaign trail for the New Hampshire primary. He annoyed the shit out of me. Granted, I was dispatched there by my union to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Neither of them would ever get my vote, but at least Hillary had a track record. You knew what you...

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    Hopelessness We Can Believe In

    by  • 29 Aug ’08 • the nation • 0 Comments

    In a coffee shop in western Pennsylvania the morning after Barack Obama’s muted acceptance speech in the arena, I overheard a conversation that made me wonder ‘why bother.’ “Forget about it. It’s all over,” said one excited man, the ringleader of five donut-dunking middle aged white men. He went on to advise his compatriots,...

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    Another Day Older and Deeper In Debt

    by  • 21 Jul ’08 • the nation • 0 Comments

    We socialists, I hope, are not the types to revel in I-told-you-so’s, but for years we’ve been sounding the alarm that the consumer purchasing power of our fellow patriotic Americans could not be counted on to fuel the global economy. Wages for working Americans have been essentially stagnant since the 1970’s, leaving a huge...

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