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Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes progressives for granted

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When liberals and progressives have nowhere to go, New York’s new Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, can move toward the corporatist right of the political spectrum with impunity. Brandishing an inherited $10 billion state deficit, Cuomo has earned the following description in the April 7 edition of The New York Times:

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An open letter to President Obama

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Dear President Obama:
An interesting contrast is playing out at the White House these days — between your expressed praise of General Electric’s CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt, and the silence regarding the widely desired nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Regulatory Bureau within the Federal Reserve.

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Nuclear March Madness

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President Obama’s pick of Kansas to win the March Madness collegiate basketball tournament ended with their defeat by Virginia Commonwealth University this past Saturday. He must know how the Jay Hawks are feeling because he is entangled in his own March Madness that will continue after this month ends.

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Japan reminds us a nuclear nightmare may be looming

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The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States — many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the West Coast exposed to potential tsunamis.
Nuclear power plants boil water to produce steam to turn turbines that generate electricity. Nuclear power’s overly complex fuel cycle begins with uranium mines and ends with deadly radioactive wastes for which there still are no permanent storage facilities to contain them for tens of thousands of years.

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PBS and NPR are leaning right

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The tumultuous managerial shake-up at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public TV are replete with left-leaning or leftist programming.
Ludicrous, that is, unless this criticism’s yardstick is the propaganda regularly exuded by the extreme right-wing Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These “capitalists” use the public’s airwaves free of charge to make big money.

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New York is selling out injured baby rights

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be judged harshly by history if he doesn’t reverse his position supporting limiting the legal rights of brain damaged babies. Imagine a lifetime $250,000 cap on pain and suffering and families having to endure a burdensome and humiliating struggle to get medical bills paid as they arise from an insurance-funded entity.
Gov. Cuomo is hiding behind the recommendations of his Medicaid Redesign Team, which has more than a sprinkling of hospital and industry lobbyists, and which was the stalking horse for this heartless proposal.

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They’re ‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison — and with good reason

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The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisc., are driven by a middle-class awakening to the specter of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Gov. Scott Walker.       

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Time to topple corporate dictators

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The 18-day, non-violent Egyptian protests for freedom raise a question: Is America next?
Were Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine around, they would likely say, “What are we waiting for?” They would be appalled by the concentration of economic and political power in such a few hands. Remember how often these two men warned about concentrated power.   

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Civic institutions essential for Egypt’s Revolution

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Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post writer and founder of the Center for Teaching Peace, must be very happy with the news from Egypt. For 25 years, McCarthy has been persuading high schools and colleges to adopt peace studies in their curriculum (for more information, contact him at cmccarthy@starpower.net). Now he has another example of a largely non-violent revolution — led by young people of all backgrounds — successfully ousting a dictatorial regime.

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Time for democracy in Egypt

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Those politically savvy people who thought strongman Hosni Mubarak would be out before the end of the first week of the Egyptian uprising better rethink the odds. For 30 years Mubarak has developed what can be called a deeply rooted dictatorial regime with regular White House access and annual largesse of some $1.3 billion in military equipment and payroll.

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