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Look out America – here comes the Trans Pacific Partnership! Dubbed "a corporate coup d'etat" by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, it's a grandiose grab for power masked as a trade deal, allowing an unprecedented... [read more]
When I was a tyke, momma warned me not to eat anything unless I knew where it came from. That's so sensible that even Congress acted on it in 2002, passing a straightforward law called... [read more]
Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses – such as this: "Old McPope had a farm /E-I-E-I-O/ And on that farm he had a cow… a donkey… chickens… ostriches… rabbits… /E-I-E-I-O!"
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If you need a good, doable New Year's resolution, try this: "I resolve to do my part this year to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
The what? Most people never heard... [read more]
Until recent years, cannabis prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as "soft on drugs." But finally, thanks to determined activists and broad support from the general... [read more]
Perhaps you recall from high school civics class that neat flow chart showing the beautiful democratic process for passing a law through Congress.
What a bunch of kidders those chart... [read more]
Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football – well, football was the real religion.
So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a... [read more]
While last year's voters put a pack of reactionaries in charge of the new Congress, let's not forget that bigger majorities of the same electorate leapt at the chance to say “YES” to an array of... [read more]
Are you bowled over yet? With college bowl games, I mean.
Through January 12, a record 39 football “classics” will have been televised, allowing bleary-eyed, beer-sedated gridiron fanatics to binge on... [read more]
The corporate Powers That Be keep thinking we'll stay hitched to their plow no matter how severely they lash us economically and kick us politically. But, to borrow one of George W's convoluted phrases, they're... [read more]