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GREEN IS GOOD by Meg White Economic indicators may be up, but the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago is not one of those places where you can see the recession receding. “You know, we have a crack house right here,” said Brenda Palms Barber, pointing to a house with a brown door across the alley. [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White The leading Republican candidate to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate, Sue Lowden, is getting a lot of press for the ridiculous alternative she’s presented to her Democratic opponent’s “government-run” healthcare, widely panned as “Chickens for Checkups.” But a closer look at her suggestion reveals more than just short-sighted [...]

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BUZZFLASH MEDIA PUTZ OF THE WEEK George Will For reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism, and for being beholden to corporate paymasters rather than the citizens of America. On ABC’s This Week this past Sunday, conservative columnist George Will decided the best way to argue that Obamacare both sucks and is [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White For all the griping and nastiness we’ve seen in Washington over the past year, you wouldn’t have known it to watch the State of the Union event yesterday. Oh sure, Obama’s speech had some “grow the hell up” moments directed at both sides of the aisle. The president started [...]

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BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW We’re headed for disaster. You’d have to be totally blind not to recognize that. So if we don’t change — if this crisis doesn’t force us to change — there will be more and more and more and more. And who knows what the ultimate outcome will be? If we continue to resist, [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White President Obama is meeting again today with top advisers to mull four choices for what to do in Afghanistan, plus the pitch for a 40,000-troop surge requested by top Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Though details are sparse, reportedly all five options entail a troop increase of some kind. [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White It’s tough to put a rosy face on the unemployment numbers released Friday morning. While we saw this same jobless rate as recently as 1983, the plunge mimics a much older feeling. Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent, [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As workers and the unemployed alike fret over news that jobless numbers may be the last economic indicator to rebound from this recession, some newspapers seek out rosier undertones of the economic crisis. Tales of Americans’ new savings accounts and the appeal of simplified lifestyles abound. I have no [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Conventional wisdom tells me I shouldn’t be writing about unemployment on a beautiful Friday afternoon. People want to hear about employment numbers on Mondays, so they can be reminded how lucky they are to be returning to work, or to feel in solidarity with others looking for a [...]