Naomi Klein: What Does Obama’s ‘Love of Markets’ Mean for Our Economic Future? Thursday, Jun 19 2008 

Barack Obama waited just three days after Hillary Clinton pulled out of the race to declare, on CNBC, “Look. I am a pro-growth, free-market guy. I love the market.”Demonstrating that this is no mere spring fling, he has appointed 37-year-old Jason Furman to head his economic policy team. Furman is one of Wal-Mart’s most prominent defenders, anointing the company a “progressive success story.” On the campaign trail, Obama blasted Clinton for sitting on the Wal-Mart board and pledged, “I won’t shop there.” For Furman, however, it’s Wal-Mart’s critics who are the real threat: the “efforts to get Wal-Mart to raise its wages and benefits” are creating “collateral damage” that is “way too enormous and damaging to working people and the economy more broadly for me to sit by idly and sing ‘Kum-Ba-Ya’ in the interests of progressive harmony.”

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Weather Reports Are Missing the Story Thursday, Jun 19 2008 

The floodwaters are rising, swamping cities, breaching levees. Tens of thousands are displaced. Many are dead. No, I am not talking about Hurricane Katrina, but about the Midwest United States. As the floodwaters head south along the Mississippi, devastating communities one after another, the media are overflowing with televised images of the destruction.While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming. I asked former Energy Department official Joseph Romm, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, about the disconnect:

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Lee Makes Time for Traveler Thursday, Jun 19 2008 

Spike Lee will co-write and direct Time Traveler, based on a memoir by theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett, Variety reported.

The book, Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, recounts Mallett’s rise from poverty to become one of the nation’s first African-Americans to earn a Ph.D in theoretical physics. It also lays out the technical specs for what Mallett envisions as a workable time machine. Developing a time machine became an obsession for Mallett from the age of 10, after his father’s death. His goal was to travel back in time to save his father.

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Can the U.S. Thrive as Other Powers Rise? Wednesday, Jun 18 2008 

Looking beyond U.S. borders, this is a rare moment. Not one of the world’s powers is an enemy. The threats to our security do not come from rival nation states. With some threats like climate change — as Walt Kelly put it via Pogo — the enemy is us. Even the greatest external violent threats have roots not in powerful nations, but in instability, in states at risk of failure. Our ability to solve all major global problems is compromised or blocked by tribal conflicts, the failure of national institutions, and the resulting breakdown of authority and accountability.A new book, The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen, argues that it’s good for us that other pivotal nations grow wealthier and stronger. We need them on our side so that together we can solve global problems of peace, climate, health, and justice.

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McCain Getting Questioned About His Military Record Wednesday, Jun 18 2008 

China Unconvinced That Obama Presidency Would Change Anything About America’s ‘Superiority’ Complex Tuesday, Jun 17 2008 

Obama’s Father’s Day Message Monday, Jun 16 2008 

McCain’s Playbook: Hate, Fear and Caveman Politics Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Evening, June 3rd, in a muggy, dragonfly-beswarmed place called the Pontchartrain Center, just outside New Orleans. Half a continent away, amid yet another legacy-smashing fusillade of unsolicited invective from Bill Clinton, the excruciating Obama-Hillary mess is finally wrapping up, in a pair of anticlimactic primaries somewhere over the darkened plains of Montana and South Dakota. But here in the Big Easy, John McCain has chosen this moment to mount his first general-election attack against the Great Satanic Liberal Enemy — who, as luck would have it, turns out to be a Negro intellectual from Harvard who’s never served in the military. And this is supposed to be a bad year for Republicans?

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Honda Rolls Out Hydro Car Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Barack Obama Hillary Clinton – Umbrella Friday, Jun 13 2008 

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