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Investing In Peace

BY HAL SPAKE On April 13, without proof that the Assad regime launched a chemical weapon that killed 80 people, the U.S. fired 68 Cruise missiles at Syrian targets. In 1988 Iraq unleashed 30 gas attacks that killed 50,000 to 80,000 civilians and soldiers. In that attack our government prevented UN inspectors from verifying the use...
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Remembering Penny Williams

BY KEN NEAL We called her “Bad Penny,” and “Bright Penny,” and she could be both at the same time. Penny Williams died April 16, leaving an enviable legislative record that spanned 23 years. She was a very serious lawmaker who was in the forefront of whatever cause or movement that she considered progressive and...
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A Few Hard Questions For Comey

BY JOE CONASON For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump’s tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a “liar and leaker.” To anyone who remembers the...
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The Woman Who Landed The Plane

BY SUSAN ESTRICH For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn’t just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety. The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become...
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Imagine A Cuomo-Trump Street Fight In 2020

BY FROMA HARROP Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five...
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Thank You, Mrs. Bush

Editor’s Note: Tom Rosshirt wrote this column in June 2012. BY TOM ROSSHIRT My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston. It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do...
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Apr’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discuss the Oklahoma teacher walkout, education funding and the future of the state’s public schools during the April 12 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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