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Loving Guns More Than People

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES The only people with the power to do something comprehensive about mass shootings are the people we elect to public office, and the majority of the people we elect to public office not only do nothing, but they actively block anything being done and in many cases vote for legislation that...
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The Russians Have Never Been Coming

BY JEREMY KUZMAROV Saturday’s New York Times featured an editorial entitled “The Russians are Coming [Again]” next to a photo of a campaign poster with Vladimir Putin wearing a Make America Great Again hat. The piece discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian citizens for intending to “sow disorder” in the American political system by...
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Giving Hawks A Bad Name

BY SHARON MARTIN Sales tax. Fees. Property tax. Income tax. Every person in this country pays taxes, even visitors and undocumented workers. In return, we expect certain things – safe roads, clean water, firefighters with working equipment. The deficit hawks get loud and mean when working people need housing subsidies or help buying food. They...
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The Old Media

BY SUSAN ESTRICH In Los Angeles, where I live, there was plenty of snickering this week about Tribune Company’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection. Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times, which in recent years has seen its staff cut even more than its circulation and advertising. The once mighty Times has managed to give...
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Wrangling Gavel From Rangel

BY FROMA HARROP Company gives $100,000 to congressman’s pet cause. Congressman protects company tax loophole worth tens of millions. Bam! Company gives pet cause another $100,000 check. Sounds like old times in the Republican Congress of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. But this is happening in the Democratic Congress of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi....
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Where Is John Edwards?

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Doris Kearns Goodwin could not have asked for more. The author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, published in 2006, is making headlines once again for her foresight, as well as her knowledge of history, in light of President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to surround himself with his former...

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Jan ’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, state Rep. Monroe Nichols, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton and former Gov. David Walters discuss ways to fix Oklahoma’s broken political system, including Nichols’ proposal to repeal or modify anti-tax SQ 640 and Walters’ efforts to end partisan gerrymandering.
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