Commentary

Despite a growing chorus of environmentalists, climate experts and political leaders calling urgently for remedies to global warming, projects like the bioreactor are proceeding apace... Katrina, Rita, Stan, Wilma: The hurricanes of 2005 follow last season's onslaught of vicious storms that slammed Florida and the Caribbean. But this year, the toll is much higher.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner writes that voters are sick of an economic system that allows moguls to make annual incomes running into the hundreds of millions, for manipulating commerce in ways that leave ordinary people worse off. In an election billed as a referendum on Iraq and Republican corruption (which it certainly was), the sleeper issue was the economy as it affects regular Americans.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank writes how Milton Friedman, who died last week at 94, was the patron saint of small-government conservatism. Conservatives who invoke his name in defense of Social Security privatization and other cutbacks in the social safety net might thus be surprised to learn that he was also the architect of the most successful social welfare program of all time. Market forces can accomplish wonderful things, he realized, but they cannot ensure a distribution of income that enables all citizens to meet basic economic needs.

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Senior Fellow James Lardner writes that after a quarter-century of growing economic inequality, America decided to talk about it.

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Senior Fellow Jennifer Wheary outlines the danger in what has become the "re-refinancing the American dream" strategy. Refinancing has been used to bridge a gap between declining wages and rising living costs. It hasn't closed this chasm, only given families a way to traverse it in the short term.

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Demos President Miles Rapoport and Former Motanta Secretary of State Mike Cooney comment on the November election results in Montana and the role of the nearly 3,700 people in the state who were able to register and vote on Election Day.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner asks if Rumsfeld's abrupt dismissal will finally diminish Cheney's unprecedented dominance of Bush? Or did the always cunning vice president read the writing on the wall and decide that it was time for his good friend Rumsfeld to go?

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner asks if Rumsfeld's abrupt dismissal will finally diminish Cheney's unprecedented dominance of Bush? Or did the always cunning vice president read the writing on the wall and decide that it was time for his good friend Rumsfeld to go?

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner asks if Rumsfeld's abrupt dismissal will finally diminish Cheney's unprecedented dominance of Bush? Or did the always cunning vice president read the writing on the wall and decide that it was time for his good friend Rumsfeld to go?

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"Public confidence in the vote-counting process is a bedrock principle of any democracy," wrote DEMOS, a public-interest advocacy group, and the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) in a joint statement. "In Florida's 13th Congressional District, it is clear that only a revote with the option of hand-recorded paper ballots will ensure that voters in that district can trust that their votes will be properly counted."

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