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by Geezer Power


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Thom Hartmann talks to Larry Beinhart on Air America Radio about why you should be screaming for higher taxes on the wealthy. Bienhart, famous for his book Wag The Dog, regularly blogs on Huffington Post.

AlterNet

By Larry Beinhart, Posted January 12, 2009.

Why are we so resistant to raising taxes? It’s our nature. Nobody likes to give up their own money for the common good.

US economic growth has been strongest when our taxes have been high. During World War II, then under Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy, our upper marginal tax rates were between 88-92%. Read those numbers again. They are astonishingly high. Those were our strongest growth years.

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Obama And Guantanamo: Understanding The Executive Order

Huffington Post- Sam Stein

January 22, 2009 10:40 AM

The Obama administration called on Thursday for the closure of Guantanamo Bay within the next year. The move will be greeted with widespread approval around the world, the end of a blotch on America’s image abroad. Coming in the form of an executive order, it carries with it the power of law.

Yet Obama has already found that closing the prison is easier said than done. And if he fails, there’ll be no shortage of Republicans to remind him that they told him so. On Wednesday, Senate Republicans voiced skepticism with the idea that the president would be able to break down a detention center housing what they claim most dangerous terrorists.

“Personally I think it’s stupid to shut down Guantanamo without having an absolute place where you can ship these people, and that’s going to create an awful lot of problems,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

“I don’t want them in Texas,” said Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX). “I intend to write a letter saying, ‘Don’t send them here. And I would suspect there might be Senators from 50 states who say the same thing. I don’t know.”

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Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists

Raw Story- David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday January 21, 2009

Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.

“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications,” Tice claimed. “It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications.”

Tice further explained that “even for the NSA it’s impossible to literally collect all communications. … What was done was sort of an ability to look at the metadata … and ferret that information to determine what communications would ultimately be collected.”

According to Tice, in addition to this “low-tech, dragnet” approach, the NSA also had the ability to hone in on specific groups, and that was the aspect he himself was involved with. However, even within the NSA there was a cover story meant to prevent people like Tice from realizing what they were doing.

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The Boston Globe has assembled a stunning array of photos from Inauguration Day. Images from Washington, D.C., and from viewing parties around the world capture the excitement and wonder of that historic day. The subjects include Kenyans in Obama’s father’s home town, former Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos embracing, and crowds at the capital’s Mall as photographed from a satellite.

Click here to see the gallery.

(h/t Ryan Block of gadget blogging fame)

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