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Strange bedfellows in Washington

Strange bedfellowsby Khody Akhavi

President Barack Obama has made a renewed public push to fix the country's broken immigration system, and this time it appears he's getting a little help from his usual political enemies in Washington.

In Washington, immigration reform is pretty much what everyone is talking about. Of all the tough issues Obama plans to tackle in his second term – among them economic recovery, gun control, climate change – there's a glimmer of hope that immigration reform could actually happen.

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Imagine: No Israel Lobby

Israel Lobbyby M.J. Rosenberg

I was watching John Brennan's Senate hearing and suddenly the words to the John Lennon song Imagine came into my head, with a slight twist.

Imagine there's no lobby
It's easy if you try
No memorized talking points
No need to lie.

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What Were the Standards for Executing Charles Horman?

Panelists Elizabeth Lira (l) and Joyce Horman (r) Peter Kornbluh (center)While Americans are seeking to determine the standards, if any, for President Obama’s assassination of American citizens, would it be too much to ask about the standards that were applied in the U.S. national-security state’s execution of American citizen Charles Horman? After all, in principle is a state-sponsored extra-judicial execution any different from a state-sponsored assassination? Why shouldn’t Americans have the right to know the standards by which they can be either assassinated or executed by their own government without a trial?

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American Victims of Transgressive Taxation

AmericanIt’s been over four decades since I’ve used the adjective transgressive in the context of economics. It was in graduate school, and my professor proved to be not very receptive to my coining of a new word, or meaning in this case, for “any taxation exceeding the boundaries of social acceptability.” In those days, long before the viral expansion of for-profit schooling – questionably called education, deference, and not just discretion, was the better part of valor.

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The Koch Brothers, Hugo Chavez and the XL Pipeline

Koch BrothersI’ve been tracking a tube of black putrid ooze, a toxic viper slowly slithering 2000 miles across the belly of America, swallowing all water aquifers, politicians and reason in its path.

The XL Keystone Pipeline.

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