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This Week in OtherWords: July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Bob Lord explains why cutting IRS spending is counter-productive and Jill Richardson weighs in on the government's latest efforts to do something about food safety. Sam Pizzigati is still taking some time off.

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  1. Exploited by Your Tax Dollars / Martha Burk
    The federal government supports more U.S. low wage jobs than McDonald's and Walmart put together.
  2. The Real IRS Scandal / Bob Lord
    By choking enforcement efforts, IRS budget cuts make the deficit even bigger.
  3. An Opportunity to Work with Iran / Laicie Heeley
    Under President Rouhani, tensions over Iran's nuclear program could subside.
  4. The Bully Party / Donald Kaul
    This sure isn't the representative democracy the Founders were after.
  5. Beefing Up Food Safety / Jill Richardson
    The government's new effort to strengthen its weak inspection system for imported food isn't going to cover everything we eat from foreign countries.
  6. Steve Cohen, Meet Al Capone / Jim Hightower
    More than 80 years after the big-time mobster got busted for tax evasion, the feds may bar a cocky hedge fund manager from trading for his "failure to supervise."
  7. Just Follow the Oil / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Washington's fuss over Iran has more to do with its natural gas and oil reserves than anything else.
  8. Iran Takes Note of a Non-Proliferation Breakthrough / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org 

    Iran Takes Note of a Non-Proliferation Breakthrough, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
This Week in OtherWords: July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Donald Kaul weighs in on Detroit's bankruptcy, Jim Hightower explains how McDonald's wound up drawing attention to its own McWages, and William A. Collins and I question the selective use of the term "terrorist." There's much more, even though Sam Pizzigati is taking some time off. Just click on the headlines below to read our commentaries.

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  1. Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation / Colleen Teubner
    We're the most educated young adults in American history, yet many of us can't find work.
  2. Actually, It Is About You / Peter Hart
    When the media covers immigration, it leaves immigrants out of the conversation.
  3. Building an Underclass of Workers / Jason Salzman
    Journalists should report on the consequences of immigration reform without citizenship.
  4. Swerving to the Right / Michael B. Keegan
    The Supreme Court systematically favors corporate interests over workers, consumers, and voters.
  5. When Personalized Becomes Predatory / Dana Floberg
    Advertisers set their strategies according to damaging stereotypes.
  6. Depending on the Kindness of Strangers / Donald Kaul
    The only sure result of Detroit's bankruptcy is that armies of lawyers will make bales of money.
  7. Size Matters / Jill Richardson
    Even food manufacturers often don't know if nanoparticles are in the food they sell and no one knows if they're safe to eat.
  8. McFinancial Planning / Jim Hightower
    When McDonald's attempted to help its underpaid workers stick to a budget, the fast food giant exposed how much the burger chain's wages fall short of what's needed to survive in America.
  9. Muslims Aren’t Cornering the Terrorism Market / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    What do you call the people responsible for the disasters in Texas and Bangladesh?
  10. Merger Equality at the Supreme Court / Khalil Bendib

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org 

    Merger Equality at the Supreme Court, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
This Week in OtherWords: July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Marc Morial, Donald Kaul, and Terrance Heath weigh in on the acquittal of George Zimmerman — the man who killed Trayvon Martin — while Sam Pizzigati and Jill Richardson discuss why Americans live shorter lives than people in other rich countries.

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  1. Black Man 101 / Terrance Heath
    Why must we now teach our sons to defer to all potential bigots who come their way?
  2. A Verdict that Condemns the State of Civil Rights in America / Marc Morial
    I want to assure Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as millions of their supporters, that this isn't over.
  3. Rays of Hope in Egypt / Ahmad Shokr
    The army and the restive millions had different grievances when Morsi was ousted on June 30.
  4. Putting Government Waste on Auto-Pilot / Ryan Alexander
    House Republicans snipped SNAP out of the Farm Bill and rubber-stamped farm subsidies in a stealth operation.
  5. There Ought to Be a Better Law / Donald Kaul
    The Trayvon Martin verdict shows that with "Stand Your Ground" laws, it's your word against theirs and they're dead.
  6. What’s Driving America’s Flagging Vital Signs? / Sam Pizzigati
    Inequality is behind the nation's dismal life expectancy rates.
  7. Eat Well, Walk More, Live Longer / Jill Richardson
    Americans die younger than citizens of most other rich countries.
  8. Exceptionally Mediocre on a Global Scale / Jim Hightower
    America became great through deliberate and determined public investments in the common good, not hocus-pocus exceptionalism.
  9. The Roaring Twenties Are Back / William A. Collins
    The U.S. economy is reverting to the bad old days.
  10. Zimmerman’s Smoking Gun / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org


Zimmerman’s Smoking Gun, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, we're highlighting the debate over the Obama administration's nuclear weapons policy, with op-eds by Peter Weiss and James C. Lewis and a cartoon by Khalil Bendib.

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  1. Obama Sharpens His Nuclear Posture / Peter Weiss
    A new Pentagon document indicates that contingent plans for the use of nuclear weapons are being made, with the self-evidently impossible task of minimizing collateral damage.
  2. It Can’t Happen Here / Tiffany Williams
    Au pairs may get an experience they didn't bargain for when they head for a stint in the United States.
  3. One Step at a Time / Chris Schillig
    The middle ground the Boy Scouts found on gay rights is one that rankles as much as it pleases.
  4. Smaller Arsenals Beat Bigger Ones / James C. Lewis
    Obama is trying to enhance U.S. national security by reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.
  5. Taking Embarrassing to a New Level / Donald Kaul
    Every administration hits rough waters.
  6. Predistribute the Wealth / Sam Pizzigati
    The market has stopped working for working people.
  7. A Deadly Power Surge / Jill Richardson
    Fracking might be profitable, but whether it's good for anything else is doubtful.
  8. North Carolina Rips More Holes in Its Safety Net / Jim Hightower
    If ignorance is bliss, Governor McCrory must be ecstatic.
  9. Syrian Dead End / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    How can the United States afford to keep proving that it's bad at bringing peace to conflict-ridden Middle Eastern countries?
  10. Washington Goes AWOL / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org
    Washington Goes AWOL, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
This Week in OtherWords: July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Sam Pizzigati celebrates Independence Day by explaining how reducing economic inequality in America would honor the Founders' legacy. Jill Richardson talks about how you can enjoy the best produce summer has to offer all year round if you embrace the tradition of preserving food — even zucchini. And Frances "Sissy" Farenthold teams up with Susan Smith Richardson to weigh in on Wendy Davis and the "unruly mob" making business as usual a bigger challenge than usual in the Texas state capitol.

As always, our commentaries and cartoons are available for publication or cross-posting at no charge in newspapers and new media under a Creative Commons license. Editors may find information about that on our website or contact me with any questions at OtherWords[ AT ]ips-dc.org.

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  1. The Orange Uprising / Frances “Sissy” Farenthold and Susan Smith Richardson
    Wendy Davis's filibuster offered that rare occasion when the government's overreach into the most intimate details of our lives was made plain.
  2. Minding the Nuclear Fault Line / Robert Alvarez
    The federal government should transfer the spent nuclear fuel held at a shuttered nuclear power plant in Southern California before the next earthquake strikes.
  3. The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples / Scott Klinger
    There would be no need for our elected leaders to trim our safety net if our richest corporations didn't turn avoiding their fair share of taxes into an art form.
  4. A Big Season for Falling Stars / Donald Kaul
    Paula Deen and Aaron Hernandez are suffering fates of their own making.
  5. A More Perfect Union / Sam Pizzigati
    Our elites have lost that selfless spirit.
  6. Canning Ain’t Rocket Science / Jill Richardson
    Even though we've got refrigerators now, putting up food still makes good sense.
  7. Padding the Bottom Line by Gouging the Customer / Jim Hightower
    Big Food considers corporate chicanery to be a legitimate business practice.
  8. Grave New World / William A. Collins
    Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Franz Kafka, and Ray Bradbury long ago explained how the system would work once those in authority got their act together and the technology to spy on us all.
  9. One More Untaxed Bite at the Apple / Khalil Bendib Cartoon

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org  

    One More Untaxed Bite at the Apple, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
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