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Putting Fairness Back into America’s Tax System

by WS Editors | Apr 15, 2007 | Economy, Politics

Democrats in Congress have convened a series of hearings on tax policy that could lead to long-overdue changes. With this forum and the energy generated by the 2008 presidential campaigns, they have the opportunity to reverse the Bush administration’s tax cuts for the rich, rejecting the notion of making them permanent, as well as to […]

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New York’s Novel Plan | A Carbon Problem for GM | Judging CEOs by Their Houses

by WS Editors | Apr 15, 2007 | Economy, Environment

Wonderful Town—It might seem odd for a billionaire to develop a radical plan to help the poor. But New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, a possible independent presidential candidate for 2008, has done so in a typically unconventional manner. Stay in school, go to the dentist, take a higher education course or get job training […]

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Tom DeLay’s Unsolicited Advice | The Foreclosure Epidemic | An Iraq Fallacy

by WS Editors | Apr 1, 2007 | Economy, Foreign Policy

The Hammer Strikes Back—NBC’s Today Show isn’t known for putting its guests in the hot seat—unless your name is Tom Cruise. Yet there was host Meredith Vieira on March 20, sinking her teeth into former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. “You say to fight, and the name of your book is No Retreat, No Surrender. But didn’t you […]

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Remembering Molly Ivins | Strange Bedfellows | Florida Dumps Electronic Voting

by WS Editors | Feb 15, 2007 | Culture, Economy

Remembering Molly—We know that a great many of you first subscribed to the Spectatorbased on the recommendation of Molly Ivins, the iconic liberal columnist and humorist who, as you no doubt know, died on January 31 after a long fight with cancer. Molly got to know our longtime editor Ben A. Franklin back in the days […]

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Progressives Must Turn Their Attention to the States

by WS Editors | Dec 1, 2006 | Economy, Politics

After three dreadful election cycles—each, it seems, worse than the one before—progressives have made serious gains. The statistics are great: Six U.S. Senate seats. Twenty-nine U.S. Representatives. Six governors. Nine legislative chambers. More than three hundred state legislators. Final tallies are still being crunched, but it looks as though Democrats picked up everywhere from federal […]

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