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VOICES: Health care reform - a step forward but long road ahead

April 1, 2010 - By Maya Rockeymoore, New America MediaNow that the health care reform bill has been signed into law, President Obama and the Democratic Congress have a significant legislative victory to call their own. While many are relieved that the United States has finally been able to gain a foothold on reform -- an accomplishment that has eluded presidents for almost 100 years -- plenty of others are still wondering what the changes will mean for their lives.

VOICES: Joe the Texas Terrorist

February 19, 2010 - By Bob Moser, The Texas Observer We'll soon be hearing more than we ever needed to know about Joseph Andrew Stack III, the man who burned up his house and flew a suicide mission into an Austin IRS office this morning. We'll no doubt discover that neighbors and friends are shocked; that he was a quiet fellow, kept to himself, nobody imagined ... you know, the usual.

VOICES: A corporate full-body scan

February 2, 2010 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestThe one redeeming feature of the abominable Supreme Court ruling on corporate electoral expenditures is the majority's retention of the rules on disclaimers and disclosure. While opening the floodgates to unlimited business political spending, the Court at least recognizes that the public has a right to know when a corporation is responsible

VOICES: Haiti, hell and hope

January 29, 2010 - By Bill Quigley Smoke and flames rose from the sidewalk. A white man took pictures. Slowing down, my breath left me. The fire was a corpse. Leg bones sticking out of the flames.