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Dec 21, 2011 Foes of Hungary’s Government Fear ‘Demolition of Democracy’

QUOTE: Democracy here is dying not with a single giant blow but with many small cuts, critics say, through the legal processes of Parliament that add up to a slow-motion coup. And in its drift toward authoritarian government, aided by popular disaffection with political gridlock and a public focused mainly on economic hardship, Hungary stands as a potentially troubling bellwether for other, struggling Eastern European countries with weak traditions of democratic government.

New York Times
Oct 05, 2011 Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don't get it

QUOTE: the reason why some mainstream news journalists and many of the audiences they serve see the Occupy Wall Street protests as incoherent is because the press and the public are themselves...In fact, we are witnessing America's first true Internet-era movement, which -- unlike civil rights protests, labor marches, or even the Obama campaign -- does not take its cue from a charismatic leader, express itself in bumper-sticker-length goals and understand itself as having a particular endpoint.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 03, 2010 Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench

QUOTE: An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2010 Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’

QUOTE: Prime Minister David Cameron offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British soldiers in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited judicial inquiry had left no doubt that the “Bloody Sunday” shootings were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”

New York Times
May 26, 2010 California Puts Vote Overhaul on the Ballot

QUOTE: a [California-Ed.] ballot measure that would replace traditional primaries in state and Congressional elections with, effectively, two rounds of voting. All candidates would run in the first round, and the top two vote-getters — regardless of party affiliation, or unaffiliation — would then face each other in the general election. Voters’ ultimate choice could be two Republicans or two Democrats, or two candidates with high name recognition, or deep pockets, or populist appeal.

New York Times
Nov 12, 2009 Ill Will Grows in a Former Colonial Region (Memo From Africa)

QUOTE: It is not a good time to be French in Francophone Africa, except if you are a high official from Paris privately visiting a strongman’s palace. As democracy slips in country after country in the region, France often quietly sides, once again, with the once-and-future autocrats.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2009 Lexington: Of debt and deadbeats

QUOTE: Arthur Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, feels that the real culture war in America today is not about gay marriage or abortion, divisive though those issues are, but about capitalism.

Economist
Sep 17, 2009 Expand the House? (On Politics)

QUOTE: because each state gets at least one seat... and because the overall size of the House has not changed in a century, the number of people represented by a single congressman can vary widely.

New York Times
Aug 27, 2009 Dealing With Being the Health Care ‘Villains’

QUOTE: Humana workers and executives said the [insurance] industry tended to absorb blows that should be directed elsewhere.

New York Times
Aug 26, 2009 Subprime Lenders Getting U.S. Subsidies, Report Says

QUOTE: Many of the lenders eligible to receive billions of dollars from the government's massive foreclosure prevention program helped fuel the housing crisis by issuing risky subprime loans...

Washington Post
Aug 24, 2009 Bioethicist Becomes a Lightning Rod for Criticism

QUOTE: The debate over [White House health care advisor] Dr. [Ezekiel J. Emanuel] shows how subtle philosophical arguments that have long bedeviled bioethicists are being condensed, oversimplified and distorted in the griddle-hot health care debate.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2009 The Most Outrageous U.S. Lies About Global Healthcare

QUOTE: Many of the most wildly inaccurate statements [about health systems] have been directed abroad -- sometimes at the United States' closest allies, such as Britain and Canada, and often at the best health-care systems in the world.

Aug 08, 2009 Where Have You Gone, Joe the Citizen?

QUOTE: The traditional town hall meeting, a staple of Congressional constituent relations, had been hijacked, overrun by sophisticated social-networking campaigns [to protest healthcare reform]...

New York Times
Aug 05, 2009 Now sworn in, Ahmadinejad could crack down harder: Top opposition candidates, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, are among those who may be targeted.

QUOTE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially inaugurated for a second term Wednesday... Now Tehran is holding its breath, wondering if Ahmadinejad will seek to consolidate his position by widening his ongoing crackdown against reformers and his political opponents.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 12, 2009 Are 'Grassroots Activists' For Real?

QUOTE: some “grassroots” movements are actually sophisticated marketing campaigns financed by businesses and special-interest groups.

Mar 03, 2008 For Black Superdelegates, Pressure to Back Obama

QUOTE: [Barack Obama's candidacy]...has driven a wedge through the black political establishment, exposing a rift between a new generation, whose members see their political horizons as limitless, and their predecessors, who have struggled to establish a following outside of heavily African American areas.

Washington Post
Nov 27, 2007 Four Killed In Protests Over Bolivian Constitution

QUOTE: Morales on Monday led a rally in La Paz of people who agree that a new political blueprint is needed to give the country's indigenous majority more political power. At the same time, opponents seeking more autonomy from his government launched counterdemonstrations in the cities of Santa Cruz and Tarija.

Washington Post
Oct 17, 2007 Army of average Joes culls through candidates' files, bios: Citizen journalists are using the Internet to do opposition research in the '08 campaign.

QUOTE: Thousands of volunteers are adding muscle to efforts by professional reporters and campaign staff to leave no stone unturned – and no skeletons in the closet. But to drive volunteer interest, many of these "crowdsourcing" efforts draw more energy from partisan fervor than traditional journalism's impartiality, say experts.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 31, 2005 Greetings from Idiot America

QUOTE: The rise of Idiot America is essentially a war on expertise. It's not so much antimodernism or the distrust of intellectual elites that Richard Hofstadter deftly teased out of the national DNA forty years ago. Both of those things are part of it. However, the rise of Idiot America today represents -- for profit mainly, but also, and more cynically, for political advantage and in the pursuit of power -- the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they're talking about. In the new media age, everybody is a historian, or a preacher, or a scientist, or a sage. And if everyone is an expert, then nobody is, and the worst thing you can be in a society where everybody is an expert is, well, an actual expert.

Esquire
Aug 18, 2004 China Jails Hong Kong Democrat

QUOTE: The arrest of a pro-democracy Hong Kong candidate in mainland China on charges of soliciting a prostitute touched off a media furor in the former British colony...and fueled suspicion that Beijing was trying to influence next month's legislative election.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 20, 2002 The Real Thing

QUOTE: ...there is an inexorably growing gap between the image and the reality of the Bush administration's policies.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2002 Increasingly, Japanese Look Back in Anger: On Anniversary of Defeat In WWII, an Unrepentant View Is Gaining Favor

QUOTE: ...a debate has seethed in the national conscience over whether [Japan] was really at fault for the war...

Washington Post
Dec 09, 2001 Ask Not What . . .

QUOTE: If we are going to be stomping around the world wiping out terrorist cells from Kabul to Manila, we'd better make sure that we are the best country, and the best global citizens, we can be.

New York Times