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What is wrong with us?

In the United States, we believe in equality. We like to believe that everybody has a chance at the American dream. We love to hear rags to riches stories. Whether it is Cinderella or the Prince of Persia or even Bill Gates, we’d all like to believe that we can be sitting at the head of that huge boardroom table. Yet, at the same time, we allow a system to exist where corporations get breaks that the rest of us don’t. We justify this dichotomy by saying, “well, they create jobs.” For some reason, this small phrase “justifies” our allowing corporations

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Grab bag — Monday

As a trauma surgeon, I find Monday to be a relief. By Monday afternoon, you have an opportunity to look around and see how bad the weekend truly was. So, unlike most Americans, I like Mondays. 15 years ago, I was working at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. The bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people lost their lives, continues to be shocking. I remember wanting to help, but not knowing exactly what to do. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I’ve been working on a small research project.

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Time to take on Wall Street

It is past time to reign in Wall Street. Senator Bernie Sanders lays out the case very, very well. From CAF: Even as the health insurance companies draw down on health care reform, another showdown is just beginning in Washington. On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee will begin marking up the first legislation to try to curb Wall Street’s casino. And if you think the health insurance companies are packing heat, wait till you see the firepower the banks will unleash to frustrate reform. The Committee will focus on two core reform measures. The first, the regulation of derivatives, goes

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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