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This Week in OtherWords: December 18, 2013

William A. Collins and I weigh in on the government's penchant for spying on everyone.

This week in OtherWords, Sam Pizzigati introduces the two greediest women of 2013 and William A. Collins and I weigh in on the government’s penchant for spying on everyone. We’re also reprising a classic column on the generosity the federal government has shown to fossil fuel companies by Donald Kaul, who is still on leave.

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  1. Let the Sun Shine In / Isaiah J. Poole
    Why would the ALEC network of state-level lobbyists want to make solar energy cost-prohibitive for homeowners and businesses?
  2. The Pentagon’s Latest Boondoggle / Avery Kleinman
    A commander with a record of intimidating whistleblowers shouldn’t lead the fight to reduce sexual assault of our women and men in uniform.
  3. Built on Verification / James C. Lewis
    The Iran nuclear deal serves our security interests.
  4. Meet the Greediest Women of 2013 / Sam Pizzigati
    The exploits of Angela Spaccia and Dylan Lauren tell us quite a bit about our despicably unequal times.
  5. A Toxic Cocktail / Jill Richardson
    Shrimp is often farmed in ponds that are treated with a list of chemicals that’s bound to make you lose your appetite for America’s No. 1 seafood.
  6. A Ploy to Dilute the Democratic Party’s Message / Jim Hightower
    Third Way dead-ends at Wall Street.
  7. Every Step You Take / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Our emails are being tapped, our phone messages tracked, our cell phone locations mapped, and our license plates photographed.
  8. Flashback: Drilling for Oil Wealth on Capitol Hill / Donald Kaul
    In this April 5, 2006 column, Kaul described one of the ways the government pads the oil industry’s bottom line.
  9. Explosive Reaction to Iran’s Nuclear Deal / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    Explosive Reaction to Iran's Nuclear Deal, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    Explosive Reaction to Iran’s Nuclear Deal, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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